( Posted on ClubCobra.com, 03-17-99 05:57 AM ET (US) by Alan Vanhollebeke
For those of you who (would like to) enjoy scca autocross (soloII) events, I have great news. But fist a little history. For years,the scca solo board considered cobra replicas as "misfits",and classified our cars in the "modified"(read, catch-all) catagory. We had to compete with single seat,800lbs.,snowmobile engine powered,multi-winged, goofy-looking,contraptions! In other words,according to the scca, we didn't have "real" cars, so we had to compete with these home-built,one purpose type vehicles.
Well things, they are a changin'!! AS of April 99 "fastrack news" (the
official scca rules update publication), we have FINALLY been
recognized as having REAL cars and have been re-classified to compete
in the "prepared" catagory! The official tech bulletin reads as
follows: To:solo competitors Subject:Rulebook corrections
There you have it, cobra replicas are now eligable to compete in A-Prepared(AP), right along side real cobras! Other cars that you'll see in AP are: datsun Z's, lotus europas,elans & sevens, mazda RX-7's, porsche 911 & 914's, sunbeam tigers,etc. The AP specs for cobra replicas are:2200ilb. min. wieght.,16x10 max wheel size,70 inch max track F&R. Get a current rule book for all the details as they are to numerous to list here.I'll be posting a national soloII schedule on the "up coming events" thread soon.
We now have a much more level playing field in which to compete on. There is one person who deserves alot of credit for making this happen. His name is Bill Cutrer,he is a solo competitor and our voice on the "solo events board" in the midwest division. In our conversations, I told him that there were many cobra owners who are anxious to compete in scca solo events but are discouraged by the "modified" category rules,I.E., no one to really compete with in the class. Bill brought this to the attention of the board and did us an enormous favor. Any one who has ever had to deal with scca politics knows how much "fun" it can be to try to change existing policies. Let's all go out, buy some static cling meatballs, "AP" class letters, enter a soloII event, and kick some butt!!
For those of you who'd like to send Bill Cutrer a quick,"thank you note", his e-mail address is< firstname.lastname@example.org >, I'm sure he'd really appreciate some positive feedback on all of the hard work he's done.