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THE SAFETY MODEL
The Tourmaster has created a safety model which is unmatched by any other touring organization anywhere. The Tourmaster's mission since the start has been to design and lead the most thrilling, challenging, and scenic yet safest driving events in the United States. The Tourmaster has always focused on creating the safest driving experiences without taking away the fun and thrill of driving our cars the way they were designed to be driven.
1. GET TO KNOW THE DRIVER
The first level of safety involves getting to know each new driver before they attend a Stampede. Before any new driver's registration is accepted, The Tourmaster will take the time to personally get to know the driver by asking a series of questions about their driving experience and skill level.
2. TECHNICAL INSPECTION
For every Stampede, every participating car is required to pass a Technical Inspection just as it would be required at a track event. The Technical Inspection is to ensure that your car is road-worthy, in excellent mechanical condition, and ready to ensure the stresses of a challenging run. It is a preventative measure to ensure your safety and the safety of those driving near you. The inspection will help you identify and correct any potential issues which could become safety problems during the Stampede and cause a partial or complete breakdown of your vehicle. The Technical Inspection will need to be completed by a qualified mechanic before the tour.
3. TIRE REQUIREMENTS
Tires are the key component that keep us on the road and allow us to stop. At the start of every Stampede, all tires on each participating vehicle will be inspected to ensure they meet the following requirements:
- Street tires (other-than-competition tires) only
- D.O.T-legal tires only
- Treadwear rating (UTQG) of 100 or higher
- Minimum 4/32" of tread depth at three points across each tire (this is strictly enforced)
- No shaved tires
Tires must pass the tire inspection at the start of the event.
Given the nature of this event, the timely communication of road hazard information between drivers contributes greatly and is critical to the safety of the participants. Therefore, each participating car will be required to have one functioning FRS/GMRS radio. Your radio must pass the radio check at the start of the event. In addition to the safety aspect, radios also contribute greatly to your driving enjoyment by allowing you to listen to and participate in the usual humorous automotive banter and entertaining conversations that go on throughout each day's drive.
5. PARTICIPANT GUIDE
Every driver is expected to follow the driving rules outlined and explained in the Participant Guide. This Guide is a culmination of almost 20 years of touring experience involving more than 120 tours. It is a proven model that ensures that we have a lot of fun in a responsible way.
6. REFUNDABLE SAFETY DEPOSIT
The Tourmaster is the first and only person to establish a Refundable Safety Deposit for driving tours as part of a safety model. This is one of the most important components of The Tourmaster's safety model, and it has been used with great success for nearly 20 years. The purpose of the Refundable Safety Deposit is two-fold: (1) to motivate participants to be present on-time at the mandatory check-in, vehicle inspection, radio check, and drivers meetings and arrive equipped with a working FRS radio and (2) to motivate participating drivers to complete the Stampede by following all the driving rules outlined in the Participant Guide. Every participant who is present for all mandatory meetings, who satisfies all requirements, and follows all the rules listed in the Participant Guide will receive a full refund of their Safety Deposit.
7. NO ALCOHOL DURING DRIVE TIME
No alcoholic beverages are allowed on or near the driver and passengers while the vehicle is in motion during the event. Alcoholic beverages may be transported ONLY in the trunk or anywhere outside the reach of the driver and passengers while a vehicle is in motion. Cars may be inspected for compliance at any time during the event.
Given that good driving habits are mostly the result of sound judgment and driving experience, all licensed drivers (and passengers who are eligible by their State to be legal drivers) are required to be at least 25 years old. This rule was established based on the nature of the events and experience at previous Stampedes.
- The primary reason that the rule above applies to both drivers and passengers is because The Tourmaster has no way of controlling who is driving a particular car when there are two or more licensed people in the vehicle.
- An exception may be made for a driver younger than 25 if at least two officers of any official and legally recognized car club can recommend the driver younger than 25 as being a safe and responsible driver. Please contact The Tourmaster via email to inquire about information which would be required in such a recommendation. Depending on the age of the driver and other circumstances, the driver younger than 25 may be expected to possess many years of experience in motorsports such as high performance driving events (HPDEs), autocrossing, or some other type of road racing.
- Unlicensed children 17 or younger may be allowed to attend as passengers.
9. LICENSE AND INSURANCE
As part of the registration process, all drivers and passengers will be required to provide a scanned copy of a valid driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance coverage.