Custom Rides Car Show & Expo 2014

November 20, 2013 by  
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This family-fun event features classic cars, muscle cars, race cars, hot rods, custom cars, bikes and more. Plenty of entertainment for kiddies and adults, giveaways, food stalls and more. Local charities will benefit from this event. For more information visit www.customridescarshow.com

Dates: 4 January 2014
Venue: Tinley Park Convention Center
City: Mokena
State: Illinois
Country: United States

Legends Car Racing

September 14, 2011 by  
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Back in 1992, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials recognized that a need existed for an affordable race car that was easy to maintain. With increasing race car costs, car counts dropped, with an estimated 30% to 40% of North America’s cars not competing due to costs. Research revealed that tracks with lower cost cars saw far greater participation. Thus, US Legend Cars, Inc. was introduced in January 1992, with the aim of creating an affordable race car that could race on smaller tracks and had lower maintenance costs. The first Legends Car debuted in April 1992, and since then the sport has grown tremendously.

Legends Car racing falls under the “spec” class of racing as all the vehicles are mechanically alike. The cars must use the same parts, tires and engine, with regulated adjustments being permitted on gearing, camber and caster, tire pressure, ride height, spring rates and wheelbase. These specifications help to keep the cost of the cars down. A selection of body styles are available for Legends Car racing, including the following: 1934 Chevrolet Coupe, 1934 Ford Coupe, 1934 Ford Sedan, 1937 Chevrolet Sedan, 1937 Ford Sedan, 1937 Dodge Coupe, and 1937 Dodge Sedan.

Championships for Legends Car racing are held in the USA, Canada, England and Scotland, with the World finals taking place in the USA. In the USA, Legends Car drivers are placed in four divisions: Pro Division, Masters Division (40 years and older), Semi-Pro (novice) and Young Lions Division (12 to 16 years). Cars are the same no matter which division the driver participates in. Other countries where Legends Car racing has expanded to include France, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Mexico and Australia.

Legends Car racing, which is sanctioned by INEX, Corp., is promoted as a family-oriented sport and is open to people of all sorts. If this form of racing interests you, take note of these helpful pointers for starting up (as offered by U.S. Legend Cars International):

1. Find a Legends Car dealer
2. Take a Legends Car for a test drive
3. Find a driving school and schedule lessons
4. Purchase a Legends Car if you decide it’s for you
5. Find out about Legends Car races at your local track
6. Ensure your Legends Car is up to spec and you are familiar with the rulebook

Buying a Used Race Car

January 22, 2007 by  
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You cannot spend all your life as a spectator in auto racing. There has to be a time when you get behind the wheel and try your own hand at auto racing. There are many events where you can make a start and tracks where you can enjoy practicing, or perhaps even just driving alone at high speeds. You will be in the market for a second hand car which you can race, sooner or later, if you stay with car racing as a pastime. Here are 3 top things to read every morning before you set off for an auction or a show to pick up a used race car to start your own career in auto racing:

  • The seller matters more than the merchandise! A second hand car may not look like you can show it off on a first date, but you should be more concerned about the antecedents of the team or an individual selling it. A reputed team will not harm its image by selling you a lemon. A trusted friend, or someone who has the patience to answer your questions, can make up for many doubts which you may have about a purchase. Engage the seller in discussion, and prefer someone who will be available on the telephone, or even for a quick face-to-face meeting for all kinds of things which will crop up after you have driven a used car home.

  • Look for all parts except the main one! The number of new or recently installed parts in a used car matter a great deal. The engine block and its key components are not likely to be amongst them! Used cars buyers commonly get nasty surprises when the engines of their recent purchases fail miserably. Perhaps the previous owners did not even know, for engines are notorious for hiding budding problems, until they literally blow up in your face. You may feel encouraged as a seller sings praises of the engine of a car up for sale, but you should discount such talk in your best interests. Try to value a used car in your mind more for the new and recent parts which it has, because that translates in to real savings for you over the term of your ownership.

  • Cut your deck by a third. Keep enough of your budget for keeping your used car track ready, and for actual racing as well. Avoid stretching your funds so much over an irresistible purchase that you have to just keep it in the garage to admire! Be prepared for unforeseen expenses in maintaining your used car.

A good way of ensuring that you take care of all 3 of the buying points is to attend auctions and fairs and to network with auto racing professionals. Love at first sight does not work in car racing, and you need to look around and shop hard before you buy a used race car.

Auto Racing: Passionate NASCAR enthusiasts are divided!

October 20, 2006 by  
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Should the NASCAR circuit return to the past glory of stock cars, or continue with race cars? The thrill of today’s NASCAR events really take one’s breath away, but you could be forgiven for wondering, after the dust settles down, whether the wins are more of driving skills or just fancy engineering!

It was not always like this. Stock cars were the in thing when NASCAR was born less than 60 years ago. The Daytona Beach surface was part of the thrill when the NASCAR circuit began to develop. Car buyers could see the stuff of which their favorite models were made!

Blame World War II, not NASCAR for the ascent of race cars! It was not like today when you can walk in to a show room, and drive out with wheels which take your fancy. New automobiles were kind of scarce in the early 1950s, so NASCAR figured that it did not make much sense bashing the few new cars around on racing tracks. Much of the NASCAR circuit had to rely on old models which no one wanted anymore. The idea of doing up cars to make them fit for racing was born.

NASCAR has gone off the track somewhere along the line! Engineering and technology have taken over, though not everyone can drive these fancy machines. But we lose out because NASCAR has become far removed from the real world of driving in which we live. Hudson, Kaiser, and Mercury were amongst the popular entrants in the early days of the NASCAR circuit, and they have rightly faded away from our minds because stock racing showed them in true light.

What if U.S. consumers were to see their new favorite models from Japan and wherever race with the best that our country can make? That is why stock car racing deserves our support. Look at the treatment the Winston Cup Series has got! We had to change the name to suit a new sponsor because the Winston product is bad for health, and now Nextel the new sponsor has gone and got acquired!

Are you in to race cars or stock car racing? Tell NASCAR and us what you think!