“ When you enter my garage,
the first bundle you trip over is
the immediate project at hand”
FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 AUGUST 2019 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• The 39th running of
the Chicago Region June
Sprints attracted 414
drivers to Road America.
• The 700th Spec Racer was
delivered during the Rose
Cup race weekend in Portland
to co-owners Greg Lapinski
and George Reigelsperger.
• We covered the 49th running
of the historic Rose Cup races
at Portland International
Raceway, which included a
feature race with the SCCA
Pro Racing Trans Am series.
• Producing Results took an up
close look at the late Tom Thrash
and his Runoffs-winning EP RX- 7.
• In the June Sprints coverage,
skeptics talked about how
unattractive Club Racing was
to members, and yet this
event proved them wrong by
fielding a record 368 starters.
• The Pan American Region
held a night autocross using
luminaria rather than cones.
Irecently read an article tackling the topic of garage organization. The story dealt in generalities, but therein, it covered the needs of the
person’s home garage meeting the needs of a motorsports competitor.
Tools must be organized, there should be some means of elevating the
vehicle, and lighting needs to be ample. In many ways, my garage meets
the requirements laid out by the article but, at the same time, my garage is
also the definition of the word “mess.” And, while I have the furthest thing
from a picture-perfect setup, that doesn’t mean everything isn’t in order.
There’s a method to my madness, although it only makes sense to me.
To wit, when you enter my garage, the first bundle you trip over is the
immediate project at hand. From there, the roof of the racecar supports
ancillary pieces to that puzzle. For example, I’m currently buttoning up a
custom transmission installation on my E Production Mazda RX- 7, so, on
the floor, is random metal that will, one sweet day, bring that chapter to a
close. On the car’s roof sits a Painless Performance chassis wiring harness
alongside an AiM dash, both of which will be installed shortly thereafter.
My extra-long workbench serves a separate
purpose. On the right-hand side of the bench
sits projects for my street vehicles. Next up in
that stack is a new leather driver’s side seat
base for my GMC Yukon XL, which I’ll install...
eventually. But it’s not like I haven’t been actively
tackling projects for that vehicle. Case in point,
I recently reduced that pile when I installed a new HVAC controller in the Yukon.
Behind the racecar are projects for the house, most notably a stack
of tiles that will eventually call the master bathroom home. Over the
winter, I installed new flooring in the kids’ bathroom, and perhaps
this winter I’ll break ground on upgrading another bathroom.
The perimeter of the garage is decorated with industrial shelving, which
houses everything from a Christmas tree to Halloween decorations to a slew
of tiki items I don’t recall purchasing. A third of the shelving is dedicated to
racecar equipment, with plastic bins that get loaded up for race weekends sitting
ready to go, and in front of the shelves is a row of floor jacks and jack stands.
With the wall space that remains, there’s a sagging bookshelf containing usable
internal engine components that will, at some point, be called into service.
Why the tour of my garage? Because the article I read about garage
organization made me feel bad. I have an untreated concrete floor that’s stained
with welding burns and paint overspray; I have shelves that take up too much
room for their own good, with dozens of poorly labeled plastic storage bins on
them; I have a series of overhead lights that work, albeit questionably on cold
days; and I have a workbench that’s half full of junk. I also suspect your garage
is just like mine – and despite it all, I know we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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