Trackside support with NASA Great Lakes at Pitt Race
This weekend (July 19-21) will find us at Pitt Racewith NASA Great Lakes.
We intend to set-up our tent Thursday P.M. - weather permitting, but the showroom will be open on Friday until 4:00 p.m.
This is always a crowded event as 3 NASA regions share the event. Last year we experienced a 430 car count!
You can still call, email or message us for help, and we will do our best to get back to you a.s.a.p.
New stocking - Sabelt America
We only decide to stock and promote products after they have clearly demonstrated their motorsport worthiness. With Sabelt we are confident we can promote the brand.
We have learnt to appreciate Sabelt’s subtle nuances, Italian style and innovation from our research and our customers. Sabelt both surprises and makes our customers happy. Surprised because they were not expecting the immediate softness, comfort, lightness and that perfect ‘racer’ fit. A fit that comes from Sabelt’s long manufacturing history, racing experience and industry know-how.
We like working with companies that manufacture their own products - meaning they control the process, the quality is consistent. Many brands design their products, but outsource the manufacturing. Sabelt’s products are designed and produced in Italy.
Click on the image for an introduction to some of Sabelt’s products
CAMBOX MKV3 Helmet Camera
New, very new to motorsports. In our showroom. We will be demonstrating the MKV3 at all our Trackside support events - starting this weekend.
(We have seen this is action and we have lots of videos to share.)
This is innovation at its best. 3D printed, ultra light, ultra thin, unobtrusive, wireless, state-of-the art-technology and much more. 3 packs to choose from and 12 colors.
SIMPSON HYBRID S - 3 Point Belt Compatible
The only FIA certified head-and-restraint that is 3 point belt compatible. What does that mean? The Hybrid S has accredited data that clearly demonstrates its increased safety values when used with a standard 3 point belt system. Now drivers who take their street cars onto a track have that increased protection AND so can our valuable DE instructors.
Click on the image to learn more.
5 sizes to choose from: XSmall - Xlarge
Our price $1,150 includes a HANS Post Anchor Kit and the FIA tag.
BELL GT5 Rally Carbon (custom interior)
Not even to be found on Bell’s website - it’s that new.
With their Rally Series (5 models) Bell is now offering to install a high-quality, integrated, competition level intercom system - at source (their state-of-the art factory in Bahrain.) They had offered something similar before, but the installation was out-sourced.
The GT5 Rally is optimized for Rally driving, but this helmet has been ordered for track use. Bell’s GT5 Carbon RD is available with a radio and a drink tube. Note, custom interiors (8 colors) are offered with Bell’s Carbon Series.
Time Trials at Nelson Ledges Road Course.
This Saturday (29th) our tent can be found at Nelson Ledges with NEOHIO SCCA. This marks the return of SCCA to Nelson Ledges - not road racing, but a SCCA sanctioned Time Trials event.
NOTE - Our showroom will be open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. or call for an appointment.
Why you should wear a race shoe.
Racing shoes have common characteristics. They are designed specifically to facilitate the specific demands of your motorsports engagement. Auto racing shoes have the added benefit of being fire retardant.
Choose wisely. Do not budget away your safety, performance and comfort.. Prices start at $70.
Click on the image to learn more.
SABELT X-Pad Seat
NEW for 2019, Sabelt has introduced a halo race seat designed to target those smaller cockpits. We already have customers visiting with their measuring tapes. The list includes the usual culprits (Porsche and Mazda cup cars, all Miatas, Honda S2000, Alfa Romeo) and more.
The X-PAD shares similar, innovatives features with Sabelt’s GT-PAD - the seat shown in red.
The seat has only just arrived in our showroom. We will be using our own measuring tapes to explore the X-PADS potential. More details to come.
RACETECH RT4100 new for 2019
New competition seats from Racetech. Same model 2 sizes - the HR (standard) and the WTHR (wide and tall.) We put them together to illustrate the obvious difference in the sizing.
Racing Harness 101
Two inch or three inch?
FIA or SFI tagged?
The basics and the benefits explained.
STAND 21 Club Series 3
New to the US market. New lighter model. New to our inventory.
(First 20 customer orders receive a free HANS post anchor kit!)
Standard 21 has been producing their Head and Neck Restraints in Europe since 2002, but a US Patent (now expired) prohibited them from selling them here - until now.
Each season multiple auto sport groups, clubs, organizations and race series ask us to attend their event as Track-Side Support. In 2018 we attended 17 different events at 8 different tracks supporting groups that included AutoInterests, ChampCar, NASA, PCA, SCCA, VRG.
We bring our trailer, our tent, a mini version of our showroom and our expertise. What we bring will be slanted towards the event but we always bring a collection of racing and sport seats, plus race helmets apparel, fluids.
We have traveled far from Road America to NCM; Autobahn to Pitt Race.
Contact us to see if we can help you.
Racing seats are designed to contain your torso, in a fixed but comfortable position, so you can concentrate on driving to the full extend of your abilities AND at the same time keep you safe.
Racing seats not only have to fit you but your car. They also have to satisfy the various sanctioning bodies. Yes, it get’s complicated.
Click on the image for our Racing Seats 101 page and learn the unique qualities and safety features of racing seats.
Grattan Raceway, MI
Find us this weekend (June 15 & 16) at Grattan Raceway, M!.
This is our second invite to Grattan with the Rally Sport Region (RSR) PCA.
Grattan is known to racers as Michigan’s hidden ‘jewel in the crown.’ It is a technical course so challenging. It looks isolated but is actually very close to Grand Rapids. You can easily camp at Grattan but there are plenty of hotels in the vicinity. Despite more miles our travelling time is pretty much the same as going to Gingerman - thanks to its proximity to the freeways.
BELL GT5 Touring Carbon
Just arrived a Carbon BELL GT5 Touring with a custom interior. The option adds $180 to the price of the helmet. Next to be found being worn inside a Viper - a red one - of course.
New to our showroom the Tillett seat brand. A composite seat for tight cockpits - yeh!
The seats are strong yet still comfortable. (The seat shell has been molded to fit the human contours.)
The Tillett B6 Screamer is FIA homologated and comes in two sizes.
There are two shell finishes - black gloss and carbon fiber (the outer layer is authentic carbon fiber)
SUNOCO Race Fuel Jugs - new feature
Sunoco’s 2019 5 gallon race fuel jugs no longer comes with an external venting cap - that’s the little rubber cap that often goes missing or opens when you do not want it to.
Instead the venting is done through the clear pour tube. Note the skinny long black tube on the image. Otherwise everything remains the same, including the price.
Stand 21 & Schroth 'HANS' enter the US market.
Only three manufacturers were allowed to manufacture the original HANS FIA certified head and neck restraint. Now the US patent has ended.
Track First with NORPCA at Mid-Ohio May 11-12
This weekend we will be travelling to Mid-Ohio with NORPCA.
We will bring our trailer, our tent, our expertise and a comprehensive selection of items from our showroom. This includes seats , apparel and an array of track-side essentials.
8 colors to customize your Bell helmet with.
The Pro have different lining colors - and now you can.
Bell is now offering to customize your helmet lining with 8 bright colors. The program is only offered (for now) with their carbon fiber series of helmets. It does add an additional $180 to the price of the helmet. And, since the new customization is done at source,it could take up to 3 weeks for the helmet to be delivered
WALERO temperature regulating underwear
Created and designed by a racer (of course.) The Walero underwear uses NASA developed ‘Outlast’ technology and PCM , phase-change material.
Like race drivers astronauts have to wear protective suits, and often in extreme temperatures. PCM was developed to allow the body to absorb and release thermal energy as needed. Peak performance can only be reached when the body is comfortable. Any driver distraction is both a safety and a performance issue.
We will be adding WALERO to our inventory.
Bell custom painted helmet
Holley Goddard (Holleys Autobody, Canton, OH) has branched into custom helmets. As you can see - he has the skills.
Racetech RT4100HR & RT4100WTHR
NEW for 2019. We have this red seat (WTHR) in our showroom.
Racetech has designed this seat with the US market in mind. The seat better accommodates ‘athletic torsos’ but with expernal dimensions narrow enough to fit most cockpits. It also incorporates Racetech’s patented back-mounted technology.
K1 is well known for their karting gear, but now they have put their experience, expertise and knowledge into the auto sports arena.
K1 offers 3 styles of gloves in multiple colors, with prices from $79 - $119. All offering those desired outside seams with palm finishes to suit your driving needs and style.
Rodger Caddell, AiM LearnFast, Fairlawn OH
Thank you Rodger for making the trip to NE, Ohio. Rodger loved the audience. A ‘bright group, good questions - good time.’ He would love to return next year. Let us know (now) if you are interested because we would like to book a March date.
Gingerman Raceway, Summer Solstice and NASA Great Lakes
Continuing our official duties as track-side support for NASA Great Lakes.
This is where we will be this weekend June 22-23, leaving Friday, p.m. It’s the official start to summer - hope our weather agrees to cooperate!
You can still contact us for help/purchases - call, email, message.