The Driver Suit Blog-The Boots of Bob Tasca

By David G. Firestone

Bob Tasca III has been around racing his whole life. He started racing at 16, and eventually worked his way into Top Fuel Funny Car. According to his website: “In March of 2007 Bob Tasca III broke the world record, recording the quickest pass in Alcohol Funny Car history at 5.451 at 263MPH! Tasca also holds one of the quickest passes in Fuel Funny Car at 3.855 at St. Louis and 335.32 MPH at Reading, PA in 2019, and is the first Ford Driver to break the Three Second Barrier!” He helped bring Ford back to the NHRA in 2019.

Each category of auto racing has its own unique rules and safety equipment. This is especially true in the Top Fuel Funny Car category of drag racing. Driver visibility is limited, and both the engine are located in front of the driver. As such, the NHRA has mandated boot covers or “over-boots” for drivers. This example is a pair of over-boots worn by Bob Tasca circa 2011. The over boots show some wear, close to the sole.

The right boot has been signed by Bob Tasca with the inscription “BOB TASCA 405 315 MPH.

The top center of the right boot has an IMPACT patch sewn on to it.

The inside of the right boot has an IMPACT warranty label, with a date of manufacture of 01-28-11.

There is also an SFI 3.3/20 BOOT patch sewn into the inside.

The inside of the right boot shows some wear towards the bottom.

The left boot has also been signed by Bob Tasca with the inscription “BOB TASCA 405 315 MPH.

The top center of the left boot has an IMPACT patch sewn on to it.

The inside of the left boot has an IMPACT warranty label, with a date of manufacture of 01-28-11.

There is also an SFI 3.3/20 BOOT patch sewn into the inside.

The inside of the left boot shows some wear towards the bottom.

Next week, a driver suit!

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