You are starting a JNC grassroots motorsports team, and you’re going to compete in three distinct racing types:
- Autocross: Generally SCCA, but also marque clubs like the Porsche club if you want to. You’ll want a car with quickness and agility.
- Road racing: This includes NASA and SCCA, or vintage racing like HSR or SVRA if you prefer. Both, if you have the right car. This would mean actual racing and not just track days/HPDEs.) No 24 Hours of Lemons or ChumpCar. You’ll want a well-balanced car, preferably with a fixed roof, that gives you both speed and durability.
- Rally: We’re talking amateur performance rally — as in “on dirt” and not Time Speed Distance events — as well as rallycross. The temptation is to get something AWD. However, beginners are often advised to start out in an FWD car. Also, it’s pretty much 100 percent certain you’re going to crash at some point.
You’re going to need one dedicated car for each of the three series. You get a $25,000 budget, including any performance-oriented modifications. We’ll say that for the sake of this game you don’t have to budget for things like roll cages or running costs such as fuel, entry fees, or a tow rig; the budget is just for the race cars. The only restriction is that each car has to be a JNC. You can import something from abroad if you wish, and since they’re race cars you don’t have to worry about federalization. However, you will have to factor in shipping costs if you go that route.
What’s your $25,000 autocross, road, and rally race garage?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What are your favorite automotive-themed watches?“
Like we said when we asked the question last week, no one on the JNC staff really knows much about watches. There were several that caught our eyes when perusing the answers, though, like Ridgeway‘s Honda MP4/4 F1 commemorative Seiko, j_c‘s Mazda rotary-inspired MB&F, and Ian N‘s Subaru 360 anniversary Orient Star. Some of those timepieces cost over $100,000, but the most entertaining watch story goes to CycoPablo, who spent a total of $10 and, as you will see, probably overpaid (note the classy “TWIM CAM” print on the wristband):