Those racing videos are great!! I sort of have a connection to the Sebring 1988 video. If you keep watching after the Huffaker Fiero goes by at 5:38 you will see a teal colored TIGA go by. I work on that car for a customer and it was hear last winter!! It won it's class( Camel light) at Datona 24 and Sebring that year.
It's so great to see these cars doing what they were made to do, out there going full throttle. It's nice to see still photos, and seeing them at car shows is good as well, but there's something about seeing them come alive
After a few seasons in Pro racing, the cars are either outdated in their performance and replaced or they are not eligible due to the production model no longer made. Either way the cars would then pass through owners using them in club events or SCCA . Then after all usable life has been sucked out over the seasons,they end up like this, sitting in storage or behind someone's shop to rust away..............
Most of the Fieros were sold off to race in other venues. A few are down in Puerto Rico( 1 or 2 of the Huffaker cars),some,I had heard went to Central America as they fit into a popular race catagory very well. Then there are a few left here in the US being used as SCCA GT-2 cars ........... This is John Kerkoff' in Northern CA. This is the early Huffaker-built "Pickway Shoes" IMSA car ..
This is a later Huffaker car driven by Trans Am racer Jorge Diaz early in his career. This car would later be restored in black with "Texaco" sponsorship, and that pic has been shown before...
Also this later Huffaker car in in northern CA currently raced in SCCA GT-2 by a guy who I only know as Terry. he contacted me last year for new body parts...
So, they are still out there being used. Some are still buried away for someone to find. I know of one Huffaker car that can be had for not much money( relative to racecar prices). If interested, I think somewhere around $20k to $25k would get a complete car with spare engines,trans and more.
The car in question will most likely need a "going over" to get it back on the track. I agree that $25k IS alot of money,but in the world of GT tube chassis race cars, those are the numbers that cars go for. A good regional GT-1 or 2 car will go for $30k and up( a national level Riley&Scott GT1 car goes for $80k to $120k!!). I understand that the Dingman Brothers Fiero was sold for something over $120k,and it will need a complete mechanical restoration! The tube chassis cars are very expansive toys,expensive to buy/build and expensive to maintain. Paul Hosler and I can attest to that. We started our projects with a number to complete in our heads ,and before long, that number was surpassed by a large margin!!
The tube chassis cars are very expansive toys,expensive to buy/build and expensive to maintain. Paul Hosler and I can attest to that. We started our projects with a number to complete in our heads ,and before long, that number was surpassed by a large margin!!
What he said! $25K is not a bad price even if you have to put $15K more into it.
Paul, Yea I saw it the other day! Great footage!! Was that back before the car was painted? I wish I could add to the in-car footage list,but I have nothing to offer. The only footage is of me doing some slow laps around the Glen in either a rookie or intermediate run group that I jumped on track with to just test the camera and see how the aim was. The next hot session for me was when I spun/banged the Armco,and no, I didn't get that on camera- I forgot to turn it on--Honest!!
The car in question will most likely need a "going over" to get it back on the track. I agree that $25k IS alot of money,but in the world of GT tube chassis race cars, those are the numbers that cars go for.
I wasn't saying $25k is a lot (well it is, but not for a racecar, especially considering in the 80s they cost $45k without spares according to the car and driver article I read). I was trying to get an idea for how much more would have to be put into it once acquired to make it raceworthy again (since you and Paul have been there you might be able to provide some numbers). Is it related to any of the historically known IMSA teams/cars, or is it one someone bought at the time to use in other racing venues? And to make it relevant to the thread, where's the pics?
It's the notchback #84 in my post from this morning. John Kerkoff's car. It has IMSA History as the Pickway shoes car,also driven by Lorenzo Lamas. I would take the car apart and nut and bolt it. Meaning replace all suspension bolts and heim joints. The body I'm sure is full of repairs and body putty as most old race cars are. This makes the panels very heavy! My original doors that came with my car had to weigh 7-10lbs when the new ones I replaced them with were lights as feathers! Then would also be the best time to strip and paint/powder coat the chassis and inspect for cracks and botched repairs. There is a fair amount of labor time involved to get an old racecar back on track,and we haven't even opened up the engine,trans or checked to see how old the fuel cell bladder is!!
I have an 87 Fiero Race Car that I have had sold several times and distance to pick it up, family emergency or money has always voided the deal. Still in my garage looking for a new home, I had it listed in the mall, FS 87 Fiero Race Car - Pennock's Fiero Forum