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    Default Significance of and superstitions about racecar numbers

    After my car met its untimely demise, I started to wonder about racecar numbers and superstitions. I also wondered about the significance of car numbers.

    We've all seen the usual numbers, 69 (real original), 420 (pot heads), 714 (either Orange County, Calif. residents or barbiturate enthusiasts), 510 (wishful thinking), and the like. I buddy of mine has an RX-8 and he was going to go with 787 in honor of the chassis designation of the LeMans-winning Mazda (minus the B).

    I went with my street address 255, but I'm considering changing it on my next car because of the way it met its end. I thought about changing it to what I always thought was my lucky number, 25, but then I thought it might be kind of cool to go with 55 in honor the car number of the LeMans-winning 787B.

    Is there a superstition about racecar numbers I should know about?

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    ^^^ Are you drunk? That has to be your stupidest thread of all time, dude.
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    ^--- Niiiice!

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    Car #1... not because I'm so fast but I got 1 wife, 1 kid, 1 house, was number 1 son in my family and I learned how to do #1 in the potty before #2.

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    Get whatever number makes you happy and gets this funny business out of your head
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    I'm the kind of guy that thinks about numbers as well. My current car number (29) is my wife's birthday. She appreciates that. If she hadn't wanted that I likely would have gone for 94, the year my niece was born. When I was a kid and Bank of Dad was my primary sponsor, I ran my mother's birthday if I didn't have a points-derived number.

    It's like the SCCA "sponsor" field. I make it a point to come up with a unique message about my wife for every single race weekend (except one weekend where my niece came to visit so we surprised her with it). (SF Region normally has full PA announcers during the weekend, so it gets read out loud before each race).

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    A number in the low 90s will sometimes get tech to compare your car against the 1.6 weight instead of 1.8.

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    My car's number, 515, is my wedding anniversary 5-15. My wife likes that and it might be the only thing she likes about the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    ^^^ Are you drunk?
    Well, that's always a possibility, but no. There are lots of superstitions in all kinds of sports. I'm just asking whether there are any in racing with regard to car numbers that I don't or should know about.

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    ^^^ Worrying about superstitions that you don't know about is like buying a car racing website where everybody is faster than you are.
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    Also always a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    ^^^ Worrying about superstitions that you don't know about is like buying a car racing website where everybody is faster than you are.
    Now who's drunk, that makes no sense at all. Well, maybe I should ask who isn't drunk since it's almost 10 on a Saturday night.
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    My car is #0, due to an accident on the internet. I had to choose a free number from the drop-down menu at bmwccaclubracing.org. All the available numbers were three-digit and I didn't care at all so I left it at zero, assuming they'd pick one for me. The guy said "OK, zero it is".

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    Would they let me do this?
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    went through these just few days ago. as many of you know, that I bought a new Miata race car. it is classed in SM, PTE and E3.

    in Enduro races, they only allow 2 digits. so I went through mylaps, looking at last few races, mylaps lists all car numbers. so I pick a number based on:

    1. not same numbers as other enduro cars.
    2. not same numbers as other SOCAL SM numbers.
    3. not same numbers as other PTE numbers

    there aren't that many numbers that are left !!!

    not a superstition thing.. but a practical thing.
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    I've had a lot of different numbers over the years. For many different reasons. Most like Steve were given by race sanctioning bodies. Some because of the race team I was on (dirt track we had 3 cars #51, 61 & 71).

    Some were strategy influenced. In Solo2 I had 510 for regionals, but 150 for national and ProSolo events. It was so that when 2 people drove the car (the first being the tire warmer) if you had a higher number your partner would go out later. So the tires were still hot when the next driver got in, as there is not as many 2 drive cars, and they sent you out on track by car numbers. But SCCA caught on and would only aloud #50 to be the highest # and the second driver had a 1xx for his or her #(150). Some guys were running #99 so as the first guy got out the second driver had a clear advantage over single driver cars.

    But the number I run now is more like Williams derived #. I was going to be driving a Pro7 car for Wildpony Motorsport's. Mostly in NASA, but SCCA too. I found a number that no one had in SCCA, NASA TT and PT. It just so happened that the first race was on my 47th birthday.
    And now I think I need a drink.
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    Also, if you have co drivers or change numbers, write your car number on some tape in the cockpit where you can see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    went through these just few days ago. as many of you know, that I bought a new Miata race car. it is classed in SM, PTE and E3.

    in Enduro races, they only allow 2 digits. so I went through mylaps, looking at last few races, mylaps lists all car numbers. so I pick a number based on:

    1. not same numbers as other enduro cars.
    2. not same numbers as other SOCAL SM numbers.
    3. not same numbers as other PTE numbers

    there aren't that many numbers that are left !!!

    not a superstition thing.. but a practical thing.
    That's a great point. I also checked on that when I got the SRF, and fortunately, neither 29 nor 94 were permanently assigned numbers in SF/CalClub/Oregon regions. So it worked out

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    Quote Originally Posted by flink View Post
    Would they let me do this?
    What put safety tape on your car so no one will bump into it?
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    That's not a Typo, I just can't spell no so well.

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    ^^^ A car called "pie"? Shut your BMW pie-whole.
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