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Green Race Cars...unlucky??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hightone111, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. Hightone111
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 323


    Call me trendy, but I'm building a gasser and I plan on painting it green...any horror stories out there that people know of regaurding this urban legend?

    The build is of the 60's era and probably won't be the safest ride in the world to start with, so if something horrible DOES happen...I blame it on the 60's
  2. scott 351 wins
    Joined: Dec 22, 2009
    Posts: 434

    scott 351 wins

    green is supposed to represent the grass in the infield of a circle track thus unlucky. not sure if it applies to drag racing but i know it applies to roundy rounds.
  3. FormerFueler
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Posts: 410


    Maybe John Force could pipe in on this one.
  4. lstwsh
    Joined: Jun 4, 2008
    Posts: 440

    from Dayton,Oh

    My old car a 48 Austin was green.It ran D/Gas and was called Greenhorn.I do know the car and open trailer flipped coming back from Florida years ago.So maybe there is some truth but the car set records back then in the sixties.

  5. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,531

    Francisco Plumbero
    from il.

    Hey if its like M&Ms it makes the girls horny, hang a rabbits foot on your key chain, even up the Karma.
  6. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,460


    Green was considered unlucky in NASCAR for many years. The 18 car (& others recently)seems to be doing OK though.
  7. Thumper
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,610


    A buddy of mine had a 55 chevy drag car that was green......kept blowing he called it the Jade figure.
  8. fiveohnick2932
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 891

    from Napa, Ca.

    When I helped my friend race sprint cars we never wore green to the track-
  9. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 807

    Theo Douglas

    Green is definitely considered unlucky. Also unlucky back in the day: peanuts in the pits.

    Not sure if you guys have heard this one, but I read a biography of Indy driver Wilbur Shaw when I was kid, and both superstitions were featured prominently.
  10. gasserjohn
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,219


    ''if it is not fast chrome it...if it still isnot fast paint it green so you can hide it in the weeds''
  11. truck
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 116

    from Brisbane

    green racecars are along the same lines as renaming boats.....bad luck.
  12. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,111

    from California

    bad luck is not caused by colors.

    60's era gassers should all be painted Schwinn Stingray blue anyway. everyone knows that blue cars hook up better than green ones.
  13. Junior Stock
    Joined: Aug 24, 2004
    Posts: 1,822

    Junior Stock

    Not for Kevin Helms.
    3 time world champ in NHRA stock eliminator.

  14. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,194

    from Central IL

    Like others have said, I dont think that applies to drag racing. I once was offered a ride in a roundy round car that was painted green, I said sure I'll drive it. I won the first time out in it and then talked the owner into changing the color scheme I ended up driving that car for 4 seasons
  15. Steve 38
    Joined: Jan 5, 2007
    Posts: 491

    Steve 38

    In Formula 1 back in the 50s and 60s, before teams started painting their cars up to reflect their sponsors, each country represented would have their own national colours, eg, Germany was silver, Italy red, I think the US was white, France was blue, etc, and Britain was green. And cars painted British Racing Green, such as Lotus, BRM, Cooper, Vanwall, etc, had plenty of success.
  16. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,410


    There was a guy from Northern California who ran a green top fuel car, number 13, and called it "Superstition," anyone remember his name? Don't think he ever won anything. so probably reinforced the green race car superstition....
  17. WhitePunkOnNitro
    Joined: Apr 2, 2009
    Posts: 324

    from Middle Tn

    Not a lucky color for the Zookeeper......
    Joined: Jan 18, 2010
    Posts: 77

    from tennessee

    It may have had bad luck on the trailer, but when You unloaded that thing it flew

  19. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,019

    from Tampa, FL

    Some of the old superstitions in racing were the color green (except the flag, I guess), peanuts, even women were not being allowed in the pits. They got started long ago. I'm sure there are more of them, too.

    But... ask Jimmy Clark and all the other "ferrin" racers who invaded Indy years ago how they felt about green cars! Nationalism prevails over silly superstitions, eh? Also, I think all superstition got killed VERY quickly when high paying sponsors like Kodiak (sp?) chewing tobacco, Mountain Dew, 7-up, etc started showing up at races with their checkbooks open. Later, Gary
  20. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,674

    Larry T

    The superstition of green being unlucky goes way back before cars were invented. It was just adapted to race cars, motorcycles, etc. as folks saw fit.
    Larry T
  21. Bill Van Dyke
    Joined: May 21, 2008
    Posts: 810

    Bill Van Dyke

    Funny ...4 leaf clovers are green..??
  22. Green Gassers! ykes,,,,, who knew??

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  23. kurtis
    Joined: Mar 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,997

    from Australia

    Green Corvette Funnycars are considered unlucky.
  24. ags41dave
    Joined: Mar 17, 2010
    Posts: 96

    from midwest

    Istwsh:perhaps that is why the current owner of your car has it painted red,Dave
  25. chop32
    Joined: Oct 13, 2002
    Posts: 1,077


    I grew up hearing that green was unlucky on motorcycles...
    My very first car was green and I had nothing but problems with it. What I then attributed to the color, Ive since realized was just my lack of knowledge!
  26. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    "The build is of the 60's era and probably won't be the safest ride in the world to start with, so if something horrible DOES happen...I blame it on the 60's"[/QUOTE]

    sounds doomed from the start, so i guess color don't matter. should build it safe first then worry about the color later.
  27. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,347

    Chuck R

    Jim Clark - Indy 1965

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  28. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,035

    from Dublin, OH

    I remember a Mickey Rooney movie about racing, a green car was called a HooDoo wagon, and considered very unlucky!
    I think the movie was called "The Big Wheel"
    I worked very hard for my Good Luck!
  29. texasred
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,119

    from Houston

    Custer rode a green horse to LITTLE BIG HORN.. This is how it got started.........
  30. SDhotrod
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 597


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