Originally Posted by maddog
It's good that they've adjusted the Modified class, although I don't agree with the 37" max tyre rule. Those of us with full bodied vehicles that want to compete in WE rock are generally larger than 37" tyres.
I think you will find that WErock is not really meant for full bodied rigs.
You can certainly enter and compete and have a great time, but I would predict that they are moving away from full bodied rigs to buggies only.
From my experience spotting for Shane in the Firetruck, anything full bodied will not have a lot of chance of really being competitive.
A few observations...
The courses are designed for buggies.
Full bodied rigs are guaranteed panel damage.
The spotter will not be able to stop a full bodied rig from rolling due to weight
The spotter cannot manipulate a full bodied rig as easily as a buggy
There are bonus lines you can't even contemplate trying because you know you will roll over.
Buggies are cheaper to build
Easier to fix damage to panels, mounts etc.
Easier to trailer
The modified class is meant to be a slightly lower budget class that the crowd can associate with.
The modified buggies are meant to look more like current trucks and that is the main reason for the two seat and panel rules.
It is a shame, but I cannot see how full bodied rigs will be competitive next year. The courses will get harder and harder, and more competitive buggies will be appearing.
If there is enough interest it may be worthwhile asking Sam to run a class for full bodied trucks, but realistically I can see everyone building buggies as fast as they can.
Next year will be very interesting...