25 tips to better enjoy motorsports

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Oct 26, 2022 | Motorsports, Shop Work, Tips | Posted in Shop Work , Safety , News and Notes | From the Nov. 2009 issue | Never miss an article

Photography Credit: Mark Langello

Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones.” We don’t know who first uttered that phrase, but it rings strongly through our heads.

Most of us have learned that painful lesson regarding a hot stove. Searing pain can teach us much: Leave the stove alone.

However, that experience didn’t remove all hazards from our lives. …

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motomoron SuperDork
12/3/15 2:47 p.m.

Or, as my wise father says: "Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else".

classicJackets Reader
12/3/15 2:49 p.m.

Thank you for not putting them on individual slides . Good advice with the right amount of fun in it!

Dusterbd13 UberDork
12/3/15 2:58 p.m.

my elcamino is proof that you can weld dirt, air, and rust. don't believe me? look at the drivers side a-pillar. theres a 10lb spool of flux core staring back at you.

12/3/15 3:20 p.m.

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.

12/3/15 9:40 p.m.

Wisdom is what you get when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get when you don't.

2K4Kcsq Reader
12/9/15 7:46 p.m.

Well put. When you accept that you know little, your free to learn a lot.

Basil Exposition
Basil Exposition Dork
12/9/15 9:58 p.m.

Experience is recognizing a mistake the second time you make it.

dotdotdotPaul New Reader
1/2/16 6:36 p.m.

Wisdom is rolled at creation. Experience is awarded by the Dungeon Master. :)

evildky SuperDork
1/5/16 4:17 p.m.

"Wyld Stallyns Rule!"

mazdeuce PowerDork
1/5/16 4:26 p.m.

In response to fire: months of healing and a lifetime of scars can happen at the speed of flame propagation. That's faster than you can move. Be careful.

airwerks Reader
1/5/16 4:35 p.m.

Stupid hurts.

Austincrx New Reader
1/13/16 7:22 p.m.

How about 'Wisdom, Experience, Money, and Time are all things I don't have much of.' I agree most with...all of them, hah!

livinon2wheels GRM+ Memberand New Reader
6/18/18 6:18 p.m.

I like the idea that you get experience first, then you get the wisdom...if you are lucky enough to live through the experience (especially if it relates to fire). Most of the folks that read these pages have a fair amount of both wisdom and experience. I'm glad to be counted among that group. Can we have just a moment of reverence for those that weren't lucky enough to acquire the wisdom before encountering the occasional harsh realities of this sport. I for one feel very grateful to still be on this side of the grass and able to enjoy this compelling activity. To borrow a line from an old TV series...lets be careful out there. :)

pinchvalve GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/26/18 8:11 a.m.

I must have read that article somewhere because I have been living so many of those suggestions these past few years.  One thing I will say about safety is that people tend to groan about all of the safety rules in place to go racing, even at the Autocross level.  Experience has taught me that they should be considered the bare minimum, if you can do more you should, but NEVER circumvent the rules or go cheap on safety.  The one thing in your car that can't be welded back together is you. 

rdcyclist Reader
11/26/18 9:11 a.m.

Safety Third.

Toyman01 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/26/18 10:40 a.m.

If you ignore everything else, take this one to heart. Shoot Your Friends. And expand it to include family.  

I've been shooting digital pictures since Sony came out with the Mavica camera in the 90s.  I've been sorting through gigs of images over the last couple of weeks. One thing that stands out, the objects I took pictures of aren't very important. And I didn't shoot the people near enough. 

Case in point. I just went through 26, 3.25" floppy disks of a Washington trip from 20 years ago. All shot with my first Sony digital camera. Average 20 shots per disk. Less than 25 of them were people. Lots of Smithsonian shots of crap that doesn't matter. Lots of pictures of the Mall and buildings. Not near enough of the family and none of me. I was surprisingly sad about that. 

chandler PowerDork
11/26/18 2:56 p.m.
motomoron said:

Or, as my wise father says: "Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else".

That’s perfect.

volvoclearinghouse UberDork
12/5/18 6:30 a.m.

All knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.  

pirate Reader
12/5/18 8:10 a.m.

Experience breeds character and  character breeds wisdom.

Scott00 New Reader
12/13/18 3:04 p.m.

The title says 25 tips for Motorsports enthusiasts, but a lot of it can apply to all! Fantastic article and it really makes you think... we're consumed with life and all that's going on around us that we do forget to actually "be present" in it. Don't take the people in your life for granted, because they'll be gone before you realize it and always enjoy the little things! 

meldog21 New Reader
12/21/18 7:41 p.m.

Those aren't scars, they're experience marks.

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