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Very superstitious

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by LarzBahrs, May 13, 2009.

  1. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 759

    from Sacramento

    Ive heard that green is an unlucky color in the car world, some people would even go as far as to never step foot into a green carbecause of it. What other kind of superstitions do people have that have to do with cars?
  2. temper_mental
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,718

    from Texas

    New to me I have heard this about bikers green being bad luck never cars
  3. I've heard it's bad luck to get in a car with a woman driving.
  4. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    Its bad luck to have superstitions

  5. I've only heard it applied to drag racers. When Eric Medlen died, I remember lots of chatter that the green goblin's have struck again.
  6. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 759

    from Sacramento

    Its also bad luck to rig a steering shaft made from 3/4" pipe fittings!
  7. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,919


    I sneezed in a car once and left something green on the windshield...
  8. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    The aversion to the pastoral hue is well established in the racing world. There, the sensitivity to the color's presumed darker aspects is so strong that Mario Andretti never signs autographs with green ink, and it is said Joe Weatherly (NASCAR's 1962 and 1963 champion) once removed his socks for a race because rain had changed their color from blue to green.

    While it is true some drivers have won races in green automobiles, cars of that complexion are rarely to be found at racetracks because they are regarded as unlucky. The prejudice against them dates to the earliest days of motor racing, fed (if not begun) by some especially memorable racing fatalities brought about by green racing machines.

    On 17 September 1911, one of the worst auto racing accidents in history occurred at Syracuse, New York, when 11 fans were killed and 10 others injured by Lee Oldfield's Knox racer, a green car that blew a tire during the race, careened into the infield, and plowed through a snow fence into a group of spectators. (The driver, thrown from the car, received minor injuries.)

    On 25 November 1920, Gaston Chevrolet, lost his life when his green Frontenac crashed at the Beverly Hills Board Track into the Duesenberg driven by Eddie O'Donnell. (O'Donnell and Lyall Jolls, his riding mechanic, also lost their lives in that accident.) Scant months earlier, Chevrolet had won the Indianapolis 500 in that very car.

    Well-entrenched centuries-old superstition about green being an ill-favored color has likely combined with memory of those two high-profile fatal crashes to help foster the belief that green cars and auto racing should not mix.
  9. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    Like this one? Better avoid those quick left turns!
  10. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    ^^what dumbass would risk their lives with 1/2"? I never use anything less than 3/4", and please, use some f'n pipe dope to keep the shit from leaking. Jeezzuss! What freak'n morons.

    Nice bare brake lines right up next to the exhaust manifolds too. That's a good one.

    You get a lot more bad luck being an idiot than being superstitious.
  11. Kona Cruisers
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,074

    Kona Cruisers

    green is a no no in a race, a DD is ok to be green.

    think about all the winning kyle petty did in the green mello yellow car oh wait nevermind..
  12. ardunpinto
    Joined: Dec 12, 2007
    Posts: 173

    from WACO tx

    You always spit out the window when a black cat crosses the road. As for the green, yep. There are very few green dirt track cars arround here. I have never had a speck of green on me or my car. Also peanuts are bad luck too.
  13. Beach Bum
    Joined: May 7, 2006
    Posts: 573

    Beach Bum

    Ya, so I guess all of those green Jaguars, Aston Martins, Lotus', Coopers, Brabhams, MGs, Triumphs, etc. That raced and won at places like Lemans, Indianapolis, Daytona, Sebring, Silverstone, Monaco and the Nurburgring were just rare flukes.
  14. SDhotrod
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 584


    Yeah, British Racing Green is so unlucky...
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  15. Superstition comes from a lack of education and understanding.
  16. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,914

    from Tampa, FL

    Green was considered unlucky in America for race cars, but mostly in the traditional forms, like ovals (as were eating peanuts and even women in the pits). Sports car types never paid much attention. The rest of the world didn't give a shit. In this day and age, does anyone still care? What do you do when 7 UP wants to sponsor you? Say no? Fuck, ask Steve Kinser what he thinks about green. Gary
  17. Brian C
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 494

    Brian C

    I have no superstitions....................Knock on wood! :D
  18. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,092


    Scary shit right there! There's another thread about this sort of thing. Kermit the Frog said "it's not easy being green".:D
  19. BigBlockMopar
    Joined: Feb 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,360


    Another green topic...

    I say superstitious people cause bad luck ;)
  20. greaser57
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 252

    from minnesota

    Green #13 race car=death..............Rich
  21. Jalopy Jim
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,867

    Jalopy Jim

    Don't tell the Britts that they have been racing British Racing Green cars for years and seem to have no problems. My Austin Healey race car was Porsche Shamrock green and never had any problems.
    The only car I crashed in 40 years of road racing was my blue and purple formula ford, I should have stayed with the teams blue and orange colors.
  22. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    ergo, this guy was very superstitious

    The thing that concerns me more about this set up than the pipe fittings is the misalignment of the lower socket fitting and what may well be (with close inspection) a chunk of wood wedged into it to take up the slack. Maybe the wood has some give so it can work as a kind of "olskool" uni joint.

    Anyway, my car is green and my childhood racing hero was Graham McCubbin ('72 Australian Sprint car champion) and when he wasn't running #1 or #2 he ran #13.
    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  23. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,465


    Poor ol' green,the secondary primary color...
  24. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


  25. Thorkle Rod
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,392

    Thorkle Rod

    The problem with this is that that thing is going to leak when he poors power steering fluid through the set screws, He needs to put some teflon tape on those threads, but I don't see any green so I am sure it's fine.
  26. mottsrods
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 742


    I never heard about the green thing...i've got a green Model A Tudor, my only real superstition is licking my finger and holding it into the air anytime I cross a continental divide. It always makes me safe!!
  27. And, there's no such thing as re-sale green. I've owned 3 green cars out of nearly 300 and had a hard time selling each one.
  28. BangerMatt
    Joined: Mar 3, 2008
    Posts: 465


    Yea, because this guy has NEVER won a race . . . silly green cars.
  29. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,511

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    In my better days, I raced with Ralph Firman. He was a really talented driver from Ireland. In and around 1999 or so, he was running Formula 3 trying to prep himself for a seat with a F1 team. The first race of the year, his owners thought it would be cute to paint his car green for Saint P's day.

    Ralph refused to drive the car and his team (I believe it was Jordan) spent the night before the race rattle canning his car yellow... and then applying his sponsor's decals.

    He spun on the first lap, took 6 other cars out (including me) and did not finish the race.
  30. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    Have heard of it but only in Gran Prix cars

    Red,Green and Blue are primary colors

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