Polyvance, formerly Urethane Supply Company, completed the February 2016 24 hours of LeMons race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
“This was a fun team-building exercise for our company,” said Polyvance President Kurt Lammon. “The 24 Hours of LeMons is all about making real racing affordable by limiting the price of the car to $500, excluding safety equipment.”
The Polyvance race car, bought from company employee Fortunato Ruiz, was a 1997 Nissan 200SX that had been damaged by a tree that fell on it in the tornados that struck Rainsville, Alabama on April 23, 2011.
“The car was a real trooper,” said company Vice President Keith Lammon. “It had nearly 200,000 miles on it and the compression was so low you could turn the engine over by hand with the spark plugs in. We had to weld the front bumper with our nitrogen plastic welder and fabricate a rear window out of acrylic since the tree busted it out."
The Polyvance race team finished in 52nd place out of 93 cars, and would have placed in the low 40’s except for a CV joint that went bad on the morning of March 13.
“Luckily the local parts store had an axle on the shelf, so we dove in there and fixed it and were back on the track in an hour and a half,” said manufacturing employee Mason Martin.
“It was a setback in terms of our finishing place, but it added to the team-building experience, for sure,” said Kurt.
“Our most important modification was the brakes,” said Scott Bixler, Polyvance’s R&D and tech support manager. “We swapped the stock brakes, which looked like they should have been on a golf cart, for some big Wilwood brakes with four piston calipers. They lasted the whole weekend with no fade."
Polyvance’s race car survived the weekend unscathed, so the team is planning to contest the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Carolina Motorsports Park in September as well. “This was a super-fun event, and I’d encourage our industry peers -- manufacturers, body shops, or distributors -- to get out there and race with us,” said Kurt. “We haven’t got the money to sponsor NASCAR teams like some of our esteemed peers, but I guarantee we had more fun than they did writing their checks!”
For more information on the 24 Hours of LeMons series, visit www.24hoursoflemons.com
According to a company press release, “the new 6075 Bumper Mate 2 from Polyvance makes it easy for a repair technician to hold floppy plastic bumper covers solidly in place so repairs can be made most efficiently. One technician can fixture the bumper and do the needed repair work without any additional help, maximizing the shop’s productivity.”
Weighing only 12 pounds, the Bumper Mate 2 is constructed in the USA of a plywood table top and aluminum extrusions. It can be folded open and rested on top of a common folding work stand. The aluminum extension arms support the ends of the bumper and the cutouts in the table top make it easy to secure the bumper cover using spring clamps or bungee cords.
The table can be dropped down with the extension arms resting on the chains to support the bumper in a face-down position so work may be performed on the backside of the bumper easily. The rectangular cutouts in the table top allow for awkwardly shaped headlights to be stabilized as well.
The 6075 Bumper Mate 2 is available from auto body jobbers and equipment distributors around North America. Suggested list price is US$425.00.
Questions? Contact Kurt Lammon at 800-633-3047.