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Old 06-19-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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I finally uploaded my fathers race at NJMP. I think it's a great rain race video.This is only part one because I have to wait another week to post the other half. I guess I should just spend the money and get the vimeo membership,lol.

To make a long story short, he didn't make qualifying due to car problems so he started second to last. In 11 laps passed 25+ cars and ended up 6th overall. If there was two more laps he would have been first overall, not just his class. He was almost 5 seconds faster then any other car on the track.

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Old 06-20-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
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Nice drive looks like fun.

Been thinking about prepping my 944 with a salvage title and good motor for eventual racing. From yours and your father's experience is it a pretty reliable race car? I know parts can be all across the board for expense but is it an expensive car to run?
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:14 AM   #3
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I'm in the process of preparing my 944 for race too and the part do get expensive as it is still a Porsche but of course, it's not as cheap as SM or even E30.

The car handle very nice and neutral. Very fun car to drive. It requires special tools as you know and that will add up. I can't wait to get mine on the track.

Which series are you planning to run? 944 Spec or 944 Cup? The cup series is a bit more expensive as it allows much more modification as compare to 944 Spec.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:29 PM   #4
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Nice drive looks like fun.

Been thinking about prepping my 944 with a salvage title and good motor for eventual racing. From yours and your father's experience is it a pretty reliable race car? I know parts can be all across the board for expense but is it an expensive car to run?
Not expensive if you
1. Put new rod bearings in
2. Run good oil (Rotella 5W40, Valvoline VR-1 15w50)
3. Keep it cool

I've done a season plus on my stock 118k motor without any issues. Make sure to do the timing belt also if its getting close to replacement time. Also, the original rubber centered clutch is something that will break.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:14 PM   #5
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I'm in the process of preparing my 944 for race too and the part do get expensive as it is still a Porsche but of course, it's not as cheap as SM or even E30.

The car handle very nice and neutral. Very fun car to drive. It requires special tools as you know and that will add up. I can't wait to get mine on the track.

Which series are you planning to run? 944 Spec or 944 Cup? The cup series is a bit more expensive as it allows much more modification as compare to 944 Spec.
Yeah just got it running again after doing the belts...not hard but not fun either. My motor makes really good compression and seems to rev well. I hear you about the special tools I've already bought a lot of them including the arnworx belt tension gauge. I was probably going to run the spec series if I decided to race it. Its at the point where it should just be a track car though as a lot of the small comfort stuff is starting to go and the car isn't worth doing all the necessary body work to make it look mint again.




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Not expensive if you
1. Put new rod bearings in
2. Run good oil (Rotella 5W40, Valvoline VR-1 15w50)
3. Keep it cool

I've done a season plus on my stock 118k motor without any issues. Make sure to do the timing belt also if its getting close to replacement time. Also, the original rubber centered clutch is something that will break.
What suspension are you running? Have you replaced the clutch yourself?
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:04 PM   #6
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Nice drive looks like fun.

Been thinking about prepping my 944 with a salvage title and good motor for eventual racing. From yours and your father's experience is it a pretty reliable race car? I know parts can be all across the board for expense but is it an expensive car to run?
If it doesn't have a turbo it will be much cheaper,lol. He races in 944 spec and gt2s. The only thing you need to do with the spec car is check the oil and put in gas.The gt2s car on the other hand is a whole different ball game. If it says Porsche on it,it's going to be expensive. 944 spec is about as cheap as it gets.

Driving a N/A 944 will make you a better driver. It is a momentum car, you have to learn to drive the car without having a massive turbo to pick you back up around the turns. You mess up one turn you just messed up your whole lap.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:20 PM   #7
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This was at the Glen. He and this Canadian pro driver were going into the bus stop and my father wasn't going to give up the spot. They both went real deep and the pro got loose and hit the right rear of the car. Ended up snapping the control arm in half...pretty impressive actually.
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