1 (edited by tyronejk 2019-04-12 12:34 PM)

Topic: New guy in Atlanta area wanting to help build a car

Hey all, 

I'm an engineer in the Atlanta area (half an hour north of Midtown) with little motorsports experience, but I want to try this out.  I spent a year on the Formula SAE team in college, have 4-5 years hobby machining experience (and a lathe at home), and do a lot of loads analysis and software development for work.

Does anyone have any pointers on where I can find teams that could use an extra wrench?

(I do like driving, but I'm more interesting in building than driving.)

Thanks

Re: New guy in Atlanta area wanting to help build a car

There’s a lot to be said for not having to engineer everything by committee. You want to build a race car... do it. Visit a race or two to check out the scene in person, pick a make/model you are comfortable with, find one, get to work. Worry about teammates and splitting costs later. I solo built a “race car” and I love it, and I’ve learned a ton along the way, and I don’t have to ask permission about anything (related to the car).  If you are a project guy, you’ll have a blast.

TriLamb Motorsports ‘87 528e

Re: New guy in Atlanta area wanting to help build a car

tyronejk wrote:

Hey all, 

I'm an engineer in the Atlanta area (half an hour north of Midtown) with little motorsports experience, but I want to try this out.  I spent a year on the Formula SAE team in college, have 4-5 years hobby machining experience (and a lathe at home), and do a lot of loads analysis and software development for work.

Does anyone have any pointers on where I can find teams that could use an extra wrench?

(I do like driving, but I'm more interesting in building than driving.)

Thanks

Well, being an engineer means you have to find a team that needs a token engineer or is made up of all engineers (sarcasm but a kernel of truth).

I found all my team members right here on the forums but the forums have been fading out slowly.  My team has cycled a large number of newbies through and currently can campaign two cars at any time with one made up entirely of newbies.  TryTeams looking for Drivers  or Drivers looking for Teams and post on the threads for individual races "Who is coming and what you bringing" offering to be a crew member to any race you want to go to.  This is how I got started.

In the end you can always just go to a race, especially Friday during test and tune, walk around and meet teams.  One of them will be short team members or know who is.

Re: New guy in Atlanta area wanting to help build a car

Great, thanks for the tips.

I considered building a car myself, but I don't want to make a big time/money/garage space commitment right off the bat.

I'll look at those two sections. Just attending a race first sounds like a good idea.

5 (edited by steve 2019-04-19 06:39 AM)

Re: New guy in Atlanta area wanting to help build a car

Have you tried posting on some of the Lemons Facebook pages? There's probably more of a following there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1010920 … =bookmarks
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1222036431151240/
https://www.facebook.com/24hoursoflemons/

2010, 26th @ CMP, 2011, 10th & 5th at CMP, 2012? (MIA), 2013 Spring CMP, 53rd, 2013 Fall CMP 44th, 2014 Barber 14th, 2014 CMP 46th, 2015 CMP 57th, 2015 CMP 80th, 2016 CMP 16th, 3rd in B class, Winner Judges choice, and First car under 2.0 liter Alex's lemon aide stand winner. 2017 WRL, Road Atlanta 43rd, 2017 NCM 9th O/A , 1st in B class, 2018 CMP 13th O/A 3rd in Class B

Re: New guy in Atlanta area wanting to help build a car

Hey tyronejk,

We're Actually building a car here in the Atlanta area, I'll post my info below to get ahold of us.

Leaving super early tomorrow morning to go check out the CMP race and be there by ten so If you're going could chat there.

Anyways would be great to meet up and talk about what we're doing. You can check out our progress on our YouTube series here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P … WiEKQpnr1A

And here's all my info, if you're familiar with Discord I have a section for Lemons Chat as well:

https://linktr.ee/atlriot2057

Re: New guy in Atlanta area wanting to help build a car

Thanks for the links, Steve.  I'll check those out.

Hey Stefan.  Sorry, I've been busy and couldn't get back on here to read these messages, so I missed that race.  I got your message though, so I'll reply to you there.