Mk1 Racecar - Race report 21st October 2016

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Mk1 Racecar - Race report 21st October 2016

Postby AlexTDi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:10 pm

After dreaming about racing competitively for years on end, I thought there is no better time then now!

So these past couple of months I've done some research, met a few experienced drivers and discussed it with our very knowledgeable forum following.

I decided that the Super Hatch series (http://www.superhatch.co.za/) will be the ideal starting place for me, I then started searching for an already seasoned race car and this is what I bought :grin:

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It is a VW Challenge B Class car, Specs are as follows:

Quite a neat shaven bay
2.0 8v
Flowed FI head
288 cam
Diktator management
Custom Branch and Exhaust
Bigger radiator
4 row oil cooler
State of the art oil catch tank :lol:

Roll cage connected to strut towers
Poly bushes
CTI Anti-roll bar
Bilstein Coilovers

Then all the other tricks and secrets to make it a track car, Lots of stuff I never knew before hence buying an already seasoned car.

There is a lot of stuff I still need to do as regulations for the series are different to the VW challenge and I don't even own a race suit :lol: but I will soon get there and start racing next year :driving:

I am a complete rookie/noob/zero experience car enthusiast so this journey I'm taking will be experienced by both the readers and myself.
My goal is to hopefully help other rookies when they are looking for online guidance as there really isn't anything available and dreams quickly end due to the lack of information available.
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Postby VW 'John Deere' TDI » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:18 pm

Congrats on the new purchase. I'm sure you going to love every minute of it. :hurray:
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Re: My journey to the race track

Postby YAHSUS » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:27 pm

Awesome stuff man ! Car looks good .
Good luck with your journey , keen to see how it all goes :grin:
p.s , so damn jealous !
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Postby Donnie Darko » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:29 pm

For a race car engine bay is neat :drool:

Congrats bud :hurray: :hurray: :hurray:
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Postby lawrence » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:29 pm

Awesome. Something I have always wanted to do but somehow life got in the way.

Will be following this with much enthusiasm....

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Re: My journey to the race track

Postby Barney » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:29 pm

goodluck alex

just make sure you pass the height restrictions

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Postby Junz » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:40 pm

Congrats! Nice dude, also want to get into this. Will def consider if am not studying next year.
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Postby AlexTDi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:12 pm

Thanks guys! So much to do so little time!
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Postby Caddyon » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:23 pm

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Postby 6teen_valve » Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:55 pm

good luck, I am in the same boat as you, just I went from building a street car to building a track car...

its great fun.....
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Postby MarshallGTi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:01 pm

looks like an awesome toy bud
It is an ingenius solution to a problem that should have never existed in the 1st place...

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Postby dazza » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:12 pm

Nice bud, sure you going to enjoy it.
Let us know your race schedule and we can come support you
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Postby AlexTDi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:14 pm

6teen_valve wrote:good luck, I am in the same boat as you, just I went from building a street car to building a track car...

its great fun.....


starting from scratch must be a lot of work, I took the easier/cheaper way out :lol:

dazza wrote:Nice bud, sure you going to enjoy it.
Let us know your race schedule and we can come support you


Thanks bud will do!
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Postby AlexTDi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:17 pm

I managed to find some time to pull the stickers off, I still need to give the car a good wash to get the sticker residue off, Anyone have suggestions on stuff that will remove the glue easily without damaging paint?

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Postby 6teen_valve » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:20 pm

AlexTDi wrote:
6teen_valve wrote:good luck, I am in the same boat as you, just I went from building a street car to building a track car...

its great fun.....


starting from scratch must be a lot of work, I took the easier/cheaper way out :lol:

Definitely cheaper way, if I know what I know now, I would have bought as well.... :bang:

But keep us updated with your changes and upgrades, and race results.. gonna be very interesting... :cool:
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Postby BIGMIG » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:24 pm

Congrats Alex, I hope you have lots of fun doing this.
I too am jealous.
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Postby ace_the_house_cat » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:31 pm

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Postby Stompie » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:32 pm

its like a harlequin except just in red...50 shades of red that is...

but congrats, Now fck the racing and restore the 2 door! :lol:
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Postby AlexTDi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:38 pm

BIGMIG wrote:Congrats Alex, I hope you have lots of fun doing this.
I too am jealous.


I hear you have another car too??

Stompie wrote:its like a harlequin except just in red...50 shades of red that is...

but congrats, Now fck the racing and restore the 2 door! :lol:


It's just that door, Because Racecar!

Ps. This is also a 2 door Mk1 GT just citified
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Postby Mitch » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:11 pm

Congrats and all the best. I'm sure lots of fun will be head. I have a big jealous.

Try some Goo Gone on the sticker residue. You can pick it up for about R60 from your local Builders Warehouse. You could also try a tar remover.

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Postby VW 'John Deere' TDI » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:39 pm

Mitch wrote:Congrats and all the best. I'm sure lots of fun will be head. I have a big jealous.

Try some Goo Gone on the sticker residue. You can pick it up for about R60 from your local Builders Warehouse. You could also try a tar remover.


:iagree: I have used Goo gone before and it worked pretty well.
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Postby marzbars » Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:04 pm

Good luck and all the best, be safe out there.
No idea where you are going to find such a small race suite.

How much is the race costs? Excluding tires, fuel, spare engine/gearbox and other parts.

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Postby Kibim » Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:14 pm

Congrats Alex!

Looks like you have an excellent starting point there. Give me a shout if you need help with anything. (like a car trailer! :lol: )

Wishing you many laps of fun!
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Postby marzbars » Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:22 pm

How hard would it be to roadworthy this car when you hang up the racing gloves one day?

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Postby AlexTDi » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:25 pm

VW 'John Deere' TDI wrote:
Mitch wrote:Congrats and all the best. I'm sure lots of fun will be head. I have a big jealous.

Try some Goo Gone on the sticker residue. You can pick it up for about R60 from your local Builders Warehouse. You could also try a tar remover.


:iagree: I have used Goo gone before and it worked pretty well.


Thanks guys will go get some

marzbars wrote:Good luck and all the best, be safe out there.
No idea where you are going to find such a small race suite.
How much is the race costs? Excluding tires, fuel, spare engine/gearbox and other parts.


No race suit shouldn't be an issue, Even if I have to wear a kids race suit I'll do it :lol: Previous owner is the same height as me so even the seat is in the perfect position.

Race costs are just over 1k but more realistically a race weekend will cost between 3-5k as long as you don't crash or break anything major.

I'll type out a budget "start-up" post once I've acquired all my stuff.
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