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Legacy GT Road Race Car

I can't believe it, this engine has pistons and valves! What am I going to do?

After a decade of drag racing and a "taste" of road racing recently driving my Maxton Rollerskate at a local NASA event at Eagles Canyon Raceway, my arm was twisted ever so slightly to get into one of these spec cars and go road racing. Well I purchased this blue car with a Thunderbird body from a colleague at work and then went through it, inspecting it from front to back, left to right and repaired a bunch of things. I added a few additional things such as brake ducts, EGT and AFR because it had a carburetor and I couldn't imagine not knowing the tune. Weighing it at the 1675 lb. (minimum) with driver, it is balanced 50/50 cross with about 40 lbs. of lead in the right side frame rail. I remember thinking this car would scoot with a rotary (13B) instead of this heavy 1991 Mazda B 2200 truck engine.

After competing in a couple of races, the body on the car was pretty beat up and so with the help on my friend Jay Carley, I purchased a new body and painted it the Black, white, red and yellow, similar to the then Australian "Super Cheap Auto Parts" V8 Super Car. Our goal was to make it resemble a Mazda 3 as I am part of the Mazda racer program, hence the Mazda logo's.

   

Below: One of my favorite tracks, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Oklahoma

 

As my seat time increased, my performance level improved and the road racing soon became competitive, just as I had felt drag racing. Probably the most memorable race back then was at Hallett in Oklahoma when Jay and myself raced door to door for several laps until Jay passed to win the race. That was such a blast! It was about this time frame when I felt "lost" without data acquisition, not knowing what the car was doing or what I was doing as a driver. Since I had the hardware and experience with the PCS D200 from my drag racing days, I installed one in this car and once I could "see" what was going on, that's when I felt compelled to make improvements, mostly how I was driving the car from the steering input, braking, accelerator etc.

Below: Legacy cars doing battle at Texas World Speedway.

Jay and I realized we were always being beaten by the other cars in our run groups so I went about researching performance parts for these engines. There weren't any available. The next step was to make our own and the first improvement came from a stock camshaft that was re-ground. This made a noticeable improvement with a 14 horsepower increase in power and it was with this power we decided to enter and compete in our first NASA National event at Miller Motor Sports Park in Utah. That was a great road trip but we still managed to get our butts kicked on track.

Below: Jay Carley and myself at Miller Motor Sports Park.

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