2018 Rules

1.   Vintage American Race Cars Membership

2.  What do you get with your membership

3.  Membership expectations 

4.  Vintage American Race Cars: 2018 General Rules 

5.  Vintage Car Rules 

6.  Safety Requirements 

7.  Driving Rules 

8.  Rule Book Disclaimer 

9.  Vintage American Race Cars: Pit Steward Duties 

10. Vintage American Race Cars: Points System

11.  Vintage American Race Cars: Checklist for Drivers Meeting 


1. Vintage American Race Cars: Membership

Membership in VARC requires payment of annual dues in the amount of $55.00. Our membership runs from November 1 of the current year through October 31 of the following  year. If you pay your dues in April, they will expire on October 31 of that year.

We recommend that you pay your dues between November 1 and December 31, and offer a $5.00 discount for paying prior to December 31. The discount is to encourage members to help the VARC volunteers who keep membership records up to date for our officers. A first time membership will be $25.00 regardless of when the new member joins.

What do you get with your membership?

Membership gives you the chance to put your vintage race car on display and on the track for exhibition style racing at the various events we schedule.We schedule tracks in Ohio, western Indiana, and southern Michigan, and try to cover areas close to where most of the club members live. Our events are at top race tracks with a lot of history, and we have a reputation for putting on good quality shows. We look for professionally run tracks and Managers to plan our schedule of events each year.

Membership also brings you in contact with other vintage car owners, drivers, and car minded people to share the love of the old racing cars and the heroes of the past. We have a great bunch of guys and gals that really enjoy talking about cars, and drivers that we admired in yesteryear. Now this doesn’t mean you have to be a senior citizen to belong! We really enjoy talking with the young fans and members about how things have changed from the past and how the racecars have evolved and gotten faster and yet safer. Anyone, young or old, that shares a vision of the past history of circle track racing in this country is welcome.


2. What do you get with your membership

Membership lets you get your car on the track and run an exhibition style race. This means running cars to the level of speed that the driver feels comfortable with, and not pushing the car beyond its limit. We permit passing on the track, but expect you to use a great deal of judgement when passing slower cars. We ask that you take into consideration the type of cars and your experience level, and the experience of other members. Our members appreciate that we do not want to delay the other track events by causing spin outs or accidents.


3. Membership expectations 

1. Have fun – that’s what this is all about.


2. Follow the rules as they are there for everyone’s safety.


3. Participate at events as often as you can. We really need a good showing of cars to give the hosting tracks what we promise them.


4. Help out at our events when you can. We always need help getting cars parked on display and ready to run on the track. Four wheeler push vehicles are very helpful, and it’s helpful to have an assistant with each car.


5. Sign in at each event. We need to know who is there and information about your car, including if you plan to drive that day. You must also sign in at the track pit gate / window.


6. Be civil and courteous to all club members and track officials


7. If you have a problem, notify one of the club officials. We will try to resolve the problem quickly.


8. Try to have your car ready for our races so that we don’t hold up the show waiting for you. This can be hard to do some nights.


9. Clean up your pit area before you leave.


10. Refer to#1—Have fun!


4. Vintage American Race Cars: 2018 General Rules 

1. Sign up at the tracks! All participants (owners and drivers) are required to sign a release form for the track and also sign a release form for our VARC club. Anyone failing to sign in can be asked to leave the premises(required for insurance purposes.) You may be required to pay fees if the track does not grant free pit passes. There is a limit of two pit passes per car. Without a current “paid up” VARC membership, you may NOT run on the track at a VARC sponsored event.


2. For each VARC event, we will assign a Pit Steward. It is the responsibility of the Pit Steward to arrange with the promoter or designated track official for the proper placement of the VARC cars for display, the parking placement of our haulers and trailers, and the arrangement for the lineup of the cars for on track running time. The Pit Steward shall keep abreast of the schedule of events so that our cars are ready and do not cause delay to the track schedule. The Pit Steward will have the full authority of VARC and will have the last word on these matters.


3. We MUST be courteous and respectful to the track officials. We are the guest of the tracks and must respect their decisions with regard to placing, parking, and running our cars, changes to their schedule, etc. Respect the club officials, pit stewards and other members of VARC! We are all here to enjoy our cars and vintage racing, so let it be fun.


4. Any time we have a “play day” there will be a pit steward / flagman to signal cars entering the track. No car may enter the track without permission.


5. Vintage Car Rules

A vintage race car is defined as a retired race car from a prior period, 30 years or more. If a car can compete in current day classes it is not eligible to run as a vintage car regardless of the age of the car. No down tube chassis cars are permitted without documentation on the age of the chassis. Just because a race car is obsolete, it does not make it a vintage race car.


1. Your car must be equipped as closely as possible with the type of originally installed parts for the period in which the car would have competed. This includes body parts, axles, hoods, roll bars, bumpers, engine types, etc. In keeping with our desired safety levels however, newer parts may be used where appropriate.


2. No car will be allowed on the track without working brakes, a minimum of two throttle return springs, and a toe strap on the gas pedal, regardless if carbureted or injected.


3. An ignition kill switch and fuel shut-off valve are MANDATORY and must be accessible by the driver while strapped in. They must be in working order and must be LABELED.


4. Self- starter cars must have an approved battery disconnect to disable the cranking and ignition systems while the cars are on display or in the pits.


5. Seat belts and harness: A five point safety harness is mandatory and must be installed in a safe manner and be in good condition (recommend no more than 5 years old). No old military aircraft belts will be allowed on the track.


6. Roll bar: All cars that are in the running exhibitions are required to have a roll bar in back of the cockpit. Roll cages are allowed in place of a roll bar. Exception: If you run an original open wheel car that did not have a roll bar as original equipment, you are allowed to run that car without a roll bar during VARC events.


7. Cars with hair pin or wishbone type suspension links must have a safety cable or equivalent device installed.


8. Spindles: all cars that don't have the international type spindles are required to have a safety skid or shoe under the right side of the front axle.


9. Wheels and tires must be in serviceable condition and sized to the period when the car ran. The maximum width for the right rear is 18” and the left rear 15”.


10. Wings are permitted if they are period correct for size and construction. Documentation may be necessary in the form of dated photos of the car, etc.


11. Any car leaking excess fluids of any type will not be permitted on the track until corrections ar made. Any car operating on asphalt tracks must use only water in the cooling systems (no antifreeze).

Safety Requirements


6. Safety Requirements 

1. We require an ABC or better fire extinguisher on each car or in the pits for that car. We recommend that it be installed on the car in the reach of the driver.

2. Driving Suits: No driver will be permitted on the track without a fire retardant driving suit made of Nomex , Kevlar, or similar fabric as approved by USAC or SCCA. We highly recommend additional fire retardant equipment such as gloves, underwear, hoods, and boots. We recommend the use of arm restraints for open wheel car drivers.

3. Helmets: A Snell 2000 “SA” grade or better helmets must be used. We recommend an SA 2010, full face helmet. No motorcycle helmets. It is now mandatory that the helmet be used any time the car is on the track, including any play day track time.

4. Fuel tanks must be of sound construction and properly anchored to the frame. Fuel cells are recommended. Pay attention to the fuel line location and attachment!

5. The owner and Driver are responsible for the pre track inspection of their cars. Check the cars for tire pressure and condition, wheel tightness, working brakes, that body panels and suspension parts are correctly attached, and look for any other safety defects. If the owner requests a technical inspection from a VARC official it will be a courtesy inspection and in no way constitutes an endorsement by the inspector or VARC that the car is completely free of safety defects. No car will be allowed to participate without the owner / driver inspection.


7. Driving Rules

1. You MUST attend the drivers meeting for each event. If you do not attend the VARC driver meeting you will not be permitted on the race track. We recommend that you attend the track’s drivers meeting if possible.

2. Be ready when it is your turn on the track. We do not want to delay the track’s program. Our goal is to put on a good show and to look professional.

3. When entering the track, be watchful for other cars already moving on the track. Watch for push start cars and push trucks – give them room. Line up quickly in 2 x 2 fashion, moderate your speed keeping in mind the dog clutch cars can’t run very slowly.

4. Observe and obey the flagman at all times. Watch for track lights and comply with them. Understand all the different color flags and lights. If you have questions about starting procedures, ask them at our drivers meeting.

5. When the green flag starts the race, be on the look-out for slower cars ahead. Be prepared for an emergency stop or sudden move by other cars. Give yourself room when passing. Remember some cars and drivers may choose to run slower. We have drivers of various skill levels and cars with different handling qualities.

6. Do not overdrive. Moderate your speed. We are running an EXHIBITION- not racing. Do not charge through the pack. If you get out front, do not lead for more than a lap or two. Slow down and let someone else have a chance to lead. Remember – we are trying to put on a good show for the fans, not win the race for your own fan club.

7. For everyone’s safety, develop safe driving habits. Do not make unnecessary or sudden moves and do not slow down abruptly unless necessary. If you are involved in an on track accident, remain in your car until

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you get instructions from track safety personnel, except in cases where fuel is leaking or a fire is evident.

8. “Un-sportsman like conduct, aggressive or unsafe driving will result in anything from a warning to a permanent expulsion from the VARC club. “

Our club, Vintage American Race Cars and their officials, cannot be held responsible for your neglect or non-compliance with these rules.


8. Rule Book Disclaimer

The rules and /or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules.

NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM THE PUBLICATION OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND /OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator or official.

The VARC Pit Steward is empowered to permit reasonable and appropriate deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in his/her opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the officials. Their decision is final.

By the Officers of Vintage American Race Cars (VARC)

Vintage American Race Cars: Pit Steward Duties


9. Vintage American Race Cars: Pit Steward Duties 

A member assigned the role of Pit Steward for an event will be in charge of the following items:


1. Communicate with track officials before a scheduled event. This will be done a week prior to the event by phone conversation or email. After arriving at the event, they will contact the designated track official to assist in parking VARC tow rigs, to arrange the location to part our cars on display, and coordinate with track officials as to the time and place to line up for our on track race times.

2. Ensure that all members with cars sign in at the pit window. Ensure that all drivers and assistants sign in on the VARC sign in sheet. Determine if the car will run on the track that day.

3. The pit steward can use other members to assist with the duties as this is a difficult job for one person. Ultimately, the assigned pit steward is in charge. We expect VARC members to assist if asked.

4. The pit steward will conduct the VARC drivers meeting at a predetermined time and location. They should be aware of the number of members attending the meeting; if a member does not attend the VARC drivers meeting they are not permitted on the track that day.

5. The pit steward has full authority to make decisions that are in the best interest of VARC and our membership, including sending a VARC member home if their violation of our rules is serious.

Vintage American Race Cars: Points System



10. Points are awarded at VARC sponsored events as follows:

1. Only VARC members are eligible for points

2. One Point is awarded for arriving at the track but not being able to display or run due to the weather. One point may also be awarded if you call the pit steward or VARC officer en route to determine if the event was cancelled due to weather.

3. One point is awarded for placing the car on display. If the track does not have an area to display the cars, you must unload your car in the pits for display.

4. One point is awarded for running the car on the track in a heat race or feature.

A maximum of three points will be awarded to a VARC member for the event.


11. Vintage American Race Cars: Checklist for Drivers Meeting 

1. Determine that all drivers are present and have signed in.

2. Discuss the location of the track entrance and exit, and any procedures that are unique to the track. Use a chalk board if necessary.

3. Explain the number of laps for each race and when our races are scheduled in the track’s program.

4. Explain where cars may not be run under power! Examples include around grand stands where fans including children may be walking around.

5. Review the flag stand location and track lights. Review the meaning of the flags used on the track.

6. Review driving on the track. Remind our VARC drivers to get on the track

in a 2 x 2 lineup as quickly as possible. We do not want to delay the program by taking a long time to get into our starting lineup. Remind members that this is an exhibition style race and not all-out racing. We will black flag a member for reckless and unsafe driving. VARC officials will review a black flagged driver and your driving may result in a suspension if warranted.

7. Review that restarts for a VARC event are single  file. Review that if a yellow is displayed, when you get slowed down you are to get into a single file line and keep close to the car in front of you. We will not be lining up by your last track position, just get into an orderly line.

8. Ask the drivers if they have any questions!

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