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View Poll Results: Stripes: yes or no
Keep them, they're imperfect, but they work well enough 2 5.13%
Ditch them, don't really dig them, keep the fenders clean 34 87.18%
Any other ideas comment or something 3 7.69%
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:49 AM   #11
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to bad everyone thinks fender hashes are cool without having a clue as to any of the history.

HASH MARK was USED ONE TIME AND ONLY ONE TIME on a racing original Grand Sport. That one time started a legend and history.

The hash mark was NOT on the fender- didn't show up on the fender until the NON RACING 1996 tribute edition.

In 1963 John Mecom took 3 Grand Sports to the Bahamas for Speed Week (rich boys in the early 60's went there to race on street courses, google Bahama Speed Week and the Nassau Tourist Trophy-also understand that GM NEVER raced the Grand Sports, private parties only).

All three Mecom Grand Sports were painted the same color of blue. A single HASH MARK (red, white and black I believe-sorry too tired to go look it up) was placed on the nose of each car--THE NOSE--this allowed the car to be identified as it came down pit lane. This is 1963, no cell phones, no laptop computers, no in-car radios...just a sign board telling a car to come into the pit...can't see the "side' of a car coming at you down pit lane thus the hash mark to id the car.

The HASH Marks were done with TAPE NOT PAINT. The 3 Grand Sports never raced like that again...just that single week frozen in time....thus no more hash marks.....until 1996 and later during the C5R and C6R programs. Also understand the history or racing and 'safety--in 1963 pit lanes were not 40 mph safe zones of today...they were just part of the main straight...you worked on the car while racers blew past 20 ft away at 120mph. You didn't step into pit lane (the damn racetrack) unless you had to and for your car-thus car id was critical.
Carroll Shelby used them in 1963 on the fenders.

The fender stripes are known as FIA stripes. They were first used on a Cobra (CSX2128) at the 1963 Sebring FIA race. The stripes were painted on 2128 to distinguish it form the other team Cobras (all black painted body's) that were racing. The color chosen for 2128 was yellow.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:42 AM   #12
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Maybe if the angle was different. This \\ instead of this //. Maybe start where the headlight ends. Even then, I don't know. Thinner stripes or different widths.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:40 AM   #13
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not a fan of those stripes, or the wheel color
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:10 PM   #14
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Maybe if they were the same color as the wheels? I don't know, something seems off about them but I couldn't for the life of me tell you what...
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:38 PM   #15
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looks gross its not a chevy
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:24 AM   #16
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Bump for the last couple votes, just curious how many people might like them. lol
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #17
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Looks better without them,just looks like another trend young people follow with no clue plus on a Focus it looks really out of place.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:13 PM   #18
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Yeah.. no.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:40 AM   #19
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They look lame.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:56 PM   #20
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I like them, I vote keep em!

Speaking of which i need to re-do mine.
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