Wednesday, September 28, 2005


The Hammer In The Dells...

Sounds like a cheezy children's song huh?!

This weekend is our annual Midwest Family Sales Conference, where all of our reps from all five of our markets get together and drink. Somewhere in there we go to some seminars. One night we even dress up. Mostly, we get together and drink.

In Wisconsin Dells, WI.

No, I'm not bringing you back any Cheese Curds.


Spec Miata goes National on one tire!

The class of car I race in is now recognized as a National class by the Sports Car Club of America. That's big! Former National SCCA Champions include Bobby Rahal and Paul Newman...BIG names for sure! To make it even (well, as even as you can get in racing!), they've decided that we'll ALL race on the Toyo RA-1 race tire. Brilliant idea. long as they don't choose to screw us on the price. Or availability. Or...

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Is Jethro FOR SALE?

We named the Hodgson Heating & Cooling Spec Miata "Jethro" because the car's previous owner had "Hillbillied" the poor thing. Since it's re-masculation project (turning it into a racecar!), the name stuck & the car has been very successful for us.

I now have the potential opportunity to buy another SpecMiata that is ALMOST finished. This car has had a less beat up life than Jethro...and while the money would be about the same when I'd finish it, it's tempting to take on the project.

Want to buy Jethro? Make me an offer!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


BigMouthRacing's Season Finale

The Hodgson Heating & Cooling Spec Miata took to the track for one final weekend of wheel to wheel racing over the Labor Day holiday.

Practice on Friday night showed the car was quick, then the team competed in 2 race groups meaning LOTS of track time on Saturday. Team driver John Hammer tells us about it: "It was a blast out there. Actually, my first race was a really good one with plenty of action around me. It was my best qualifying ever: 9th overall (out of 28 cars!). I finished 8th, but dropped back from 7th after I got caught when an errant orange cone had been kicked up onto the track at Turn 7. I had to swerve to avoid it & the #189 SM got by me at that point. Check this out though: after that battle...the owner of the #189 car came to me & complimented me on my driving, then offered me a co-drive in next year's 10 Hour race in his car!"

Later that afternoon, the team took the green flag again.

"The second race was pretty scary: my tires burned down to cords and got VERY slippery. Believe the guys on TV when they say how important your tires are...the car pushed like a pig that 2nd race. I did make some early passes, but slowed down once the tires went away...I was still able to keep my position though: started 12th, finished 12th out of 26."

The car will now see limited practice time as the Summer ends & Michigan weather cools quickly. Up next: the British Car Show & Go where the Hodgson Heating & Cooling Miata will help novice track day enthusiasts explore a real racetrack! See for all the details.

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