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Old 04-26-2004, 11:56 PM   #1
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Rag Top NHRA question?

A friend of mine with a Conv Vette that runs 12.8 - 13.0's was approached at the track Sunday that the new NHRA rules require any Conv running 13.99 or below requires a roll bar or cage. What is up with that? Is this new? Does this mean that all Conv Cobra's cannot race without a bar or cage?
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Old 04-27-2004, 04:34 PM   #2
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NHRA tracks are more strict than IHRA. Yes, Cobra Verts need roll bar and at least 5-point harnesses (with current dating on them). I had my car outfitted that way a couple of years ago so I could run anywhere. I also have a halon fire extinguisher attached to the roll bar with a metal clamp, another requirement.

These are not new rules.

Look my car up in the member cars area on SCMC web site to see how it's outfitted. My best times were set at NHRA track in North East, Maryland during a Mod Motor Shootout a couple years ago.

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Old 04-27-2004, 04:47 PM   #3
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that rule has been affect for a LONG time.

NHRA is 13.99 and I believe IHRA is 13.49 for verts requiring it
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Old 07-23-2004, 08:56 AM   #4
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Just a word of advice regarding the "halon extinguisher with a metal clamp"
In a crash, most 'quick release" clamps will release, turning the bottle into a projectile...think about it.....I have seen the results.....not nice.....
Also, halon is much over-rated in its ability to supress a fire.....
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