What's all this about?
Armed with a team of barbeque and
automotive experts and a 1989 Saab 900
purchased for $400, Team Carbeque is a
unique racing team determined complete the 24 hours
of LeMons... all while making barbeque under the hood.
Find out more: >> Click here to read our mission statement
Before we get started....
Posted by Adam G, Cap on March 21, 2013, 6:48 pm CST
Even though it doesn't look like it outside here (March 21, its well below freezing outside), the 2013 season is about to start, but before we pull the car out of storage and start work on this season's upgrades, I want to give a shout-out to the guys that helped us get this far. I know I know, we put up a big front. Our super professional website and at the track facilities easily rival those of Audisport or McLaren, but in reality we run this team on a super tight budget. It's hard to describe how expensive getting a POS SAAB around a racetrack for 16 hours at a time is, but trust us it aint cheap. Plus, we're not race engineers, we're cooks. It goes without saying that our sponsors are a huge reason everything you see here is possible. These guys actually know about stuff!
EBC has been working with us since the beginning to get a proper brake setup, and with a full set of EBC bluestuffs and EBC disks our brake balance has finally come into its own. I can't vouch for other cars, but our stripped out SAAB loves them. When we started out, threshold braking was...well...a bit hairy. Let's admit it, the SAAB 900 wasn't exactly built for road racing, it was built for snow. Its insanely front biased weight distribution is a trophy to that. The non-turbo version was apparently was built to BBQ, go figure. Also,without some parts from eEuroparts.com we never would have finished at Road America, let alone 4th in class, beating LeMans champion Emanuele Pirro, and making one of the best manifold cooked meals ever at the same time. Those guys know their stuff, thanks eEuroparts! Same goes to Fast Tire's help with our tires and wheel bearing installation. Fast Tire has a Hunter GSP9700 balancing machine, which is a bunch of numbers and letters. It's also tip top equipment. It's nice having SOMETHING on the car I don't have to worry about exploding in a heinous failcloud. Fast Tire is located in Antioch, and are also a full service shop so check out their website and get a cappuccino while you're in there gettin da service.
We are super amped for our next season. Two races, one coming up in about a month (back to get our revenge on Gingerman Raceway), and work is about to get started. Look forward to a new post when work gets started sometime this week...if Lake County IL ever thaws out.