Drivin' the '55's in GPL
I thought I'd put down a few thoughts regarding the 1955 mod for GPL. It's still quite new and that in and of itself makes it a challenge. Add in low adhesion and the feature of brake fade and you have a recipe for many incidents.
I have to say that I'm largely dismayed at the driving techniques and behaviors I'm witnessing in many races in this and other leagues. Too often, it seems, the be-all and end-all is score the best possible finishing position possible and over-driving results. These cars need TLC. Tender Love & Care. You cannot abuse them especially the brakes. Not if you want to treat the '55 mod as a 'sim' rather than an arcade game, that is. I see comments regarding WR's and lap times as being all-important where the goal should be survive and hope for the best. I'm impressed with the skills evidenced by several members of the club who hurl the cars about with great abandon and achieve superior results. But the cost of one mistake could very well spell the end of them. You didn't crash these cars...even lightly...and hope to walk away without some consequence. A minor shunt could have you in the grave and I think that everyone should drive with that uppermost in mind. For those hell-bent on performance, remember that a shunt would most likely end your career...if not your life...and that should be a sobering outlook. It's not just that you risk your own skin. Your mistake could so easily cost the life of another participant.
My personal approach is to drive to survive. I'll never attempt to out-brake someone unless I'm 100% certain that it's in the bag. I'll not push so hard in the corners as to risk that one off and potential doom. Any of the that fancy stuff is just kidding yourself. You can only get away with that for so long.
I don't expect to find too much support or sympathy for this approach. That's fine. All I know is that at the end of the day, I did what I consider to be my best.
Remember the time-honoured phrase...
'There are old drivers and there are bold drivers but there aren't many old, bold drivers.'
From this point on, I'm going to monitor of all '55 races in which I participate and keep track of the box score on incidents of which I'm aware. I'll publish my analysis and let you know if you got to the post-race ball to live it up and receive a trophy or spent the night on a slab with a tag on your toe.
Donnie YourthMember Since 08 May 2006
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