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How Good Is Your Rainlight?

If your answer is "if it passes scrutineering, good enough" then perhaps I may ask you to reconsider?

When I was sorting out the pictures for the Castle Combe reports, I didn't include this one, but I thought it might be worth a view as a separate item. There are 3 cars in the picture and I believe that all 3 had good quality, effective rainlights. Looking at the grid from the same angle when there wasn't any spray, some of the rain lights seemed a bit weak to me. As I seem to have parked myself up on the competitors' scrapheap, I'm probably ill qualified to comment, but it did occur to me that if I ever took up competing again I would make sure that I had the best rain light I could afford. After all, if a slow moving car with a poor rain light had been travelling between the first and second of these 3 cars, would it be visible? And what if there were 5, 7,10 cars in the picture?

PostScript: Between writing this and posting it, I received the Formula Junior Historic Racing Association magazine. It contained the following plea on the editorial pages from their technical man Grant Wilson and is repeated with thanks: "A good FIA approved square type rain light is far better than the smaller round units. If changing yours consider other competitors' view of the rear of your car."


Tony Cotton


Disclaimer: The above represents only the unofficial view of the writer and not necessarily of the Monoposto Racing Club in any way whatsover.