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Visit to Heinlein Racing Development (HRD)

First stop on my 500+ mile road trip to Watkins Glen for the IMSA 6hr endurance weekend was visiting Tivador Heinlein at the new Heinlein Racing Development facility in Roxbury, NJ. The shop is conveniently located right off of the Interstate 80 about an hour’s drive from NYC. And is well worth a visit. I call it the “Candy Shop!”

I almost got a job with T last year when I was eager to find work in “Motorsport” (non-volunteering) I even wrote about getting a different perspective at the racetrack when Tiv took me to NJMP with the team for a PCA event, read about it here:

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I didn’t get the job, but still stay in touch with T, and watching him post on facebook all the cool  toys he gets to work on every day makes me quite jealous.

But I am extremely happy he is doing well!

The first thing I really wanted to see was the Praga R1 race car:

praga at heinlein racing development

I think it’s really sexy and agressive looking. Much more so than the Radical it tends to compete with in CN class. The Czech guys I worked with at Le Mans would be very proud of this thing.

T is a Porsche specialist, and it’s evident from all the 911’s, Boxters and Caymans in the shop:

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But lately he’s been getting quite a few Mazda Miata customers for the entry-level SCCA spec Miata racing series, mostly NB Miatas:

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And he’s obviously up to the challenge. The craftsmanship behind the work he does is impressive. From the well thought out cages that extend into the driver’s door giving extra room and comfort to the racer, to the engine and suspension set ups. Quality work all around.

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Since the last time I visited T at the Fair Lawn location the team of mechanics that work for him has obviously grown. And so have the variety of cars. I saw an older Daytona Prototype with a BMW powerplant. The Praga R1 was really neat. There was a Hennessey Ford GT that T is helping the owner sell, if anybody’s interested.

So many cool things….

Check out Tiv’s web site: www.heinleinracing.com/

IMSA at the Glen

This is post 1 of a few that I’ll write about my visit to WGI to marshal the Sahlen’s Six Hour at the Glen with RSI. I had an absolute blast. The following topics will be addressed individually:

  1. Sahlen’s Six Hour at the Glen
  2. Visit to HRD
  3. Another 500 mile Road Trip in the MX-5
  4. Best perk of volunteering with RSI @ WGI
  5. Food and Drink in the Seneca Lake area
  6. MX-5 Miatas at Watkins Glen

It’s almost midnight, I just arrived home from a five hour road trip from Watkins Glen, NY covering 250+ miles in mostly wet weather, and so I’ll just give  a brief description of each topic now.

1. The Sahlen’s Six Hour at the Glen went especially good for me this year. In fact it went from good to better, to best and then to a predictable conclusion. It rained so the racing was cut short and some support series cancelled. But RSI was extra good to me this season allowing me to work Stations 10, 1, 4 and 12 over the four day weekend.

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2. I made a quick pit stop at Heinlein Racing Development shop in Northwestern New Jersey on my way to Watkins Glen. That was an awesome visit with Tivador Heinlein to check out his new shop and all the amazing cars that he’s working on. I was in a Candy Shop!

praga at heinlein racing development

3. I’ve completed another 500+ mile road trip in my MX-5 Miata, and this trip went even better than the last one. The 16″ inch wheels made a big difference resulting in a softer, more pleasant ride. And I got awesome gas mileage to boot!

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4. One of the absolute best perks of volunteering with RSI at WGI is the ability to get to station trackside! I got to do a few laps around the whole of Watkins Glen circuit (albeit at 40mph) this weekend, and I loved it!

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5. Unlike the past few times I ended up going out every night instead of staying in the campground. The famous Seneca Lodge in the outskirts of Watkins Glen and Jerlandos in Montour Falls.

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6. There was a ton of MX-5 Miatas at the Glen and I was busy snapping away with my phone…. It’s not like I’ve never seen Miatas at WGI before, but now as an owner it was more personal.

mx-5 miata parade at watkins glen


I’ll be publishing the individual posts in the next few days. Stay tuned.