RARA-AVIS: Re: Bootlegger turn

From: Racerick75@aol.com
Date: 09 Jan 2006

Mark wrote:
<<ps -- is there a difference between a bootlegger's turn and a moonshiner's turn? Sallis uses both in a sentence describing one of Driver's movie stunts. A bootlegger's turn is a moving 180, also known as a Bat-turn, right? So what's a moonshiner's turn?>>
  No difference. As a former racing driver and - many, many years ago - a film stunt driver, I learned how to do the bootlegger's or moonshiner's turn. It's a pretty complex process, because all four limbs are doing something different at the same time.
  Let's say you want to do a bootlegger turn to the left, and you're driving a straight drive car (it's EXTREMELY hard to do this with an automatic). You're traveling in the right hand lane. You pull the car to the extreme edge of the asphalt, and then crank the wheel to the left. At about the point that you're straddling the middle line of the road, you put negative steering input into the wheel - turn it back to the right. At the same time, you double clutch with your left foot, keep your right foot on the gas, and pull the emergency brake with your right hand. DON'T LET GO OF THE EMERGENCY BRAKE BUTTON or the handle will stick in place due to the ratchet. You pull the brake lever, which locks the rear wheels, which are already unloaded because of your second turn to the right. The rear end of the car should snap around. When you've completed the 180 degree turn, you release the brake lever, rev the engine to match the revolutions for first or second gear, double clutch again
  to put the car into gear, and give it gas to light up the rear tires and stop the spin. If you've done it right, you've drawn an 'S' in the middle of the road, and you're facing in the opposite direction from the way you came.
  Haven't done one (at least on purpose) in about thirty years. Knowing how to do it saved my bacon in a couple of racing 'incidents' over the years, though.
  Kids, don't try this at home. You can seriously tear up a car in the learning curve. R
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