- Created: Friday, 22 March 2013 00:10
- Written by Auto X Racing
In the spring of 2004 I purchased a Mazdaspeed Protege (MSP) and began to Autocross for the first time in my life. In the first summer of racing I went through 3 sets of rear sway bar bushings because of a poorly designed OEM rear sway bar setup. This bushing failure was common among MSP owners and after some research I discovered that a fellow by the name of Dave Delsing had developed a bracket that would relocate the bushings. This relocation would help to diminish the premature wear on the bushings and further increase the handling capabilities of the car. I had to have one but the problem was, Dave only produced a handful of them and they were all spoken for. After a few months of relentless searching I found a bracket which had been purchased but never installed. A deal was struck and within a few days my Delsing bracket arrived via courier.
After analyzing the bracket I decided to reverse engineer it and develop my own version and make that available for the many MSP owners that wanted a bushing fix. Engineering was completed in the spring of 2005 at which time Auto X Racing was born. Aptly named the "AXR Clunk Fix Bracket" I installed the first on on my MSP. Although production has been discontinued I do produce small batches of them from time to time. Visit my MSP page for additional information and how to be informed of when the brackets will be available for purchase.
In 2006 I began development on other suspension components, several of which became one-offs and installed on my car for testing purposes. Most of those one-offs are still in my garage and will be used to develop some future products, more on that later.
In the spring of 2008 I traded in my MSP for a 2008 40th Anniversary Edition RX8. I raced full time in the summer of 2008, including a trip to Peru Indiana for a SCCA National event. I did very little racing in 2009, 2010 and 2011 due to personal and job related issues. I was finally able to dedicate myself to a full year of racing in 2012 and really improved my skills.
Now in 2013 I will be able to dedicate another full season to Autocross and continue some development and research on improving the handling of the RX8. I will begin using some MSP one-offs (with modifications) and continue to work on my driving skills. My personal goal for this year is to trophy locally and time permitting make it to a minimum of 2 SCCA events in the USA.
Wish me luck, and again "welcome" to Auto X Racing.