Showroom stock racing is old enough for a dedicated HSR event

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jul 27, 2021 | HSR, Showroom Stock, Street Stock

Photography Courtesy HSR

Once all the rage in the 1970s, ’80s and even early ’90s, showroom stock and street stock racing returns in a reunion-style motorsports event on the HSR calendar: the HSR Street Stock Road Racing and RS/IS Reunion.

The gathering will celebrate “the pioneer eras of showroom stock and street stock endurance road racing" as well as "IMSA Racing Stocks and International Sedan (RS/IS) competition in North America.” Read more about this unique event over on Classic Motorsports now.

Do you have any stories or memories of showroom stock and street stock racing from back in the day?

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Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
7/26/21 5:28 p.m.

I wish HSR were closer to me; I'd have a real interest in running a Stock C Miata.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
7/26/21 6:57 p.m.

Wasn't Improved Touring created as a class structure to accomodate out-of-date Showroom Stock cars?

I wonder how many SS cars still remain.

Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
7/26/21 11:00 p.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

It wouldn't be hard to put one back to Showroom Stock trim.

JimS
JimS Reader
7/27/21 12:14 a.m.

Showroom stock and Formula Ford/Club Ford were my favorite scca classes. 

L5wolvesf
L5wolvesf HalfDork
7/27/21 8:17 a.m.

Do you have any stories or memories of showroom stock and street stock racing from back in the day?

I was a member of the Guldstrand autoX team and we were invited to come help out at the first 12 hour at Willow Springs. 

http://www.racinghistoryproject.com/84willowarticleontrack.pdf 

jimbbski
jimbbski SuperDork
7/27/21 10:10 a.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

Wasn't Improved Touring created as a class structure to accomodate out-of-date Showroom Stock cars?

I wonder how many SS cars still remain.

That's pretty much what SCCA did with old SS cars. It would be better to let old IT cars compeate in vintage since they are better prepared for racing then SS cars. At least you didn't have to cheat to be competitive in IT (Well not as much!) then in SS class. 

Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
7/27/21 10:47 a.m.

In reply to jimbbski :

HSR is already running IT cars at vintage races.

As for cheating my car finished top 5 at the RunOffs and it was 100% legal. The original owner insisted on it. I've also seen the underbelly/innards of two RunOffs  winners (SSB Miata and SSC Neon) and those were 100% legal.  Yes lots of guys cheated but the people winning drove better and put in the extra effort. Things like buying a pile of shocks and testing them and then keeping the best set. The SSC lap record at my track was set by Alex Gurney. There were some really high quality drivers in the fields as well as manufacturer backing; I remember John Fernandez (Chrysler exec) bringing a Neon to one of our races.

stukndapast
stukndapast Reader
7/27/21 12:24 p.m.

A racer who once ran Showroom Stock in the 80's once told me, no showroom stock car has ever won a Showroom Stock race.  Anytime there is "factory support", the cars are a long way from what was sold to the public.  Granted, they are modified for safety equipment, but there were plenty of shenanigans to improve the cars performance on track.

The HSR and SVRA rules for these cars are more liberal than the rules for the original series.  Some things that were required in the original series are not allowed.  When I started running my SVO in these classes I tried to keep it as stock as possible, only to have tech make me do things like install a fuel cell and remove the carpet, all valid safety items for sure.  I know the guy that has the original, restored SVO that my car is modeled after and I dare say that if it showed up at a HSR or SVRA race to compete, it would not be allowed on the track.  More importantly, in this day and age and from what I have learned about the hideous handling characteristics of an unmodified Ford Fox chassis, along with the limitations of the brakes, I wouldn't WANT to put it on the track.  The more liberal modern rules allow for a panhard bar, decent bushings, stiffer spring and better shocks, sway bar mods, chassis stiffening items, caster/camber plates, race brake pads, et al.  None of those things would have been legit in the original series, unless they were hidden or specification games were played. 

The most significant restrictions in the HSR/SVRA classes cars relate to the engine, trans, wheels/tires, and aero.  Even so, the usual hot rod type mods like headers and minor porting, oil system mods and such things are allowed.

There are too many different cars and race series for the sanctioning body to police to make any sort of "leveling the field" possible.  Do I care?  Not in the least.  That is the beauty of this sort of vintage racing.  You are provided a well run event at a great venue, put in a group where the cars have somewhat similar lap times and are cut loose to have a ball.  I can be pretty sure that there are going to be cars in my group that qualify within a second or so of my time, and that gives me someone to race with/against, even if they are not in my exact same class.  That's where the joy comes.  After all, there are no purses, you might get a medal or trophy, and a hat.  Bragging rights if anyone wants to listen or care.  These series are about fun, at least for me, but I believe it to be true of the vast majority of the folks that I have met at the track.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/27/21 2:46 p.m.

I used to crew for a Showroom Stock racer. Good times, good times. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/27/21 3:00 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

I used to crew for a Showroom Stock racer. Good times, good times. 

I used to love those mandatory five minute pit stops because I could just sit on pit road and run the a/c

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