48 OCTOBER 2019 scca.com
Though the years, we’ve filled numerous performance vehicles and racecars with
a plethora of oils, coolants, and a
countless number of random fluids.
SportsCar project vehicles have
utilized everything from Lucas to
Driven to Mobil 1 to Red Line and
beyond. We’ve poured coolant
additives into our radiators that
did the trick, flushed brake fluids
that weren’t up to snuff, and tried
motor oils that either saved our
bacon or cost us a motor. Yes,
friends, we’ve tried them all, and
what we’ve learned the hard way is
something that can benefit us all.
So, what’s the major takeaway
from our years of trial and error?
We hate to say it, but you need to
read the label, you need to follow
the directions and, finally, you get
what you pay for. That’s not to say
there’s not a hidden gem brake fluid
out there that has no recognizable
label and cost $1 per quart, we’re
just saying we have yet to find it.
And, like every budget-oriented SCCA
racer, we’ve looked long and hard.
There are other lessons we’ve
learned, too. Like the fact that while
race-quality oil is expensive, it proves
far more expensive not to use it. Case
in point, several years ago we hit the
track in one of our project cars that
had the wrong oil in the motor. We
It’s said that to finish first, first you must finish. But without the right fluids circulating
through your performance vehicle, your race will end before you know it
WORDS SportsCar staff | IMAGE Beverlee Larsson