[V8Vairs] Drag Strip Class?
larry at 3kittys.com
Tue Dec 16 11:23:44 EST 2008
I am probably the least qualified to answer your question since I've
only run my Torvair once on the strip at Lebanon Valley NY. When I
pulled into tech, they asked me what times I expected to turn. Since I
had no idea I put myself in the 14-15 second class. There were no
specific safety requirements other than the norm like battery hold down.
They did not even require a helmet! I only did two test runs with my
best being a 14.0 at 100 mph. This is on street tires, street start
from the line and hesitating to be sure I had traction. If I had dipped
into the 13's, a helmet was required. since I'm an old road racer, I
wore a helmet and driving suit that I already have. You can never be
over protected. My understanding is the the Crown conversion can easily
get into the 12's. Maybe your local track is different. This was a
bracket racing event.
A roll cage (and /or safety cage), helmet, fire resistant gloves, socks,
shoes and suit are good to have regardless of the class you run. Yuo
can get a nice class 1 fire suit and such for about $300 plus helmet.
Get a full face type. Open face have minimal protection. A parachute is
my $ .02
Paul Siano wrote:
> Many years ago I took my Crown conversion to the local drag strip. I never got past the tech inspection. They were not sure which class to put it in. They ended up deciding to put it in an altered class which required a fire suit and a parachute which I didn't have.
> What has been the experience of other V-8 conversions at drag strips? In which class were you placed?
> Just curious,
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