Tech Inspection

 All teams will be subject to a tech inspection before departing the staging area. Teams who fail tech will be given the chance to correct any failed items and re-inspect. This tech inspection is for the safety of all participants, staff, and the general public. This event will take place primarily on public and open roadways. If your vehicle can not pass tech, it should not be on the road. There is a copy of the tech inspection sheet posted below. Teams are hereby given plenty of warning for what will be inspected. BE PREPARED! There is no excuse to fail this tech inspection. If you fail and cannot correct the issue before the start of the event, you WILL be sent home and your teammate will not be happy with you. Clarification of each item is listed below.

The tech inspection is simple and straightforward. To save time, it is recommended that teams print out and fill out the top portion of the inspection sheet before arriving to the event. If your team has opted to arrive to camp the night prior to the event, you will have the opportunity to have your inspection completed and you can avoid the line in the morning. Tech inspections the night before are done on an open basis. Prepare your vehicle for tech after arrival, fill out your sheet, and find a free staff member to perform the inspection. Both team vehicles MUST be present for tech inspection. Tech inspection is done as a team. Only one team member needs to be present but they must have all documentation for the team and access to both vehicles.

Additionally, any team wishing to complete the Mt. Washington Auto Road must meet some additional requirements. The full list can be found here. Almost all vehicles will be absolutely fine. The two rules that are most likely to disqualify a vehicle from the auto road are: Wheelbase must be less than 161″ (Ford Excursion has 137″ wheelbase, Toyota FJ is 105″, LR3 is 114″.) and overall width must be less than 85″ (Ford Excursion is 80″). No H-1 Hummers allowed. The other thing to note is that if you bring a trailer, it must be left at the bottom. No trailers are allowed up. There is plenty of safe parking that is monitored by the Mt. Washington staff and in a private lot.

Teams are required to have a SPOT or InReach tracker for the event. One can be rented from us or you can use your own. These devices will be attached to each vehicle with a tamper-evident strap. The strap can only be removed by staff. If a strap is found to be damaged at points turn in, the team will lose all route points for the day. Do NOT mess with the trackers. These tracking devices need to be charged each night. They will be marked with your team number and handed in to staff at points turn in so that we can charge them overnight. If you bring your own, be prepared to hand it over to staff the day before the event so that we can verify it, log data, and get it online. We are more than happy to charge your SPOT tracker or InReach if you provide us a charging cable. If your tracker goes dead during the event, you will lose all route points for the day. Make sure you hand them in to be charged!



Tech-InspectionDescription of fields:

Team Number: You will be assigned a team number. If you receive your team number before arriving to the event, please fill it in. If you do not have a team number yet, no problem, we will fill it in for you at the inspection.

Team Name: This is the name that your team has chosen to go by. Please keep name choices somewhat appropriate and clean.

Vehicle Owner: The name of the person listed on the registration of the vehicle being inspected. If the vehicle is owned by a business, list the business name as it appears on the registration.

Vehicle Occupants: First and last names of all vehicle occupants, including the driver. You do not need to specify who is driving and who is navigating as we expect drivers and navigators could want to switch places during the event.

Vehicle Information: Pretty straightforward. Year, Manufacturer, Model, Color, and license plate number and state. Ex: 2002 Toyota Landcruiser, Silver. Plate: 845239 MA

Competition License: Details will be provided here once we have a direct link to share. All drivers and co-drivers must have an active competition license. These are easy to get and available online.

Insurance Information: This is required. You MUST have an active policy. Full coverage is HIGHLY recommended but we are only requiring liability. If you do not want to carry a full policy, add it or upgrade for just the event. Cancel once you get home.

Vehicle Phone Number: This is just a number that we can use to get in touch with you throughout the event. If plans change and you are out of CB/HAM/FRS range, we want a way to get in touch or at least leave a message for when you get back in service. We also want a way to try and get in touch if you don’t make it back to camp for some reason. This is not an emergency contact number. This is for us to contact you.

1. Tires: We will only be checking to make sure your tires meet the minimum safety standards required by the state. Cracks in the sidewall due to dry rot will not be allowed. We are looking for unsafe items. That’s it. You should have much more tread depth than we check for. Bald tires will make for a miserable event, unless your hobby is winching. All-terrain or mud-terrain tires are recommended.

2. Wheel Lugs: More than once we have seen a tire come rolling off of a vehicle, usually on the way to an event and usually right after work has been performed on the vehicle. We will be checking to make sure all lug nuts are present and will spot-check one lug nut per wheel for tightness.

3. Seat Belts: All vehicles must have present and working seat belts.

4. Battery: Often times, in a rollover, extreme off-camber situation, or large bump, the battery can come into contact with the hood, shorting out the terminals and creating a large danger of fire. This is especially true in hastily designed dual battery setups. Make sure that all of your batteries are properly secured so that in a rollover they do not move. Bungee cords are not an acceptable means of securing a battery. They stretch and the weight of a battery will more times than not allow it to contact the hood in a rollover. A properly secured ratchet strap is acceptable. The battery should be secure enough to not move around when pushed with both hands from any angle. A positive terminal insulating cap is recommended but not required. They are available at junkyards for nearly free and are extremely cheap insurance.

5. Fluids: All fluids should stay in the vehicles. With that said, we understand that many of us drive older vehicles or Land Rovers. If your Land Rover isn’t leaking, it’s time to refill. All leaks should be minor and not requiring refilling over the course of a day/event.

6. Brakes: Make sure your brakes are functioning! Kind of important. Brake pedal should hold pressure and not go to the floor in any circumstance. With vehicle running, brake pedal will be pushed and held with firm pressure for 5 seconds. Pedal should hold position and not drop excessively.

7. Throttle: The throttle pedal will be pressed and it should return to it’s starting position when released.

8. 4Lo: Make sure that your vehicle has a working 4 Low Range. This is REQUIRED. If you attempt the trails in 4HI, you will smoke your transmission or clutch, guaranteed. You will not make it more than half a day. You will likely be engaging and disengaging 4Lo multiple times per day as you transition from trail to road. Make sure that you know how to properly operate your vehicles transfer case.

9. Recovery Points: Make sure you have proper recovery points suitable for attaching a recovery strap or winch cable to, front and rear.

10. General: We will be taking a look around, under, and inside the vehicle for any glaring safety issues. If you have an unsecured Mag-Lite 4D flashlightresting on your dash, expect to be asked to move it to a secured location. If you keep your hitch receiver recovery shackle resting on a storage platform in the ba
ck at head level with no partition, expect to be asked to secure it. If you have a brake line rubbing on your tire or your winch to battery lines have the insulation rubbed off in places, expect to be asked to disconnect or fix. These are general safety things. If your vehicle made it to the event, you should be ok, but just take a walk around and correct anything that could get you killed or your vehicle destroyed.

11. Spare Tire: Tire problems are one of the most common issues offroad. Make sure you have a spare tire that is suitable to get you at least off the trail and to a road where you can wait for a tow truck. It needs to hold air, fit on your vehicle, and have enough life to make it a couple of miles down a dirt road. A matching spare is better as this would allow you to complete the event.

12. Tools: At the bare minimum, make sure you have the proper socket, wheel key, and breaker bar needed to change out a tire. You also need to have a way of securely lifting the vehicle enough to change a tire. Basic tools are recommended in case of part failures and on the trail fixes, but they are not required.

13. Fire: You MUST have a fire extinguisher. This is not really for your vehicle, as strange as that sounds, it is to help put out a fire in someone else’s vehicle. If your vehicle is on fire, get away from it. Make sure that your extinguisher is in an easily accessible place. It does not need to be in reach of the driver. It just needs to be able to be accessed quickly and easily in the case of a vehicle fire. Ideally, it should be mounted in a place that is easy enough to find if you aren’t the one looking for it.

14. Recovery: Make sure to have a proper recovery strap. This is a strap properly rated for your vehicles weight and one with a stretch factor built in. A tow strap or non-stretch strap is not acceptable for recovery. A tow strap is a good thing to have in addition to a recovery strap, but having at least one recovery strap is mandatory. No straps with metal hooks or metal ends.

15. GPS: This event will be traversing many public roads that are essentially offroad trails. The roads themselves have strict boundaries, entrances, exits, and paths. Without proper GPS tracks, it is easy to accidentally take a bypass or side trail onto private property, wetlands, or state conservation land. This could very easily end the event for everyone. It is IMPERATIVE that all participants stay on the provided GPS tracks and not venture off-trail. Sometimes our tracks may lead a direction that isn’t all that obvious. Follow the tracks. We have pre-run this route several times and laid down the best tracks we could. There are still some sensitive areas and we will have staff in those spots to direct. It is highly suggested that participants have a backup means of GPS tracking and a paper map source, likely the Delorme Gazetteer/Atlas. Cell service is non-existant in some parts of the route and relying solely on electronic maps could prove difficult.

16. Winch: At least one vehicle per team must have a working winch. The winch will be verified for operation during tech inspection. Please have your remote plugged in and ready to demonstrate.

Communication. It is up to each team to decide on your preferred method of communication. HAM radio is the recommended communication choice for all staff members and participants with CB radio a close 2nd. Teams will be assigned a CB channel at tech inspection. HAM radio users can choose a frequency or one will be assigned.