Most racecars don’t have license plates. Some racecars don’t even have headlights or fenders. This means that to get the racecar from the garage — where you spent hundreds of hours fine-tuning it — to the racetrack, you need a trailer. Most drivers spend every last penny they have, and borrow pennies they don’t have, to make their racecars fast, which means tow vehicles and trailers are often a lower priority.
The result is often a beautiful racecar being dragged along the highway on top of a rusty car trailer, with one taillight and four tires with cracked sidewalls. Sure this setup will get the car to the track, most of the time, but the deal you scored on Craigslist.com may be more of a hassle than you bargained for. You may want to spend some cash and upgrade to an enclosed car trailer for one simple reason: you can store a ton of stuff inside, and you can lock it.
We all have parked our open-car rigs and pickup truck full of tools at the gas station and gone inside for a much needed bathroom break. The whole time you’re in the commode, you are thinking, “I hope my tools are all right.” I know some guys who have driven 18 hours straight to a race and skipped staying at a hotel for some rest because they didn’t want to leave their open car trailer — and car without windows or keys to start — sitting exposed in a hotel parking lot all night. I also know guys who have fallen asleep while towing trailers. Not good.
An enclosed car trailer means you can get some rest. But you don’t have to drop $14,000, an amount that surpasses the price of many NASA racecars. You can pick up a new enclosed trailer for less than half that. But with half the money, you get half the options. The interior is where you will really see the difference between high-end pricey Pace American car trailer versus a no-option but easy-on-the-wallet version like a Load-Runner. I found with a little ingenuity, some sweat equity and a few trips to Orchard Supply Hardware, you can make the inside of your bargain trailer look so good, Roger Penske himself could stand it.
Okay, maybe that was pushing it a bit. When was the last time Penske stood in a 24’ single-car, two axle trailer? 1958, maybe? Regardless, check out the photos and the captions to get some simple tips to turn your plain-Jane trailer into something that works well for your racing effort.