2019 Charlotte Champ Tour at ZMax Dragway

Racing season has sprung! This past weekend, the Period Correct Tow Pig hauled the Buick and myself to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the 2019 SCCA Champ Tour/CAM Challenge in the parking lot of ZMax Dragway. Unlike last year’s event, which was a Match Tour format, this was a full-fledged Champ Tour. Two hundred ninety eight …

Why you should be careful managing your RAID

Shifting gears a bit from the normal fare, here! I have computers at home. A few of them. There my desktop, which is an HP Pavilion case, but the HP motherboard died, so I swapped in a new one, so it really isn’t a HP Pavilion anymore. My girlfriend has a Lenovo mini-tower that’s probably …

On the subject of fiberglass bumpers

Well, I have a composite front bumper now. The stats: Material: Fiberglass impregnated resin Weight: 7.3 pounds naked Aluminum bumper support weight savings over stock bumper shocks: 3 pounds Total installed weight savings over stock bumper (also weighed naked): 46.7 pounds I could drone on about how to refinish a fiberglass part, but I’ll just …

On the subject of hood vents

Many cars, mine included, have issues with air management under the hood. As speeds increase, the ability of air to pass through the radiator opening and then out of the engine compartment becomes somewhat troubled. In almost every instance, the high pressure that builds up inside the engine bay can actually stall airflow through the …

2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational – Part 3: OUSCI

The actual event! After 21 days of prep, three days of driving, four days of the car in the SEMA show, where I also walked nearly forty miles, it was finally time for the actual event. The invitational follows the same multi-segment format as the regular season events, but runs are somewhat limited, and the …

2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational – Part 2: SEMA

After getting the invite to the Optima Ultimate Street Car invitational, I faced a daunting task. I got the invite on October 8, 2018. Load-in for SEMA was 8pm on October 29. I had 21 days to secure lodging, make sure the car was set, clean the car, make sure the tow vehicle and trailer …

2018 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational – Part 1: The Run Up

First, a brief history on my involvement in the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car series: Back in 2015, my friend Brian Mason sent out a feeler to our local SCCA region about the Optima USCA event that was coming to NCM that year. At the time, my car was not in the kind …