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 that Christmas and New Years and a few races in Florida may slow the process.”
Steve took a different route and hired BabyFace Fabrication down in North Carolina to do his cage, in part because of their reputation for working on Minis. “I hauled the Mini down the weekend of December 19-20. Josh Schmidt, who owns the shop, was very accomodating and offered to let me store my tow vehicle and trailer at his location while he did the work,” Steve explained. “This allowed me to fly back home after dropping everything off. When the cage, updated motor install, seat prep, and exhaust was done, I flew back down to Charlotte on January 9th, loaded up the completed car, and hauled back to New Hampshire. The cost of the round-trip ticket was easily much cheaper than driving back and forth twice, not to mention the 28 hours on the road it saved me.”