Welcome to race weekend. Paddock food is a meaty and often greasy wonderland of diet-wrecking treats ranging from teams' own gourmet cuisine to E. Coli burgers from a sketchy stand that was probably last given a good clean in the 1950s. Prepare your anus.
If you intend on driving a racecar—even if it's a total crapcan—you're going to have to look the part. Bonus: all of that Stiggy get-up prevents you from going up in flames if and/or when your questionable machinery decides it doesn't like its fuel lines anymore, hooray!
Whether you're entering a series that encourages creative team themes or not, you've still got some basic accoutrements to add to the outside of the car before it's ready to race. Here's how to add things that hopefully won't fall off your car.
There are some things you just don't talk about in polite company: politics, religion and finances, for example. Since that's the case, I'm going to let loose this monster fart and talk about how much money it costs to run a crapcan team — and how much you should charge teammates to run your car.
Most crapcan racecar builds involve some form of shared shop space, be it with other teammates or with other amateur racing types who have a shop. Here's some advice on how to finish your car while keeping your (and their) sanity intact.
Congratulations on your purchase of a hopeless project car, be it a crapcan racer or some other monstrosity that "ran when parked." Here are the tools you need to source to keep it from becoming a permanent piece of landscape art — especially if you don't usually do this sort of thing.
Now that you have the right car for your crapcan racing project, you need other people to drive and/or work on it with you. Choose wisely, or you'll be at each others' throats.
Cheapo beater endurance racing series such as the 24 Hours of LeMons and ChumpCar are a great chance to do wheel-to-wheel racing for a relatively small price. In these series, the first decision you make is often the one that can make you a racing hero or destroy what's left of your sanity. So how do you pick the…