I’ll be flying out to Arizona with my friend and co-driver Nick this weekend to pick up the yellow VW Corrado rally car I mentioned in an earlier entry. We’ll be renting a U-haul truck and car trailer to haul it, and all the spare parts it comes with, back to California.
The next month promises to be extremely busy as we’re setting our sights on running the “Seed 9” rally at Goodsprings, Nevada. A short 7-stage, 29-mile rally over mostly gravel roads through the desert, it’s about as easy or forgiving as rallies go, and therefore the perfect inaugural rally for us.
Before we get there, the car needs to be registered—since rally cars transit over public roads, they must be legally-registered road-going cars. To get registered, the car needs to pass emissions (smog) testing. To pass smog, the car needs an updated exhaust system, as it currently has no catalytic converter. What’s more, the car has been in storage for a few years and will therefore quire a full tune-up. The safety belts and harnesses need to be replaced, as required by rally rules. The car may need a new skidplate as the current one is somewhat bent up. The supercharger may need servicing as the “G-Lader” supercharger units in Corrado G60—nicknamed the “Grenade 60” by some—are notoriously self-destructive if not well-maintained.
And that’s just the stuff I know about. Hopefully when I pick up the car it won’t hold any major surprises…