Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
250 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
"What Racing is all About"
It's about money, of course; for most it's about finding it, finding enough of it, and then finding more. It's about guzzling money like water, about living with the guilt of burning up so much hard earned cash. But it's much more.

It's about supremacy, being top dog, king of the hill, head honcho, the big kahuna; standing out above the crowd, being number one, the best.

It's about speed. It's about riding the fastest, scariest, hold-onto-your-hats-geez-I'm-gonna-wet-my-pants-best-damn-roller-coaster ever invented.

And it's about power. It's about leading the charge of a thousand screaming banshees, having your body wrenched and twisted and tossed about by the hands of great unseen forces; and it's about taming a blind raging Herculean monster, and bending it to your will.

It's about brilliant colors, flashes of light, ear-splitting shrieks, and bone-rattling rumbles. It's about the unforgettable smell of burning rubber, smoldering brake pads, and gear oil. It's about reaching through the steering wheel all the way down to the tires and feeling the road slipping past your fingertips. It's about sensing the weight of the car shifting from tire to tire, like water in a pan. It's about the tug of the shoulder harness across the collar bones, and the cramp in the leg from
pressing the gas pedal through the floor.

Racing is about all of these things, and much more.

It's about passion; burning desire, insatiable hunger. It's a perverse yet overwhelming love affair with steel, glass, and rubber. It's about a relentless courtship with speed.

It's about conceiving and nurturing a child--the benefactor of your skill and wisdom, and a victim of your ignorance. It's about saving a rusting pile of disregarded scrap from the crusher and making it stronger, faster, more real and alive than it ever was, or ever deserved to be. It's about
caring for your creation, loving it; pushing it to its limits, exalting in its greatness, and forgiving its weaknesses, because they are your weaknesses.

It's about dreams and hopes and fears. Dreams of glory; dreams of carving out a small niche in history, like Mario, and Sterling, and "King Richard". Hopes. Hopes that the many long winter hours of lonely toil in the cold, dusty garage will bring smiles come May, and a nod of approval from the brutally indifferent stopwatch. Hopes that the brakes will be there on call, as you hurtle without recourse into the unforgiving concrete canyon. Hopes that, in the end, you'll be able to look back on the whole experience and find it worth the price, while living with the fear that it won't be.

It's about determination, perseverance, and the strength of resolve. It's about patience and discipline. It's about putting in the time, double checking, attending to the critical details. It's about concentration, and focus. It's about controlling the overpowering urges, sticking to the game
plan, and keeping your head when the unthinkable happens. It's about testing, and measuring, and worrying, and sweating the small stuff

It's about faith; faith in yourself, in your crew, in your fellow competitors, in the workers, and in the men and women who designed this car, these tires, and this track. It's about believing in your roll cage, and your safety harness, your Nomex suit, and the fire system that has never been put to the test. It's about knowing that no matter what happens, you chose.

It's about deep and lasting respect, caring, and friendships; about sharing joys and disappointments, pitching in, and easing the load.

It's about living life in the cutting edge of a razor, hanging it all out there, going for broke. It's about knowing, without doubt, by-damn, that you're alive. It's about putting your heart and soul into something and letting the whole world see what you can do. It's about knowing that in the
midst of the confusion and emotion and heart-stopping action, you were the one that mattered.

Anonymous
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
662 Posts
Mods include Z06 screens and ducts, cross-drilled rotors, red calipers, speed bleeders, chromed Z06 rims with F1 Supercars
Is anyone actually naive enough to think you have a genuine Z06?

Ray
 

·
DC Crew
Joined
·
53,221 Posts
sgt538 said:
Yes... At car shows I put a sign on the dash that says "Not a Z06"
My car-show dash sign says "Yes, it came from the factory with this paint job. Yes, I'm serious. No, they didn't make a lot of them. Yes, it attracts attention. Now, move along."
:rolling:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
335 Posts
Patrick96LT4 said:
My car-show dash sign says "Yes, it came from the factory with this paint job. Yes, I'm serious. No, they didn't make a lot of them. Yes, it attracts attention. Now, move along."
:rolling:
Thats great...And I'm sure it has happend more than once..:rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
Now, move along :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
662 Posts
sgt538 said:
Yes... At car shows I put a sign on the dash that says "Not a Z06"
Randy,

Whose cross-drilled rotors did you go with? How many miles have you put on them? Any sign of stress cracking around the holes?

Ray
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
250 Posts
Discussion Starter #9
I have Zinc Washed KVR's, just drilled, not slotted. I have about 2000 miles on them, including one race day at Gingerman and one low-speed autocross at tire Rack. No problems at all, and they look new except that up close the zinc wash is starting to discolor very slightly on the "hub"(center) that a lot of people just buy colored covers for. I get an ocassional random brake squeel at about 3-5 mph when coming to a stop after a lot of in-town low speed driving. My guess is the original factory pads I am still using aren't getting along perfectly with the rotors. Some hard braking corrects the problem.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
662 Posts
sgt538 said:
I have Zinc Washed KVR's, just drilled, not slotted. I have about 2000 miles on them, including one race day at Gingerman and one low-speed autocross at tire Rack. No problems at all, and they look new except that up close the zinc wash is starting to discolor very slightly on the "hub"(center) that a lot of people just buy colored covers for.
Zinc-washed is the ticket: They don't rust when they get wet after washing. Thanks for the heads-up on the center hat. A colored one (black?) sounds like it might mask any discoloration.

I'm looking to add cross-drilled and slotted rotors but I want ones made from steel that resists stress cracking. Chamfering the holes tends to reduce the incidence of cracking but starting out with the proper grade of steel is essential.

Thanks for the information.

Ray
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top