New rule SAFARI 2014 important

This is a mandatory requirement for 2014 - Roll Cage Center Roof bar - this will be a scrutineering failure if not on your vehicle.  That means back on the trailer - it is not an advisory.

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Safety  MSA Blue Book 2014

Competitive Safari, Point to Point and Hill Rally


 

56.12. There are three classifications of vehicle design which, whilst requiring the same principles of roll-cage design, may employ different mounting methods.


 

56.13. Monocoque vehicles: These are of unitary construction employing an integral chassis structure.


 

56.13.1. They must mount their roll-cages in accordance with K.1.3.2, may fit a diagonal as K Appendix 2, drawings 50 and 51 and must fit longitudinal door bars complying with K.1.3.5(b) (side sections K Appendix 2 Drawing number 9).

56.13.2. A centre roof bar must be installed either  diagonally or, evenly spaced in line with the exterior longitudinal bars, as shown in K Appendix 2, drawing 53. If more than one centre bar is fitted, the bars must be evenly spaced. Double crossed roof bars, to the minimum specification for optional members, are strongly recommended, as shown in K Appendix 2, drawing 10.


 

56.13.3. It is recommended that a horizontal bar be incorporated in the front hoop, located approximately in line with the base of the windscreen, which may be bolted or welded to the front hoop members and shall comply with the specifications for an optional member (57.1.).


 

56.14. Vehicles with chassis: These employ a separate chassis structure from the body or superstructure.


 

56.14.10. A centre bar must be installed either diagonally or, if evenly spaced in line with the exterior longitudinal bars, as shown in K Appendix 2, drawing 53. If more than one centre bar is fitted, the bars must be evenly spaced. Double crossed roof bars, to the  minimum specification for optional members, are strongly recommended, as shown in K Appendix 2, drawing 10.

 

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UPDATE

We have received clarifiaction from the MSA. Below are their words.

P56.13. concerns Monocoque vehicles, such Freelander, being those cars constructed with and integral chassis/body.
P56.14.19. provides the same requirement for vehicles with a chassis, Land Rover etc.
P56.15.4. provides the same requirement for spaceframed vehicles, later Bowler Wildcats, etc.

In summary it is mandatory to have at least one central roof bar in a Comp Safari vehicle.