RACER PROFILE - DANNY GARLAND
1991 All-American Masters World Champion
Derby Tech - Nov. 1991-July 1992
- My racer is 14 1/8" high.
- My racer is 14 9/16" wide.
- The girth is 49 1/4".
- The length is 84".
- The wheelbase is 65 1/8".
- The center of the rear axle is 78" from the nose.
- I weighed 84 lbs. on race day.
- The total weight was 236 lbs.
- The weight distribution was balanced.
- I used 1991 axles.
- The spindle settings were 0.002 down and 0.002 tow-in. I did not tilt the axles.
- I ran the suspension tight.
- I ran the tension on my steering cables moderately tight.
- The suspension on my car was an overhead rocker with a vertical kingpin In front. The
rear was bolted solid with internal radius rods.
- I didn't pre-bow my axles.
- I didn't have a dampening system.
- My vision opening was 3/16".
- I used polyester resin.
- I used 8 oz. boat cloth.
- Glass inside and out.
- I attached my axle foils using long, flathead wood screws.
- I used Douglas fir for the floorboard and tongue and groove white pine for the sticks.
- The wheelpins were in the horizontal direction.
- The headrest is 22 1/8 inches long.
- I painted my racer Ford emerald green metallic.
- I painted the axle foils black.
- The ground clearance is 3 1/4".
- The floorboard is 1 1/2" thick.
- To make my racer rigid we used a 3/8" steel plate epoxied to the floor.
- I did not use any particular airfoil to derive the body shape of my car. We tried to
build a car which was pleasing to the eyes from any angle, which means the car should not
have any problems at 30 MPH
- The cross-section of my racer was never calculated, but I know it could have been
smaller by decreasing the radius at mid-point of the car.
- The girth was at about 42" from the nose.
- I did nothing special to streamline the junction where the axles enter the car body,
just a clean transition from axle to body.
Special features of my car are:
Tried building a pleasing curve or radius without giving up too much
Special race day procedures I had were:
Systems check (brakes, helmet, steering, etc...) Thinking about where to drive the
car. Rub the car down for smoothness with your shirt. Psych out the other
racer. Look like you really know what you're doing
Comments that might help others are:
Don't eat a lot before each race, have small snacks to watch your weight. Clear your
head and concentrate on what you're going to do! And if all else fails PRAY!!!!
Don't look for the other cars, just sort of push your car down the hill and put a death
grip on the steering wheel, it keeps it from wobbling and just correct the turns.
don't make quick turns!
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