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WMRC has commited to purchase Airfence foam soft barrier for the kink with the possibility of part of Turn 6 to be covered as well.

The kink will have the thicker high impact barrier while Turn 6 will have the standard barrier.

Rob New will be getting the revised quote and we can announce in the next few weeks just how much we will be purchasing.

A big thanks to all the volunteers and racers that pulled together to make this a possibility this year.:rockon
 

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Short answer, is NO.... In actual fact the executive announced at last nights meeting that the cost of the race license is actually coming down, the ability to purchase the airfence is something the club/exec has been working towards all year....
 

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Thanks to everyone for helping make this happen. it was a big goal of oours and we are all so pleased to be able to get it done finally!!
 

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Race license price has been reduced by $10 and the $100 volunteer fee has been eliminated.
 

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I'm not sure if this is something you guys want to bother with, but, typically it's cheaper for a distributor to purchase a product then it is for an end user(wmrc). What I mean is that, my company may be able to purchase the air fence for you at a discount and then we resell it to you at our cost. In some areas of business this could save you up to 45%, although I'd guess that in the m/c industry margins are tighter and looking closer to something between 10-25% if anything at all. Just thought it might be worth a try.
 

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Thanks for the offer. Send Rob New a PM. The product we are looking it is Airfence brand foam barrier from Australia, not Alpina inflatable from Europe.

Rob New did a ton of leg work over the past year to get to this point, big thanks to Roberto!
 

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Curious questions:

- What's the lifecycle of an airfence? Will it continue to be useful after one, two, ... how many crashes?
- Will it require maintenance?
- After a crash, will corner workers have to take turns getting blue in the face blowing it back up? ;)
 

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they'll probably find one tho...'cause that's what they do
 

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Great now all the whiny pussies have no excuse to not come out.
Oh yeah..........I don't like tracks with airfences, I don't like tracks that won't let me go faster than 250kph, I don't like tracks where I have to brake and turn so much, I don't like tracks without hospitality suites, I don't feel like I should have to back up my posts by showing up at Mission, I don't like having to make my bike quieter, I don't like riding without the challenge of cagers, I don't like flag marshalls with radios, I don't like everyone going in the same direction, I only ride on real tracks not fake ones.................fuck it, I quit!!!:laughing :laughing :laughing

It is awesome that we are getting some airfence finally. Six full seasons of racing with two seasons of track days on top of that and no serious injuries(touch wood) at Mission Raceway yet. This should help to make things even safer on top of that.
 

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Not to dampen the spirit of the air fence . But isn't the thing screwed after one hit ? wouldn't foam blocks be money wiser spent .
 

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It is only screwed until you pump it back up with air. They probably get torn ocassionally in crashes but I am sure they are repairable.
Don't worry Bill, you can't dampen our spirit.
 

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Great news, and big thanks to Rob and everyone else in the club who made this a reality.

As we saw at Laguna, Airfence needs to be regularly re-inflated by, as they are known, 'fluffers'... and Ted will be the first in line for that job, as he's got loads of experience in that area.
 

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One other thing... Where exactly in the Kink area will the Airfence be placed? Against the wall at rider's right just after it? Just wondering...
 

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Great news, and big thanks to Rob and everyone else in the club who made this a reality.

As we saw at Laguna, Airfence needs to be regularly re-inflated by, as they are known, 'fluffers'... and Ted will be the first in line for that job, as he's got loads of experience in that area.
Oh boy I wanna be head fluffer, or maybe fluffer coordinator, or is that reserved for Teddy..
 

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I can clear up a few things right here...


Airfence is a brand. A more appropriate term is safety fence but Airfence has kinda stuck as a name most people use. There's two main types, inflateable and foam. They're both very effective. You can cover more track with the inflateable sections (but not much more) and they take a bit more work to set up. The inflateable can be punctured but this is not too common and it is easily repairable.

We're going to go with the foam type. It's covered, of course, and doesn't soak up water. Putting them out is easy and they are also easy to repair. I spoke with the manager of Stratotech and they've had the foam type safety fence from Alpina for quite some time now. It's never been replaced to my knowledge. Think of haybales that are, safer, relatively light and have a really long service life. It's a specialty product and it very expensive. The club being able to invest into something so important now, and hopefully more in the future, is something made possible by the dedication of the members. I hope that the concept of the community pitching in to buy Airfence to make riders safer catches on here like it has in other clubs as we need it.

Rob
 
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