Over the winter, we began following JB Swan and Steve Introne as they set out to build new B-Spec cars for the 2021 road racing season. Both were seasoned drivers. JB with years of experience racing in production and IT7 cars, and Steve in the SRF and SRF3 vehicles. However, 2021 would put them into the seats of an entirely new class, with new cars they were building from the ground up. JB's 2021 ride is a Chevy Sonic and Steve took a Mini Cooper as his choice for B-Spec competition. In our first two articles, we followed why they each found this up-and-coming new class so desirable that they would make the move, to how they chose their donor vehicle, and the initial build process - stripping the cars down, fabricating roll cages, selecting seats, etc. So You Want to Build a B-Spec: Part 1 Building a B-Spec: Part 2 Steve and JB top the podium at the Pocono Majors going 1st and 2nd. Fine Tuning and Race Prep Our last check-in had both vehicles with cages, seats and engines. That left the fine tuning for turning a street vehicle into a race [...]
Written by David Bocchichio On Sunday, April 4, 2021 my 17 year old son Liam and I had a chance to attend our first Regional Solo at Devens Airfield, in Ayer, MA. To say that we were a little nervous would be putting it mildly. After attending several local events last year, on smaller lots in our home state of Connecticut, we at least understood the basic process. But the scale of everything up at Devens was so much bigger and I had my son in his own car to worry about. However, after what our family has gone through over the last year, we felt ready for anything. 2020 Turns Life Upside Down March 2020 went the same for us as it did for most people across the world. Our lives were put on hold due to Coronavirus lockdows. Things began to spiral out of control for us soon after as weird health issues that had been plaguing me for many years suddenly worsened. In the fall of 2020 I was finally diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder, putting an end to a lifetime [...]
When it comes to getting out on a road course, SCCA offers three ways car enthusiasts can experience the fun of driving on a dedicated race track. From the entry level Track Night in America series of events, to Time Trials competitions, and the most recent Club Racing Experience that prepares drivers for full wheel-to-wheel racing action, there are plenty of opportunities and ways to get out and have #funwithcars. However, for those new to SCCA and motorsports, understanding the differences between each of these events may be difficult. So we're here to break it down and make it simple. Two easy to understand charts that quickly answer the questions about what's similar and what's different. Breakdown the Similarities and Differences The one thing all three events have in common is that they are held on dedicated road racing courses. Unlike Rally events that are on rally tracks (dirt and gravel courses) or Autocross events that are typically held on parking lots or airport tarmacs; CRE, Time Trials, and TNiA are all scheduled at tracks like Thompson Speedway, Lime Rock Park, or Palmer Motorsports Park. Beyond that, some aspects of each event may crossover [...]
Written by James Ray Volunteer grid worker Greg Holt is a great example of someone whose passion for race cars started early in life. He shares an old family photo showing him sitting in the cockpit of an older cousin’s micro midget sprint car. Greg’s father, Henry, can be seen holding onto the roll bar, like he is worried Greg might take off! Another more recent family photo shows Greg as a young father and playing with oldest son Eric’s slot car racing set. Many of us catch the fever young in life and it never leaves us. We just want to have #FunWithCars! For those unfamiliar with grid workers, they are the ones wearing white helping position the race cars in starting order before each on-track session. Volunteer grid workers provide valuable service by checking driver safety gear and verifying each car displays a current-event tech inspection sticker. They look at driver harness belts and HANS straps to ensure they are fastened, check that helmet and gloves are on, window nets are up, and (for open cockpit cars) that the driver is wearing arm restraints. As race cars [...]
For Phi Gott, SCCA racing has always been a family affair.
Cages, Seats and Engines When we left JB and Steve before Christmas, the two new B-Spec builders had both acquired their donor vehicles and begun stripping them down to turn into racecars. The ordering frenzy for parts had started, as well as the research on how best to build and fabricate the roll cage and fit a race seat inside the gutted shells. Engine decisions were also looming - stick with the donor stock or rebuild? Go Local or Ship It Out When it came to choosing a fabricator for the roll cages, both drivers had multiple factors to consider. The convenience of a local shop, or the hassle of transporting to one farther away? Costs, availability, and turn around times? And the extent of what needed to be accomplished? JB opted to stay local and commissioned Flatout Motorsports to do the cage for his Sonic. “The car was sent to Flatout the week of Thanksgiving. The decision to send it to them was all about time. The few installers I talked to said they could not touch it till March so it was an easy decision. We estimated 6-8 weeks, giving [...]
Meet Eddie Zemek. From TNiA to CRE and now road racing, at 72 years young, Eddie shows it's never too late to learn to race.
Written By: Mike Harmuth HRG 2020 Season The season started almost two months late at Lime Rock in July and finished up at Watkins Glen in October. Although we lost two events early this year we were able to get 7 points races in over 4 race weekends. There are 5 classes of cars effectively based on engine displacement, HRG-1 (under 1300cc) to HRG-5 (all V8s and larger). All the cars run on track at the same time but only score points within their group. About HRG The NEDiv Historic Racing Group ("HRG") is a committee, under the Northeast Division of the Sports Car Club of America, Inc., which governs wheel to wheel racing for the SCCA accepted series formerly known as the Volvo Historic Series. The Group is not associated with any one region but is part of the Northeast Division of the SCCA. The Group shall abide by the SCCA by-laws of the current GCR, the Historic GCR and any guidelines as set forth in the Group's regulations which are accepted by the SCCA National Office. The purpose of the HRG is to promote venues for competitors who desire to race Historic cars [...]
Longtime SCCA member Jon Coffin shared his run in with 78yo TNIA driver Stu Forer.
James Blumenfeld gives readers a peak inside a pacecar.