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30 THE SHOP FEBRUARY 2017 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Roadster Redefined PERFORMANCE Groot's imagination, so they were cut off and replaced with more discreet roll bars. Interior panels are also sheet aluminum, secured by rivets, or, where appropriate, screws or Dzus fasteners for service access. Even the door hinges are covered by access panels to help keep engine heat out of the foot wells. The sparse interior's one amenity is a lightweight hot rod heater from Vintage Air. The lower body sides, just inboard of the exhaust pipes, as well as the trans- mission tunnel are lined with foam board covered by aerospace film, which in turn is backed by fiberglass cloth. LIKE FLIES TO SUGAR The final blue paintwork was applied in June 2012, and de Groot achieved the "blue crackle" effect on the cam covers by spraying them first with black crackle paint and then spraying blue over that. One month later he debuted the Mazzer at the July 4 Belle Macchine D'Italia con- cours at Mt. Airy Lodge in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania. Sixteen years had passed since the project began. In that time de Groot had raised a family and expanded his business, from its original 1,200 square feet to the 10,000 square feet it occupies today. "We've divided it up so that we do the welding, the machining, the painting— everything that makes things fly through the air—in our older building. Then the newer building stays clean, and that's where we do our mechanical servicing." At any given time, he estimates, "we're usually working on 20 cars." When pressed for more detailed statistics, he merely shrugs. "I don't over-analyze. You can't force cus- tomers to come in. So we do our best on every car, and more cars come in, and so "Mazzer's" radiator lies nearly horizontal. Hot air exhausts through this vent in the engine hood. Collector pipes were custom-fabricated and finished with a silver coating from Jet Hot. Note insulation in lower body. Release button for the one-piece tilting front end is lightweight, simple and all-business. Royal Purple's XPR synthetic motor oil and Max Gear differential oil are specifically formulated to maximize performance and exceed the demands of drag racing and a wide variety of motor sports. Motor State carries the full line of Royal Purple lubricants in our new, state-of-the-art distribution center enabling us to get the parts you need fast. You order, we ship. We make it easy! ROYAL_PURPLE_HALF.indd 1 12/21/16 4:04 PM

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