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 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 …

Huge Update! Time Trials, Optima, explosions, fire!

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated anything here. Time for a long post. The tldr; Turbocharged the Probe Tuned the Probe Raced the Probe and broke it Fixed the Probe Race the Probe again and really broke it Switched to the Buick Raced the Buick, broke it Fixed the Buick Raced the Buick again That’s …

More Probe Updates (including the DYNO!)

We’ve been busy. This Probe is just about ready for its debut. In our last update we had largely completed the turbo build, but there were lots of odds and ends to deal with after that. Prior to buttoning up the front end of the car, for instance, we had to do some body and …

Turbocharging a Ford Probe – Part 1

Well, after finishing off the interior of the car, including carpeting and a new sound system, it was finally time to move on to the fun part: The turbocharger kit. I did an unboxing video for the very incomplete kit a few weeks ago, you can find that video here. Now has come time to …

OUSCI at COTA and the season recap

Well, the 2020 racing season has come to a close for me. I can sum it up in one word: Wow. The decision to run this Probe turned out to be one of the best automotive decisions I’ve ever made. The car is fun. The risk level is low. The consumables are lower. Plus, it …

2020 Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car wrap-up (NCM + OUSCI)

Well, this past weekend was the last regularly scheduled racing date for me for the year. I trudged 100 miles down the road to NCM Motorsports Park for round 7 of the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car. I really enjoy this series, and if you remember from my post last December unveiling the …

Big brakes on a Probe? Yes!

So, after doing an HPDE at NCM, Optima events at AMP and Road America, and the DriveAutoX and UMI King of the Mountain, it was getting to be time to replace the brake pads on the Probe. I’ve never been very confident in the braking on this car. The previous owner had repaired some rusted …