I’m an amateur car racer with an interest in aerodynamics. I have zero credentials or education in this. But I read a lot, and sometimes get out of my armchair and experiment. I have a lot of other interests and rarely share them, but for some reason I feel compelled to share this aero stuff.
I was initially drawn to exotic cars, but then I realized I’d never own a Ferrari. But… I might own the Ferrari of motorcycles! So I got into bikes for a while. I went to motorcycle mechanics school and was briefly a BWM level 2 technician. I later worked as an editor and staff writer for Moto-Euro magazine.
I never did get the Ferrari of motorcycles, but I have the Lambo, as it were, a 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. I’m mostly into vintage bikes these days, here’s a pair of 1975 beauties: my Honda XL350 with my wife, Jenna.
One day I was at a track day and I saw the biggest pile of shit car being loaded up on a trailer for a race. The owner told me about the 24 Hours of Lemons. Racing $500 cars wheel-to-wheel was the dumbest, most reckless, and biggest waste of resources that I could imagine, and so a year later I was racing a first-gen MR2 with a boat we built around it. I somehow convinced my brother and some close friends to waste their time and money on this as well. Fools.
The Lemons folks dubbed it the M-Ark-2, and it won an Organizer’s Choice award. The car handled great, even with the aerodynamics of a boat.
Later we’d transform it into a half Ferrari F40, half Lamborghini Countach, and it wound up on Car and Driver’s “Best Hooptie-ass Ferrari” list. It spun rod bearings every other race and we eventually had to give it away or it would have ruined us.
Now I race a Miata. It’s a better car, and it got me into experimenting with aero. Eventually I hope to come full circle and get back to racing a car with a boat around it.