Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ferrari Life Posts: 739
First, that is the rear end of a 1972 Opel.
Second, the SCCA roll bar stories from the late 50's and early 60's are quite a ride. When I bought the car it had a single drivers side hoop which literally came off in my hands when I grabbed it and gave it a good shake. The welds looked like bubble gum. I then installed the post type with the flat top plate. Next rules change I replaced the post with a hoop with some coverage on the passenger side. The next rule change was the bar you see in the photo which was for both sides and had the required rearward braces attached to the top third of the total bar height. By the time I ran the mighty Mini Moke in 74 and 75, SCCA rules required a full roll cage.
During the 2000 - 2008 conservation project, I removed all the roll bar pieces to return the car as completely as possible to the as raced condition at the 1st Grand Prix of Venezuela in November 1955. At Laguna Seca for track time at the 2015 FCA National I ran with no roll bar. One session I brought my son Bryan along for a ride and was black flagged. The stewards said I had no roll bar to which I replied that it was that way for my earlier laps. Their response was that now I had a passenger who was a young man with a family. Moral of the story: if you are an 80 year old it is just fine to run Laguna Seca without a roll bar!
Past: 500 Mondial S2 0556(0446)/MD owned 58 years from June 1960 to August 2018