Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club

"Racing like it used to be!"




By clicking the link below, a PRINTABLE version of the 2015-16 rule sheets can be accessed. If you are unable to print the document, contact Ed Stevens at (845) 386-3484 so one can be mailed to you.


2015-16 NVDMRC Rule amendments:



NO CHANGE: Snell 2005 approved, or newer, helmets required (2010 recommended as some tracks now require them) 


CHANGE: Any car or driver winning three or more events shall start at the rear of the field for the balance of the season. 

NO CHANGE: Points system continues to reward participants travelling over 100 miles and reward performance as follows:

1 point awarded for each team participating at an event (regardless of finish)

1 additional point awarded for each team having travelled 100 or more miles to event

1 additional point awarded to team winning the feature event (overall winner only)

Car shows to award 2 points for participation. 

(it would be possible to earn 3 points at one event if a team travelled 100 miles and won the feature race)


NO CHANGES except:

Year eligibility for stock stamped steel body panels has been increased to 1986. This allows body panels to be utilized from stock passenger cars 30 years old, or older. The intention is to allow a year newer panels each year in keeping with the 30 year old concept.

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PRINTABLE RULES click on link below





This vintage club was formed for the fun and the fellowship of its members. This club was also formed as a low budget weekend hobby that honors auto racing’s glorious past. Cars entered for competition must be representative of Stock Cars as they typically were through the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. Special care should be taken to keep the authentic appearance and performance of the original style race cars.


FOR 2015/16 – The club will continue to have two divisions – "MODIFIED division" and "SPORTSMAN division".

Both divisions will continue to run competitive races, as in the past. The Sportsman Division will run with the Modifieds until such a time that car counts dictate separation. Highest finishing Sportsman car will be recognized as Sportsman winner. FOR 2015. Stock body year eligibility has been increased to include up to 1985 American made stamped steel panels.



ELIGIBILITY OF CARS: The club events are open to any full-size Stock Cars (no open cockpit) that are representative of the cars that were in competition from the early 1950’s through the early 1980’s, provided that they meet the prescribed minimum safety standards and the respective technical specifications (cars displayed in static shows only may be in ANY condition, unless considered a hazard to show patrons).

Cars participating in more than one club on-track event per season are required to be registered with the club. Non-members may participate, as "guests", in one event per season without a membership/registration, provided that their car meets the minimum standards and is acceptable as "vintage". Guest participants will not be eligible to win or collect trophies.

DEFINITIONS: (as used in the club rules and regulations, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated)

VINTAGE: A stock car with an appearance that is accurately representative of the Modified, Sportsman, Late Model, Street Stock and similar style race cars that competed in oval track type racing events from the time period from around 1950 until around 1985. The following body limitations will apply:

Modified/Sportsman: Any American made passenger car steel body that was available in 1985 or earlier. May be altered to suitably fit an open wheel styled chassis, but roof and quarter panels must be identifiable as original stamped steel panels. (Optional: early 1980’s style sheet metal body – see technical specs). (Optional: fiberglass coupe or coach style body on STOCK frame – see technical specs).

Late Model/Street Stock: Any American made passenger car steel body that was available in 1977 or earlier. Must be full-fendered. May have tube bumpers and spoilers representative of the period up to the early 1980’s. (Optional: early 1980’s style sheet metal or fiberglass body – see technical specs).

MODIFIED DIVISION: The division of vintage stock cars, participating with the club, that do not meet the definition of "Sportsman" found below.

SPORTSMAN DIVISION: The division of vintage stock cars, participating with the club, that are of a "limited style" such as stock frame OR, flat-head OR, 6 cylinder OR, 2 barrel OHV engine, etc. (Cars weighing over 2700 lbs , or that are preserved, restored, replicated or recreated with the intent to display in shows, on-track exhibitions and/or vintage races recognized by the club will be considered for Sportsman division eligibility, regardless of engine, subject to Technical Committee approval and dependant on the car’s performance).

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE: A group of club members assembled to decide on questionable rules, cars, components or procedures. A technical committee may be convened at any time, by the club coordinator (see procedural rules).



MINIMUM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: Required for all cars participating in on-track events.

1. DRIVER SAFETY - MANDATORY DRIVERS’ GEAR – Snell-2005 (or newer) approved helmet with shield or goggles, fire resistant driver’s suit, racing gloves, and fire resistant shoes shall be worn at all times that cars are on track. Fire resistant underwear, neck collar and arm restraints are recommended. Hosting tracks may have more stringent safety rules to be adhered to. Compliance is up to the discretion of the track. Driver's safety is vital!

2. SEAT & SEATBELTS – Properly mounted seat of adequate strength is required. Seats must be mounted to structural members of the chassis or roll cage (no floor board installations). Aluminum racing style seats are highly recommended. Fiberglass seats must have a steel frame for support. Headrests or high-back seat recommended. 3" wide, 5 point safety harness type seatbelts, in good condition (not more than 5yrs. old.) are required and must be properly mounted to frame or roll cage (no floor board installations).

3. ROLL BARS & PADDING – Roll cages of sufficient size and strength are required. Minimum diameter of main cage tubing shall be 1-1/2" O.D. All joints shall be properly fitted and welded for maximum strength. Roll cage assembly must be securely fastened to the frame by welding or bolting (no floor board installations). Roll cages shall provide adequate driver protection in event of side impact (3 bars on each side are highly recommended). All roll bars, or similar item that head may come in contact with, must be adequately padded with approved high-density padding. Additional padding on anything the driver’s arms, legs, knees or other body parts may come in contact with is highly recommended.

4. FIRE WALLS – Adequate firewalls must be in place to isolate the driver’s compartment from the engine and fuel cell areas. Penetrations in firewalls should be of the minimum size and quantity necessary. Pay special attention to clearance for throttle linkage.

5. FUEL TANK – Fuel cells are highly recommended. Other types of fuel tanks may be acceptable, with Technical Committee approval. All fuel tanks must be fully enclosed in sheet metal. A 1/16th. inch minimum thickness steel plate is recommended under the fuel tank. All fuel tanks MUST have tip-over valves, secure fitting filler caps and leak-free fittings/hoses. Fuel tanks must be adequately mounted to avoid being dislodged in a crash.

6. FUEL DELIVERY - No electric fuel pumps. No glass bowls on pumps or filters permitted. No rubber fuel hoses permitted in cockpit, steel or braided lines are required where fuel line passes through driver’s cockpit. Fuel shut-off valve within reach of driver and clearly labeled "off & on" is required. Type of fuel utilized shall be gasoline only.

7. THROTTLE LINKAGE – All hardware in the throttle linkage system shall be properly designed, installed and in good condition and properly lubricated. Dual throttle return springs shall be provided. Accelerator pedal "toe loop" is highly recommended.

8. COOLING SYSTEM – A radiator overflow catch can is required. Coolant shall be water only – no antifreeze.

9. ELECTRICAL SYSTEM – Battery must be covered and securely mounted to protect driver and fuel tank. An ignition kill switch within easy reach of driver and clearly labeled "off & on" is required.

10. DRIVE SHAFT & CLUTCH - No drive shaft shall be exposed to driver’s compartment. Drive shaft safety loop required. Drive shaft must be painted white. Clutch bell-housings that are located within the driver’s cockpit must be of the explosion proof type (Lakewood or similar style).

11. BRAKES – Operable and effective brakes are mandatory at all times. Brakes shall be properly bled and adjusted to provide for adequate car control while on track.

12. TIRES & WHEELS – Tires must be in good condition without excessive wear or deterioration. Wheels must be of adequate strength to sustain the loads imposed by race speed cornering. Lug studs and lug nuts must be adequate to properly mount the wheels used. Safety-type hubs recommended.

13. FRAMES – The frame must be of adequate strength to safely support the roll cage structure as well as the driveline and suspension components. Stock type frames are permitted as well as fabricated frames that have main frame rails of rectangular tube construction (see technical specs for specifics on tube size requirements).

14. BODIES – The body carried must be securely mounted and offer reasonable protection to the driver. Window openings should be of adequate size to easily exit the car and to allow for good visibility. Window screens in the front windshield area are required. A driver’s side window net is recommended for cars with driver location on left side. Doors shall be securely bolted, welded or otherwise secured shut. Hoods and trunk lids shall be properly secured by pins or other suitable fasteners (see technical specs for body year eligibility rules).

15. FIRE EXTINGUISHERS – All participants’ pit crews shall carry fire extinguishers capable of fighting gasoline and oil fires. In-car extinguishers are optional, if used they must be mounted securely with metal brackets. On-board fire suppression systems are permitted.




(In addition to the mandatory safety rules above, the following rules also apply for Racing Events)

NOTE: These rules have been formulated for cars registered with the club. In order to encourage maximum car counts, cars not registered with the club will also be allowed to participate in the racing events, provided that they meet all minimum safety standards of the club as well as any additional safety standards that the hosting tracks may impose. Non-member cars will not be eligible to win or collect trophies in club racing events.

16. BODIES – Stock steel bodies required. All stock body panels must be from American made passenger cars available in 1986 or earlier (30 years old). All bodies must have an accurate VINTAGE appearance. Door panels shall not obscure the engine exhaust headers from view. No excessive widening, narrowing or channeling. Bodies may be suitably altered to fit on open wheel style frames, but roof and quarter panels must be identifiable as original stamped steel body panels. Hoods and doors may be replaced with fabricated aluminum or steel panels. Fiberglass may be utilized for hoods only. Pre 1948 coupe or sedan original steel bodies preferred. 1960’s-70’s American compacts (Gremlin, Pinto, Vega, Falcon, Valiant, Corvair, Mustang, Barracuda, Chevette, etc.) also preferred.

[OPTIONAL 1980’S BODIES: Early 1980’s Modified/ Sportsman style fabricated aluminum bodies with fiberglass roof may be allowed with approval of the Technical Committee. These bodies will only be considered if they accurately represent the late 70’s through early 80’s era. Width, length and style of body must be consistent with dirt Modified cars 1985 or earlier. Leading edges of door panels may not extend further forward than the rearmost engine sparkplug. No wings, air dams, spoilers, long doors, excessive width, etc..(NOTE: It is essential to the club’s continued success that all participating cars maintain a purely vintage look and appeal. Any car deviating from vintage appearance will be disallowed upon vote of club members in attendance).

Also, early 1980’s Late Model style steel or fabricated aluminum and fiberglass body panels will be allowed on full fender cars with approval of the Technical Committee. These bodies will only be considered if they are on a chassis of stock frame rails or 2"x2" (minimum) rectangular tube rail design and the sheet metal must be formed to have a stock appearance representative of Late Model bodies up to the early 1980’s. No "Wedge" style or excessive spoilers will be permitted. Stock steel full-fendered American made passenger car bodies available in 1977 or earlier may also be used – absolutely NO "1981-88 Monte Carlo or other 1981-88 Metric mid-size" bodies are permitted].

[OPTIONAL FIBERGLASS COUPE or COACH BODIES: With Technical Committee approval, cars built on stock frames ONLY may utilize a fiberglass replica 1930’s-40’s coupe or coach body. (example: "classic car" spec body on metric chassis). This option is not allowed on 2x4 tube frame cars].

17. FRAME / CHASSIS – Minimum wheelbase shall be 104". Modern frames accepted. All modern frames must have rectangular steel main frame rails. Stock frame rails are permitted. All frames must be in good condition and of adequate strength.

18. REAR SUSPENSION – No independent rear suspension allowed. Leaf springs, coil springs, coil-over shocks, trailer bars and torsion bars permitted. Shock absorbers limited to standard design, no re-valveable type allowed. Steel shocks recommended. No inside the cockpit suspension adjustments of any kind allowed. All lightweight components are subject to Technical Committee approval.

19. FRONT SUSPENSION - Any steel axle or A-frames, Any combination springs, torsion bars, trailer bars, shocks or coil-over shocks. Shock absorbers limited to standard design, no re-valveable type allowed. Steel shocks and spindles recommended. Sway-bars permitted. No inside the cockpit suspension adjustments of any kind allowed. All lightweight components are subject to Technical Committee approval.

20. BRAKES – Operable and effective brakes are mandatory at all times. Disk or drum brakes are permitted. No ultra lightweight brake components allowed. Dual master cylinder with bias adjustment is permitted. All lightweight components are subject to Technical Committee approval.

21. REAR ENDS - American made car or truck rear ends allowed. Quick-change rears permitted. (light-weight, live axle and offset rear axles subject to Technical Committee approval).

22. TRANSMISSION - All cars must be self-starting with operating clutch able to pull away and back up with engine running. If a push start is required, must start or re-start at the rear of the field. Standard or automatic shift transmissions allowed. Optional: may use internal clutch type transmissions (such as RPM, Jones, Bert, Brinn, Falcon, etc…).

23. ENGINE & INTAKE - (MODIFIED DIVISION) - Any 6 or 8 cylinder engine allowed. No aluminum cylinder blocks permitted. Overhead valve V-8 engines shall not have aluminum cylinder heads and shall have a single 4 barrel or 2 barrel carburetor only (2 barrel required on Big-blocks 396 and larger).

(SPORTSMAN DIVISION) - flat-head, 6 cylinder or a 2 barrel carburetor equipped OHV V-8 engine ONLY.

(EXHIBITION PROVISION) - Cars preserved, restored, replicated or recreated with the intent to display in shows, on-track exhibitions and/or vintage races recognized by the club may run additional speed parts, such as aluminum heads, multiple carburetors, fuel injection, big-block engine, etc., with Technical Committee approval and the understanding that any such car that proves to be over-competitive will be disallowed. Such cars exceeding 2700 lbs will be considered for eligibility in "Sportsman Division", dependant on the car’s performance.

24. FUEL – Gasoline ONLY, with not more than 116 octane rating. No fuel additives of any type allowed.

25. MUFFLERS – All cars must conform to hosting track’s noise requirements. Mufflers are mandatory. Each car must pass track noise inspection. Cars that are too loud will be removed from the race.

26. TIRES & WHEELS – Any tire is permitted provided that it is in good condition without excessive wear or deterioration. Wheels may be steel, aluminum or magnesium (no carbon fiber or plastic). Bead-locks are permitted.

27. WEIGHT – ALL CARS WILL BE WEIGHED. - (Weight rules will be strictly enforced) Cars must meet minimum weight requirements at the conclusion of the race, driver seated in car, no fuel added. TRACK SCALES ARE OFFICIAL. No 2% allowance given at scales. Cars failing to meet minimum weight will be disqualified.

All ballast weights attached to cars must be mounted securely with adequately sized bolts. No welded on weights.


  1. 2 barrel carburetor equipped =2,500 pounds (no allowance)
  2. 4 barrel carburetor equipped = 2,500 pounds (no allowance)
  3. Any car over 2,700 lbs can be considered for eligibility as a "Sportsman" regardless of engine, subject to Technical Committee approval and dependant on the car’s performance.





28. NON-CONFORMING CARS – To encourage participation, vintage style cars from other clubs will be allowed to participate one time per season without becoming a member. Non-conforming cars must meet the minimum safety standards of the club and meet track safety rules. After the race the Technical Committee will rule on any infractions or changes that need to be made on the non-conforming car before it could be considered for regular registration with the club. Non-conforming cars are not eligible to win events or collect trophies.

29. TECHNICAL COMMITTEE –The Technical Committee will be charged with enforcement of the rules and will make rulings on subjects not covered or set forth in these rules. (technical committee rulings are final).

A group of three (or more) club members, plus the club coordinator, assembled to decide on a questionable rule, car, component or procedure shall constitute a "technical committee". A technical committee may be convened at any time, by the club coordinator. Race day decisions made by the club coordinator with consultation with at least three members of the club shall be valid as a "technical committee ruling". All technical committee rulings are subject to further discussion by club members prior to being incorporated in the club’s official rules.

30. LINE-UPS for Racing Events - Feature lineup will be posted at designated location (usually at one of the vehicles in Pit Area). It Is the driver’s responsibility to know where they start in each event (if you are moving to the back of the field or if you are scratched from the race, you must let the person doing lineup know before feature is posted). Starting lineup for the race will be achieved by drawing for position before each race (except previous winners). Anyone who wins will start in the rear of their next race. Any car or driver winning three (3) events in a single season will be required to start at the rear of the field for the balance of the season. The Technical Committee may change the lineups at their discretion, to level the playing field for all competitors. Cars unable to start under their own power must start at the rear of the field.
[After any member’s second win, in one season, the Technical Committee may rule on adding more weight, limiting gear ratios or otherwise reducing speeds of exceptionally fast cars. The club goals are good competition, not domination]

31. ON-TRACK PROCEDURE for Racing Events – For club race events, the event will be conducted as an actual race and all of the hosting track’s rules regarding starting, restarting, flagging, etc…will be in effect. Complete control and discretion shall be in the hands of the hosting track’s officials. Please keep in mind that these are vintage cars and every attempt should be made by the drivers to avoid incidents. Rough or overly aggressive driving will not be tolerated and the technical committee may rule on incidents even if the hosting tracks’ officials have ignored them. ALL DRIVERS SHALL CONDUCT THEMSELVES PROFESSIONALLY AND USE COURTESY TOWARDS THEIR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS AND ALL TRACK OFFICIALS.

32. SPORTSMAN DIVISION CARS – Until such a time that car counts dictate separation, Sportsman and Modifieds will race together with line-ups drawn regardless of division. Upon conclusion of the race event, the highest finishing car registered as a Sportsman will be recognized as the Sportsman class winner. In the event that a Sportsman car is able to finish ahead of all the Modified division cars, the Sportsman car will be declared the overall race winner and no winner’s award shall be made to the highest finishing Modified division car, nor shall the next highest finishing Sportsman be recognized as the class winner.

33. OVER COMPETITIVE CARS – All club members and participants should keep in mind that many of today’s modern classes of racecars are quite expensive and have gotten out of reach, financially, to the average person. One of the primary goals of the club should be to keep the costs of being competitive at a reasonable level to ensure healthy car counts. Technical infractions discovered at the conclusion of a race may result in disqualification or other penalty. Repeat offenders may be punished by suspension and/or expulsion from the club.

34. RULES SUBJECT TO VARIATION – All club rules are subject to variations at the discretion of the club coordinator. In most instances, variations will be used to bolster car-counts and encourage participation. Technical Committee may be convened if dispute arises.

35. RULES MEETING – A meeting will be held annually where current and proposed rules can be discussed and a vote of members in attendance can be taken on any changes considered. It is recommended that rule change proposals be submitted in writing at least two weeks prior to any scheduled rules meetings.

36. POINTS – The club coordinator will keep records regarding participation in all events. At the conclusion of the season, awards may be presented based on participation. The "Modified Division" and "Sportsman Division" may be recognized separately for awards. All participants entering club recognized racing events are to be awarded club participation points. All participants entering club recognized car shows are to be awarded club participation points. All events will award each participant the one (1) point, regardless of finishing position. Additional points shall be awarded as follows:

Winner of feature event: 1 extra point

Towed 100 or more miles to event: 1 extra point

Car shows will award 2 points in 2016 

(with this formula a driver towing over 100 miles and winning the feature would be awarded 3 points total)

37. SCHEDULE – The club coordinator will schedule all club events. The schedule will clearly indicate whether each event is a RACE, or a SHOW. The schedule will be made available to all club members prior to the first event. All scheduled events are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the club participants to verify with the hosting track or other entity, whether the scheduled event will be run, postponed or cancelled. In event of questionable weather, it is recommended that all participants call ahead to the track before towing there, incase of cancellation.

38. CAR REGISTRATION - $30.00 per year. to be paid before first event of season. Car registration fee includes one club membership card. Contact club coordinator for registration application form.

39. CLUB MEMBERSHIP - $20.00 per year, to be paid prior to receiving membership card. Contact club coordinator for membership application form. NOTE: AT PARTICIPATING TRACKS – Club membership cards will be honored as a track license and will allow admittance at reduced "member price" You MUST show your NVDM Racing Club membership card to get the club discount. The club discount is only available on race dates when the NVDM Racing Club is in attendance. The hosting tracks have sole discretion in honoring of discounts.

Send Payment to: N.V.D.M. Racing Club 1101 Route 211-W, Middletown, NY 10940
Club coordinator: Ed Stevens, 845-386-3484 (email:


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Rev 3-19-16