Greg - I'm sure at this point I'm one of the disrespectful people you referred to, however I tried emailing you and ask questions: my last two emails went unanswered and I don't believe they were rude in any way.
I am disappointed that you would tell folks like me to go race somewhere else instead of trying to find a compromise. Like many on these boards I've been a loyal NASA supporter - paying fees to race for both me and my wife, and now I read your post.
And here I thought I was being polite. And, I stand by my statement that if you or anyone else thinks that the volunteers that run the NASA competition classes are there to be cannon fodder for personal insults and attacks, then NASA would rather have you go somewhere else and attack their Admin's instead. Alex, I got three e-mails from you this month, and all have been answered as far as I know. I have three e-mails sent to you, all after yours, and mine was the last sent. If there was something that was missed, please re-send. And, before these rules came out, I sent you this on Feb 16th: "Moving the firewall has some pretty huge potential for changing the performance of a vehicle. It is still legal, but I know there have been grumblings about it higher up than me. I am just saying that if you do move it, that you should avoid encroaching into the floor or tunnel." The rules never allowed encroachment of either the floor or tunnel, which is why in the past we had to write a rule allowing the trans tunnel to be modified for placement of a racing seat when necessary. I explained above in this thread the 10" relocation wording of firewall movements, which should satisfactorily answer your wisecrack on the Corvette Forums. But after re-reading one of your posts on the Corvette Forums (about your BMW), I was a bit incredulous, because your statements highlight the reason that we were forced into making this rules revision to clarify things better. Well, it's a 1991 model that ran 195/14 tires all around - inner wells are modified to run a 10 inch wide tire. My front and rear subframes are slightly modified - nothing crazy, but they are 20 year old technology - this might be something Greg would make an exception on, although after these rule changes I'm guessing he's trying to draw a line in the sand.
I just bought an LS motor to swap in and was going to have it moved about 4 inches back - otherwise 80% of it sits forward of the front subframe. We actually figured out a way to do it without touching the floor pan - just firewall and transmission tunnel - clearly that's out the window as well.
You are on there acting like these new rules are the problem, but your statement above shows that your car was never going to be legal for ST (or PT). We have had discussions on these forums in at least two threads that I can think of in the past regarding tubbing of fender wells, and perhaps you missed them, but it has never been considered legal in ST (or PT). I'm guessing that in order to modify that rear inner fender well that you may have encroached on the floor pan sitting on the opposite side of the inner well metal? Then, you state that you have modified subframes. And, lastly, I didn't need these revisions to tell you two weeks ago that you cannot encroach the trans. tunnel and floor pan.
Now, is this the same car that you have been running in PT? You have modified subframes that are stated as not permitted in the PT Rules. You have tubbed fender wells that are not permitted in PT, and clearly fall under the rule there that unless an item is specified in the rules, it is not legal. Great.
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