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I am looking for good sites to look at entry level road race type mustangs for sale. Entry level because I don't really want to spend over say $8K. I want to start getting an idea of what cars sale for as to better determine if I want to build or buy. Wanting to eventually get a car for wheel to wheel competition. I would build my own cage and rear suspension but I am pretty sure it would still be much cheaper to buy.

On a side not the car that I currently own that I am considering using has modified rear shock mounts & enlarged wheel tubs. This is fine for the class I plan to run but I know it is not allowed in AI. I can't afford to race AIX (or probably AI for that matter!). Are their any classes that are cost conscience that this is allowed that you guys know of?
 

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I am looking for good sites to look at entry level road race type mustangs for sale. Entry level because I don't really want to spend over say $8K. I want to start getting an idea of what cars sale for as to better determine if I want to build or buy.
I have never come across an instance where it was cheaper to build a car than to buy an existing car. Used race cars are the best bargain on the planet, especially right now. Figure on spending at LEAST twice the amount to build an equivalent car.


Wanting to eventually get a car for wheel to wheel competition. I would build my own cage and rear suspension but I am pretty sure it would still be much cheaper to buy.
unless you've been building race cars for a long time, I strongly recommend against doing this, particularly for the roll cage. Better to use someone who's been doing it for a long time and has has plenty of opportunity to learn from his mistakes rather than to risk making your own.


Are their any classes that are cost conscience that this is allowed that you guys know of?
Like coupe de Surf said, the Camaro Mustang Challenge is probably the most appropriate class for you to get started in and NASA Texas has a VERY strong CMC presence with several national champions who are eager to mentor new racers. With CMC regulars making the move up to CMC2, there's plenty of opportunity for new CMC guys to make their mark. There's several CMC cars in Texas for sale too, I think.

Which brings up another point. If you want to get started racing, the season is about to start. The sooner you hit the track, the better since you'll need to work your way through the racecraft school to get your license. Building a race car is just going to delay that.
 

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Thanks for the replies. My plan is to use my street car that I am doing a mad dash effort on to start the required training. I am working feverishly to get the watts/ 3-link and drop spindles installed to make an enent near New Orleans in a couple weeks.

I have built the cages for my offroad racers and have been following the C-C thread. If I found a car with a "good" cage then that would be great but most I have seen for sale I believe I could do better.

CMC would probably be a great class for me I just need to stop thinking like I have to have all these high priced suspension parts to get out there.

Oh, I could certainly use a mentor! Road racing is completely new to me. I have much experience racing wheel to wheel but offroad. The economy really put the brakes on the offroad racing as events are hard to find so I want to make a change.
 

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A little birdie told me that in a couple weeks NOLA Motorsports Park will announce their NASA event sanctioning (where CMC is a class). Your car would also fit in the Performance Touring class that they will also announce. :)

http://www.nolamotor.com

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CMC would probably be a great class for me I just need to stop thinking like I have to have all these high priced suspension parts to get out there.
This will stop those thoughts: High priced suspension parts are ILLEGAL in CMC -- factory parts only. No drop spindles, no torque arms, no aftermarket control arms, etc...

I highly recommend you read the NASA CCR and the CMC rulebooks thoroughly before you turn a wrench on your car.
 

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This will stop those thoughts: High priced suspension parts are ILLEGAL in CMC -- factory parts only. No drop spindles, no torque arms, no aftermarket control arms, etc...

I highly recommend you read the NASA CCR and the CMC rulebooks thoroughly before you turn a wrench on your car.
Sorry, I was not clear. I meant that I have to get through my head that I would have fun in a CMC car which does not have the high priced parts.
 

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A little birdie told me that in a couple weeks NOLA Motorsports Park will announce their NASA event sanctioning (where CMC is a class). Your car would also fit in the Performance Touring class that they will also announce. :)

http://www.nolamotor.com

Wes
I did not realize that NOLA was that far along. Looks like I will be looking for A car. I enjoy racing and made a strong challenge for a series championship in 2009 but had a DNF that really cost me. I Really way to get back into some competition but I'm definitely nervous about a new type of racing especially not knowing anyone out there.
 

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+1 for finding a used CMC car for sale in Texas. The ones I've seen for sale are race ready for not much more than $5-6k, iirc, and that includes multiple sets of wheels, etc.

After spending lots of time at TWS and hanging out with my friends who run CMC (I know damn near half the Texas CMC1 and 2 crowd because half of them auto-x'ed with me at Texas A&M. I should have been an engineer), I am determined to get into CMC/AI one day. If I had a garage here in Boston, I'd be building one in it while going to grad school.

CMC cars are stupid easy to work on, easy to get parts for, and fairly sturdy. The rear suspensions are easy for fox bodies: run a PM3L and tweak with springs and swaybars. Nothing fancy or all that expensive. I really think you should look into buying one instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. As for the car with modified shocks and wheel tubs, sell it to finance the purchase or safe it for parts.
 

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I broke the news to the wife that I am probably adding a fifth mustang. I did not sleep on the couch so that's a good sign. I read a little on performance touring, can a mustang be competitive in that group of classes? Mainly just wondering as it looks like it would be too expensive. As of now I am going to be looking for a deal on a well setup CMC car while working on my street car to use to get through some of the mandatory training.
 

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I broke the news to the wife that I am probably adding a fifth mustang. I did not sleep on the couch so that's a good sign. I read a little on performance touring, can a mustang be competitive in that group of classes? Mainly just wondering as it looks like it would be too expensive. As of now I am going to be looking for a deal on a well setup CMC car while working on my street car to use to get through some of the mandatory training.
A CMC-like Mustang will likely end up in PTE, where I do not think it will be competitive without more money being spent. I think, money-wise, you'll be better off in CMC.

I can't stress this enough -- the Texas CMC competitors are the BEST buncg of guys I've ever had the privilidge to share a race track with. Not only to they race fast and clean (mostly,) but they will go out of their way to help out a fellow racer at the track if he's having problems. They want you on the track, where they can beat you fare-and-square, not broken in the pits. I've seen this go as far as three other drivers helping a racer rebuild his transmission in the pits between races. That same driver later totaled his CMC car, and another CMC racer loaned him a car so he could make the national championships.
 

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Robert, that really sounds great. With where I live the Texas events and also NOLA events are within a reasonable distance.

If someone could help, I am having trouble locating the requirements of the drivers for CMC. I would like to get some stuff scheduled and start working my way to getting on track.
 

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Robert, that really sounds great. With where I live the Texas events and also NOLA events are within a reasonable distance.

If someone could help, I am having trouble locating the requirements of the drivers for CMC.
Are you looking for the requirements to become a licensed CMC driver?

It's in the CCR. First you need to become a NASA member. That's the easy part (and you get a complementary subscription to Grassroots Motorsports.) Next, you have to fulfill the requirements set forth in section 9.0 of the CCR.

I would like to get some stuff scheduled and start working my way to getting on track.
First, get out the season opener in Houston. It's in two weeks, I think (I'm not making that race, unfortunately.)
 

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Thanks, I did not realize it was in the ccr. Yes, I am looking for the shortest path to a license to get on track with the CMC class. When I say I am new at this I really mean it. I have never driven on a road course in my life. I have driven for circle track (dirt) guys a little, autocrossed, raced boats, and many types of offroad racing but this is a new thing for me.
 

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Thanks, I did not realize it was in the ccr. Yes, I am looking for the shortest path to a license to get on track with the CMC class. When I say I am new at this I really mean it. I have never driven on a road course in my life. I have driven for circle track (dirt) guys a little, autocrossed, raced boats, and many types of offroad racing but this is a new thing for me.
In that case, I recommend getting to the season opener in Houston and talk to Al Fernandez. He's the Competition Director for the Texas region. He can asnwer all your questions. Al can also be reached at [email protected].

I also recommend you start attending as many HPDE classes as you can to speed your learning curve. NASA has HPDE classes, and there are several other schools you can attend to get the necessary knowledge and experience. If you are aggressive about attending schools, and learn quickly, you can probably get skilled enough in a few months to get a provisional license.

You might also consider attending an HPDE school at Harris Hill Road in San Marcos the first weekend in March. I'll be instructing there. This would be a good place to start your education.
 

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I am going to try to make the Jan. 29 event. Where can I find a schedule that shows the times of different events? I have not found that. I coach a youth basketball team & have a game that morning so I hope to be able to make both. I can't skip out on the kids as I preach responsibility alot more than basketball skills!

I am expecting my last parts from MM today. I am hoping to make my first HPDE/time trial on Jan.30 so that will be a busy weekend. I saw that the Racecraft school requires you to be in HPDE 4 to attend so I am trying to get this street car together to try to make it through some events as quickly as possible.

I am interested in that March event. Would be nice to put a face to a name. I appreciate the time you have spent helping.

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I am going to try to make the Jan. 29 event. Where can I find a schedule that shows the times of different events?
http://www.nasatxracing.com

I am interested in that March event. Would be nice to put a face to a name. I appreciate the time you have spent helping.
We'd love to have you out there. Registration for the event is at http://www.clubregistration.net. You need to create a login and then search for "Revolution Precision Motorsports School."
 

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.... I am hoping to make my first HPDE/time trial on Jan.30 so that will be a busy weekend.
You doing the 1/2 day lapping, 1/2 day time trial at Circuit Grand Bayou? If so, I'll be there doing the time-trial, hope to see you there.

Mark
 
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