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Good morning ladies and gentlemen!

This is my first post so if it is in the wrong area I do apologize.

My question concerns the fire system for my 1973 Merlyn CF. On the rules page of the VRG website it states that all hand held extinguishers must have a charge indicator on them. When we bought the car it came with a built it fire system (fire bottle), which does not have any sort of charge indicator. My question is, is this fire system legal?

Also, if I was to use a hand help extinguisher, if said fire bottle was not sufficient, does it have to have all metal hard wear on it?

Thank you all so much for your time!

-Nigel


Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:38 am
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Nigel77 wrote:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen!

This is my first post so if it is in the wrong area I do apologize.

My question concerns the fire system for my 1973 Merlyn CF. On the rules page of the VRG website it states that all hand held extinguishers must have a charge indicator on them. When we bought the car it came with a built it fire system (fire bottle), which does not have any sort of charge indicator. My question is, is this fire system legal?

Also, if I was to use a hand help extinguisher, if said fire bottle was not sufficient, does it have to have all metal hard wear on it?

Thank you all so much for your time!

-Nigel


Hi Nigel,
This information is all on the VRG website under "Rules".

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3.2.3. Fire suppression
3.2.3.1. Extinguisher: The minimum requirement is a 2 lb. dry chemical hand-held fire extinguisher, or Halon equivalent. This must be securely mounted in the cockpit within reach of the driver while belted in. The extinguisher must have a charge indicator which indicates “full”.
3.2.3.2. Systems: On-board fire suppression systems (“fire bottles”) are highly recommended. An emergency label (red “E”) must appear on the outside of the car, indicating the activation point for all on-board systems. The activation point must be within reach of the driver while belted in, and should be accessible by a safety worker from outside the vehicle.


As a tech inspector, a disconcerting number of built in fire systems do not come with a charge indicator. However there is nothing illegal about that, only disconcerting.
So you are fine with the system you have as far as the rules go.

While not specifically mentioned, a metal mounting bracket is highly recommended (and not expensive).
http://www.ioportracing.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=F05&Category_Code=FE-HH


Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:59 pm
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