In the article "Bomber Foundation" (Aug. '09), if you had chosen a '76 Chevelle that had a V-8 in it you wouldn't have needed to notch the frame. You didn't say anything about lowering or relocating the engine. Don't the rules for Hobby Stock usually say stock location with no engine setback?
First off, glad you enjoy the mag. Hobby Stock rules often say stock location for the motor, but Frank's Enduro rules allow you to relocate the motor. His rules state that the front spark plug has to be in centerline with the upper ball joints. Therefore, the motor can be moved back and down. In order to accomplish this, the frame had to be notched to accommodate the fuel pump. Our apologies, we should have noted that in the story.
Dear Circle Track,
For years now I have been thumbing through issues of your magazine, but about six months ago I subscribed. I love what you guys do and I thank you for your help and ideas. However, my family runs a cheaper class in the Midwest that we call Hornets, stock four-cylinder fwd cars. We may not be the most expensive cars on the track but here in the Midwest we far outnumber the other classes. On any given Saturday we will bring in 25-50 cars in our class. We would love to host a Circle Track representative at our track and maybe get a write up about us. You would help us out and show people what we are doing. Hey, maybe you could start a one-page section devoted to fwd in your magazine. I know your sales would sky rocket. I hope to hear back from someone soon.
Charles Martin, No. 7x
Those four-cylinder fwd classes are certainly the backbone of numerous short tracks around the country. And a story on them may not be such a bad idea at all. So how 'bout it readers? Shoot Editor Rob an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that we should give you four-bangers a shot at being in the #1 Source for Advanced Racing Technology.
Cash For Clunkers
Your information about "How Obama Will Kill Racing" is slightly skewed. The reason is that cars that are older than 25 years will not be eligible for the Cash For Clunkers Program. Also, they have to be in a "driveable" condition. Any car with a model year prior to 1984 can't be used for the program, thus leaving those precious, hard-to-find 1970s chassis in peoples' garages or driveways.
Right you are! Unfortunately, when I wrote the column, Cash for Clunkers, or C.A.R.S., was still a bill that had not yet been signed into law. Through the tireless work of SEMA and the SEMA Action Network, the bill that got signed into law was different (and more restrictive) than the original version on which I had based my column.
Do the Toyotas, and so on have a foreign engine or a USA engine? Please advise me.
That depends on how you look at it. Toyota is, of course, a Japanese company, but the engines developed for NASCAR, USAC, and NHRA are, to our knowledge, completely built in the USA. So, take your pick.
Do y'all have any information on the Pro4 Modified Series, or where I can get one of the chassis?
The best source for information on this series is its website www.pro4mods.com. There are a number of different chassis builders around the country. Depending on where you live, your best bet might be Google to find a local builder.