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svtguy21 02-28-2006 02:21 PM

helmet help
ok guys need help on this one. my buddy and i want to go to the track but i don't the helmet requirments. once again this will have to happen on a budget.

Carrera26 02-28-2006 02:54 PM

Get a Snell 2005 rated helmet.

WD40 02-28-2006 05:49 PM

Moved to ”Racing, Rally & Autocross”...
What type of racing??

Carrera26 has a good suggestion though.
While not all sanctioning bodies or event venues will require a Snell rated helmet,
if you get one, you're pretty much covered everywhere.

BTW, if you do plan on any Road Course type events, they will more than likely require a Snell "SA" (Severe Application) rating.
Autocrossing, I.E. SCCA Solo2 type events require just the Snell "M" (Motorcyle) rating.

GaryS 02-28-2006 05:53 PM

<--Warning! Focus newbie!
If you are going to be doing HPDE (High Performance Driving Event) on a road track then they will probably require a Snell rated SA helmet as they are made with fire resistant materials. If you are just doing autocross (my specialty) then any motorcycle helmet with a Snell M2005 sticker in it will do.
Important- Whatever helmet you buy it must have a Snell sticker inside or you won't be allowed to use it.

svtguy21 02-28-2006 06:39 PM

all i want to do is go to the drag strip what a frustrating issue

GaryS 02-28-2006 07:16 PM


Originally posted by svtguy21
all i want to do is go to the drag strip what a frustrating issue
Oh. Then I have no clue. Sorry.[:(]

jlemond 02-28-2006 07:21 PM

Hmm, the Drag Strip that I'm going to start going to doesn't require them for stock, pro stock, or open stock. I don't know about the rest though.

FocusInAlaska 02-28-2006 07:34 PM

Last year my strip required a snell 90 or better for all competitors (it's an IHRA strip). Check for your strips website, or call.

Example from a Michigan drag strip;



THE SNELL 90 HELMET WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED. YOU MUST USE THE SNELL RATED 95 -K98- 2000, 2005 OR SFI 31.1 - 31.2 - 31.1A - 31.2 - 31.1 2005- 41.1 - 41.2 - 41.2A - OR 41.1 2005.

MyBlackST 02-28-2006 07:53 PM

cheapest place to get one is . You can get great helmets on closeout for REAL cheap. Most are discontinued models that are Snell 2000 or M2000 rated. I got a full face Nolan for 42 bucks shipped.

ZX4STDoug 02-28-2006 08:05 PM Check out their archives, June 2005 Issue. VERY extensive helmet test; certainly changed my outlook on some brands I've worn in the past, simply due to the Snell label. A real eye opener, real world tests. A few well known helmet manufacturers pulled all advertising from them shortly after the issue hit the press.

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