Re: [CR]Probably silly question # 6037, but why counter-clock wise?


Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007 06:48:10 +1200
Subject: Re: [CR]Probably silly question # 6037, but why counter-clock wise?
From: Wayne Davidson <wayne.collect@xtra.co.nz>
To: <fcjchiu@shaw.ca>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <0JL800C75GV0Y4J1@l-daemon>


I'm in a RH drive country, both the old and new tracks in my hometown are counter clock wise...........regards wayne davidson Invers NZ..........

on 16/7/07 6:37 AM, Felix Chiu at fcjchiu@shaw.ca wrote:
> Hi List,
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> In auto racing, the race tracks of countries with left-hand drive cars are
> predominantly counter-clockwise. On a counter-clockwise track there are
> more left hand turns than right hand turns (you have to turn left 360
> degrees to come back to the same point). Turning left in a left hand drive
> car allows the driver to see the inside of the turn better and be more
> precise in placing the car in the most advantageous spot such as the apex of
> the turn. When the car is traveling around a turn at high speeds, the load
> is shifted to the outside of the turn. With a left hand drive car making a
> left turn the load is shifted to the right of the car and is countered
> somewhat by the weight of the driver helping with the balance of the car.
> All things being equal a left hand drive car would have a slight advantage
> over a right hand drive car on a counter clockwise track. The opposite
> would be true for countries with right hand drive cars.
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> Perhaps because of the above, people got used to seeing counter-clockwise
> tracks in North America and most of Europe and establish running tracks and
> bicycle racing tracks the same way?
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> Respectably submitted,
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> Felix Chiu

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> Vancouver, BC, Canada