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We've had a few fanatics come out to play at Summit Point this year. We need more!!

The Greater Washington Sector of the Mercedes Benz Club is hosting a two day open track event at Summit Point on the Shenandoah Circuit.

Registration is now open and you can sign up and pay your entry fee online.

Visit: http://www.gws-mbca.org/SummitPoint07.html

This is a good event because of the limited number of cars. We expect that there will be no more than 150 cars this year for both days.

There will be 4 run groups that represent driver experience.

Novice
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Each track session is 20 minutes long with an instructor - if you desire at no extra charge (Novice and Beginner are required to have instructors). Most of this event is spent on track. There is a short classroom orientation in the morning, but then it is all track time.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me here or through PM.

We also need additional instructors. If you are interested in supporting the event as an instructor, PM me.

Thanks,

Tom
 

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when it talks about the safety inspection, what is that? is proof of my NYS inspection enough?
No, you put up to a tech inspections at the track, and a person will look over your car to make sure its in sound running order.
 

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No, you put up to a tech inspections at the track, and a person will look over your car to make sure its in sound running order.
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
 

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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:

ENGINE COMPARTMENT ok fail REAR SUSPENSION ok fail
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 ___ ___
FRONT SUSPENSION
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 ___ ___
OIL LEAKS UNDER CAR LIGHTS/SEAT BELTS/WINDOWS
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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Thanks for the clarification. I'm mostly used to NASA and SVTOA tech inspections. I ususally thought formal inspections was for racers.
 

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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.

[paranoid] 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.
 

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Reminder Only.

Registration is still open.

30 slots left.
 

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Reminder only

27 Slots open as of last night.

Instructors also needed.
 

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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.

[driving]
 

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There is no charge to come out and watch...

I and others would be happy to give you a ride along. [thumb]
 

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