After Tom ended up straining his manly biceps lifting up the hood, we decided we needed to explore getting a carbon or FRP hood/bonnet. Which I did - again courtesy of Yahoo Auctions. Nice thing is, it's even the exact same color as our car!
Price-wise, less than half of buying a new piece (which would have to be painted).
More importantly - it's vented, which should help keep temperatures nice and cool (both oil and coolant) throughout the race. Although we ARE ordering a racing radiator, and are thinking about eventually getting an oil cooler as well.
Last year, I was invited to join a 12-hour race at Ebisu circuit organized by some Japanese friends, including a professional (now retired) racing driver (Tomohiko Sunako). The car was a stripped-out, fully race-prepped Honda Civic.
Naturally, I promptly invited some of my non-Japanese car fanatic friends to join in the craziness.
The result was lots of fun, cameraderie, a broken Civic engine, and an extremely drained bank account.
I think Russ will be posting those photos/videos soon.
Immediately afterwards, my good friends Miguel and Tom and I decided that, if we ever put a similar team together, we could do so for much less money...and it would be a fun project....and left it at that...