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    I was skimming some older pictures of the Viper Racing League events that Desert Venom Racer posted and am surprised at the turnout. This pre-dates my era by over a decade and I am curious if anyone was present and can expand on what modifications were done to the cars? It appears that nearly all of them ran side pipes with various aero mods. I am curious on aspects such as braking, suspension and driveline. I assume there was a lot learned during that period that may go forgotten as it's no longer a competitive chassis.

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    The VRL was formed by Skip Thomas from Illinois to satisfy the needs of Viper owners who participated in his Viper Days driving schools but wanted to compete in real wheel to wheel racing against other Vipers. Viper Days was originally created by Skip to be a driving school for Viper owners and also offered time trial competition ( best lap time). Eventually many of us began preparing our cars with full race set up (full roll cage, fire system, etc) and entered wheel to wheel racing in various local race organizations such as NASA. Skip responded with the VRL which was held in tandem with his Viper Days driving school. It was not unusual to have upwards of 100 Vipers in attendance with 25-30 fully race prepared Vipers in the VRL race group. Within the VRL we had everything from showroom stock Vipers to factory built race Vipers such as the GTS R that raced at Le mans and won the 24 hours of Daytona, and the Competition Coupe. The Viper you see above was owned by a gentleman from California and piloted by driving ace Erik Messley.
    96 GTS sold, 99 black/black RT10 sold, 99 black/black no stripe no A/C ACR sold, 03 Competition Coupe chassis # VCC5 sold, 02 yellow/black no stripe ACR sold, 02 yellow/cognac 1 of 1 RT10 sold, 99 silver RT10 in the garage

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    Thanks for the info! Was there a collective set of improvements necessary for track duty or was everyone doing their own thing? I'd love to know what period-correct modifications were popular; headers, clutches, differentials, coilovers, brake calipers, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71firebird400 View Post
    Thanks for the info! Was there a collective set of improvements necessary for track duty or was everyone doing their own thing? I'd love to know what period-correct modifications were popular; headers, clutches, differentials, coilovers, brake calipers, etc.
    Everyone was doing their own thing though they tried to develop classes for cars with similar modifications. The variety of modifications and amount of money being invested into the cars is what created the customer demand for the Competition Coupe. Desert Venom Racer will be able to relay which period modifications were popular as he was a regular participant. If you have any interest in learning more about individual cars, check out the race chassis registry thread in the track section although I'm way behind on updates with it.

    Frank - I was finally able to speak with Skip this week. What a great guy! It certainly sounds as though you guys enjoyed a fantastic atmosphere travelling the country during the VRL heyday.
    -2008 Venom Red ACR Hardcore

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    Regardless of the extent of modifications made to your Viper, there was a car classification that you could compete in for both Viper Days and the VRL, and of course you could participate in the HPDE instruction with any level of modifications. As I recall, the car classes included showroom stock, street prepared, competition modified, unlimited, GTSR, Competition Coupe. Before the Competition coupes came out in 2003, I recall the most popular and competitive class was probably the competition modified class. Within this class you were allowed to make major modifications, however, you were not allowed any internal engine modifications. Any internal engine mods or unspecified race tires immediately put you into the "unlimited" class regardless of whatever else you had done to your car. The most common modifications, all of which were allowed in "competition modified" included complete gutting of the interior, with glass and airbag removal and any other interior mods necessary to install a proper safety roll cage, modified air intake box/air filters, headers with cat-less side exhaust, lightweight racing flywheel and clutch, modified suspension including control arm bushings, springs, adjustable shocks, light weight race wheels, specified race slicks, heavy duty half shafts, modified rear axle ratios, aerodynamic add-ons such as front and side splitters, canards, rear wing, modified alignment settings for ride height, camber, caster and toe. There were very stringent safety mods required to be in the race group, similar to any race sanctioning body, for example the SCCA. There were also minimum weight standards within each class. When the Comp Coupes came out in 2003, they incorporated everything that we had in our "competition modified" cars. John Fernandez was very familiar with our cars and the lap times run at each track. He built the Comp Coupe as a spec racer to beat our existing VRL lap times.
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    I looked back through my files and these are the W2W rules for 2001:

    VIPER RACING LEAGUE
    2001 WTW CAR SPECIFICATIONS
    Date of Last Revision: October 9, 2000

    GENERAL
    1. The intention of these guidelines is to define a "spec" Viper for the 2001 WTW series such that the cars are similarly prepared within reasonable limits. This should enhance the potential competitiveness of each driver in the series.
    2. These guidelines are intended to define the outer bounds of the modifications that are acceptable to a Viper competing in the WTW series. Vipers prepared in accordance with the 2000 guidelines for lower classes, specifically the Modified, Prepared, and ACR classes, may be at a competitive disadvantage, however by definition, such classes are also legal for this series.
    3. The model for the 2001 spec Viper is the Super Modified class from the 2000 race series.

    ENGINE
    1. No internal engine modifications are allowed. In the event an engine rebuild is necessary, the rebuild must be done by Dodge under its factory warranty program, or if not available, under VDI supervision. It is anticipated that VDI will appoint an independent authorized representative for purposes of such verification. Factory crate motors, whether purchased from Dodge or from VDI directly, are acceptable. No engine components may be modified in a manner inconsistent with factory specifications or production line standards.
    a. The intent is to perform a chassis-dyno on all cars and establish a figure that will become the maximum acceptable peak rear wheel horsepower and/or torque. Expected rear wheel horsepower is somewhere in the range of 450-480. Expected rear wheel torque is somewhere in the range of 495-525 foot pounds. It is recognized that peak figures are not as meaningful as the actual shape of the horsepower/torque curves however, for expediency purposes, it is the peak numbers that will be used since these can be determined more objectively. A VDI representative must be present to witness the dyno test of each car. Cars that exceed such guidelines will be penalized by either (1) weight; (2) restrictor plates; (3) tire size; (4) rear gear ratio; or (5) some combination of the above as determined by VDI. If a car is so penalized, actual qualifying times and race lap times in future races will be utilized to determine the reasonableness of such penalties.
    b. GEN1 Vipers will be allowed (but not required) to make modifications to factory heads approved by VDI, provided that final dyno results fall within approved range above.
    c. All engines, once approved, will be "sealed" in a manner to be determined by VDI to assure that unauthorized modifications will not be made.
    d. All SCCA T-1 and World Challenge, and all Motorola Cup Vipers are legal, subject to meeting all of the guidelines herein.
    2. Balancing and/or blueprinting or other engine modifications are specifically prohibited, unless such car has been "grand-fathered" into the series at the start of the race season.
    3. Modifications to fluids, hoses, belts, clamps, and miscellaneous hardware are unrestricted.
    4. Underdrive pulleys as approved by VDI are acceptable.
    5. A/C, heater, and all related components may be removed.

    INDUCTION
    1. Factory throttle bodies may not be modified in size, shape, or configuration.
    2. The factory air box may be modified or removed in its entirety.
    3. Factory air inlet tubes may be replaced with smooth tubes.
    4. Factory air filters may be replaced with K&N air filters. Conical filters are acceptable.
    5. Turbo-chargers, super-chargers, and pre-chilling systems are specifically prohibited.

    FUEL SYSTEM
    1. Fuel filters may be substituted
    2. All cars will be required to run on fuel specified by VDI. Fuel additives are specifically prohibited.
    3. All cars must be equipped with either 19-gallon factory fuel tanks, or fuel cells with the capacity and design parameters approved by VDI.

    OILING SYSTEM
    1. Oil substitutes and additives are permitted.
    2. Oil filter may be substituted.
    3. Oil pan may be modified to mitigate oil pressure loss during cornering, using standards established by VDI.
    4. Accusumps are acceptable.
    5. Dry sump systems are specifically prohibited.

    EXHAUST SYSTEM
    1. All event-specific sound level requirements must be met.
    2. Factory exhaust manifolds may be replaced with headers.
    3. Factory exhaust pipes may be replaced and/or relocated to the sides of the car.
    4. Catalytic converters, mufflers, resonators may be removed.

    COOLING SYSTEM
    1. Factory radiator and fan may be replaced.
    2. A radiator screen of Ό” minimum mesh may be added.

    TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE
    1. Factory transmission, drive shafts, rear differential and half shafts must remain unchanged. Rear gear ratios are unrestricted.
    2. Lightweight flywheels/clutches approved by VDI may be utilized.
    3. Transmission coolers and/or differential coolers may be utilized.

    SUSPENSION
    1. Factory sway bars, shock absorbers, control arm bushings, and springs may be changed.
    2. Factory suspension attachment points must remain unchanged.
    3. Factory alignment (caster, camber, toe) and ride height settings may be changed.

    BRAKES
    1. Factory brake calipers, pads, and rotors may be changed
    2. Factory brake lines may be upgraded.
    3. Factory master brake cylinder and pedal assemblies may be changed to a system approved by VDI.
    4. A brake-proportioning valve may be added or the existing proportioning system may be modified as approved by VDI.
    5. Front and rear brake ducts may be added.

    WHEELS AND TIRES
    1. All cars shall run the spec tires and tire sizes for the Series. The current spec tire is the Hoosier, with a maximum width of 335 MM (front or rear) and a minimum width of 275 MM. The spec tire may be changed at any time by VDI.
    2. Wheels shall be 17" or 18" in diameter.
    3. Front wheels shall not exceed 12-1/2" in width and rear wheels shall not exceed 13-1/2" in width.
    a. Wheel spacers or any other means of increasing the front or rear track widths from original factory specifications are specifically prohibited.
    4. To reduce racers' costs and maintain a competitive environment, only one set of new tires shall be allowed per race weekend.
    a. There is no restriction on tire usage during practice sessions, however, each racer must run the same set of tires for both of the qualifying sessions and both of the races.
    b. If a racer flat spots or otherwise damages a tire(s) during a race or qualifying session, and it is determined to be unsafe for further use, then a replacement tire may be utilized. In this case, however, points will be deducted from both qualifying results and race results for the remainder of the event. (See section on point formula).

    BODY/STRUCTURE
    1. All body components shall maintain their original shapes and relationships.
    a. Carbon fiber may be utilized, however, the minimum weight requirements should discourage such use. In some cases, carbon fiber represents the most cost-effective approach to replacing broken body panels, e.g. engine hoods.
    2. Front splitters, side splitters, rear wings, and rear diffusers of design approved by VDI may be utilized. Underside of car shall remain uncovered as from factory.
    a. Under tunnels are specifically prohibited.
    b. The underside of front splitters shall not extend beyond the front wheel centerline.
    c. Aerodynamic pieces shall not be adjustable from inside the cockpit.
    3. Side windows may be removed.
    4. Windshield and rear hatch may be replaced with Lexan.
    5. All cars will race with both side windows fully open (down).




    APPEARANCE
    1. Cars may be painted any colors. Markings and numbers may be painted.
    2. Vehicles shall be neat and clean, show no body damage or primer, and carry all prescribed identification marks and logos.
    a. Accident damage from the current or previous race event is excluded from this requirement, however, every effort should be used to enhance the visual presentation of the car.


    DRIVER COMPARTMENT
    1. An approved driver's race seat must be utilized.
    2. The rear view mirror may be replaced with a larger mirror. Each car must use a rear view mirror.
    3. Factory side-view mirrors or variations approved by VDI must be utilized.
    4. 2-way radios must be utilized. Factory radio, speakers, amplifier and components may be removed.
    5. Sun visors may be removed.
    6. Five-point safety harnesses must be utilized, OEM seat belts may be removed.
    7. Carpet/padding, headliner, interior trim panels, door panels and other door components may be cut or removed entirely for installation of an approved roll cage.
    8. Spare wheels/tires/jacks shall be removed.
    9. Factory gauges and dashboard shall be retained. Additional gauges may be added. The intent here is to minimize any changes in the appearance of the factory dashboard.

    SAFETY
    1. All cars shall have a roll cage meeting the guidelines of Section 18 (*18.2) of the SCCA's GCR, including these specifications:
    a. Bolted or welded to the car.
    b. Attached at no more than 8 points.
    c. Forward part of cage shall be mounted to the floor.
    d. At least 2 bolts shall secure each removable joint, the telescopic section must be no less than 8 inches in length with minimum bolt diameter of 3/8”.
    e. Minimum tubing size shall be 1.75” x .120DOM / Seamless / Alloy – No ERW.
    f. At least three side bars are mandatory on the driver’s side (one below, one above, and one in the middle) door. Window nets must be attached to the side bar.
    g. Mounting plates must meet minimum thickness specs and maximum size specs.
    h. All hardware should be grade 5 or better, 5/16” minimum diameter.
    i. Design guidelines for front and main hoops must be followed.
    j. A 3/16” inspection hole must be drilled to facilitate inspection of wall thickness.
    2. All cars shall be equipped with a driver restraint system as in Section 17 of the GCR, which requires a properly mounted 5 or 6-point safety harness.
    3. All cars shall have a window net.
    a. Arm restraints are recommended but are not an acceptable substitute for a window net.
    4. All cars shall have, as a minimum, a 5-pound Halon or approved substitute fire suppression system.
    5. Air bags shall be deactivated.
    6. All cars shall have a master electrical cutoff switch.
    7. Quick release steering wheels are recommended but not mandatory.

    WEIGHT
    1. Cars shall be arbitrarily selected at each event for weigh-in. They must meet a minimum weight requirement of 3,050 pounds without fuel or driver.
    2. If it is not practical for VDI to empty the fuel tank of the car before weigh-in, VDI may require that the car be presented for weigh-in with a full fuel tank. In this case, VDI will subtract the weight of the fuel from the total weight of the car using the assumption that each gallon of fuel weighs 6-1/2 pounds. This procedure will only be used if VDI can verify the capacity of the fuel tank to its satisfaction and that the fuel tank is completely full.

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    Thanks for all the information! I am sure there were a lot of little modifications made to the cars. Any idea which headers were popular? It seems like the suppliers we have available to us today are much more limited than what existed 20 years ago. I'd also be curious what oiling and braking modifications were performed.

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    GTS Dean is one of the most talented Viper pilots out there with at least one Viper Days Michelin Challenge Series national championship to his name in the Street Prepared Class as i recall! Ultimately the most popular header and exhaust system was Belanger out of Phoenix. Before that, it was SVP/Belanger out of Phoenix and SVS out of Chicago. Yes, I failed to mention brake mods; they were a huge improvement. Our team went with the Porsche brake system, Baer, and then the Brembo big brake system. This was prior to the time that Stop Tech produced an offering for the Viper community. I do not remember many drivers making serious oiling modifications other than swivel pick-ups, puke tanks, breathers, etc. There may have been a few that went to dry sump but I do not remember who.
    96 GTS sold, 99 black/black RT10 sold, 99 black/black no stripe no A/C ACR sold, 03 Competition Coupe chassis # VCC5 sold, 02 yellow/black no stripe ACR sold, 02 yellow/cognac 1 of 1 RT10 sold, 99 silver RT10 in the garage

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    Headers were HMS, TNT, Belanger and SVS. Ti brake pistons, brake fluid recirculators, caliper upgrades and 2-piece rotors with lots of cooling were very common. All Vipers tended to run hot unless you opened up the hood with louvers and ran big radiators. Accusumps were common for oil control.

    Here's the Challenge Series (best lap time) points breakdown thru 2000 when I got too busy with life to run Viper Days. Performance-wise, you can see where money vs. value scales tipped. The rules favored safety improvements vs heavy go-fast spending. Frankly, some of the best talent was evident in the Super Stock and Prepared classes, with some pretty amazing lap times posted vs the SM/Unlimited cars.

    Class Breakdown

    POINTS CLASS
    0 Stock (Stock tires)
    1 TO 4 Super Stock (Stock tires)
    6 TO 8 ACR Spec. Class (MUST be ACR)
    5 TO 12 Prepared
    13 TO 20 Modified
    21 TO 29 Super Modified (Min wt- 3350#)
    30 TO 40 Unlimited (Min. wt - 3150#)
    41+ or Super Unlimited - (Min wt- 2900#)
    Pro driver or Tube frame chassis or non-owner (Immediate family not included)
    Points Table

    Car & Year Points
    92 - '95 RT/10 0
    96 RT/10 1
    97 - '99 RT/10 3
    96 - '99 GTS 3
    GT2 4
    Stock ACR 6
    Corvette C-5 0
    1.Engine Components
    A.Induction & Exhaust System
    (Select the type of Exhaust system you have on your car. Headers? Manifold? and count your points)
    1.With stock exhaust system
    Air Box Change 0
    Air Inlet Tubes & Air Filters 1
    Throttle Bodies 1
    Cast to Tube- header change - stock 1
    2.With catalyst back exhaust change 1
    Air Box Change 1
    Air Inlet Tubes & Air Filters 1
    Throttle Bodies 2
    Cast to Tube- header change - stock 1
    3.With Catalyst removed 2
    Air Box Change 1
    Air Inlet Tubes & Air Filters 1
    Throttle Bodies 2
    Cast to Tube- header change - stock 1
    4.Headers 2
    w/ Throttle Bodies changes add 1
    Intake Manifold - change 6
    B.Compression Ratio
    (Select your car. If you have not opened engine, no pts assigned. Otherwise as follows: select car then select modifications)
    GEN I- R/T109.0:1 or less(stock) 0
    w/cylinder pressure of 185 or greater 4
    Gen I- R/T1010.0:1 or less 5
    w/cylinder pressure of 185 or greater 6
    Gen II- GTS & R/T109.6:1 or less(stock) 0
    w/cylinder pressure of 185 or greater 5
    Gen II-GTS & R/T 1010.0:1 or less 6
    w/cylinder pressure of 185 or greater 7
    R/T10 or GTS 10.5 or greater & Strokers 15
    VIPER
    Turbo Charged or Supercharged
    Stock compression ratio 15
    Compression ratio less than 8.5:1 20
    Corvette C-5
    Stock compression ratio 0
    D.Oiling System
    Oil Cooler reposition 0
    Accusump/ Oil Pan change 0
    Catch Can - recommended 0
    Dry Sump Oiling System 0
    Dry Sump w/ lowered engine 3
    E.Iginition/Starter/Electrical System
    Spark Plugs 0
    Spark Plug Wires 0
    Computer Modification 1
    Computer Modification & rev limiter changed 2
    Computer Upgrade Aftermarket 3
    F.Crank and Flywheel/Clutch
    Flywheel Change 1
    Clutch Change 1
    G.Other Engine Components
    Modified Power Steering System 0
    Underdrive Pulleys 1
    3.HEATING/COOLING SYSTEM
    Radiator changed 0
    Radiator Shield changed 0
    Condensor removed 0
    4.TRANSMISSION AND FINAL DRIVE
    Differential Cooler 0
    Shift Knob replacement 0
    AftermarketHalf-Shafts 0
    Transmission Cooler 0
    Differential/Gear change 1
    Transmission Change 3
    Short Throw Shifter 1
    5.SUSPENSION
    Remove Sports Shims 0
    Alignment/Camber/Caster/Toe 0
    Bushing change 1
    Sway Bar change (front) 1
    Sway Bar change (rear) 1
    Shock Absorber & Spring change (includes revalving stock shocks) 2
    Shocks w/ cockpit adjust 1
    6.BRAKES
    Stainless Lines 0
    Caliper Piston Replacement 0
    Cooling Ducts or Air Deflectors 0
    Race Pedals 0
    Rotors - Upgrade 1
    Calipers - Upgraded 1
    Race Brake Pads 1
    Traction Control 1
    Brake w/ cockpit adjust 1
    ABS 2
    7.WHEELS AND TIRES
    A.Wheels
    A.Wheels - 18" 0
    B.Tires
    Front Tires wider than 285 1
    DOT Race Compound Tires - SPEC 3
    8.BODY STRUCTURE
    A.Exterior
    Front Fascia 0
    Air Dams 0
    Lights and Lenses 0
    Splitters 1
    Spoilers- over 4" in height 1
    Wings - Non-Adjustable 1
    Wings - Cockpit Adjustable 2
    Windows replaced 1
    Replaced Body Panels/Components 1
    Tube Frame Chassis 6
    B.Interior
    Gauges/Accessories 0
    Steering Wheel change 0
    Carpet, Headliner, side windows & / or any 0
    Panels removed for rollcage installation
    Dash/Accessories 0
    Trim Panels 0
    Sun Visors 0
    Spare Tire/Cover/Jack 0
    Carpet, headliner and panels removed 1
    Race Driver Seat 1

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    Nice work Deano! Skip did one hell of a job with this series.
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    On my way to commit 12-point murder on the PCA and take TTOD in Corpus Christi on their Most Excellent 3.7 mile course!Guests and Enthusiasts do not have access to images in the messages. To join the Viper Owners Association and have full access to the fourms and all that the club has to offer, please click here
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    That is great! Thanks for the info. It seems the cars were quite capable in stock form; I am surprised by the minimal oil mods considering the V10's reputation for being hard on rod bearings. I wonder if anyone experimented with limited slip differentials; I am somewhat intrigued by the OS Giken and Quaife which I assume did not exist back then.

    Dean - it's always great to hear your first-hand experiences. I really appreciate you chiming in! Now if only I had a way to swing by your garage to take a look at my alignment

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    Quote Originally Posted by str5010 View Post
    Frank - I was finally able to speak with Skip this week. What a great guy! It certainly sounds as though you guys enjoyed a fantastic atmosphere travelling the country during the VRL heyday.
    STR, Skip ran a really great program and while there was great viper racing the core of Viper Days was to get non-racers on the track. So many viper folks went through his events and school, they did a great job and the events were held all over the country. When he sold to NARRA, they went race first, enthusiasts a distant second.

    Its really a shame that we lost such a great resource in Skip. We really struggle to get first timers to go to track events. Scott from the SoCal group got Skip to come out to our Viper Tracks event a few years ago and it was great. Wish the viper world had a great resource like him to get people on the track with their vipers!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 71firebird400 View Post
    That is great! Thanks for the info. It seems the cars were quite capable in stock form; I am surprised by the minimal oil mods considering the V10's reputation for being hard on rod bearings.
    Dodge was watching the Viper Days series pretty closely, as it exposed a number of the inherent weaknesses of the cars while they were still under warranty. (engine oiling, diffs, steering rack flexures, PS pumps, cast/welded wheel failures, etc.) They pretty much honored powertrain warranties as long as people weren't running slicks because only a very few stock engine failures occurred on OEM or DOT-R tires. Skip molded the rules around these areas to increase market penetration.

    I wonder if anyone experimented with limited slip differentials; I am somewhat intrigued by the OS Giken and Quaife which I assume did not exist back then.
    Bobby Archer and Sean Roe were running in the Speedvision WC events. Archer started selling a Quaife kit for hard use. It was expensive then, just like it is now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTS Dean View Post
    On my way to commit 12-point murder on the PCA and take TTOD in Corpus Christi on their Most Excellent 3.7 mile course!Guests and Enthusiasts do not have access to images in the messages. To join the Viper Owners Association and have full access to the fourms and all that the club has to offer, please click here
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    Love it! That was out at Cabannis? I used to be out there occasionally but only just now got into a Viper. But watching you blast around out there was one reason I own one today.

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    Yes, it was at Cabaniss NALF. Thank you for the compliment!

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    Im late to this thread, with GREAT info from Dean and Desert but "THOSE WERE THE GOOD-OLE DAYS." I am proud to say that I worked for Skip at many of those early races, and served as VRL Pace Car driver for the first race, and many thereafter.


    Manufacturer SRT created the Viper Cup Series in 2013, for wheel-to-wheel racing of 100 spec ACR-X race cars. I was OPC driver there too.....


    PS> In ALL those races, NO ONE EVER PASSED ME !!!!
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    Ohhh JonB quite bragging..We know that your an exceptional driver....
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    Great History there guys, thanks for posting Fun times

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    One other mod that was almost ubiquitous was CCW race wheels! John Purner traveled to a lot of the VD events. His wheels and scrub slicks were all over the country and very attractively priced.

    Purner sold his business to Weld Wheels a couple of years ago.

  21. #21
    My Dad bought a 96 GTS in 98 or 99 and started attending local track events. At the time I was around 15yrs old and a huge Viper fanatic. Because my Dad got my dream car and tracked it I admired every minute at the track. I have hundreds of pictures I have thought about posting because I know some of those guys are still lurking around. My Dad would let me ride in the car with him every session except qualifying and the race. Because of this he was known as the fastest man with a passenger, he couldn't keep me out of the car. In the beginning there were a few classes, I believe Muzzy even raced his 97 GTS-R a couple of times. When my old man started racing there were several classes varying from stock with a cage to GTS-R's. In order to make it more competitive and affordable a spec class was created. The engines had to be sealed and the chassis had to remain stock. When my Dad first started running he had a 96 GTS with a SVS 650hp engine that blew up several times. Those were the good ole days. Several of the guys moved on to World Challenge which ultimately hurt VRL a little. Skip and the gang were a blast and the comradery was special. Good times.
    2015 Competition Blue with Graphite Stripes
    Pilot of Comp Coupe Chassis #4 and Chassis # 120


 

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