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Re: [Spridgets] Rollbar and Spridget Safety

To: "Bill L" <pythias@pacifier.com>
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Rollbar and Spridget Safety
From: "Brad Fornal" <tequila.brad@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 20:47:08 -0500
With all this talk about roll bars, and Spridget safety, I wanted to
share a story I heard about this evening. My friend with the Drag
Sprite was running on Test and Tune night, on an 1/8 mile track. He
was fine tuning the NOS shot, and on his run, the rear got away from
him. At the midway point, at about 100 mph, the car went off the
track, just slightly, when he went to compensate, the car ended upside
down, on the cage, spinning like a top, sliding down the track. It
didn't stop until it passed the 1/4 mile mark. Oddly enough, after he
got out, flipped the car back over, towed it to the trailer, and went
for his time sheet, he had ran a 6.55. This was faster than other guys
that stayed on all four wheels.
I have photos of the car and timeslips. If anyone has a place to post
them, let me know. Otherwise, I'll get 'em up on the myspace page.


On 9/27/07, Bill L <pythias@pacifier.com> wrote:
> Hello WFO,
>        here's what happened... they TALKED about setting roll over
>        standards... then when they did an analysis of the crash data
>        they found that the cars that actually rolled over in REAL
>        world accidents as opposed to what modeling showed were the
>        most likely to roll over, they found that it was mostly SPORTS
>        CARS that actually had the highest incident rates!!!! they
>        discovered that the biggest contributing factor to roll over
>        accidents was DRIVER ERROR!!!!!! they DID enact rules as was
>        stated on the list that the "A" pillar must be able to support
>        the car, but they never made roll bars mandatory.. VW,
>        anticipating such a law in 1980 came out with the Rabbit
>        Convertible, later to become the cabriolet with the integral
>        roll bar in order to be able  to meet the "proposed" standards
>        .. two years later Chrysler came out with the K-car convertible
>        without any such roll bar and has been making either it or the
>        sebring convertible ever since, again without the bars. the
>        mazda miata, bmw Z series.. .. etc .. because NO  SUCH LAW OR
>        REGULATION was ever actually passed or enacted.
> --
> Best regards,
>  Bill                            mailto:pythias@pacifier.com
>   "It's just gold leaf," said Tom guiltily.
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