Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Jefferson, Georgia.
Racing is EXPENSIVE. The amount you plan to spend and the amount you do spend are likely going to be at opposite ends of your budget/income. To run in SVRA is the top of Vintage Racing, there will be some professional drivers, some well known non-professional drivers, and a bunch of Ricky Racers that donít mind bending a fender to move you out of the way. There are other vintage groups that have more stringent contact and move over rules. Just food for thought. If you are new to this, start somewhere other than SVRA.
On your cage, if you are trying to save money at this point, you are not thinking about this the right way. A professional cage builder (for example) will run a low door bar that welds to your lower door sill, this will add a ton of strength. The halo bar is the same, they will bend it so it can attach at points to add strength, same for all the down and cross bars. A four point kit is cheap, so is a four cylinder Pinto motor; you donít plan to run a Pinto motor so donít plan to save a grand/likely more (over the cost of a kit) on the most important chassis strengthening item youíll add.
Find a local road race builder and have a professional cage built. First do some reading on Carol Smith books and the like. And look at the better built SVRA cars so you know what you want. If you rush into this youíll make mistakes, likely expand both timeline and budget.
Best of luck, youíll have a ton of fun,