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Shop Tour: Inside Colt Dellandrea’s Race Shop


(8/28/2012)

Garage… man-cave… race shop…male crisis-center… No matter what you call the space where people work on their toys, it’s as much a part of these sports as the places we ride.

Below is the race shop of Team Arctic’s Colt Dellandrea.

Located in Kincardine, Ontario, Colt’s shop serves as ground-zero for an oval racing effort aimed at the Champ 440 class in the Eastern Pro Tour.

Like all dedicated racers, Colt (and his dad) spend untold hours in their shop, building and prepping his sled and equipment. In fact, since he’s still recovering from a broken femur (the result of an ATV crash in 2011), Colt spends WAY MORE time in the shop than he’d probably prefer.

The good news is that his sled should be dialed and he’ll likely get the green flag from the doctor to start racing again this season.

Without further adieu, here’s Colt’s shop and his own descriptions of it:

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Here’s the view of our shop from the outside/front. That’s the whole thing! It’s not big by any means… 10.5 x 21 feet to be exact.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

The end/front view of the shop, just to get an idea of its size.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Our driveway is occupied by our trailers.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

This is the race trailer.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Inside the shop. Notice the idler wheel “fresh off the mill.”

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Here’s another shot of the mill, which we bought this spring along with a lathe. Both have been getting A LOT of use helping to fabricate parts and shaving weight of current parts.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Do a 180-degree turn from the mill and this is what you see.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Another shot from the back of the shop.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

As you can see from this shot, the race sled is coming together with the front suspension now on (sporting a fresh powder-coating). When this pic was taken the rear suspension was out, while other parts that were sitting on the red tool box were ready to go back on the sled.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

Check out the new color scheme!

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

This is the workstation on side wall of the shop.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

ArcticInsider made its way onto the beer fridge in the shop. And of course the shop is equipped with satellite TV.

 

Inside Colt Dellandrea's Team Arctic Cat race shop

This is me and my dad Wayne (on the left). We do all the fabrication, sled setup and preparation.

Thanks for checking out our shop. Wish us luck this season!



Comments (5):

snotcicles says:
8/28/2012 10:01:00 AM

Looks Great! When you're as well organized and well equipped as it shows in that shop, it doesn't need to be huge to get 'er done. Now what's under the towel? Just kiddin, good luck this year.
John Zanon says:
8/28/2012 12:32:00 PM

Good luck this season!
I can't believe how many studs are in the track...must take a week to put them in!
Gary Lauzon says:
9/4/2012 4:41:00 PM

It's not the size that matters (shop) it's how you use it. Looks like you guys are loaded for bear again this year. Go get 'em Colt, have fun and I'm sure you will be making several trips to the winners circle.

Best wishes
Gary
Phil Molto says:
9/7/2012 8:06:00 PM

Who wouldn't want to spend a Saturday afternoon in that place?
Adam Smith says:
9/12/2012 10:34:00 PM

You guys have always done a great job with the space you have you've always impressed me with your set up. Many hours spent in the shop with you Colt. Wishing yous all the best this season I know you've put the time and dedication in I know your ready for it. Well deserved reconition. Congrats guys all the best for 2012/2013

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