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Old 04-03-2010, 09:49 AM
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* Aerodynamics are for people who cannot build engines. (Enzo
* All I had to do is keep turning left! (George Robson -
Winner of the 1946 Indy 500)
* Anyone can drive a fast car, few can drive a car fast.
* Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the
only real sports...
all the others are games. (Jim Dietz)
* Calling upon my years of experience, I froze at the
controls. (Stirling Moss)
* The cost of racing hasn't increased in 30 years. Back then,
it took everything you had. And it still does.
* Fast cars drag race, fast drivers road race.
* Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes
the fear of death... (Hunter Thompson)
* Friends don't let friends apex early.
* Horsepower has this tendency to break things. If you're not
breaking anything you're not going fast enough.
* I always ask God for blessings of protection on that person
in the car, for blessings of protection on the crew as they're
attending to the car on pit road. And I always ask for peace of
mind for the wife. (Dale Beaver - NASCAR chaplain)
* I don't know driving in another way which isn't risky. Each
one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit
is a little bit further than other's. (Ayrton Senna)
* I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
* I feel safe when I'm on the racetrack, I really do. I know
that I'm surrounded by the best drivers in the world. That's
something you can't say when you're driving down the interstate.
(Sterling Marlin)
* I feel safer on a racetrack than I do on Houston's freeways.
(A. J. Foyt)
* I live my life a quarter mile at a time.
* I was doing fine until about mid-corner when I ran out of
* If I had all the money I'd spent on cars...I'd spend it all
on cars.
* If you can't run with the big dogs, Stay on the porch
* If you're going to lead, then lead.
If you're going to follow, get the hell out of my way!
* In the old days drivers were fat and tires were skinny.
* It has been said that motor racing shares in common with sex
the distinction of being one of the most popular, most maligned
and least understood of human activities.
* It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One
Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down. (Mario
* It is not always possible to be the best, but it is always
possible to improve your own performance. (Jackie Stewart)
* It's basically the same, just darker. (Alan Kulwicki - on
racing Saturday nights as opposed to Sunday afternoons)
* Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting
until about 150.
* Never drive faster then your guardian angel can fly.
* Never run out of real estate, traction and ideas at the same
* The number of laps remaining is always one more than the
amount of fuel left in the car.
* The number of times you get hit in a pileup is directly
proportional to the number of times you said "I think it will go
ok today".
* The older I get, the faster I was.
* On the other side of fear there is freedom!
* Once you've raced, you never forget it...and you never get
over it. (Richard Childress)
* Oversteer is when your *** hits the wall, Understeer is when
your face hits the wall!
* Oversteer scares passengers, understeer scares drivers.
* A part never breaks during a test session, only during a
race. And the part you need will be the one you left at the shop.
* The price for men in motion is the occasional collision...
(Carroll Smith)
* Race car drivers love the fast lane.
* Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become
beautiful when they win. (Enzo Ferrari)
* Racecar drivers love life in the fast lane.
* Racing is living, everything else is just waiting.
* Racing is the process of turning money into noise.
* Racing's less of a sport these days than a commercial break
doing 150 mph. (Peter Dunne)
* Second place is the first loser. (Dennis Anderson)
* The shortest way between two points is a straight
line...what's the fun in that?
* Straights are for fast cars. Turns are for fast drivers.
* A 10-car pileup never happens behind you!
* There's no secret. You just press the accelerator to the
floor and steer left. (Bill Vukovich)
* To achieve anything in this game you must be prepare to
dabble in the boundary of disaster. (Sterling Moss)
* To finish first, first you have to finish
* What sets these - and all - racers apart from less
daredevilish mortals is their complete lack of fear and their joy
of doing something on the edge. They love to speed because it is
dangerous. (Peter Golenback)
* What's behind you doesn't matter. (Enzo Ferrai)
* When I look fast, I'm not smooth and I am going slowly. And
when I look slow, I am smooth and going fast. (Alain Prost)
* When you win a race your on top that day, so take it for
what its worth, have a good time and party, cause the next day
when you get out of bed, the meter goes back to zero again.
(Bobby Allison)
* Winners win races. Champions make it look easy.
* Wrecks are going to happen in this business, that's just a
risk of the sport. If you can't keep from worrying about it, then
you're in the wrong line of work. (Coo Coo Marlin)
* You will never know the feeling of a driver when winning a
race. The helmet hides feelings that cannot be understood.
(Ayrton Senna)
* You win some, you lose some, you wreck some. (Dale

You're a True Race Fan if...

* Every time you gas up, you yell to your spouse to time you.
* Only the driver's side of your windshield gets cleaned.
* The word 'bank' makes you think of turn three at Daytona.
* When you have an accident, the first thing you try to do is
pull off the steering wheel.
* You can remember every NASCAR driver's car number but can't
remember how old your children are.
* You can remember the entire NASCAR series schedule but can't
remember your wife's birthday.
* You consider slower cars in the left lane as 'lapped
* You go to a stock car race and don't need a program
* You know the back way to Talledega.
* You know who is leading the Winston Cup series
* You make engine noises while watching racing on TV.
* You make sure to stay under 55 as you leave the gas pumps.
* You paint a large '3' on the side of your '74 Camaro.
* You paint your motorcycle helmet the same colors of your
favorite driver.
* You plan family vacations around a race date.
* You say "But officer, I wasn't tailgating, I was drafting".
* You spell out NASCAR in Christmas lights
* You think heaven looks a lot like Daytona Beach, Florida
* You think the first car at a stoplight is 'on the pole'.
* You think the last four words of the National Anthem are
"Gentleman start your engines!"
* You think the most effective form of advertising is on the
side of a car going 200 mph.
* You time yourself on your wrist watch when you pull up to a
self serve gas pump.
* You wear a firesuit, racing gloves and helmet just to play
Nascar Racing on the computer.
* Your mechanic tells you to stop referring to him as 'your
crew chief'.
* You've ever written Richard Petty's name on a presidential

You Might Be a Race Drive If...

* Despite of all the time and trouble, you're anxious for the
season to start.
* Everywhere you go, you try to find the fastest line through
the turn.
* More than one racer supply house recognizes your voice and
greets you by name when you call.
* People know you by your class letter, car number, and car
color instead of by name.
* The car gets waxed more often than your floor.
* The police have a picture of your car taped to their
* The tire shop won't honor the tread-life warranty on any car
you've been anywhere near.
* When someone mentions "The Good Book", you think of "The
Auto Math Handbook"
* When you call home, instead of saying "Hi Daddy," your 3
year old asks who has the pole.
* You bought a race car before buying a house.
* You buy cheap tires for your street car, to save money for
your race tires.
* You buy Gatorade by the case.
* You buy new parts because you don't know where you put the
* You came back early from your honeymoon in order to attend
driver's school.
* You can tell it's Friday because the racing papers come in
the mail.
* You can't remember when you last worked on weekdays and
rested on weekends.
* You change your engine oil every other week.
* You complain the seat belts in the family car aren't tight
* You critique the way people wave the flags at a parade.
* You do more catalog shopping than your wife.
* You feel compelled to beat your previous best time when you
go on a trip.
* You feel naked in your street car without a roll bar and a
five point harness.
* You get your first racing tee shirt and you are really
* You have car parts in your cubicle at work.
* You have enough spare parts to build another car.
* You have more pictures of race cars on you desk than of your
* You have more than one roll of duct tape around the house.
* You have racing shops programmed on speed dial.
* You paid more for your race car than for your house.
* You plan your social life around the race schedule.
* You plan your wedding around the race schedule.
* You put all the race car receipts you can under 'Auto Repair
Expense' on your budget.
* You refer to the corner down the street from your house as
'turn One'.
* You remember the details of every race you've been in, but
can't remember your phone number.
* You select pets based on their ability to survive a weekend
* You sit in your race car and make car noises while waiting
for your motor to get back from the shop.
* You stick your arm out the window and raise it straight up
before turning into your driveway.
* You take your helmet along when you buy new glasses.
* You think the last line of the Star Spangled Banner is:
"Racers, start your engines!"
* You used to have money.
* You take care of your car like it's your child, then drive
it like you stole it.
* Your 2-year-old knows the meanings of all the flags.
* Your criteria for selecting a 'significant other' includes
auto repair skills. Air tools are a plus.
* Your daughter was an SCCA member when she was 1 day old.
* Your friends don't recognize you without a helmet and
driver's suit.
* Your garage holds more cars than your house has bedrooms.
* Your bathroom reading material consists of racing supply
catalogs and car magazines, none of which have centerfolds.
* Your wife can never find enough hangers because you've used
all the wire ones as welding rod.
* Your wife decides to become a race official so she'll see
more of you during the season.
* You've started looking for sponsors for your daily commute.
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:40 AM
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"Its allot like soccer; you need allot of speed and *****!" (Eddie Irvine- when asked what he thought of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit)

"I didn't attend Her Majesty's Royal Army; therefore I don't know how to drive a tank!" (Martin Brundle, when asked if he would participate in the IROC race he'd been invited to)
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:04 PM
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Default Jim who?

* Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the
only real sports...
all the others are games. (Jim Dietz)
I'm pretty sure this quote is attributed to Ernest Hemingway
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:48 PM
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"Racing is the process of turning money into noise." And that noise cancels out the noise between my ears...30 minutes at a time....
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Originally Posted by KS-CS View Post
I'm pretty sure this quote is attributed to Ernest Hemingway
I believe your correct.

"Straights are for fast cars. Corners are for fast drivers". (Unknown)

"I **** excellence in the morning". (Ricky Bobby)
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:56 PM
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A quote attributed to Greg Brown from Precision Motor Werks, Anaheim, CA sums it up well, "What part of Porsche Racing did you think is going to be cheap, is it the the Porsche part, or is it the Racing part?"
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It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One
Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down. (Mario
Andretti) .... Made me

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Some Gems in here!
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:18 AM
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Light, cheap, strong. Pick two.
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These need to be immortalized into a Wiki page! Or a sticky note at least.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Kein_Ersatz View Post
These need to be immortalized into a sticky note at least.
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"I lost my clutch right at the start of the race; which as you know makes it kinda hard to downshift..." Martin Brundle after dropping out on lap 17!
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From a former instructor:

"Don't try to impress me, you can't. And don't try to scare me, I'm already scared."
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