It is safe to say Saabs of Anarchy’s first attempt at competing in the infamous LeMons racing series last year at Thompson Motor Speedway was a bit of a fiasco, (you can read more about our Thompson experience here and here or watch this video). Despite the two blown engines, biblical rain, and tireless work to get the car ready to go racing, we did leave with a trophy as well as the hard-earned understanding of what it takes to compete in this crap-can racing series. Saabs of Anarchy’s second attempt came at the Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After pulling the second blown engine from our Saab 9000 race car and rebuilding the original motor we (believed we) were ready. We were in good company for this race though, sharing a garage with the PA Saab Maab, while the eEuroparts.com Carbeque 900 and Full Nelson Racing’s 96 sat next door.
The eEuroparts.com racing teams are taking to the track tomorrow for what hopes to be a competitive weekend of racing. We are in two locations: New Jersey, USA and Ontario, Canada, so there will be plenty of action to follow along with. Also look for me Live! on Facebook at various times this weekend. Indian Summer Racing / eEuroparts.com Pro Team The Indian Summer Racing – eEuroparts.com Mini Cooper is north of the border at the Canadian Tire Motorsports park for “Part Deux” of the Pirelli World Challenge TC schedule. Follow driver Travis Washay and crew chief Nick Jacob as they take on what will prove to be the fastest track on the schedule this year. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a 2.48 mile 10 turn monster of a track with multiple high-speed corners. The action will be live streaming with links to follow below. TC Weekend Schedule Friday May 19
As we said last year, there are few shows that we look forward to every year as much as Carlisle. Saabs@Carlisle is a Saab show-within-a-show at the larger Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals in pastoral Carlisle, PA. In 2016 the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals merged with the Carlisle Performance & Style, and it was a huge success. Sure, it rained for what seemed like the entire weekend, but it was still amazing. This year there is no rain in the forecast and the weather looks perfect. In 2017 we’re rolling with five people in two Saabs after bringing a Saab and – gasp! – a Volvo in 2016. The show ramps up on Friday, crescendos on Saturday, and tapers off on Sunday. People drive hundreds and hundreds of miles to attend, so many people need most of Friday and Sunday to travel. We’ll be there the entire time, soaking it
The thing about race cars, is there is always something to do, and always areas to improve. For this build, our primary focus has been weight reduction of our mostly-stock Saab 9-5’s parts. Starting out with a ~3,500 lbs luxury sedan has been tough, but we’re continually finding ways of reducing weight by removing/replacing Saab parts and materials, and getting creative with making that happen. Here’s how we removed the Saab’s sunroof to make that happen. Removing the Sunroof A factory glass sunroof presents both a weight and safety concern for dedicated race cars, and was one of those spots that required a little creativity. The simplest solution is to cut an oversized plate of aluminum and rivet that to the roof. It’s extremely effective, and extremely crude, but can likely be built in a couple hours and let’s you move on to the next task. While our Saab 9-5
Although I had disassembled engines on many occasions before, it took almost a decade for me to feel comfortable installing and timing the head on an engine myself. If you’re sitting on the sidelines waiting for some encouragement, here is a quick walk-through of the process to help you feel more comfortable: 1. Before you start, make sure the mating surfaces are CLEAN! I use a gasket scraper or a brand new razor blade to cut out all of the old gasket before scrubbing the surface with brake cleaner and a lint-free rag. Even one big speck of dirt can contribute to a bad seal and an eventual leak under pressure, so once it’s clean, don’t hesitate to clean it again if any doubt arises or time passes. It can never be too clean. 2. Make sure that your head is flat. I have always taken my replacement heads to