Posts Tagged ‘Krider Racing’

Racer Boy: Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car – Run What You Brung

March 29, 2015

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Photos by Saroja Raman

So you finally got yourself a little hot rod in your driveway and you have been telling everyone who will listen to you in any random Starbucks parking lot that your car is fast. You quote the zero-to-sixty times from statistics which you memorized from the internet and just like Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon, you’ve “made a few modifications” yourself to improve the car’s performance. You know deep down in your hot rodder heart that if you were given the opportunity to compete with your machine of speed you would crush all of the other fools on your favorite car forum. The Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car is just the place for a guy like you with a fast street car to show those bench racing keyboard jockeys that your car is truly legit!

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“Mud, Sweat and Gears” Season 1, Episode 1, and Krider Racing

January 21, 2015

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The BBC has a new car show to air right after Top Gear on BBC America on Monday nights (we are talking about the real Top Gear -the British Top Gear on BBC, as opposed to the junior varsity Top Gear U.S.A. on the History Channel). Sticking with the whole “gear” title theme, the new show is titled Mud, Sweat and Gears and features hosts Jonny Smith and Tom “Wookie” Ford who were hosts on BBC’s Fifth Gear. Yes, I know, that is a lot of gears.

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But it is a good thing because this new car show is for true gear heads. The premise of the show is that each week Jonny and Wookie will pick a different car, and then their respective two person teams (different contestants each week) will have 24 hours to modify their cars and then compete in three races/stunts/automotive shenanigans. The loser’s team will have to watch as their car is destroyed at the end of the show SPECTACULARLY!

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The cars chosen by the hosts each week need work, lots of work, in order to be able to compete in the three challenges. Each challenge usually causes a fair amount of collateral damage to the involved cars (and sometimes the drivers too) and the team needs to quickly get the car back in working order for the next event. And inevitably the next event involves FIRE!

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For the premiere episode I, and my endurance racing partner, Keith Kramer, were selected to be on Wookie’s team. As the writer of the Racerboy column here on Speed:Sport:Life the producers knew some of the different types of racing I had been involved in and saw some of Krider Racing’s car builds.

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Producers of Mud, Sweat and Gears saw Keith and I in action in the documentary film Double Down (available on Amazon) where they earned a podium finish at NASA’s mighty 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The producers instantly asked us to be a part of the new show. We accepted and headed to Hollywood to thrash on a car we didn’t have to pay for. The end result was Episode 1: Cops.

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Unbeknownst to us, our team mentor, Wookie (in red), had chosen a beater 1977 Pontiac Firebird for us to quickly turn into a police car. We chose to change our Smokey in the Bandit special into a Mad Max Police Interceptor themed car. In the end the Firebird looked like what would have happened if Mel Gibson had butt sex with Burt Reynolds. Or maybe it should be the other way around? Someone needs to ask Burt who is the bottom.

Firebird

The car needed to be fast, it needed to be nimble and it needed to be tough. We built an exoskeleton cage for the car to make it tough and did some engine mods to make it fast. As far as making a 1977 Pontiac Firebird nimble, that would be a bit of a stretch of the imagination -more like, an impossibility. What couldn’t be resolved with mods, would have to be resolved with ludicrous fingers crossed driving.

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Jonny’s team had a Jaguar, pronounced “Jag-eeew-rar” by the British hosts. The car was a nineties vintage with a fair amount of technological advances in comparison to the old Pontiac. However, the car was British so… that sort of evened things out. Jonny’s team was comprised of two siblings from Detriot, the Perkins brothers, who were SCCA road racers. So Episode 1 would be an asphalt slug fest through downtown Los Angeles, between NASA road racers from California and SCCA road racers from Detroit, driving cars disguised as police cruisers. What else could you want in a car show?

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The best news for the show is it was filmed by the Top Gear crew, which gives it that awesome cinematic feel that Top Gear does so well. The other cool part about the show is the people who make it like to crash stuff. The driving in the show is legit and all of the stunts are performed by the contestants and the hosts themselves. This combination equals carnage. Which is why people will tune in every week to check Mud, Sweat and Gears out.

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The landscape for Episode 1 will look very familiar to gear heads as it is the exact same location Ken Block’s latest video (Gymkhana 7) was shot at including the 6th Street Bridge and awesome moments in the L.A. River (a la scenes from car movies like Grease and The Gumball Rally).

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Jalopnik scored some exclusive footage of the show revealing me drifting the 1977 Pontiac Firebird as I’m being chased down by the Jaguar through downtown Los Angeles. The footage is epic. Click HERE to read the Jalopnik story and watch the video. Tune in Monday night on BBC after Top Gear for the first episode of Mud, Sweat and Gears.

Rob Krider is the author of the novel “Cadet Blues” available on Amazon.

25 Hours of Thunderhill, A Rum Diary

December 23, 2012

For Krider Racing, the 2012 running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill started with rum and ended with rum. It took a fair amount of rum to garner the courage to take on such a monumental task like “The 25.” This is the story of how a group of friends came together to compete with factory backed professional race teams in the longest road race in North America, while campaigning a $500 car that was originally built for the 24 Hours of LeMons, and somehow walked away victorious. This is the Krider Racing 25 Hours of Thunderhill “Rum Diary”
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Krider Racing at ChumpCar – The L.A. Freeway Enduro

July 10, 2010

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Krider Racing has patched up the ole Big Sausage Pizza Delivery machine (again) and has wheeled it out to ChumpCar’s L.A. Freeway Enduro at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. The race consists of two 7-hour enduros (one Saturday, one Sunday) with trophies and prize money for each day.

We will be doing live (sort of) coverage of the event on Jalopnik and Speed:Sport:Life as the weekend progresses. But for up to the minute updates on the team’s progress follow “kriderracing” on Twitter.

Krider Racing Victorious on The Forum Wars

April 8, 2010

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Photo by Jeff Balliet.

Rob Krider takes Steve Kuhtz’s 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT and represents on the first episode of The Forum Wars.

With the Shelby outfitted with Hoosier Tires, Carbotech Brake Pads and I/O Port Racing Supplies safety equipment, there was no way Krider Racing could lose.

However, it wasn’t that easy. The competition made us work for it. So Cal drifter Richard Seville driving Doug Rodriguez’s 350Z sponsored by Bardabe Performance Development, Gspec, Specialty-Z, and Tokico struts put up a hell of a fight.

The Forum Wars presented by Royal Purple is featured in one minute segments on the Speed Channel and full episodes are viewable online.

Check out Episode One at www.forumwars.tv.

And, of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of our Krider Racing sponsors. Thank you Atomic Speedware, Carbotech Brake Pads, Capital City Motorsports, T.E.M. Machine Shop, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Figstone Graphics, ST Suspensions, Performance In-Frame Tuning, Piloti driving shoes, HP 234, Circuit Sports, Racing WFO, Car Domain, Bay Ex, Napa Valley Muffler, B&G Tires, Miracle Auto Body and Paint, Napa Valley Transmissions, Bottlers Unlimited, Economy Stock Feed, Kuhtz Diehl Insurance and Financial Services, and C.J. Fix Co.

Big Sausage Pizza Delivery in a red Genesis?

March 18, 2010

Matt Farah sports a genuine Krider Racing/Big Sausage Pizza Delivery 24 Hours of LeMons team t-shirt in his newest episode of The Smoking Tire. He is the first person to wear a LeMons t-shirt and a Rolex watch at the same time. He’s also the only person to wear a Big Sausage Pizza Delivery shirt to a wine tasting in Santa Barbara. The episode is very entertaining mostly due to Matt’s impromptu sidekick, a French cook named Andre.

Krider Racing Wins “Good” Class at the 24 Hours of LeMons Sears Pointless

March 13, 2010

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL

Krider Racing/Big Sausage Pizza (and rolls) Delivery 1991 Acura Integra is getting lighter everytime we race it. The Pizza (and rolls) part comes from Randy Krider’s epic last lap roll-over at LeMons Buttonwillow in 2009. This race we kept the shiny side up, although we knocked the front of the car clean off, won our class and finished second overall out of 148 cars thanks to a fantastic crew and some excellent sponsor help.

Thank you Atomic Speedware, Carbotech Brake Pads, Capital City Motorsports, T.E.M. Machine Shop, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Figstone Graphics, ST Suspensions, Performance In-Frame Tuning, Piloti driving shoes, HP 234, Circuit Sports, Racing WFO, Car Domain, Bay Ex, Napa Valley Muffler, B&G Tires, Miracle Auto Body and Paint, Napa Valley Transmissions, Bottlers Unlimited, Economy Stock Feed, Kuhtz Diehl Insurance and Financial Services, and C.J. Fix Co.

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To see some of the race coverage go to the following links at Speed:Sport:Life

Pre-race Coverage
Day One Finished
Final Race Results
Pinewood Derby Results

What is Behind Door Number Thirty-Eight?

December 27, 2009

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL

Most Speed Sport Life readers consider themselves car aficionados. Sure, you can tell the difference between a 1970 and 1971 Chevelle from a mile away (count the headlights, folks). But can you tell what type of car the Krider Racing / Speed Sport Life ChumpCar World Series entry is just from this shot of the driver’s door?

The door stickers were the hard work of Dan at Figstone Graphics who will do both doors and roof of a racecar for an easy $60. Not too shabby. This beats the ole cut your own number with scissors on shelf paper from Home Depot trick (which is one of those tricks that always looks like hell).

The first ChumpCar World Series race of 2010 is coming up, January 9-10, 2010, at Infineon Raceway. Speed Sport Life will be doing live coverage and updates from the California event.

So, take your best shot at guessing the make and model of the car. Here’s a hint, it’s not a Chevelle.