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IslandHopper
08-18-2006, 23:39
Rather than hijacking the other thread where we started talking about this, I thought I'd start it's own.

I mentioned I'm getting into "Spec Miata" racing, and other folks showed interest...

I bought a well-worn car for $1200 and will end up putting another $5000 or so for the roll-cage and spec suspension. Getting started is pricey, because getting a competition license requires several driving classes/schools which ain't cheap. After that though, the race entry fees are generally <$500 (sometimes half that.) And the car is still street legal.

A relatively cheap way to get into the sport.

Ron3
08-18-2006, 23:55
What about tires? Brakes? Fuel? Hotel rooms?

If it's $500 to get in, a set of tires is another $600 easy!

Ron3

IslandHopper
08-19-2006, 00:19
Tires ... good for 2-3 races. (probably only 2 as my driving improves and i push them harder.) And they are LESS than $100/corner.

Brakes ... one race (pads only .... rotors will last forever.)

Hotel ... there are 6 diferrent "active" tracks within 3 hours of me ... no hotel required.

Fuel ... 87 octane ... it's 2.79/gal ... the car holds 10 gal.

It's NOT free... but as auto-racing goes, it's cheap.

And since this IS "Glock Talk"... A day at the range with retail cartridges going through a .45 could easily run into the hundreds of dollars ;)

Rob1035
08-19-2006, 05:20
The only series that is close to as cheap is SpecE30, which uses late 80s BMW 3-series.

In either case, you can do it cheap if you budget and dont get brand new everything, or you can spend huge amounts of money if you're so inclined.

Both series are highly entertaining to watch IMHO



oh, BTW Islandhopper: Pics of your spec car please!

Ron3
08-19-2006, 09:29
Originally posted by IslandHopper
Tires ... good for 2-3 races. (probably only 2 as my driving improves and i push them harder.) And they are LESS than $100/corner.

Brakes ... one race (pads only .... rotors will last forever.)

Hotel ... there are 6 diferrent "active" tracks within 3 hours of me ... no hotel required.

Fuel ... 87 octane ... it's 2.79/gal ... the car holds 10 gal.

It's NOT free... but as auto-racing goes, it's cheap.

And since this IS "Glock Talk"... A day at the range with retail cartridges going through a .45 could easily run into the hundreds of dollars ;)

Rotors last forever? You mean a season?

6 tracks within 3 hours?! You lucky skunk!

When I talked about fuel it would mean fuel for the vehicle towing the trailer with the car on it for hundreds of miles each way, plus fuel to be used on track.

Plus hotel stays, plus food.

Aren't many of the events two days?

Ron3

IslandHopper
08-19-2006, 09:58
Originally posted by Ron3
...Plus hotel stays, plus food.

Aren't many of the events two days?

Ron3


OK, OK, ... if an occasional hotel bill and triple-digit fuel receipts aren't your thing, then racing ain't for you! :)

I drive mine to the tracks so far... but I haven't done any wheel-to-wheel racing yet, so my odds of wrecking the car are pretty slim.

Ron3
08-20-2006, 20:53
Originally posted by IslandHopper
OK, OK, ... if an occasional hotel bill and triple-digit fuel receipts aren't your thing, then racing ain't for you! :)

I drive mine to the tracks so far... but I haven't done any wheel-to-wheel racing yet, so my odds of wrecking the car are pretty slim.

Well heck I've done open tracking in my daily driver!

But I'm not driving a race car to the track. It won't have heat or ac, but will have race pads and a full cage. Also, I need to be able to drive it on track like it isn't my ride home!

So, I need to two it, and that will eat up some fuel. Florida has seven events for Focus spec racing, and all but one will require a hotel stay and most two!

Maybe I should look into those 100-mph go carts for my wheel to wheel fun.

:cool: Ron3

spober
08-22-2006, 20:43
as long as you arent wreaking and blowing up stuff its not expensive.i raced a 1988 250R Honda four trax 4 wheeler .mostly practice racing .a few motos bu at any rate i spent 300 for the 2 stroke racer.invested another 3-4 thousand on upgrading swingarms,sprockect,engine rebuilds,nurff bars,grab bars,bumpers,hossiers racing ruber/on aluminum wheels,ect,ect,ect.new extended axel.ever part.twis throtle,answer handlebars,super bills exaust pipe.trick shocks.racing at any leval is alot of money.


btw bud races gas radio cars.wow 800 bucks start.

Scooter70
09-09-2006, 19:49
Spec Miata is definitly where it's at. For wheel to wheel action without spending a fortune, there's nothing better.

Here's my dad's '99 M2 which is currently for sale. The car is in MA, if anyone's interested.

http://drbrian722.dnsalias.net:83/KMMotorsports/images/miata/NHIS_rain2.jpg