Issue 155

July 23, 2014

In this issue:

Race Class Profile: Spec E30
The Four Fundamentals of Driving a Race Car Fast
25 Awesome Photos from the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational
The Guide to Road Racing, Part 11: Track Days
Keep Your Helmet Clean With Our Lightest, Most Breathable Balaclava
WRR's Fantasy Racer GP: Round 19
Get A CoolShirt With An Extra Layer of Fire Protection
WR TV: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ
Featherweight Composite Helmet With A Large Eyeport
Track Decal of the Week: Road America
Keep Your Car In Alignment With This Handy Magnetic Gauge

Race Class Profile: Spec E30

By Bradley Iger / July 21, 2014

For those looking to get into some Bavarian wheel-to-wheel racing action, the Spec E30 race class is a fantastic option. Focusing on spec-built, second generation BMW 3-Series coupes and sedans, the Spec E30 class offers an alternative to Spec Miata and Spec Racer Ford classes for those looking to try something a bit different. With relatively low costs to build and run, along with the spec build requirements, Spec E30 rewards driver skill above all else. Here's a rundown of the details of both the series and the car itself:
 
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The Four Fundamentals of Driving a Race Car Fast

By Ross Bentley / July 8, 2014

Allen Berg knows the advanced stuff as well as anyone, both having raced Formula One and teching at his racing school for years. He's trained countless numbers of race drivers to be fast. But the best, most knowledgeable drivers and instructors also never forget about the basics.   

 

After spending a lifetime driving as fast as possible for a living, as well as operating a racing school for the past several years, I guess I am qualified to provide my opinion on the basics of driving fast!

Technique
 
We spend a lot of time in our school ensuring that drivers learn the importance of technique in all aspects of driving the car. As with most other sporting endeavors, if you don't acquire the fundamental skills right away, you will develop bad habits that will be harder to change later on. However, drivers who come to our schools have already learned the basic skills. It is our job to  improve upon those, identifying and assisting to break any bad habits that are already set.
 
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25 Awesome Photos from the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational

By Winding Road Staff / July 10, 2014

Our friends at Motorsport Retro bring us this collection of incredible images from last month's inaugural Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a massive vintage racing event held by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. The famed race track hosted more than 500 of the world’s finest and most historic racecars as they competed on the recently reconfigured road course as well as running exhibition events on the legendary 2.5 mile oval.
 
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The Guide to Road Racing, Part 11: Track Days

By Tom Martin / July 8, 2014

In this installment of The Guide we’ll take a look at track days, which are perhaps the easiest and possibly most common – along with Autocross -- entry point to road racing. Not only that, but for many drivers track days are a kind of sport unto themselves -- something you can do and enjoy for a lifetime without any need to go "further".
 
As a refresher, we attended a weekend track day held by Edge Addicts at Circuit of the Americas, both to participate and to interview drivers and instructors to get a broader perspective.
 
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Keep Your Helmet Clean With Our Lightest, Most Breathable Balaclava

Price: $69.95

The Alpinestars ZX Series balaclava is the most comfortable balaclava you'll find. It's made with a lighter weight Lenzing FR material which is more breathable than other balaclavas. In addition, the ear and neck areas have been stitched using a more form-fitting pattern, preventing uncomfortable "bunching" when worn under a helmet.

Trust us when we tell you: we'll never wear another balaclava after switching to the ZX. The difference in fit and comfort is truly incredible.

  • FIA8856-2000 and SFI 3.3 Certified

 

 

 


WRR's Fantasy Racer GP: Round 19

By Winding Road Staff / July 21, 2014

This week we head to the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyoród, Hungary for the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix!
 
Got a hunch about who will take pole and who will finish on the podium? The player that guesses who lands the top spot in qualifying along with the podium finishers of the race will win a copy of The Big Engine That Could on DVD - the story of Team Winding Road Racing's preparation for, and the surprising outcome of, the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race.
 
Playing FRGP is easy - just head over to the contest page and answer five questions. That's it - you're entered to win!
 
So what're you waiting for? Play Fantasy Racer GP now!

 


Get A CoolShirt With An Extra Layer of Fire Protection

Price: $259.95

This is a fire-rated short-sleeve CoolShirt cooling shirt that works with CoolShirt, Momo, and F.A.S.T. driver cooling systems.

  • SFI 3.3 Rating
SYSTEM COMPATIBILITY (CoolShirt / Momo / FAST):

CoolShirtMALE connectors work with any FEMALE connector, be it CoolShirt, Momo or FAST. So no matter which system you have, a CoolShirt shirt will work with it because of the MALE connector on the shirt.

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WR TV: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

By Bradley Iger / July 21, 2014

While we enjoyed our time in the all-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade, its that luxury SUV's blue-collared, trailer-pulling cousin, the Chevrolet Tahoe (and its long wheelbase variant, the Suburban), that will really steer the course for this generation of GM's full sized sport utilities.
 
This week we get up close and behind the wheel of the all-new Tahoe LTZ. Boasting a direct-injected 5.3-liter V8 that generates 355 horsepower and 383lb-ft of torque, here in 4WD configuration the Tahoe has a rated towing capacity of 8400 pounds while maintaining a respectable fuel economy rating of 16 city and 22 highway.
 
Featuring GM's Magnetic Ride Control suspension system, HID headlights and a fully automatic locking rear differential, the best selling full size SUV on the market continues to improve on an already successful platform. But while facts and figures are great, seeing it in action is even better:
 

Featherweight Composite Helmet With A Large Eyeport

Price: $899.95
  • ScLc (super complex laminate construction) outer shell
  • Larger eye port than comparable models at 90 mm (3.5 inches)
  • Optional adjustable peak visor featuring an easily removable/replaceable light tint anti glare lens (see "Accessories" list above)
  • Pre-installed threaded M6 studs for HANS Post anchor installation (HANS posts sold separately - see "Accessories" list above)
  • Two intake and exhaust ducts allow increased airflow even in a closed cockpit (front and rear vents are closeable)
  • Removable / replaceable cheek pads & comfort liner for a custom fit & easier cleaning
  • Meets Snell SA-2010 Standards
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Track Decal of the Week: Road America

By Bradley Iger / July 15, 2014

As auto racing was beginning to gain popularity in the United States in the 1940s and early 1950s, most events were held on public streets. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's open road course was among many across the country that played host to numerous SCCA events throughout the era. After legislation brought a ban to racing on public roads due to safety concerns spurred by a particularly bad crash at Watkins Glen in 1952, a man by the name of Clif Tufte brought together members of the Chicago Region of the Sports Car Club of America to develop plans to build a permanent, private road course in Elkhart Lake.
 

Keep Your Car In Alignment With This Handy Magnetic Gauge

Price: $129.90

Longacre Standard Bubble Style Castor / Camber Gauge

  • Reads camber from +6° to -6° accurate to 1/4°
  • Caster reads to +/- 8°
  • All vials are individually checked and calibrated for accuracy
  • All critical surfaces are CNC machined for accuracy
  • Comes with carrying case

 
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