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12-31-2006, 04:48 PM
Have you thought about racing? If you are still in the "thinking about it" stage, I'd like to recommend a book by a friend of mine, Dave Gran.

I have no finacial connection to the book and Dave is hardly going to get rich with it anyway. I think he mostly put it together because he saw that road-course racing seems to have a lot of "hurdles" and a lot of "mystery". It put him off for many years.
After he finally got going, he discoverd that an average guy (like him) could do fine with racing, even on a limited budget.

The problem is, a lot of the "experts" will tell newcomers that "you *must* have this and you *must* have that....blah, blah, blah".
Dave found out that you don't need all the fancy-dancy stuff. In fact, he discovered that you could buy a cheap "beater" car, leave it mostly stock, fix it up with the appropriate safety gear and have a great time running track events. I've known this for years....but Dave actually wrote a book about it.

I see lots of examples of this:
~In our last four hour event at Summit Point, the overall winner (in a Honda Civic) was running a stock, junkyard motor that had well over 100,000 miles on it.
~One of my friends bought a stock Hyundai for $300, put a cage in it and raced it in seven events this year. The car has stock street radials, a catalytic converter and even a radio. He's having a ball.
~I'm building a '91 Ford Escort for our EMRA enduro series. I got the car for nothing and someone gave me a decent spare car. When I'm done I'll have around $500 in it. Even if I had to buy the car and build it with retail-purchased parts, I could have it done for well under $2000. I've raced my Spridget in over 50 days of racing in the last four years and I doubt that I have more than $3500 in it.

So if you feel that the *only* way to go racing is to take out a second mortage and built a car from Unobtanium, read Dave's book.

Obviously, some folks are only interested in racing if they can win. And there definitely seems to be some folks who enjoy the bragging rights of having "all the trick parts". But for me (and most amateur club racers) it's just fun being "out there"....and finishing mid-pack with a car that costs less than your laptop makes you feel like you just won LeMans.

His book is called "Go Ahead, Take The Wheel" and the website is

Tim Hollister
12-31-2006, 08:37 PM
Nial is right! I picked up a copy of Dave's book as soon as it came out. It's not often I have a hard time putting a book down but this book is chock full of useful information for the person wanting to get into racing but is hesitant.

"Go Ahead and Take the Wheel" is one of the first things I mention when someone asks me about racing!!


01-01-2007, 09:43 AM
Thanks Nial this is just what I need. As you know I have been rolling this over in my mind for some time. I just ordered this book and it may be the turning point for me..