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I and three buddies are interested in starting a team for next year. We live in Wilton CA; our wives and girlfriends are involved with horses so we thought we'd get involved with mustangs! Our strategy is to gain information about the series and cars this racing season, build or buy a car (s?) this winter and spring and start racing next year. So:

 

How many folks can be on a team for an individual car?

 

Are there set licensing school dates or do we have to go the route of the HPDE and get a clearance through class 4?

 

Is there a mustang mentor we can hook up with so that we don't make too many rookie mistakes?

 

When do cars typically come up for sale? Spring?

 

Thanks for any help.

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Welcome!! Let me take a stab at your questions...

The NASA CCR states the limit is two drivers per team. That doesn't mean you guys cant have more, it only means only those two would score points. As far as licensing goes, we typically handle licensing for those that want to come onboard to CMC. Once you meet the Nasa requirements, we can set up a date to get you licensed. I'm sure Tony will chime in on this point, and the Mustang mentor part...he and James Griffith have the fastest Mustangs out here. As far as used cars...my bet is the best prices are in the fall getting close to season's end, but there are always deals out there.

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Thanks. I am currently a NASA member, by NASA requirements you mean? I noticed that Tony lives in El Dorado Hills, I'll have to get a hold of him.

 

I think that the first racing year we will not be overly concerned with scoring points, more emphasis will be placed on sorting things out.

 

My biggest problem wiill be reserving the dually for a race weekend instead of my wife taking it to a horse show! Anyone have plans for changing a horse trailer into a race hauler?

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Hey Horsewidowers! The best way to learn is to attend our track events. Come on out and meet us when you can! You will find we are a real friendly group. Bring your wives and girlfriends, I can try to convert them to drivers instead of riding one horsepowers!

 

Say "Hi" to my friend Ron Berg out there in Wilton if you know him.

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I intend to come to the event in September and bring the rest of the guys. At this point our wives think we are nuts.

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We just got our second race in, and it's turning out to be a pretty good time, although our wives think we're nuts, too. They keep making comments about the scenic places, and fine accomodations, we are taking them to, like Buttonwillow and the Motel 6.

 

Why can't you just spread the back of the horsetrailer with a porta-power so the car can drive right into it? It'd be like having an enclosed trailer...just park downwind. If that doesn't work, Harbor Freight has reciprocating saws for a good price, cut all that excess weight off at the floor, and drive right up!

 

Good luck, even if you are making a big mistake with a Mustang not a Camaro. Gotta go, Trackside Live is on from Michigan! Ol' DW usually has something fun to say about chrome horns, and such.

Kevin Hall

#82 Camaro

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Given that one of the guys is managing a mustang recycling yard, my low cost parts outlet would probably disappear. And, I get a bit of humor out of dealing with a mustang. My wife has three horses and donkey, she can't complain if all I have is one mustang!

 

When I approached the trailer with the plasma cutter, all hell broke loose, I'm hope my days on the couch are fast approaching an end.

 

I'm thinking 87-88 mustang lx 5.0 coupe. I've read a bunch of literature that states that the EFI for those two years are the best at producing stock horsepower, any thoughts? I guess there is a bit of a raging debate over EFI v. Carb.

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If you can swing a 94-95, that's my suggestion. Much better front end geometry, easier to fit big brakes, and you still have the 5.0.

 

The NASA CCR has some guidelines for getting a race license...something like having attended at least 4 HPDE events, or some other proof of reasonable experience. Its in the book. You're right though, I wouldnt worry about points at all at first. Just worry about getting seat time!!

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Hi Guys and welcome!

As you can see this is a helpfull group!

Call me at 916 933-5750,and come on up to my house and we can talk CMC and Mustangs (the superior car) all day.

I do the licensing too.

Thanks,

Tony Guaglione

CMC Chief Director

#55

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