NEMGTR Valve Cover Racing Rules & Description 2015


Valve Cover Racing has become a fun event with car clubs all over the country. Unfortunately, there is very little commonality between clubs in terms of the race car specifications and track design. If Valve Cover Racing is to become an NEMG”T”R event at GOF’s, it needed: specifications for the design and construction of the valve cover race car; a race track which has a infrared finish line detection system, a smooth transition from the incline to the run out section, and can be transported to the GOF’s; and a set of racing rules. A race track has been designed and the necessary rules & specifications have been written. These have already been tested at four GOF’s. Revisions have been made when suggestions were made by car owners and spectators to arrive at a set of rules and specifications which are finalized and now published herein. There were times when a race car did not meet the original specifications. To accommodate these racer cars, a separate race class, called the “Outlaw Class”, has been established so they could race against each other instead of being disqualified (DSQ). Another part of the Valve Cover Racing event is to include a “Beauty Contest” where, by popular vote, car owners and spectators vote for the car of their choice. The number of competing cars and spectators is growing.

Another feature of the racing event is the double elimination scoring. When a car loses a race, that car later races another car that also lost a race. The car that loses a race the second time is then eliminated from completion. This method allows the owner of a race car that lost the first race, time to go to the pit area and make adjustments to service his car and try again. It also gives the owner of a “slower” car the opportunity to run in at least two competitive races on the track.

This is an event where everyone has a fun time. Get a valve cover, four wheels, and with a little ingenuity join in the fun. It is our hope to have a valve cover race at every GOF but having the race will be decided on a GOF by GOF basis. The track is to be stored at the Sander’s and transported to the GOF, when needed, on the flat bed truck. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed and will be considered by the committee for use at future events.

Hal Kramer, Valve Cover Race Master

February 20, 2015

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VCRacer Specs.

Maximum overall length (inches)   22   23
Maximum overall width (inches)   10   21
Maximum overall height (inches)   8   10
Maximum overall weight (pounds)   12    
Maximum wheel diameter (inches)   5    
Minimum number of wheels contacting track surface   4    
Maximum wheel base (inches)   15    
Maximum wheel track (inches)   8.5    
Minimum wheel track (inches)   2    
Minimum bottom body clearance   1    
Cars will have a permanently affixed Racing Number   YES   YES
Car numbers must be registered in advance with Hal Kramer*   YES   YES
Rocker cover from a specific 4 cylinder British car engine   YES   YES
Rocker cover to retain the original dimensions   YES    
Each wheel must carry a part of the car's weight at all times   YES    
Wings allowed   NO    
Engines or propulsion from any power source   NO   NO
Moving weights   NO   NO
Remote controlled steering   NO   NO
Metallic or hard plastic wheel surface (tread)   NO    
Rigid wheel attachment   YES    
Suspension system (springs, dampers, etc.)   NO    
Interchangeable bodies for a given chassis   NO   NO
All wheels must be outside of valve cover   YES    
After a race car passes registration and inspection, it must be placed in the pit area and remain there except to be raced. Adjustments and repairs only allowed in the presents of the pit area supervisor   YES    YES 
Oil drips on track   NO   NO

* Hal Kramer can be contacted at:
99 Bellmore Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201
E-mail: hkramer [AT] nycap [DOT] rr [DOT] com
Home phone: 413-442-0651
Cell phone: 413-446-8744

The first item to note is the two different classes for racing: they are the “NEMG“T”R Conformist” class and the “NEMG“T”R Outlaw” class. The first has the rigid set of specifications for consistency and the second class is established for those who want to have almost no bounds except for track limitations and a few other practical items. The detailed specifications are self explanatory.

Since a racing number is required to be permanently fixed to each racer, a register of racing numbers has been established so that two identical numbers will not be on two different racers. To register the racing number of your choice, you must e-mail Hal Kramer with a first and second choice of a number along with your NEMG“T”R number and e-mail address. You will receive a conformation for the number to use on your racer.