Probe Update (and the RX-8 is gone)!

Assembled short block

I sold the RX-8. That experiment didn’t work out like I wanted. The car made it through the Pine Mountain Hillclimb without incident, but the clutch failed at the SCCA Time Trial Nationals. During the TT Nats, I also found out the engine was hurt. The combination of busted clutch and the need for a …

The 2022 Pine Mountain Hill Climb

Event Prep With the Probe still laid up waiting, and the Pine Mountain Hillclimb fast approaching, I made the decision to outfit the RX-8 with the proper safety equipment to run the event. That means a four point roll bar, harnesses, and a fire bottle. Since the factory seats don’t have provisions for a harness, …

2022 SCCA Red Hills National Tour (RX-8 updates)

A month of work reviving an old Mazda culminated in a successful SCCA National Tour event. I’m happy. Back in February, I bought a 2004 Mazda RX-8 off a friend. He had bought it off a guy in Tennessee a year or two earlier, and just hadn’t had time to mess with it. When I …

Probe Parts finally here!

It happened. The new pistons for the Probe’s engine have finally arrived, and boy are they pretty. These puppies are 85mm in diameter, 9.3:1 compression, forged aluminium copies of the OE piston. They feature improved quench areas and reinforced pin bosses. CP Carillo even sent back the rod and piston I sent them so they …

The Transition – backing away from full kill

After over a decade of serious competition that included one Kentucky Region SCCA CAM-T championship, five top-ten GTV finishes at Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car qualifier events, two Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitationals and an amazing trip to Saudi Arabia, we blew both head gaskets in Vegas at the 2021 OUSCI. It’s time …

SEMA and OUSCI 2021 Recap!

Well, I’ve been home less than 24 hours as I begin to write this and I’m still sort of flipping through the week in my head. The last time we made it to the OUSCI was 2018. Pre-COVID, SEMA was a full-strength show with nearly 200,000 attendees. Fast forward to this year, and attendance was …

Optima NCM Recap and SEMA Prep!

So, I’ve done at least half a dozen recaps of events at NCM, you can go digging into the archives if you want more nitty gritty details. I’m going to give you the final numbers: Finished 7th in GTV at the event.Finished 8th in GTV Overall for the season. Here’s a great picture that drives …