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Old 10-13-2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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Anyone Know Regulations on Track Racing Convertibles?

I am wondering what is typically the regulation for tracking a convertible (M Roadster is main front-runner). I know that each club has their own requirements, but what will typically make them happy? Hard tops? Cage only?

Also, does anyone know how to get a convertible into BMWCCA driving events? I know they have horribly strict and weird policies.
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I think BMWCCA requires a roll bar for convertibles.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
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Some chapters do not allow convertibles of any kind, with or without roll bar/cage.
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You need to check with the chapter(s) you might run with. Also, keep in mind that most chapters do not have 'racing' per se, but run Drivers Education and such. Many chapters do host BMWCCA Club Racing events, but these are purely run by the national CCA Club Racing organization.
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Look over to Porsche events. I've ran with them and they allow verts.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:45 PM   #5
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Just get a coupe...convertibles are for females...

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Old 10-15-2008, 03:02 PM   #7
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Convertibles are fine. Grand-Am had had a "roadster rule" in effect since 2003. This is because the BMW Z4 was a convertible back then and someone wanted to race it.

Remember, back in the old days, "proper" racecars were all convertibles. MGB, Bugeye Sprites, TR3's, AC Cobras, Porsche Speedsters and all the way up to the Audi R8's, are convertibles.
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Convertibles are fine. Grand-Am had had a "roadster rule" in effect since 2003. This is because the BMW Z4 was a convertible back then and someone wanted to race it.

Remember, back in the old days, "proper" racecars were all convertibles. MGB, Bugeye Sprites, TR3's, AC Cobras, Porsche Speedsters and all the way up to the Audi R8's, are convertibles.



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Old 10-15-2008, 07:53 PM   #9
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Most racing organizations allow convertibles although individual classes may require bolt-on hard tops. Usually arm restraints are required for open top cars in addition to all the cage and safety stuff required for hard tops.

Driving schools are not racing. For driving schools, most clubs allow convertibles, sometimes with minimum rollover protection requirements. Individual chapters or regions may ratchet up safety requirements or completely ban convertibles. Contact the local club representatives to see what is required for their events.

In my opinion, a bolt-in 4 point bar with proper diagonal bracing and a harness bar is a hell of a lot safer than the pop crap in most modern cars. Consider using such a bar even if is not required. Once installed and all the holes are drilled, it can be installed or removed in an hour or two.
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