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Old 02-16-2016, 03:36 PM   #31
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I never wore a suit until I started racing Chump and Lemons. Now I own one so why not wear it? Same with my shoes and gloves. Plus when I get back in a racecar I'm already totally comfortable in my gear.
THIS.

Its rare when I don't wear my suit, gloves, socks, R3 H&N, etc. but I usually skip the nomex underwear.
I had it when I raced, and I run a 40+ year old carburetor car.

but I still wear it in the customer water cooled cars. just habit.

The reason is I worked flags for 10+ years, and put out a few fires. Some I couldn't put out. (fuel fires)...

I also have a fire system, and a small bottle on the cage. Fire scares me, as it should.


-take a look at Dale Jr's crash /fire at Infineon. it wasn't that big of a Off, until the fuel hit the header...

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Old 02-16-2016, 03:57 PM   #32
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I use suit, shoes, gloves and HANS at all DE events. Compared to the cost of a car it's a minor price to pay. This Sunday at Thunderhill an E30 ended up on it's roof with a newbie driver and a coach. I would rather be fully covered while hanging upside down....
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:38 PM   #33
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Speaking of E30s and fires, this video comes to mind:




or this link
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:41 PM   #34
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Not sure if Ferrari is a good exemplar
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Some club events require them. Ferrari for one example.
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Old 02-16-2016, 04:42 PM   #35
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Wear a nice lightweight suit and be safe. Only thing that makes you look like a douche is plastering it with racing patches (if you don't race) or an "Instructor" patch if you don't instruct... i've seen both more than once i'm afraid.
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Old 02-16-2016, 05:33 PM   #36
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I wear a suit to DE event because in my old crapbox bmw, no one thinks you are a douche even if you have a full suit on. If I was driving my 996tt, DOUCHE CITY!
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:15 PM   #37
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Some club events require them. Ferrari for one example.
Umm, yes, but FCA's requirement has less to do with safety and much more to do with looking pretty in red.
Just saying.
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:20 PM   #38
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Default Wear it if you have it!

I wear my full compliment of safety gear at DEs almost always.
I figure that I have made the investment in it already, wouldn't it be sort of stupid of me not to use it whenever possible?
Stuff happens at the track... I would not want anyone to be placed in the position of explaining to my wife why I was not wearing my gear after something bad happened.
I think most people in the instructor groups where I run also use their gear most of the time. Just because someone lets you choose not to use your safety gear doesn't mean it's a good idea to leave your stuff hanging in the trailer...
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:46 PM   #39
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If you see me at a DE without my race suit on I am being stupid and lazy. Fire doesn't know it is only practice. Fire doesn't know it is a really hot summer day.

Get a coolshirt (preferably from Traqgear ), a helmet with forced air, and wear your race suit whenever you are on track.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:05 PM   #40
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So funny to see the douche comments. I do not know anyone that makes fun or thinks negatively of anyone driving with appropriate safety equipment at ANY level. Even in the Northeast I have yet to hear a single derogatory comment about someone being smart.

The only time I see negative comments are when people have tricked out cars, cannot drive, and are total arrogant nasty ****** in their comments to other drives. Oh, and the Connecitijerk PCA member that needs 6 spots for himself.
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The only time I see negative comments are when people have tricked out cars, cannot drive, and are total arrogant nasty ****** in their comments to other drives. Oh, and the Connecitijerk PCA member that needs 6 spots for himself.
Maybe you could be more specific... ?
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:00 PM   #42
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For DE and member days I wear a military surplus nomex flight suit. Lightweight, inexpensive, and very cool of the summer. I never wear my race suit. Because not racing.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:57 PM   #43
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Got burned in my SCCA days, oil line thru cockpit broke. Minor burn, forearm thru two layers of Nomex. Never been in so much pain. Can't imagine how bad it would have been without the suit.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:11 PM   #44
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Sometimes it's hot and I'm tempted not to. Then I remember how dumb I'm going to feel if I get burned while my suit was sitting in the truck.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:36 PM   #45
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One option if you want some semi-street looking Nomex clothing is here:

http://www.bulwarkonline.com/c-63-no...aspx?pagenum=2
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