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Author Topic:   Hittin the wall
dirtracer7
Member
posted March 14, 2003 01:46 PM
If you know your going into the wall near head on is there any position you could try to be in other than sitting in the stands watching?


Big Bear
Member
posted March 14, 2003 02:08 PM
I suggest the FETAL position. Might as well go out like you came in!? Jimmy Johnson said after hitting the turn 1 wall at Watkins Glen during an ARCA race That Dale Earnhardt had told him to grip the bottom of the wheel and hunker down in the seat aka the turtle position haven't had the chance to try it out and it's not at the top of my TO-DO list either I might add. but if you feel the need to try it out please post your results. LOL

BRAKES are for P***ys
Big Bear

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dirtracer7
Member
posted March 14, 2003 02:21 PM
Big Bear this isn't something I want to try its just where I run theres some dumba--es that use there head for something to hold the helmet not something to use for thought process.But I would think every track has people that drive past there or there cars capability, we have a boy that likes to use every body else as part of the turn ,turns better when you bounce off somebody else in the turn if I bounce some knucles off his jaw then there going to bounce me out of the track

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outlawstock17
Member
posted March 14, 2003 04:18 PM
yeah, it's called "sucking it up". if you see it coming and you can't stop it, grip the wheel and pull your knees up to keep your feet from getting messed up in the pedals.

if it's gonna be a real hard lick, you might want to close your eyes and grimace like you're taking a big constipated dump. it will help keep you from getting a detached retina. have your wife take your suit to the cleaners afterwards. it's embarrassing when the guy at the cleaners can tell that you wrecked, lol.

Big Bear
Member
posted March 14, 2003 04:25 PM
dirtracer7. I was being a smart*ss don't be mad. but suckin it up is the way to go

Big Bear

teamstertom
Member
posted March 14, 2003 05:14 PM
There are a couple of ways to look at this topic.
When you brace your self for a blow like hitting the wall,you make your self rigid,hanging on for dear life. Gripping the wheel so hard,your fingers come embedded in the wheel.Being rigid could be a bad thing since something has to give on impact. It's the sudden shock load that is carried thru out the car that has to end up somewhere,your body is the weakest link.
Now when you have a couple of Buds or Miller Lites,and you fall down drunk,most likely you get back up with light damage on your body because you didn't brace your self for the fall. Maybe being a bit limber can be a good thing.
Each impact has different levels of impact or shock. The best thing I can add is wear a correct helment,spend some extra time on mounting the seat and belts. Make sure the belts ride correctly on your body when in the seat. Just do not mount them anywhere because it was the easy thing to do. Neck Brace...A MUST! Guys who do not race with a window net...YOUR CRAZY! Just because the rules do not say you must have one,be a leader in safety and get one. Some tracks now require arm restraints...even in street stock classes.
What blows my mind are areas of safety around the seat area that could have a large impact of hurting you in a wreck.Racing is suppose to be fun...not deadly.


neil rucker
Member
posted March 14, 2003 05:39 PM
teamstertom said it all.


Flatlander
Member
posted March 14, 2003 06:46 PM
Not mad Big Bear we had about 5 big pile ups last year because of people not thinking on the track.Cars flippin people runin into the wall just trying to prepare myself for the unexpected lol.Youall have some good ideas belts are 45 at the waste and 1-2 below the shoulder.I guess the best thing is to do as flatlander say and try to angle it on impact.


Donnie Ross
Member
posted March 15, 2003 08:10 PM
ifyou Know your going to hit and can't do anything about itlet go of the wheel and grab your shoulder straps might prevent broken thumbs(note this is a last resort after all else fails or so i've been told,never actually had time to do this myself as the idiot ussually gives no warning)


PEDDLER
Member
posted March 16, 2003 08:16 AM
Roof flap and ejection seat...LOL


WesternAuto17
Member
posted March 17, 2003 11:53 AM
As a race car driver and an idiot demolition derby driver, the best thing I can say is RELAX. That's a lot easier said than done, but the worst hits in a demo car are the head-ons that you see coming. You really don't want to tense up.

Also, make sure you have a collapsable steering column or some weak link in the steering column. It seems to me that a quickener would serve this purpose. The point is that when all you have is a steel rod off the steering box, if you hit the wall real hard with the left corner (admitted unlikely, but anything is possible), the wheel will have nowhere to go but in your chest.


odb93
Member
posted March 17, 2003 03:30 PM
westernauto and slam shifter are right.if you want to "learn how to crash"lol ,run a couple demo derbies.


dirtracer50
Member
posted March 17, 2003 09:58 PM
The thumbs outside the steering wheel is a really good idea. I took a hard hit and got my thumb caught in wheel. It hurt for weeks. I won't even drive on the street with my thumbs inside the wheel any more.


outlawstock17
Member
posted March 17, 2003 10:15 PM
there is a special steering wheel available that is a solid disk. you can't get your thumbs inside of the spokes when there aren't any.


WesternAuto17
Member
posted March 18, 2003 11:29 AM
Wow, closet demo drivers are coming out of the woodwork on this topic.


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