sunday snippets /// 2020.18

May 03, 2020 /// issue no. 124

… but first, some administrivia. When I set out to write an email newsletter at the end of last year I didn’t know what it would look like. I expected it to evolve over time and that time has come. At times I have pushed to make sure there was content every day, but have sacrificed quality to put out quantity. I will be experimenting with the frequency and formats over the next couple of weeks to bring better content and also pursue some other creative automotive-related outlets that may find their way back in to this space. On to your Sunday reading…

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As I have been preparing for getting the Spec Corvette racecar project back in the garage, I have been gathering up parts that still need to go on. One of my concerns has been rear visibility for both track cars. The Miata rearview mirror, even when tightened to death, starts rattling out of alignment on the rumble strips at any track. Pro IMSA cars have a full-on radar system so they don’t get taken out in multi-class racing. Candelaria Racing has engineered a similar system that can detect closing speeds as well as a more basic blindspot detection setup. This would help a great bit if you’re strapped in full harness in a containment race seat and on your 10-year old car that isn’t equipped with those fancy rearview mirror warnings.

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A new record has been set for S2000s on BringaTrailer.com. A Rio Yellow Pearl, 1,300-mile 2008 Club Racer closed out with a final bid of $76,500. If you ask me, it’s a shame that such an amazing driver’s car has been kept in a garage. At least the next CR up for auction behind it has 4,000+ miles. It seems the smart money is getting out of cars and in to cash while the “other” smart money is still out there buying up cars for top dollar.

It isn’t a COVID-19 race weekend without some controversy. IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud crashed late in yesterday’s IndyCar iRacing Challenge. Pagenaud took the simrace as an arcade game and purposely wrecked F1 driver Lando Norris. Interviews with Norris indicate Pagenaud did not want a non-IndyCar driver to win the race. If motorsports fans are supposed to be taking simracing seriously, Pagenaud isn’t doing the sport or IndyCar any favors.

Coffee time,
Steven


daily automotive addiction.