Well it’s been a while … Our plans called for racing BITD “only” so we had a long summer break in our racing events. Our next race, is V2R, we are now in full “prep” mode, but I though I’d update you with what we do when we are not racing…
1655 at speed
…we are racing of course!
So here’s a driver’s report from Chris Miller… with our congrats on their excellent results!!!
Black Rock Motorsports 1655 takes 1st out of 5 in class and 3rd overall at Bonneville Off Road Racing’s Jackpot 250 ! Drivers Ian Twitchell and Chris Miller, co-drivers Derek Continue reading
Best In The Desert’s Bilek Silver State 300 proved to be a good test for the improvements made by the Shaffer-Motorsports crew to the Torchmate 1066 car. Starting in the last class 10 position on Saturday, by the end of the race 1066 finished a very respectable third in class. From the start, driver Daniel Aeberli picked his way through the carnage that was the first half of the race. “Race cars and trucks were broken and crashed all through the technical sections” said co-driver Berne Strom. Aeberli maintained a solid pace picking up fourth position by pit 4 at race mile 161.2. “With all the setup changes we made before the race it took a little while to settle in and get comfortable,” said Aeberli. “Once we got in the groove, the car did everything we asked it to,” he added.
Best In The Desert’s Biltek Silver State 300 will be held this Saturday, April 30th. The start and finish lines are close to Alamo, Nevada, a tiny town on Hwy 93 about 95 miles north of Las Vegas. With terrain varying from mountains, canyons and stream crossings to wide open desert sections this will prove to be a fast, yet challenging race. The Aliante Casino & Resort in Las Vegas is host for this race including tech inspection and contingency to be held on Friday April 29th.
The race includes six pit locations in some of the most beautiful desert and mountains Nevada has to offer. While scenic, the weather in the past has brought snow at this time of the year and with a major storm predicted for the area the day before the race, mother-nature may have her say on race day too. Continue reading
Our Mint 400 experience started in Barstow, the thursday before the Race. Fox Racing Shox was to meet us for some tuning, but a medical emergency changed that. The Team proceeded to tune using the experience gained from successfully seting up and racing Jeepspeeds.
Our increased speed during tuning in Barstow gave us hope we had it figured out. Mike felt we needed a few more runs, but our testing was cut a bit short due to an alternator issue. Never the less we all felt good about the day’s tuning results. Continue reading
RENO, NV MARCH 23, 2011 Mike Shaffer will compete in Class 10 at the SNORE Mint 400 this weekend. Representing Torchmate Racing, Shaffer will start 15th in Class 10 in car number 1066. “With this not being a points race for us, we have one objective and that is to not hold back, but be on the throttle from the start line,” said driver of record Mike Shaffer. “We know with this size of a field that the winner will be the one that runs wide open with no issues to the finish, we just hope to be that team!” Continue reading
While at KOH, Mike Shaffer and the Shaffer-motorsports team found willing help at Fox Racing Shox when it was time to start working on getting 1066 into top racing shape.
During Parker 425 race, driver and co-drivers where put to the endurance test by a poorly setup suspension. “I even had a class 8 passed me in the woops” Mike said “it was impossible to drive any faster without breaking the car or ourselves”.
After two day of adjustings… “it was more than just shocks turning, some wrenches and swapping a few springs got it working better” Berne wrote on Pirate4x4… the car improved from a paltry 43 mph to impressive 87 mph in one of the test sections. Have a look at the “after” videos [updated]:
YouTube – Shaffer Motorsports 1066
YouTube – Shaffer Motorsports 1066 vid2
YouTube – Shaffer Motorsports 1066 vid3
YouTube – Shaffer Motorsports 1066 vid4
There is still a lot of work ahead of us before Mint 400 in Moapa on March 26th, but the worse and most important is done!
For their first appearance in class 10 racing the Torchmate 1066 car along the banks of the Colorado River, for three rounds of a 142-mile loop featuring rocky washes, sandy whoops, high speed graded roads and the dreaded silt beds, the Shaffer-Motorsports team finished 8th in their class!
Pit crew at work on Torchmate 1066
After picking up 1066 on Wednesday, the pit crew had to work hard at preparing the car. The previous owner had decided to keep his tuned computer and since we need a stock unit for Baja anyway, we did not see an issue with this … except the new unit did not work. Mike jokingly told me over the phone “next time let’s buy a running car!” So in addition to checking nuts and bolts, they found themselves reinstalling and rewiring the computer. Friday it finally fired up, purred and revved Continue reading
Tracking for the upcoming DITB Bluewater Casion Parker 425 desert race is now up! You can follow Shaffer-motorsports progress by choosing the Torchmate car #1066 in the class 1000 category on the left hand side menu of the tracking page. You can find the tracking page here: Parker 425 IRC
We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of our sponsors for their support: Torchmate, BF Goodrich , Rigid Industries, PSC steering, Ruffstuff specialties, Shaffer’s Offroad and Pirate4x4.com