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So reviving this in a new topic for fear of hijacking another..

I'll be going the Club Racer theme pretty soon for track days. I'm working on a set of lightweight Bridgstone SUPER R.A.Ps right now. Can't wait.
Club Racer is a great term - but I am curious how would you (or anyone here) actually describe a club racer look? In Japan - I have seen many club racer looks - some nostalgic and some neo-nostalgic.
Good question. To me:

Lightweight- stripped eveything in the name of adding lightness

Peformance- not always about HP, just work with what you got, have fun at the track

Roll bar- has to have one, for safety and looks

Paint- Who cares? Multi-color body panels will add to the "beaten" look.

And the most important factor: no trailer queen. It HAS to be driven to the track and back.

I got this inspiration from the JDM Honda Civic Club Racer, OEM, black steelies, hi-po engine, roll cage, stripped interior,ect. Its bad-ass. When I was stationed in Okinawa, I spent every day off going to the Club Races and all kinds of cars would be there, from Hondas to old Alfas.You could spot a true "club racer" from a mile away, it just looks more "grasssroots" then bling. I guess you could replace "grassroots" with "ghetto-fabulous",lol.

Anyways, a few years back, my other favorite website, http://www.hybrids.jp/ started up a Honda Challenge H1 race team and I got a chance to help out on it. What a great time. And besides the sponsored gold paint job, our car was ghetto-fab to the T, yeah, we were sponsored by some high-profile shops like West End Alignment, Hasport, JHPUSA.com., Alaniz,ect, but we still drove to the track while others were trailered. We didn't make the most HP, but still won races. Here's a few pics:







Me driving the Mugen ITR pace car...


Which begs the question.....we should have a CR sponsored Spec Miata! no?
 

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there are rumors of 2 supercharged 1st gen miatas being built by a familiar name in the industry for 25hr of Thunderhill.
 

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Junior is off to a good start towards that end. I can't figure out if I want Retro Racer or Club Racer, though.
 

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If you go retro you are going to be to worried about messing up your wood-grain dashboard and seatcovers to really drive it.
 

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Hondaman- post some pics of them super-RAPs!!!! I've never seen those here in the US. What size & offsets are they?
 

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If you go retro you are going to be to worried about messing up your wood-grain dashboard and seatcovers to really drive it.
Really? Such a bold statement of fact. And you can speak to this yourself? I do not car about my Nardi steeringwheel nor my catzkin seat covers.
 

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I don't know so much about the crappy looking body panels and mismatched paint, but the rest I agree with.

Anytime I see multi colored cars, they are usually beat ass ricer 240SX's anymore... not exactly the club racer look, I'd say the more "ghetto and I can't even afford black spray paint to get my car all one color"
 

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Hondaman- post some pics of them super-RAPs!!!! I've never seen those here in the US. What size & offsets are they?
Peter just posted up a pic with R.A.Ps!



The only negative is the width, can't fit anything larger then 195, but oh well. They are LIGHT.

Anytime I see multi colored cars, they are usually beat ass ricer 240SX's anymore... not exactly the club racer look, I'd say the more "ghetto and I can't even afford black spray paint to get my car all one color
I agree, it has to, at the very least, look "clean".
 

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Personally, I think Club Racers and Retro Racers are actually linked. Back in the days, you could run a nearly street car in races like the Targa Florio and the Mille Migla. There was rudimentary safety equipment, but it was long before HEAVY frame reinforcements, rollcages, and even aero work became important for that last tenth of a second. Back then, a man could design a car in his garage that could compete with the might of Ferrari or BRM...
 
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