There's probably a
saying in life, " work hard, live well and play harder". Robert Green executes
We met Robert about a
year ago and all he wanted was a simple inspection and minor repairs
based on our findings. He delivered his car to us personally and
waited patiently while we carefully reported the findings. After a
few repairs and upgrades, Robert received his mid-level tuned Noble and
happily went on his way.
Robert is a very well respected member of Nobleforums.com. During his
query of converting his Noble to a full race car, he was met with an
on-slot of opinions that did not mesh well with Robert's beliefs.
Understandably, he was converting a super rare, 220 in the U.S. only,
never to be made again Exotic Car into a race car where anything can
He and the owner of
TurboHoses, Hoover Chan, had a few discussions about racing in ITE
(Improved Touring). We think Hoover was making sure that Robert
wasn't on any type of medication and has seen his psychiatrist before
his final decision was made. A strong relationship was forged and
the journey began to make Robert's dream come true; owning a REAL race
TurboHoses has a huge
reputation in the Noble world. However, building a Noble into a purpose
built race car was still some what experimental. Hoover explained
that tracking and racing are very different, and making a car that can
endure the punishment of racing is a completely different type of
engineering. Robert trusted the TurboHoses Team and commenced them
to move forward.
During the course of the
build, hundreds of emails, pics. were exchanged daily/weekly/monthly. Robert
was kept informed by a blog site (http://robertm400.blogspot.com/).
This was very useful as visual aid in discussions pertaining to the
build. Videos were even posted when pictures and text were not enough.
Robert gladly admits that he drives cars, not builds them and Hoover was
glad to explain to him anything he did not understand thoroughly.
Hence, 100's of emails and pics.
Building a car that was
already assembled can have drawbacks. The shop takes a risk that
something in the past will come forth in the present and/or future.
In the racing world, you have to be prepared for the worst.
Robert's drivetrain were a base level and not meant for racing.
At a shake out at Fontana, the gremlin of low compression in a few
cylinders finally came to surface and ended the day. At another
event, his transmission gave way, then finally, the clutch failed. Robert believes that now is the time to fix/upgrade
everything that should have been done a long time ago, so he was happy
in an "evil" way.
During the winter
season, the fabricators and technicians put forth their effort to
build the ultimate track Noble. Hundreds of hours were spent
researching, building, proto-typing and testing the latest and greatest
innovations of the racing industry. One-off products and
procedures were integrated into build. The main idea was to
take the knowledge from TurboHoses own Noble Track Car and use it
to transform Robert's Noble to a full "race" car. The basis was set
and now it's time for the next level.
Robert is quite an
experienced driver, he denies it, but he's pretty good. At the
track TurboHoses driver's and technicians watch the performance of the
driver as much as the car. Often, drivers are not aware of the
internal workings of the components and what stresses them. It's
important that they drive within the limits of the components and use
proper technique to not overload components.
Robert has been an
amazing customer and friend. He has told us that although he loves driving,
he loves the build process. He has been a very patient customer through
frustrating times, but once he sees even a simple new part, it really
makes his day. It's amazing to see an oil catch can brighten
up his day, really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 2010 will be the
testing month of Robert's new race car. We wish Robert the best in
life and the best in racing. He is one man that has climbed tall
See you at the Track!!!!