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Old 04-14-2013, 03:11 PM
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The crew stood in the pit waiting for the car.
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In the very early days of racing, it was more distance oriented than speed to prove endurance. Unfortunately many of the cars were prone to frequent failures and the word for something bad back then was the "pits". So, it came to be known that when the cars had to stop for repairs it was a "pit stop"....
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The crew stood in the pit waiting for the car.
The pit was protection from cars careening out of control, modern pit crews are protected by cement walls.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:15 PM
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Still not quite what I'm looking for.There was something very interesting pertaining to the pit area in the very early days of racing.

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Still not quite what I'm looking for.There was something very interesting pertaining to the pit area in the very early days of racing.

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I guess I don't know what else there is about the pits, I always thought they were named for the pits used to work on cars in the early days.
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The term Pit Stop derived from the new innovation and a automobile racing rule change that came about in the 1908 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race. A three hundred foot long trench was dug and lined with lumber for the purpose of storing fuel, parts, tires and all the other items to keep the race cars running. In 1910 the rules were changed from only the driver and riding mechanic being allowed to work on the cars to having assistance from additional mechanics down in the "pits".
How would you like to be in the "pits" when a out of control raced was headed into the same area of the "pits" that you were occupying?

They were described in the October 1, 1908 issue of The Automobile :


"Spectators on the homestretch will be treated to a noteworthy innovation in the establishment of a depressed official supply stations stretching for 300 feet in front of the grandstand. it will take the form of a pit 10 feet wide and 5 feet deep, and will be reached by a switch from the main course. Here will be kept tires, oil, water and gasoline. The heads of the mechanics will be visible above the edges of the pit. Not only will the passing of supplies and filing of tanks be seen, but the interesting operation of the quick-changing of tires also. "


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That last picture----Thats racing!
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:51 AM
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The term Pit Stop derived from the new innovation and a automobile racing rule change that came about in the 1908 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race. A three hundred foot long trench was dug and lined with lumber for the purpose of storing fuel, parts, tires and all the other items to keep the race cars running. In 1910 the rules were changed from only the driver and riding mechanic being allowed to work on the cars to having assistance from additional mechanics down in the "pits".
How would you like to be in the "pits" when a out of control raced was headed into the same area of the "pits" that you were occupying?

They were described in the October 1, 1908 issue of The Automobile :


"Spectators on the homestretch will be treated to a noteworthy innovation in the establishment of a depressed official supply stations stretching for 300 feet in front of the grandstand. it will take the form of a pit 10 feet wide and 5 feet deep, and will be reached by a switch from the main course. Here will be kept tires, oil, water and gasoline. The heads of the mechanics will be visible above the edges of the pit. Not only will the passing of supplies and filing of tanks be seen, but the interesting operation of the quick-changing of tires also. "


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That last picture----Thats racing!
Cool pictures! That doesn't look very safe, you could drop a whole car in there!

You learn something new every day.
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In case any of you guys are interested in the imagies from the Vanderbilt Cup Races here's the site they came from. It is a excellent !!!! site. What history!

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Awesome stuff BB, my uncles raced midgets all over California in the 30's and it wasn't much better, that nads those guys had!

So on the trivia......what was this cable commonly called and why?

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Is it the" if the motor mount breaks, this will save your butt cable" cable?

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Is it the" if the motor mount breaks, this will save your butt cable" cable?

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That's one of the names, but not the one I was looking for.

I remember doing a neutral drop in my mom's 68 Impala convertible ( ) and breaking the motor mount with the throttle locking wide open! LOL, not good. That car by the way was a rare beast from what I understand. It had not one single option like ac or power anything, except steering and brakes. But it had a quadrajet on the 327 and a TH400! It only had 19K miles on it and was like brand spanking new when my dad bought it for her around 1973.

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I'll let someone else answer this one. But whats interesting about this item is that instead of replacing the affected items at a cost of about $50 bucks , the manufacturer used these at a cost of about a buck. Probably ran out of bailing wire.

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Anti-lift cable assembly and they were normally only on the left side. Only the early "fix" cars got them on both. Once GM figured out the engine didn't lift on the right, they discontinued putting them on there.

I parted cars out for "fun" money during the mid to late seventies. I threw more of those away than I can remember and now they bring good money from the restoration crowd.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:39 PM
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All of this is true and I remember seeing lots of them too. They had a specific name known by many, a man's name. Why?

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Nader cables?
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