NHA 2019 News!

Competitors News for 2019 - For a full list of news and changes in 2019, please review the full 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes:

View NHA 2018 Annual General Meeting Minutes

  1. HANS for both cars with harnesses and cars with three point seatbelts, can be rented for $90 per event.
    1. This should encourage drivers who were concerned about costs. 
    2. Clubs are to push this link at registration: https://www.motorsport-safety.org/initiatives/race-restraint
  2. NHA Membership Dues are to only be collected by NHA.
    1. Hosting clubs will no longer collect NHA dues/accept NHA registration.
  3. NHA recommends that clubs use MSR. NHA can offer an MSR template/class list to clubs to help ensure consistency.
  4. The NHA Annual General Meeting in 2019 will be on October 19th, 2019. Location remains the same.
    1. Date was moved in attempt to avoid conflicts/weather and draw more attendance.
  5. Future streaming of events online is at discretion of the president. 2018 and 2019 Presidents opposed.
    1. If you want to be involved in discussions/decisions pertaining to NHA, please attend the Annual General Meeting.
  6. New Executives for 2019:
    1. President: Nominated: Wilke and Ryan – Vote: Wilke Myers elected
    2. Vice President: Nominated: Mike and Rob – Vote: Rob Reidel elected
    3. Secretary/treasurer: Nominated: Marcy and Ryan – Vote: Marcy Myers elected
    4. Website admin: Ryan Davis elected
    5. Regalia admin: Deb Reidel elected
  7. 2019 Schedule (Most dates up in the air):
    1. Cascade: June 15th/16th, 2019
    2. Freezeout: June 22nd/23rd, 2019 – tentatively (Big event may conflict, push later one week. TBD January.)
    3. Larison:  July 6th/7th, 2019 – Tentatively
    4. Hoopa: July 20th/21st, 2019 – Safety concerns with locals. Please discuss with club.
    5. Maryhill 1 or Bible Creek: August 2nd/3rd, 2019 Unless moved.
    6. Sailor Creek: Aug. 31st/Sept. 1st – Waiting on one more signature from a landowner that is out of area.
    7. Maryhill 2: Sept 20th/21st, 2019

Previous reminders:

  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. Neck donuts require a closed face helmet to be effective. Open face helmets are ONLY allowed with a HANS type device.
  2. HANS Devices are required in: All Street Prepared, Street Modified, Modified and Prepared Solo Classes, SPU/O, OSPU/O, all Improved Touring, Super Touring, American Sedan, Spec Miata, and Touring classes, all B Spec, Production, Grand Touring, Formula, and Sports Racing classes, Formula Ford, A Sports Racer, C Sports Racer, Mod Vee, Formula Libre, and HCP (Hillclimb Prototype).

Fire Danger Awareness

By Bob Sherman

Fire is arguably the greatest danger to the driver in motorsports.  I’m sure many hill climb competitors have been thinking about that. Our cars run the whole gamut, from street-stock to fully kitted-out race cars.  Although fire safety is important to all of us, the importance becomes greater the more the modifications on your car tend to move it to the race car extreme.  There are several areas to consider.

Personal Protection Equipment:  The SFI Foundation issues and administers standards for specialty/performance automotive & racing equipment.  Ratings for SFI Rated Nomex suits are based upon seconds of protection from second degree burns in a raging gasoline fire that is 1,800 to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  Four levels of protection each level providing a range of three to nineteen seconds, hopefully time enough to allow the driver to get out of the vehicle. (What extra time do you think your everyday cotton pants and long sleeved shirt provide?)  Note that you are just buying time. These are not “fireproof suits.” Other SFI rated personal protection equipment include gloves, shoes, and balaclavas.

Fire Suppression Systems:  These are Halon or “Halatron 1”  based. Per EPA, Halon cannot be manufactured since 1994, but recycled Halon may still be available and is the preferred choice.  These gases interrupt the ingredients for a fire, to wit fuel, oxygen, and ignition. If you go to firebottleracing.com, there is a lot of information.  You can fit the unit with nozzles at least routed to the driver’s leg area and carburetor/injector area of the motor. Another nozzle can be added to the fuel tank or fuel cell area.  Discharge is generally by “push” or “pull.” You can bend the tubing or, for some routing, use braided lines. We have a local shop that makes really neat lines if you just tell them exactly what you require.

Fuel Delivery:  Fuel cells, even available to utilize the tire well area in street cars, add more protection.  The fill plate prevents leakage if the vehicle overturns (I know this works.) The bladder prevents fuel spill if there is a wreck.  The foam keeps the bladder in shape and prevents “flash back” explosions. The container, which is what you see, holds all this together.  This winter, I am adding more safety devices to my fuel delivery system. The car has two fuel pumps. There are devices wired into their power supply that, upon hard impact that jars the car, will cut the power to the fuel pumps.  This is automatic.

Summary:  This writing is not intended to get into all the technical information about the various fire protection measures available.  There is plenty of info on the internet for further research. You may look at all the information on line and add up the bill.  You may think, “Wow, I can’t afford that!” Maybe not all at once. Perhaps you could add one device each year? In not too long, you’ll have a lot of safety gear in place to help protect your life.  It is worth a thought. There are some of us that are quite glad we were wearing our Hans-type devices when we crashed our cars. Now going a step further with our safety equipment, in terms of being pro-active with fire safety measures, might one day make you a much happier competitor.

  • 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.

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