the staff of Motorsport Marketing
July 7, 2016 10:07 a.m.

Story by Terry Thomas, photos as credited

Those of us who attend driver education events often hear the same mantra over and over. Instructors, those brave souls who jump into the right seat to help us become better drivers, must spend entire days repeating it through clenched teeth: “Look ahead! Be smooth!”

Sounds simple, right? And while we can all probably agree that looking ahead and being smooth sound like great ideas, do we really know what the heck these phrases mean, never mind why they are so important to attaining driving bliss? We’ve done a bit of digging to determine just why those two commandments are indeed so critical to safe, effective laps.

Strap in.

Read the rest of the story

Trackmouse Dork
July 7, 2016 3:13 p.m.

God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Duke MegaDork
July 7, 2016 4:15 p.m.

I don't know if it's the exposure, the image compression, or my monitor, but that Firehawk is showing up in a perfectly stunning shade of magenta.

KyAllroad UltraDork
July 7, 2016 4:39 p.m.
Trackmouse wrote: God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Look smooth, be ahead?

I can't say being ahead in a race is bad.....

snailmont5oh Reader
July 7, 2016 5:13 p.m.
Duke wrote: I don't know if it's the exposure, the image compression, or my monitor, but that Firehawk is showing up in a perfectly *stunning* shade of magenta.

Mine too. Maybe it's got blue tinted clear?

holmesbr
holmesbr None
July 9, 2016 11:45 a.m.

In reply to snailmont5oh :

2 coats of oversaturation.

WildScotsRacing HalfDork
July 9, 2016 3:31 p.m.
holmesbr wrote: In reply to snailmont5oh : 2 coats of oversaturation.

I was thinking it's simply a clear blue sky being reflected off the red paint...

Trackmouse Dork
July 9, 2016 11:35 p.m.
KyAllroad wrote:
Trackmouse wrote: God cramit, I've been doing it backwards for years!

Look smooth, be ahead?

I can't say being ahead in a race is bad.....

Ha, if only!

HapDL
HapDL New Reader
Jan. 1, 2017 4:42 p.m.

Back in about 1988 I went to Spenard's racing school. One thing they did was assess the driving position the driver wanted to use. They told me I was sitting way too far back, forcing the big muscles in the upper arms, shoulders and back to do the work. They had me move much closer to the wheel so that my arms were significantly bent at the elbows. Now I am using the finer muscles. What a difference that made, instant improvement in smoothness and lap times. That change in seating position made more difference than anything else.

You'll need to log in to post.

Also on Grassroots Motorsports

Making a Solid Rear Axle Perform

11 hours ago in Project Cars

Solid axles get a bad rap.

2017 Acura ILX

11 hours ago in New Car Reviews

Acura's ILX is a direct competitor with it's cousin, the Honda Civic. The Acura badge typically signifies a slightly more ...

Deal of the Month: GRM Sticker Kits for Just $19.95

14 hours ago in News

Fresh stickers for a fresh season.

On All Fours

1 day ago in Articles

Audi’s Sport Quattro was a winning rally weapon in the ’80s and remains a shockingly powerful highway cruiser today.

Reader's Ride of the Week: Enviate Hypercar

2 days ago in News

There’s fast and there’s FAST–and then there’s this thing.

Join the Grassroots Motorsports Dyno Day

5 days ago in News

Join us for a dyno day in Sterling, Virginia.

From the GRM Vault: The Art of Understatement

6 days ago in Articles

The Harvey brothers dominated autocross in an obsolete Datsun a couple decades ago.

2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE

6 days ago in New Car Reviews

The quintessential European hatchback continues to pour out of Volkswagen's plants. Our test car featured four doors, a turbocharged 4-cylinder ...

We're Giving Away a $500 Race Ramps Certificate

1 week ago in News

Joining the drawing is totally free.

25 Project Path

1 week ago in Articles

A walk through 25 of our favorite project cars from the past.

Our Turbo Miata Goes Boom

1 week ago in Project Cars

Engine swap and suspension revamp before our race in two weeks? Challenge accepted.

The Ultimate Weekend Getaway for Your Car Club

1 week ago in News

Save a corral space just for your club at the Mitty.

OUR SPONSORS

Grassroots Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Grassroots Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
F76gVrGLyJCl1UnyRKM165EcrLaBCCT4