Head and Neck Restraints for 2016
In 2014 the VRG announced, that while we would still allow head and neck restraints to be optional in 2015, that starting in 2016 these would be mandatory for all racers.
Well, we are only a few weeks from the start of 2016 and if you've been stalling, it's time to make a move and get a HNR for next season.
You'll find the rules regarding the use of head and neck restraints in the VRG rules on our website. As there are now quite a few different makers in the market, prices have come down rather considerably.
I just got a email from an old friend, Bob Zecca, owner of Driving Impressions and a long time supporter of amateur and vintage racing. His email told of a driver who was recently killed in an HPDE event while his passenger was left in critical condition after an on track accident. Neither were wearing HNRs because they are considered to be optional for HPDEs. Bob was pleading with everyone to please get these and never race without one, which echos what we all already know. Use of HNRs can save lives.
There are a number of HNRs on the market, the latest Zamp Ztech 1A is under $400, Necksgen can be found under $500, HANS in the $5-600 range as are the hybrid systems made by Simpson.
It is important to note that HNRs are certified by both SFI and FIA. Under SFI 38.1 rules, the HNRs must be recertified every 5 years.
If you are someone who also races in Canada, you might want to check the rules of those organizations as they might accept only those HNRs with FIA certification. They do not recognize SFI. Imagine making that long tow and not being able to race because your HNR isn't FIA rated.
In any case, be sure to bring and wear your HNRs at all VRG events in 2016...it's no longer optional, so if you want to race, make sure your HNR is in place.