Apex of Failure is Preparing a New 2011 Entry for the Chumpcar Series

RX-7 Chumpcar Apex of Failure

My hat is off to these guys. They are a Pacific Northwest ChumpCar “crap-can” team that is building their 2nd RX-7 for competition. After a challenging 2010 season, they have found a new platform to build on and you can check out their blog at http://roadtochumpcar.com They update all the time and the photography is great from Gabe McGinnis. Here are some recent photos of their progress:

RX-7 FC Chumpcar
The donor car that will replace last year’s bent car. They are transferring as much as they can to this car.


Tearing down the old car
Tearing down the old car and prepping parts for the new car.


Mazda RX-7 FC Engine
The current driveline out for inspection



Prepping the interior of the second car for racing



Great shot prepping the car for the cage!


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My Buddies From RoadtoChumpCar.com are Headed to Willow Springs Tomorrow

Gabe and Leo are packing as we speak to head down to Willow Springs for the next ChumpCar World Series event. The name for the series may not be terribly flattering, but the guys take the racing seriously and the budget minded series makes the reality of racing, well, real! Gabe and Leo are building their own car for competition over at The Road To Chumpcar, but in the meantime, they are helping out with the Toyota MR2 team of Free Range Racing. Here are some pics from the last event that Leo drove for them at Infineon:

Chumpcar Free Range Racing MR2

Free Range Racing at Infineon co-driven by TheRoadToChumpCar.com

I’ll be following them on Twitter this weekend and wish them both the best. Good luck guys!

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Honda RS125 Onboard Video

As stated in the previous post, I’m totally jealous of the recent acquisition Alex made with his Honda RS125 track bike. Here’s an excellent illustration of why the lightweight 2 stroke can make bikes with 3-4x the displacement look like amateur hour:

The super fast change in direction and razor sharp lines in this video make me an absolute believer in the bike Alex got, even if it’s not quite the same model. But I’m eager to learn more about these and will report back when I know more.

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Manufacturers Withdraw from Major Motorsports Arenas

They’re falling like domino’s with two more announcements today: Subaru and Suzuki are out of the World Rally Championship and Porsche is leaving the American Le Mans Series. Earlier this month, Audi declared they were also leaving ALMS this season, which followed Honda’s decision to pull out of the pinnacle of auto racing, Formula 1. And yesterday, Honda announced it was also pulling out of AMA motorcycle racing next year as well.

With this many high profile exits, I wonder how many more will jump ship before the 2009 season begins?! Do you think it will cause the collapse or consolidation of any major racing series?

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