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racing letters

Post by frosato » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:11 pm

I am running for the first time in March at Bristol. I am running novice solo. What letters do I need on my car other than numbers. I have seen NAS, NSTS and NXP. Thanks
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Re: racing letters

Post by MARKP » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:01 pm

In stock form, your STI is classed in BS. Running novice class, you will want NBS on the car.

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Re: racing letters

Post by dewittpayne » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:14 pm

Class letters should be half the size of the numbers, but at least four inches high, IIRC.
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Re: racing letters

Post by Teufelshund » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:20 am

Dewitt is correct. Minimum size for class is 4" high. Minimum for numbers is 8" high. I believe the minimum stroke width is 3/4" or something like that. Class comes before numbers, "NBS 12", for example.
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Re: racing letters

Post by John Brown » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:38 am

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Re: racing letters

Post by dewittpayne » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:42 am

The numbers and letters should be in a contrasting color to the car too. White on black or black on white is the ideal. Dark blue on black, which I have seen, is not good. Think about being able to read the number from halfway across the parking lot in bad light.
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Re: racing letters

Post by steverife » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:59 am

Yup. Min of 4" for the class letters with a 3/4" stroke. Min of 8" for the class numbers with a 1.25" stroke. Class letters should be between 25% and 75% of the size of the numbers. If you buy from Gary or any of the common vendors, you don't have to worry about that, though. They'll take care of you.

Also, Dewitt makes a good point about contrast. For instance, I have a red car. I bought silver numbers and while no one gave me a hard time over them, they didn't look very readable in pictures. I replaced them with white numbers.
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Re: racing letters

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Re: racing letters

Post by dewittpayne » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:41 pm

Paul's numbers are pretty good. Red is actually a dark color, but the white border increases the contrast. The one thing I don't like is the width of the stroke on the numbers. Bigger holes in the 8 and the 6 would, IMO, make the numbers a bit more readable. But that's something of a nitpick, especially when compared to some of the truly awful numbers I've seen both on the race track and at autocrosses.
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Re: racing letters

Post by TedV » Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:30 pm

red and black are not contrasting colors ( sorry Paul) convert to a black and white photo and you will see what I mean.

work a position you have to write down the numbers and class of the car as it passes by at speed, and you will understand.
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Re: racing letters

Post by Gen52SS » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:50 pm

No Ted… you need to finally get your eyes 👀 checked. Those red candy chrome over chrome are simply gorgeous. I haven't looked at anything in black and white since my family RCA TV in 1950. I wonder how many black cars run red numbers at solo events. Let it go.
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Re: racing letters

Post by TedV » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:13 pm

No problem, you get to run the sound meter all of July 4th national weekend. :twisted: Glance at the car, get the number and class along with accurately read the meter. Working corners doing audit paperwork is easier.

Let me know if I still need to get my eyes checked after that.

something says you will be in agreement with me. :wink: :lol:
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Re: racing letters

Post by Gen52SS » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:23 pm

I'm in total agreement…. Glad that's over. :D
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Re: racing letters

Post by steverife » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:44 am

The nice thing is that if you have a dark car and you end up with numbers with poor contrast.... it is pretty easy to buy a magnetic sheet at AC Moore, stencil the current numbers, and end up with cheap white numbers.
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Working corners doing audit paperwork is easier.
Maybe at Bristol. At every other national I've attended in recent years, working clipboard was utter chaos.
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Re: racing letters

Post by jcox07 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:49 am

That's because ETR rocks at putting on national events and has the right people in the right chiefs positions!! :D
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