Thank you robK - the voice of reason in this conversation.
Originally Posted by robk
This is one of the things that killed foam sedans. Parma sold their Alfa bodies in .020" lexan. They worked fine on all cars, including mod cars. So much so, that it was pretty much standard you had to run that thickness of body. This began the spate of body tucks with any type of contact or improper wheel well trimming.
The bodies can rip but they actually take contact better since they are so flexible. I saw somebody turn one completely inside out, and back again, no harm
I took photos of the 50 gal. garbage cans overflowing with one-color ultra liteweight Alfa bodies at a few big sedan races - back in that era. They were one-run, two-run or three-run bodies. The average racer was extremely lucky to get a full weekend out of an Alfa XLW body. Half the race winners were determined by who had the least number of body tucks. Turn marshals hated them because they were damaging the bodies by accidentally distorting them while marshalling. Painters didn't want to touch these bodies because their razor blades would either go through the lexan or accidentally leave a score line that would ultimately tear through or cause a fold.
Guys were adding body mounts and extra supports, and loading on the shoo-goo thereby negating half of the weight savings - and adding more work at the same time.
I wanted nothing to do with them. They were helping to kill some classes that were already in serious decline at the time. It took a while, but eventually sound minds prevailed.
WE @ PROTOform value our customers and respect the hard-earned dollars they invest in the hobby they love. Desperate companies do desparate things - and the cycle seems to constantly repeat itself.
Best regards - Dale Epp - PROTOform