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Posted by Adam G on April 8, 2013, 11:41 pm CST
As I was piling some old rims acquired from Team Failcar into the garage last night, I realized that this wasn't just another set of tired stock SAAB wheels. We were going to be rolling on a set that has crossed the finish line in first place. These rims have some history! Robin Bank doesn't only have the best name ever, he built the Rbankracing.com SAAB 900 that won Lemons outright. When Rob retired the car, Simon bought it and the result became most appropriately named team on the Chumpcar roster. Fast forward. Late October 2012, Road America. I've volunteered once again to crew for Team Failcar, which is having some issues with the rear brakes on the old rbank SAAB. The brake bias valve is malfunctioning causing the locking up of their right rear wheel. In every corner. This gave birth to the most flatspotted tire to ever come off of a racing car, behold...THE OCTAGON, it is among us.
In reality, this tire has around 20 flatspots going down to the cords so...geometrically speaking its not an octagon, but we named it THE OCTAGON (all caps) anyway. Also, it sounds like some kind of underground karate syndicate battle dungeon. I'm cool with that. We eventually jammed a ball bearing into the rear brake line fitting effectively disabling the back brakes all together. The car instantly gained 10 seconds a lap. The video I made above chronicles that fateful race. Failcar II is being completed now, and that car will get some fancy racing wheels. We'll gladly put their old spares to use, great success!
Cant wait to clean the rims up, put on a fresh coat of rattlecan paint, and mount some brand new tires. Less than one week until we load the car up into Willy's trailer and go racing. The list is getting shorter by the day..stuff gettin done son.