Racing cars that will make you want to be a multi-millionaire..fast

Posted in racing cars with tags on December 14, 2007 by vastine

We all have dreams of becoming rich. Don’t we?

But, in real life, most of us just want a quiet life, just have enough to let us get through the day and a little more to take advantage of little luxuries.

But maybe you’ll change your mind once you see these racing cars. Mine did.

Multimillion wheels

We all know that the price tags of competitive racing cars are sky-high and the sponsor teams pour in the big bucks to design and build not only the most jaw-dropping racing cars but state-of-the-art autos. Forbes.com has compiled the most expensive, competitive racing cars that have raced in the NASCAR tracks for this year. Well, for now, let’s just feast our eyes on these priceless racing cars, when I say priceless, I meant that almost literally:

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1. No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet – Jeff Gordon drives this $85 million racing car for the Hendrick Motorsports.

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2. No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet – Jimmy Johnson has his hands on this treasure that has a net value of $76 million. Hendrick Motorsports also own this racing car.

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3. No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet -Dale Earnhardt Jr. drives this with the team that has the same name as his. Worth $65 million.

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4. No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet – Worth $60 million, Tony Stewart is the lucky guy who drives this for the Joe Gibbs team.

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5. No. 17 DeWalt Ford – Matt Kenseth drives this $47 million racing car for the RoushFenway racing team.

Boy, these racing cars are worth a fortune, literally. It is every car racer’s dream to get our hands on these precious wheels. Racing teams and sponsors spend billions of dollars for these racing cars to win. Maybe someday, I’ll be able to show pictures of myself right inside these multimillion racing cars.

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Car crash sensor: A car racer’s life-saver

Posted in car crash sensors with tags on December 14, 2007 by vastine

a racer’s life saver

My not-so discreet racing life had given me more than a few bumps in the head.

Want to share an almost fatal accident that I had just this year. My physical scars have healed, in fact, any seen traces of the injuries I have sustained were erased by the doctors, who happen to be my friends as well. One thing I find ironic is that the accident never ever, even for a minute, made me stopped to race.

Late night accident 

It was a cold and rainy night. Yeah, it sounds melodramatic, but it was really a cold and rainy evening. I think it was a few minutes before midnight. My folks were in Australia visiting my brother and his kids there. Angela was on night shif the hospital so I was home-alone and then out of my unconscious prayer, my friend, Jake, called and said there was a car race in two hours. Jumped out of my bed and put on a shirt, and went to the garage and an hour later, I drove to the place and saw 7 cars lined up. I made the last few adjustments to my car and revved up my engines.

Everything was going my way as led the pack. We raced downtown and though the rain had susbsided, it was still slippery, which I loved. But then as I was going to the intersection, I didn’t see that there was a truck parked in the left side of the closed market. My six senses (my common sense, included) were liked shut down, but something in my car made a loud noise as I was like a few feet away from the truck and I instinctively hit the brakes and the airbag zoomed out of my steering wheel. My car’s front part was crumpled like paper. The truck only had a few scratches.

If it weren’t for the car crash sensor, I’d probably be somewhere I wouldn’t want to be.

Saving grace 

Car manufacturers have been developing car crash sensors in order to lessen accidents on the road. Car crash sensors now offer control in cruising, car veering warnings, and a software that will make drivers brake harder during emergencies.

The car racing world is not also oblivious to the tragedie that racing can bring. Have heard this latest news about the NHRA mandating racing cars to install the crash sensor into their autos. They have ordered to install Blue Boxes, for all nitromethane-burning cars. The car crash sensor was a result of 7 months of rigorous testing of the following:

  • helmet and driver restraint
  • computer modeling of the chassis
  • accelerometers of the driver’s ears
  • seven-post shakers
  • occupant modeling of the driver cockpit area

In Japan, there’s also steps that are developed to enhance car crash sensors such as the AVM or the Around View Monitor, which features includes digital cameras in the front and back of the autos, as well as in the sideview mirrors.

Inevitable risks

Danger will always be a part of racing. Heck, it is a part of life. I had experienced more than a few accidents over the years. In the course of it all, when racing, we should combine safety measures and instinctsbut also take responsibility for our actions.

Features of a race car demo you shouldn’t pass on

Posted in race car demo features with tags on December 11, 2007 by vastine

Features of a race car demo you shouldn’t pass on

Like the speed but afraid of getting behind the wheels? Then, a race car demo is a good way to take.

Sibling rivalry

Angela, my good old reliable sister, she is if she feels to act like one, got jealous when our dad gave me a motor cycle for my 16th birthday. She hid in her room for the rest of the night and threatened not to go to school anymore. She was the sporty girl, my mom reasoned. But I thought back then that she just wanted to get what I had. But she’s a good sister, nonetheless.

Since she was a daddy’s girl, or whatever term you call it, our dad bought her a race car demo two days after. I got to play it maybe once or twice a month. That’s it.

Being the younger between the two of us, I just decided to get myself a race car demo to be the bigger person. See the antithesis there? Through the years I bought around 5 for my nephews and god sons and have realized that even though they serve the same purpose, there are things that spell the difference which you should consider.

Here are the things you can consider when buying a race car demo:

  • Features real race car tracks. This has an educational purpose. Especially if you’re going to give it to a kid or someone who has no knowledge whatsoever of what race car is.
  • Includes beginner to difficulty levels. A 5-level race car demo is ideal for full familiarization.
  • Awards oriented. The prizes should also be counterparts of real life race car awards.
  • Supreme sound effects. A race car demo should resonate the actual sound of races.
  • Displays cutting edge graphics. Visuals are the main retention factor especially for kids and beginners.
  • Multiplayer functionality.What’s a race if you’re the only one in the track? Make sure it has the multiplayer feature so that they can also share the thrill to their friends. Less hassle than guarding them while they play in the park. Experienced that with my 8 year old nephew.

Realism is the key

Main thing to remember is get a race car demo that closely reflects rea-life car racing. The more realistic, the better and more enjoyable it’ll be. And this is not for kids only, it’s for all who are kids at heart and loves speed.

NASA tags along Daytona for a race to the moon

Posted in motor racing with tags , on December 6, 2007 by vastine

It’s a race to the moon for motor racing.

I think every one of us had dreams of going to the moon at one point in our lives. I, for one, had a childhood dream of flying to the moon with my bicycle. Hey, give me a break, I was a 5 years old. I was a child. Now, I am still, actually. In some ways. Enough of me.

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It’s official. Today, December 6, at 4:31 p.m. , NASA’s Atlantis will be taking along 3 green Daytona 500 flags to the moon. Upon returning, those three lucky unanimate most sought-after racing memoranbilias will be given to Daytona International Speedway, who’ll take two, and to NASA who’ll be keeping the third one.

The monumental and historical moment is in lieu with both NASA’s and Daytona’s 50th anniversay next year.

I feel elated and honored when I heard this news. Makes me feel prouder to be a racer. The winner of this year’s race will be keeping one of the green flags that will be handed to Daytona. Makes me think of pursuing a professional career in racing..well, that’s just for my thoughts right now. It will be a goof though to ponder on if the day will come when we’ll all go out and take a walk to the moon.

How to keep your racing car’s engine clean without spending

Posted in racing car engine maintenance, racing car engines with tags , on December 4, 2007 by vastine

All those who engage in car racing,heck, all those who drive know the crucialness of a clean engine. In my case,  a clean racing engine engine is synonymous to a flawless and speedy run.  Over the years, I have learned through my dad, my uncle, my friends and my racing buddies ways on how to keep my racing car’s engine clean. 

You may wonder that my dad did give some pointers considering he hates when I race.  Well, I got it the old fashion way, I told it was for homework. Sounds juvenile and underrated, but it worked. And he did give me my first motor cycle. But then, that’s another story. 

Engines of racing cars have some major differences compared to normal cars. One of the cutting edge parts of a topnotch racing car’s engine is the  Tracecut software, that allows  the duplication of ideal port and combustion chamber designs and also generates  NC code which is needed to machine the profiles in aluminum heads.  Well, I want to talk English here so let’s leave that part for my next post. 

As I’ve said, I have collected through the years a number of how-to’s when it comes racing car engine maintenance. But mind you, maintaining a racing car is very costly.  Owning a racing car is an investment. You’ve got to put your heart and soul into it, and your bank account as well.  If you want to be a professional car racer, meaning you want to race in Daytona, then be prepared to write a huge amount in your checking account.

Practical tips 

The advise that I’ll be giving is for your day-to-day living with your racing car.  Have come up practical how to’s on maintaining your racing car’s engine right in your own garage.

  1. Do a daily check of your tires. 
  2. Make sure your steering and front suspension are appropriately aligned.
  3. Apply the thinnest viscocity recommended by your car manufacturer.
  4. Always keep your fuel and air filtr free of dust.
  5. Use the appropriate fuel for your car. Gas is 3 dollars a gallon. There.
  6. Don’t be easily fooled by tv car ads selling “must-haves”. Consult with pros.
  7. Don’t warm up your car more than the time it should be done. Just stick to the clock. Excess is not good.

Start your day with a checkup

Do these ways possibly at the start of the day. That way, if you see any striking inconsistencies, you have the whole day to guard it at the mechanics.  The ways don’t require any spending but a great deal of observation and feeling your car.

Telling from experience

Not trying to play the racing car specialist here.  As you have seen, these are practical and simple ways to keep your racing car engine clean. The experts definitely have more sophisticated ways to maintain racing cars and some are  kept within their walls.  At the end of the day, keeping it clean matter the most.  I know we all treat our wheels like they’re alive and kicking. Well, they actually are. For those who race, be it professionally or just for the passion, our racing cars are the extension of ourselves.  And a clean racing car engine is the reflection of what we feel and think and act upon.  

The racing cars of a lifetime: Darrell Waltrip’s collection

Posted in darrel waltrip, racing cars with tags , on December 3, 2007 by vastine

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I was in North Carolina and was about to give a check to Darrell Waltrip in exchange for one of his racing cars. He was beaming and wished me well and told me to take care of his baby and treat it like my own.  He shook my hand and I drove to the crisp afternoon in my (his) Volkswagen Camaro going to a downtown race.  Every person only had three emotions when they saw me driving Darrell Waltrip’s racing ride;  disbelief. envy, and amazement.

Ok, sounds too good to be true. Even for a dream.  But I can dream, can I?

Tell me, would you dream the same when the racing cars  that you’ll be driving were once in the hands of  a three-time  champion of the NASCAR Winston Cup, one-time Daytona 500 winner, who is presently a FOX television commentator, and a Foxsports.com columnist and who also a book devoted to his racing career?  I bet you will. 

His precious stash are  safely cradled in his home at North Carolina.  One could only wonder how we can get our hands in his treasured racing cars which are:

  • Mercury – He won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup race car riding this sweet thing
  • Volkswagen Camaro -Landed at the top  of the Daytona 1978 with this baby
  • Nova –  Gave him top spots at  Late Model Sportsman races all over the Southeast with this ride
  • Penzoil – Pulled him from oblivion during the his dark racing times in the late 80’s

These four cars played the most important roles in his racing career.  These cars gave him the respect and fame and greatness that he is known right now.  Maybe one day I can go and have  a couple of beers with him ( even if I don’t drink) and take those racing cars for a spin. 
 

How motor racing changed my life

Posted in motor racing with tags on November 29, 2007 by vastine

My eyes were first introduced to the world of motor racing when I was in high school. Dad gave me a Yamaha motorbike for my 16th birthday. It was a shiny red big bike with clean wheels, it smelled like paint, it was perfect.

I have been discreetly asking my dad to buy me a motorbike 3 months before my birthday. We used to watch motor races on tv and I would make little hints. Thought he was too naive to notice because he would say that I was too young or something. But came my 16th birthday, it was there, in the garage, with a card that said, for you son, hope you’re happy, dad.

It was the best gift I received as of yet.

Baby steps

I immediately rode it, I already know how to since I know how to ride a bicycle. But the first try gave me a burn in my ankle, and a twisted pinkie. The changes in my life started from there.

Stepping out of my shell

As a kid, I was a recluse. I didn’t have many friends, most of the time, I was just at home, reading the encyclopedia. Yes, I read that, cover to cover like it was a bestselling novel at the New York Times. My playmates were my siblings and cousins. Most of the time I was with adults, older men in the construction sites my dad owns. So, when I got the motor cycle, I gained friends outside my family tree.

I became a member of a clandestine motor racing group 4 months after I had my first motor cycle. People began to see me as a not-so bad guy. They now nod at me whenever I get to cross paths with them. I was not the “it” guy in school, but I was definitely part of a group.

As I grew older and went to college, I became more than a motor racing enthusiast, I became a follower of the sport. I worshipped Brands Hatch, I dreamt to join the big leagues and not pursue a college degree. I use to navigate the University with my red, big and shiny motorcycle. I used to sneak every night and go motor racing at my dad’s construction site, which was really stupid of me back then.

Life lost

But then, something major happened. My friend died at mid-afternoon motor racing across town. He raced to forget a girl who dumped him. I was just behind him. I saw everything. I saw how his motorcycle exploded. How he struggled to keep his eyes open. His body was burnt beyond recognition. His ashes were the only thing that went to home to his family in the Philippines.

After that, I became more cautious when I go motor racing. I became more aware of the risks of motor racing. But I still sneak out a few times, like once a month. I now realize that I should go motor racing for the right reasons. And the right reason is because of the passion, not of rebellion or to prove something. But because I love the speed. Nothing more, nothing less.