aaaaahhhhh bench racing..I love it...LOL!
Paul poses an interesing question.
1) Let's take a quote from Smokey...LOL!
I really believe he had more than a high school education. He has been quoted as saying
he had taken two years of college, which by my standards is all you need.
He believed in chemistry, math and physics and he encouraged "ALL" to get as much education
as they could.
He flew in the war, so aerodynamics was key in anything he did including racing/Daytona and Indy.
2) I feel engineering get's you in the ball park, but you still need a racer to tell you what to do.
The racer has the experiece and can tell you what will work and what won't.
a) I read a book on the GT-40. I think it was SAE or some technical papers. The engineers
developed a beautiful baseline car. AJ Foyt, Dan Gurney and few others ripped
out all the ducting , changed a few things, and got that car to really go...LOL?
1) First time an American Mfg, beat out Ferrari. Now, how sweet is that? Hallelujah!! Sweet
Land of Dixie...lol!
3) One of the reasons I scale a car or want to is so that I'm not to light when you come into tech.
How would you like to come into tech, get on the scales only to find out you were too light?
1) We come close and others have been DQ'd.
2) Top that off with a driver that insists the car be as light as possible. There are very few
things I can do. But I know know much fuel weighs and how much we used...LOL!
4) I was once told by a brilliant man, that I use my education only because I have it.
He didn't have it, got along fine without it and didn't need it lol! Now, isn't that the truth.
5) I live in a world, where I can't tell somebody what I feel. I got to prove it. Math and science
it the universal lanquage used all around the world. When you put something down with
pen and paper, everything becomes plain as day or just the opposite. What the heck
you talking about? That ain't right.
6) So to put it in a nut shell, if it works for you, fine. If not you can get along without it.
P.S. I loved the one where "Smokey" put on extra large fuel tanks. Then put a bag in the tank.
Filled it with air to take up some of the space. He went to tech and they filled it. It met
the MAX volume. Later he deflated the bag, put in the extra fuel and laughed all the
way to the bank. Now, he's my hero...lol! Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Bluedresser I will look for you if I'm helping Bob.
Larry - Completely forgot about the fuel tank inflatable bladder. I think he did that before the oversized fuel line. I read his book, but got a lot of extra info from friends Bob Harkey and Jerry Karl who knew him well. I like the story the Jerry tells of running the twin turbo-charged engine at the speedway, and after the engine began coming apart, Jerry shut it down and manuevered between the walls down in turn one. After coming in the pits Smokey asked him what the manifold readings were when he shut it down and Jerry siad something to the effect of ----- the manifold readings -- I was doing my best to keep it between the walls. Not getting an answer he thought he was fired and mentioned it to Harkey who told me that at that time Smokey was so deaf that if he wasn't looking at you he didn't hear you. That was what had happened and Jerry continued to drive the car.