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Competitors News for 2018 - For a full list of news and changes in 2018, please review the full 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes:

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  1. As of January 2018, all competitors must wear a minimum of SFI 3.3 neck donut. Please see 2 below, as other classes may require a HANS Device.
  2. HANS Device rules – these rules are being phased in based on classing allowances/DOT approval.
    1. As of January 2018, all cars competing in classes that allow NON- DOT approved R-Compound tires will require a HANS-type device – regardless of what tires are mounted on the car.
      • NON-DOT R compounds include but are not limited to: many Avons, and some Hoosiers
      • This includes: All Modified and Prepared Solo Classes, all B Spec, Production, Grand Touring, Formula, and Sports Racing classes, and SPU/O, Formula Ford, A Sports Racer, C Sports Racer, Mod Vee, Formula Libre, and HCP (Hillclimb Prototype).
      • Example: If you run in E Prepared, but have street tires or Hoosier A7s, you are still required to wear a HANS because the class allows NON-DOT R compounds.
      • Example: If you run in E Street Prepared on Hoosier R7, you are not required to wear a HANS device until 2019, because the class maxes out at DOT-Approved R compounds.
    2. As of January 2019, all cars competing in classes that allow R-Compound tires, both DOT and NON- DOT approved, will require a HANS-type device – regardless of what tires are mounted on the car.
      • DOT-Approved R compounds include but are not limited to: Hoosier A7/R7, Toyo R888/RA1/RR, Kuhmo Ecsta V710, BFG g-Force R1, etc.
      • All classes from 2018, with the addition of: All Street Prepared and Street Modified Solo Classes, all Improved Touring, Super Touring, American Sedan, Spec Miata, and Touring classes, and OSPU/O.
      • Example: If you run in E Street Prepared, but have street tires, you are still required to wear a HANS because the class allows DOT-Approved R compounds.
  3. As of January 2018, all cars will require a minimum of a 3-points harness (factory 3-point seat belts included).
  4. OSPO/OSPU class criteria will change to include DOT Approved R-compound tires.
  5. OSPO/OSPU class criteria will change to have 2.5 liter cut off.
  6. HCP class criteria will change: Removing fender restrictions.
  7. HCP class criteria will change: Removing wing restrictions.

Many NHA members know about my significant “off road adventure” in 2016 at the Bogus Basin Hill Climb.  The MGBGT was a mess, but I was not injured or even sore later on.  The reason?  Safety equipment!

 

The full roll cage, helmet, six-point racing harness all did their jobs.  However, of chief importance to me was my neck restraint device.  These are commonly called a “HANS,” but similar products are offered by a number of manufacturers.

 

This safety device proved its worth as I had my right foot to the floor entering corner four.  I won’t go over the whole scenario, but I left the road at over 60 mph, at least.  The right wheel and lower suspension impacted a large rock and thankfully slowed the car as I was headed toward a near vertical rock wall.  I am sure the deceleration forces were huge, but the neck restraint device literally saved my neck.  This made a believer out of me, and, I think, of some other competitors at the hill.

 

Some of you may hesitate to buy one of these unless you are required to do so.  They are not cheap.  However, if budget is an issue, there is a solution.  Rent one.

 

Information on at least one rental service is found at motortsport-safety.org.  The current rental for a couple days is listed at $90.00.  You can rent either a Hans, or a Simpson Hybrid.  Take note that the Simpson Hybrid is FIA approved for use with factory-type three-point seat belts. This includes shipping to you.  You must pay for the return shipping.

 

I wouldn’t compete without using one of these devices.  No matter in what class you compete, you shouldn’t either.  With rental availability, and availability of a device that can be used in vehicles with only factory three-point seatbelts, there is simply no reason to any longer take any chances with your safety.  Safety Fast!

  • Membership cost is $10.00 for Jan 1 through Dec 31 of each year and is not prorated through out the year. We encourage early registration prior to race season to save you time and keep registration fluid at events.
  • You won’t leave the starting line if you are not a member.
  • You won’t leave the starting line if don’t have your dated NHA sticker placed on both sides of your car.
  • NHA Insurance dictates no consumption of alcohol in any area insured by NHA at hillclimb event site.
  • Non-insured and non-registered race cars are only allowed on roadway to access the hillclimb course during their run group.