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Old 01-17-2004, 01:20 PM   #1
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i have never attended a street car drag race until about a year ago. (only top fuel stuff) i know it's been awhile but i always wondered. when i attended it was a bunch of high school kids with lower powered vehicles (hondas, six banger mustangs, camaros, t/a's, ect.) there was a couple of exceptions including some g.t.s, 5.0's, super sports, and ram airs. my question is that when the higher powered vehicles would shift from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd, their brake lights would flash on and off at the moment of shift. why would that happen?



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i hate it when it rains. yesterday alone i had a six banger t/a, 2 sixbanger mustangs, 5.0, old chevelle, and GT wanting to race in the rain. (not all at the same time) i'm stupid cuz i like to street race but i'm not stupid enough to do it in the rain. just my luck though, when it's nice and sunny outside there are never any racers. stupid rain.
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:02 PM   #2
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ive never heard of that, but ive also never heard of a six banger T/A. are you talkin about a trans am here because thats unheard of. T/A's have v8s... the sixer version is the firebird
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Old 01-19-2004, 09:38 AM   #3
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sorry i don't have much knowledge about pontiac but obviously it was a firebird
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Reason why you saw brake lights is because its more then likely its a 5 spd and they prolly hit the brakes when enganging the clutch thats prolly it.
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how come the lower powered 5spds didn't do the same thing? it was only the higher powered cars and it seemed like each one did it in, not just one or two cars.
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maybe it was just coincidence and the higher powered ppl had bigger feet that would tap the brakes... who knows
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how come the lower powered 5spds didn't do the same thing? it was only the higher powered cars and it seemed like each one did it in, not just one or two cars.
Probally an illusion your seeing.
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my brother-in-law saw it too and we were both like :
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Maybe their shift lights were tied to their brake lights.

Who knows.
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just saw your little joy ride "relik." what was your top speed?
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just saw your little joy ride "relik." what was your top speed?
That Joyride topped out at my speed govenor at 110 MPH. I was doing 100 at the front of the camera.

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maybe they were using the secret braking/double-clutching shift technique that only really good drivers know how to perform.
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i think that its when they shift so hard that the car literally jumps forward. then the brake pedal moves ever so slightly but enough for the sensor to engage the lights. i know on the tbird if you moved it 2mm the lights come on. but im suprised hondas dont do it with all the wheelhop they have feels like you run over a traintrack everytime my buddy shifts when he races.

or it could be just a illusion of the car hitting a different angle and the reflectors being at a different angle making them seem brighter.
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