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TUDOR Lone Star LeMans & USGP F1 Parking & Camping, CTRS in the News!

TUDOR Lone Star LeMans Parking & Camping!

Hey ya’ll! We’ve got a few folks signed up already for the TUDOR event September 19-20, but still have plenty of space! Camping is $25/night per person, as usual, and you can book it on the Camping page. For parking, we’re running a special deal — $10/day or $15 for both days if paid in advance! To book TUDOR parking, use our Square Market and look in the dropdown for the TUDOR event special pricing! Please only use this price point for the TUDOR race! If successful we may offer deals on future events, too, so be sure to come and tell your friends!

Parking on Square Market

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USGP F1 Parking & Camping!

Reservations for USGP F1 Parking and Camping are already rolling in, too! We hope this will be another successful year for us, and have music and entertainment planning in the works already! We’re also hoping to offer golf kart shuttles to Turn 1 for the USGP like we did for MotoGP this year, but as usual that’s up to COTA’s policies. We hope to have definitive word well in advance! Last year we had a fantastic crowd and hope to see many familiar faces this year. We’ve also got great reviews on Facebook and Yelp, so don’t take our word for it!

https://www.facebook.com/ChrisTaylorRacingServices?sk=reviews

http://www.yelp.com/biz/taylor-rotorsports-del-valle

To book USGP camping, check out the Camping page and our Square market!

CTRS in the News!

And last but not least, we were featured on the front page of Jalopnik recently in an article titled, “I drove a B-spec Mazda2 and you won’t believe what happens next!

Check it out:

http://kmccauley.kinja.com/i-drove-a-b-spec-mazda2-and-you-wont-believe-what-happe-1600917977/all

And it features some very cool pics!

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Circuit of the Americas MotoGP Camping!

We’re a month away from the RedBull Circuit of the Americas MotoGP 2014 event, and we’ve still got plenty of room for camping and parking! Last year we had a blast with all the folks that came out, and look forward to some return customers and some new folks! We made some slight adjustments to the pricing from last year, now it’s $25/night per person. We’ve also got group rates available, so if you’ve got a whole mess of friends coming out, shoot us a message for pricing!

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In addition to breakfast, coffee, 2 awesome outdoor showers and facilities, we’re offering airport and beer store shuttles during the event this year! We ask that you give us a heads up so we can schedule picking you up. No hidden fees like other private Circuit of the Americas MotoGP campgrounds, and hey, we’re enthusiasts, not extortionists! Why not support fellow enthusiasts instead of lining the pockets of some dude with a downtown office? Seems like a no-brainer!

We’re planning on having more live music again, too, so it should be an all-around fun time! Even if you just come to park for the weekend we’ll have some entertainment to help pass the time while traffic clears out. We’ve moved a bunch of stuff around at the shop so there’s more parking available up front, and we’ll have a 6+ passenger golfkart to shuttle onsite and make beer/ice runs with. Less hiking equals more partying, right?? We hope so!

We look forward to seeing you this year, feel free to message with any questions you may have!

To book camping, go to the COTA Camping page.

To book parking, go to the COTA Parking page!

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Chin Motorsports Rentals (and other awesome deals)!

Chin MotorsportsMost of ya’ll know I’m a big proponent of helping others out, especially local businesses… well, Chin Motorsports may not be local, but they’ve got a local putting on their events in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana! Close enough! So, I’m proud to announce a deal from me to you, fellow racer/track enthusiast! If you put a deposit on a rental down by April 1 on ANY rental for Chin Motorsports’ April 12-13 event at Texas World Speedway, I’ll PAY YOUR ENTRY! That’s right, your entry fee is on Chris Taylor Racing Services! SRF, RX7, or Miata rentals all qualify, and I’m not even marking rentals up by the entry amount!

April 12-13 Chin Motorsports at TWS rental fees:

  • SRF, $2200 for the weekend
  • Miata, $1100 for the weekend
  • RX7, $950 for the weekend

Don’t believe me? Rental for the RX7s at the NASA event at TWS later that month are the same price! That’s how excited I am about Chin Motorsports coming to Texas. If that isn’t a personal testimony, I don’t know what is! They’re also running at MSR-Houston May 17-18; so help give me the best birthday present ever and get ALL my rentals at the track for that weekend! They’re coming back to TWS in August and NOLA, so head over to Chin Motorsports’ website to check out their schedule!

LMS_7062I’m in such a giving mood, I’m even offering 20% off shop rate for the entire month of March! If you’re a fan of ours on Facebook you’ve already seen it, but I’m posting it here now, too! If you’re not a follower on Facebook, go give us a like and stay tuned for more sweet deals like this! If you’re into Twitter or Instagram, you can find me on there, too! It’s a little look into my personal life with updates and pics from daily activities. There’s links at the top of the main page to all my social media sites! @CTRacingServ on Twitter and racerchristaylor on Instagram!

Thanks, and see ya’ll at the track!

-Chris

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MVP Track Time at COTA (Again!)

DSC_1927This past weekend we had the opportunity to provide racecar rental services to another satisfied Chris Taylor Racing Customer for MVP Track Time at Circuit of the Americas! This really is an astounding track, and it’s a real treat to get on the track whenever possible. It seems like we’re getting fewer and fewer opportunities so I’m personally grateful when events pop up for regular folks, and even more grateful when folks rent an SRF, Miata, or RX7 from me! Among the many reasons is the viewing opportunities this track provides, and that’s part of what this little article is about. I’ll give ya’ll a brief history lesson!

DSC_1864The 2 SRFs have quite a few frequent flier miles, and I don’t mean that in an off-course excursion sort of way! The cars were shipped over to the Middle East and were part of the MeCar series, which ran at various racetracks throughout the Middle East. The red/white car has an interesting paint scheme that ties into this: the paint scheme is the Bahrainian flag! There was another car with the opposite (white front/red back), but our car was actually driven by a Sheik! I’ve had these cars over a year, knew they were from the middle east but had never heard that details… and never put together that the paint scheme was the Bahraini flag! How cool!

DSC_1886Our other car was just the Ford car, blue and white, and is currently having a new to us engine installed in it after an eventful weekend last month at Motorsports Ranch Cresson! As is somewhat customary, we ended up helping trackside with several friends and new customers. Another local outfit just dropped a Miata off for our customer’s friend, so we helped with gas, tires and instruction. It’s never too hard to get me to hop in a car, and I’m always glad to help folks! I almost pulled out my phone to take some pics while we went around but I was afraid that would throw the driver off so I just sat back and relaxed!

Both SRFs should be back 100% within the next week, so if you’re looking for a racecar rental for any events at COTA or Harris Hill, SCCA or NASA, shoot us a message! we look forward to hearing from you!!

Some other photos from the event:

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SRF Rentals!

SRF RentalLooking for an SRF Rental for events at COTA, Harris Hill Road, SCCA or NASA? We’ve got 2 SRF’s ready to go! While we’re pretty new to the SRF game, we’re more than competitive on pricing for SRF Rentals, including travel, so give us a shout! Whether it’s a track day, driver’s school, instruction, race weekend or anything you can imagine, we would love to rent you an SRF! Or an SRX7/STL car for that matter!

SRF Rental

The SRF rentals use Goodyear race tires which are plentiful from the top half of the field with just a handful of heat cycles. At around 1500 pounds with 115-120HP they’ll stomp on a Miata and give even turbo Porsche’s a hard time on a twisty enough track. Real racecar feel with production car operating costs make these bad boys the ultimate in track day and driver instruction tools, and since we have 2 you can bring your top dollar instructor or have Chris help you with racecraft and advanced driving techniques. Learning a new track? Our Chatterbox and Miata/RX7 rentals will help you get up to speed quickly, while our GoPro’s, radio system and AiM data acquisition will ensure you’re getting the most out of the car! Best of all, our relationship with Harris Hill Road allows an entire day of track use for only $250 ($150 for a half day).

To see what events we’re planning on this year, check out the calendar at the Events page, and shoot us a message with any questions or availability for your desired event.

SRF Rental Cost

$800-1,000 per day depending on number of days, travel distance, etc. Includes fuel, tires, everything. If you wish to have sticker rubber, we’ll provide you a set of wheels, otherwise we ensure the tires will be round, black and have a good amount of grip… we use take-off’s from Goodyear that start out generally with 6-7 heat cycles.

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24 Hours of LeMons @ ECR!

shantytownAnybody looking for hauling and crew/support for the 24 Hours of LeMons at Eagles Canyon raceway that would like to join a 944 team, we have room in the trailer! Cost is $500 to haul it up and $100 per day for support. Somewhat negotiable, it’s more important for us to fill the trailer than eek out every extra dollar! Shoot us an email with any questions!

We’ll have RX7 and Miata spares along with us, as well as quick dump 5 gallon fuel jugs, tools, and various equipment. The 20×30 canopy will be setup, and camping in the trailer is available for interested parties!

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Racecar Rentals for 2014!

Racecar RentalsThe 2014 season has already kicked off with The Abominable put on by Houston Region, SCCA at MSR-Houston. We were there with 2 Spec Racer Fords and an SRX7 and had a blast. Our new customer David Hancock won both the Qualifying Race and the Regional Race on Saturday in dominating fashion with a Chris Taylor Racing Services racecar rental! After the test day on Friday, David dropped another 10 seconds from his laptime on Saturday, and this was without the benefit of data! Just old fashioned driver coaching, observation, and competitiveness! We look forward to finishing up his SpecRX7 build and many, many more events in the future!

While there we ran the 2 SRFs with support from Shakey Graves (my buddy and awesome native-Austinite musician), Black Armor Helmets and Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill! Without these folks we wouldn’t be listening to sweet tunes, saving our head with a crazy light and awesomely affordable carbon fiber helmet, or staving off hunger with a delicious wild game burger and fries (or chili if you’re WT). Keep your eyes peeled for some updates soon from Chris Taylor Racing Services and Black Armor Helmets. We’re talking racing radio setups and package deals! Plus, James at Black Armor is a fellow racer, and you know how important it is to help support fellow LOCAL racers and enthusiasts! Thanks to Black Armor we now have loaner helmets available. If you’re looking at getting into racing, in addition to racecar rentals we also have a limited supply of gear to loan out. Suits, shoes, and now helmets! Sizing is the important factor here, but contact us with any questions!

We’re working on a race-specific schedule for 2014. If you’re interested in a racecar rental for any SCCA, NASA or track events, let us know! We have 2 SRF’s available, 2 SRX7′s/STL cars, and we’re working on an enduro/STU car that should be finished up by Spring! To see what we’ve got planned so far, head over to the Events Page, and shoot us a message if your event isn’t on it!

In other news, Chris was featured in an article on the alumni blog from his High School! Check it out on the St. Andrews Alumni Blog site, here.

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COTA Camping & Parking for MotoGP/X-Games!

Howdy ya’ll, we’re gearing up for MotoGP, Red Fest and the X-Games in 2014! We’ll have our space available to our friends (new & old) for these two events, as well as any others! We’ve changed the Circuit of the Americas camping price structure a little bit, but it will have zero effect on most folks… those that it will effect are encouraged to email me and arrange a group rate! For those just here, we used to charge $50/night for a carload of campers. Now it’s $25/night per person. Sucks for the big groups (which were very few), a better deal for those that come in solo, and no effect to most of our campers which are pairs or couples! Again, CONTACT US for group rates and discounts for COTA camping, it’s super easy! Parking will continue to be $20/day for large events or $50 for a 3-Day pass, but we’re adding an Airport shuttle, an on-site/beer store shuttle, and if COTA will allow it, a shuttle to the track.

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More COTA CampingĀ and Parking Changes/Updates:

  • AIRPORT SHUTTLE, subject to availability. If you’re booking camping with us, or arriving and camping with us, please LET US KNOW BEFOREHAND.
  • We can accept credit cards on-site or over the phone! For those that hate PayPal. We also accept checks mailed in, as well as cash.
  • For Formula 1 USGP, MotoGP and X-Games, we will have an on-site shuttle. This will be a 6-8 person golf cart which will shuttle you from the camping area in back up to the front gate. At night, this will also serve as a beer store/ice/supply shuttle to the nearby stores. Between the airport shuttle and the on-site shuttle, no need for a rental car!
  • MORE MUSIC! Yes, that’s right, we’ll have more music for events in 2014! No need to rush to the car and sit in traffic, we’ll have entertainment post-race!
  • Better parking! We just started doing this and we learn more every time! 2014 will see more spots up front as well as stripes for all events!
  • There’s some more admin/back end changes to streamline everything and make the weekend run smoother… but if you patronized us in 2013 and have any suggestions, please feel free to contact us!

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Holy Ka-Kow Rocking out, 2013 USGP

Here’s some alternate routes to get to/from our spot on race day; the Moore Road route from the toll road avoids the huge backup at the FM812 exit on 130. The Peterson Road route will get you around the road blocks/traffic to get to the roll road and head North/South on 130:

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USGP Parking, Camping, LIVE MUSIC!

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If you’re still looking for USGP Parking and haven’t already RSVP’d with us, perhaps some AWESOME and LOCAL live music will help seal the deal? At 8PM on Saturday, we’ll have awesome local band Holy Ka-Kow playing at the shop for our campers and the parkers that are having too much fun to leave! It should be a really fun time, a little louder and rowdier than Matt A. Foster’s acoustic set at MotoGP, but it’ll be up by the shop where there’s power and more light!

Because of all the rain we’ve had lately, the grass has grown like crazy! The good news is, Monday and Tuesday of this week, everything in back is freshly mown! The other fantastic news is that there shouldn’t be any burn ban, so we can bonfire and grill to our hearts content! As a matter of fact, I just burned off the hugely dangerous pile on Monday, so construction on the next one begins…. NOW!!

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If you’ve already RSVP’d for parking with us and HAVEN’T gotten a confirmation email, Contact Us immediately so we can get it figured out! We’re still having some host issues with our regular email, so I’ve resorted to using my Gmail address directly — sorry for any inconvenience or lack of communication! In the confirmation email there’s information and our address, which is 13807 FM 812, Del Valle, TX 78617. If you’re in need of some extra directions or would like some hints on back roads to take in case of traffic, feel free to ask!

We’ll have coffee, OJ, some snacks and quick breakfast stuff available to our parkers as well as our campers. So if you’re here, feel free to run into the showroom and grab some sustenance or refreshment!

Live Music

If you’re not parking or camping with us, or doing anything with F1, feel free to come out and listen to music! If you don’t know me, one thing I can tell you is that I LOVE MUSIC, and any chance to hang out and listen to some fantastic local music I’ll take! Especially with friends, old, new, and future! So come on out and enjoy!

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Driver Instruction & Racecar Rental at H2R!

driver instructionThings just keep blowing and going here at Chris Taylor Racing Services! This weekend we’re headed down to Harris Hill Raceway to do some driver instruction in one of our SpecRX7′s with a fantastic new customer. It’s great to see somebody chomping at the bit so hard they want as much seat time as they can get while we build his car! He’ll be competing in 2014 in a brand-new Chris Taylor Racing Services/Taylor Rotorsports built Spec7, so it should be an exciting season as we do trackside prep and instruction with him. Stay tuned for pictures and updates on the build, and on the coming season!

Chris is pretty excited about some driver instruction gigs, so if you’ve got any interest in learning race craft or bettering your laptimes, contact us today! In addition to GoPro’s for post-session debrief, we’ve also got a Chatterbox Tandem Pro 2 with headset adaptors for helmets with racing radio setups and a student headset for those that don’t; some brand new 2-way radios on the way (with both IMSA and NASCAR connectors); and our new scales should be on the way shortly! All this combined with our AiM data acquisition means if you want to run at the front this year, you’ll either be looking at one of our cars or, preferably, IN ONE!

But that’s not all! We’re also gearing up for the USGP at our fabulous neighbors facility, COTA! We’re all looking forward to making new friends and hopefully long time customers with our Circuit of the Americas Camping & Parking customers — and who knows, maybe some of them will be so jazzed they’ll want to go racing! If you haven’t already RSVP’d for camping or parking, head over to those respective pages and get onboard now!