Originally Posted by 64 fairlane 500
thank you everybody! my mechanics teacher and i go to the races in a couple days. he also gave me the blueprints on how to make a tube frame this was for a 56 chevy with a blown big block chevy! so i hope i can use some of it on a mustang. i put up some pictures of his 72 nova in a mome
nt. thanks everybody!
Some of my best memories are going to the races w/my Father. We went to the drags and a bull ring asphalt oval paperclip in Taft, FL, called Orlando Speedway
. A vicious little track w/two-fisted MEN who raced there. Saw some great races and some epic fights in the pits. Kids under 12 got in free- I had that beat by years! One family ruled the roost there until I was about 10-11, the Pullens. Henry and Harry. They had a shop/Tiger gas station in St. Cloud (my home town) and besides from my Father, hanging out there is where I picked up a lot, and heard some great stories- some not very appropriate for an 8-year-old!
Finding someone that you hit it off with who's got a race car is as good a way as any to get a feel for what goes into it all. Always something to see, to learn. I'm way less concerned about you building an engine w/"X" amount of hp, than for you to see how a pro/semi pro team operates and the amount of time and work that has to be dedicated to it to be even a blip on the radar, let alone a consistent winner. In other words, the more you know about what it takes to care for and feed a big hp race engine, the more you may realize that </= 500hp mill might be a more resonable target the first time out.
Good advice above about staying out of the way on race night while eliminations are going on; test night is much more relaxed and a better time to meet people and ask questions.
You have a lot of good times ahead of you at the track! One thing, though. I don't know of anything that's more bipolar than racing- there are cosmic highs and Challenger Deep lows- and all within a single night. Or even during a single RUN. Ain't nothing like it.