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Old 03-11-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Question Drag Racing analyzer

Has anyone used one of these or know who sells them?
Drag Race Analyzer
United States Patent # 5,051,935 - Date Awarded: 9/24/91

An apparatus for automatically and continuously projecting an elapsed time in which a vehicle traveling over a racecourse will complete the course, wherein a difference between the projected elapsed time and a predicted time is continuously displayed to a driver of the vehicle, so that the driver can adjust the speed of the vehicle as needed during a race to approximate the predicted time. A plurality of magnets are mounted on a drive shaft of the vehicle in a circumferentially spaced relationship. A pickup coil is mounted adjacent to the magnets to detect movement of the magnets past the coil for measuring the distance traveled by the vehicle. A computer is electrically connected to the pickup coil and collects data from the coil for continuously calculating a difference between the projected elapsed time and the predicted time during a race. A motion switch is electrically connected to the computer and detects forward movement of the vehicle at the start of a race for automatically actuating the computer. A light gage is electrically connected to the computer and includes a set of red lights and a set of green lights which, when illuminated, indicate that the projected elapsed time is faster or slower, respectively, than the predicted time in 0.01 second increments. When one or more of the red or green lights are illuminated, the driver can decrease or increase the speed of the vehicle, respectively, so that the elapsed time approximates the predicted time at the end of a race.
Inventors: Matty; Richard D. (xxxxx Xxxxxx Rd., Marshallville, OH xxxxx)
Appl. No.: 356845 Filed: May 25, 1989
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:25 PM   #2
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If you haven't been a member of this site for a while you're excused from posting about
that item.If not then shame on you for bringing it up again.
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Ahhh yes, the dreaded 'Matty Box'. I think NHRA permenently banned these and permenently booted "inventor" Richard Matty.
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Some of the perps are still active in NHRA.
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Some of the perps are still active in NHRA.
Really ????
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Not only active but bragged up by NHRA about being great drivers. I still have the list of the dirty dozen some where at home.
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Really ????
Yyyyeeesssssssssss.
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The IHRA website actually had them all listed by name and banned from competition a few years ago.
I printed it and won several bets on having the names listed on the website.
I would not have believed it without seeing it myself.
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I'd love to see that list.
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I'd love to see that list.
Dave Connoly and Ray Connoly are both on that list. As are some other big names that would probably surprise you.

A bunch of people were busted for using it in the Moroso Five Day bracket race quite a few years ago..... the story has long since been hashed out and picked apart and debated very hotly on places like DragRaceResults.com for years. Some say there is no proof they were caught, and it was a witch hunt, some say they were caught red handed.

The fact is, some people, including more than likely all the names on that list and a bunch more, used it until people started to know what to look for.

You can buy them on the internet, but I'm sure as hell not going to go track down the site for you.

It is my understanding the Mattys are still active in bracket racing... but that may be incorrect.

The bottom line is, if you use this you are cheating. If you need this to win you might as well pack up and go bowling. But saying that, with tech as lacking as it is these days, espcially at local tracks.... there are probably people using it all over the country. He's still making them, so someone must be buying them.
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