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May 2013 / Issue #2

First NASCAR Pace Jeep Hits the Track


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INSIDE SuperSafety by Michael Pettiford..... 4 Off-Road Trails............................... 5 Out & About.................................. 7 Roundabouts.................................. 8 Feature: NASCAR Pace Jeep........... 9 Auto News.................................. 10 Researching Your Auto Dealer....... 11



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SuperSafety by Michael Pettiford

Getting Started With Michael has raced cars and motorcycles nearly all his life. He has the most wins of any driver in SCCA racing history with 32 divisional national championships. He started GO 4 IT Services, Inc. in 1985, and can provide basic car and motorcycle training and licensing, as well as SCCA and MRA roadracing licenses. Check out www. go4itservices. com for more information.


Motorcycle Roadracing

f you are considering racing, you probably love competition. Racing is a positive outlet for a desire to compete. I can tell you from personal experience, having done a lot of really fun things in my life…nothing is more fun than this! So if you are going to ‘go 4 it’, here is a list of things you need to get started: Get a Bike - Get a bike you like and can afford. Small bikes cost less to run and are typically easier to ride. Big bikes are faster in a straight line and cool on high-speed tracks. Keep in mind, it is usually better to buy a competitive used racebike, than to buy a new one and have to develop it yourself. Decide what class you want to race, and pick a bike that is competitive in that class and that pays money if you win. As much fun as racing is, going to your mailbox and finding a check made payable to you is fun too. Bike Preparation - At a minimum mirrors, turn signals, kickstand, and license plate must be removed. Headlight, horn, and brake light disconnected and antifreeze replaced with water. Your bike will need to be safety wired and have number plates added. Maximum preparation would include aftermarket body work, custom paint, exhaust system, super tune, lighter wheels, better suspension, better brake pads, lightening the bike, lower gearing, lighter chain, sticky tires, and more horsepower. Protective Gear - You must have a full face approved helmet, full leathers, boots, gloves, and a back protector. On a budget? Look for good deals and sales. Make sure everything fits and works for you. Transportation - You will also need a trailer or a truck, or a truck and trailer, or a good buddy with a truck to get your bike to the track. Training - You must take a class, either MRA group class or approved private schools, to get your license. Group classes are less expensive, private schools more expensive but offer more personalized instruction. The number one part on the motorcycle that makes it go fast is the rider. I have seen it often that new riders spend all the money on the bike and don’t have money for the rider to be trained at the same level. Don’t skimp on training.

Required Memberships - Just look on the MRA website and you can get all the information you need to become a MRA and AMA member as well as license forms. Read through the MRA rulebook for other valuable information and requirements. Raceday Procedures - Register online at least one week before the race. Have your AMA card and MRA license available when you come to the track. Sign the track waiver at the gate, find a pit space, unload your bike, and check in at registration. Check the little things like tire pressure, tire wear, oil level, gas, brake pads, and your safety gear. Your lower fairing has to be removed and you and your bike must go through tech. Mandatory rider’s meeting is next. Know when your practices begin, where you are on the grid, and when your races start. Plan on double the time it takes for anything related to the bike. Race as many classes as you can afford. The more races you can run the better.



olorado is a beautiful state that offers serene views and mesmerizing landscapes to entice visitors. However, what many may not realize is that Colorado also offers some of the most exhilarating trails for off-road motorcycles, ATVs, and dirt bikes. Adventure-seekers can have fun riding their preferred recreational vehicle and enjoy the scenic beauty Colorado has to offer. Always look at the signage to judge the type of off-road vehicle allowed on the trail or contact the local land management agency for details as not every vehicle is allowed on each trail. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest spots to enjoy an off-roading experience: Central City / Saint Mary’s Trail Network This area includes a variety of trails, from those for beginners to trails aimed at expert riders. Two popular trails for moderate riders are Yankee Hill and Kingston Peak. Directions: From Idaho Springs, merge onto I-70 westbound. Continue approximately two miles to exit 238. Summit County Vicinity If you’re looking for miles of expansive trails, look no further than the Summit County Vicinity. This exciting riding area features Red Cone, Webster Pass, and Radical Hill. From winding mountain passes to exhilarating switchbacks, there is something for all skill levels. Directions: From Dillon, go east on US-6 approximately seven miles to Gondola Rd. / Keystone Rd, turn right then immediately left onto Gondola Rd, at stop sign turn right onto Montezuma Rd, proceed six miles to trail.

Alpine Loop Known as one of the best trail systems in Colorado, the Alpine Loop provides riders with 65 miles of picturesque trails through territory rich with mining history. Two of the most popular trails are Engineer Pass and Cinnamon Pass, which most riders rate as moderate. The Alpine loop is an ideal area for riders who have several days to spend off-roading in Colorado. Directions: From Durango, travel north on Hwy 550 to Silverton, then right onto State Hwy 110 toward Eureka. From Montrose, travel south on Hwy 550 through Ouray to Silverton, turn left onto State Hwy 110 toward Eureka. Seven Mile What starts as a fairly basic trail turns into a challenging jaunt through streams and around rocks. Even beginners will enjoy riding the first half of this trail, but may wish to turn back when the trail gets more difficult. This trail is usually closed through the spring but is worth the wait to give it a try this summer. Most areas of this trail would be rated moderate, though there are some challenging areas. Directions: From US-287 and Hwy 14 go west approximately 30 miles, go north on County Rd 69 to trail head.

More information on these trails and many others is available at Stay The Trail Colorado (staythetrail. org).


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First Ever… Jeep Wrangler as a NASCAR Pace Car


his custom built Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has been pressed into service as the first known Jeep Wrangler NASCAR Pace Car. This impressive build will spend the summer racing season working at Colorado National Speedway.

The build also includes Poison Spider off-road bumpers front and back. The front bumper has a front stinger and a Warn Xeon winch to allow it to conquer almost

The Pace Jeep (as it is now known) was built at Pollard Motors in Boulder, Colorado. Pollard has been selling and servicing Jeeps for over 40 years and has the experience and expertise to build this vehicle. Together with Trail Jeeps, they have been building high performance Jeeps for the last two years. This build consists of a Hemi conversion replacing the V6 engine with a 6.4L racing Hemi V8 engine that develops approx. 500 HP. A Dodge Ram transmission was installed to handle the extra power developed by the engine. Then a 3 ½ inch AEV lift was added with Fox off-road racing shocks. The AEV lift was chosen because this lift most closely duplicates the ride and performance of the unmodified suspension, but allows for greater ground clearance. 35” tires mounted on AEV wheels were added to give this impressive vehicle its muscular stance… and amazing off-road ability.

any obstacle encountered off-road. Finally, the headlights were replaced with high tech LED headlamps made by JW Speaker to throw out an amazing amount of light. The colorful wrap on this Jeep was designed and installed by Husky Signs in Boulder. 92.5 The Wolf radio station also sponsors this impressive Jeep. See the Pace Jeep in action at Colorado National Speedway this summer!




A brief look at the recent auto maker news

May 2013 ACURA - Debuted all-new 2014 MDX at NY Int’l Auto Show…Started sales of 2014 RLX Sedan…TL named “Best Car for Families” by U.S. News & World Report AUDI - 2014 R8 went on sale…Paired with T-Mobile for new in-vehicle data plan BMW - Launched ‘Electronaut Effect’ digital tool…3 Series won / USA Today Sport Sedan Challenge…M Series again named “Official Car of MotoGP™” …Debuted 328d Sedan at NY Int’l Auto Show…Won Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Award for Best Overall Luxury Brand CADILLAC - 38% first quarter sales increase makes it fastest growing full-line luxury brand CHEVROLET - Used virtual reality tools to improve 2014 Impala…Volt drivers are meeting and exceeding EPA estimates FORD - Introduced new Atlas Concept truck…Focus named best-selling car in the world by Polk…Revealed Special Edition package for F-150 SVT Raptor… Expanded use of innovative 3-Wet paint process…2013 Fusion and 2013 Flex chosen by AAA Auto Buying experts as top vehicles for commuters…Ford won a 2013 Brand Image Award from GMC - Announced 2014 Sierra 1500 has best V-8 pickup fuel economy in industry HONDA - Maroon 5 to headline 2013 Honda Civic Tour…Introduced 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite ® with first in-car vacuum…Honda named Brand Image Awards: Most Trusted Brand, Best Value Brand, and Best Overall Brand

LAND ROVER - Global debut of all-new Range Rover Sport at NY Int’l Auto Show LEXUS - Introduced all-new 2014 IS Sport Sedan MAZDA - WardsAuto named 2014 Mazda6 as one of “10 Best Interiors” MINI - Celebrated 500,000th vehicle sold in U.S. MITSUBISHI - Unveiled 2014 Mirage at NY Int’l Auto Show NISSAN - Recognized by EPA with Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award PORSCHE - Boxster and Cayman named World Performance Car at World Car Awards SCION - Scion tC and 10 debuted at NY Int’l Auto Show SUBARU - Confirmed it will launch AWD Twin-Turbo Convertible Diesel Hybrid BRZ in 2015…Unveiled WRX concept at NY Int’l Auto Show…Introduced first hybrid, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, at NY Int’l Auto Show TOYOTA - Partnered with Teen Vogue on safe driving campaign called “Arrive in Style”…Debuted all-new 2014 Highlander at NY Int’l Auto Show VOLKSWAGEN - Golf named World Car of the Year…Debuted seventh-generation Golf at NY Int’l Auto Show VOLVO - Started testing External Vehicle Protection System…Introduced world-first Cyclist Detection with full auto brake

HYUNDAI - Introduced redesigned 2014 Equus at NY Int’l Auto Show…Genesis named a Top Vehicle for Commuters by AAA Auto Buying experts JAGUAR - F-TYPE named 2013 World Car Design of the Year…Unveiled XJR Sedan and XKR-S GT at NY Int’l Auto Show JEEP - Jeep and Mopar revealed six new concept vehicles at Moab Easter Jeep Safari KIA - WardsAuto named 2014 Forte one of “10 Best Interiors”…Unveiled all-new 2014 Soul and updated 2014 Optima at NY Int’l Auto Show



Researching Your Auto Dealer


advertising dollars thus they provide more objective evaluations. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) will be a valuable resource (www.bbb. org; Use the BBB search box to verify if the dealership has had any complaints filed and if any outstanding or unaddressed complaints still exist. Whether buying new or pre-owned, the dealership should be a member of a Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. New vehicle dealers can be found at coloradodealers. org, while pre-owned dealers can be found at either coloradodealers. org (franchise) or at ciada. org (independent). Check the organization’s website to ensure that a dealer is in good standing.

After compiling your list of desired vehicles, create a list of dealerships offering those vehicles. Start the research with non-sponsored sources. These sources do not accept

Next, check third-party, nonsponsored websites like dealerrater. com,, and These sites offer user reviews specifically focused on auto dealers. Consider that online reviews can be, and often are, faked. Even regulated sites like these are not immune. If the reviews are too-good-to-be-true

This multi-part series will take you step-by-step through the process of purchasing your next car; from researching the right vehicle for you to taking care of your investment. This month we will discuss the best ways to research a new or used vehicle purchase. he Internet has become a vehicle shopper’s most powerful tool; providing not only vehicle information but valuable insight about auto dealers. With so many automotive related websites, knowing where to go will eliminate hours, or even days, from the vehicle buying-process.

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or look similar to one another, they are probably faked. Most vehicle shopping sites like cars. com and also have dealership research functions. However, dealers must either pay a fee or advertise vehicles on the website in order to be sponsored, so all dealers may not appear and the results are less objective due to the pay-to-play nature. When ready to purchase, contact dealerships and pay particular attention to the salesperson’s customer service skills. Good dealers don’t just sell cars; they help buyers make informed decisions. If you fill out a contact form on the dealership website, make a note of how quickly the sales person from each dealership responds, how polite he or she is, and impressions of the entire encounter. If conducted properly, dealership research will provide a better overall buying experience.

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May/June RACING SCHEDULE (Race details subject to change. Check venue website for latest details.)

Bandimere Speedway (Morrison) Saturday, May 4 Racing (Multiple Classes) Sunday, May 5 Racing (Multiple Classes Friday, May 10 Saturday, May 11 Pennzoil Ultra E.T. Series Friday, May 17 Saturday, May 18 NAPA Auto Parts “Night of Fire & Thunder” Friday, May 24 Saturday, May 25 Pennzoil Ultra E.T. Series Sunday, May 26 Jr. Drag Racing Series / Team GFYC Jr. Comp Series Saturday, June 1 Racing (Multiple Classes) Sunday, June 2 Mega Mopar Action at Thunder Mountain / PSCA Eliminations

Friday, June 7 Saturday, June 8 Pennzoil Ultra E.T. Series

Saturday, June 15 Rocky’s Autos Father’s Day NASCAR KnockOut

Sunday, June 9 IDRC Street Tuner / USP Racing Sport Compact

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Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16 Thunder on the Mountain Colorado National Speedway (Dacono) Saturday, May 4 Unser Racing “Need for Speed” Saturday, May 11 Mother’s Day Madness Saturday, May 18 Colorado Towers Night Out Saturday, May 25 GTI / DEKA Golf Cars “Military Race”

Saturday May 18Sunday, May 19 Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2 24 Hours of LeMons Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 9 Motorcycle RoadRacing Association I-25 Speedway (Pueblo)

Sunday, May 26 Oskar Blues “Race to Remember” Saturday, June 1 Interstate Ford “Night at the Races” Saturday, June 8 Van’s Equipment “Drive Hard Get Dirty”

Saturday, May 11Sunday, May 12 Motorcycle Roadracing Association

Saturday, May 4, 11, &18 Hot Laps All Division Saturday, May 25 Racing (Multiple Classes)

Saturday, June 15 Racing (Multiple Classes) I-76 Speedway (Fort Morgan) Saturday, May 4 & 18 Racing (Multiple Classes) Phillips County Raceway (Holyoke) Saturday, May 11& 25 Racing (Multiple Classes) Saturday, June 1 & 15 Racing (Multiple Classes) Pikes Peak International Raceway (Fountain) Saturday, May 4 Sunday, May 5 BMW Club Autocross Sunday, May 19 SCCA Autocross Saturday, May 25Sunday, May 26 SCCA Club Race

Saturday, June 1 Racing (Multiple Classes) Saturday, June 8 Racing (Multiple Classes)


May/June CAR SHOWS & CAR-RELATED EVENTS See our online calendar at for more details on these events. This information is accurate at time of printing. Car Shows/ Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Wednesday, May 1 5 pm – 9 pm CSP “Responsible Speed” Test Night - Bandimere Speedway, Morrison Saturday, May 4 Cinco De Mayo Parade & Car Show - Greeley Italians of America “Hot Rodder’s Ball” 1900 W. 38th Ave, Denver 8 am – 11 am Cars & Coffee- 95th St / Arapahoe Rd, Lafayette (Weather Permitting) 9 am – 3 pm JDBR Show & Shine Car Show - 1000 Depot Hill Rd, Broomfield 10 am – 12 pm 1st Saturday Car Show Quaker Steak & Lube, Westminster 10 am – 5 pm La Fogata Car Show Hwy 7 & I-25, Thornton 5 pm – 9 pm Golden Super Cruise South Golden Rd, Golden Sunday, May 5 9 am – 3 pm Tour De Classics Car Show University Park Elementary, Denver 10 am – 3 pm Great Machine Car Show Arapahoe Park, Golden Wednesday, May 8 5 pm – 9 pm CSP “Responsible Speed” Test Night - Bandimere Speedway, Morrison Friday, May 10 9 am – 3 pm Rick Barton Memorial Car Show- 2650 Eliot St, Denver

Saturday, May 11 AMS Car Show 401 S. Link Lane, Fort Collins Making a Difference Car Show - Hwy 34 & Denver Ave, Loveland 9:30 am Hot Cars Show 4601 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge 11 am Zoomers Open House Celebration 1007 E. 75th Ave, Denver 12 pm – 8 pm Cars and Cards 13690 E. Iliff Ave, Aurora 3 pm – 9 pm Littleton Cruise - Woodlawn Shopping Center, Littleton Wednesday, May 15 5 pm – 9 pm CSP “Responsible Speed” Test Night - Bandimere Speedway, Morrison Friday, May 17 5 pm – 7:30 pm Tire Kicking Club Auto, Lakewood 6 pm – 11 pm ColoRODans Cruise Night Main St, Longmont Saturday, May 18 Bash at the Berk Car Show 4790 Tennyson St, Denver Hoodlums Car Show Crown Lanes Bowling Alley, Denver Hot Rods and Hawgs Thunder Mountain HarleyDavidson, Loveland 10 am – 3:30 pm Thorntonfest Car Show 108th & Colorado, Thornton Sunday, May 19 Bikers Against Diabetes Poker Run 1151 S. Galena St, Aurora 9 am – 2 pm Speed Gone Wild Car Show - Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont 9 am – 3 pm Volkswagens on the Green 15200 W. 6th Ave, Golden

3 pm – 7 pm Great Scott’s Car Show 1551 N. Cortez St, Denver 4 pm – 8 pm Sunday Car Show Quaker Steak & Lube, Westminster Wednesday, May 22 5 pm – 9 pm CSP “Responsible Speed” Test Night- Bandimere Speedway, Morrison Saturday, May 25 9 am – 3 pm Randy’s Rods for Charities Car Show Heritage Square Park, Golden Sunday, May 26 10 am Indy 500 Watch Party Quaker Steak & Lube, Westminster 10 am – 4 pm Brewski’s Car/Bike Show Brewski’s, Thornton 11 am – 3 pm Proof A Palooza 7800 E. Hampden Ave, Denver Monday, May 27 Memorial Day Car Show 10625 W. Colfax Ave, Lakewood Wednesday, May 29 5 pm – 9 pm CSP “Responsible Speed” Test Night - Bandimere Speedway, Morrison Saturday, June 1 8 am – 11 am Cars & Coffee 95th St / Arapahoe Rd., Lafayette (Weather Permitting) 10 am – 12 pm 1st Saturday Car Show Quaker Steak & Lube, Westminster

10 am – 3 pm Automezzi Colorado and Friends 665 Flatiron Marketplace Dr, Broomfield Wednesday, June 5

5 pm – 9 pm CSP “Responsible Speed” Test Night - Bandimere Speedway, Morrison Friday, June 7

8 am – 5 pm Good Guys Car Show The Ranch Events Center, Loveland Saturday, June 8

8 am – 5 pm Good Guys Car Show The Ranch Events Center, Loveland 3 pm – 9 pm Littleton Cruise 1500 W. Littleton Blvd, Littleton Sunday, June 9

8 am – 3 pm Good Guys Car Show The Ranch Events Center, Loveland 9 am – 3 pm Exotic Sports Car Show & Concours d’Elegance Arapahoe Community College, Littleton Wednesday, June 12

5 pm – 9 pm CSP “Responsible Speed” Test Night - Bandimere Speedway, Morrison Saturday, June 15

CP Tour for the Kids Club Auto, Lakewood

9 am – 1 pm- Royal Ranger’s Car Show 6475 W. 29th Ave, Denver 1 pm – 7 pm- Cruizin’ Havana Car Show & Poker Run Havana Corridor, Denver

5 pm – 9 pm Golden Super Cruise South Golden Rd, Golden Sunday, June 2

9 am – 4 pm TSA Car Show 10901 S. Parker Rd, Parker


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