20 Spots Left For May 2015 Meet — You Better Hurry!

We are down to 20 spots (or less at this point) for our May 2015 meet. If you have been considering coming to race, you better not delay your application process any more because the rate we're moving at those 20 spots will be filling up over the next week or two. Don't get left out in the cold and miss what is always an exciting start to our racing season! The May ECTA meet always includes the popular Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge which draws out new LSR racers every year. 

It'll be the first chance you get at the track in 2015 and we don't want you to miss it. Once the 150 spots are filled up we start a waiting list but you certainly don't want to be stuck on a list, right? Act now, operators are standing by. Ok, no operators are standing by but you catch our drift. 

You can register online or by mail. Follow the link below for online registration:

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO ONLINE REGISTRATION!

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Racer Alert! COUNTERFEIT HUTCHENS HYBRID PRO DEVICES HAVE BEEN FOUND – Read On For More Information

 

WARNING COUNTERFEIT HUTCHENS HYBRID PRO DEVICES HAVE BEEN FOUND
Counterfeit Hutchens Hybrid Pro head and neck restraint devices have been obtained by Simpson Performance Products and the matter is under investigation.  If you have a head and neck restraint device labeled Hutchens Hybrid Pro with a 2013 SFI 38.1 label, this device may not be genuine.  If this device does not have “box X” stitching on the tethers, it is not genuine.  Reference pictures below.  There are other differences between the counterfeit device and a genuine device that trained inspectors can identify.  If you suspect that you have such a device and you are currently attending a racing event, immediately present the device to technical officials at the event. 

 

Warning:  Usage of any device that is counterfeit and does not have appropriate SFI labeling could result in serious injury or death.  Counterfeit products have not been tested by SFI and there is no way to know whether such products meet SFI standards.

How to Determine If You Have a Counterfeit Hutchens Hybrid Pro
CARBON FIBER DEVICES ARE NOT AFFECTED.

 

 

 

 

1. Verify the model. You are looking for the Hutchens Hybrid Pro label as shown above, on the back of your device. Although most devices with this label are not counterfeit, devices that are counterfeit will be identified as the Hutchens Hybrid Pro model.

 

2. Check the product’s SFI certification. Counterfeit products were punched in the year 2013. The hole-punch may be irregular due to not using the proper punch tool.

 

 

 

 

3. Verify the tethers. Counterfeit devices all have the quick release tether style and a tether sew pattern that is three straight stitch rows. See above details.
An authentic device has distinctive Box X and BarTAC sew patterns.

 

4. Counterfeit devices have electric green pull-tethers that attach to the helmet. This pull-tether resembles a shoe string rather than authentic Nomex™ thread.

5. Counterfeit devices have been purchased from individual sellers online, at stores including but not limited to EBay and the Racing Junk classified site. If you did not purchase your device from Simpson or from a reputable dealer, it could be counterfeit.

If You Think You Have a Counterfeit Device:

 

Your safety is very important to Simpson. We cannot guarantee the performance of any device that is not an authentic Simpson Hutchens Hybrid Pro. We have reported this counterfeit and are pursing prosecution.

  1. If the device is found to be counterfeit, we strongly advise against racing with the device and will not be held responsible for the performance of any counterfeit device. Help us to remove these devices from circulation.
  2. We recommend that you formerly complain to the company that you purchased the counterfeit device from. Counterfeiting is a rampant crime that affects all of us and should be reported and prosecuted.

Contact Simpson Performance Products 
New Braunfels, Texas 1-800-654-7223
Mooresville, North Carolina 1-800-473-7077
Harbor City, California 1-800-929-7223
Indianapolis, Indiana 1-317-858-6351

Corporate Contact
Debbie Bishop, Vice President of Marketing
(704) 662-3366
dbishop@teamsimpson.com

Since 1959, Simpson Performance Products has been a leading manufacturer of safety equipment for the Motorsports industry. Simpson believes in putting safety first, and we are dedicated to elevating the standards of racing safety through continuous development, refinement and testing.  

 

Less Than 50 Spots Left For May Meet – Don’t Delay In Sending Your Forms In!

Counting the registration forms we have on hand and the ones we have already processed, we are less than 50 spots away from being SOLD OUT for the first meet of the year. Typically this is one of our biggies as there are entries competing for the Hot Rod Top Speed Challenge glory as well as our regular racers who have worked and wrenched on their stuff all winter to make their biggest speed runs yet. If you have not sent in your membership forms or your race registration forms yet, DO NOT DELAY. Each day we receive more stuff in the mail, so make sure that your paperwork is in the next load. 

We have been working hard behind the scenes to update our racing operations and other procedures to make this our most efficiently run season yet. We're as excited as you are to get the ball rolling on 2015. 

 

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE FIRST MEET OF 2015 – HOT ROD TOP SPEED CHALLENGE AND RECORD RUNS! BE THERE!

It is officially GO time for 2015 ECTA event registration. Below you will find the link to the 2014 ECTA event registration form and on that form you will find a link to the electronic registration page. We understand that there has been a bit of an "up and down" situation today with the e-registration but we're working on that as you are reading this. Mailing your registration form in is just as good as the e-registration and as always we would encourage you to do either without delay as the first meet of the season is normally a quick sell out. 

As we have done for several years, the first meet will be comprised of our normal vast array of classes along with the Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge. This is a great event for first timers to come and check out what land speed racing is all about, see the diversity of equipment, the mechanical creativity exhibited by the racers, and the jaw dropping performances that have marked this event since its inception. We're going to have a busy year at the ECTA in 2015 and we're kicking it off right!

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS AND PRINT OFF THE REGISTRATION FORM!

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More Expiring Numbers And These May Directly Effect ECTA Members – Are You On The List? Is There An Expiring Number That You Want To Grab?

Here's a fresh block of numbers that are expiring. What's different about this list than the previous list that the numbers on it are directly from the "ECTA block" and that means that these are numbers ECTA racers may either want to protect or ones that ECTA racers may be interested in snagging. The list of numbers that are expiring is below so take a look and if you have any questions or want to snag one, please email ECTAmembership@hotmail.com

The season is coming….if you want to save a number or snag a new one here's the list!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BLOCK OF EXPIRING ECTA NUMBERS – RECLIAM YOURS AND GRAB A NEW ONE!

 

Here’s the SCTA Expiring Numbers List For This Year – Some Good Ones Up For Grabs

The SCTA has released its monster list of numbers that are expiring (they have not been used for 3 years). That means if you are on the list you can save your number in a valiant last ditch effort, or if you are in the market for a number you can jump on it and cherry pick a new one if you so desire. Hey, these guys and girls aren't using them so why not, right? 

The link below will take you to the list. After that you are on your own. I know Keith Turk prefers the ones with two digits because….well if you know Keith you understand. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SCTA LIST OF EXPIRING NUMBERS AND EARMARK A SWEET ONE FOR YOURSELF!

 

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IT IS GO TIME! 2015 MEMBERSHIP FORM AVAILABLE HERE! 2015 EVENT ECTA ONLINE EVENT REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN FEB 1!

That's right kids, the countdown to the first meet of the season is on! We know that you are in the shop thrashing on your cars and bikes right now but it's actually time to start thinking about racing again as we've posted the 2015 membership form and we are also announcing that online event registration will be available as of February 1st, 2015. Don't delay, act now, we're standing by! 

In all seriousness, we hope that your Christmas and New Year's was great and that your winter wrenching is going on schedule (yeah, right!) and under budget (we're cracking ourselves up here). In order to get yourself all handled on the membership front for 2015, please click the link below and complete the forms. You'll notice that there is a new mailing address on there as Kerri will be processing these forms now. Like anything in life, we'd advise you not to wait until the last minute to handle this but we also recognize that everyone is working on the schedule that fits them best. 

We're going to provide TWO links below. The first one goes straight to the membership form which you can fill out and print off. We have seen some of you people chicken scratch on paper before so for our sanity, please fil out as much of the form online as possibe. The second link goes to the FAQ page about membership, registration, and all of that good stuff for those of you new to the ECTA. 

As always, Tonya, Keith, Kerri, and I are humbled and very honored by your support. 2015 is looking like it will be a great year for the ECTA and we hope you are all excited to be a part of it. 

OH…and for those of you waiting for rule book tweaks, changes, and revisions. We're jamming on those at this point as well. Stay tuned this week for that update!

CLICK HERE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE 2015 MEMBERSHIP FORM

CLICK HERE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ECTA, MEMBERSHIP, EVENT REGISTRATION, ETC. – THE MEMBERSHIP FORM IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE AS WELL 

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In 1967 Art Arfons Mounted A Jet Car On Sponsons (With Tires!) And Planned To Go 300 MPH On Water – He Didn’t

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Well, it isn't land speed racing per se but since we're racing in Ohio and Arfons was from about three hours up the road from Wilmington, we thought this was approproate to share here. I remember the first time I saw the lead photo in this story and the thoughts that ran through my head. “Is that….wait…I think…HOLY CRAP IT IS!” Yes, you are looking at Art Arfons’ famed “Cyclops” jet car mounted on a couple of sponsons, pontoons, floats, whatever you want to call them as Art planned on breaking the water speed record with this creation…while also employing tires to “drive” across the water. We’re not kidding on that last part and we’ll get to those details in a little while but this is a creation that was built and was actually set into the water a time or two, unfortunately it never even began to sniff the 300mph zone and apparently barely even sniffed the 50 mph zone before the project was scrapped due to either lack of funding or the realization that this was a really, really wonky idea.

 

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