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Raceday 2011 open questions

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby Zatchmo » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:57 am


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby blue » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:09 am

...or until whoever designed the shirt manages to truck the thing back to their apartment/house to live in glory forever. Did you see Josh at awards? He wanted a damn trophy, and for keepsies. Of course, if I'd actually managed to design as awesome a shirt as he did I'd have felt similar.

Correct me if I'm wrong Josh :P

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby jixson » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:16 am


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby Carl Nott » Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:40 am

I'd think that ideally the trophy could display the winning t-shirt design. How about a life-sized cast of an alumni from the waist up, shirtless, and throwing two thumbs up? The trophy is presented actually wearing the winning t-shirt.

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby RedTachyon » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:43 am

If you are more interested in giant trophies than immortality on BAA.org and bragging rights, then perhaps you should look into the Little Miss Pittsburgh Contest! Those suckers are bigger than the contestants, even the Miss Congeniality Award. :lol:

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby lemuroid » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:44 pm


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby TommyK » Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:49 pm


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby lemuroid » Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:43 pm

The harness mount was fine, harness stitching failed and thus the slide forward. Ideally, it would have stretched but held.

I believe she slid forward into the hatch/windshield.

Clearly a wake up call to check harnesses for adequate stitching moving forward.

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby shafeeq » Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:22 pm

Harness seams are an issue that every team has to deal with, and seem like the perfect way to improve safety by making it public so that other teams can judge how likely the same thing is to happen to them. At least this is something easy to test - figure out how strong your harness needs to be, go to the gym and start hanging weights on it.

At some point, the rules added a requirement for "professional stitching" of harnesses. Unclear what good that did.

At the time, people were curious about whether going forward into the hatch (as seems to be the case) or left-right into the shell broke the helmet. I would think most good teams pay attention to where the driver's head will go in a frontal crash and keep buggy parts out of reach. Unless someone is using head restraints, or has the helmet fitted into the shell, I don't see how one can keep the helmet from bouncing off the inside of the protective cage in a significantly sideways crash. That's probably going to go badly for a soft-shell helmet when the cage is made out of small-ish metal bars. The rules aren't clear on what they require in this case, since they all are in terms of applying forces to a _stationary_ cage.


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