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Busman’s holiday

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Racing | 3 comments

How do race-car builders spend their downtime? At Flatout Motorsports, our crew builds stuff like this – the ultimate videogame rig for the racer who has everything. The lucky recipient goofs off … er, prepares for the race season with iRacing, which is such a cool videogame that the company would prefer you not call it a videogame, but rather a...

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Also handy for roasting oxen

Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Racing | 5 comments

That’s my racecar-under-construction (a Honda S2000, though it’s hard to tell right now) on a rotisserie. Why go to the trouble of custom-welding a set of brackets, then bolting an automobile to a giant spit? This will make our lives easier for the next few weeks as we painstakingly chip all the sound insulation from the unit body (aka the tub);...

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Protecting me from myself

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in Racing | 1 comment

To you it’s a bunch of ugly metal tubes. To me, this rollcage will look positively beautiful if I one day find my race car tumbling merrily along the track – with me strapped...

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Wall of Shame

Posted by on Jan 8, 2010 in Racing | 4 comments

When anybody from Team Flatout wrecks a race car, we celebrate by hanging high the crinkled body panels (photo credit goes to Jacki Rigoli). Why don’t you see any bright-green parts bearing my number, 05? For starters, we’ve run out of space. This is a relief to many clients; believe me, we could quadruple this display if we had room. Also, I...

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Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Racing |

Race cars are like “Biggest Loser” contestants: once you start the process, they look really bad before they look good. About a week ago, I luxuriated in the leather seats of my new Honda S2000. Now? Not so much. We’ve stripped the interior, the trunk, the plastic inner fender liners, and some of the crap from the engine bay (in a race...

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Found: My 2010 race car

Posted by on Dec 18, 2009 in Racing |

It’s a sweetheart! A Honda S2000 built in 2000 (the first year this model was offered) with only 49,000 miles on the odometer. Yeah, I paid more than I wanted to, but when you compare this donor (as we in the biz call the cars we hack up) to some of the other heaps I was considering, you’ll agree it was money well spent. In this photo, the...

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