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Stairs Chassis

 

Carl Shafer #21 (c/n Stairs) JRS Racing

driver Carl Shafer #21 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Trans-Am - Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

Tulsa, OK - June 1, 1980

Carl Shafer #21 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Trans-Am - Retired early w/ electrical issues

Tulsa, OK - June 1, 1980

Carl Shafer #21 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Trans-Am - Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

Tulsa, OK - June 1, 1980

     

Carl Shafer driver

#21 Stairs-Monza

Carl Schafer was the first to drive the Monza designed and built by Pat Stairs for Jack Sandberg's "Metal Masters" team and 1980 SCCA Trans-Am effort. John R. "Jack" Sandberg was owner of JRS Racing and Metal Masters of Minneapolis, and was a notable Reno airplane racer. Shafer, a noted Camaro driver, only drove the car once at the 1980 Hallett Trans-Am race.

 

In 1981, the car was sold to Dick Kantrud of Minnesota, who raced the Monza in SCCA Trans-Am and Club Racing for the 1981 and 1982 seasons.

 

The Monza was purchased by Marshal Kirkof in 1983, who also club raced in SCCA GT-1 class. Apparently, the car hit the bridge abutment at Brainerd Int'l Raceway and was repaired, then sold to Rick Balderson between 1983 and 1984.

 


 

Second owner - Dick Kantrud #15 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA 7 Up National - Brainerd Int'l Raceway

Brainerd, MN - 1981

(Photo by Jerry Winker)

Dick Kantrud #15 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Trans-Am - Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI - July 24, 1982

(Photo by Stacy Scharch)

Dick Kantrud #15 (c/n Stairs) Pat Stairs on throttle

SCCA Trans-Am - Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI - July 24, 1982

(Photo by Stacy Scharch)

 

 

 

Dick Kantrud #15 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Trans-Am - Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI - July 24, 1982

(Photo by Stacy Scharch)

Third owner Marshall Kirkof #66 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Regional - Brainerd Int'l Raceway

Brainerd, MN  - May 28, 1983

(Photo by Jerry Winker)

Marshall Kirkof #66 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Regional - Brainerd Int'l Raceway

Brainerd, MN  - May 28, 1983

(Photo by Jerry Winker)

 


 

Rick Balderson with #66 Stairs-Monza at SCCA Club Race

Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL in 1987.

In 1983, Rick Balderson purchased the Stairs Monza from Marshall Kirkof after repairs following an accident with an abutment at Brainerd. (May be referring to the underpass on 3.1 mile Donnybrooke course at turn 9.)

 

Rick campaigned his Monza in some 18 regional, divisional and national SCCA races in Florida, between 1985-1989. He also qualified for the 1986 IMSA Camel GT 12 hours of Sebring endurance race with 77 other cars, but had problems starting. See video

 

As of 2012, Balderson's Stairs built Monza has been stored in a warehouse in central Florida since 1989. While it is a "basket case," the restorable car has been in the possession of Art Sierzanga, Rick's crew chief and owner of Corvette Tech, Inc of  Debary, FL.

     

Rick Balderson #66 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Club Race - Daytona Int'l Speedway pit lane

Daytona Beach, FL - 1985

Fourth owner Rick Balderson #66 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Club Race - Daytona Int'l Speedway pit lane

Daytona Beach, FL - 1985

Rick Balderson #66 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Club Race - Daytona Int'l Speedway false grid

Daytona Beach, FL - 1985

     
Specifications

Body:

Fiberglass panels w/ Dzus fasteners, extra body parts and some molds

Chassis:

H-body Monza build by Pat Stairs in 1980, roll cage for SCCA GT-1

Engine:

Chevrolet V-8 small-block, triple disc metallic clutch 180 deg. crossover headers, light weight starter

Fuel system:

32 gallon fuel cell, 2-fuel pump

Lubrication:

Aeroquip lines throughout, Weaver 3-stage oil pump, Patterson oil reservoir

Transmission:

Super T-10, Shafer quick change w/ gears

Suspension:

Penske coilovers, rear Watts linkage

Brakes:

Hurst/Airheart

Wheels:

16" aluminum

 

Advertisement, "Chevy Monza with Trans-Am History"

from Racing JUNK - Dec. 1, 2012

Fourth owner Rick Balderson #66 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Club Race - Daytona Int'l Speedway pit lane

Daytona Beach, FL - 1985

Owner Rick Balderson #69 (c/n Stairs)

Drivers Bill Gardner/John Greene/ Steve Noffke

IMSA Camel GT - 12 Hours of Sebring

Sebring, FL - March 22, 1986

VIDEO of #69 in pits

   

Rick Balderson #66 (c/n Stairs)

engine shown with 180 deg. crossover headers

SCCA Club Race - track unknown

Florida - ca. 1987

 

Rick Balderson #66 (c/n Stairs)

SCCA Club Race - Sebring Int'l Raceway

Sebring, FL - June 13, 1987

 

 

Mike's Monza (c/n Stairs)

Mike Perrotti became proud owner of the Stairs Monza in late 2012. It was purchased from Art Sierzanga, owner of Corvette Tech in Florida. Art was chief mechanic for Rick Balderson, fourth owner of the car. The Perrotti crew has already begun full restoration of the car, which was originally built by Pat Stairs for IMSA and Trans-Am racing. 

More updates to come...

 

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Mounted on rotisserie awaiting sandblasting

New York - December 08, 2012

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Awaiting sandblasting (right side shown)

New York - December 08, 2012

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Awaiting sandblasting (left side)

New York - December 08, 2012

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

 

 

 

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Primer applied (left rear)

New York - December 23, 2012

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Awaiting sandblasting (right rear)

New York - December 08, 2012

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Primer applied (left side)

New York - December 23, 2012

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

 

 

 

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Chassis upside-down and primer applied

New York - December 23, 2012

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Sheet metal work on right rocker & floor panel

New York - January 20, 2013

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Tube frame and engine support

New York - February 18, 2013

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

 

 

 

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Chassis repair work right front corner

New York - February 18, 2013

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Support bracing for instrumentation and steering

New York - February 18, 2013

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Engine fit and front end bracing

New York - April 21, 2013

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

 

 

 

 

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Support framing for front clip and radiator

New York - April 21, 2013

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

Mike Perrotti (c/n Stairs) Monza

Right door opening showing exhaust runner and chute

New York - April 21, 2013

(Photo by Mike Perrotti)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of the Stairs Chassis

 

Owner

Driver

Date

Livery

1.

Jack Sandberg (MN)

Carl Shafer

1980

#21 red/yellow

2.

Dick Kantrud (MN)

Dick Kantrud

1981-82

#15 yellow/blue

3.

Marshall Kirkof (MN)

Marshall Kirkof

1983

#61 red

4.

Rick Balderson (FL)

Rick Balderson*

1983-1989

#69 white, white/orange

4.

Art Sierzanga (FL)

(stored indoors)

1989-2012

-

5.

Mike Perrotti (NY)

(restoration)

2012- present

-

 *  Co-drivers for Rick Balderson at 1986 Sebring 12 hr; Bill Gardner, John Greene and Steve Noffke

 

 

 

 

Results - Stairs Chassis

1980 Chevrolet Monza

 

Date

Race

No.

Chassis

Driver(s)

Result

Jun 01, 1980

SCCA Trans-Am Hallett 100

21

c/n Stairs

Carl Shafer

23rd

Jul 05, 1980

SCCA Trans-Am Watkins Glen

61

c/n Stairs

Carl Shafer

DNS

         

           1981

SCCA 7-UP Nat'l Brainerd

15

c/n Stairs

Dick Kantrud

 

Jul 24, 1982

SCCA Trans-Am Road Amer

15

c/n Stairs

Dick Kantrud

38th

Aug 08, 1982

SCCA Trans-Am Brainerd

15

c/n Stairs

Dick Kantrud

DNS

         

May 28, 1983

SCCA Regional Brainerd

66

c/n Stairs

Marshal Kirkof

-

         

Aug 17, 1985

SCCA National Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

-

Sep 22, 1985

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

-

         

Mar 22, 1986

IMSA GT Sebring 12 hr*

69

c/n Stairs

Garder/Greene/Noffke

DNF

Sep 14, 1986

SCCA Divisional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

3rd

Oct 29, 1986

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

3rd

         

Mar 07, 1987

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

3rd

May 09, 1987

SCCA Divisional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

2nd

Jun 13, 1987

SCCA Regional Sebring

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

-

Jul 25, 1987

SCCA Regional Moroso

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

-

Sep 12, 1987

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

1st

Sep 13, 1987

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

1st

Oct 03, 1987

SCCA Regional Moroso

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

1st

         

May 07, 1988

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

1st

May 08, 1988

SCCA Divisional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

1st

Jun 25, 1988

SCCA Regional Moroso

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

4th

Jul 09, 1988

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

8th

Aug 18, 1988

SCCA National Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

2:04:43

Sep 03, 1988

SCCA Regional Moroso

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

-

Oct 01, 1988

SCCA Regional Moroso

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

7th

         

Jun 11, 1989

SCCA Regional Daytona

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

5th

Jul 08, 1989

SCCA Regional Sebring

66

c/n Stairs

Rick Balderson

-