I left my desk here in Montreal at 4:30pm last Thursday evening with a huge grin on my face as I said ‘Bon Weekend’ to my co-workers. Many, if not all, have no idea what racing a car is like or why any human being would ever want to. Not only that, but trying to explain to my work-day peers that I would be running in the 24 Hours of Lemons in New Jersey did not translate well. One co-worker Googled’ the renowned racing series and found pictures of the enthusiastic men from the ‘Sorry for Party Racing’ racing team wearing nothing but neon leopard print thongs while wrenching on their 80’s firebird. ‘Oh!’, my French Canadian cohort said, “What exactly is it you are you going to do this weekend again?” Sometimes it’s better to just say, “I’m taking a long weekend…” and leave it at that… But it’s you, the
In 1968, at the age of 21, Gary Reider entered his first hillclimb in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He drove a grey Saab 93B like the one pictured here, and he instantly fell in love with the sport and the people who participated. He raced in a half dozen more events that year, loving the adrenaline-pumping thrill of taking a dirt corner at speed with nothing but forest and rock on either side. Hillclimbing, much like the name implies, takes place on the side of a hill (read: mountain). It’s a time trial event set on a twisting mountain road, where the driver tries to take each turn as fast as he or she can without careening into a rock or a tree. Shortly after Gary got his first taste of hillclimbing he met the girl of his dreams and got married. He stopped racing for a few years until he
Rally is a unique motorsport that’s extremely popular in Europe, although it’s never become fully mainstream in this country. Nevertheless, it maintains a very strong and loyal fan base among European and import car owners. Rally is often described as “real cars, real roads, real fast”. In rally, the cars are heavily based on a standard road car chassis and appear quite similar on the outside to a car you might see on the street. In fact, each rally car must be street legal to operate on the road, because during the rally, transit sections at posted speed limits connect the “special stages”. Because of this, spectators and fans can really connect with a particular car because it may be quite similar to a car they’ve owned, or see as realistic to own. Likewise, the roads are not a groomed race track that one can study; they are a real
Most people have heard of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race where drivers race for 24 hours and over 3,000 miles in the ultimate test of skill, grit, determination, and mechanical engineering. The 24 Hours of LeMons is not that race. Every car entered into each 24 Hours of LeMons race was purchased, fixed up, and track prepared for a total of $500 or less. LeMans, LeMons, lemons…get it? Take one look at the vehicles entered into each LeMons race and you’ll realize two things: These cars really ARE put together for $500 or less The people driving them are more than a little crazy. You don’t have to enter the race to enjoy it. Tickets are available for only $30 for the entire weekend (or $20/day, kids under 16 are FREE), and it really is an amazing spectacle. The racers are truly great people
eEuroparts.com is now sponsoring the RallyHo Saab classic 900 rally car. We’re proud to be a part of the New England Rally racing scene sponsoring one of our favorite models as they grind through dirt, rock and air on their way to victory. “A small village can raise a child, but it takes an entire mental institute to build a rally car.” RallyHo Motorsports is a Maine-based performance rally team, founded in 1998 and campaigning a 1980’s vintage Saab 900. We’ll be cheering them on at their next big event, the New England Forest Rally July 13th and 14th and we will be sure to report all the details here! We’re confident that with their skilled crew, and some eEuroparts under the hood, they’ll make this an event you won’t soon forget!