Introducing the new Bell GT5 Touring Helmet from our partners at OG Racing who help make this resource possible.
New for 2014, the Bell GT5 Touring Helmet is designed primarily for closed car forms of racing and offers high-end features and performance at an affordable price. The versatile design allows the GT5 Touring to be used as a large eyeport helmet with a standard shield, or as an open helmet with an adjustable sun peak that combines the feel of an open face helmet, but with the protection of a full face model.
The GT5 Touring is based on Bell’s new High Performance (HP) design platform with styling that incorporates aggressive upper chin bar and top vents for outstanding Continue reading
Growing up, my family has always been a “Toyota” family. Not for their thrilling driving experience or for their ability to pamper its occupants, but for their Continue reading
Recently we at Go Ahead – Take the Wheel had a chance to sample a few dozen of the latest and greatest vehicles from several different manufacturers on the entertaining country club track at the Monticello Motor Club, as well as its surrounding public streets. Like speed dating, you experience a lot in too short a time, but you leave with many lasting impressions. Here are some quick thoughts of some notable machines: Continue reading
Cadillac is on a mission. They’re striving to make vehicles that challenge the world’s best cars. The ATS’s mission is to successfully compete in the compact luxury sports sedan segment. Its main target… Continue reading
But, with all the goodness come issues. Two doors limit utility, and for a third of the population of the upper 48 states, it’s rear wheel drive proves troublesome when the Continue reading
The Silverado is the single biggest selling vehicle for Chevrolet, accounting for approximately one of every four Chevys sold. To say that this truck is important to Chevy is an understatement. As time moves forward, it’s necessary for Chevy to keep the truck modern without going too far from what attracts people to the Silverado.
Truck owners are extremely loyal to “their” brand and once chosen, they are often bound to them for life. As a result, the goal with the new Chevrolet Silvarado was to target the Chevy faithful, taking the aspects owners love, and improving areas that they felt were lacking. This is exactly why the new Silverado doesn’t appear drastically different, at least on the surface. The reality is that Chevy needed to retain their winning formula, and blend the Continue reading
Green, green, green!
goes live to the world.
After a month of successful beta testing and listening to feedback, PaddockScene has already made many improvements. So, they are forging ahead and transitioning over to their full live site.
PaddockScene is an easy-to-use automotive event directory. Find and share races and events that are happening near you. PaddockScene believes that gearheads deserve to know what is going on near them without looking at two dozen websites. Join them! You can build your full automotive calendar, and contribute events that you are attending, organizing, or promoting. Check out the press release below straight from our good friends at PaddockScene!
Attending a car racing school can be a fantastic way for both novices and experienced drivers to improve upon your on-track driving abilities and race craft. Before you make a decision on which racing school you’ll attend, there are several important factors you should consider. What I suggest you do is to make a list of what you want to gain from participating in the school, and give thought to which are the highest in priority.
For most of us, the cost to attend a school is near the top of our list of considerations. The financial aspect certainly involves the initial cost to enter the school, but goes beyond this. Continue reading
The advice that Chris Vanderwolk provides below is so true and helpful. I cannot tell you just how important where you look is. Look at a vehicle – hit a ditch, car in front goes off – you follow, and so on.
Anyone who has ridden a motorcycle will tell you that you never look at the ditch. Why? Because if you look at the ditch, you’ll end up in the ditch. You do not want to be in the ditch. Bad things happen in the ditch.
Within this bit of advice is the most important rule of race driving: look where you want to go. Autocross schools may cover the lower half of your windshield with blue painter’s tape to force you to look ahead. Instructors will focus their efforts on getting you to look at the Continue reading
Although there is a new optional 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that delivers an estimated 30 mpg highway (4X2 model), a driving range of more than 730 miles and a towing capability of 7,400 pounds, our vehicle is equipped with the Continue reading
The Miata purchase is going to work out well, it’s going to drive fast, and it’s going be a lot of fun long-term. I keep telling myself this and must believe in it. While I was initially disappointed, I’ve vowed to be positive. This would be my wife’s influence. I just want to whine, yet am starting to believe that while things haven’t started off great, it’ll turn around. Positive energy. Yup, that’s what is needed.
Ever hear of Reiki? The quick summary is that it’s a Japanese technique for stress reduction, healing, and what the car (and myself) needed – removal of negative energy. The word Reiki stands for universal life force energy. Even if I don’t totally buy into it, my wife is a Reiki Master and I’m ready to try just about anything. And there certainly has been negative energy surrounding the racecar as of late. I had her do Reiki on the car, and I also spent some time in the garage with the car to bond with it. Yes, I am perfectly aware of how dumb that sounds but over some time it did make me feel more connected to it. With racing, the mental aspect of the driver is so vital to being successful. If I felt like it helped, it did.
In order to attend the next upcoming high performance driving event (HPDE), I needed to get the car quieter to meet the tracks strict sound restriction. I called a few local exhaust shops and they weren’t able to do the custom exhaust work. Finally I called a smaller Continue reading
A few months prior to the purchase of the new racecar, my wife forgot to put the passenger window up on our Tahoe and it rained that evening. Unfortunately this time the rain caused a short resulting in both the passenger side window and the electric seat not operating. (Just two sentences into the article, my wife is already yelling at me with rebuttals!) Now granted, I must admit it could have easily been me who did this, but there is gratification that I can blame her this one time for something legitimate. (I swear everything else I blame her for must be true!) I replaced a blown fuse, and was able to get the window up before it blew again. Eh, it was just the passenger side and the seat was where we wanted it anyways.
Just after I planned the trip down south to pick up my new racecar, mysteriously the seat and window issues decided to swap sides. Suddenly the passenger side electronics worked, but the driver’s side did not. The seat position was tolerable, but the pedals height Continue reading
Where’s the gullwing?
Once you’re behind the wheel, it doesn’t really matter, although there is something special about a supercar with gullwing doors parked with the doors up. You can’t do that with this soft top convertible though. But you can drop the top for an exhilarating open air experience, which is what we did. What a rush!!! The power of the monster V8 is brutal with Continue reading
So the rest of the morning I tried to fill my brain with SoM/Tech stuff, and see if I could help out the other IT7 guys. Anything to get my head off of the afternoon race. You’ve been there, you know what I mean. Lunch, water, glad to see that weather is getting warmer (though not what one would call “warm”.) Help pack up the trailers, take down the canopies (which got pre-taken down by the wind and – get this – SNOW the night before…fuck you Al Gore.) Lunch, wait for the Vees to hit the track…
I was on IT7 pole, with pretty much all the guys all around. I knew that circumstances handed me a lucky break earlier in the day, but I wasn’t clear what the afternoon would bring. After all, these guys are running for season points, and I’m a guest. Then again, no one really appreciates someone just laying down…that’s no fun. Just not clear what to do.
German military strategist Helmuth von Moltke once wrote (and I paraphrase) “No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.” What he meant by that is the same thing we Continue reading
So, some time last year, I’m hanging out with the IT7 Gang (Pack? Gaggle?) drinking some after-race beers and we get to talking. “So, why don’t you come race with us, Mister TGA??” and I’m all like “blah, blah, blah, sure why not, blah, hand me a beer, burp, I could run with you guys, noooooo problem, burp…” We go on our way, split for the Winter.
Some time a few weeks ago, I get a call from Mister IT7 Dan Sheppard. (IT7 is a regional class made up of older RX-7s.) “So, what are you doing Memorial Day weekend?” and I’m like “Um, well, family, friends, stuff to do, house work, lawn I’m going to NJMP the following weekend for the Majors, think I’ll leave the Integra parked that weekend.”
“Good!” he said. “I’ve got an extra IT7 for you to drive.”
“Don’t you remember? ‘I could drive with you guys, no problem’?” Continue reading
The ActiveHybrid 3 is BMW’s new gas/electric version of the 3-Series, a premium compact car that the automotive press has been bowing down to for decades due to its unparallelled balance of luxury, comfort and performance in its class.
Surprisingly BMW chose to mate the battery-powered 55 hp electric motor to the Continue reading
Last year I had the opportunity to dip my feet into the Spec Miata world driving someone else’s car. Our partnership plan was to build an all-out Spec Miata ’99 (the car to have in that class) during this past offseason. To accomplish this, we estimated approximately a cost of $16,000 in addition to 165 hours of work by an SM Guru. The labor hours are not included in that cost and I’m sure it’s on the low side as that didn’t even include painting the car. Yes, building a nationally front running Spec Miata quickly adds up beyond the $35,000 mark. Crazy! The stars just weren’t aligning – Continue reading