10th Jul2013

RaceCo’s F1 Car

by Michael Chandler

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Late last year RaceCo took delivery of a 1992 Brabham F1 car.  If you’ve stopped by the shop between December and now, you would have seen it in various states of assembly.  It took seven months, but finally the beast made it’s public debut on a stormy July evening.  Joey and I made the trip out to see this car take some cuts at the Outer Loop.  Thunderstorms were forecasted for the evening, and severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Tooele.  We hydroplaned through Salt Lake County, and found dry pavement in Tooele County.  We had high hopes for good weather.

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We arrived to the sound of the GTR turning some laps.  As it turns out, there was a track day happening concurrently with the F1 car debut.  As the session wound down we heard the F1 car wind up and make its way to the track itself.  Pete hopped in the seat once occupied by Damon Hill and took to the outer loop.  We ran over to the Clubhouse to get some photos (me) and video (Joey on his phone).  The first outing was cut short due to a downpour the popped up during the second lap, but we did manage to snap a few photos.  After that we made our way to RaceCo’s shop to see the beast up close.

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It drew a crowd by the time we arrived.  Pete and Cole were pointing out things on the car, and answering some *ahem* interesting questions (Is it going to be street legal?).  While questions were asked and answered, Joey and I began scrambling around the garage and snapping photos.

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The heart of this beast is a Judd built V10.  Suffice it to say, it screams.

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It also has a wood grain shift knob.  Because classy.  Fun fact, this is an H pattern transmission.

The rain let up, and the other cars dried up the track.  We ran over to the top of The Attitudes to snap some pictures, grab some videos and generally sit in awe of the aural bliss that is a V10 era F1 car.

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We watched, we listened, we packed it in and made our way back to the shop for free Red Bull (courtesy of Ryan Salazar) and burgers.

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And to see how those massive Avon slicks looked after a full session.

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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28th Mar2012

Track Day with the Track Pirates

by Michael Chandler


March 25 was the first open track day and NASA HPDE (High Performance Driver Education) of the year.  I had originally planned on doing nothing that glorious day, but Zane gave me an invite to come out so I packed up my gear and headed out.  Turns out it was a better idea than whatever I would have ended up doing.

I got out there as HPDE group was in pre-grid and getting a warning from the starter about potential slick spots on the track.  I said whats up to Zane, Fernando (to be here by known as Nando, because I hate ABBA), Brent, Biggie (provider of Lap Battle), Sally (from Wyoming, not a pirate) and Todd (pirate).

The HPDE session went off, the race group session went off, I ran for the first time in months to position myself for the next HPDE session which went off nicely, and then it was time for the lunch break.  I spent some of the lunch break ogling a pair of high dollar exotics, ogling the Air Power Racing stable, and buying a $5 pretzel.  Track food is expensive…

With pretzel in hand I climbed into Zane’s truck and we headed to the lounge and watched a little bit of JDM Option.  It’s not the nicest lounge, but it’s got everything a track rat needs: a lift, tools, a fridge, TV, couches, an Xbox and a massive wall of tires.

The lunch break ended before we could get deep into the JDM Option DVD, but why watch a DVD when you’re at a world class race track?  Exactly, so out we went: them to drive and me to shoot photos  After more clean sessions we headed back to the garage, where one of the neighbors opened his garage to play with some of his toys: a Lamborghini Gallardo and a supercharged first generation Viper huffing nitrous oxide!

All in all it was a good day.  A big thanks to the Pirates for letting me hang out.  You’ll definitely be seeing more of them on CAM in the future.

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-Michael Chandler

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