From RJ Lopez in car camera


In car video from John Baucom’s #86 Baucom Motorsports/ Mustang.

Video from John Baucom’s #86 Baucom Motorsports/ Mustang during the 2012 Road America Trans Am race.

Mosport Trans Am 2012. Footage from John Baucom’s #86 Baucom Motorsports/Roadraceparts Mustang.


This is the in car camera video from John Baucom’s #86 Roadraceparts Mustang during qualifying for the 2013 Road Atlanta Trans Am race.

Some of us can remember when 300 Horsepower was a lot for the street, even some pretty exotic cars were fairly hard pressed to meet that number. But in case you haven’t heard time isn’t the only thing that has moved on.

My first GT1 car.

My first GT1 car.

The car in the picture was my first GT1 car. It had about 550 HP, on its best day, back in the late 80’s. Not bad for a club racer but its 351 engine was almost certainly the best thing about it. The professionals however wouldn’t have considered it.

By the time the second coming of the TransAm series ended they were running 310 cid engines with rev limiters. These engines were, at least for those at the front end of the pack, in excess of 700 horsepower.

But now things have really changed. The 310 has gone the way of the dinosaur, replaced by the 358 cubic inch V8’s. Initially a lot of these were refugees from Nascar. Bought for less than one could build a 310 and producing big horsepower numbers. Initially some people just changed the cam, and maybe something with carburetion and exhaust and went racing. Worked pretty well and now the horsepower numbers were over 800.

But today the bar has been raised again. Some people have realized that an engine built purposely for road racing will out perform a converted stock car engine. This despite the fact that the horsepower numbers are the same.

And what are those numbers today? One racer who reportedly has about 830 HP told me recently ” I can’t pass them (the top cars) on the straight, but they can pass me.” His opinion is that he is 30 horsepower shy of the top cars.

So times have changed my friend, times have changed.


2014 is off to a rousing start both on the racetrack and in the shop.


At the track John Baucom and the Baucom Motorsports/Roadraceparts Mustang has gotten off to a good clean start. At the opener at Sebring he enjoyed a solid run all day. The result was a well earned a much deserved fourth place. While his best ever finish was a second at Cleveland a few years ago  this tied his best recent effort.

At Homestead again the car qualified in the top five in one of the toughest fields in recent years. Morning warmup was extremely promising and hopes were high going into the race. However it became apparent fairly quickly that the setup had been missed. The car was too stiff resulting in poor low speed grip, and running the rear tires off. Still a ninth place finish while disappointing gave hope.

All in all things are positive. The reliability issues from last year haven’t resurfaced, and the Hoosier tires haven’t been a problem. The break before the next race gives time for an engine rebuild and other things.

On a separate racing note we are involved in sourcing and supplying parts for a customers restoration project. He is doing a ground up restoration of a mid 90’s IMSA car. While finding some of the pieces is challenging we are delighted to  be involved in such a rewarding project.

Parts Business

Are you having trouble finding replacement parts for your Stasis brake kit which uses Alcon calipers? We can help. We can supply parts as well as rebuild assistance. Just give us a call at (804) 921-0902 or email us at

Have you checked your spare parts lately.  Not only do we carry all the seals and knock-back springs for Alcon, but Brembo, Performance Friction and Wilwood as well.

In addition we can provide custom brake hoses to your specification. Just tell us what sizes and dimensions and lest us give you a quote. Look For The Quotation Form on the Store soon. In the meantime just give us a call.

As always we have a great supply of Aurora rod ends, something that every racer is familiar with.

In addition we have recently started to get involved in some light manufacturing projects. The first of these will be up on the store this weekend.

 Social Media

Look for a expanded presence on social media going forward. We look forward to being able to interact on our Roadraceparts Facebook Page as well as on Twitter. Our Twitter handle is @roadraceparts come join us and exchange ideas.


We hope to soon be able to announce that we are moving. Its been a long time coming but its now on the horizon.

So I want to thank everyone for their support and look forward to a great year.

(And yes I am trying to talk Mark into some caps and shirts)



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John's Mustang on its way to a strong 4th at Watkins Glen.

John’s Mustang on its way to a strong 4th at Watkins Glen.

Congratulations to John Baucom and the entire Baucom Motorsports team after their fine 4th place finish in the Trans Am series race at Watkins Glen today.

This was their first return to the track since the disastrous fire at Sebring in the first race of rhe season. After qualifying 5th, with a broken front sway bar he was able to get as high as 3rd where he race most of the race. However at the end he was not able to hold off Simon Gregg who took the position with just a few laps left.

Johns car after the fire at Sebring.

Johns car after the fire at Sebring.

Again congratulations to John and everybody associated with the Mustang. We look for continued success.



Ever had the mishap of a “stuck” caliper? If you have it’s probably something you haven’t forgotten. What happens is that when you apply the brakes the pistons in the caliper press the pad against the rotor and the car slows. All good, right?

But when you release the pedal the piston does not return to its seated position, allowing the pads to release the rotor. How much of a problem is that? When it happened to me a 550 hp engine could barely move the car down pit road. Not good.

Several things can cause this, just disuse, like in a car that has sat for a period of time. Or, more commonly the heat cycles that the brakes go thru eventually deteriorate the seals.

The answer, is of course to add caliper maintenance to your check sheet. Every 2 or 3 races, pull the pistons, check them over and replace the seals. Seals are cheap insurance and it could save a lot of heartache.

Brembo pressure seals available from 28-44 mm.

Brembo pressure seals available from 28-44 mm.


For those of you using Brembo calipers, they have a new design of anti-knockback seal. A direct replacement for their regular pressure seal it reduces the issue of pad knock back.

We carry AP, Alcon, and Brembo caliper seals in stock ready for immediate delivery.

Time is important to racers, particularly track time.  Lets face it most of us don’t get but so many chances to actually get on the track. Maybe a Friday test day, if the work schedule, and budget, allows.

And because we don’t have much time we go out and run laps, and think that maybe a new set of tires, or a different transmission or engine package is what we need.  But maybe that’s not the answer, maybe we could improve the car closer to its potential without spending a load of money. (Before anyone says anything I do exclude new tires from this, that is an area that there is no getting around) So how do you make the car better, given the limited amount of time?

Get organized. First, record what is on the car now. Make detailed notes of every part of the setup, sway bars, springs, tire pressure etc. Then record the results, and here you have to be honest with yourself. What did it do?

Then every time you go out on track, change something on the car,. What it is you and your crew can figure out. But try something different and again record the results. And record the data when it is relevant, as soon as the car comes off the track. You don’t know what it is  that may wake your car up.

But one thing is for sure if you don’t try you wont get any better.