Friday, September 16, 2016

Repair, Test, Repeat.

   It has been almost a year since I made my first post. Life has been busy and repairs plenty for 2016. After traveling almost 40,000 miles in a year and reaching 100.000 miles on the odometer, it was time to replace the head gaskets. Back in March, I stopped into Kinetic Motor Works in Hampstead, NH. It has been my main service shop since Orlando is quite the distance away.

     The engine cylinder heads were developing a carbon build up. The valves were getting stuck open and risking the chance of burning out. After a valve job, the engine was ready to go to be put back in the car, leak free.

     During the summer new pads and rotors were installed. During the service, it was determined a caliper was seizing up and the caliper pistons starting to crumble. The bad caliper was replaced and everything freed up to continue use for the mean time. Immediately after the brake job, it was time to go have some fun!

     Back in August, Team O'Neil Rally School in Dalton, NH held RallyFest. The event featured many rally related activities including rallycross, just like the SCCA kind. It was the first time I had raced the car. There was no timing, just running the course getting used to the feel of the car. It was a great event and many thanks to the Team O'Neil crew for hosting a great event. Many thanks to Nemesis Photo and Daggerslade Media for taking pictures. Next up, prep for 2017 NER SCCA RallyCross!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 Autocross Has Begun!

     After a several month winter hibernation, I have returned to the racing scene, and thus to my blog posts! I know you all missed hearing about all the adventures my dear STI and I have gone on. But first we need to recap last year.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Justang $2015 Challenge Results

Well, the event has come and gone and the Justang performed better than we expected!  We busted our asses to get the car done in the last week before the event and thankfully it paid off.   How did we do?  Did the Justang survive?  Will the Justy enthusiasts world ever be the same?  Read on to find out!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Justang - The Offspring of a Justy and a Cobra

Circuit Motorsports decided that they wanted to compete as a team in the $2015 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. If you're unfamiliar with this event the basics are that you enter the event with a car you built for less than $2,015. You then compete against the other teams in an autocross, drag race, and finally a concours. We knew we wanted a Subaru to start as a base car because that's what we are known for, but most performance Subarus are well over the allowed budget, so we settled with the spunky little stepchild from the 80s, the Subaru Justy. We also knew we would need cheap horsepower to make the Justy even somewhat competitive, so we went with good 'ol American muscle in the form of a Mustang Cobra 4.6l DOHC V8. How did we fit a Cobra drivetrain into a Justy? With a hell of a lot of patience, sweat, and cursing. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Destination Open Light: CMS sponsored Piscataqua Rally Team

There is always a legend that inspires great people to do great things. For me many legends got me excited for racing. As a young toddler, I grew up watching the glitz and glamour of Formula 1. My favorite car was the red one, a Ferrari driven by someone named Schumacher. Being this young, I was memorized by his driving and had no idea he was a legend. But that's not what got me to where I am. Back then I often played racing games as well. One game in particular was one of my favorites even though I couldn't do well. It involved a blue car with yellow decals that you drive off road.