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What Everyone Ought to Know About Motor X and Drag Racing

It’s a never ending story, the thrill of motor and drag racing has captivated many generations and it will continue to do so in years or decades to come. It is undeniably an exciting past time and many devote many hours to such a sport. The adrenaline rush that usually occurs when we compete is one of the most magnetic pulls of motor x and drag racing.

If you have somehow mastered the art of drag racing then you should consider going pro since this is a very lucrative business. The downside however, is that it can also be very costly so it is really in your best interest to take a methodical approach to motor x and drag racing and below are all the things you should try getting a handle of before you start.


7  Sure Fire  Ways To Get Started With Motor x and Drag Racing


  1. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is

Drag Racing is an expensive pastime and the depth of your pocket will determine your speed or lack thereof. In fact how fast you go is directly proportionate to how much money you can literally afford to invest in your car.

Therefore it is important that before you decide to start racing that you have enough money to get you and keep  flying down the track. In fact, there are countless stories about  aspiring drag racers who have sputtered to a premature halt  after halt because they didn’t have enough to money to fuel their engines. So do yourself a world of good and set realistic ( attainable) targets that you can finance. Speed is everything in drag racing but here  are some things you should consider. For example, nobody in motor X and drag racing wants to be clocking low 18 second E.T.s and if you are beginner with no special skills then this is likely to be where you will be initially and of course you would want to change this.

Here’s what you should do: Resist the urge to resolve to spend an arm and leg ( if you cannot afford it) on parts that will take you into the 9’s ( say around 9.90.) but opt to purchase a slower or cheaper car that will put you into the 17’s  or thereabout.


Why should you do this you may ask?  Well, the latter resolution is more feasible because you can  gradually increase your speed  and it also gives you time to make adjustments to your car and you are  more likely to hoist that trophy eventually, while the former (because it is harder to achieve) is likely to leave you dejected like the many others I have observed who have fallen by the wayside because they talked the talk but their money simply didn’t permit them to walk the talk but rather abandoned them mid way (in  other words their money walked away.)

It is a good idea to curtail spending on your car because there are additional expenses such as entry fees, transport and accommodation costs that will make significant inroads into your budget.  Let me put it into perspective for you; Wayne Scraba who  races and writes for Bracket Racing USA magazine affirms he spent approximately  $9,000 over a 12-race span. So you really need to keep within your budget and set realistic objectives.

  1.  Convert Your Words Into Actions and Begin


The best way to get a hands on feel of the track is to attend what is known as bracket races. Bracket races are cheaper, usually have a larger following and they offer you the possibility of easy entry because all vehicles are permitted. Interestingly you are free to use your motorbike or your everyday ride at bracket races. However before you engage in any kind of racing you should get to know the intricacies of the sport. If you get to the track before the race you will learn a great deal about drag pass tech, pits, staging lanes. E.T. Shack and the starting line system. Be sure to question participants and learn the informal rules concerning stage,class or E.T divisions, bye runs and lane options.

  1. Don’t Judge the Car By Its Make

Some cars are slow, some are fast and some are even faster but never be fooled by the model. Drag racing is as unpredictable as any other game of racing and sometimes the choice favourites win as expected and sometimes there are jaw dropping upsets. So you can race with your everyday ride just ensure that it is road worthy because anything short of that may prove fatal. Besides if your ride is not up to scratch you will be disqualified, so do the sensible thing.

  1. Think Safety First

Bracket racing is the safest motorsport and it comes with many safety rules that are compulsory.  For cars in general you will need factory equipment but for faster cars ( below an E.T of 14.00) a crash helmet ( SFI 31-1 or Snell 90 certified helmet is necessary) The faster the car, the greater the precautionary measures. You will be strictly governed by rules that will state the type of safety gear you will need. You will be also required to do a comprehensive FAA physical and you will be expected to change your safety equipment every two years.

  1. Be Prepared For The Worst Case

Now that you have most things in place it is time to implement a PlanB what are you going to do if the race doesn’t go according to plan? Do not leave home without your tool box and be sure to add a little extra oil and transmission fluid, fan belts, spare parts, flashlight, Jack and Jack stands, notepads and pen, refreshing fluids, comfortable clothes, another reliable ride home.

  1. Ride B

Well Ride A is the ride you will take on track ( yes that’s your car) and Ride B   ( well that’s what you will need if Ride A for some reason or another malfunctions.) This can be a reliable friend or you may take extra money to get you home. Whatever you do, don’t find yourself stranded on the street. Simply drive on it and go home, don’t make it your place of abode especially in the wee hours of the morning.

  1. Make It Worth The While 

Go for repeated test rides, tuning or grudge racing sessions which are cheaper and less attended. Take advantage of the many trials offered here and then give it all you got at the real event. Ready, set, speed! Do enjoy.

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And As For Me…

I remember starting out in the racing world around 20 years ago. My father was a pro drag racer and instilled a love for the track early on. One of the most most lessons I can remember him teaching me, was a respect for the road and a respect for other motorists that use the road. As such I have always followed this advice being careful to make sure that all my students have passed the relevant tests and have a sound understanding of the rules of the road before I allow them on the raceway.

The two most important qualifications are the k53 test and the drivers test. The first is a theoretical test that all South African would-be drivers are required to pass before they are allowed to learn how to drive. The second follows on from the first and is the actual drivers license. While the learners licence instills the theoretical knowledge required to drive safely on South African roads, the drivers test ensures that this knowledge can be safely put into practice. You can get a free learners license here. All of my students are required to hold a valid South African drivers license. If you require driving lessons you can do so here.