Just make sure you don't meet an over built car that runs good.
I've spent most of the past 20+ years competing against stronger cars, it's nothing new to me. I'm fully expecting to do it again this weekend and again two weeks after that. As long as my car runs well I've still got a chance to compete.
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My advice to all rookies,DO NOT use your frontend to a$$end a car.When going in reverse look forward to make sure nobody is following you to junk the front.This picture below is a prime example.Kid used his front on my rear,I followed him all the way to the wall and park it.Thank god the promotor sent us both to the feature cause of the hit.
Pay attention to the details cause the small chit is what usually takes you out... Don't come off the line 100 mph cause usually you dont make a second hit... Put your head on a swivel cause the ones your not paying attention to will hurt the worst... Paint??? Hell it came from factory with that option... Have a good fitting light weight helmet... And if you can't weld don't try find someone who can...
I would have fallen into this category of rookies except my free cars ran like shit. in the end the goal was just to make it to the track running. I had to redo my brakes five times. they kept blowing and donor lines were no good either found out on the track! my car didnt have reverse till the morning of the derby. My brothers car starter shorted out right before the derby. It was just hell. the old shocks on the cars made them sit low so my front frame has no issues but the core support ended up on the intake. I'm glad to have gotten rid of the curse but... I'm ready to get competitive, its just my nature. Thanks guys for helping me make new priorities!
Bringing rubber bands to gun fights since 2013
Reverse is for getting off the trailer. 1st is just for GETTING OFF!
Mount ignition/start toggles/switches up on the dash bar so you can be on the lookout. It drives me crazy when I see somebody take a huge hit they didn't see coming because they are hunched over trying to start their car.
Post by White Trash #8 on Oct 13, 2013 14:34:39 GMT -5
Buy a new battery every year, or make a 100% sure the one you have is in tip top shape. I am always amazed at how many people are rushing to jump start their car before their heat or feature. Other than safety items, its the most over looked items.
Always looking for Classic Chevy trucks, K5 Blazers, International Scouts, and International Trucks.
I would definitely not call my self a veteran yet.. I started 10 years ago when i was 18 because i thought it sounded cool. Never was a car person, or a racing person, but i had a free car, so i jumped in. Things that have eliminated me/our cars in the beginning: wiring, batteries, clogged carbs, just like this post says. Learned more about cars as the years have passed, and now the things that are eliminating me are breaking axles, driveshafts, lost steering.. Unless you win or give up, something is always going to break.
There are a lot of things you can control and some things you can't, and id much rather lose because someone put several good hits on me than because someone stepped on my switch getting into the car. I credit this site and its members for keeping me in the sport, and the advice located here. Without a strong community that supports each other, the sport would die.
The advice in this post is what I share with every person that asks me about building their first derby car. My advice to add is to wear long sleeves and pants and boots, ive been doused in hot steam a few times and you will be glad you had long sleeves on, even if its 90+ outside
One of the MAIN things that I see that ISN'T addressed by rookies and veterans alike is MAKE SURE YOUR BRAKES WORK.... WELL! This is a subject that is very often overlooked and really isn't discussed on here much. It doesn't matter how well your car runs, or how "hard" it is. If you cannot stop it will be DAMN hard to do well. If you cant stop chances are you will end up on top of the wall and have a BAD day.
I'm a rookie myself, ran trucks for 5 years, and 2013 is my first year for cars. I have however been around the sport buiding cars with my dad, and doing engine work since I was 15. (28 now). The little advise I have is don't believe everything you hear, half is bullshit, and another 1/4 is not totally accurate. Do your research, nothing better then self involved r&d. And in this sport and most other situations is don't be afraid to try, if you are not trying something new, old, or whatever, you will be left in the past. There will always be someone with something new that works better. Last but not least overkill is under rated, especially when it comes to safety.