I've been racing Class 5 since the 1980s and am so happy with the group of guys that have pushed to revive it - Zac, Ben, the Belks, and even the Grabowskis - the "Dale Earnhearts" of the class. The "extra" weight of the steel is not a big deal as they are merely skins and I love the "vintage look/feel". My car scales at just under 2700lbs, with all spares, tool bags and 15 gal of fuel - in line with all of the "competitive" cars. The Grabowski car is bitchin and I'm not worried about racing it nor that its not a "Baja Bug". I bet if they didn't call it a "Crosstrek" most people wouldn't "know" its not a Baja Bug... Look at your options, CRUMCO builds a bitchin car and of course Jake's can't be beat...Hope to see you at the races. Rage and Parker both will have great turnouts for the class.Thanks! That's some excellent first hand experience. Yes, I noticed the BITD rules are more restrictive than the SCORE rules, but even under the SCORE rules the Grabowski Suburu is clearly illegal, even to a mere amature observer like myself. It's not like you need to go over it with a micrometer and a tape measure to see that. But then, as explained above, there is a gentleman's understanding not to enforce a bunch of the rules.
You took the smart and safe route, which makes sense so you don't end up having hassles on race day. But there is clearly a disadvantage to hauling a couple hundred pounds of VW sheet metal around to comply with the letter-of-the-law, when some of the people you are racing against have just slapped on some lightweight glass and aluminum body panels and called it good.
There are also the obvious limitations needed to get the cage in the body, notably width, that you've accomodated. Hat's off to you!
Got any pictures?
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