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A few years ago, some enterprising One Lapper that was short on lebensraum and/or tool space sourced a small trailer and a hitch for their racecar. The next year, what was a mere curiosity became a major piece of pit gear overnight, quickly evolving into a game of 'one-upsmanship,' a common theme among gearheads. What started out with basic little U-Haul types and little flat-bed steel-frames begat a full-blow trailer war, with One Lappers showing up with custom trailers painted to match their racecars, rigs capable of hauling bicycles for track recon laps and trundling about the paddock, etc. A few years ago, a particularly quick early 90's Ford Thunderbird sported a 'mini-me' version of itself in tow, with South Park figures at the helm. Though some of the rental trailers post warnings about traveling above 55 mph, we have it on good authority that the little load luggers 'remain rock solid right up until around 110 mph... that's when things start to get a little spooky.'

This year, trailers are once again out in force, with setups attached to everything from Truck/SUV class entrants to bespoke hitches and trailers on the backs of Vipers, 911s, and even that Ultralite Lotus Seven knockoff, making for an odd scene for passers-by on America's roads. Some have built-in tool racks, while we've even spotted a rig with a wireless Internet workstation and vehicle diagnostic equipment. In years past, a 1960's Corvette GS even had a sizeable auxiliary fuel tank with some aircraft-grade hoses running to the racecar itself.

This year's selections have become a little tamer, but trailers remain a major component of One Lap paddock life, enabling a large amount of tools, parts and detritus to be shuttled around the country, and we thought you'd like a quick peak at some of this year's entrants.

Click through to the jump, and enjoy.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      I've got one of the Let's Go Aero trailers (pictured behind what looks like a green Corvette) and quite like it. Someone ran in the 2004 One Lap as well, even modified it to match their WRX. http://www.letsgoaero.com/WhatsNew.asp
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can that guy plug his sponsors or what!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Pfft. Wusses. I did One Lap 10 years ago in an Eclipse. Trailers? We don't need no stinkin' trailers!
      • 9 Years Ago
      #2 I agree! Back in the day, we were not allowed to have trailors if I remember correctly. (1995- 1997 lap dog)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like that lead picture, isn't that a race Beetle equipped with a VR6? If so, cool cool cool!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder, if there are any rules regarding Trailer Size, weight or what you can carry?
      There are so many advantages & Disadvantages to this?
      • 9 Years Ago
      #1 no rules on trailer size, the bigger the trailer the more gas you consume on the transit routes and the more mechanical wear and potential chance for mechanical breakage. Also if something happens to the trailer, wheel bearing, trailer tire blows you have to figure out how to fix it or leave the trailer behind.

      In the past Ron Addee noticed excessive inner rear tire wear on his Viper from the extra weight of the tools/gear, so most teams have gone to small trailers take weight off the rear axle.

      #3 -- the beatle was a TDI, but was converted to a twin-turbo vr6 with AWD... See owner's video interview:
      http://www.lake-effect-racing.com/onelap/2006/day03/video/beetlemidamericacompletelap.wmv
      • 9 Years Ago
      Picture #3 bothers me. Is that a girly guy or a manly girl?