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Old 02-18-10, 08:05 PM
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1985 GSL-SE... What Class?

Hello,

I searched this area of the forum but couldn't find the answer to my question, so I thought I'd start a topic and ask.

I have an old, beat up, 1985 GSL-SE. It has a salvage title and the interior is badly faded. Its not much good as a driver, so I thought it would be a good racer. The only thing is that I'm looking at the different classes of racing for SCCA and NASA and I don't really see a good "home" for it on the racetrack.

SCCA Spec RX-7 requires a 12A, so that's out. I saw a GSL-SE in NASA Perforamnce Touring but it looked very professional, so I wonder if that class is "above" me.


Where do the guys with the 1st gen, 13B cars usually race?
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Originally Posted by 5hundo View Post
Hello,

I searched this area of the forum but couldn't find the answer to my question, so I thought I'd start a topic and ask.

I have an old, beat up, 1985 GSL-SE. It has a salvage title and the interior is badly faded. Its not much good as a driver, so I thought it would be a good racer. The only thing is that I'm looking at the different classes of racing for SCCA and NASA and I don't really see a good "home" for it on the racetrack.

SCCA Spec RX-7 requires a 12A, so that's out. I saw a GSL-SE in NASA Perforamnce Touring but it looked very professional, so I wonder if that class is "above" me.


Where do the guys with the 1st gen, 13B cars usually race?
The SCCA puts the 13B IT cars in ITS
NASA performance touring classes you based on a point system for each modification - From a base starting point. The less you mod it the lower the class you will be in.

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Are you looking for track racing? You might consider getting some experience in Autocross, which is easier to get started in and a hell of a lot cheaper to do.

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Or run SCCA in EP. they allow us to run the later 13b now I believe. I run a 12a so not sure exactly.
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Ditto on Lemons or Chumpcar. I have a spare GSLSE parts car that is in decent shape, so I going to build it for Lemons.

I wouldn't build a 'real' racecar based on a chasis I happen to have. The car might be the cheapest part of the build. Better off picking a class first, then the car. Since you are in SoCal, you may want to contact 7's Only located at the Buttonwillow track.
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I've thought about this some more and I think I'm just going to let one of you guys have it...

Anyone want a 1985 GSL-SE? It's in a garage in Jackson, CA. I called the local dismantlers and they don't want to deal with it, so "free to a good home"...
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I wouldn't build a 'real' racecar based on a chasis I happen to have. The car might be the cheapest part of the build. Better off picking a class first, then the car.
FWIW, I built a FB up for what I thought wasn't that much cash! I learned alot along the way and would make some changes financially but I started with a rotted out roller, nothing more.

You can be competitive in many classes with an engine that smokes but is reliable. strip it out, put a 6 or 8pt roll bar (not cage) in it and run it for solo. the cheapest you are going to get. Learn in solo and HPDE's and if you get a hard on for competition, buy a halo and dash bar kit for your 8pt and your good to go for IT? classes or go crazy for GT.

Realistic costs:

Pre-bent u-weld 8pt $170
Decent rubber/Wheels $700
Helmet $200

Plus the costs of entry and liscencing etc!

The GSL-SE is a great platform to start small and build it.

Too bad your 2500mi from me or i'd take that GSL-SE from you.

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lol, me too...
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You could run NASA time trial in TTF, you just need a helmet and probably brake pads, fluid and a descent street tire, 140 treadwear or higher. If you get the safety requirements you can run it in race class "Performance Touring F".
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