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 Post subject: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2022 11:49 am 
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The story is: The throttle stuck on the Barracuda. I am not an early A body throttle expert, but it was said the throttle linkage on those cars goes through the floor board. The linkage got bent and when the brakes were applied the throttle got pushed open.
Sad end to a nice Barracuda, regardless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1LnSvEVVN0

and here the guy just overdrives the trucks brakes, the run starts at about the 4:30 mark on the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUhogRVzlIQ


Both were at the same event.
The track layout did not provide any relief for mechanical or driver error.
Watch the second video from the start, every car shown was in a full panic stop after crossing the finish line.
Not a good thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2022 8:52 pm 
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I thought the V-8 cars had a cable throttle?

My 66 had linkage, but it was a Slant.

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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 2:58 am 
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slantzilla wrote:
I thought the V-8 cars had a cable throttle?.


Yes they have.


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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 11:04 am 
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Perhaps the car was originally a slant motor and the slant was removed, a v8 installed with some Rube Goldberg throttle linkage. I really don’t know. Just thought these big hits in what is normally considered a somewhat safe auto sport was interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 12:52 pm 
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The place in the videos looks scary, even if everything is going right.

They used to hold them in the east end of the pits at RT66. Lots of run-off room there.

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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 5:09 pm 
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yes the SCCA autocross that I have attended, but not run in is held at the Grissom Airplex,, has lots of run off room.

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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:16 pm 
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Even though I readily admit that corners scare the crap out of me, it still seems like you'd want some extra real estate just in case.

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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 8:15 am 
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You definitely want that run off room. I speak from first hand experience… :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 7:41 pm 
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Mario Andretti once said ‘if there are not times when you walk back to the pit carrying your helmet, you are not trying hard hard enough.’

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 Post subject: Re: Autocross Carnage
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When in doubt gas it. It may not solve the problem but it will end the suspense.

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