Rules

ISLAND DWARF CAR CLUB
CAR RULE BOOK

January 2018 – January 2020

Section 1

General Rules   

    Island Dwarf Car Club, in these rules, will be called IDCC

1. To be successful all Organizations must have good rules and fair enforcement. All members must know the rules; therefore ignorance will not be tolerated as an excuse. If there is a question on any rule, specification, and/or clarification, the best ‘rule of thumb’ is, if you don’t see something specifically explained, then consider it Illegal, because the IDCC will consider it to be.

2. No pretense is made of having designed a foolproof set of rules and regulations. The spirit and intent of the following rules is going to be the standard by which our Dwarf Car racing is guided. The elected Officials are authorized to decide if equipment change of Design is an attempt to beat the rules. They can and will disqualify an entry that is in violation of the spirit or the intent of these rules. Interpretation of, amendment to these rules may be made at any time. The rules and/or regulation set forth herein are designed to provide for orderly conduct of racing events and to established minimum acceptable requirements for the conduct of the sport and are no way a guarantee against injury or death to those participating in these events.

3. The only person that can bring a complaint to the Board of Directors’ attention is the driver of a Car or a Track Official. The Board of Directors will call for witnesses, as it deems necessary. The Board will consist of a minimum of three members of the Board and their decisions will be final, unless overturned at a full club meeting consisting of a 75% quam of car drivers.

4. The Board of Directors will meet, vote and take action if any offense is deemed to be detrimental to the IDCC, its members or Dwarf car racing.

5. Abuse or confrontation of any racetrack or IDCC official and/or use of abusive language is strictly prohibited. Fighting or combative behaviour in pits or on the track premises at any time is also strictly prohibited. This includes actions of the driver, owner, or any crew or guest. 

FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING PENALTIES:

  1st. Offense: Disqualification from the event, and loss of points.

 2nd. Offense: Disqualification from the event, and loss of points to date.

  3rd. Offense: Car and owner will be suspended for the remainder of the season.

6. No one should leave their own pit space to confront another driver or crew member, this action will subject their own car and driver to the risk of immediate suspension; it will be considered an Offense.

7. During the race all driving offences will be dealt with by the race track officials, their decision will be finial.

Bylaws

8. Elections will be held at the Annual general meeting. The AGM will be held within one (1) month of the last race of the season.

9. Positions to be elected are:

Directors (5)

Treasurer Secretary

Pit Boss

Score Keeper

Safety Committee Chair Person/Technical

Dues

10. Dues must be paid in full by the first race of the season or you will receive no points, have no vote and surrender your car number.

Section 2

IDCC RULES

January 2018 to January 2020

Racing lineup, Points, and Rookies

Operating procedures for Positioning Rookies

Type 1 Rookie

1. Any driver that does not have experience racing in a pack of cars.

2. Will start heat races and main events at the back of the field, for three race events.

3. If club officials deem that a driver needs more time to be able to race safely in a pack of cars, they will be notified on a week to week basis.

4. Type 1 Rookies are responsible to attach bright coloured surveyor’s tape to the ends of your rear bumper.

Type 2 Rookie

5. Any driver that has never raced a dwarf car in Competition.

6. Will start heat races and main events at the back of the field.

7. Before the next scheduled race the club officials will determine if the driver is ready to join the field of cars in the correct position.

(When club officials, at race event, are in total agreement, these provisions can be over-ruled.)

Race Format

Appearance points

8. Every Car that attends a Points race event, and is prepared to race, will receive 5 (five) race points.

Qualifying

9. The race track staff will run the Time Qualifying. Follow their instructions closely. Qualifying will determine the line-ups for the event’s races.

10. During qualifying, if a Car times-in 1 (one) second slower that the second fastest Car, that Car will start at the back of the pack, in the Line-up of Main event, in front of the Rookies.

Dashes

Line-up for all dashes will be arranged by the Pit Boss, depending on the number of Dash Races that the Track Officials want.

Heat:

‘A’ Heat – the odd number (from Qualifying i.e. first, third, fifth) cars will be lined up, inverted.

‘B’ Heat – the even number (as above, second, fourth) cars will be lined up, inverted.

Main Events

Line up from the qualifying, odd numbers on the inside, even numbers on the outside. Vacated spots will be filled on the track by moving forward.

Passing points – one (1) point per position gained from assigned starting position to position at finish of race.
Main Event Restarts.

California double file cone restart will be the default restart lineup for all main events. The leader will lead the field to the green flag with the remainder of the field double file lined up based on lane chosen by driver as he/she passes the cone.

**Note that restart lineups are at the discretion of the track officials. The IDCC Pitt Boss will work with the track officials to clarify restart lineup at the start of each race event.
Rain outs:

Cars will receive points for those races that have been complete. If the Main event is stopped due to rain, and more than 50% of the completed laps have occurred, the race points and the passing points will be assigned. Final positions can only be supplied by the Track.

Line-up:

The Main event line-up will be as described above, those Drivers under the ONE SECOND Rule will line-up behind the pack, and the Rookie(s) Drivers will line-up behind the ONE-SECOND Rule cars.

Non-Members

Visitor/ Non-member cars will be allowed to compete in (1) one race day (but not a Championship Race), before complying with the IDCC Rules. They can finish NO higher than 4th FOURTH place in the Main event, and they will receive No points for the race event.

Championship

All points from the season’s (Appearance, Qualifying, Heats, Mains, & Passing) will be awarded to the car number that earned them.

If a Race car is sold during the season, and the number is transferred and used by the new owner, the points awarded will remind with the original owner. The new owner will start at the time of Purchase with Zero points.

The Top (3) cars will be awarded at the end of the season.

Rookie of the Year

All points from the season (Appearance, Qualifying, heats, Mains, & Passing) will be awarded to the individual Rookie Driver regardless of the Car or Number.

The Top (1) Rookie will be awarded at the end of the season.

Other Awards
MOST SPORTMAN LIKE DRIVER
MOST SPORTMAN LIKE NON-DRIVER
MOST IMPROVED DRIVER
HARDLUCK
BEST APPEARING

These awards will be based on the entire season, and be voted on at the last race of the season (Championship Night) (1) vote per Car, on Ballots supplied by the IDCC.

Any Invitational race will not be a Points race, and not count for Trophies.

IDCC Rules

Section 3

January 2018 to January 2020

1. Do not attempt to build a Dwarf car or buy a Car from another Car Club, without first contracting the IDCC for specifications. If a car built or bought that does not meet the specifications and pass the I.D.C.C.’s technical inspection, it will not be an I.D.C.C. car and will not be allowed to compete with I.D.C.C. cars. If a Car shows up at a Race event and is inspected and found to have no safety problems, the Board of Directors may allow the Car to compete for 1 Race event only, no points will be given.

2. Please note that the following are “common sense” type rules.

3. Dwarf are to reflect the nostalgic look of the early stock car racing car, these cars are 2/3 scale replicas of the 1928 to 1948 American Vintage coupes and sedans. These are all-metal car bodies and are scaled to a 73” wheelbase and are 40” in height and are powered by four-cycle motorcycle engines, up to 1250 cc. displacement.
Body:

1. Car bodies will be replicas of 1928 to 1948 coupes, sedans and pickups that were in production in America during that time period. No special purpose cars are allowed. All frames and roll cages, including firewalls, doors, and rear section framing must be fabricated as a single unit forming the actual contour and dimensions of the finished body. Cars must be visible in the darker portions of the tracks.

2. No open top cars, such as roadsters or convertibles. Bodies must have full roofs of metal construction. Roof hatches are allowed, if closed with a positive latching mechanism as an addition to door entry, driver must still be able to enter and exit by the side doors.

3. No foreign makes, panels, station wagons or woodies allowed. Only closed top, meaning hardtop American passenger cars and pickups.

4. Will be of all metal construction. No fibreglass plastic, nylon, etc. with the exception of the grille shell. Outer skins, firewall and the bulkhead are mandatory and shall be a minimum of 26 gauge steel or 0.040 Aluminium. Self-tapping type of screws are not allowed in any part of the Car.

5. No fenders allowed.

6. Doors and windows must remain stock in appearance. Right and left doors must be operational. The left door may be shortened a maximum of 8” from the bottom of the frame rail. The right door may be shortened to the top of the driveline tunnel. Drivers must be able to enter and exit the Race car through both doors.

7. Each car will have a grille shell or simulated open radiator, matching the body style.

8. Engine compartment must conform to scale of body length, and must match the contour of the body, where it meets right and left side body panels. A hole or bulge will be allowed for clearance of air boxes on late model engines only.

9. All main lower frame rails will be made of 1”x 2” rectangular steel tubing with a minimum of 0.120 wall thickness (Lower frames rails on both sides, running from the extreme front to the extreme rear). There will be a minimum of three cross members in the driver’s compartment: one in the front, one in the rear and one near the center.

10. At the beginning of each race, the car must have all body parts intact.

11. No engine/transmission assembly may extend to rear more than 21” from the center of the front axle Line, except for separate transmissions, which may be mounted in place of a jackshaft, i.e. Harley Davidson. Front axle location will be determined by scaling a photograph of the car, to a 73” wheelbase and mounting the front axle in actual proportion to the car body.
Front axle line is a theatrical line between on the center of the front wheel spindles

12. No wings, airfoils, or streamlining of the bodies shall be allowed.

13. The body shall not be more than 40” tall, from the bottom of the Frame Rails to the extreme top. The body shall not be over 48” tall from the ground to the extreme top.

14. No Dwarf body designs will exceed 38” in width, being measured at the body’s widest point.

15. All bodies must have a truck lid, or trunk access panel to conform to the original bodylines.

16. Quick release type steering hub and wheel, is mandatory.

17. Exhaust and headers must be installed as not to distract from the stock appearance of the hood, with the exception of side panel. Each car must run an adequate muffler to satisfy the race tracks noise requirements.

18. No glass of any kind will be permitted. A ½” wire mesh windscreen or 1/8” (or thicker) Lexan windshield is required.

19. No rear-view mirrors of any kind will be permitted.

20. Positive door lock system, sliding bolt system, required on both doors.

21. Hood and trunk access panels must be fastened securely by a spring or rubber latch, bolt and nut or Dzus fasteners.
Bumpers and Nerf Bars:

22. Front bumpers will not extend more than 6” forward of the front tires. They will be made of round tubing not to exceed 1” o.d. x 0.083 wall thickness, with no more than three horizontal bars. It must be mounted securely enough to lift the car with an overhead hoist or tow truck. Bumper will not be backed up with steel plate, solid material or heavy gauge mounts.
Width: 30” Minimum to 36” Maximum

23. The Rear bumper will not extend more than 6” behind the extreme rear body panel. It will be made from round tubing not exceeding 1” x 0.083 wall thickness, with no more than three horizontal bars. It must be mounted securely enough to lift the car with an overhead hoist or tow truck.
Width: 36” Minimum to 53” Maximum

24. Side nerf bars must be mounted between the axles only. A maximum of 18” from rear axle centerline to kick out. The upper mounting location not to exceed 18’ from the bottom of the frame rails. They must not extend beyond the tire tread width. They will be made of round tubing, not exceeding 1” x 0.083 wall thickness. Double nerf bars are recommended.

25. The horizontal bars for both bumpers and nerf bars will not extend below less than 4” or above more than 14” above the ground.

Engines:

Modifications to engines with two valves per cylinder is limited only by the criteria listed in the paragraph below (Paragraph 26)

26. Engines must be four cycle motorcycle engines that have been built by a factory, for motorcycle installation only. They must have been from a regular production (a minimum of 500 units or more a year) motorcycle, with a maximum displacement of 1250 cc., and it will be normally aspirated, an exception will be the factory produced 750 cc. (or smaller) turbo-charged engines.
a) Addition: any O.E.M. cooling other than air, is a liquid cooled engine and will remain stock. No modifications. Intake and exhaust ports maybe reworked to fit manifolds for a depth of 3/16” only, casting/parting lines must be visible, must use OEM carburetors and OEM type ignition boxes and coils. The car owner has to show any non-stock ignition to the TECH COMMITTEE before using them.
b) Modifications to engines with more than two valves per cylinder are limited by the first paragraph (Paragraph 26) of this section, and all of the remaining paragraphs below.
c) Aftermarket pistons are permitted with the following restrictions. They must be factory replacements type. No oversize sleeves allowed.
d) Aftermarket guides, springs and valves are permitted, if they are stock size, shape, and are not constructed of light weight materials. No Modification to the stock valves seats radius is permitted, three angle valve seats only. No modifications to any portion of the intake or exhaust ports is permitted.
e) Aftermarket manifolds are permitted.
f) Crankshaft may be trued and balanced. Lightening and/or knife edging is not permitted. Crankshafts must remain within 5% of OEM specifications. No aftermarket connecting rods are permitted. No modification to rods permitted. No changes to cam timing permitted. Slotting of cam sprockets is not permitted. An aftermarket clutch is permitted. Clutch basket must meet OEM specifications, and most remain stock.
g) All other engine, clutch, and transmission parts must meet OEM specifications, and must remain stock.
h) All engine electronic controls must be stock, except additional rev limiters.

The following list is the only liquid cooled engines approved by Island Dwarf Car Club for club events.

YAMAHA: 87-95 FZR 1000
96-00 YZF 1000R
98-01 YZF 1000R1
02-03 YZF 1000R1
01-03 FZS 1000

SUZUKI: 86 -92 GSXR 1100
88-95 GSX 1100
1200 Bandit

KAWASAKI: 86-90 ZX 10 86-04 GPZ 1000 90-01 ZZR 1100 (ZX11) 94-02 ZX9R

HONDA: 93-00 CBR 1000F 98-03 CBR900/954

i) These engines are all near 150hp. This is the limit on horsepower. If you want to run another engine, bring all documentation to the BOARD OF DIRECTORS. If unanimous support of the Island Dwarf Car Club is won, that engine will be added to the list.

j) Engine must have all original parts operational, such as transmission and clutch. Clutch and transmission must be in-engine and clutch and gears operational. Charging system does not need to be operational, and may be removed internally. The engine must be cooled by manufacturers’ intent. An extra fan or oil cooler is allowed.

k) Technical inspectors will record all engine and ignition module serial numbers on the inspection form. It is recommended to have a written record of the serial number with the Car at Club events.

l) Where Air Induction was on the engine in the original bike, it will be allowed on the Race car. The race car will only be allowed to use the original stock air induction, stock filter and stock snorkel. Where air Induction was not on the original engine. it will not be allowed.

27. All engines must be front mounted, in the stock location for that model of car. No auxiliary starters allowed. Must be able to start engine by original intent from the factory, i.e. electric or kick.

28. Must be shaft driven connected to an automotive differential and rear axle assembly, modified for Dwarf Car use. Must drive rear wheels only. Quick-change rear ends are allowed, They are limited to the Toyota ratios, for 8 and 10 Bolt rear ends. Spools are allowed.

29. Drivelines loops shall be 360 Degree, constructed of 2”x 1/4” flat bar or tubing, width minimum ¾”o.d. x 0.065” wall thickness. Two loops are required, the front loop shall be within 8” of the front U-joint, the second loop is required in the knee/thigh area of the driver. A third loop is recommended, in the bulkhead area.

30. Drivelines are to be painted white for visibility.

Brakes:

31. Must have brakes on both front wheels, and at least a single brake operating both rear wheels.
Wheels and tires:

32. Any type of 13” steel automotive wheels only, Bead lock type wheels are not allowed. 33. D.O.T. approved tires, only, no recapped tires. They can be grooves in any manner.
Asphalt track: AMERICAN RACER, A4
Wheel Base:

34. Wheel base on all cars will be 73”, plus or minus ½”. The wheel base between the two sides of the car will not differ more than ½”.

35. Maximum width 62”, car must be able to roll through a 62” wide opening.

36. The maximum left side weight allowed will be 53.5 %. Maximum rear wheel camber is 1 %.
Suspension:

37. Must be coil-over type suspension only, shock absorbers will be non-adjustable at all races.

Fuel:

38. Must use any type of automotive gasoline only. No alcohol, methanol, nitro or nitrous oxide systems allowed.

Fuel Tank and Lines:

39. Must use a fuel cell manufactured and intended for racing use, in an acceptable condition, foam filler is optional but recommended. Fuel tanks will be solidly attached, in the truck area, within the frame rails. Non-leaking, positive-locking cap required. No pressurized fuel systems. Tank must be vented in such a manner as to not leak in any position. Fuel filler necks may not extend beyond the side of the car body. It is not to exceed 5-gallon capacity.

40. All fuel lines in the driver’s compartment must be steel or Stainless wire-braided construction. No rubber hoses allowed in the driver’s compartment. Any fuel line routed through the driveline tunnel must be enclosed in a minimum 1”o.d. x 0.083 steel tube.

Electrical:

41. All batteries and electric fuel pumps must be mounted in trunk area. A mandatory main power disconnect will be mounted below/near the rear window on the right side, and easily accessed and visible.

42. Batteries must be securely mounted.

43. All cars must have one, and only one, push/pull switch, being the master power switch. It must be located to the extreme right hand side of all other switches, and on the right hand side of the dashboard. All other switches must be another type of switch.

Weight:

44. Minimum weight of 1,200 pounds, maximum weight of 1,400 pounds, with driver, as the car leaves the track, after each race.

No single ballast weight is to weigh more than 25 pounds, and all ballast must be securely bolted or welded directly to the frame.

No ballast is to be mounted outside the body or outside the frame rails. Ballast must be painted white for visibility and have the car number and I.D.C.C. painted boldly on it, for identification.

Safety:

45. No sharp edges or projecting objects allowed within the driver’s compartment, which will endanger the driver. All cut edges open to the driver must be folded or molded. No sharp objects allowed inside or outside of the car. Both doors must have at least two bars of a minimum 1” x 0.065” wall thickness, of round or square tubing, welded in the midsection of the door frames. The lower one of the two bars in the Right side door may be omitted, if a bar the same size is welded horizontally the door jamb area, between 4” from the top of the frame rail and the top of the driveline tunnel. Also there must door supports welded inside the door opening, front and rear, to withstand an equal impact force as the door itself. Padding in the knee and arm and helmet area is highly recommended.

46. A 5-point SFI approved seat belt system to be installed, correctly, according to the manufacture’s recommendations and in good condition.

47. It is recommended that all cars have a 2 ½ pound 5 B.C. fire extinguisher or certified fire bottle system mounted inside the car, within easy reach of the driver, when belted into the car, and one fire extinguisher in the pit area in plain view. All equipment will be checked by crew and be charged and operational.

48. Each car pit area will have another 2 1/2 lb. 5 B.C. Fire Extinguisher available.

49. The driver is required to wear: Approved fire suit, minimum rated 32A-1

Approved head and neck restraint system.

Goggles or face shield.

Safety helmet Snell 2010 or newer; Model S is fire resistant, Model M requires the driver to wear a head sock.

A 5-point seat belt system installed according to manufacturer’s instructions no older than 5 years.

Arm restraints – if the car doesn’t have window nets.

Racing gloves.

Adequate Racing Footwear.

50. No radiator or oil cooler will be mounted in the driver’s compartment, or on the rear deck.

Seat:

51. An independent seat structure adequate to provide lateral support to the upper torso is required. The back of the driver’s seat must be no more than 68” from center of the front axle line, at 23” above the bottom of the frame rail.

52. Floor and Seat pans must be steel, 18 gauge minimum thickness, and must be welded in place.
Driver Safety on the Track:

53. Driver will stay inside their car when on the race track, unless Fire is involved.
If a “Red Light” is on, and the driver must get out of their car, they will confirm with the Track Personnel that it is safe to do so, and that all cars are stopped. If they leave the Car, they must go directly to the Pits, by the shortest reasonable path.
Drivers will not stand on the track, or by their Car, during a race.

Numbers:

54. All members in good standing will be issued a car number by the IDCC. Selection of numbers will be on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no duplicated numbers. The number 1 is reserved for the points champion of the previous year, who will retain their original number for future years. Numbers must be in at least three places; right door, left doors and on the roof. Numbers must be a minimum of 12” high, and approximately 2/3 the height, in width, except for the number   1. Roof numbers must be positioned to be read from the right side of the car, to ensure accurate scoring.

Technical Inspections:

55. All cars must pass an annual technical inspection by the technical committee. During the season if any safety discrepancies should arise, they must be corrected before the car returns to the track. After an accident, where the car’s structure is damaged, the driver will ask for a Technical review, before the car goes out on to the track again.

56. Each driver has the right to appeal any and all technical inspection discrepancies to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, present at the track shall review the appeal and vote to uphold or over turn the technical Committee’s original ruling. The decision of the Board of Directors shall be final.

57. No electronic communication with the driver. Electronic Communication from the Track, if agreed by Board of Directors is acceptable.

58. Transponders will be installed according to the manufacture’s recommendations, 10” ahead (Maximum) of the center line of the rear axle.