Race Vehicle Numbers - Does yours mean anything?

ndvalium

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Something a little different....

I know some numbers on race cars are assigned but many pick their own numbers. I am just curious your story as to how/why you picked your race vehicle number and if there is some good story behind it.
 

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when it comes to 1158 for my class 11, 58 was my first number for my first race in class 11 at Riverside 1975, 586 for 51600 was my first number in 1977 for my first race in 51600 and 1658 was my first number in 2-1600 in 1982 for my first race in 1600.At the time all numbers were as drawn needing to be changed every race, NO ONE had assigned numbers for a long time then the points champion started getting the first number say 550 for class 51600 starting sometime in the 80s untill TT came about.
 

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Our first race number was 1097 - Police code 10-97 for "Arrived on scene". Cop buddy suggested it. When we went to class 12 the 97 followed so we were 1297 (1197 BITD). I have since raced my bike under O97 at BITD and my son uses 97 as his baseball number
 

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When we raced NORRA in 2015 we had to be #44. This was the number my dad used back in the 70's. Richard Petty was #43 so my dad used #44, and my dads buddy was #45. When we raced NORRA we even used my dad's number plate that was hand painted by another of his buddies. We even carried the same font to our t-shirt design and other numbers in vinyl.
 

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Something a little different....

I know some numbers on race cars are assigned but many pick their own numbers. I am just curious your story as to how/why you picked your race vehicle number and if there is some good story behind it.


The "96" part of our number (we've run 2096 and 7196) comes from the year I joined the USAF. The opportunities I had during my 21 years in uniform are what enabled us to pursue turning the daily driver in to a race truck in the first place so it seemed fitting. The "extra" money I earned on various deployments and TDY's funded most of the build...hence the "TaxPayer Funded" thing.

Also, the yellow and black checkerboard along the bottom of the truck represents the tail markings of the units at Nellis AFB, where I was born. And the POW/MIA flag is proudly displayed on the bedsides.
 

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My favorite number is 90 from the name of an old skateboard/snowboard clothing co based out of Phx owned by a funny colored hair pro skater named Kevin Staab.



I put 90 on our first Lemons race car and I was gonna put 90 on my trophy truck but Josh Daniel did it before I actually got a trophy truck so there went that idea. (My lawyer is sorting through this mess right now. I'm fairly certain that his TTTT is "legally" mine based on this whole number stealing debacle.)
 

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Michael Jordan, David Beckham, LeBron James, Dan McMillin...
 
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Funny that this thread comes up. We have been 168/1568 since 2006. The significance of that number is that my wife Shelby was born in January of 1968, and she has always been driver of record. When my son, Cody, started racing, he was first 968, then 1268/1168, then 1068 through multiple cars. Those of us that have been around the sport for a long time remember when we drew new numbers based on draw order for each race. Those days are gone (thank goodness) and we now brand on our numbers via social media, sponsor ships, advertising, etc. We have been the 68's since our re entry into the sport.

The funny thing we are experiencing is that someone has come into the sport long after we were already using 1068, and has decided they are entitled to that number. There have been multiple heated discussions between various members of the two groups, and we have to continually race all series to protect our turf due to attempts being made for the other group to use the number in one of the series. We lost it at BITD because we were the class 10 champions for the previous year, and started at Parker as #1001. A couple of races later, the other group entered as 1068 at a BITD race. Cody noticed it, and called BITD and said I am entering and I want my number, I no longer want to run the champion number. Casey called him and said you are the champion, run the champion number and we will let them run the 1068. Ever since, we have been unable to get our number at BITD and now have to race as 1006. The significance of branding/recognition is at sign ups for Rage, the guy asked for our number when we went into register. We told him 1068, and he looked up with a big smile and said "you guys just won the 1000!! Congrats, you kicked ass". He knew who we were as a team from just saying 1068. That is the significance of a number.View attachment 187640 View attachment 187640
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My Dads claim to fame was that he beat Bruce Mclaren in a sports car race on the streets of Wanganui NZ.
He ran 44 in that race the old man (also Bruce) BM shield sticky decal sm.jpg ran 44 in that race so the legacy lives on
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Because 777 was already taken...
 

Dave Cole 4454

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Used 54 in rockcrawling from the old TV show...Car 54 Where are you?

Then some idiot(s) came up with Ultra4 and the 4400 class...so 4454 it is.
 

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No cool story here...990 was the number on the first car I bought. I would have changed to 959 as 59 was the number I wore for years as a hockey player but I bought the car a couple weeks before its first race in my hands and I just never got around to swapping my number....now it is stuck to me and when I built the new car there was never any question that 990 was staying with me!

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View attachment 187657 Funny that this thread comes up. We have been 168/1568 since 2006. The significance of that number is that my wife Shelby was born in January of 1968, and she has always been driver of record. When my son, Cody, started racing, he was first 968, then 1268/1168, then 1068 through multiple cars. Those of us that have been around the sport for a long time remember when we drew new numbers based on draw order for each race. Those days are gone (thank goodness) and we now brand on our numbers via social media, sponsor ships, advertising, etc. We have been the 68's since our re entry into the sport.

The funny thing we are experiencing is that someone has come into the sport long after we were already using 1068, and has decided they are entitled to that number. There have been multiple heated discussions between various members of the two groups, and we have to continually race all series to protect our turf due to attempts being made for the other group to use the number in one of the series. We lost it at BITD because we were the class 10 champions for the previous year, and started at Parker as #1001. A couple of races later, the other group entered as 1068 at a BITD race. Cody noticed it, and called BITD and said I am entering and I want my number, I no longer want to run the champion number. Casey called him and said you are the champion, run the champion number and we will let them run the 1068. Ever since, we have been unable to get our number at BITD and now have to race as 1006. The significance of branding/recognition is at sign ups for Rage, the guy asked for our number when we went into register. We told him 1068, and he looked up with a big smile and said "you guys just won the 1000!! Congrats, you kicked ass". He knew who we were as a team from just saying 1068. That is the significance of a number.
Welp sorry I guess I stole your number too. I needed a number when I started racing my prerunner in NORRA and since they let you pick whatever you want I took 68 (also because that's the year I was born). Also, when I was looking at how I wanted to do the livery the number 68 was on one of the pictures I used as inspiration so it was like a sign.

 

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Welp sorry I guess I stole your number too. I needed a number when I started racing my prerunner in NORRA and since they let you pick whatever you want I took 68 (also because that's the year I was born). Also, when I was looking at how I wanted to do the livery the number 68 was on one of the pictures I used as inspiration so it was like a sign.

that is great inspiration for a number
 

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529 or 0529 in BITD because my son was born May 29. When those are taken I use 527 because I was born on the 27th but in December. Not nearly as cool...
 

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When I was a kid there were 6 of us on the block riding bicycles. They gave race numbers based on speed we each were. I wasn't there that day and ended up #6. When I started racing bicycles I wanted #6 but that was taken so I took #66. That stayed thru my 3-wheeler racing days. When I got a quad I added a wheel and dropped and number and went back to #6. Fast forward to my first baja bug race car. #516. 5 for class 5, 1 because my partners was 911 and 6 for me.
 

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1064, because that was one of the numbers that was not used in this thread:

1000 numbers

I got frustrated changing my number at races when someone else was using it. After changing my number five or six times I contributed to this thread to help people select numbers for their 10 car. 1064 did not appear to be used so I grabbed it. I am more than happy to add someone to this list. Just PM me with the info if you need help.

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