Legends Car FAQ's
What is a Legends Car?
In April of 1992, a revolutionary new race
car, the Legend car, was unveiled at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, President and General Manager
of CMS, and Elliott Forbes-Robinson, famed road racing champion,
designed these 5/8 scale fiberglass full-fendered versions
of the famed NASCAR modifieds. The idea was to create a fun
and affordable "Spec" class of racing for everyone.
Competitors are not permitted to make any
major changes to the original car. Add a strict set of rules
including a $4,300 engine claim rule and a tough technical
inspection, and you have a series that is fair for everyone
The cars feature a "new" Yamaha
FJ1200 motorcycle engine which produces approximately 115
to 125 horsepower. Horsepower is not a significant factor
in Legends Racing because the rules require the use of a 13
inch, 60 series B.F. Goodrich radial "spec", specially
manufactured for Legends Cars, tire mounted on a 7-inch wide
steel wheel. The tire is of a moderately hard compound and
no alterations may be made to the tires.
Legends Cars are only sold through Great
North Legends in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North & South Dakota
& a dealer network in the rest of the country, Canada,
Europe, Japan & Australia. Legends Cars have already become
an international racing class. Racing the same cars &
rules throughout the world.
A full tubular roll cage sits atop the frame
rails which are firmly braced. The cars utilize a recycled
Toyota rear end, front disc and rear drum brakes, rack and
pinion steering, Carrera coil-over shock suspension on all
four corners, a four-gallon fuel cell, AC Delco battery, Simpson
five point safety belts, factory manufactured racing seat,
Moog Automotive suspension components, Wagner brakes, and
Belden wire & Cable. Both doors are operational for easy
entrance and exit of the cars.
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What can I add to my Legends Car and what can I Adjust?
The official Legends cars rule book is your
guide as to what you can and cannot do with the car. It tells
you exactly what you can add or change on the car, and if
it is not stated, then is should be considered illegal. Some
of the things that may be added include oil coolers, electric
fans, duct work, tachometers, fire extinguishers, mirrors
and safety related items such as roll bar padding. The only
adjustments that may be made are front end camber, caster,
and toe; tire pressure; spring rates; rear end gear ratios;
and the weight distribution by setting the coil-over suspension.
What is the maintenance program between the races
for the Legends Cars?
Legends cars require about three to four
hours maintenance between races provided that there are no
serious problems. The program includes cleaning the car, changing
the oil, checking all fluids, cleaning the air filters, checking
the tightness of all bolts, checking for broken or damaged
parts, and setting up the car for the upcoming race. A recommended
maintenance program and set-ups are all explained in the detailed
"New Owner Packet" that every owner receives when
they purchase their car.
Who is racing Legends Cars?
Throughout the Great North Region and across
the country, Legends cars are being driven by racers 16 to
70, men and women. Racers with years of racing experience
and those just beginning. All are having fun and are able
to compete at their level. For those of you who have never
raced before, it will not be long until you are racing wheel
to wheel with some of the best drivers in the country. That
is the appeal of Legends cars - affordable racing
in a great race car with good racers.
What if I've never raced before?
No problem, our Racing School can teach you
everything you need to know on driving a race car. Whether
you are a beginner or an experienced racer. Our coaching program
can work with you as your skill level increases. Out set-up
and chassis staff can teach you what it takes to make the
car fast and handle.
Where can I race?
In the Great North Region:
Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, North & South Dakota, we
have over 80 races scheduled in 1998 at the 10 asphalt short
tracks in the region. From Wausau, WI to Fergus Falls, MN
there should be a weekly show close to nearly everyone. Check
out our complete schedule!
What is it going to cost?
You will never race in a more affordable
racing class or in a class where how much money you have does
not determine who is successful. A new car with everything
you need to be competitive will cost $14,500.00. A trailer
to haul the car will cost $1,300.00 and Legends Cars can be
towed behind a mini-truck, van or car so you do not have to
invest in a tow vehicle. Membership fees are about $100 per
season and pit passes to enter the events cost from $12.00
to $25.00 depending on the track and the event. Your race
car runs on unleaded premium pump gas and about $5.00 will
get you through a race. Change your oil and filter every three
races which is about $10.00 per race. A set of tires and your
engine normally last for two seasons.
What if I decide to sell my car?
In other forms of racing, if you decide to
sell your car they are not worth much, if you can find someone
to buy it. That is where Legends Cars excel, in resale value.
Legends Cars do not change. The cars built in 1992 are the
same as the cars built in 1997. They do not get outdated.
The only thing that sets the price of used Legends Cars is
condition. Want a nw car? Trade in your old one, that's never
happened in racing before. Want to sell it yourself? A used
Legends car normally lasts about 30 days on the market.
Sounds good - can I win any money racing?
Sure can! Legends Cars are racing for fun
but the purses paid for this class exceed every other class
on the track when you consider the cost of racing. Our drivers
who are the most successful on the track will win enough to
cover most, if not all of their expenses. Many of the newest
racers take home 50% or more of their racing costs.
This all sounds great, so when can I start racing?
Would tomorrow be to soon? We have cars in
stock and depending on what body style and color you want,
we can normally get your car from Charlotte in two to three
weeks. But don't wait! A $1,500 deposit gets your car on order
and the sooner you get it, the sooner you can personalize
it and GO RACING!!!
What are the future plans for the Legends Cars?
The Legends Cars are here to stay! National
television coverage for the Legends Cars was quite extensive
in 1997. The plans are for the Legends Car to be the car raced
most at the short tracks in the US by the year 2,000. Join
in the excitement - call Great North Legends, Your Legends
How can I reach you if I have more questions?
Call anytime, our phone is answered Monday
through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00. We also have an answering
machine that we check on a regular basis and will return your
call as soon as we can. During the racing season, we are at
the tracks taking care of all our racers needs. Phone
– 952-994-1282 E-Mail - Tim Brockhouse.
Become a Legend Today!