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The Best Balaclava

The Best Balaclava

The humble balaclava is a simple device, kind of like a fire-resistant sock for your head that doubles as a protector of your helmet lining.

By Bradley Iger | December 11, 2020
The Best Low-Cost Helmet For Road Racing

We talk to track day/HPDE enthusiasts and sports car racers every day who are looking for a great helmet at a price that won't break the bank.

By Bradley Iger | January 23, 2020
The Greatest Value for the Lowest Price?

The best gloves to save some money.

By Bradley Iger | June 30, 2021

Driver Gear

The Best Head and Neck Restraint Systems

In road racing, all sanctioning bodies require you to wear a head and neck restraint (HNR device). While the details may seem a bit gruesome, the reasoning should be enough to convince you that HNR devices are a great invention. If you think about it, your torso is strapped into the car. If you and hit a barrier or another car, your car will stop – potentially very quickly.

By Bradley Iger | October 08, 2020
The Best Quick Release Hubs

Choosing a good quick release hub is important not only because it needs to function as precise as a fixed steering wheel while driving, but also because it needs to provide the ability to get you out of the car quickly and easily in an emergency situation. Here are our picks for the best quick-release hubs available, and what sets them apart from the rest.

By Winding Road Staff | October 01, 2020
Five Reasons The SmartyCam Is The Best Video Camera For Racing

Our favorite video camera for racing is the AiM SmartyCam GP HD 2.2. From Winding Road Racing crew, to pro and amateur drivers, pretty everyone agrees that the SmartyCam is a great solution.

By Winding Road Staff | September 09, 2020
The Best Gear To Organize Your Race Trailer

As the first wave of cool, fall air hits many parts of the country, you might think of planning some off-season upgrades to your towing rig.

By Winding Road Staff | September 03, 2020
Five Of The Best Auto Racing Steering Wheels

One of the most crucial aspects of the race car is its steering wheel… yes we realized this is very much a “duh” statement.

By Winding Road Staff | August 29, 2020
The Best Racing Harnesses For Every Occasion

While safety is the primary function of a racing harness, there’s a number of other considerations when choosing one for your requirements, like the type of motorsport competition you’ll be using it in, its ease of use, and your budget. Here are our picks for the best harnesses of 2019.

By Winding Road Staff | August 20, 2020
Bundles of On-Track Joy: The Midas Touch Bundle

We take a lot of pride in putting together our various bundles. Customers can select various groupings of products, learn about each product in one listing, easily put it all together in one order, and end up saving a significant amount of money.

By Winding Road Staff | August 13, 2020
Racing Gloves – The Best Of The Cheapest!

We should quickly note that when we say “cheapest”, we by no means mean cheap in terms of quality, that’s really just to grab folks’ attention. These gloves are great for their price-points, hold up well, are SFI and/or FIA-rated, and all have internal stitching.

By Winding Road Staff | August 11, 2020
The Best Gear For HPDE and Track Days

When we are trackside for High Performance Driver Education or track day events, we often find that participants don’t have all the items they need. When you stop to think about it, it isn’t a big surprise that race track operation puts stresses on the driver and the car that street driving doesn’t. To help with this, here is our collection of the best gear for HPDE events or track days.

By Winding Road Staff | March 12, 2020
Buyer’s Guide: Helmets

For all kinds of motorsport, even something as simple as autocross, a helmet is a necessary part of a driver’s gear. There are a lot of options out there, and trying to choose the right helmet can be tricky, especially with the cost involved. There are many factors to keep in mind when making the purchase, including but not limited to budget, brand, safety certification, fit, shelf life, and, of course, what sort of racing you’ll be using it for.

By Bradley Iger | March 05, 2020
The Best Low-Cost Helmet For Road Racing

We talk to track day/HPDE enthusiasts and sports car racers every day who are looking for a great helmet at a price that won’t break the bank.

By Shawn Stout | January 23, 2020
WRR Can Create Your Dream Build: Gallery Of Race And Performance Cars

Winding Road Racing builds race cars and tunes performance cars that can encompass anything from a mild track setup, harness install, or AIM data system installation, to a full Spec MX-5, Spec E46, or even Elan NP01 build.

By Winding Road Staff | January 09, 2020
Race Communications: Analog vs. Digital Radio

The shift to digital radio from analog has increased over the last five years within most industries. From varying price points and the distinction in sound quality, both technologies have significant differences beyond just their signal types.

By Jeff Sexton | November 21, 2019
Race Communications: Complete Racing Radio Kits

This is the second installment in our racing communications series. Next up: complete racing radio communications kits. These kits offer everything you and your crew will need at the track.

By Luciana D'Andretta | November 21, 2019
The Best Kill Switch

The dFuser kill switch is costly, but has several advantages.

By Winding Road Staff | November 14, 2019
The Best Road Racing Glove: Sparco Tide RG-9

The best racing glove is the one that fits you. But if you’re interested in Winding Road Racing’s pick for the best auto racing glove for 2017, check out the Sparco Tide RG-9.

By Luciana D'Andretta | November 14, 2019
New Product: Griot’s Garage Detailing Products

We’re happy to announce that we’ve upped our selection of detailing products! Griot’s started in 1990 and has built up a strong catalog of high-quality products ever since.

By Winding Road Staff | October 10, 2019
Street Car Harness Buyer’s Guide

After publishing our recent Best Racing Harnesses article we were asked about harness options for daily driven street cars that are being equipped for track use. Vehicles which serve a dual purpose as both a track day car and a means of every day transportation have significantly different requirements than vehicles built specifically for racing. With that in mind, below are some considerations when selecting harnesses for your street car.

By Winding Road Staff | September 12, 2019
One Of The Best Values In Gloves And Shoes: OMP Tecnica EVO

At Winding Road Racing, we often get asked which shoes and gloves are great values for their prices; which models punch above their weight and are noticeably nicer than products just a tad cheaper.

By Winding Road Staff | August 29, 2019
Gear Spotlight: Sparco EVO QRT And EVO II QRT

The Sparco EVO QRT and EVO II QRT are FIA-rated and based on the popular previous-generation EVO/EVO II/EVO II US seat, but with a couple of major improvements to better accommodate more drivers, save weight, and enhance comfort.

By Winding Road Staff | August 15, 2019
Fire Suppression: Don’t Use A Fire Bottle

Fire suppression is a crucial aspect of wheel-to-wheel racing that should not be taken lightly. All club-racing-and-higher classes require some sort of system that can be activated by driver or safety crew and spray an ample amount of material into both sides of the firewall.

By Winding Road Staff | August 08, 2019

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