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If you get anything out of this series, please get this.
If you ever have the thought of turning a new (i.e. 3 years old or less) street
car into a club racer, be sure to have your head checked!
Don’t get me wrong. I
LOOOOOVVVVVEEEEEEE BlueFirePony and look forward to competing with her for many
years to come.
But this has, by far, been the most expensive way to get to track a car. Remember, this is club racing and for
the most part you are competing against budget racers. In the pro ranks, “body in
white” is the way to go – a brand new, purpose-built machine. For the amateur, selecting a starting
point at least one model year back is by far less expensive than starting with a
You are looking at a huge difference in starting cost by selecting a new car –
both in the cost of the platform as well as aftermarket parts. Not to mention all the
brand-spanking new interior you will have paid a premium for, only to toss it
aside as you get the car to *fighting weight*.
If you select a 6 or 7 year old car, you are looking at a savings of thousands
of dollars. If you select a 10+ year
old car, you are looking at starting with at least half the investment of a new
By going with a new model, you also have a smaller community of people to lean
on for support. Also, the growing
pains for a new model car can be – well – painful. By some stroke of luck, BFP had
almost none of the issues that other S197 owners experienced. Other than a catastrophic
failure of the clutch at 11,900 miles that is – the thing basically detonated
while I was coming off a red light in the most pedestrian way (there was a
police car next to me).
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