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04-06-2005 10:45 PM
comet boy correct me if i am wrong but the original use was to designate what country a race car was from in early sports car racing. I believe the USA was blue with white stripes or was white with blue stripes

oh I don't know
04-06-2005 08:56 PM
ChevyCan Racing stripes originated with racing cars- real race cars, that is- and they were added to the factory paint to distinguish them from ordinary cars, particularly from identical cars on other teams. This way the fans watching the race could easily determine which car they were cheering for from a distance. Ergo, a car with racing stripes was faster than an ordinary car. Young guys who wanted high-performance cars loved racing stripes, so of course the muscle car manufacturers added them to the cars to help sell more of them. And I thank them for that, because what would an Olds 442 or a '70 Chevelle look like without the big racing stripes on the hood? Plain. Boring. Slow. I love racing stripes. I just saw a brand-new Mustang with the white and blue racing stripe paint job of the old Trans Am factory teams and man, did it look cool.

As for flames- the only thing cooler than racing stripes on a car, are flames. But it depends on the car. Muscle cars need racing stripes, hot rods need flames. There are exceptions, of course, but that's the common-sense rule.
04-05-2005 09:02 AM
Lonestar Just the mere thought of racing stripes makes me go the can anyways.
04-04-2005 07:44 PM
Rhansen The purpose of racing stripes is to distract the driver in the other lane so they will cut a bad light. Really.
04-04-2005 06:58 PM
Originally Posted by gsxtacy
racing stripes make your car go faster

flames make it go fast sitting still

and stickers add ten horse

wow! i'm behind on the times.


haha, i hear ya with that... especially your BUICK saying by your username.
04-03-2005 06:54 PM
racing stripes or flames...

racing stripes make your car go faster

flames make it go fast sitting still

and stickers add ten horse

wow! i'm behind on the times.

04-03-2005 05:40 PM
alex_0227 Just to make the car look like it's going really fast. Just for looks.

04-03-2005 03:29 PM
And what of flames>>>

pray tell...what are their purpous...Dude?? LOL!!


Rat Rods Rule!
04-03-2005 02:56 PM
poncho62 There was 1 reason for racing put more money in the auto makers pockets.
04-03-2005 11:38 AM
Nightfire Alex, stripes are just for looks. They dont make your car faster, they got nothing to do with traction, they're just there to look cool.

Now this would be a different story if you were asking about flames...

04-03-2005 11:15 AM
bullheimer wow, i thought they were just for looks too, but now i realize my extra $700 went for a lower e.t.! i feel so much better. doc, i'll have to think about you now every time i wash the bugs off my hood.
04-02-2005 07:46 PM
ChevelleSS_LS6 just for looks, just like tack-on hood scoops placed in random locations on some import in any high school parking lot.
04-02-2005 07:29 PM
IROC100 Actually, the space between the stripes serves a purpose. the stripes, even though there are not high off the body, they are high enough so the air gets between those stripes and creates enough turbulence to create down force,
and down force creates traction and traction creates power and power creates speed. LOL..

Alex, seriously they are just for looks.
04-02-2005 06:04 PM

Doc here,

Jeeze...Sure am I glad I read this thread....I was misinformed as a Wee Lad...I was always told by the older guy's:

Racing Stripes were To give Bug strikes "Lane Choice"...

Darn, Never know what to believe anymore...LOL
04-02-2005 05:24 PM
406chevelle To be honest the racing stripes do not make the car faster, they give the driver an aggressive attitude and he drives the car fasterů..I am adding rally stripes to my Chevelle, should knock a tenth off my ╝ mile time.
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