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Old 06-25-2004, 10:40 AM
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I have enjoyed not having to wear seat belts in my 55 chevy. This weekend there is a annual NHRA drag race fairly local. Are they going to let me run my car without seatbelts? I also do not have a driveshaft hoop. I will eventually install a cage and don't want to put unnecessary holes in the floor right now. As far as how fast my car is in the quarter....who knows

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The following is right out of the rule book.


Seat belt mandatory in all cars. Three-inch (7.6 cm) driver restraint system meeting SFI Spec 16.1, mandatory in any car running 11.99 (*7.49) or quicker and in convertibles running 13.99 (*8.59) or quicker, and Dune buggy type vehicles running 12.00 (*7.50) seconds or slower. SFI 16.1 restraint system, when required, includes crotch strap, and must be updated at two-year intervals from date of manufacture. See General Regulations 10.5, 10.11.

So.... you'll need seat belts. Also a drive shaft loop if your car runs faster than 13.99 sec.

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It depends on the Tech inspector on the driveshaft loop. If your car can go 11 seconds I would require it. As for the seat belt, Only a fool would race a car without this minimal safety requirement. No Sanctioning organization or tech man would let you race..
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