From digest.v6.n618 Sun May 4 13:21:11 1997
From: Ed McClure <emcclure_at_dcr.net>
Date: Sat, 03 May 1997 23:38:27 -0400
Subject: Re: more convertible controversies
I couldn't help myself, I felt like I had to weigh in on the
controversy of convertibles at driving schools, at the invitation in the
post of Paul Jones.
I am a Driving School coordinator. I was at the Driving School
Conference this year, and heard all the reasons. But the main decision
on whether to have convertibles rests with the Chapters. I heard
everything from requirements for a full cage, to arm restraints, and
However it is a no brainer to me. At the last Driver School Conference
in Dallas in 1994, there was a picture of a E-36 convertible that had
been rolled at a east coast Driving School. I will not mention the
Chapters name. This car was even equiped with the new pop-up roll bar
protection. It was FLAT! ( NA was very interested in that)The point is
it was rolled! I have decided that at our schools there will not be any
convertibles - period. The reason is if an individual was crazy enough
to want to drive their drop top in a driving school, thats their butt,
not mine. However, I could not ask an Instructor to get in the right
seat under any circumstance. I really don't want to have to go a spouse
or family of an injured or deceased Instructor an apologize for them
being assigned to a student in a convertible. Hey, it could happen.
It could happen in an enclosed car, but a topless vehicle with or
without rollbar protection is more suspectible to possible injury. Ask
the person that went to car driving event (that was described at the
driving school conference)and rolled her convertible. She lost the use
of an arm, an was fortunate it wasn't riped off as her arms were flung
around during the roll over.
The National BMW standards have provisions in it if a Chapter does wish
to allow convertible, they can with certain requirements. I can not
believe that a Chapter would really want to expose itself, and want to
except the responibility of allowing convertibles, especially with these
up coming M-Powered Z-3's.
If a person with a convertible wants to go to driving School, rent a
hard top or something. Instead of doing a drivers school in their
convertible, hey put the top down and go crusing, or hey what about a
road trip. It will be a blast, I've done it.
Unfortunately, convertibles are not made for driving school.
Ed McClure, President, and Event Chair
Bluegrass Bimmers Driving School
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