Eagles Canyon Convertible Rules

Convertible/Open Cockpit Rules –
Convertible Cars must run with Top in the up and fixed position while on track

All Convertibles are required to have either OEM/Factory Rollover Protection or approved aftermarket roll over protection that is 1” higher than the driver’s helmet while seated in a normal seating position.

A simple Height Test involves taking a broom stick and level attached to the broom stick and laying the broom stick on top of the vehicle’s “Rollover Protection” while level and seeing that you are an inch below the broom stick while in a normal driving position with your helmet on. Note: in some cars, the windshield frame (A pillar) is reinforced factory roll over protection.

Details on Rollover Protection:
Double and Single Roll Hoops, Factory POWER Hard Tops, “A” Pillar Rollover Protection and Factory Rollover Protection Systems (Pop-Up Roll Bars) are all approved as long as they are “factory documented rollover protection” and are above the height requirements.

Factory Rollover Protection Deployable System:
Hidden deployable rollover bars behind the front seats that deploy automatically if sensors detect an impending rollover.
Note: Many Porsche & BMW & other convertibles have these pop-up roll bars

Factory Rollover Protection:
The standard factory rollover protection is a roll bar or hoops stationary and placed behind the front seats. Also note, many cars are known to have reinforced front windshield frames “A pillar” as factory rollover protection. (see list below)

Aftermarket roll bars are required to be able to at a minimum sustain the vehicles weight and are at least 1” above the height requirements. (driver’s helmet)

Important Notes:

  • SCCA & NASA approved roll bars are all acceptable.
  • Drivers of cars with their tops down should consider wearing eye protection, glasses or sunglasses.
  • Fiberglass hardtops or any other convertible hard top do not provide structural protection thus they are not approved rollover protection.
  • The Height Test may be re-checked at the track and if you and you DO NOT pass this test you will not be allowed on track. Convertibles Passengers: need to be 1” or more under the approved roll bar.

Specific Automobile Model Information on Convertibles, Roadsters, Cabriolets & Spiders:
Note: if you do not see the car in-question please use the internet or other reliable sources to check on factory documented information on your convertible.

List of topless cars known to have factory rollover protection that are approved to run.
Audi TT, A4, S4, A5, S5 & R8
Aston Martin *1998-present
Bentley Continental
BMW Z4 & Z3, 3 series, 6 series, M series *1998-present
Bugatti Veyron
Corvette C6, C7 & C8
Camaro 2011-present
Dodge Viper SRT-10 *2004-present
Ferrari 360, 430 & California
Jaguar *1998-present
Honda S2000 & NSX
Lamborghini Gallardo, Murcielago, Diablo, LP560, LP640 roadsters, Performante
Mazda Miata *2007‐present
Mercedes S, SLK and CLK Convertible
Mini Cooper & Cooper S
Nissan 350/370Z
Porsche Carrera GT, Boxster, Spider, 996 & 997
Volkswagen Eos & Beetle
*Kit Cars of all types, please look at manufacturing documentation.
*Any car with documented production factory rollover protection.

List of known topless cars that do NOT have “factory roll over protection” and would be required to “add approved rollover protection” to run.
BMW Z3 1996-97 without factory roll over hoops (1998 and newer are approved to run)
Camaro Convertible
Corvette Convertible up to C5 (C6 and newer are approved to run)
Dodge Viper RT Convertible 1992-2003 (SRT 2004 and newer are approved to run)
Firebird Convertible
Mazda Miata 1990‐2006 (2007 and newer are approved to run)
Mustang all models Convertible
Lexus SC 430 Convertible
Porsche 993 Cabriolet, pre‐1998 Porsche 996 (air‐cooled)
Pontiac Solstice & Solstice GXP
Saturn Sky
Toyota Solaris
*Special Notes: T Top versions of these cars are allowed.
*Kit Cars of all types, please look at manufacturing documentation.