Penny-pinching car geek's guide to racing, track days, and car build. DIY projects, product reviews, and interviews.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cheap Phone Mount

I was at wal-mart and I found this:

Believe it or not, Wal-mart generally chooses products that are decent quality for the price. In business school, we were repeatedly lectured on how strict their selection processes are, and it was a prime example of buyer's power and how far involved in your business they can be. 

So this should be a decent piece; however, the size of the suction cup is very small. I am not sure how it will hold up on the track. If someone tries it out, please let me know. I am broke from all the holiday spending so I will not be testing this piece. Furthermore, I already have two good working phone suction mounts.

UPDATE: A local enthusiast told me that the suction cups on these things are too small to provide the stability you want. If you buy this and you are really penny-pinching, I recommend this: Drill two holes on the dash, and loop a zip-tie through it to hold it down on the dash. It is semi-permanent but the lap timer holder will double as a cell phone holder. Another option is to get heavy duty velcro and see if there are any suitable places to mount the holder.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas readers!
My blog readership is growing every month. I truly appreciate all you readers. I enjoy writing on this blog more and more.
I hope your holidays go well! I am currently with the in-laws for Christmas dinner.

Coming soon:
1. Aerodynamics projects and finished items.
2. How to start your own track hobby.
3. Simple fabrication tips - tools of the trade.

Drive safe and see you again soon.

*Above picture is not mine. From via google

Monday, December 6, 2010

Strapping In - Spec Racer Ford Documentary

This is a good video on who, what, when and why of club racing. Specifically spec racer ford. Also, it happens to be my arbitrary goal; I want to be able to afford SRF some years down the line.

Professional Videographer Ryan Boyce did this for his senior project while he was at college. Great footage, sincere dialogue, and good pictures. I like how this video is done from an amatuer (club) racer's perspective.  Everyday people like you and me! Anyways, it doesn't get too technical but it does talk about why and how people get into racing.

Ryan's youtube channel is here: Please check out his other work.

Also, stay tuned: there is a guest entry in the works!