Race Ramps are lightweight plastic ramps that can be used to safely lift a car off the ground. We first saw them used last July, during the Kohler International Challenge vintage event at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
On Saturday night, due to the growing popularity of the event’s street-car concours, it was necessary to drive low-slung, vintage sports cars over a low curb and down a walkway behind a resort hotel. Race Ramps provided a pair of ramps to help the organizers get the cars over the curb without ruining them.
Several low-to-the-ground cars were entered in the concours and the Race Ramps perfectly accommodated the low front ends. Another advantage with racing cars was that the Race Ramps worked well with tires up to 10 in. wide.
The ramps were so light in weight that when one of the powerful cars spun its rear tires, the ramp went sailing. But their light weight also makes the ramps easier to carry and handle then the heavy metal ramps we used years ago.
Plastic ramps are available everywhere these days, but not all of them are well suited for sports cars and racing cars. The Race Ramps are 8 in. tall, 12 in. wide and 56 in. long, which makes them perfect for such vehicles. At the same time, they are strong enough to hold 1,500 lbs. each. The 10.75 in. incline is perfect and the one-piece polystyrene construction eliminates any assembly steps like bolting on metal cross supports at the corners.
Race Ramps are ideal for enthusiasts. They allow getting under a car quickly, safely and without any frustrating hassles. Constructed in one solid piece, unlike many car ramps, Race Ramps will not slide across your garage floor, dig into your asphalt driveway or scratch your painted floors. They will raise your Corvette 8 in. And you never have to worry about them rusting.
Race Ramps are light in weight, easy to transport and come with straps for easy carrying. You can use the straps to hang them on a wall when done.
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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