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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-29-2007 06:48 PM
WeeAsp Reminder...


14 slots available...

Come out and play !!
07-24-2007 09:46 PM
WeeAsp There is no charge to come out and watch...

I and others would be happy to give you a ride along.
07-24-2007 07:25 PM
svt2nv04 oh man i wanna go but don't know if i can...
07-24-2007 04:58 PM
WeeAsp Reminder.

20 slots available.

We are now in the enviable position of having more instructors than students.

So, if you've never tried a track event, this is your chance to enjoy a full weekend with one on one instruction.

07-11-2007 06:23 AM
WeeAsp Reminder only

27 Slots open as of last night.

Instructors also needed.
07-05-2007 09:59 AM
WeeAsp Reminder Only.

Registration is still open.

30 slots left.
06-28-2007 10:35 AM
WeeAsp This is a carry over from when the local chapter did not have their own insurance policy for track events.

About 4 years ago, the parent Benz club decided that with the exception of National Events, all local chapters were responsible for putting up their own insurance policies.

This placed a huge burden on the local chapters and many elected to no longer do driving events because of cost. For example, Summit Point requires that clubs using the track carry a minimum of $2 MILLION dollars in liability insurance. That policy costs the GWS section about $4000 per year. That's a big chunk for a not for profit organization.

VIR is much more expensive which is why Benz partners up with Audi and BMW for their annual event. They share the cost of insurance and the track rental.

As for the maintenance check sheet, you can download it from the site, it will cost you at most $20 to have a tech look over the car and sign the sheet.

For those who do their own maintenance to the car and their own prep, a lot of people simply have a friend sign the document. I don't condone this, but there is no way to prove otherwise.

Race cars do participate in these events, but are exempt from the inspection, but have to have their log books on hand as a form of record.

Hopefully, this is not a deal breaker for people. This is a really good deal as far as track time goes and Benz puts on a VERY good event. As good if not better than SVTOA.

The drivers tend to be more conservative, there are fewer cars on track at a given time and most are true enthusiasts. How often do you see someone who owns an $80,000 + car willing to put it on a track?

That alone is worth the trip to watch these cars doing what they were truly designed to do.
06-28-2007 06:52 AM
Egz Thanks for the clarification. I'm mostly used to NASA and SVTOA tech inspections. I ususally thought formal inspections was for racers.
06-28-2007 02:15 AM
miniboon ok cool....might have to skip a few AX's to save up for this, but it sounds like I'll get sooo much more driving for my money
06-27-2007 08:26 PM
Originally Posted by miniboon View Post
From the site:
All cars must be inspected before the event at a dealer or independent shop, and you must bring the signed or stamped safety inspection form to the event.

I'm just wondering what type of inspection I need
It is more comprehensive than just a trackside inspection. You must take a copy of the tech inspection form to a qualified (ASE) mechanic and have them look at the car. They look for the following:

Accelerator linkage bushings/springs ___ ___ Axle shafts/boots ___ ___
Air filter bracket, mounting ___ ___ Shocks/leakage/rubber bushings ___ ___
Battery frame/hold-down ___ ___ Springs/center spring ___ ___
Battery/cables ___ ___ Stabilizer/bushings ___ ___
Engine clean ___ ___ Subframe/mounts ___ ___
Engine mounts ___ ___ Tire wear not less than 3/32 ___ ___
Engine oil/fuel leaks ___ ___ Trailing arm bushings ___ ___
Belts ___ ___
Visco clutch ___ ___ DRIVE TRAIN
Water pump/water hoses/clamps ___ ___ Center Support ___ ___
Water leak ___ ___ Flex disc/universal joint ___ ___
Transmission mount ___ ___
Ball joints/bushings ___ ___ BRAKES
Draglink/tie-rods ___ ___ Brake booster ___ ___
Idler arm bushings ___ ___ Brake calipers/cylinders ___ ___
King pins-no play ___ ___ Brake discs/drums ___ ___
Shocks ___ ___ Brake fluid renewed ___ ___
Springs No spring spacers ___ ___ Brake hoses/brake lines ___ ___
Stabilizer bushings ___ ___ Master brake cylinder ___ ___
Steering box, lines, leaks, play ___ ___ Brake pads/shoes-min. 50% for
Steering shock/coupling ___ ___ 1 driver; 80% for 2 drivers ___ ___
Subframe mounts ___ ___ Brake dust shields removed ___ ___
Tire wear-not less than 3/32 ___ ___
Tires-no cuts, bruises ___ ___ EXHAUST SYSTEM
Wheels-bearing play/damage/Bent/correct lugs ___ ___ Exhaust leaks ___ ___
Exhaust system secure ___ ___
Engine/transmission ___ ___ Signals/stoplights/headlights ___ ___
Rear end/differential ___ ___ Seatbelts/windows operation ___ ___

It's all subjective to a degree. Trackside, they check the lugnuts again and that's about it.

Not really a big deal. The Benz club insurance policy requires the formal inspection.
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