Enduro Racing Tips: 3 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Rider
The first thing you should know are the rules of the particular enduro event you are going to participate in. Here in central Vermont you will find two types of enduros.
8 cylinder enduro racing is as rare as the “old boats” that you would like to race in one. My old 1979 Ford Thunderbird was one of the best cars I’ve ever driven in a race.
4 and 6 cylinder enduros are more common. Small cars can be found everywhere. I drove a 1997 Ford Escort Wagon last year.
The 3 things you should keep in mind when choosing your enduro car.
1) Price. You don’t want to spend a lot. The car is very likely to suffer serious damage during the 200 laps of a typical enduro. I paid $ 50 for that little Escort car.
two) Solid car. Not only do you not want to spend a lot on a car that you know is going to go broke, but you want to find the most solid car for your money. Driving a rusty junk in an enduro race is asking for disaster. I’ll use an example from one of my previous careers …
It’s 1994 and I’m driving a 1979 Buick LeSabre in the annual Enduro 200 at Thunder Road. It’s only been about 100 laps and I’m caught in a big crash. A yahoo that I was looking elsewhere crashed into my car and my trunk lid snapped open.
Once the wreck was fixed and the survivors started rolling again, I realized they were pointing a black flag at me.
“Why the hell are they calling me in black? An open boot lid shouldn’t be a problem on an enduro, right?”
I decided to ignore the black flag for a couple of laps. The flaggers got quite frantic and leaned over the cars trying to get my attention.
“They really want me to go to the pits. I better go get the trunk lid on.”
When I got to the pits, the guys on my team told me to turn off the car.
“What? Put the lid on and let me out.”
“There is nothing to hold it to!”
My car had completely disintegrated from the rear wheel wells. One frame rail was bent 90 degrees and protruded straight.
The gas tank had been dragging down the track. That’s why those flaggers were so frantic.
The moral of the story. Choose a solid car for your enduro rider.
3) How much will you have to invest to prepare your racing career? If you are starting from scratch, it will cost you around $ 500 to turn a tram into an enduro racer. That is materials. If you are paying someone to work for your broker, plan a lot more.
How well does the car work? Choose a car that performs well and requires very little mechanical work to be ready for the race.
Enduro racing can be a lot of fun if you build a strong car that can survive the chaos of enduro racing. To build a strong car, you have to start with one and that’s what this article is about.