Quite a few years ago you guys ran an article about a company that was coating pistons, valves, and bearings with a coating that made them virtually indestructible. I was just wondering if you could email me with any info on that company, sorry for bothering you with this but I looked through the issues I still managed to keep ahold of and can't find it. Any info would greatly be appreciated. You guys do a great job for the racing community.
It's our pleasure and thanks for the kind words. The company you are referring to is Calico Coatings out of Denver, North Carolina. Check them out at www.calicocoatings.com.
Did Ya Know About Orange Show?
I thought you might be interested in knowing that The National Orange Show Speedway will be back up and running after being buried under 3 feet of clay. “Hot” Rod Proctor has taken on the responsibilities of a track promoter. Rod Proctor is taking a once defunct track and bringing back the simple bare knuckled grass roots racing to SoCal. And you may have heard his name before. He is one of the current nutcase racers that do outlaw figure 8 racing. Hope to see something covering this in your great magazine!
—Dwayne Blay, Via Email
We love to hear stories of passionate racers coming in and resurrecting defunct tracks. We'll give Rod a call and maybe on our next trip to Cali swing by and check out what he's done with the place.
Tour Article Date
I would like to know if you could tell me which issue has the article on the AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour—Evergreen, Douglas County, Coosbay in it? Any information would be great.
That article appeared in the Apr. '14 issue. Read the story here.
I'm writing you today to ask a question. I subscribed to your magazine about a year ago, and I must say every issue I've read has been very entertaining and informative, even though I do not have a race car myself. I do however, subscribe to iRacing, where I fill my need for competition. Several stories your staff has done this year have been indispensable for me, as I have no “real world” experience. Which leads me to my question: Has anyone in your staff considered writing a story about iRacing? I read in a recent story about building a sim rig that ran the software, but not much detail was said about the software itself. I was wondering if ever your staff would consider writing a story about iRacing? Such as the comparison to real life short track racing, as a training tool, and as a way to expose more fans to the world of short track racing? I'm also curious to know what your technical staff thinks of the software, and how the setup options in the sim translate to real world applications. In any case, thanks for the great magazine and incredible insight to the sport—a new long term subscriber!
Thanks for subscribing! Welcome to the Circle Track family, we appreciate the support. Our current game plan is to actually use the iRacing software in that simulator once it is completed. You'll see another story in an upcoming issue on the simulator's completion and then a follow up story on the actual usage of the system which will include an analysis of the software. So keep an eye out.
Dirt Tire Prep
Maybe someone can help me out. I'm looking for info on how to prep Dirt Late Models tires—grind, groove, and sipe them.
Check out the Dec. '13 issue of Circle Track and the story titled “Real World Tire Prep.” It'll tell you everything you need to know.
Many thanks to Pete Epple and staff for writing an article on the 1959 Midget Roadster. You all did a wonderful job.
It was our pleasure. We love getting up close and personal with vintage race cars.
That's Phil running second in the great picture above. Thanks for sharing it with us.