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General Discussion about Racing History Vintage auto racing has a very special place in most race fans heart and mind. The cars, the drivers, the spills and thrills. Please share your auto racing memories. Feel free to start threads/topics in this forum that are non-specific to drivers, cars, or tracks.



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Old 11-24-2009, 12:57 PM   #1
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Bring back the White Pants in the pits. Not very practical but still cool looking!!

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Old 11-24-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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Bring back the White Pants in the pits. Not very practical but still cool looking!!

Your preaching to the choir here.

I loved the white pants in the pits for many reasons:

- Saftey. (much easier for the drivers to see the people in the pits)
- Respect for the sport. (I don't expect tuxedos but gee whiz people look a little bit professional)
- Status. (fans can spot the drivers by their racing suit, they also like to see the crew members and be able to distinguish them as crew members)
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:31 PM   #3
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Count me in too. Even dirty white pants at the end of the night looked better than Levi's or somebody in shorts. While I'm on my soapbox, shoes. Only real shoes should be worn it the pits, no sandals or flip-flops. I've worn sneakers, but usually work boots. Drop a jack stand on your foot or run a floor jack over a toe and you'll learn the lesson like I learned the hard way.



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Old 11-24-2009, 06:35 PM   #4
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I too am a big fan of the white pants for crew members, many a times I have came off a well lit race track into a dark pit area and have had nearly hit someone as they are wearing dark colored clothing. Also I think that the crews just looked more professional in the whites. JMO
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:43 PM   #5
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Started wearing white pants early in my flagging career and stuck with it throughout. That was before I was married, and I can remember my mother saying, "No matter how dirty you get those things, people know you came to the track clean."
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:22 AM   #6
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Oh boy, a hot topic for me. Local weekly auto racing really lost a lot of it's credibility when they lowered the standards for anybody buying a pit pass, and not mandating white pants, (except for the trophy girl, and maybe a celebrity driving the trophy car). Honestly, and lets be honest, if you go in the pits today it looks like they let all the homeless in for free. It's not just local racing, but that's what most people see, if I owned a race track it would be mandatory that everyone buying a pit pass would have to wear white pants. There's always some moron who has to wear his, or her's, favorite black t-shirt, and black jeans, and man you can't see them at night until they turn toward your coasting, but still running race car, and you burp the throttle, like a horn, and they turn toward you, eye's as big as frisbee's, they freeze for a second, then make the juke to the right, then to the left, then leap to safety as they soil those black Levi's, and you laugh out loud inside your helmet, that part was fun.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:20 AM   #7
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Your preaching to the choir here.

I loved the white pants in the pits for many reasons:

- Saftey. (much easier for the drivers to see the people in the pits)
- Respect for the sport. (I don't expect tuxedos but gee whiz people look a little bit professional)
- Status. (fans can spot the drivers by their racing suit, they also like to see the crew members and be able to distinguish them as crew members)
There was nothing better then wearing a clean pair of whites on sunday night and of course having the crew all in matching shirts and jackets aw those were the days. I still have my trophy from the late 70's for best dressed crew.
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Honestly, and lets be honest, if you go in the pits today it looks like they let all the homeless in for free.


It's also annoying that entire families now go in the pits with their driver. I think that ONLY essential crew members should be allowed in the pits.
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It's also annoying that entire families now go in the pits with their driver. I think that ONLY essential crew members should be allowed in the pits.
Agree with the whites, but you wouldn't get a track owner/promoter to issue that edict. Would be to much revenue lost. Used to be, the pits were for the business of running a race, not for visiting. Just not that way anymore. In some ways, good, and in others, not good. I too, wish it was the way it was in the old days. I sure miss those Sunday nights ae Lakeside!
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:34 PM   #10
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i too am a fan of white pants but have you ever tried to walk down from the top of the belleville high banks back in the 80s? it was very funny most of the time. seen many pre race spills.
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