you're thinking about going road racing for the first time or maybe
you're thinking about changing classes, what car do you buy? Obviously
this will depend on what you can afford, and/or what your knowledge and
experience level might be with any particular car.
I canít necessarily tell you the best car for you to buy to go
racing, but I can explain why I think the Mazda RX-7 is an ideal
candidate for the both the novice and experienced road racer.
and competitive. First and
foremost the car is fun to drive. Other cars are faster and some
are slower, but I would rather have one in the middle. A car may
be fast for it's class, but a slower car in its usual run-group. I
don1 think it is much fun to be watching my mirrors more than the
track in front of me. The PR0-7class runs with Club Rabbit and
other competitive cars of similar speed capability.
class. You don't
want to be the only car in your class. The more the merrier and
the more fun you will have during your weekend of racing.
PRO- 7 is in its third year and growing fast.
Important to everyone, the
less expensive the better. Inexpensive to get into and cheap to maintain is what we are
talking about. A base
car can be purchased for less than $1500. Cars needing
engine work can be found for less than $500 in street condition. A race ready
competitive PR0- 7 car can be purchased starting for around $5000.
Rebuilding motors every few months and buying tires every
few races does not fit the rule of low cost.
A refreshed12A motor can be expected to last at least 2
driving at the red line will decrease engine life.
DOT tires on stock wheels are the spec with race compound
tires available. Using
DOT Race compound tires you will probably use a set about every 5
Ė 6 races.
After-market and used parts are a good thing to be able to
get whenever you may need then. 1st Gen RX-7s are plentiful and
many are near the 15Ok mileage threshold many people decide to
upgrade to a newer car rather than rebuild the engine. Thus, a
ready supply of vehicles exists for low cost replacement parts.
This is not a car that you win be afraid to get banged up. Yes, it does happen occasionally, and when it does, you can go
to just about any used parts yard and get just what you need.
There really isnít anything complicated about the car.
someone local to call if you are having problems putting things
together in the garage, is a BIG help. I
carry an adequate supply of spare parts and expendable items
available at each race I attend. The RX- 7 racers are a very
competitive group but are more concerned with getting you onto the
track to compete as opposed to seeing you miss a race because of
7 racers are about the friendliest, most down-to-earth bunch of people
you will ever meet. If you
are interested, let me know. I will be glad to help you get involved. I
have six PRO-7 RX7s for rent, so if you wish to try it out at a drivers
school, or schedule a season program contact me.
7 RACING PROGRAMS
obvious choice as an entry level to road racing for a new member with a
tight budget is Club Racing, either SCCA, ICSCC or N.A.S.A. There are
many classes and many competitive cars available to choose from but the
first time racer usually starts with a limited budget.
or Spec RX-7 is a racing series for all 1st generation Mazda RX-7s
(model year 1979 to 1985). Car preparation is limited to installation of
required safety equipment, race suspension components and DOT race
engine, carburetor, transmission and rear end components meeting the
class specification are required. The intent of the PRo-7 series is to
provide an affordable opportunity for people to experience the exciting
world of road racing utilizing late model sports cars with limited
modifications. The series provides the opportunity for fun, exciting,
close competition without the high expenses of other series and classes.
the recent growth of the PR0-7 or Spec-RX7 class, there are more RX-7s
to race with than ever. Spec
is great, because every car is prepared equally .You shouldn't get beat
by someone else's money, just their driving ability. ITA gives you a
little more freedom in how you prepare the car and still remains
PRO-7 configuration may be run in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA),
National Auto Sport Association (N.A.S.A.) and International Council of
Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC) race series.
Northwest region tracks Locations include Bremerton Raceway, Mission
Raceway Park, Portland International Raceway, Seattle International
Raceway and Spokane Raceway Park.
Rx7ís (built to PRo-7 SPECS) run in the NA.SA. Pro Sedan 2 class.
in the San Francisco region include Sears Point, Laguna Seca, Thunder
Hill and Buttonwillow.
spec cars run in the SCCA Improved Touring Category class. PRO-7 spec
cars compete in the ICSCC Group 2 Production cars.
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Race Schedules (see ICSCC and SCCA Links)
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Pro-7 Race Cars for Rent!
We offer 6
competitive Pro-7 cars for rent backed by years of race preparation
experience. Rent for one race season, also available for schools and
novice programs. New for
2000 - We have helmets, suits and gloves available for rent.
Call Jeff at
(253) 537-8075 or e-mail at JeffsAuto@MazdaManor.com
SCCA & ICSCC PRO- 7 legal cars are available
for single or season rentals. Cars are prepared and delivered to the
track race really. Full pit support and equipment maintenance is
provided throughout the race weekend. Utilizing available safety
equipment services drivers are offered a complete " Arrive &
race rentals start at $650
Season leases are
based on the schedule and number of races planned.
RX- 7 Rental - "Arrive and Drive"
Single Race Rentals
Season or Series Programs
School & Novice Programs
Safety Gear Rental (Suits,
Gloves, Boots and helmets)
7 Car Preparation
SCCA and ICSCC Spec Cars
Engine Preparation and Rebuilds
Parts and Services
I also offer complete car preparation
services including "Turn-Key" Spec built cars.
Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
No matter what your motorsports interest, there's a program to
match in the Sports Car Club of America. Whether it's competition
driving, working the course or race administration, SCCA puts you in
the middle of the action.
Northwest Region Sports Car Club
Racing: In 1961, first contract was negotiated with Pacific
Raceways Inc. (now Seattle International Raceway) for race events, an
association which has continued through the years. Low point was in
1976 when our racing year ended early due to hard-wire communications
line failure. Regional Races were held at Shelton Airport until 1970
and at the Olympia Airport from April 1983 through September 1989.
International Conference of Sports
Car Clubs (ICSSC)
The International Conference of Sports Car Clubs Inc. (ICSCC, or
'Conference') is an association of independent sports car clubs in the
United States and Canada. It is a regulatory and administrative
organization providing the basic guidelines for organized sports car
racing in its membership area.
Cascade Sports Car Club (CSCC)
The Cascade Sports Car Club began life in 1953 as the 4
Cylinder Sports Car Club of Oregon with a total membership of fifteen.
The club name was changed to Cascade in May of 1956 and membership has
since grown to more than 350 members.
International Race Drivers
The International Race Drivers Club (IRDC) was founded in 1970 and
is the western Washington area member club of the International
Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC). The ICSCC was formed to
provide a less expensive alternative to the sports car enthusiast
whose interests lay in regional competition. It allows the average
person the opportunity to become a competitive race driver on a local
I/O Port Racing Supplies
I/O Port Racing Supplies is located in Lafayette, California and
was established in June of 1988. Specializing in safety equipment, I/O
Port has grown from selling helmets and suits at local race events to
having a 20-page catalog and world-wide sales. We are constantly
expanding our inventory to give you a more comprehensive source for
racing goods. Recently we added a new book called Civic Duty,
mirrors, steering wheels, more helmet graphics and Hot Lap Timing
Systems. We now have the new SA-2000 rated helmets.
Our six thousand square-foot building
houses a complete shop with the capability to build an entire car from
the ground up.
Our retail showroom is second to none. And we now offer products
through our web site. Authorized dealers of Sparco, Kinesis, BBS,
Recaro, Arai, and much more.
We sell everything from official racing sportswear and artwork to
safety equipment and accessories of every kind for your car or truck.
We cater to everyone from the elegant to the extreme, and the hard
Motorsports offers something for everyone.
AstraTech Racing Technology
Free with the last issue of Racecar was a
demonstration disk of the latest racecar data analysis software from
the UK company, AstraTech. Over the past five years or so, AstraTech
has built a reputation for supplying easy-to-use data acquisition
systems. The company's products have become popular amongst teams that
require accurate performance data, but lack the budget or in-house
expertise to make use of more sophisticated and expensive equipment.
Auto Craze Parts
They carry a wide variety of products and are located;
100 S.E. 1st Street, Unit 40 - Miami,
Florida 33131 - Tel:(305) 358-9021 - Fax:(305) 358-4527
Auto Meter is an American owned and operated company and we greatly
appreciate that you have made us America's No. 1 racing instrument
manufacturer. Since our beginning in 1957, we have devoted a tremendous
amount of time and resources into maintaining a strong leadership role.
We are serious about manufacturing the absolute best instruments in the
automotive aftermarket. Our commitment to NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch
Grand National, NASCAR Craftsman Series, NHRA and IHRA helps to insure
that drivers can rely on the products we produce. Our involvement allows
us to provide innovative, useful instruments for all classes of racing.
After all, Stock Car Racing, Drag Racing and Street Rodding were
"Born in America" and we are glad to be your partner in this
The Spec Miata class is designed to provide an affordable nationwide
class in which all regions are using the same rules and regulations.
This would allow for crossover region racing and possibly an end of the
year runoff. Pending approval from the SCCA competition board and other
sanctioning bodies, this class could also be made into an Autocross
class. Cars could compete in different forms of racing, and drivers
could work their cars from autocross forms into road racing.
The Drivers Edge Autosport
My focus, and the driving (no pun intended :)) force behind The
Driver's Edge is to provide a place where car enthusiasts can
congregate and discuss auto - related business, swap advice, and,
hopefully, purchase enthusiast - oriented automobiles. We specialize
in BMW M3s, M5s, 325iSs, and Porsche 911s, as well as having access to
just about anything else you might want. Tell us what you want and
we'll find it for you!
Suspension technology is highly confusing, and there's a reason for
this: It is highly complex, and there is rarely any one
"right" answer. Even many aftermarket manufacturers can only
guess at the optimum spring and sway bar rates for their performance
suspension kits. And what they build may not be what's best for you. But
many of the common mistakes in suspension design are completely
avoidable. That's what this software is designed to help you with. This
software makes all the complicated calculations needed to design the
optimum springs and sway bars for you ó or to help you decide which of
the aftermarket components are best for your needs.
At Earl's, we are very proud of our track record. (Pun fully intended)
We feel this record has been the direct result of our setting the
following goals when we started supplying products directly to the racer
from our Lawndale retail store over 30 years ago:
Today we still strive to achieve these goals through a selected network
of distributors around the world.
- Supply the best product
- Offer the best value (not necessarily the cheapest price)
- Provide the best service
Federal Hose Manufacturing, Inc. is a recognized leader in the
manufacture and distribution of flexible interlocking metal hose,
reinforced and non-reinforced industrial ducting, and silicone hose.
Since the founding of our company in 1921, Federal Hose Manufacturing
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Federal Hose carries a complete line of durable, dependable hoses and
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