For What Its Worth
Demolition Derby notes
at your own risk.
Been in two DDs in my younger days.
Caddys don't do well, they are
big tanks, but too much stuff to
cars with big blocks die quickly, no crush room around engine.
Ford galaxy with a small v8 was a sure winner. 18 inches of crush
got to the engine. Dodge darts with a slant six weren't bad either.
Prep the Car
spacers and go to smaller fans if possible.
and smog pump
can go or have a missing fan belt if allowed. Power steering is a plus
if it is
snug against the engine.
floor shift is best.
high. You don't want it quiting when it gets hot and you shift f-r-f.
You don't want to hit drivers doors.
- Run a
the throttle so you can run it by hand if needed. I was second in one
idling around as a target once the linkage broke. Big heavy return
You don't want it stuck at full throttle either, it doesn't shift well
in trunk behind rear seat if allowed. Bolt it down. You don't want it
around in the passenger compartment with you.
flat tire or
other support/cushioning behind the drivers seat, horizontal, for back
support. The back of the seat often gives up. Falling on your back and
hitting/driving your head on the back seat can be deadly.
view mirror. Bolted down tight
are under the trunk and behind the rear bumper can and do fall out. Can
replaced with a fuel cell or a smaller, more secure one?
up a lot.
steering wheel tight, it can break your wrists if your front tires are
Keep your thumbs/hands out of the inside of the wheel also. Racing
with hands on the outside of the wheel only. If you have bad steering
habits, practice them away. You work by habit in the heat of the battle.
fun, but putting either side of the rear bumper into the car at a 30-45
angle on the front tire can really mess up their steering, then they
nut, center of radiator etc. Keep your aim point small. A slightly
aimed hit is more effective.
are they serious
about safety rules? Will they immediately stop the derby and throw out
hitting drivers doors? The only thing left between me and a bumper was
upholstery liner in one derby.
PAY FOR IT ALL! Winning aint cheap.
VHubbard. May 2009
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