About

Hello and welcome to Automotive Thinker!

I created this site so that I could share my thoughts with anyone who thinks like me; that is, thinks about cars and automotive technology all of the time. With this site, I hope to add upon and to expand my thinking in anything car related and I hope to do the same for you. I will mostly be writing about topics that concern high performance and racing, but not just limited to that. I will share my experiences, but am also very happy to scrutinize anything that’s suggested so don’t hesitate to contact me.

I hope that you will enjoy my site and we can learn from each other. Don’t be a stranger, and happy thinking!

About Me: John Milmont

Even though I hold a degree in business from Northern Illinois University, I have been passionate about cars and racing for longer than I can remember and have always tried to be as well read as I could on the subject. I have been club racing on and off for around 15 years with various clubs around the Chicago area; and like any grass roots racer, I have always done my own work and fabrication. I am educated and have experience on virtually every machine found in a typical machine shop. I have setup, trouble shot, and programmed CNC equipment, worked in fiber reinforced plastics, and can also lay down a good weld on anything that’s weldable. I have also had the honor of being on my university’s Formula SAE team when it ran its most successful year in 2007, finishing 19th out of 100+ schools worldwide.

These days, other than my day job, I find myself tinkering on a race car that my brother and I share. The car, now amazingly considered a classic, is a 1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350. The car is fully caged a set up for road course duty. The car always seems to be in a constant state of development and I struggle to think of anything on the car that’s from the factory other than the paint.

Contacting Me:

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6 Comments to "About"

  1. Rodney Cibura's Gravatar Rodney Cibura
    March 1, 2017 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I have a BMW 135i. I came across this website because of the 50/50 weight distribution article. I track my car frequently and have made a number of modifications, big front brakes, semi slicks, coil overs, front sway bar, some hp increase etc. I’m considering weight loss options where I can probably achieve 40 – 80kg additional weight loss at reasonable cost. The problem is the majority of this weight loss is from the rear. A 10kg weight bar BMW places in the rear bumper and a lightweight battery , rear seat removal. If you are faced with a.decision of less total weight and forward weight bias, or more equal weight bias and more total mass, would you always opt for less total mass and try and compensate the weight bias with tyre and suspension adjustment? Thanks.

  2. gabriel espiritu's Gravatar gabriel espiritu
    April 13, 2017 - 1:42 am | Permalink

    hi man i appreciate your article here about the carbon fiber repair can you email me for more detailed instruction i really need help please reply asap

  3. Mark Lupher's Gravatar Mark Lupher
    October 7, 2017 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi John. I love the articles and I’m taking the rear bias weight distribution to heart (and somewhat to the extreme), and have a related question for you. I’m rebuilding a Volvo P1800 as an electric autocross car. Of necessity most of the batteries and therefore weight will be behind the driver. I am trying to keep it as low as possible, but I am running into a dilemma, some of the batteries (Tesla packs) will need to either be placed above the rear axle and higher than I would like, or behind the rear axle but low and even with the differential. So my weight question is this: What would give better handling characteristics, a cg that is higher but more centered or a cg that was lower but more rearward?

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