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Where s my SA2015 Helmet?

2015 is just around the corner. In the world of motorsports safety, that number holds a lot of significance, because it’s when all hell breaks loose, our warehouse starts to burst at the seams with inventory, and we find Rob (our warehouse manager) crying in the corner of the high-value room. And before we can even deal with 2015, we first have to get through 2014 and survive our single most frequently asked question: When will the Snell SA2015 rated helmets be available?

Helmet season is here!

Every 5 years, like clockwork, this time comes. A quick bit of background information for those who are new to this game. The Snell foundation releases a new SA-rating every 5 years. The SA-rating (SA stands for Special Applications) is specific to auto racing helmets; however, it is often used in any type of racing that typically occurs in a closed-door vehicle where you’re strapped in and in danger of burning to death (auto-racing, boat racing, truck-racing, even some karting). The basic idea behind an auto racing helmet, making them unique from other full-face helmets out there (such as Motorcycle helmets) are that SA-rated helmets are designed to protect from:

  1. High-speed projectiles (like the lug nut from your competitor’s car that he forgot to tighten)
  2. Multiple low-speed broad impacts (Rolling over and over in your car, as your helmet smacks the roll-bar again and again)
  3. Fire (because you’re stuck in a burning vehicle which is never fun)

Snell creates a new standard every 5-years. This is loosely based on their recommendation that a racing helmet should be retired after 5 years of use. They also use the opportunity to introduce new facets to the standard that will better protect the wearer. That’s right it’s not a matter of Snell’s engineers needing to make the next payment on their new Porsche. They are actually designing things to help protect you from things like injury and death because we all hate being injured and/or dying. Some years only have minor changes for instance, there were not huge changes between the SA2000 rating and the SA2005. SA2010 brought significant changes in how the helmets were impact tested based on medical research (yes, actual science) that helped show different sized heads and their accompanying masses are affected by impacts in different ways. It also took into account the broader uses of Head and Neck Restraint devices (per the SAH-2010 rating that has since been absorbed by the more comprehensive FIA rating). You can read all of the details here (Warning: Big words, charts, and data are in the following link.)

A Helmet s SA sticker can be found inside the helmet behind the foam padding.

The upcoming SA2015 rating has been released and indicates that changes will once again be minimal. Some major improvements are that helmets must now be compatible and ready for Head and Neck Restraint hardware (this should make pre-drilling of helmets from the manufacturer mandatory). Testing has also been added for “Low-lateral” impacts (ie, secondary side-impacts with roll-bars, window frames, etc.)

Technical info aside, now is about the time that everyone tries to get the most for their money and purchase the helmet that will last the longest. Even though Snell recommends replacing your helmet every 5 years, most of the racing groups allow the use of a helmet for an approximate 10 year period. That means that an SA2010 helmet will be allowed for use though at least 2015 with the main sanctioning bodies in the U.S. I say at-least, because in the past, some groups have allowed up to a 2-year buffer period (depending on how many of their members complain about being forced to buy a new helmet) so that racers have time to replace their equipment. Many racers even get further exceptions to use past that 12 year period it’s all a matter of what kind of day your tech-inspector is having and how big your smile is!

But lets go back to that 5-year recommendation. I’ll be the first to admit if you attend a couple of events a year, have really good personal hygiene, and take good care of your helmet (no bounce testing, let it air out after you use it, don’t run over it with your car, etc.), it is fully within reality to get at least 10 years out of a helmet. HOWEVER, and this is coming from someone who has been working with all of you for a very long time, I’m going to one-up Snell and say that the average club-racer’s helmet should be replaced every couple of years. There’s a simple reason behind this, and it happens to be the same reason that I put on surgical gloves when installing Hans Device anchors on a used helmet Your helmet is Disgusting! It smells, the fabric is falling apart, and a gritty, oily substance that is a combination of sweat, dirt, hair-gel, beard conditioner, and gasoline rubs off on my fingers when I touch it. All of that crap is degrading the protective foam and plastic that your helmet is made out of. And when you degrade that stuff, the helmet absolutely will NOT function in the way you want it to when it needs to be used. I’ll give a quick example How long will that t-shirt you’re wearing last if you wear it every other weekend and never wash it? If you need further examples, just let me know I have a bunch!

Something just doesn t smell right

Again, not all helmets are like this but your clean, rose-smelling helmet is definitely the exception to the rule. In the end, what I think doesn’t really matter, rules are rules, and your friendly tech inspector will let you wear whatever you bring that has that SA-sticker on the inside. But for safety’s sake (and your personal health), when your wife/husband/son/daughter/friend/safety-equipment-guy won’t touch your helmet, it’s probably time to get a new one.

And speaking of new, now the news you’ve all patiently been waiting for. When will SA2015 helmets be available?

October 1st, 2015. That is the date that SA-2015 helmets will officially be allowed for sale. However, this does not mean that this is the date that these helmets will magically appear on our shelves. Depending on the manufacturer, and based on what we’ve seen in the past 25 years, we’ll see delivery of these helmets anywhere between October 1st and the following Spring (2016).

If you’re hanging onto your SA2005 helmet, chances are you’ll be able to use it until 2016 or so (again, based on what I’ve historically seen from the racing groups). However, if this is your first helmet, and you’ve decided to wait for the newest rating, think about all that I’ve typed above. How well do you take care of your equipment? How many events per year do you plan on attending? Do you have a dog or cat and does it tend to pee in round objects? And finally, how long do you think you can make your helmet safely last?

We have received a number of questions regarding when the next Snell homologation standard will be implemented. The changeover to  SA2015 Snell standard will take effect on October 1, 2015. For the balance of the 2014 race season and the majority of the 2015 selling season, the Snell SA2010 standard is and will be the most current standard. No manufacturer is allowed to label or sell a Snell SA2015 homologated helmet prior to October 1, 2015 per the Snell Memorial Foundation.


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Featured Listing 1969 Porsche 911 E Coupe

1969 Porsche 911 E Coupe

  • Matching-numbers with Northern California ownership history
  • Rust-free, restored example with renewed components from marque specialists
  • Striking original color combination and desirable specification
  • R-Gruppe ownership
  • Offered at $95,000 USD

Porsche has applied the exercise of evolution to its sports cars for as long as they ve existed. From the beginning their automobiles have appreciated incremental improvements with every new variant. Their 911 range provides one of the greatest examples of this pattern, and by the 1969 model year their rear-engined platform was receiving its first of many major generational improvements.

Criticized for its rear-engined handling characteristics, an effort was made to help alleviate some of its tail-happy tendencies. Some of the improvements included, among other things, lengthening the wheelbase by 2.4 inches and helping balance the tail-heavy weight distribution by placing an additional battery up front.

The 1969 Porsche 911 E offered for sale here is a brightly colored variety of one of these important 911s. This car comes from a Sports Car Digest reader and official member of the famous hot rod 911 community, R-Gruppe. Unlike many of the hot rod 911s you now see, though, this 911 retains many of its crucial, original details like engine, transaxle and bodywork. Continue reading

Bring a Trailer Auction 1970 Honda N600 Sedan

1970 Honda N600 Sedan

  • Example of the first Honda automobile officially sold in United States
  • First model year N600 sold in United States
  • Completely restored by Honda N/Z600 specialist, Merciless Mings
  • Numbers-matching example with Southern California ownership history
  • Currently offered for sale at Bring a Trailer

Honda. The name is attached to such a wide variety of products that it s really easier to ask what aren’t they associated with, than what they are. As a powerhouse in the motorcycle and power equipment world, they happen to be more than just a player in the aviation and marine industry. Oh yeah, and you might recognize a few cars they’ve made, too.

The “Genesis” for Honda automobiles was its T360, a tiny truck built only for their home market of Japan. Later that same year in 1963, the public would have the chance to get their hands on Honda’s first production car, the exciting and high revving S500 roadster. With 4-wheel independent suspension, four carburetors, a chain-driven driveline and a 9,500 rpm rev limit, the S500 was a lot like nothing.

Honda’s first sports car was eventually offered with larger displacement in coupe and roadster form, and represents some of the innovative thinking from Soichiro Honda. The direction that Mr. Honda was interested in taking after this point involved air-cooled power plants, as he would later display with their air-cooled, RA302 Formula 1 car in 1968. With the use of air/oil-cooled engines already popular with European automakers at the time, it seemed like a logical move simple engineering using fewer parts, smaller packaging and an emphasis on weight savings.

The first and only mass-produced cars to benefit from Soichiro Honda’s air-cooled philosophy was the new range of “Kei” cars. Designed to fit within the home-market tax legislation, the initial N360 model fit neatly within required 360 cubic centimeters of engine displacement and did not exceed the maximum length of ten feet. To call the N360 a success would be a major understatement, as it would go onto become the best-selling Kei car of Japan, and would enjoy success abroad, with a N600 model produced to satisfy a market the demanded higher top speeds. While not the commercial success that the later Civic was, the N600 represents Honda s humble beginnings in what is now their biggest market. Continue reading

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Federated Auto Parts And Ken Schrader Racing Announce 2015 Schedule – ARCA Racing


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Federated Auto Parts And Ken Schrader Racing Announce 2015 Schedule

(CONCORD, N.C. March 12, 2015) Federated Auto Parts and Ken Schrader Racing have teamed up for 2015. This season marks the 16th year that Federated Auto Parts has served as the primary sponsor for Schrader s dirt and ARCA cars. Schrader will continue to compete in both his dirt modified and in select ARCA races throughout the season.

We are looking forward to another exciting season as the sponsor of Kenny and his racing teams, said J.R. Bishop, director of motorsports and event marketing for Federated. Kenny has become synonymous with Federated. He is very popular with our members and their customers, and he does a tremendous job representing Federated across the country, whether at the Federated 400, an ARCA race or a local dirt track event.

Schrader will handle driving duties for his team in seven ARCA races, including two title-sponsorship races at the Salem (Ind.) Speedway, the Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 on April 26 and the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic on Sept. 19. He will also drive at Toledo Speedway, Winchester Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Illinois State Fairgrounds and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

In addition, the team s drivers will include Matt Tifft, Clay Campbell, and Ross Kenseth.

Tifft, an Ohio native who attends the University of North Carolina At Charlotte, will be making his return to KSR, Inc. at the March 14 ARCA race at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway. Tifft will also drive the Federated entry in ARCA competition at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Pocono Raceway, Iowa Speedway, Berlin Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, and Kansas Speedway.

We are pleased with Matt s return to the Federated car, said team owner Ken Schrader. He is a talented young driver and has proven race after race that he has what it takes to run up front and make key decisions while behind the wheel.

I am excited to be back in the Federated car this season, Tifft said. Last year, I learned a great deal about the tracks we visited and I m looking forward to returning to those places with the Schrader team to capitalize on that knowledge. We had a number of great finishes in 2014 and I hope to better those this year!

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell is scheduled to race with Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. in the No. 52 Federated Chevy at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1. Campbell is making his second appearance at Talladega for the Federated team.

I m really looking forward to going to Talladega. We had a really strong car there last year but weren t around at the end to show it, Campbell said. Obviously we are excited to be going with the same car we had a Daytona which was really fast but again, we had issues that kept us from being there at the end. I can think of nothing better than for our Federated Auto Parts Team to go to victory lane at Talladega!

Ross Kenseth will drive at Michigan International Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway for the team. In 2013, Kenseth made his ARCA debut in a Ken Schrader Racing car at Madison (Wis.) International Speedway, winning the pole and leading 51 laps before finishing sixth.

With the drivers we have on board for this season, it looks as though we will have some exciting finishes and experience some great racing within the ARCA ranks, Schrader said. I m looking forward to working with Matt, Clay, and Ross.

Federated will also sponsor Schrader in more than 50 dirt track races in the coming season and will host hospitality events for its members and customers at several of these races.

Our dirt track sponsorship of Schrader Racing continues to grow each year, said Bishop. Kenny has a great time interacting with our members and customers at the track and his enthusiasm is contagious. Our guests really enjoy spending time with him and cheering him on as he competes in the Federated car.

About Ken Schrader Racing, Inc.

Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. established in 1982, is a family owned business specializing in motorsports with locations in Concord, North Carolina and Dittmer, Missouri. Its North Carolina operation houses the KSR, Inc. ARCA and NASCAR Truck Series teams, showcases a selection of Schrader s race cars and employees 10 people. Schrader s dirt car program is managed from the Missouri location. Schrader has driven race cars since the 1970s, including more than 29 years at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level. He has also competed with the ARCA, IMCA, UMP, USAC, USMTS, WoO sanctioning bodies and is co-owner of race tracks in Macon, Ill.; Pevely, Mo. and Paducah, Ky. For more information call KSR, Inc. at (704) 788-8315.