Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: East of Seattle
I've been racing the last few seasons on these 185 Hoosier Speedster tires (on 6X14" wheels). I've had 205 width Speedsters in plastic bags in my dark basement for the last couple years, waiting until I got 7X14" Panasport wheels in the Spider-correct offset (ET 17). These new/old tires still have that excellent pungent smell of fresh rubber. As far as motoring scents go, some people like the smell of gasoline, some like rain on hot asphalt. I like new tires. Look at all that extra rubber I've been depriving myself. All that extra traction...
These 7X14 wheels were hard to source. I've been harassing the nice lady at Spruell about them for the last 6 months, and it seems that this size is not available. As of a couple weeks ago, the US importer for Panasport knew of no future date for more batches in this size. I was on the verge of having custom wheels made for boocoo dollars. Pardon my French.
So when these popped up, I snagged them. 11.5 pounds apiece. Now that I got them, I'm sure there'll be a fresh batch of new wheels shipped to the States in the next week or two. I wasn't sure about keeping the gold powdercoat, I was planning to repaint them in black. But it's really growing on me. Hmm, I'm starting to think of a livery change...
69 Spider, 2L, street; pursuit of happiness
69 Spider, 1.8L, race; happiness of pursuit
Last edited by Nader; 02-23-2015 at 08:27 PM.