In Reply to: fun and tuning (long) posted by Pete Waterman on January 05, 2000 at 02:03:23:
: There are two reasons to take a car to the dragstrip: fun and tuning.
: Fun: Have you ever been to a drag strip? If you have, then you know it's a blast. Each run becomes more of a contest against yourself than anything else. Every time you get a good run, or a good launch, or whatever, you immediately want to go back and try again, to do better. It's not about trying to show that you're the faster bugger around, but a chance to test your driving skill. Driving down a 1/4 mile takes different skills than driving around a track, but it's NOT easy to do well. It takes practice - learning to launch your car and drive it in a straight line to the best of your ability is a great challenge. It *is* real racing - don't fall into the trap of thinking it's easy because there aren't any turns.
: LOL, most avid road racers I know end up running *horrid* times their first few tries at the dragstrip, then end up getting totally hooked and keep coming back. And vice-versa, of course.
: Tuning: There are two relatively consistent ways to track what effects modifications and tuning has on your vehicle, the dyno and the drag strip. Strapping a car to a dyno is fun, but it's often very expensive ($50/hr or more) for more "ooooh look" pleasure than anything else. Running at the track on an open test and tune night is cheap (often $20 for unlimited runs), fun, and when driven consistently effectively shows power and other gains (case in point: Tommy felt his car shifted smoother with redline, and *proved* it at the track by lowering his ET).
: Reasons to take your car to the dragstrip over a track:
: - Cost (day at a dragstrip will run you less than $50 unless you break something, a day at the track will probably run you over $300)
: - Potential damage (you can potentially hurt your car a *LOT* more at a road race track than at a dragstrip)
: - Preparation (you hop in your car and drive down to the dragstrip - for a day of road racing, you have to carefully check over everything from fluid to brakes, and likely replace much)
: For most people, going to a road race track is something we'd like to do often, but can't reasonably afford to more than once every couple months. The drag strip is a cheap and easy way to get a thrill every week, however.
: It's what we can do with *our* cars that matters, anyway - that's why you see people at the track with minivans and other whacked things. Doesn't matter how fast your car is, what matters is how fast you can drive it. You can have fun at the dragstrip in a Civic running 16's...