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Ariel Atom in CA?

Discussion in 'British' started by Euromog, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. Euromog

    Euromog Karting

    Apr 5, 2009
    102
    Oakhurst, CA
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    John Wessels
    Cool car but on website for USA supplier it says "sold for track use only for the US". Sunday I went to the ********** event in Granite Bay and one was driven in. It had out of state places. Then we drive over to Danville for the concours and there was another parked on the street! This one had CA plates. So question is how so legally?
     
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  3. NORTY

    NORTY Formula Junior

    Aug 15, 2008
    470
    CARLSBAD, CA, USA,
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    NORTY
    #2 NORTY, Oct 9, 2009
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  4. wendys is good

    wendys is good Formula Junior

    Aug 5, 2005
    256
    Cincinnati Ohio
    Im pretty sure ive seen a video of Jay Leno driving one around as well...
     
  5. Aedo

    Aedo F1 Rookie

    Feb 22, 2006
    3,616
    Perth
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    Steve
    As I understand it you can get some form of permit to construct a car in CA (but only a very limited number are issued each year). Once the permit is obtained the car is constructed and licenced.
     
  6. LetsJet

    LetsJet F1 Veteran
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    May 24, 2004
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    Mr.
    Would that cage protect you in a roll over?

    I could see adding a Hanz device to that......
     
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  8. cooleyjb

    cooleyjb Rookie

    Oct 20, 2006
    1
    There is a full hoop that you can add to the chassis that is a no-brainer in my opinion. That central hoop isn't much more than a frame for the airbox.
     
  9. Carsleuth

    Carsleuth F1 Rookie

    Dec 22, 2006
    4,172
    Chicago/NYC
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    Dan C.
    I've seen 3 here in Illinois.
     
  10. Smiles

    Smiles Moderator
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    Nov 20, 2003
    14,772
    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Matt F
    #8 Smiles, Oct 25, 2009
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2009
    Registration and titling varies from state to state. There is indeed a way in CA.

    I owned the only one to be titled (at least so far) in PA. I sold it to someone in the Chicagoland area. It has the full carbon body panels.

    I regret selling it. I had a spine disc rupture, which required surgery. I'm healthy now, but I couldn't get into the Atom, much less enjoy driving it.

    The big roll bar attaches with 3 large bolts on either side in a very secure way. I would trust it and the hardware in a rollover. But it's easy to remove for appearances.
     

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