Southeast Kansas Racing Club Rules - 1957

(These were the rules that governed stock car racing at the fairgrounds racetrack at Winfield, Kansas, 1957-1958.)

Note:  All owners, pit men, and drivers must belong to club.  Any, or all cars are subject to technical inspection at any time upon request of Technical Committee.  All new cars are subject to visual inspection before first race and may be torn down after race if car placed in money.

1. ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS: 1932 through 1948.
     A.  Must be same make as chassis.
     B.  Maximum cubic inch displacement:  250 c.i.
     C.  1932 through 1948 stock camshafts.  No truck cams allowed.  Cams to be checked by template.
     D.  May port and relieve.
     E.  Stock heads - May be filled and milled.  No Sportsmen or Aluminum heads allowed.
     F.  Big valves may be used.
     G.  Stock pistons or stock jobber pistons acceptable - NO RACING PISTONS - No deskirting allowed.
Plymouth may use Chrysler pistons to gain maximum cubic inches.
     H.  Stock crankshaft - no stroking or destroking.  Counter balances on crankshaft may be ground to balance
            but counter-balance cannot be cut off.
     I.  No Aluminum flywheels.  Stock flywheels may be altered.
     J.  Stock pressure plate and clutch required.
     K.  Must have starter in working condition.
     L.  Motor may be balanced.
     M.  Stock rods - NO RACING RODS - All bearings must be stock number.  No machining allowed.
     N.  Lifters stock - adjustable lifters may be used.  No altering to stock or adjustable lifters.  Stock rocker arms
            are required to overhead engines.
     O.  Six cylinder Ford motor may be used.
     P.  Stock ignition and distributor required.  Any coil and condenser may be used.
     Q.  One carburetor must be stock.
     R.  All components of fuel system to be stock.
     S.  Engine must be visible stock.
     T.  Any type of air cleaner as long as it is mounted in front of cowling.
     U.  Stock stroke must be maintained the same as the year of block used.

     A.  1932 through 1937, same make as engine.  A full set of stock gears required.  NO ALTERING OF
           GEARS ALLOWED.
     B.  Book ratio.  Must have reverse.
     C.  Transmissions must be left in their original place in relation to the frame.

     A.  1932 through 1937, same make as engine.
     B.  Must have stock ring gear and pinion gear.
     C.  Locking of rear end OK.
     D.  1932 through 1940 axle housing permissible.

     A.  Only gasoline obtained from truck on track will be used.
     B.  All gas tanks must be drained before filling.
     C.  After gas tank is filled, it must be sealed.
     D.  Member of Technical Committee is only person allowed to break seal on gas tank.

     A.  Castor oil may be used.
     B.  No overhead oilers on injectors permitted to carburetor or manifold.

6.  BODIES: 1932 through 1940.
     A.  Hard top coupes or sedan bodies required.  No pickup trucks.
     B.  Tops must be cut out and pass safety inspection.
     C.  Inside roll bars must have four (4) uprights and have box type brace around top of upright.

7.  FRAMES: 1932 through 1940.
     A.  Must be left at stock bends and angles, i.e., no channeling.
     B.  Frames may be reinforced in necessary, but not dropped.
     C.  Front wish-bones may be split.

     A.  No "dago" axles.
     B.  A solid spring perch on driver’s side of axle is legal.  Work of this kind must pass close inspection by
           Technical and / or Safety Committee.

     A.  Must have brakes.
     B.  Track operators at
Coffeyville required two rear wheel brakes.

     A.  Must be of stock variety.
     B.  Spring leaves may be added or taken out to make car handle better.
     C.  Bending of springs to lower car permitted.
     D.  Springs must be left in positions designed and specified by manufacturer in relation to frame.
     E.  Any type shocks may be used on any car, i.e., Ford, Willys, Houdi, Gabriel, etc.

     A.  Any steering set-up OK as long as it is safe.
     B.  Welding on steering must pass close inspection.
     C.  No steering or "neckers" knobs allowed.
     D.  No wood steering wheels.

12.  WHEELS:
     A.  Reinforcing of stock wheels required, especially the pressed type.

13.  TIRES:
     A.  No knobby or traction tires allowed.
B.  Street tires may be grooved as desired as long as grooves are no larger than 1/4 inch wide.

     A.  Bumpers of any variety or number (within reason) allowed.
     B.  Nerfing bars OK but must not extend beyond tires.
     C.  Front bumpers must not extend farther than 6" beyond front horns.  Must be at least 6" narrower than car

     A.  Must be inside car and of heavy material.  Subject to close inspection.
     B.  Gas cap must be fixed in manner to easily allow for locking seal.
     C.  Tank must have drain plug at bottom to allow complete drainage of material within tank.
     D.  No pressure tanks allowed.

     A.  Any type may be used but it must be bolted solidly and covered to prevent acid from spilling on driver.

     A.  Aircraft "quick-release" type required.
     B.  Belts must be bolted solid to floor.  Reinforcing plates may be used if desired.
     C.  Belts must be able to pass any sort of inspection or car may be disqualified until able to pass inspection.

18.  SEATS:
     A.  Any seat permitted passing. Safety and / or Technical Committee.
     B.  No folding seats allowed.

19.  GLASS:
     A.  Must be removed from all windows including windshield.

20.  HOODS:
     A.  Not required but desired.  If hood is not used, steam protection of some type required.
     B.  Hoods must be secured by straps.
     C.  Pressure caps, hoses, for baffles are considered "steam protection".

     A.  Replacement types permitted.

     A.  To obtain membership in club, applicant must be of legal age. (21)
     B.  No member will be in good standing and can participate in race of club meetings unless his dues are paid.
     C.  All members must pay assigned insurance premium before participating in any race.
     D.  Three men will be allowed per car and these men must wear a white shirt.  White clothes preferred for
            visibility and safety.
     E.  In the event a member wants to protest the legality of a car, a deposit for $25 is required.  If car is found to
            be illegal, member will get his $25 back.  If car is legal, he will forfeit his money.
     F.  If a car is found to be illegal, car and owner, or owners, will be barred permanently.  Membership will
            be automatically forfeited.
     G.  In the event a car is found to be illegal, all remaining cars will be moved up one place.
     H.  No rear view mirrors.
      I.  Cromwell, or the equivalent, crash helmet required.  All crash helmets subject to Technical Committee

NOTE: Decisions made by Technical Committee to be considered final.

     Warren H. Satchel - President
     Marvin Patterson - Vice-President
     Roy Duncan - Secretary
     Southeast Kansas Racing Club, Inc.

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