19th Sep2017

The Classics at NASA Utah Round 7

by Michael Chandler

We all know about the 944’s and older 911’s running around during a NASA weekend.  This past NASA round saw a host of modern classics hanging out, and running on track, but there were also some legitimate classics running.  Legitimate classics like this vintage 911

It was in the Lightning group on Sunday, along with Ed Mineau’s 911.  The car was in ST4, and came in dead last, but damn did it make coming in last look good.  

What do you when you find out that the car you bought for LeMons won’t pass tech because of the bolt in roll cage?  Well, you take it NASA racing of course!  That’s part of the history of this car.  It also spent some time kicking around the Rocky Mountain SCCA and NASA regions before being dusted off for a potential LeMons run.  When the team saw the bolt in cage, they immediately found something without one.  And the rest is history.

Literally next to the GTI was this BMW 2002, which has seen plenty of track time.  I can’t confirm this, but just looking at it tells tales of track days gone by.  It wasn’t ratty, just well worn.  Like an old baseball glove.  It was refreshing to see a 2002 put through the paces, instead of being treated like it’s made of glass.

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23rd Jun2016

A Vintage Racer in a Modern Series

by Michael Chandler

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In a world where more modern, piston driven vehicles are the norm, a lone vintage rotary powered car emerges.  Not so much emerge, but burst onto the scene.

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This is Nathan Rohner’s RX7, and it’s cleaning up in the PTB class in NASA Utah.  It’s the best, and also the worst in class because it’s the only car in class.  That not withstanding, it’s an amazing piece of machinery.

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The flares are massive, and utilitarian.  They’re stylish because they serve a purpose, and that purpose is to house Hoosier slicks and a set of period correct wheels.  The OE size and width wheels and tires would serve a pedestrian RX7 fine and dandy.  This is not a pedestrian car, far from it.

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There’s very little left in the cabin to remind you that this is an RX7.  The stock gauge cluster is out, replaced by a single, massive tachometer.  More gauges are hanging out in the middle of the dash, and switches sit where an air vent used to be.  This car is all business.

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And it does its business well.

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04th Jun2012

JDM Legends Grand Re-opening

by Michael Chandler

On June 2nd Eric Bizek and the rest of the crew at JDM Legends opened the doors to show off their new Murray digs.  The new shop is now more centrally located AND next door to ZipTie Dynowerks.  It was quite the bash, with cars lining the street and a burger van showing up to sling some sliders.  The weather was threatening, but thankfully it just looked cool and didn’t rain.

For those who don’t know: JDM Legends is a shop that specializes in the importation and restoration of classic Japanese cars.  KGC110 Skylines, turbocharged FB RX-7’s, KP61 Starlets and TA22 Celicas are some of the vehicles they’ll help you find and/or restore.  For more info on who they are and what they do and how to get a hold of them you can wait until we give them their long awaited shop feature.  But if you’re impatient (and after seeing the photos, you will be) head over to JDMLegends.com


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