Anyone know where the expression "pits" comes from? The Germans call them "Box/ Boxen" which is sort of understandable, since the 'pits' really look like a string of (shoe)-box shaped cubicles... But "pits"? Perhaps it's a leftover from racing in the 1920s/ 30s when race-cars didn't have inbuilt hydraulic/ pneumatic jacks and the "pits" where exactly that, dug-outs for servicing the racers during their often day-long races (over public roads). Sorta inspection/ service pits.... Any better ideas?