All Hail The Mighty Foam Block

By David G. Firestone

Auto racing has a lot of different elements in it. These include the cars, the track, and all the implements in both. Drag racing has many different elements at the track. The most unique of these is the timing system. The Christmas tree is the centerpiece, and the timing blocks are one of the most critical elements.

In drag racing, sensors and lightweight orange foam blocks with reflectors are placed at 60, 330, 660, 1000, and 1320 feet. These sensors measure speed and elapsed time. They are made of very lightweight foam, so as not to damage the cars of they impact them. This example was cut in half by a nostalgia funny car at Las Vegas. Obviously, it shows very heavy use.

I know that this was a short one, so we will do another…


Nothing fancy, going to post a recipe that can give mediocre hot dogs good flavor.

Dirty Water Hot Dogs

12 Servings


12 Hot Dogs

2 quarts Water

2 tablespoons Vinegar

1 teaspoon Cumin

pinch Freshly Grated Nutmeg

12 Hot Dog Buns (split; toasted if desired)


1-Combine the Water, Vinegar, Cumin, and Nutmeg in a large pot, and bring to a boil.

2-Reduce to a simmer, and add the Hot dogs, cooking until the Hot dogs have heated through, about 5 minutes.

3-Serve on buns with desired condiments.

Next week, auto racing paperwork.


Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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