Baja Bobsled Team
Going for torsion to C.O. thus JC making new rear arm pivots. Thinking of going double shear on the front through rods as well.
Looks like it will be a challenger. Is the trans axle sequential? Those are not legal. Will it at least use an engine that existing in the Challenger era? Year off manufacture doesn't totally determine the class since many have been updated. Example: The McMillin Macado car started out as a Legend era but was updated over the years and cannot race in Legend.Yes Challenger. The car was originally built in 1985
I believe he is building it to NORRA Challenger Buggy class 1982 - 1989.35" BFGs, Weddle trans, Is that an ecotech? 1 3/4" arms up front, is it gonna be bigger than 2" shocks front or rear? Coilover rears, etc... Kind of lost the flavor of what the Racecos were like back then, but it looks like a 12/10 car from now.
Yes, I build to the rule book. This is what racers do. Reliability and safety are paramount in the decisions that I made. Didn't Bob Gordon have a late model Toyota V6 in the back of his Chaparral?You can't blame Matt for building to the rule book. This is one reason I like the NORRA Legend era which while not perfect is more restricted to era correct.
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For me personally I want to race my car as it was raced back in the day. The only thing we changed on our 1976 Funco was adding a radio and a gps. We have left a lot on the table as far as the rules are concerned for an '82 and older Buggy class, but we are very competitive. Keeping the car correct was my choice and I sure don't blame anyone for building to the rule book. Maybe the rules need to tighten up. I was shocked that the BITD vintage rules allow modern bypass shocks on the pre '82 trucks. That is the same class I would race my Funco in if I did another BITD race.Or how about purists think that the car, as built and as received, was GREAT for a vintage racer. Every part on that car was still available NEW to be raced as it was built back then. It's kind of like taking a 1977 funco SS2, lengthening it 15", putting a 12 inch wider beam, 6x6 rear arms, and plopping an LS3 with a 6 speed in it and calling it a vintage restoration. I think the concept of restoring vintage cars is kind of lost on the offroad crowd when compared to what other vintage race car folks do with old race cars.