I do the odd MX5/Miata race in the UK when a deal is offered and such a deal was offered this last weekend to do a triple header at Croft, in North Yorkshire, England, a great circuit and one of my favs.
Unfortunately, 2 of the races ended in crashes, and I know we all like to see a good crash vid, as long as no one was hurt and they weren't.
Just a quick response. Yes, in Video 1 the impact knocked the power cable lose and so I didn't get the actual moment of impact, had to use a bit of creative [none] flair there
I remember sticking the power cable down with tape thinking "if it happens again at least I'll get the video", must have tempted fate.
Yep, if he'd clutched and braked he and I would still be in one piece. He was lucky I didn't slow more or would have t-boned him (and as you guys keep pointing out, he's sat on the wrong side of the car)
Just uploaded video from race 2, just to show that I can complete a race without crashing ... although I was VERY CLOSE to a yellow car coming back onto the circuit at one point.
quote:Originally posted by Motor City Hamilton: All three races you had your visor up in an open convertible.
I hear you Motor, and yes, I really should know better. With the quarterlights you are reasonably well protected against anything being thrown up from the car in front (gravel/rubber etc.) but you are definitely more expose in an accident.
Strangely in the UK we do not have to wear arm ties, to stop your right (in our case) arms being thrown out of the cabin. This is common in Europe and I'm fairly sure i've seen this in the US, although not sure if it is mandatory there.
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Just giving you a little bit of a hard time. Didn't want to come across as preachy.
I am amazed at how many rocks fly into my Miata during a race. Run side by side through a turn just after someone has had an off and scattered debris on the track. Somehow all that stuff seems to fly right through my car. I've had stones hit my visor before and we run with the hard top installed and side window nets.
quote:Originally posted by Sean Yepez: That yellow car in the second video has some serious power.
You all run 1.6's, right?
Yes, all 1.6. Various things are allowed that not all drivers do. The guys at the front are all skimming heads and such but this obviously can cause reliability issues so the rent-a-drives generally don't. In saying that, I think the one I had has some skimming and in fairness was a pretty strong car.
quote:Originally posted by wheel: Arm restraints are required in any open car in SCCA, probably NASA, as well.
Yes, thats the case in Europe but not in the UK oddly enough. I'm actually at Zandvoort (Holland) at the moment and have been racing in the Lotus Cup Europe (2nd race tomorrow) in a closed Elise S1 and we had to wear them.
quote:Originally posted by Motor City Hamilton: Just giving you a little bit of a hard time. Didn't want to come across as preachy.
No, thats OK, you didn't. I do find it strange that in the UK safety is fairly laxed. We don't even have to wear gloves for most races in the UK, you can run without a net, without an arm strap and with your window about 1/3 wound down.
quote: I am amazed at how many rocks fly into my Miata during a race. Run side by side through a turn just after someone has had an off and scattered debris on the track. Somehow all that stuff seems to fly right through my car. I've had stones hit my visor before and we run with the hard top installed and side window nets.
Jeez, never had anything come into the cabin but it does make you think, whatever made the mark on your visor would probably make a bigger one on my face.
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I had a rock come in the driver's door window, right past my eye and blow out the rear window of my BMW. I saw a flash as it flew past. Of course, I wasn't wearing any eye protection at the time, but I do now.