The field in this year’s Halloween Hooptiefest was one of the most deceiving we have ever encountered. With ramshackle rides spread all over the paddock it looked like this was one of the most banged up fields we’ve seen. It was also one of the fastest. There was barely any clean bodywork in the entire facility, it was obvious the veteran teams attending have seen some on track action before (IE Contact!). Then, suddenly it all made sense as we rolled out onto the track to take the green flag on Saturday morning. As over 140 cars limped out behind the pace car, we noticed the racers were bumper to bumper the entire way around the short 1.6 mile course. The green flag fell and the insanity ensued. Cars were four-wide in nearly every turn, every wheel was against every other wheel, and cars were blowing up left and right.
Do you feel that? The chill in the early morning air? Apart from signalling the impending doom of snowpocalypse 2013, it also means that its just about Hooptiefest time! eEuroparts.com is sending our in-house misfit racing outfit of catalogers, product developers, and customer service reps to New Hampshire this weekend for one of the biggest 24 Hours of LeMons races this year. Sure, out of all the racing series out there, Lemons is towards the top of the list when it comes to crazy costumes, but The Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway pushes that a little further with the addition of a pumpkin chunkin’ contest, potato gun artillery salutes, a costume ball/rave, and most certainly pumpkin carving black flag penalties. We head out bright and early tomorrow morning (10/25) with Norman, our SAAB 900 LeMons car, and we would love to see some of our fellow gearheads out
When XENON bulbs age, they lose their brightness and color. The eEuro team recently accepted a new SAAB into the homestead, an ’03 9-5 Aero, and everything seemed perfect on the test drive. Later that night, I noted something a bit odd. The supposedly “High Intensity” lights were so dim I could barely see the lines on the road! There were moments where I would reach down and check the knob to make sure I had turned them on. No worry, with an entire warehouse of parts at my disposal, I quickly sourced a solution; a fresh pair of Flosser OEM equivalent XENON D1S bulbs. They were a fraction of the cost of the SAAB OE lights, so I thought I’d have a go. Ballasts were even included in the bulb assembly. Installation was decently easy for most DIY’ers. Carefully pop out the center grills and access is granted to the
Posted on: October 14, 2013 The world of rally is insanity to the uninitiated, and to the initiated it’s a level of controlled chaos. As a rookie it’s about getting over the insanity and learning to control that chaos, which is the backbone of rally racing. While the speeds are much less, and the stakes are lower, rallycross is no exception. Pushing you to the pinnacle of your abilities, rallycross is all about honing your driving skills. It makes you crave that second faster, burn for that moment of over-steer. As a result your overall driving significantly improves, and as someone who began to rally only a year ago with a ‘Learners’ permit; that was huge. On September 28th, SAAB Momentum Rally Team took the somewhat famous and scenic drive up British Columbia’s Sea-to-Sky highway, for West Coast Rally Association’s (WCRA) 2013 Whistler Rallycross. It was a typically lovely West Coast
The 2013 hillclimb season recently came to end. If you’ve been following this blog you’ve read multiple articles about one of our Motorsports Program members, Gary Reider, and his 1993 SAAB 900S. Gary has had a very successful season and entered the final event of the season in first place overall. The final event is the Fall Weatherly Hill Climb. Weatherly is a quiet little Pennsylvania town that has hosted hillclimbs since 1960. The hill consists of uphill straights leading into hairpin turns, including one called “The Wall.” The Wall is followed by another hairpin turn, a short run to another hard right hand turn, and then “The Jump”, an area of the track where most cars leave contact with the pavement. The course is a one mile thrill ride. Gary held a two second lead after the first day of racing on Saturday. On Sunday, Joe Keech and his