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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:28 am 
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Just got and installed the LED rain lights from Pegasus. Nicely built compact unit. Talked to the manufacturer and he said they have sold over 7,500 over the years for the formula cars. By the way, if my FP friend hadn't called me I would not have known about the lights. Our first calendar year race is week after next and they will be checking. Seems to me that something that covers all the classes except open wheel and sports racers would be important enough to put on the e-mail notices.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:37 am 
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I really doubt that anyone would have been parked if they did not have a rain light on a pretty day. They'd get a Chief Steward waiver and a "fix by next race" in their logbook.

You can get an email notification when Fastracks are released. Or put it in your calendar to check monthly:

Preliminary Factrack is released on the 10th of each month here: https://www.scca.com/pages/cars-and-rules
Final Fastrack shows up here on the 20th: https://www.scca.com/pages/fastrack-news

And if you're not reading Fastracks every month...shame on you! No one's going to hand-hold you for each individual rules change that may affect you.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:52 am 
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Greg Amy wrote:
I really doubt that anyone would have been parked if they did not have a rain light on a pretty day. They'd get a Chief Steward waiver and a "fix by next race" in their logbook.

You can get an email notification when Fastracks are released. Or put it in your calendar to check monthly:

Preliminary Factrack is released on the 10th of each month here: https://www.scca.com/pages/cars-and-rules
Final Fastrack shows up here on the 20th: https://www.scca.com/pages/fastrack-news

And if you're not reading Fastracks every month...shame on you! No one's going to hand-hold you for each individual rules change that may affect you.


Unfortunately, under the current regime, the preliminary Fastrack isn't showing up consistently on any date and never by the 10th.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 1:20 pm 
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Wanted to thank Tim for the advice to use the rechargeable bicycle lights for a rain light !

Got this one and it is perfect.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Bicycle-Bike-Cycling-Front-Rear-Tail-Light-USB-Rechargeable-6-Modes-Red-USA/283310405581


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:54 pm 
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I thought about using those, in the end I went a different direction. I used to have a rechargeable transponder,,, which I promptly forgot to put on the car one AM,,, and ended up with no qualifying time and starting DFL at the Glen. I could only imagine myself forgetting to charge the rainlights or put them in.

I had some spare circuits I had run to the rear of the car inside a jacketed multi-cable that were unused.
I purchased (2) Red LED 1156 lamps and stuck them in the reverse light sockets of my tail light housings.
Those are now wired to the breaker for my wipers.
When I turn on the breaker to give the wiper switch power the rain lights come on.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:33 pm 
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FYI, I've seen the rain lights mandated a couple of times in foggy conditions. Running thru w/s wipers might cause a problem. Of course, you could pull the wiper out arm from the w/s and watch it rotate back and forth. And if the race is declared a rain light race, you must keep it on the entire race not just when raining.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:17 pm 
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FP Racer wrote:
FYI, I've seen the rain lights mandated a couple of times in foggy conditions. Running thru w/s wipers might cause a problem. Of course, you could pull the wiper out arm from the w/s and watch it rotate back and forth. And if the race is declared a rain light race, you must keep it on the entire race not just when raining.


The rain lights are powered by the "breaker" that powers my wiper circuit.
The "wipers" themselves are on a 2 pole switch from that same circuit that controls the motor (hi and low).
This way I can have just light or light and wipers,

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:02 pm 
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Wired my rain lights tonight, just used my standard tail lights. Put them on a switch so all good.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:15 pm 
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FP Racer wrote:
FYI, I've seen the rain lights mandated a couple of times in foggy conditions. .... And if the race is declared a rain light race, you must keep it on the entire race not just when raining.

Is this in the GCR or in local supp's? I thought it was odd that the new rule required a rain light but without a scenario or CS direction where it would be used. It's a good idea, and I intend to use it when conditions warrant, but still don't see that the requirement that the entire grid use one during a rain race.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:30 pm 
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Interesting it also says all non formula cars must gas two red brake lights. How’s srf get around that. They only have 1

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