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  • Always tow!

    8 33.33%
  • Tow if more than 300 miles

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  • Tow if more than 150 miles

    3 12.50%
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Thread: Tow or drive to the track?

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    Default Tow or drive to the track?

    Thought it was time for a new poll!

    I tow now, of course, since I have but one brakelight.

    Steve

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    I currently drive, but will be getting a cage built and buying a tow vehicle in the next year.
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    Tow.

    I think the CHP would get annoyed if I drove on the highway.

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    TOW if it is more then 130 mile away !!


    Drive if I want to be cheap on gas. and risk of nail and dirt in my race tires

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    always drive...but the new seat may not be so comfy for the long hauls. Towing may be more likely in the near future.

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    I've always driven, including my non-AC, non-insulated, coilovered, fixed-back seated race car from Norcal to Cali Speedway and back. That was interesting.

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    Default towing is way better!

    I loaded up my car on the trailer and my gear into the truck. And sat around waiting for my buddy to finish swapping his tires and packing up. Even packing up is a competition.

    The one major downside is the 55mph speed limit while towing. And chippies love to ticket tow vehicles.

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    I drive...
    but then I'm poor, have no place to store a trailer, and doubt the 4-cyl Tacoma could adequately pull the MX5. On the upside, the MX5 is fully appointed and such a blast to drive that a top down trip to and from a track is almost as fun as the track day itself.
    Almost...

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    Your Tacoma would do fine.

    We used to move around 4,000lb boats with a little 2 liter Mazda pickup in the mid-80's...it was tough, but it managed as long as there was traction on the ramp. Your Tacoma's got way more power.

    Steve

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    I drive. My DB8 is my only car. I wanna get a truck or SUV later on though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveLevin View Post
    Your Tacoma would do fine.

    We used to move around 4,000lb boats with a little 2 liter Mazda pickup in the mid-80's...it was tough, but it managed as long as there was traction on the ramp. Your Tacoma's got way more power.

    Steve
    Ah, I see. I thought the tow limit on it was 3500 lbs. The Miata is 2500... so I'd need a light trailer. I still wouldn't know where to put the trailer, though. My home just has a two car garage and landscaping I wouldn't want to pave over.

    I should be ok driving until I graduate to some real speed like you chaps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertosprey View Post
    Ah, I see. I thought the tow limit on it was 3500 lbs. The Miata is 2500... so I'd need a light trailer. I still wouldn't know where to put the trailer, though. My home just has a two car garage and landscaping I wouldn't want to pave over.

    I should be ok driving until I graduate to some real speed like you chaps!
    When I get mine, I am actually planning on making a dolly for it, standing it up on its side, and squeezing it in on the side of my house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by desertosprey View Post
    I drive...
    but then I'm poor, have no place to store a trailer, and doubt the 4-cyl Tacoma could adequately pull the MX5. On the upside, the MX5 is fully appointed and such a blast to drive that a top down trip to and from a track is almost as fun as the track day itself.
    Almost...
    My friend has a 98 2.4L 5-Speed Tacoma that he tows his ~2500 pound Focus to track days with. Does fine. I have the same truck in 2004 trim.

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    I guess I'm old school when it comes to tow vehicles...I see the power, suspension and brakes of a modern "compact" truck, and compare it to the 350 Chevy pickups we used in the 1970's...and for the most part, those old trucks come off worse.

    Steve

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    Yeah, I have an '00 Tacoma with the 2.7L 5-speed. I guess it would do the trick. Still, the trailer presents a problem. And the money.

    But as long as the MX5 is street worthy (comfortable) and fun, it'll do. Just don't want to break down at an event and leave it until I can return to pick it up.

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    I keep thinking My v6 Tundra wont tow well but then I remind myself manly is flying along with his Nissan frontier just fine.

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    Back in the early 1990s we used a 4.9L I-6 Ford F-150 to haul a 20' enclosed trailer while we waged a semi-professional AMA XC campaign. Racked up 80,000 miles in two years between towing and home use. Things like the Grapevine had to be taken with patience, and climbing up I-70 out of Denver took a LONG time, but it got the job done.

    I always miss that truck (referred to as "the Mighty Six") -- it was plain but beautiful at the same time.

    Steve

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    for me, i put always drive. there's never been a time where the track was too far to drive.

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    i would need a tow vehicle first and i'd rather spend the money on tires right now. i'll get there one day tho once i feel im fast enough to take my car and strip it all down.

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    I said tow. strange thing happens:

    when I used to drive to track, I have had issues, and had to hire a tow truck to tow me home.

    but ever since I've got a trailer, never had issues with cars breaking at track.
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