BITD Parker 425 & 2017 Safety Rule Updates

The 2017 Best In The Desert (BITD) Bluewater Parker 425 presented by Impact is right around the corner, and not only does SDHQ have everything you need to get race ready, we will be providing onsite sales and service out at the race!

There are new rules regarding safety are now mandatory. These rules were introduced prior to 2016, when it was made known that they were recommended for one year and required for 2017.  While none of the rule updates are major changes, there is no need for surprises when you show up to tech at your first race of the season.  For this reason SDHQ wants to ensure that all racers are familiar with the 2017 safety rules. For more info visit or call SDHQ 480-633-2929

HELMETS Helmets must be approved by one of the following with the appropriate approval decal attached; Snell SA2010 or SAH2010 / SA2015. The interior and exterior areas of the helmet must be free of defects (i.e., the padding must be in good condition and the exterior of the helmet must not be damaged).  Beginning with the 2017 Best in the Desert Racing Season, SA2005 rated helmets will no longer be permitted.
SDHQ Carries a complete line of race ready helmets pre-wired with PCI Radios in stock! Check out our HELMETS

FIRESUITS One-piece firesuits are mandatory. Two-piece suits are not permitted. Suits must not have any holes, rips, or tears or be worn thin and must be free from any petroleum-based contaminants.  All suits must be manufactured from fire resistant material and shall bear a minimum of an SFI 3.2A/5 or higher manufacturer’s certification label.  Fire retardant gloves and footwear rated to the SFI 3.3 standard are very highly recommended.  Best In The Desert Racing Association also highly recommends that each fire suit be labeled on the upper right chest with the entrant’s full name, blood type, allergies or other important medical information. See our FIRESUIT selection


UNDER GARMENT REQUIREMENTS The use of petroleum based and other synthetic blends of undergarments such as the athletic or compression style close-fit garments are not permitted (commonly used for the cooling, moisture wicking, and quick drying features). Synthetic fibers such as nylon, elastane, and polyester melt when ignited and for this reason they will not be permitted.  Best in the Desert strongly recommends the use of a fire retardant long sleeve tops, and long bottom undergarments as well as fire retardant socks rated to the SFI 3.3 specification.

BITD strongly recommends the use of either a fire retardant balaclava rated to the SFI 3.3 specification or a helmet skirt rated to the SFI 3.3/5 specification.
For the 2017 race season, Best in the Desert Racing Association mandates that all persons driving or riding in any class race vehicle wear a frontal head restraint (FHR) bearing the SFI Foundation’s 38.1 manufacturer’s certification label.
SAFETY NETS Best In The Desert Racing Association approved safety nets are mandatory on all vehicles and must cover the complete open area of the cockpit on both sides of the vehicle, including open wing glass area with glass or no glass.  An SFI 27.1 rated driver/navigator ingress/egress window net will be mandatory for the 2017 season.  Nets must be installed on the inside of the roll cage to prevent them from being damaged or coming off in the event of a roll over or slide on the side. Nets attached to door frames are permitted as long as door has a positive secondary latching device. Nets must be installed so that the occupants can release the netting unassisted and exit the vehicle regardless of the position of the vehicle. Net installation must meet with the approval of the chief technical inspector. Lexan in the side windows can be substituted for nets as long as positive secondary latching devices are used. Lexan side windows must be mounted in such a fashion as to allow quick removal in event door will not open.
The net border or edge and the net attachment must be made of materials that are as strong or stronger than the net itself. Net attachments must be every 6 inches. Acceptable attachments are not limited to the following, but will need to meet SFI 27.1 specifications; Adel clamps, one way snaps, metal hooks, and steel rods. Steel rods are acceptable methods of bottom fastening. No zip ties may be used for the ingress/Egress net. No Velcro may be used.
Best In The Desert Racing Association requires that occupants of all vehicles must be protected during a roll over in such a manner that prevents them from extending from the body or frame of vehicle. 
VEHICLE REFUELING Best in the Desert mandates refueling personnel (aka “The Fueler”; the crew member responsible for inserting the fuel nozzle or dry brake during a pit stop) wear a one piece or two piece fire suit minimally rated to the SFI Foundation’s 3.2A/5 manufacturer’s certification.  The suit shall cover the crew member from the neck to the ankles and to the wrists.  The suit must be free from holes, rips, tears, and not worn thin.  Additionally the “fueler” must wear a SNELL rated full face helmet, an SFI 3.3 rated balaclava, SFI 3.3 rated fire retardant gloves, and SFI 3.3 rated fire retardant shoes and an SFI 52.1 rated fueler apron.



This race will be a tough one without Casey Folks. From everyone here at SDHQ we want to thank Casey for his love, passion and dedication to the sport of off-road. Our thoughts are with his family and extended family within the off-road community. He had a great impact on many people and the sport itself. Let’s all strive to uphold the integrity and sportsmanship that he had as we move forward.




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