1974 Mini 998.
Class and Car Number:
Stock Front, 29
First Year of Rallycross?
Just some go-carts here and there
What do you love about RallyCross?
Besides the comraderie that permeates every race, getting to go fast for a pretty small investment is just the business! You can spend a lot more and not have nearly as much fun as a day in the dirt.
What are your favorite modifications you’ve done to your rallycross car?
New seats for sure! The originals were essentially two flat cushions that collapsed during cornering. A decent set of winter tires also went a long way in helping performance!
What else do you use your rallycross car for?
I’ve taken it to some cars and coffee events, or for a weekend run around town. Not too much else as it’s not terribly safe in this world of SUVs and distractions.
Do you work on your own car?
I sure do! There’s a surprisingly helpful local mini scene that I’ve gotten parts and advice from along with my buds that don’t mind getting their hands dirty.
When I first moved to CO the mini had a broken rear subframe due to (surprise) rust. After ordering a replacement and getting everything set, I discovered that the area where the subframe mounts to was also (again, surprise) rust. With the help of a couple of engineering friends, we were able to cut out and weld in new mounting points on both sides of the car and get the subframe mounted in two days! And everything was square and true, much to the amazement of everyone involved. Never underestimate the power of people that don’t know what they’re doing…or is it overestimate?
What is your favorite rallycross memory?
That would have to be winning this past season by the slimmest margin due to my main rival choosing to change classes for the last race.
LEFT FOOT BRAKING IS VERY IMPORTANT.
What tips or advice do you have for first time attendees?
Ask questions, say hello, give high fives! The people out there want the same thing that you do, to have fun. I’ve made a couple of really good friends through rallyx, people that I never would’ve met otherwise and that would have been a shame.
My first car was a 92 Plymouth Acclaim that had no heat and a red interior. It was also one of the worst cars I’ve ever owned. The best modification was when the block cracked and the oil and coolant became one.