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BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/20/21 1:55 p.m.

After years of dreaming, I finally went out and got myself a race car. It's nothing special, a Mazda Protege5 with a Mazdaspeed powertrain swap. It's been a race car since new, having done a few Grand Am Cup races, including Daytona in 2004.

While not $20xx challenge priced, the car, a mountain of spares and deilvery from 180km (about 110 miles) away, is all mine for $6500 (Canadian).

Don't mind me, I'm just a little excited laugh

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/20/21 2:01 p.m.

Very cool and congrats. Do you know who originally built it? 

BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/20/21 2:13 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I was told it was built by what is now Paragon Competition in Toronto, Ontario.

L5wolvesf HalfDork
7/20/21 2:15 p.m.

Congrats, enjoy, stay safe and . . . Just Win Baby laugh 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/20/21 2:16 p.m.

SCORE! I'm excited for you!

akylekoz SuperDork
7/20/21 2:20 p.m.

Nice score.

Where will you race this?

BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/20/21 2:27 p.m.

In reply to akylekoz :

My goal is to run our Ontario regional racing series, similar to SCCA. I could also run Champ Car or Lucky Dog, though I'd need a team for those.

APEowner GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/20/21 2:45 p.m.

Nice! Welcome to the addiction!

ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter)
ShinnyGroove (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
7/20/21 2:47 p.m.

Congratulations.  Once you've driven a properly prepared race car on the track there's really no going back to street cars.

adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
7/20/21 2:52 p.m.

Congrats! car looks great.

Tom1200 SuperDork
7/20/21 3:01 p.m.

There's no going back now congratulations.

drock25too Reader
7/20/21 5:11 p.m.

Very cool.  Congrats. 

GTwannaB GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
7/20/21 8:19 p.m.

That is sweet. I so wish made that combo in the showroom. Is the transmission stick or modified? Not known for strong diffs, right?

robertdavid8520 New Reader
7/20/21 8:52 p.m.

Look great! Congrats! Drive safe wink

BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/21/21 7:08 a.m.

In reply to GTwannaB :

The trans has been upgraded to prevent overheating, and it has a Quaife LSD in it.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/21/21 7:36 a.m.

Wow, that's pretty awesome.

Duke MegaDork
7/21/21 7:40 a.m.

In reply to BMWGeoff :

That's super cool!  Nice score.


Olemiss540 HalfDork
7/21/21 1:14 p.m.

Mandatory change of user account or else I will personally report the OP for violation of the site's T&Cs. 


People think they can get away with anything these days.


BTW, sicccckk racecar dude. Pumped fo u.

trigun7469 SuperDork
7/21/21 1:55 p.m.

Congrats! I was very intrigued in the car, but couldn't figure out a way to get it to the states cheaply.

BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/22/21 7:07 a.m.

In reply to trigun7469 :

It was too good a deal for me to pass up.

trigun7469 SuperDork
7/22/21 7:17 a.m.

In reply to BMWGeoff : Well if you decide to run champcar in the states, I would be interested in renting a seat, and could probably find some other teammates to race.


BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/22/21 7:30 a.m.

In reply to trigun7469 :

I'll definitely keep that in mind.

BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/23/21 10:35 a.m.

I found a few more pics of it racing back in the day


racerfink UltraDork
7/23/21 10:44 a.m.

I hope you’re ready to go down the rabbit hole.

”Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty”- Peter Egan

BMWGeoff GRM+ Memberand New Reader
7/23/21 12:32 p.m.

In reply to racerfink :

If I waited until I was ready, I'd never do anything.

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