The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
12/8/20 9:35 a.m.

The paddock at the Monterey Historics always contains a staggering display of the finest vintage racing machinery ever built. The sheer number of jaw-dropping race cars inspires awe in those who stroll through the pits. But as these beasts gargle and spit from gleaming rows of carburetors and release healthy blats from gloriously unmuffled exhausts, you begin to realize that they aren’t the easiest creatures to keep running. 

It is then that you begin to notice the drivers and mechanics running around, struggling to keep the classics from missing their track sessions. Despite deep pockets and scores of ace mechanics, many of these mega-dollar machines regularly miss sessions. Some are sidelined by a simple lack of spares—usually parts that could have been purchased for just a few bucks.

During the Monterey historic races, we talked with Weber carburetor guru Mike Pierce of Pierce Manifolds as he ran between paddock spaces while chasing parts and problems for his friends and customers. “You’d be amazed at how many of these million-dollar cars are having problems that could be solved with less than a hundred-dollar bill,” he says.

Mike has a few recommended track-side spares for anyone running Webers—although even those running Webers on the street should have these parts close at hand, too. These parts are in addition to the tools needed to work on the carburetors, which usually include a small standard screwdriver and a 9 or 13 mm wrench. 

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