As the owner of a successful race shop (RaceLabz), I have seen a number of cars that simply just should not be out on the track racing. How these cars get their logbooks is beyond me.
If you are considering buying or building a car, please know where the car's history and most importantly - Who built the cage! Your life just isn't worth saving the extra $1,000 or so on your purchase. Take a look at these photos...these are cars that were called well built cars.
There are a bunch of Spec Miatas out there we have had to take and strip out the entire rollcage and put new ones back in! One car that came to our shop we counted 14 joints that weren't welded more than 50% to 75% around the joints! Then there's cars like this Mustang, do you see what doesn't look right in the first photo? Scroll down and take a look at the highlighted portion of the photo!
The moral of this post, pick a reliable shop that has a proven track record of well built / prepped cars. A bargain isn't always a bargain!
1 of the 14 partially welded joints on a rollcage in the photo below (This SSB car had a valid logbook from the Southeast division!)
Another of the 14 partially welded joints on a rollcage in the photo below
(This SSB car had a valid logbook from the Southeast division!)
Here is the Mustang I was talking about...a cover story car in 5.0 Mustang Magazine! Had an impact and single rollver.
Take a look at this photo then scroll down to see what is wrong with this rollcage!
The main cage failed and pushed out the floor! What the heck kind of floor mounts were in this!
In the end you get what you pay for.....save an extra month or two and spend that little extra and get a professionally built car and cage.