Cartie Tech' Spec' Summary

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The various events across the UK all have subtly different rules covering cartie dimensions, weights, etc. As an aid to race teams and event organisers, the SCA has published an overview of the more common rule sets and has derived a set of universal dimensions that would comply with all the rules currently in use (Universal Cartie) and a set of measurements that would include carties built for every event (Universal Event).

This makes it easier for teams and organisers to make informed decisions when building their carties or drafting/reviewing their construction rules.

At the moment, the derived specifications are;

Dimension Universal Event Universal Cartie
Max Weight (dry) Kg 100 80
Max Length mm 3000 2000
Max Width mm 1500 1118
Max Track mm   1118
Max Wheelbase mm   2000
Min Track mm 700 700
Min Eye Line mm   700
Min Ground Clearance mm   150
Brake Force KgF 40 50
Roll Bars Optional 2 roll bars & forward protection
Harness Optional Required
Min Wheels 3 4

Click here for the full source data. If you have any corrections or know of any other rules that should be included, please let us know.

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With all the variations at

With all the variations at different events ................... a tall skinny cart it is!!!

Do we see this as being introduced for all events??Frown

Is it now time to introduce a set of sensible guidelines so anyone wanting to race anywhere can do so????

As most local events follow "established" guidelines, does this seem like a good idea or do we just build for the events we want to go to??? 

azuma | January 26, 2011 - 17:55
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Personally I think you just pick the events you want to go to and build for them. I don't think I'd want to drive a tall skinny cartie, and that minimum eye line rule is a bit of a nuisance. But if I just consider the events I'm likely to go to - Belchford, Catterline, Alford, CSEx, BB - the dimensions are much more sensible.

Having said that, mind, I'm going sidehack this year - much simpler.Smile

scottishcarties | January 26, 2011 - 18:59
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Derived spec' updated

I've updated the spec' with some minor corrections and also added a "Universal Event" spec' which is the dimensions that would include every cartie that has competed at every event. The "Universal Event" spec' would be the starting point I'd use if I were to be organising a new race from scratch, as it'd give me the maximum number of potential competitors.
scottishcarties | January 27, 2011 - 19:18
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More cartie rule changes...

Border Bogies have dropped their minimum wheel diameter stipulation to bring them into line with all the other events in the SCA Championship.
scottishcarties | February 7, 2011 - 14:10

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