Monday, August 16, 2010

Best quotes and sayings about car racing

How can you make a musician's car faster? Remove the Pizza sign - Dan Vignau

"Gotta work on the nut behind the wheel before you start fixing bolts on the car".

"Racing makes Heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty." -- Peter Egan

Colin Chapman: Simplify, then add lightness

Roger Penske: the harder you work, the luckier you become

Jackie Stewart: It is not always possible to be the best, but it is always possible to improve your own performance

When you think you know it all, it's a sure sign you don't

The best way to make a small fortune in racing is to start with a large one and work down from there

On racers that favored implementation of restrictor plates:
"If they don't want to go that fast, all they have to do is lift...and somebody better tie a kerosene soaked wrag around their legs to keep the ants from eating their candy a$$!"

As an instructor getting into a car for the first session with a student:
"don't try and impres me, you won't." "don't try and scare me, I already am."

"Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers." -Colin McRae

"It's not a throttle-it's a detonator." -Jeremy Clarkson

"Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines." -Enzo Ferrari

"Racing is the best way to convert money into noise" - unknown

"To finish first, you must first finish" – unknown

Oversteer is hitting the wall with the back of the car,
understeer is hitting the wall with the front...

Newman's first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you're upside down. -Paul Newman

If the car feels like it is on rails, you are probably driving too slow. -Ross Bentley

Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall.
Torque is how far you take the wall with you.

"Cheap, fast and reliable. Pick two."

"Racing ... because golf, football, and baseball only require one ball." – Anonymous

Racing costs today exactly the same as it did twenty years ago.. it takes every penny you have.
- Unknown

I was doing fine until about mid-corner when I ran out of talent
- Unknown

Juan Manuel Fangio:
"Driving fast on the track does not scare me. What scares me is when I drive on the highway I get passed by some idiot who thinks he is Fangio."

Mario Andretti
“If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.”
"If you don't come walking back to the pits every once in a while holding a steering wheel in your hands, you're not trying hard enough"
"It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down." would have been cheaper to spend our money on cocaine and hookers....... ( at a bar, name unavailable)

You'll know you've made it.....when you wear out your rear tires.....before your front tires..... ( Former IP Champ and all around great fellow)

I KNOW I'm the slowest part on the car..... ( B. Wright, repeated too often....)

"Never run out of real estate, ideas and traction at the same time." - seen on a Track Daze T-shirt

"Oh yes. It's not when you brake but when you take them off that counts. Most people don't understand that." - Jackie Stewart

"Cornering perfectly is like bringing a woman to climax.” - Jackie Stewart

"He who turns least wins." Ross Bentley

Poverty is owning a racecar. (bumper sticker)

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well-preserved piece...but to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, and defiantly shouting "wow, what a ride." (On the back of a race car trailer somewhere).

"Here, hold my beer" - anybody before doing something arguably awesome

Wide open until you see God, then brake – unknown

Speed costs, how fast do you want to go?

Friend of mine used to say: "Hang on, saw this in a cartoon, I think I can pull it off."


“What’s behind me is not important.” — Raul Julia as fictional Italian racer driver “Franco” in the 1976 low-budget movie “The Gumball Rally.” As he utters the line, he rips the rearview mirror from his 1972 Ferrari Daytona and cavalierly tosses it over his shoulder.
“Second place is just the first-place loser.” — Dale Earnhardt.

“Ferrari’s a&$ is mine.” — The late Carroll Shelby colorfully vowing to take the world sports car constructor’s championship from Ferrari.

“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.” — Enzo Ferrari’s response to the dawn of the aerodynamics era in racing that was ushered in by companies like Jaguar and Porsche.

“I make my cars to go, not to stop.” — Ettore Bugatti, in response to a customer’s complaint about the antiquated cable-operated brakes on the Bugatti Type 35 sports car.

“The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” — Sir Henry Royce on the value proposition of the Rolls-Royce automobile.
“It doesn’t cost any more to make something pretty.” — Jaguar Cars founder Sir William Lyons on the design philosophy of his firm.
from Hagerty collector car ins

A bad day at the racetrack beats a good day at the office
Racing is the constant search for the weakest link. -Duane Bailey
If everything seems to be in control, you're not going fast enough. - Mario Andretti
You show me a racer that says that he's never forgotten to tighten his lug nuts, and I'll show you a liar.
Guys, you can date whomever you want, but marry a girl who can back up a trailer. - Michael Martin Murphy
Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go?
It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow. - Abner Perney
If lightning strikes while you're in the car it's your fault. - Doc Bundy
Duct tape is The Force: It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
Better to be a racer for a moment then a spectator for a lifetime.
Hands OFF the steering wheel when a meeting with the tire wall is imminent.
DNF beats DNS. (Did Not Finish beats Did Not Start)
To win is to drive as slowly as possible without relinquishing the lead.
The ideal racecar will expire 100 yards past the finish line. - Stirling Moss
The racing driver needs to be fed a diet of other racing drivers. - Carroll Smith
You can't make a racehorse out of a pig. But if you work hard enough at it you can make a mighty fast pig. - Bob Akin
If a part can be installed incorrectly, it will be. - Murphy's Law
Racing ... it's life. Everything that comes before or after is just waiting. -Michael Delaney (Steve McQueen in "LeMans")
Friends don't let friends apex early.
If you spin in turn seven, and no one actually sees it ... then did you really spin in turn seven?
Oversteer scares passengers; understeer scares drivers.
If I had all the money I'd spent on cars ... I'd spend it all on cars. - Scott Fisher
Straights are for fast cars. Turns are for fast drivers.
Racing is the process of turning money into noise.
Racing costs today exactly the same as it did twenty years ago ... it takes every penny you have.
DRIVER HAS NO CASH (lettered under the driver's window on the race car)
90% of the race is half mental. - Paraphrase from Yogi
Sometimes you have to bring back only the steering wheel so the car owner will know that you're giving it all you have. - Mario Andretti
A meteorite hitting your car is an accident; anything else is driver error.
When you put on your helmet... you're invincible. - John Force
What's-a behind a me is-a not important! - Franco Beltline (Raul Julia in "Gumball Rally")
If you can leave two parallel solid black lines from the exit of one turn, to the entrance of the next, THEN you have sufficient power. (Or you're a drifter)
Flat out 'til you see God, then brake.
Nothing good has ever been written about the full rotation of a racecar about its roll axis. - Carroll Smith
Racecar spelled backwards is still racecar.
this last group found on

Jean-Pierre Sarti: Before you leave I want to tell you something. Not about the others, but about myself. I used to go to pieces. I'd see an accident like that and be so weak inside that I wanted to quit - stop the car and walk away. I could hardly make myself go past it. But I'm older now. When I see something really horrible, I put my foot down. Hard! Because I know that everyone else is lifting his.
Louise Frederickson: What a terrible way to win.
Jean-Pierre Sarti: No, there is no terrible way to win. There is only winning.
top ten reasons racing is better then sex
1)You're Expected to Burn Rubber 
2) It's Ok to be a spectator 
3) There is a pit crew to help you out 
4) The faster you are the better you are 
5) It lasts for several hours 
6) It's acceptable to tailgate 
7) You're supposed to finish first 
8) Earplugs are ok to drown out noise 
9)You don't have to kiss the race car 
10) You get a trophy when you finish
Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car. Understeer is when you hit it with the front.
from the Carrera Panamericana; I think that it was Clay Smith who said, after a reporter asked him what he would do if his Lincoln were to go into the crowd; 'I'd turn on the wipers.'

“The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car, it’s the one who refuses to lose.”
-Dale Earnhardt

“If you can’t drive fast with 90 hp, then 900 hp will not help you.”
-Bob Hall

“Racing top fuel is for people who love work and hate money.”
-Brendan Murry

“The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.”
-Murray Walker

“Nobody remembers who finished second but the guy who finished second.”
-Bobby Unser

“Straight roads are for fast cars, turns are for fast drivers.”
-Colin Mcrae

“Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.”
-Enzo Ferrari

“If I had all the money I’d spent on cars … I’d spend it all on cars.”
-Scott Fisher

“It might sound stupid, but I don’t enter a race to win - I enter a race because I love racing.”
-Bronte Campbell

“I love speed. I love racing cars, whether it’s on the streets or wherever. Don’t tell the St. Louis police, though.”

“You win a race, the next race it’s a question mark. Are you still the best or not? That’s what is funny. But that’s what is interesting. And that’s what is challenging. You have to prove yourself every time.”
-Michael Schumacher

“Really, you should always discuss the defeats because you can learn much more from failure than from success.”
-Niki Lauda

“Sometimes you need to ease off in order to go faster”
-Jackie Stewart


  1. Those are cool!!!
    page is bookmarked... we just got back from Moparfest (what a rush), but will be looking for new material for next year's Tshirts


  2. If in Doubt, flat out!!- Colin McRae

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  4. The loser wishes he had the car that won, The spectater wishes he had the car that lost!!!
    (Jim "THE HIT MAN" Moffitt)

  5. The loser wishes he had the car that won, The spectater wishes he had the car tha lost, the winner wishes for more losers!

  6. Great list! Pretty sure “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” is a Hunter S. Thompson quote.

  7. How can you make a musician' car faster? Remove the Pizza sign. DV