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10/18/20, 9:25 AM   #1
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Question - when did roll-cages become mandatory on USAC Sprint car, Midgets, Champ Dirt cars?
 
10/18/20, 11:13 AM   #2
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I"m thinking in 70 or 71.
 
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10/18/20, 12:43 PM   #3
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Question - when did roll-cages become mandatory on USAC Sprint car, Midgets, Champ Dirt cars?
Greg, I wish I could help, but that was before my time! LOL. Bob
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10/18/20, 2:03 PM   #4
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USAC made cages mandatory on midgets and sprints starting with the 1971 season. Champ Dirt cars didn't make cages a requirement until 1972.
 
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USAC made cages mandatory on midgets and sprints starting with the 1971 season. Champ Dirt cars didn't make cages a requirement until 1972.
Correct. They were “recommended” for midgets and sprint cars approx. mid year 1970 (sorry...that was 50 years ago, so I don’t remember the exact date) and mandatory for the 1971 season. If I remember correctly, “bolt-on” cages were acceptable for two years after they became mandatory, then they had to be an integral part of the chassis/frame.
 
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10/18/20, 7:18 PM   #6
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I was in the ball park lol Hell I"m old too.
 
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10/19/20, 7:01 AM   #7
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Thank you gentlemen - know a couple of knowledgeable guys who swore up and down it was 1968 - what started the discussion was

Did Gil Hess have a cage when he died at Salem in 1970?
 
10/19/20, 9:58 AM   #8
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Did Gil Hess have a cage when he died at Salem in 1970?
Yes, he did.
 
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According to hamb, after Pat O'Connor at Indy, in 58, they were added to the 59 rule book.
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According to hamb, after Pat O'Connor at Indy, in 58, they were added to the 59 rule book.
That would have been roll bars, not cages.
 
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