Fortunately no Kudzu's were injured or killed after their car caught fire because they had their engine exhaust pointing directly at their gas tank which ignited the fuel in the tank. Wow, nice goin' there Scooter. While I can't really understand what the events were that led to this ultimate conclusion nor pass judgement on their decision flow chart, this brings two things into perspective for anyone deciding to participate in semi-competitive racing.
- Racing is inherently dangerous, especially when you are racing in vehicles with sorted pasts and the mechanics working on them have less than professional experience. Yes we make the vehicles as safe as we can, but accidents that cannot be planned for can and will happen on the track.
- Now we have to abide by new, mandatory, rules that try and protect us from our idiot selves.
While our exhaust does not route or point in any way, shape, or form close to anything explosive - like fuel lines - the fact that our exhaust dumps below the driver was an issue that I did not take into consideration. I now quote what I have dubbed "KEEPING YOUR FOOL ASS ALIVE" rule 3.24.1:
"The exhaust system may not dump ahead of the driver and
must not allow undue levels of exhaust to reach the driver's compartment."
Whoops, my bad. Now where did I put that Sawzall?