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February 06, 2006

Safety at HPDE seems to be in focus for 2006

From reading various discussion groups etc around the net, HPDE attendees are definitely going to be more focused on safety now. There were 5 deaths last year at HPDE events in the USA, thats 5 too many.

I'm upgrading my level of safety this year as I've documented in this blog over the last few months. I'm hearing arguments against doing this, as people say it encourages higher speeds if you're safer. Personally, I don't buy it. I watched John go around turn 1 at BIR around 20mph faster than me and I had no desire to do that myself.

I wanna have fun and talk a little risk as possible. I'd like my track miles to be safer than the miles driving to the event. Thats means not driving at anything like the limit of my car (I'm not capable of that anyway...) and having decent safety gear for when the unexpected happens.

I was reading about people mentioned getting out of a car quickly. So, me being me, I had to do it. It's actually easier to get our of my car through a window than normally, it's pretty funny. The Recaro seats high sides make sliding sideways under the steering wheel kind of tricky. But, put your arms outside the car window and pull and you slide out pretty quickly, I reckon around 5 seconds to get out of the car including releasing the harness and my R3 head and neck restraint.

I'm reading Ross Bentleys books on driving now also and will probably buy a fire suit and nomex underwear also. At this point, it's kind of to hell with it, I'm just buying it, I'll be the only guy there with the gear but screw em.

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