At oppo’s request, I threw on the race wheels and took a picture of the whole livery while the car was up on jack stands to do other stuff on Monday. The hood latch was removed, some wiring for the front lights was tidied up and secured, and some no longer needed ballast was removed in the form of the factory front tie downs and the horns.
Being under there also let me confirm the best news of the day: My transponder appears to still work. This saves some money, especially since AMB went and got greedy while I was out of the game.
It used to be that you bought a transponder, mounted it up and used until it either no longer worked when the batteries wore out on the rechargeable model or the direct power model got crunched in a crash. AMB made a good transponder that was durable and usually a one-time expense of around $325 when I bought mine in the early 2000's (after borrowing and nearly crunching a rechargeable one for a season, I coughed up the money for one of my own). They largely cornered the market for timing in amateur and all but the highest levels of pro racing, and most sanctioning bodies adopted them to the point that there are no longer other alternatives on the market. Then they got greedy.
Now AMB (now called mylaps) operates on a subscription model where you buy the current model X2 transponder AND you have to buy an annual subscription for your transponder to be recognized by the track’s now networked equipment. It appears to be about $200 for a transponder and about $100 a year for the subscription. This is horse shit, but fortunately the old models are still recognized by the system for a long they still work. This has caused the old transX260 models like mine to now sell for$400-500 used. This is the only part of my racecar that has ever appreciated. Otherwise it is just the shiny red place where money disappears to.