Scott Lear
Scott Lear
3/9/12 10:57 a.m.

There’s no proper answer to the question, “What’s the best vehicle for the track?” It’s a great way to start a heated debate, however.

Open-wheel fanatics can’t fathom why you’d want to screw up the sacred purity of a race car by adding fenders and doors. Meanwhile, stock car advocates find anything short of V8 power and six tiers of cage-enforced crash protection to be ludicrous.

Then there are the guys who race those massive, six-ton MAN semi-truck cabs around European road courses. They probably just guffaw every time they see something as puny as a car going around a track. Then they finish their steins of mead in single manly gulps.

Even with so many possible styles, makes, models, layouts and drivetrains, those who spend a lot of time at the track tend to become jaded to the usual suspects. Hey, look, another low, powerful sports car decorated with wings—won’t someone dare to be different?

That’s why we were so excited when we saw what James Clay and Dave Blum were planning on bringing to our first-ever Hankook Ultimate Track Car Challenge. Maybe we spent too many hours in the gunner’s seat playing out-of-state license plate bingo, but station wagons make us giddy. And they showed up with two.

Both James and Dave competed in the Shop Varsity class for professionally prepared high-powered racers. Their creations finished well and earned them much applause from the corner workers at the UTCC. Whether you call them tourings, estates, shooting brakes or just station wagons, nothing raises more eyebrows at a race track than a rip-snortin’ grocery getter from hell tearing it up at maximum attack.

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Rowan
Rowan New Reader
8/5/16 12:37 a.m.

There is always a place that you can go to if you want to race your car, no matter what car you've got. You just need to look around and ask the community where they go and follow suit. Best not to bite of more you chew of course. No point to race a station wagon with super cars if you know what I mean.

novaderrik
novaderrik UltimaDork
8/5/16 3:06 a.m.

Unless that station wagon is faster than the super cars...

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