1976 LeGrand Mk 18

1976 LeGrand Mk 18

A purpose-made race car built in the 1970s for SCCA's D Sports Racing category.

Latest updates

Mar
23
Mar 23, 2012
LeGrand takes another win at Dixie Tour

Our LeGrand is recommissioned for the season to take the B Modified win at the Dixie National Tour.

Dec
21
Dec 21, 2011
Project LeGrand Wraps Up

With our LeGrand project wrapped up in the magazine, we contemplate selling our B Modified beast.

Nov
09
Nov 9, 2011
Roll Bars for Big Galoots

We replace the main hoop on our LeGrand with a slightly taller one.

Oct
27
Oct 27, 2011
Some Garage Time

We work on the LeGrand to get it in tip-top shape before our next local event.

Oct
04
Oct 4, 2011
Sit Down and Show Off

Our LeGrand gets some downtime, but plans are afoot for a strong 2012 season.

Sep
07
Sep 7, 2011
Podium for Project LeGrand

We finish up the SCCA Solo National Championship with the third-place trophy.

Aug
25
Aug 25, 2011
Last-Minute Laps

We head up to Whitehouse Airfield for our last event before the Solo National Championships.

Aug
16
Aug 16, 2011
Pre-Nationals Work for LeGrand

In just a few short weeks, we'll be in Nebraska.

Aug
09
Aug 9, 2011
Back on Track

After a five-month hiatus, we take our LeGrand to an autocross.

Jul
21
Jul 21, 2011
Orange You Glad We're Done?

We wrap up our work on the LeGrand's body and wing.

Jul
05
Jul 5, 2011
Orange You Glad It's Not Green?

Time to mount our finished orange LeGrand body.

Jul
01
Jul 1, 2011
More Power for the LeGrand

We take the LeGrand back to the dyno for some follow-up testing.

Jun
24
Jun 24, 2011
Advanced Composites, Part 2: Secondary Element

We make a secondary element and a leading edge slat for our LeGrand.

Jun
15
Jun 15, 2011
Long Weekend: Lots of LeGrand Work

We take advantage of the long weekend with some garage time.

Jun
02
Jun 2, 2011
Advanced Composites: Rear Wing Element

We fabricate a carbon fiber wing.

May
19
May 19, 2011
Building Better Bodies 3: Popping Them Out

We watch a body get pulled out of the mold.

May
10
May 10, 2011
Building Better Bodies 2: Lay-Up

Popping out bodies left and right.

May
03
May 3, 2011
Building Better Bodies 1: Gelcoat

Our fiberglass guys get started on making new LeGrand bodies.

Apr
26
Apr 26, 2011
Sports Racer Spins the Rollers

We take our LeGrand project to Superchips to find out how much power it makes.

Apr
19
Apr 19, 2011
Fresh Bodywork

Our LeGrand gets a new body made from the original molds.

Apr
13
Apr 13, 2011
DIY Diffuser

How to make a carbon fiber diffuser at home.

Apr
05
Apr 5, 2011
Crazy Runs in the Family

Per's dad finds another LeGrand.

Mar
29
Mar 29, 2011
First Try at Carbon Fiber

We try our hand at laying up some carbon fiber for our LeGrand project.

Mar
14
Mar 14, 2011
2011 Dixie Tour: Success for Team GRM

We capture the BModified win and overall FTD this weekend at The Tire Rack SCCA National Tour!

Mar
01
Mar 1, 2011
Shakedown and No Breakdown

Our LeGrand hits the track for the first time in 2011.

Jan
12
Jan 12, 2011
Tweaking the Weights

We wrap up this phase of the LeGrand project with some corner weighting.

Dec
28
Dec 28, 2010
LeGrand Gets a Clean Home

We repaint our garage and do some cleaning.

Dec
08
Dec 8, 2010
LeGrand at PRI

Our LeGrand is on display at the 2010 PRI show in Orlando, Florida.

Nov
30
Nov 30, 2010
Pleased With Prep for PRI

We wrap up our preparations for the 2010 PRI show.

Nov
17
Nov 17, 2010
Winging It

We build a new triple-decker wing for our LeGrand.

Oct
29
Oct 29, 2010
Nose Job

Front suspension work begets some chassis restoration in the front of our LeGrand sports racer.

Oct
27
Oct 27, 2010
Replacing Rod Ends

Replacing rod ends in our suspension = sore fingers.

Oct
22
Oct 22, 2010
More Nose Work

We rework our LeGrand's splitter and upgrade the body mounts and master cylinders.

Oct
15
Oct 15, 2010
Top Pax for LeGrand

We score an FTD and Top Index award in a local autocross

Oct
13
Oct 13, 2010
Stacking the Deck

We install a Stack dash in our LeGrand project.

Oct
05
Oct 5, 2010
Down(force) Time

We start more aerodynamic work on our LeGrand.

Sep
13
Sep 13, 2010
Successful First Trip to Nats for LeGrand

We finished fifth at the Solo National Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska!

Sep
05
Sep 5, 2010
We B Ready for B-Modified

We take our LeGrand to a local autocross and visit Ocala Gran Prix kart track for some last-minute testing.

Aug
19
Aug 19, 2010
Full-Frontal Aero

We come up with a simple front wing design for our LeGrand before Nationals—all for less than $200.

Jul
27
Jul 27, 2010
Ready to Roll!

After finishing up our LeGrand's engine rebuild and tracking down a few oil leaks, we're good to go.

Jul
16
Jul 16, 2010
Reanimating Our Monster

We finally get our LeGrand's engine back together—just in time for some testing.

Jul
09
Jul 9, 2010
Little Trailer for LeGrand

We pick up an original LeGrand trailer to haul our project.

Jun
18
Jun 18, 2010
Competition Data Systems Video System Install

We install a two-camera system from Competition Data Systems in our LeGrand.

Jun
04
Jun 4, 2010
Dixie D'oh!, Part Deux

We lunch another engine in our LeGrand sports racer project. Trust us, it's getting old.

May
07
May 7, 2010
SEDiv Solo Championship Nears

We're getting ready for the Southeast Divisional Championships in Moultrie, Georgia.

Apr
14
Apr 14, 2010
New Engine in (First) Place

Our LeGrand's new, new engine is installed and running.

Mar
29
Mar 29, 2010
New Engine: Take Two

We find another 2006 Kawasaki ZX10R engine to replace the one we blew up.

Mar
17
Mar 17, 2010
Dixie D'oh!

We win our B Modified class at the SCCA National Tour in Cecil, Georgia, but have engine issues.

Mar
09
Mar 9, 2010
Shakedown With New Engine

After a shakedown autocross, we address our LeGrand's issues to prepare it for the Dixie National Tour.

Feb
17
Feb 17, 2010
Final Push for Power

We're busy tackling the final stages of our LeGrand's engine swap. Long story short: The car now runs!

Jan
13
Jan 13, 2010
Making Head(er)way

We modify our "original" header to fit a modern engine.

Jan
11
Jan 11, 2010
Yet More LeGrand Fab Work

We finalize the engine mounts and more on our LeGrand project car.

Jan
08
Jan 8, 2010
More LeGrand Fabrication

Fabrication continues as we prepare to install a ZX10R engine in our LeGrand.

Dec
16
Dec 16, 2009
ZXmas

We pull the KZ1000 engine out of our LeGrand to start the installation of a 2006 ZX10R powerplant. Fun times ahead!

Dec
04
Dec 4, 2009
More Aero Work

We add louvers to our LeGrand's front fenders to increase front downforce.

Nov
23
Nov 23, 2009
What a DIFFerence

Our first event after the differential conversion was an eyeopener.

Nov
19
Nov 19, 2009
Ramps and Winging It

We try out our new Race Ramps and start work on an inexpensive second element for our wing.

Oct
29
Oct 29, 2009
LeGrand Is Rolling!

We get our LeGrand back on the ground after eight months of work.

Oct
15
Oct 15, 2009
Sourcing Custom Brake Rotors

We replace our wafer-thin brake rotors with a pair of new pieces from Coleman Racing.

Sep
14
Sep 14, 2009
Driving a Borrowed LeGrand at Nationals

We borrow a LeGrand for the big Solo Show in Lincoln, Neb.

Sep
04
Sep 4, 2009
Prototype Uprights for LeGrand

The prototype of our new custom uprights has arrived. Plus, we measure our car for new axles.

Aug
14
Aug 14, 2009
Lifeline Fire System Installation

We install a Lifeline fire system in our LeGrand.

Aug
10
Aug 10, 2009
More Millwork

Our uprights are slowly being carved out of solid aluminum.

Jul
30
Jul 30, 2009
Progress on Uprights

New uprights are being machined out of billet aluminum for our LeGrand.

Jun
09
Jun 9, 2009
Cell and Aluminum Work: Check

We complete fuel cell and aluminum work on our LeGrand.

Jun
02
Jun 2, 2009
LeGrand Comes Together

Our LeGrand's Kawasaki engine is reunited with the chassis. Now we're waiting on the rear suspension and axles.

May
04
May 4, 2009
Sports Racer Reassembly

After reducing the LeGrand to a pile of parts, we finally see the car take shape.

Apr
16
Apr 16, 2009
Frame and Engine Work

We finish up the LeGrand's framework and begin planning its engine upgrade.

Apr
07
Apr 7, 2009
Generations in the Garage

Per and his dad work together on the LeGrand.

Mar
31
Mar 31, 2009
LeGrand Surgery Starts

We start major work on our B Mod terror.

Mar
16
Mar 16, 2009
Dixie Tour in B Modified: Fast and Fun

We compete at SCCA National Tour in Cecil, Ga.

Feb
27
Feb 27, 2009
Cleaning Up Our Cockpit

Polishing, cleaning and upgrading our LeGrand's cockpit.

Feb
16
Feb 16, 2009
Seat, Stickies and Storage

We start working on a real seat for the LeGrand. We also mount up our Keizers and get a tire rack for the trailer.

Feb
04
Feb 4, 2009
Real Work Begins

We start our differential conversion on the LeGrand.

Jan
14
Jan 14, 2009
Wheel and Tire Experimentation

We go for wider Keizer wheels and some taller-diameter Hoosiers.

Jan
12
Jan 12, 2009
B-Modified Autocross Video

Our second event in the LeGrand is a success.

Jan
12
Jan 12, 2009
Green Means Go

We have our fiberglass bodywork painted Porsche Signal Green.

Jan
07
Jan 7, 2009
Testing and Teardown

We get some track time in our LeGrand--and then start working on the problems that have cropped up.

Dec
19
Dec 19, 2008
Axle Work

We get our axles serviced by Raxles.com.

Dec
05
Dec 5, 2008
Welding Help?

We find a cracked weld on our car. Time to learn about brazing.

Nov
25
Nov 25, 2008
LeGrand Loading

We figure out how to load the LeGrand into our enclosed trailer despite its low ground clearance.

Nov
17
Nov 17, 2008
Real Carbon-Based Fiber Splitter

Making a splitter at home for our LeGrand--and the problems it can create.

Nov
10
Nov 10, 2008
Warp Speed

Getting used to Warp Speed.

Nov
06
Nov 6, 2008
Scoot On Up There, Short Stuff!

We add some seat padding to our LeGrand so we can reach the pedals.

Oct
30
Oct 30, 2008
Making It Ours

Adding new vinyl to the LeGrand.

Oct
29
Oct 29, 2008
First Photo Shoot and Logbook Archeology

Taking pictures and identifying past owners.

Oct
28
Oct 28, 2008
It's Here: Our LeGrand Arrives in Florida

A 1976 LeGrand Mk18 arrives in Florida.

Oct
27
Oct 27, 2008
Found! LeGrand Mk18 No. 12

We find a LeGrand D Sports Racer.

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