Broomstick and TTs

Jon Linkov linkov at
Wed Dec 11 22:40:06 EST 2002

My understanding of the rule is:

1) A bar or broomstick is placed so it rests on the windshield header and
the roll hoop/bar.

2) There must be 2" of clearance from the top of the helmeted head of the
driver and passenger and the bottom of the broomstick/bar.

So far, the only track I know that makes a point about roll cages/hoops/etc
is Virginia International Raceway (VIR). They state, in the contract to rent
the track, that cars with hoops and such are not allowed. The only
open-topped cars allowed must have "VIR-approved" roll cages. I'm sure that
SCCA approved/legal cages are fine, but VIR must sign off on it as well.

Tall people have just as much to worry about with fixed-roof cars as well -
perhaps even more. If we weren't such a litigious society it wouldn't be as
big an issue. Heck, in the UK, Audi driver mag runs a track day where
helmets are optional!

On 12/11/02 9:37 PM, "TM" <t44tq at> wrote:

> I thought the "broomstick rule" generally meant you had to have
> your helmeted head under the broomstick, not 2" under.
> What tracks require the 2" under rule?
> Drive a hardtop car and that rule no longer applies.
> Taka

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