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Wanna buy a Race Car? SpeedSource Goes Belly Up Grand Am & IMSA Mazda’s and Equipment Auction

Another famous race team has gone belly up… and now’s your lucky chance to buy a race car at auction “probably” for less money than it would cost to get one built! The online auction will run December 19 by Key Auctioneers: click here. Get yourself a gift for the holidays… Merry Christmas!

Thanks to Marshall Pruett from Racer.com for sharing the news on facebook. It sucks for SpeedSource to close it’s doors, especially for the team of people that make that place run. But having seen a few of their employees at the HSR event in Daytona last month, I think many of them will do just fine. It wasn’t that long ago that SpeedSource was hiring people… imagine some desperate schmuck like me spending all the money he’s got left to move to Florida for a job that went “poof!” in just a few months. That would of been nuts.

But it’s a good time to be rich in America. And some of the bargains available at this auction will surely end up at the race track near you. I am surprised that Mazda North American Operations hasn’t snagged the two P2 race cars… or the tube frame diesel Mazda6’s… but maybe the auctioneers have a higher reserve than they’re willing to part with. Still I think this is great opportunity for someone:

Photo credit: Key Auctioneers
Photo credit: Key Auctioneers
Photo credit: Key Auctioneers
Photo credit: Key Auctioneers
Photo credit: Key Auctioneers
Photo credit: Key Auctioneers

I can’t believe they kept the crew guy’s shoes and are now selling them in used condition… who’d buy this?

Photo credit: Key Auctioneers

And the auction list:  http://www.keyauctioneers.com/2017/12/19/171219speedsource/

On-Site Auction and Online Bidding – Rings 1 & 2: Tuesday, December 19 at 10:00am
Online Only Bidding – Ring 3 (soft close): 
Tuesday, December 19 at 12:00pm
Preview: 
Monday, December 18 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Removal: 
Wednesday, December 20 & Thursday, December 21 from 8:00am – 4:00pm
               *Note: No Removal Will Occur the Day of the Auction
Auction Address: 4150 NW 120th Avenue, Coral Springs, Florida 33065

Join us on December 19th as we offer surplus rolling stock, equipment and parts from SpeedSource. This is the end of the year event you won’t want to miss! 

Race Cars
2013 Mazda6 GX, Speedsource/Riley Chassis No. 012, Red & Black Color Scheme (Engine included)
2013 Mazda6 GX, Speedsource/Riley Chassis No. 004, Yellow & Orange Color Scheme (No Engine)
Mazda6 GX, Speedsource/Riley Chassis, Matte Black Color (No Engine)
Lola Cars Chassis No. MM07 (No Engine), has run in the IMSA
Lola Cars Chassis No. HU06 (No Engine), has LM24 history as Ex Status GP car and IMSA

Rolling Stock
2010 Ez-Go Golf Cart, Gas, Roof, Upgraded Wheels & Tires, Rain Cover, Rear Seats fold out flat
Taylor-Dunn Flatbed Utility Cart, Fold-up Seat, Upgraded Wheel & Tires, LED headlights
2002 JLG Scissor Lift w/ Extendable Platform
Clarke Focus II Floor Cleaner w/ built-in smart battery charger

Garage & Pit Equipment
(2) Caseliner Fiberglass LED Powerhoods, w/ Flight Case, Mounting Pole & Power Cables
Caseliner LED Sign/Timing Board w/ Flight Case, Tripod, Cables & Cover
Display Truss System w/ enough equipment for 2 cars
Stainless Steel Bodywork Carts
Caseliner Foam Boards with Flight Cases and Aluminum Poles
(2) Breda Racing Air Jacks, Model: 500/600, Mfg Year: 2017
(4) Arnold Machining Air Jacks, 100 psi
(2) CAMOZI Air Jacks
Robinair Refrigerant Recovery, Recycling & Recharging Station, Model: 34988, Mfg. Date: 08/16
Airflow Systems Exhaust Extractors, Model: VES3 Portable
The Hot Setup Engine Water Heater
Longacre Scale Set with ComputerScales DX Electronic Chassis Scale, (4) Scale Pads, Monitor, Wiring & Cart
(2) Longacre Turn Plates
Longacre Digital Tire Pressure Gauges
Intercomp Temperature Gun
Longacre Tire Pyrometer
Krontec Lances
Satubli Dump Jugs w/ SS Stands & Probe Covers
ATL & Jazz Dump Jugs
AC Hydraulic Engine Hoist, Capacity: 2,200 lbs., Collapsible
Paoli Dive Tank Set
LISTA, CTECH and Assorted Tool Chests
Pneumatic Pit Guns
Milwaukee M18 Impact Guns
Cabinets FULL of Aerospace Grade Hardware, Electrical Components, Fittings, Plugs, etc.
Port-a-Cool 60” Fans, Drum Fans, Folding Tables, Nitrogen Bottle Cages, Torque Wrenches, Heat Guns, Testers, Tap & Die sets, Crimpers, Borescope kit, etc.

Shop & Fabrication Equipment
Sunnen Precision Honing Machine, Model: LBB-1699
Chassis Setup Plate, 8’ x 20’
Elevated Chassis Setup Plate, 6’ x 14’
Eastern Precision Ultrasonic Parts Cleaner
HYD-MECH Horizontal Band Saw, Model: S-20M, S/N: 6C11111260
(2) Enco Vertical Bandsaws, Model: 01712009
Dake Cold Saw, Model: 315-1PH
Birmingham Lathe
Miller Syncrowave250 DX TIG Welder
Miller Millermatic150 MIG Welder
(2) Bridgeport Mills w/ Digital Readout Controls
(2) Drill Presses, Baleigh & Ryobi
Cyclone Sandblasting Cabinet, Model: 3824
Pro-Tools Electric Bead Roller on Stand
Pexto Shear, Model: 152K, Capacity: 18 Ga.
Pexto Shear
Enco 50” Slip Roll, Model: 130-5501, Capacity: 16 Ga., Mfg Year: 2005
ProFormer Manual Break, Capacity: 16 Ga.
Manual Break, 48”, Capacity: 16 Ga.
Dake Arbor Press, No. 1 ½
Beverly Throatless Shear, Model: B2
Conquest Disc Grinder/Sander, Model: 20ARCH, 3 PH
NORCO 2-Ton Shop Press
Dewalt Cutoff Saw, Makita Cutoff Saw, Pedestal Grinders, Disc Sander, Horizonal Boring Drill on Stand, Clamps, Vises, Slide Hammer Puller Set, Gas/Acetylene Welding Carts, Torch Gauge Sets, Welding Hoses, Welding Helmets, Welding Tables, Butcher Block Top Shop Tables, Parts Organizers, Ladders, Rolling Tool Cabinets, etc.

Inspection & Test Equipment
Dynojet Dynamometer w/ CPU, Electronics and Cart
Engine Dynamometer w/ Superflow Controls and Electronics
DCM Magnetic Particle Checker, Model: MPI 3062, S/N: 35101, 1 PH/230 Volt
ASNL Injector Tester, Capacity: 8 Injectors
FaroArm Platinum CMM Inspection Arm, Length: 8’, Mfg. Year: 2010, S/N: P08-05-10-08515
Kwik Mark Dot Peen Marking Machine, Model: KM-64
Rockwell Hardness Tester
Height Gauges, Assorted Testers, Micrometers, Digital Protractors, Laser Levels, etc.

Race Accessories, Radio Equipment & Hospitality
Race Car Simulator, approx. 6’ x 2.5’, includes: Ultra CPU Tower, Logitech Surround Sound System, ProCar by Scott Race Seat, Panasonic Flatscreen TV,
Crew Helmets, assorted types (25+)
Crew & Driver Shoes, New Balance
Moto Sport Goggles, Oakley & Scott
Sparco Fire Resistant Under Garments; head socks, shirts, long underwear, socks
Grizzly & Coleman Coolers
Pop-up Tents, various sizes
Folding Chairs
Folding Tables
Catering Equipment
Glass Door Display Coolers
Poly-Flooring (1,000’s of Square Feet in various colors)
Retractable Rope Dividers
Kenwood NX300 Radios (30+), Batteries, Charging Banks, Headsets
RCI Headsets w/ Bluetooth & Dual Radio Ports (15+)
Kenwood TK Radios (8+)
Radius GR1225 Repeater Unit with Travel Case, Antennas and Wires
Car Radio Harnesses

 

Key Terms
Full Payment is Due at the Conclusion of the Auction.
Accepted Forms of Payment:  Cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Wire Transfer
A check will ONLY be accepted with a Bank Letter of Guarantee
12% Buyers Premium Will be Collected for on-site Buyers, 18% for Online Buyers
Complete Terms can be found under the documents tab.
License Information: AB3686; Seth Seaton AU4902
Seller: SpeedSource, Inc.

*Shipping for this auction will not be provided by Key Auctioneers. Key Auctioneers will gladly facilitate shipping with third party moving/shipping companies. 

San Francisco Region Needs Marshals for IMSA at Laguna Seca

I just received an invite from the flag chiefs at the San Francisco Region of the SCCA to volunteer for IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 1-3, 2015

I wish I could go, believe me… but hopefully sharing this information here would encourage others to sign up.

Laguna Seca is an amazing facility, and as a visiting marshal a few years ago they allowed me to work their most famous corner: the Corkscrew… twice! I worked both the American Le Mans Series round at Laguna Seca and Grand-Am round a few months later. It was an absolute blast and I am forever grateful to the good folks at San Fran region for their warm hospitality.

As a visiting marshal you may be slightly surprised at the way things are done with SFR. For example some of the traditional hand signals are quite different in California. As far as marshal roles go, you’ll find teams of flaggers and teams of communicators that are separate and are organized by separate chiefs, but work together over the weekend. You may rotate through all the flagging roles but will not be expected to handle the radio during that rotation. In some cases you may be the only person on station working the radio and flags at the same time. I loved that bit when I worked at the bottom of the Corkscrew for my last event there.

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If you are going to take my advice and go to California for this wonderful event… than make a trip out of it! What I mean by that, factor in some sightseeing time like I did. Go check out Big Sur on your leisurely drive along the PCH – Pacific Coast Highway. Experience the local cuisine. Stay in Monterey! Visit Salinas for some authentic Mexican cuisine. Enjoy San Francisco if that’s the way you fly in, or Oakland or San Jose. You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee it.

Most importantly enjoy yourself at the track. You’ll be amazed at the views you get just driving around the perimeter of the circuit. The incredible elevation changes. I mean it’s the whole package. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in my view is one of the top circuits in America. Volunteering an IMSA event there is probably one of the most exciting volunteering opportunities there are, in the whole of North America. Truly!

The sign up link is here:

Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

More info about the event:  www.mazdaraceway.com/continental-tire-monterey-grand-prix

SF Region web site: sites.google.com/site/sfrcorners/

Jim Swintal Motorsports | jimswintal.com

Many of the marshals reading this blog already know Jim. If you’ve volunteered any of the major events in the US including Formula 1, IndyCar, IMSA Tudor United SportsCar or American Le Mans Series before that, you’ve heard him on the radio from Race Control. Some may remember Jim from his chief starter days with Champ Car / CART, as this Motorsport.com article captions he was “CART’s most visible official outside of CEO…” But besides being an accomplished marshal he’s also an amazing artist with a focus on motorsports and that’s what I wanted to share with everyone reading this regardless where you are in the world.

Check out that art work:

jim swintal motorsports poster 1Notice the attention to detail on this Laguna Seca “Corkscrew” print, with the detailed portrayal of the marshals working the turn.

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You can buy copies of his paintings as Lithographs and Posters, or Giclées Prints that are very reasonably priced through his web site:

http://www.jimswintal.com/

 

Of all the personalities I’ve met in this hobby, I have genuine admiration and respect for Jim. I really look up to him as a cool, calm and collected voice on a network when all hell is breaking loose or we’re dying of boredom on the track. And though we’ve never really communicated directly, he seems really down to earth at all the events that I’ve had the pleasure of working with him, from races at Laguna Seca in California to COTA in Texas and Sebring in Florida.

Petit Le Mans Registration is now Open

Dear friends,

Registration to volunteer the 2014 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is now open. Road Atlanta has also released a rather spiffy brochure:

Road Atlanta Poster Petit Le Mans

Promoting the event, while also including some interesting info.

Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda

To download your copy of the brochure click here: http://www.roadatlanta.com/images/Fall-2014.pdf

Read more about Petit Le Mans and Road Atlanta here: http://www.roadatlanta.com/

Register as a marshal for Petit Le Mans here: https://www.motorsportreg.com/

What I love most about SCCA

Cars!

No question about it… I don’t go to the track for the beer or the people that get shitfaced on it. Saying this outloud at a few events didn’t win me any friends. And I’m well aware of my reputation as someone very critical of the organization that essentially licenses me to be a volunteer marshal in the US (hey… is it wrong to expect a little something for the $85/year membership fee I pay, like say training?)

But what is absolutely, unquestionably amazing about SCCA is it’s racing, especially on the Pro level: Pirelli World Challenge, Trans-Am, Playboy Miata MX-5 Cup, etc. And thanks to the pitiful performance of the other professional series in the US falling flat on it’s face race after race, SCCA Pro is an amazing alternative.

It’s a bit of a shame I didn’t get to pencil in a single race this season where I could volunteer for the series. Partly I think it’s because they run as a support race to other races, like IndyCar which I haven’t given much priority this year over others. BUT I will definitely make a bigger effort to work at least one Pirelli World Challenge sports car event next season.

The first year I volunteered for World Challenge, the fastest cars seemed to be Cadillac’s and Volvo’s, with an occasional Corvette reaching the top spot in a field full of Camaros and Mustangs; which was a little “meh” in comparison to the amazing machinery of ALMS or Grand-Am at the time. The following year with the addition of some GT3 technology like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Audi R8 the flood gates opened for even more exciting stuff. I got to see McLarens, Lambos and Bentleys race in Europe and the Middle East, now I can watch them race much closer to home.

If only SCCA Pro could organize a few events (preferably endurance) where the Pirelli World Challenge isthe feature race, with Trans-Am, Playboy Miata MX-5 Cup and perhaps some open wheel series like USF1600 or USF2000 could act as support races, we could have an incredible weekend on par to those organized by IndyCar or IMSA. For the love of God SCCA please make it happen. Please!

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Trans Am feature event at Lime Rock scca pro world challenge mercedes sls amg

Pirelli World Challenge support race to V8 Supercars, Austin 400 at Circuit of the Americas long beach gp 4

Pirelli World Challenge support race to IndyCar & ALMS at Long Beach Grand Prixdetroit gp 4Pirelli World Challenge support race to IndyCar & Grand-Am at Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Au Revoir ALMS, Petit Le Mans debrief

So that was that, the final ALMS race as we know it has been run on a semi-wet Road Atlanta road course in less than 10 hours, and team Rebellion defended its win from last year with another victory. From turn 3 on Friday I was bounced off after I requested a change back to 11 to be with my Canadian friends from Mosport. That wasn’t meant to be though as I was moved to turn 1, and of all the places I could have been that was the most perfect one. Not only that, the flag chief from Baltimore GP was in charge of the schedule and he made sure I stayed on blue flag for as long as possible on the actual station for turn 1, as we were also responsible for turn 2 as well as working safety cross-track. Not only that, because we had an uneven number of marshals on a two-shift two-team rotation, I managed to double-stint it working both Group 1 and 2. So staying on station for the full 9 hours and a whatever minutes, I got to blue flag forever, and I loved every second of it!

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Race day was my whites day, which was funny because after having worn an orange set of overalls for the previous three days everyone assumed I was European… “oui, oui!”

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Working turn 1 meant we had two blue flaggers separated by a yellow flagger in the middle. We were responsible for both working the traffic on the course, and the cars coming out of pit lane. Watching the pit lane traffic was awesome, you could see every penalty taking place, fueling, tire and driver changes, etc. It was beautiful!

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Being so close to the grid also meant we could partake in the Grid Walk… and we got there before the crowds. It was again very awesome. Got to meet Leo Parente from /Drive Shakedown, finally… though he seemed to be in a moment admiring the NGT Momo #30 car dedicated to Sean Edwards who lost his life in a freak accident in Australia earlier this week while coaching a driver. That was sad, and a lone car pace lap was a pretty somber salute, though a very thoughtful one.

Camping at Road Atlanta was great compared to CouchSurfing last year. Ben Tyler was kind enough to bring a spare tent and air mattress for me to use, which made things very convenient. Seeing people from all around the country and the world was a great touch too to end the season. Next stop is F1 in Austin in November.

Baltimore Grand Prix ALMS & Indycar

Another “Balmore” Grand Prix is in the books… and I quickly went to re-read last year’s debrief to make sure I don’t repeat the same sentiment. This year the tale of Baltimore GP consists of two experiences. First Couch Surfing. Like last year I got very lucky with the hosts even though it wasn’t through traditional channels of requesting a place to stay. Instead I posted on Facebook in the CS Baltimore forum and got invited. Sweet! Second, the race itself. It was a crashfest! No nicer way to put it… a bunch of ‘amateurs’ it seems, as people were wrecking almost on purpose in both ALMS and Indycar feature racing that had more yellow flag / caution time than green / race time.

But it was good!

I was stationed at turn 3, the amazing hair pin that didn’t get nowhere near as much action as it did last year which seemed to have shifted mostly to turn 1, 4 and 9. But we did have a number of spins, debris, and even a car on fire during the Indycar race for which I waived our fire bottle at the driver through the hole in the fence we were behind, and he promptly stopped in front of us. Of course, he stopped on the other side of the track, and after another Indycar went between him and us at speed, he proceeded to watch the smoke billow out of the car instead of attempting to run for the fire extinguisher. Luckily the safety team were quick to respond, and all ended well.

I was not terribly impressed with the level of professionalism of the drivers this weekend. In the ALMS race, the Dyson car seemed to false start repeatedly which caused the first big wreck and contributed greatly to more full course caution the second time. Similarly, turn one shinanigans for Indycar saw four consecutive full course yellows after each attempted restart. What a joke!

On Sunday night I left Baltimore for Summit Point, and the final racing of the Labor Day weekend with the DC region SCCA. Absolutely nothing happened there, completely uneventful day… though since I was stationed at turn 3, I had to run to cars that pulled off in our shortcut area to see what the issue was… both cars lost power, which was OK… the exercise I got sprinting about 300 meters in each direction was great too. I enjoyed the leisurely road trip back to New Jersey and am looking forward to fly out for the Grand-Am weekend at Laguna Seca tomorrow.

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Postcard from the Baltimore GP

Great start to the weekend at turns 3/3A. Started out as a yellow flagger for Indy, but quickly worked my way into blue flagging ALMS, my favorite! Looking forward to more of the same tomorrow on race day.

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Happy Labor Day weekend ya’ll!

By the way, my CouchSurfing host is a mechanic and drifter that a few moons ago worked as crew ona Baltimore based Grand-Am Lexus team. He proudly showed me a 1:18 scale model of one of the cars!

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