Bump Steer, What Next?

ferd154 at aol.com ferd154 at aol.com
Wed Jun 11 18:54:59 EDT 2003

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 For all you wannabe race car owner/drivers, here's the hot set-up. Put your
money into a trailer hitch, find an old Formula Vee, or Formula Ford. These
nice Audis are and will always be street cars, nice street cars. They make a
nice tow rig. Think about all the cash we all have spent tweaking these cars.
Think about stuffing a 3800 lbs car into some armco at your local track. Now
what? Fix it? Spent the next year plucking, pimping parts off your wreak? Find an
other shell, swap it all over? It's not worth it!! BTDT, all but the armco
bit. I ran an IT car in SCCA. Have prepped many a "race car." I've seen friends,
customers poor tons of hours, cash into a street car, "race car," and go and
turn them into junk in one off. I've seen friends die. The IT car I ran was a
BMW. My shop always had a ton of spares for my car. Never crashed the BMW,
broke a boat load parts, but that's what happens with street cars on race tracks.
Then came a Formula Ford. Real race car, real fast, real cheep to run, and you
can adjust everything, like bump steer. Ran FF for 9 years. Made it to the
Runoffs 6 years. Two engines the whole time, could go a whole season on one set
of brake pads, never changed rotors, made some of the best friends I've ever
known, and went really freeken fast! I had some big wreaks, just bolted on some
parts, latched on some new fiberglass, never missed a race, never hurt
stuffing a 900 lbs purpose built race car. Think about how much your Audi cost to
buy, how much do you want/have already spent. How much? How fast do you want to
go? FV,s used, @ $5k turn key (sure) . CF, @ 7.5 k, FF (older) @ $10k, FF
(national car) @$17k +. Trailer hitch $125.00 One of my street cars is a well
sorted, 91 200 20v Avant. I went to Pocono once to do a time trial with the wagon.
Yea, it was real fast, but it really hurt, hurt me to push a street car that
hard. If that car was my dog or wife, it would have run away for good after
that pounding.

                  Bill Ferdon
                  EuroTech Services LLC
                  Montclair, NJ

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