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MiniDave New Reader
4/30/22 3:51 p.m.

Hello fellow car nuts,

I'm here because my grandson started a thread on his race car, so I chimed in on it.....

I'm a Mini Cooper nutcase, I own three classics and one (fairly) new MINI, I've owned and worked on all manner of LBC's and currently spend all my time building A series lumps for Minis and Sprites. I also rebuild transmichigans for both, including changing to straight cut gearsets.

I have an 89 Racing Green, a 73 Innocenti 1300 Export and a 94 SPi that I will soon get started on making a rear engined rear wheel drive hot rod Mini, with a turbo'd A series engine in the back.

I don't race anymore but I do have three different engines/trans running in Sprites in vintage racing.


Masterdebator New Reader
5/13/22 5:26 a.m.

New to the forum, not to the magazine. Have been buying and subscribing since 2000 or so.


SpeedwayFan New Reader
6/2/22 12:41 p.m.

hello people I'm probably the youngest person here

6/4/22 9:22 a.m.

A buddy of mine has been using this forum for the past few months, convinced me to try it, so now I'm here. I'm Chris, the 86 vette is being transformed into a hill climb car and the 93 is the autocross/summer daily.

Cheeks GRM+ Memberand New Reader
6/6/22 10:34 a.m.
Mitternacht said:

A buddy of mine has been using this forum for the past few months, convinced me to try it, so now I'm here. I'm Chris, the 86 vette is being transformed into a hill climb car and the 93 is the autocross/summer daily.


6/15/22 6:05 a.m.

Hi all

I have joined the forum few minutes ago. I found this on a random search on Google

Hope all are going well

7/6/22 4:04 p.m.

Thanks for your information.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/6/22 11:27 p.m.

In reply to Cheeks :

Nice Vettes. Love the color on the "street" one. And thank you for joining us. 

7/10/22 7:32 a.m.

Complete and utter newbie here looking for some pointers on engine swaps, suspension mods and quite possibly body work :) or everything in short lol. Mad fan of old fiats with bike engines and some french cars.

97camarojc New Reader
7/11/22 7:12 p.m.

Just joined today looking for some insight and recommendations. 

RacerBoy75 New Reader
7/12/22 7:14 p.m.

Hi, I'm Carl and I like cars.

Since I was a little kid I've been nuts about cars and car racing. I actually raced sports cars at the equivalent level of a SCCA National license with the ICSCC in the Pacific Northwest for about ten years, about thirty years (OMG, has it been that long?) ago. I raced a Datsun 1200, and then a RX7, and was pretty quick and competitive, winning several class championships along the way. Then my daughter was born, and you know the story, life got in the way. Eventually I got divorced, and then I got a Miata that I did track days with, and then raced a Spec Miata until I crashed it hard with some minor injuries to me, and major injuries to the car. Then I didn't do anything around track stuff for a long time, and I eventually remarried. 

About seven years ago a 2002 Boxster project car fell into my lap ($4500!), and I started tracking that. It was much faster than my Miatas, but I still hated getting passed by about the half the cars out there down the straights only to get held up in the turns, so two years ago I sold the Boxster and bought a 2010 Cayman S that has about 100 more horsepower than the Boxster. It's much faster, but there are still plenty of cars quicker down the straights, but it doesn't happen nearly as often. I'm now 60 years old, so it's fun to kick some youngster's butt on track and hear then tell their buddies that some old guy passed them! But I do have to admit that I am not nearly as quick as I used to be!

My wife is currently going through some serious health issues, so for now I'm not doing track days anymore due to my inability to focus as intently as I need to (I'm a space cadet since my wife's diagnosis of bone marrow cancer). So instead I do autocrosses with the local PCA, which is fun and I get my performance driving ya ya's out for a bit. 

My best buddy (we met while racing) and I go to several pro races a year, like the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona (we always stop by the GRM tent) and the Long Beach and Portland Indy Car races. Speaking of GRM, I'm a long-time subscriber.

I still enjoy doing some work on the Cayman, but it's a low mile creampuff so there isn't much to do other than normal maintenance stuff, along with brake pad changes and switching back and forth for the track. 

It will be fun to check out the forums here, and I look forward to interacting with you all.

jh36 GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/12/22 11:23 p.m.

In reply to RacerBoy75 :

Welcome!!  Wow...that's the best introduction I've read in a while. That is quite a summarized history...I hope that you enjoy this community as much as I do...it sounds like you have a ton to give and share also.
I'm sorry for the struggles you are working through...but it sounds like you are working through them. In my world, that's a win. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/13/22 9:17 a.m.

In reply to RacerBoy75 :

Yes, welcome to the group and thank you for joining us. 

WOW Really Paul?
WOW Really Paul? MegaDork
8/5/22 8:06 p.m.

Obviously I'm not new, but returning after years of being busy and life changing a bit. Best I can tell is that it's been since 2017ish since I was last really active on here. My absence was due to changing jobs a few times, family stuff that needed to be focused on, and allowing myself to give up a few things to appease the now ex gf. 

Not too much has changed outside of the Audi winter beater and Muzzy's Raptor revival due to being mothballed for 2.5 years(another thanks to the ex), and the Abarth is still the most fun car ever made. 

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