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Chassis of the "Baja Boats" Capri pictured a couple of columns earlier

"Roush" chassis stripped bare

One of the things that racers love to worry about is the weight of various components. And of course it is exceedingly important. After all we’ve never found a way around the law of inertia and that little thing called momentum. So it does behoove us to plan carefully and to not carry any unnecessary baggage with us on the track.

To the professional racer this is so important that teams go to what seems like ridiculous lengths sometimes. In an article recently it was revealed that last year McLaren wanted to add an additional sponsors logo to the drivers uniforms. This caused a major row within the team’s management because the logo weighed _37 grams_! Admittedly F1 is a totally different world than anything seem here in the states but the point is well taken.

In our world, I.E. club racing as well as the Trans-Am style cars it takes on a different spin. On more than a few occasions, I have had potential customers for bodywork pass on what were attractive deals. Their reason? They didn’t want anything that had any repairs to it. Not because of aesthetics or financial reasons but because they didn’t want the additional weight. While certainly their prerogative and understandable regarding the car, it sometimes make you wonder. Many of these same people, and I am certainly one of them, could more than offset that by putting the driver on a diet.

So I suppose the moral of this is that like so many other things about racing it is the total package. To be truly effective you have to incorporate every facet, sometimes it makes no sense to save .75 of a pound by using aluminum washers or leaving them off entirely if the driver is 30 pounds overweight. Food for thought if you will excuse the pun.

We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Please be safe out there tonight. We want you back , to join us in what promises to be an eventful, and exciting, if challenging 2012.

I think many of us believe that motorsport in general may be at or at least near a crossroads, so lets see what happens.

They say that with great challenges come great opportunities, and I for one am looking forward to it.

Again, Happy New Year!

Russ Edwards

Another Capri

Jim Miller Capri at Firebird

Another photo of the Capri

As millions of us get ready to take to the highways, remember safety first!

As many of you know I have been dabbling with parts for these cars for oh about six years now. And have been fortunate enough to sell parts in ten countries to date. Most of these parts have been to club racers, but here and there a few professionals. But the tractor company in Israel doesn’t quite fit in either category I don’t think.

So I thought that I would share with you what people like you are looking for out there. Now remember that this does not include the new parts that we sell. Nor does it differentiate between what we have and dont have, but just the request.

Wheel centers and rim halves. These are far and away 16″, although just recently we have seen a few request for the 18’s.  BBS 5 x 5 centers were hot, and scarce, last year, not so much this year. (of course since I have a couple in stock.) Centerlok centers sometimes, and I just found out that there some with a 3″ hole for the spindle as opposed to the standard 2.44″.  Rim halves, a lot of people wanted inners when the SCCA allowed 13″ as  opposed to 12″ width. Now however its mostly to replace crash damage.

Bodywork  is kind of interesting. We probably have sold more complete bodies than individual parts. This is generally somebody doing a total build from scratch of a car. Or, in one case, there were only two cars with this particular body built and the owner wanted to be sure he had a spare set. Occasionally we do sell a individual piece to a customer. But this can lead to a bit of frustration as people are understandably looking for lightly or undamaged pieces at discount prices.

Carbon Fiber wings are also a steady seller.

Transmissions. The wide gear Hewland is always in demand, the standard gear not so much any more. Jerico and T101A are steady. Not so much now from GT racers but from vintage racers. The Jerico to replace the Ford top loader, and the T101 the Borg Warner T10.

Suspension components, most often asked for are centerlok spindles and uprights. These again are for people building a bare chassis.

This was just a quick review of some of the requests we get for parts. By no means is it complete, and I am sure that as soon as I post this I will remember a complete category I forgot.

But if you are looking for that odd part for your race car, dont forget to give us a call or email us at sales@roadraceparts.com