Don't Pitch That Marker!
During new construction or repairs of our race cars, we used to go through markers by the pack. Material surfaces of steel, plastic, or fiberglass all have wax or oil from manufacturing or from other cars leaking when on the track. Then when we run a line for cutting or dots for rivet locations, we contaminate the tip of the marker.
If your marker quits working, don't pitch it! We have found, if you shoot a quick spritz of brake clean on the tip, then drag it on a clean rag it will likely come back to life. One time at the track, we were down to our last marker and it was dry. We shot a short blast of brake clean into the body of the marker and it worked just fine.
Midwestern Council Sports Car Club, 2001 Ford Taurus (Former NASCAR Winston Cup) CLASS/Grand Touring Stock Car
Crappy Old Brakes
My class, like most, requires four operating brakes. We also can't use any aftermarket parts such as bias adjusters, and so on. So, I just run a set of crappy, old brake pads on the right front, and a brand-new set on the left. Now, the car turns under braking, and it is totally legal. I'm so smart.
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