Sorry to anyone offended by my actions or tone.
WDC and the other regions of NEDiv have all compromised slightly to publish a standardized set of specifications for SSM. If you comply, you can race in any race series in NEDiv.
WDC however, does have a set of Administrative Rules which apply mostly to the sealing process. The drivers in WDC voted to have the sealing mandatory, and as a result we have some of the best racing in the country.
I started working with NASA to hopefully extend this consistent set of rules to all of NASA. NASA National wanted to eliminate the sealing process, and since NASA Mid-Atlantic has a dyno at every event I didn't see that as a problem. I lobbied to eliminate the 99+ shock hats, but lost that argument. They blindsided me with the fuel pressure regulator and the steering rack shims. Totally contrary to the SSM philosophy. However, we have a great group of competitors in NASA Mid-Atlantic and we have a gentlemen's agreement to not use any of those modifications. Also the 106 HP limit in NASA makes a WDC SCCA sealed car equally competitive, and I'm sure of that since I've had my SSM on the NASA dyno many times.
The result is that we have all of SCCA NEDiv and NASA Mid-Atlantic with a set of SSM rules that allow easy cross-over with no competitive disadvantages. Equalizing two different cars (90-93 and 94-97) is next to impossible. In WDC during the sealing process for a 1.8L car we check HP (there is no limit but we know what to expect) and we check the A/F ratio to insure that no tampering has been done. A 1.8L car is at a slight disadvantage due to minimum weight, especially in longer races. 1.8L cars have finished in the top 5 at Summit Point, but none has ever won a race. And yes, I wish the 1.8L was not in the ruleset, but no, I will not attempt to eliminate the car as long as anyone chooses to compete with it.
The WDC SCCA MARRS SSM program has one of the highest car counts of any class in the nation. You are all welcome to come participate in some of the best racing anywhere. If you get hooked however, and want to continue coming back, we require that you follow our Administrative Rules and be sealed, thus insuring that your car does not have a competitive advantage within the group.
Both WDC MARRS and NASA Mid-Atlantic are great places to race. I plan on racing with both this season.
Thank you Jim for a cordial reply. I went back and re-read what I wrote and realized I came off rather combative. Sorry for that.
Not to beat a dead horse (but here goes): what specifically is it about the shock hats & R-pack tie rod ends + shims that you feel is anathema to the class (SSM)? I can understand the desire to keep costs down by disallowing expensive experimentation ($200 spark plug wires anyone?) but both of these mods I don't think fall outside of your ideal for the class.
Someone else remarked about having an on-track incident causing you to come into inpound post-race illegal (ride height I believe was the measurement/tech item) so how can specifying maximum negative camber not be considered a similar rule?
Or is it a case of the shock hats ('99s or FC's) allowing a lower ride height, then the R-pack tie rods are needed to get steering angles right, and now with the lower ride height you can run more negative camber?
This may be my naivetÃ© coming out (due to my lack of actual racing experience) but I don't see keep these mods out of SSM as being beneficial to the class as a whole. If you allow these two/three mods into SSM you have a greater chance of those currently running SM to easily play in this class (exhaust & intake swap).
This is where I see opportunity for more participants provided a slightly greater allowance exists and how that cannot be good for the class I don't know...
Look forward to your thoughts/reply.