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Last Post 26 Oct 2014 10:07 AM by  cashmo
Street class cars older than 30 yrs not allowed?
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ReijoAS
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21 Oct 2014 01:16 AM

    A friend just stumbled across this rule:  (page 69):

    "A car will remain eligible for National events through the end of the 30th 
    calendar year after the manufacturer-designated model year of the car. 
    This eligibility limitation applies only to the Street classes."

    This means his stock '84 MR2 is no longer eligible to compete next year.

    Anyone know why this paragraph is in the rule book?  Notably Corvettes, for example, can be found right back to the original one in the '50's in the car classification tables in the Appendix......which seems to be a conflict.

    TIA

     

    Reijo

    ron
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    21 Oct 2014 07:24 AM
    Maybe that is why they dumped all those cars into H street. This actually has been a rule for a long time, all be it obscure. I think the cars will have to have a case by case allowance for national events at this point.
    Ron
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    21 Oct 2014 08:09 AM

    That rule only applies to national events, not regional.  Older cars get increasingly difficult to both find in good condition, and find in street-eligible condition. It makes some sense to sunset them from national competition lest "the car to have" turn out to be, say, an '84 MR2, of which only one street-class legal example still exists and he's not selling. 

     

    Older cars are still listed in Appendix A for regional competition.

    Alan Dahl
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    23 Oct 2014 05:17 PM
    I think this is going to be a real issue when the first Miatas hit 30 years old as the cars were basically identical through '93 and very little changed outside the engine till '97.
    cashmo
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    23 Oct 2014 08:20 PM
    How many 1990 Miata owners do you think will want to autocross in Street nationally 6 years from now?
    The Nebulizer
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    24 Oct 2014 12:13 PM
    I'm not sure if that was a rhetorical question or not?
    If the car is still competitive, I would think about as many as are interested in doing it today, right?
    That particular old car is probably an exception though.
    sjfehr
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    25 Oct 2014 03:42 AM
    How long were people autocrossing sprites in stock class?
    cashmo
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    26 Oct 2014 10:07 AM
    It'll be a non-issue. Those cars aren't competitive now and won't be in 6 years either. Sprites were uncompetitive in Stock long before I started autocrossing.
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