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Racecar Prep: The Nuts and Bolts of Things

Racecars undergo a lot more stress than your daily driver. Bolts wiggle loose, leaks develop, lines rub, components wear at a much greater rate etc… That is why at the beginning of every season, a full nut and bolt check is crucial to a successful campaign.

Mazda RX8: The Super Touring Performance Bargain

I have a long history with rotary powered cars.  Namely, of not owning one.  Over the past 15 years I’ve always danced around the idea. The last time I was close to purchasing one I opted for a MR2 Spyder instead. I found a deal on the lightweight, mid engine roadster that I couldn’t pass on. The RX8, was relatively new at the time and commanding new car prices. But I still dream...

Lotus Elise: Rebuild Part 1 (Where to Start)

As I said in the reintroduction, I let my once pristine Lotus Elise sit in disrepair for 4+ years with a suspected head gasket failure. Now a simple repair has become much more involved. My intent here is to offer a summary of the repair and service steps I’ve completed thus far to catch things up. Maybe diving a little deeper with supporting posts in the future. Diagnosing the Failure 4...

Lotus Elise (re)Introduction: The 1800 Pound Paper Weight

I could write a book on the absurd amount of procrastination that went into letting my 06 Lotus Elise sit in disrepair for 4 years. It would be too kind to say I was busy when in reality, fixing a non racecar just hasn’t been a big priority. But as the years roll by, it’s started to become almost a point of embarrassment and a running joke amongst friends.

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community over 10 years ago and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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