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Out of the Evo into the Excel

You could call it a downgrade, i call it an interlude and a bit of cheap honest fun…

My wife just gave birth to our third child, we’re building a new business that’s consuming wads of cash so the evo is up for sale. Problem is i still need a motorsport hit, so what to do?

Enter the NSW Excel Racing Championship Series (NSWERCS)! See www.nswercs.com

This is a new series in NSW that has been modelled on a successful formula in QLD. The QLD series regularly sees 25 cars on the grid so this isn’t a flash in the pan series, NSW has serious potential. The series is all about cheap racing, pure and simple. It’s open to seasoned campaigners and newbies who have never driven a car on track, let alone raced.

I decided to get involved from the outset because, frankly i am over lap sprints and want to go racing door to door more often and not risk a sixty thousand dollar machine. The NSW Excel championship started to get legs in late 2012 with a view to racing 7 rounds in 2013. I had to hop on board however there was a problem, with the Evo taking up garage space i didn’t have the room to store another race car.

A mate named Ross Street came to the rescue. Ross is super keen on the series and was building an Excel in QLD. I’d known ross and his Dad John for a number of years being in the same car club and the Streets are quite avid racing nuts. Next thing i know we’re doing a deal for me to race Ross’ car and basically run it from the first round onwards. A win-win situation!

So from there the build began with Ross prepping the car with the basics…

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She started off a little worse for wear having been flogged around rallycross tracks up in QLD for a couple of years

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In the garage ready for some attention.

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New control item Pedders shocks ready to go in

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Some Goodies to whip the Excel into shape

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Some new Bobby Jane spec Wheels. Roofracks for extra downforce!

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Dry ice to get the sound deadener up

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Scraping up the sound deadener, a breeze using dry ice

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All up it weighed 10kg!

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the interior prepped and ready for painting

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A few pressure packs of charcoal grey and the car is looking pretty tidy!

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Battery relocated to the boot

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The AGI safety cage ready for installation

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The new AGI cage is in and the car looks schmick

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The new AGI cage is in and the car looks schmick

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