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Old 08-05-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
dinanm3atl
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Chump Car - John Allen Special USFail1 Race Team Build

I forgot to post this on here and we are one week away from racing. This build for ChumpCar started on 11/17/2011 and a couple BMWCCA members built it in one guy's basement and a garage. We had some help a long the way and are really excited!

Everything will be posted in a row so enjoy!


Fanpage - Bringing F1 to the USA!
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jo...01938023172698

The time has come for my friends and I to follow through with something we have been discussing for a few years. We want to run a ChumpCar race. We do a weekly "Wrench Night" under the shop name of Lost Souls Racing. We do track days, Auto-X and wrench. Our current team consist of track guys, mechanics, photographers, logistics manager, Grand-Am/IMSA GT3 mechanic and an IT Guy. Looking forward to the build and our fun theme. On top of the excite two Road Atlanta events are slated for 2012. Doubt we will make the first event in February but we can always hope!


Car - 1986 325/e
5sp Manual
Blue w/ Rust

Currently it has bent rear trailing arm, the driveshaft/csb/guibo is shot, the shifter hangs on the driveshaft while driving(you have to pick up the shifter to ****, it randomly will not start and leaves you stranded. It's rusting in spots. Interior is in rough condition. It needs a thermostat. It needs maintenance. It's rough to say the least but we cannot wait to work on it!

We are going to strip the vehicle and rebuild most of it for the sake of reliability. Obvious running 200,000 plus(unknown mileage) parts is not going to work. Want to make it safe and reliable. Timing Belt. Rebuild the cooling system. Brakes. Etc.

Theme - Our team name and theme is a play off a couple different F1 related teams. John Allen Special is a play off of John Player Special. A car everyone knows. The past owner's name is John Allen and we have always called this E30 "The Special". It is 'special' in ever sense of the word and somehow just will not completely break down. USFail1 is pretty obvious... so we will be black and gold. We plan to have a quick change front wing and working DRS(for passing of course!).


We will document the build here with either my photos, cell phone pictures and other potentially terrible photos! To get the ball rolling here is what we are starting with...



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 1 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 2 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 3 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 4 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 5 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 6 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 7 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 8 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr



John Allen Special BMW USFail 1 Reveal 9 by MotorSportMedia - www.racemsm.com, on Flickr
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