Imsa and SCCA history

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Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Nismovs » Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:52 pm

So I am hoping that some of you on here can help me with some motorsports history from around 1993-1995 in IMSA and anything from 1995-2000ish for SCCA in usa/canada.

Here is where it gets tricky, I'm looking for info on a certain chassis that started out in the IMSA Bridgestone SuperCar series and then was sold after that series went bust.

The car in question is the Dal-Tech Racing #73 300zx piloted by EFR- Elliot Forbes-Robinson -I am hoping to find any tech and drivetrain history.actual owners of the car as well as where it might have gone in different racing brackets after being sold from Dal-tech.

The reason I ask all of this is because I have done some digging myself after buying a race-prepped z32 chassis and discovered I that I have bought the #73 car- I'm about 90% positive at this point after finding pictures and getting in contact with another IMSA driver from the series- and am wanting to restore it to full race spec, with some minor changes in suspension and engine tech to bring it up-to-date.

I would greatly appreciate any help given as I've hit a wall with what I can find out about this car.

Now on to some pictures!

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Ace2cool » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:03 pm

WOW, and welcome to NICO! I'm your resident Z32 moderator, and we need to have a build thread ASAP in the Z forum.

That looks like it could be the one. The aero and the rivets are all in the same place, same skirts, same paint scheme, ect. While you're restoring a piece of racing history, go ahead and buy this.I know it's not from the same car, but still.

Dal-tech is still in business, AFAICT. I wonder if they have any records?

What other information were you wanting to find out about it?

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Nismovs » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:21 pm

Hi Ace, might try and start a blog once the build gets fully underway, there is a lot of tear down to strip the car fully for new intrusion bars and undercoat, as well as a donor car for a temporary drivetrain.

I've been watching that suit and put a bid on it earlier but I have a feeling it will get very expensive quickly. As for that Dal-Tech listing, I also found that and called the number, but it comes up as another business now unfortunatly.

I'm just hoping that those who might have grown up or watched/followed it might know more, as the SuperCar series only ran for '95, but Dal-Tech had z32's in other series before that point. A huge find would be more good quality pictures of the car so I can get all of the livery properly replicated to a good scale and locations on the chassis

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Ace2cool » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:42 pm

I thought the aero looked familiar. The sideskirts and rear bumper gave it away. That was an SMZ, according to this: http://www.racingsportscars.com/photo/M ... 08-12.html

An article on the SMZ: http://www.300zx-twinturbo.com/Articles/smz.htm

If you'll notice, the bumper is the same, just with the fins cut out. Looks like an original one to me.

Steve Millen himself designed it though. I wonder what number SMZ it was, as there were only 200 serialized. Sucks that they took the interior out amd debadged it, so you'll never have the serialized plaque and the nose panel badge, or the rear badge...

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Ace2cool » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:44 pm

Note: it could also be the #72, as they look almost exactly alike.

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Nismovs » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:52 pm

I've also thought it could be the #72, but minor differences like mirrors lead me to believe it's not that car.

As for the Stillen kits on these cars, they are smz kits, but they were bought for the cars, the #25 driver still has two kits left he will be selling me to repair and have replacements for mine to modify to spec. And unless they made a t-top car into a slicktop smz, it is just a kit they used for the series.

Also for reference, chassis vin is an N/A ending in 000038 and the dash vin is a TT ending in 000020

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Ace2cool » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:03 pm

Oh, you're absolutely correct. Can't believe I didn't catch the slicktop on yours. I got too caught up in the bodywork, lol.

And the correct VIN for the car would be the 000038, as I'm sure you know there wasn't a turbo slicktop made anywhere, but it is still impressive, because that's a very early run number. And the dash being out of turbo #20? This is madness. Lol.

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Nismovs » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:06 pm

Exactly. Makes me wonder when/who bought it. Company is out of texas and these weren't cheap back in the day, plus spending so much money to make it into what is was means it had to be a raceteam from the get.

Would just be awesome to find the history on the car as it would be even cooler to have that info at the larger shows and track events

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Ace2cool » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:20 pm

There's a pretty good list of what events the car competed in out there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqMEJSzxz50

I see it in that video.

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Ace2cool » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:23 pm


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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Nismovs » Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:38 pm

Yeah that's the only video I've been able to find is the pikes peak race. All the racing info on the car is for the Supercar series it was in.

Could you move this to the road racing forum, maybe someone there will recognize the paint from a series other than IMSA Bridgestone SuperCar?

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Re: Imsa and SCCA history

Postby Ace2cool » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:00 am

Sure thing. I'll leave a shadow here, just in case someone recognizes it trolling through general chat.


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