Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Sydney Australia
I dare say scrutineering can be a bit of a joke,
hey i'm not a mechanic, but i have done the CAMS courses and practical assesments, i feel that supplementry regulations are often insufficient as well,
I have seen cars that have passed log book examinations that i wouldn't like to race in,
But i tell you the biggest joke is for supersrpinting, you aren't allowed to wear a drag racing suit (ANDRA approved) but you are allowed to wear jeans and cotton shirts,
But i believe competitors should try and abide by rules over and above the regulations as it is all safety things and it is in their own interest and that of their fellow competitors.
I have sent many cars away for little problems at a supersprint that can easily be fixed on site, but very rarely have i sent anybody packing and generally that is coz their being an arshole about it, like "i raced this car last weekend," yes but it may not have had a 3mm crack in the floor pan running through the point where the seat bolts in.
But i always try to let the person compete and give them tips for next time.
Also some scrutineers are idiots,
I had an argument with a scrutineer one day who knoed back a little corolla with a fuel injected 4a-ge (yes i'm kind of a toyota dude to, but they have no soul like an alfa) and he failed it for having no second carby return spring, and somehow he though the induction trumpets were attached to a carby, the injection rails and injection loom didn't compute with him.
So yep Damon I do agree to a certain extent, but mostly scrutineers are there to help the competitors, its just some are dickheads