Salta Rally post #2
For those of you who have never raced, perhaps this post can serve as good advice from someone who has. All of us at Salta have gone through the scenario that I am about to describe several times over. I’m talking about building a race car with the intention of meeting a specific race date. *This is not a healthy practice, and yet, I’ve done this a million times.
Joseph’s goal of trying to get to the Land’s End race with a car that would not only start, but maybe even finish probably sounded reasonable at the time. This being Joe’s first personal race build, it may have been a lofty goal to set, but if you’re determined to race, then you’re going to lose some sleep.
In between working on Audis and Volkswagens for our customers, Joe lost plenty of sleep rebuilding the abandoned race car project that he took on. This is a common occurrence in racing, so much so that the build almost becomes a race in itself. Time flies when you’re building a race car, and there was concern about being able to test the car before heading off to the races. With three days left to test and address any of the services that would need to be done, Joe could only hope for the best.
Testing a car for the first time is always nerve wracking, but Joe’s mad skills didn’t fail him. The only issue that needed repair was the oil pump, which was original and was spitting oil under high RPMs. The Salta guys made quick work of replacing the pump and the next test was successful. *This is not a common occurrence… Usually, if a race car is going to have problems, the problem is going to be big and it’s going to happen the day before you have to go racing. If you ask me, Joe’s meticulous nature was a definite asset, but I also think he had a bit of good karma on his side.
In true Salta fashion, the stickers were stuck on the car, and it was loaded onto the trailer with only moments to spare. Though it would have been easier to pick a race at a later date, I have to say that I completely understand the need to build a car by the very next race. I just don’t know how to explain it.
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