Not quite ready to dedicate your entire life to your on-track escapades? How about some tips for the rest of us—those who'd just like to fully enjoy our classics, whether it's slicing through Road Atlanta's esses or traversing our favorite mountain pass?

Carl Heideman has gotten intimate with just about every form of classic machinery, from '50s Fords to Britain's best. He knows a bit about what makes our classics tick and has some speed secrets to share.

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dougie
dougie Reader
9/7/17 11:44 p.m.

All very good information, I wish most racers would take note. Yellow flags for mechanical failures burn-up a lot of track time. sad

 

 

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
9/8/17 9:52 a.m.

I've fielded a lot of tech support calls that turned out to be something on that list.

wspohn
wspohn Dork
9/9/17 2:08 p.m.

#4 is one that even experienced racers have a hard time learning.  Depending on gear ratios and engine characteristics you can often short shift and land right on the top of the torque peak in the next gear instead winding the nuts off it as a matter of course.

I managed to get one guy to take my suggestion - he claimed a power peak at 7,000 rpm  I asked him to go out and do 3 laps (which I'd time) faithfully doing 6,000, then 3 lps at 6500, then the last 3 at 7,000.

Turned out that regardless of where his actual power peak was, 6500 was just as fast as a 7,000 shift. Probably saved him an early rebuild.

Don't know why some racers are so stubbornly wedded to (sometimes incorrect) theory when it is so simple to just go out and try it and see.

terracer
terracer New Reader
4/10/19 8:47 a.m.

This will probably seem common sense stuff to the serious racers on this board, but the one thing that helped me more than anything was focusing on eliminating any "dead" time in the pedals... What I mean is I should be either on the gas or on the brake, right?  By focusing on doing one or the other ALL the time - and eliminating every milliscond of doing neither - lap times drop.... 

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