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Old 02-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default Time Trials FAQ Thread

All, this thread will serve as a collection for Frequently Asked Questions as they pertain to Time Trials Rules. I will update this thread often so please check back.

MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL RESPONSES / POSTS IN FULL. THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS.

Please feel free to post up here, email myself or Mark Foust for any clarifications you may have.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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Convertibles;
Convertibles and Targa* top automobiles. These cars must have either a roll bar meeting the requirements of section 11 of the TTR, a non-mechanical factory roll bar/roll over protection (i.e. no pop-ups), or a factory hard top using the factory mounting hardware and mounting points. Owners of cars equipped with factory roll bars/roll over protection must present documentation stating that the device is a roll bar or roll over protection at the time of vehicle tech inspection (a factory issued Owner’s or Shop Manual will fulfill this requirement.) Targa* top (and T-top) automobiles may forgo the roll bar requirement under the condition that the Targa bar meets the height requirements set forth in
11.1.1.B.

Translation;
Convertibles are legal to run in the Time Trials Program as long as they have factory roll hoops (or bar) present. These must be FIXED meaning non “pop up” style bars. Cars with reinforced A-Pillar bars for roll over protection are acceptable AS LONG AS the factory manual specifically says it is reinforced as roll over protection.

ALSO;
Factory roll over protection is only allowed with use of OEM (or equivalent) 3-Point harnesses. This allows the occupant to “slump” over in the event of a roll. If a 4+ point harness is used, a roll bar compliant with the SCCA roll bar rules is required.
Aftermarket seats are fine for convertible vehicles as long as they are used with OEM (or equivalent) 3 point belts.
Aftermarket roll bars that are not compliant to SCCA rules are ok AS LONG AS the OEM roll over protection rule is met.

IT IS THE PARTICIPANT’S REPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION PROVING “FACTORY ROLL OVER PROTECTION” EXISTS! CAR CANNOT BE PASSED WITHOUT DOCUMENTATION.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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Inspections;
All car are required to have an annual inspection before attending a PDX/ Time Trials event. Tech forms can be found here; http://www.sccatimetrials.org/SCCACl...hWorksheet.pdf

THIS IS NOT SCARY

Who wouldn’t want a second look to make sure everything will hold up at speed? Who doesn’t want to hang out at a race shop for a little while? The technical inspection is in place to ensure the car will be safe and reliable on the track. We do not enforce class rules, we do not judge you on your choice of mods, we do not care if you have done all the work on the car yourself, we are not the time trials police and we DO want to see you out there.
A seasonal tech inspection will allow you to identify a potential issue and resolve it before getting to the track, so the sooner you get it done, the more time you have to resolve it. Take the time to go over the sheet and you will see it is pretty basic. Please note the arm restraints are NO LONGER required, but still recommended.

We will need to see the following;
Your competition wheels/tires (inspecting for cracks/bends etc.)
Your safety gear (make sure your helmet isn’t expired or cracked)
Your car (for obvious reasons)

As always, please feel free to ask questions here, by PM or email.


TT Licenses
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Upon further review of the SCCA TT/PDX license requirements we have decided that the following are required;

-Valid full privilege driver’s license
-TT/PDX Log book
-SCCA Membership

If you do not have a Logbook, you will be issued one at your first event

SCCA weekend memberships will be allowed in a “Special Circumstances” capacity, You are highly encouraged to get your SCCA membership so you may enjoy all the benefits of a full fledged member.

If you have lost your logbook you must submit to the same requirements as a new PDX driver. It is highly recommended to keep a copy of your logbook in case the official copy is lost.

Official TT licenses will be accepted in place of the above items if you would like to submit to the process.

1. SCCA CTT/PDX Tech Worksheet
http://www.sccatimetrials.org/SCCACl...hWorksheet.pdf

2. TT/Novice TT Application
http://www.scca.com/documents/Club%2...t-ttnovice.pdf

3. Examination and Medical History Forms (I read somewhere we just need to bring the "Applicant's Medical History" page filled out by self)
http://www.scca.com/assets/Physical.pdf
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:49 AM   #4
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Helmets

All helmets meeting the latest or two immediately preceding Snell Foundation standards (SA2010, SAH2010, SA2005, SA2000, M2010, M2005, M2000, K2010, K2005, K98), SFI standards 31.1, 41.1, 31.1A, 31.2A, 41.1A, 41.2A or British spec BS6658-85 type A/FR are acceptable.

If you’re wearing a full-faced helmet, you need to deactivate the air bags if possible. If they were to deploy it could cause a serious injury to your face or jaw. Also make sure you have no cracks in the outer skin and the strap is in good shape.

We will inspect everyones helmet and apply a tech sticker just like at a SOLO event so have it ready. It also helps to find the label inside ahead of time so you know where it is and can show us.

TOW HOOKS

While One tow hook that is movable is fine you really want to have two tow hooks. You want it to be as easy as possible to have your car towed at the track if necessary. Staying in your car is also a plus whenever possible. In addition, while just having the hook is OK, if it is of a small diameter, you may want to use a piece of webbing, or similar, to provide an easier "hooking" point for the tow truck.

We run on a minute-by-minute schedule, if a car goes off and is a hazard, the session could be black-flagged until the car is clear or end early to retrieve the car rather than delay the next run-group (Which is also an incentive to stay on the pavement and not go-a-farming...
2" diameter is the spec. A piece of webbing or a chain repair link works to give them a place to hook on to
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Nick and I will be adding to this thread as we go along. Again, feel free to ask any questions you may have here or via e-mail to either of us at anytime.
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All,
Upon further review of the SCCA TT/PDX license requirements we have decided that the following are required;

-Valid full privilege driver’s license
-TT/PDX Log book
-SCCA Membership

If you do not have a Logbook, you will be issued one at your first event

SCCA weekend memberships will be allowed in a “Special Circumstances” capacity, You are highly encouraged to get your SCCA membership so you may enjoy all the benefits of a full fledged member.

If you have lost your logbook you must submit to the same requirements as a new PDX driver. It is highly recommended to keep a copy of your logbook in case the official copy is lost.

Official TT licenses will be accepted in place of the above items if you would like to submit to the process.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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Nick,
Per your attached SCCA Club Time Trials / PDX Tech Worksheet (Revision 04/09):
Tow Hooks: Must be accessible front and rear. Factory tow hooks allowed.

Per 2012 Time Trials Rules for PDX/CTT:
10.22. TOWING EYES
Towing eyes are recommended but not required on all cars.

So, do I or do I not have to have front and rear tow eyes/hooks for my car when I get a tech inspection done next week? If not, do I show the rules to the shop doing the inspection (probably Bimmerhaus) and tell them the worksheet is incorrect?

I have a BMW that came with one tow eye that can be screwed into either the front or rear bumper easily. I can probably get/order another from BMW but wanted to know if I had to have it prior to the tech inspection (or at all).
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Dave, this is a good question. short answer is yes one hook that is easily moved from front to rear will be fine.

Long answer, you really want to have two tow hooks. You want it to be as easy as possible to have your car towed at the track if necessary. Staying in your car is also a plus whenever possible. In addition, while just having the hook is OK, if it is of a small diameter, you may want to use a piece of webbing, or similar, to provide an easier "hooking" point for the tow truck.

The professionals at bimmerhaus will understand how your factory tow system operates and should pass this tech item just fine. they may also point out what i just have above. they might even have an extra one laying around to sell you...
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All we need to keep this thread on topic for FAQ items only, as David J pointed out. I have eddited out the "fat" to make this an easier read.

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...if it is of a small diameter, you may want to use a piece of webbing, or similar, to provide an easier "hooking" point for the tow truck.
2" diameter is the spec. Like Nick said, a piece of webbing or a chain repair link works to give them a place to hook on to.
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