Tech Inspection

Your car must have good brakes, recent tires, and must not leak any fluids.  We've provided a checklist for the most important items, but it is your responsibility to bring a vehicle that is appropriate for closed-course driving. 

Special regulations for convertibles and open-top cars are covered below.  

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For all convertibles and open-top cars

These rules apply to all convertibles (roadsters, cabriolets, spiders) and open-top vehicles (targas, open cockpit) whether the top is up, down, or a removable hard top is in place. 

  • All open-top cars are required to have either factory rollover protection, or a minimum 4-point rollbar.
  • The driver’s helmet must be below a straight line drawn between the topmost part of the windshield frame and rollbar (or B-pillar, on targas). This is often called the “broomstick test”. Passengers (coaches) must also comply. For cars with 5-7 point harnesses that are designed to hold the driver/passenger upright in the seat, the helmet must be 2” below the rollbar. 
  • You may drive with the convertible top up, down, or off. If you drive with an open top, you must wear eye protection (glasses minimum). We recommend a full-face helmet with the shield down.

Cars that require rollbars

The following cars must add a (minimum) 4-point rollbar of proper height. Rollbars must be manufactured and installed so that they can support the vehicle’s weight. We reserve the right to reject any rollbar we determine doesn’t provide adequate protection. 

BMW Z3 without factory roll over hoops, 1996-97 

Chevrolet Camaro convertible, up to 2010

Chevrolet Corvette convertible up to C5 

Dodge Viper RT convertible, 1992-2003 

Ford Mustang convertible, all years 

Lexus SC 430 (has rollover protection, but is too low)

Mazda Miata, all years (2006+ has protection, but is typically too low)

Pontiac Firebird convertible, all years

Pontiac Solstice & GXP

Porsche 993 Cabriolet, pre‐1998 Porsche 996 (air‐cooled)

Saturn Sky

Toyota Solaris

Cars that don't require rollbars

Open-top cars with OEM rollover systems and OEM factory seat belts are approved. 

OEM safety items include single- and/or double hoops, power hard tops, and pop-up rollbars. Some of these rollover  systems  are hidden and deploy automatically if sensors detect an impending rollover. If your car has such a system, note this on your tech sheet and bring documented proof that your car has such a system. If you don’t see your convertible or open-top car on this list, bring documented proof that your car has factory rollover protection, and we’ll add it to the approved list. 

The following open-top cars with factory rollover protection are approved: 

Audi TT, A4, S4, A5, S5 & R8

Aston Martin all models 1998-present

Bentley Continental

BMW Z3, Z4 3 series, 6 series, M series, 1998-present

Bugatti Veyron

Chevrolet Corvette C6 and newer

Chevrolet Camaro, 2011-present

Dodge Viper SRT-10, 2004-present

Ferrari 360, 430 & California

Honda S2000, NSX

Jaguar 1998-present

Lamborghini Gallardo, Murcielago, Diablo, LP560, LP640 roadsters, Performante

Mercedes S, SLK and CLK Convertible

MINI convertible 

Nissan 350/370Z

Porsche Carrera GT, Boxster, Spider, 996 & 997  

Volkswagen Eos & Beetle

Targas, vintage, and kit cars

Chassis rigidity and rollover protection have gotten significantly better in the modern era, especially 2006 and later. Structural enhancements including using materials like beryllium have made cars much safer. 

Todd Milton, CEO of Pineview Run, has over 30 years experience in auto extrication (disentanglement) involving cutting and prying open hundreds of automobiles and race cars.  Todd reserves the right to inspect all older cars, targas, and kit cars for structural integrity and has the final “go, no-go” on any car brought to Pineview Run. 

If you have a vintage car, kit car, or heavily modified car with an open roof, please contact us before you bring your car to the track.