5 Things that will catch on fire: and why you shouldn’t wear them in a race car – Part 2

3–Sneakers

Source: www.cyclegear.com

Source: www.cyclegear.com

Similar in nature to No. 1, proper footwear can save your toes in the event of a nasty fire. Anybody who has raced a longer event knows that your feet will get hot from the sheer heat of the engine compartment. That’s why most safety companies make boot heel heat shields. If you choose to wear sneakers in a race, be warned that in the event of a fire you may have to step right into that fire in order to get yourself out of the car. After all, next to your hands the next thing you use when getting out of a race car is your feet. Now, those sneakers are probably not brand-new and if they have any oil, grease, or other race car fluid on them they’ll act like torches on your feet. Check out the comparison to the left. Scary huh?

4–Bra

We recently heard of a very real story of a young girl racing in the Midwest that ended in near tragedy. She was involved in a wreck that resulted in a fire. She was wearing a single-layer firesuit, which only gives 3 seconds of protection before second degree burns occur on the body. Underneath the firesuit she was wearing a regular bra. The heat from the fire was intense enough to radiate through the suit and melt the nylon and polyester in her bra, which subsequently fused to her skin and scarred her for life.

Both Simpson Race Products and PXP Racewear make fire retardant bras. So, for all you lady racers out there, if you don’t already have one, go out and buy one.

5–Jeans

After all of this talk about threelayer suits and fire retardant brassieres, our fifth and final item may seem … well … just plain dumb. But, you would be surprised how many tracks our staff has been to where certain divisions are actually allowed to wear jeans. In fact, two years ago when we visited the Indianapolis Speedrome we witnessed the winner of the Factory Stock division climb from his car wearing nothing but jeans, a t-shirt, and an FR jacket with his open-faced helmet. We were pretty shocked, but it wasn’t the only time that scene played out. That track has since been sold and the new ownership has a whole new set of rules for the drivers which reads, in part, as follows:

Every driver must wear a long-sleeved uniform designed by the manufacturer as afire resistant race car driver’s uniform and gloves. The uniform must ft snugly around the neck, wrists, and ankles and cover the driver’s entire body at all times he/she is on the track or infield. Every driver must also make use of an approved neck/helmet pad or HANS-style safety device.

Back to the point … if you wear jeans while racing a car you’re just asking for big trouble. Plain and simple, you should be wearing a full driver’s uniform … period.

Conclusion

Flands down, the bra lit off the guickest in just 4 seconds. The helmet was next with the cheeks pads aflame in just 6 seconds. That was followed by a tie between the mechanic’s gloves and the dirty sneaker at 7. The jeans took the longest at 15 seconds, but don’t think for a minute that is sufficient. Take the case of a blown motor that leads to an oil fire that enters the cockpit of the race car. Consider how long it would take you to get that car stopped, your belts unbuckled, and yourself out … if you can do it in under 6 seconds then feel free to wear any of the aforementioned gear in place of the proper stuff.

When we set out to conduct this experiment, we knew it would be unsettling but to sit there and watch each of these things burn and think about the prospect of having a body part in them while being stuck in a crashed race car was downright terrifying. So you want to see what we saw first-hand? Flead on over to www.circletrack.com and click on the video section of the site and look for the one titled “5 Things that Will Catch on Fire.” It is eye opening.

5 Things that will catch on fire: and why you shouldn’t wear them in a race car – Part 1

Most racers will freely admit that they are not all that concerned with hitting the wall, getting together with another car, or getting caught up in any type of accident that comes with short track racing. However, when you ask those same racers about fire their tune may just change. No racer wants to face the prospect of his or her race car catching on fire after a wreck or blown motor. But the fact of the matter is fires do happen in short track racing and when they do the results are not always pretty especially at tracks where the safety crews are not adequately equipped.

Source: www.mademan.com

Source: www.mademan.com

Clearly one of the most important items you can have, regardless of the division you race, is a firesuit. We have written much over the past several years about suits, TPP, one layer versus two layer and so on, but they are not going to be included in this story. However, we did want to kick it off with a short but telling story concerning suits from one of our resident project car drivers, Dalton Zehr. [Read more…]

Some Things You Should Know About Motorcycle

At the request of a member of times would buy motorcycle which had just sold the eggs should want to spend money, we write about cars, motorcycle man spreads hope through experience my car for anyone on any field on this such as how to choose the best motorcycle helmet for hot weather or some thing you should know about motorcycle if needed. First we should understand clearly the concept of classifying cars, motorcycles not merely as the vehicle to bring the engine to howling hissing noise. On classification can arrange as follows, according to the structure and purpose of use:

1. Sport Bike

Sports cars, serve the purpose of running fast, even extremely fast. Aerodynamic structure. The person sitting there, mouth gnaw the gas tank. If the pass more extreme then, beautiful girlfriend ask you daughter is somewhat teen. Car owners often have fans is the high school student. If you are passionate about this type of car, you go shopping this page 1 real good spine bones, prepared with hand fatigue tired legs scene when moving on the east. However to run fast on the byline of this type is the type best. The line Sport-bike are easy to identify with these characteristics as clusters of the wheel was lowered, high windshield, people sit there permanently tipped shape up front, the focus sat high, many car plastic shell to optimize power wind.

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