As one of the co-founders of the AROSC on-track program, and an author of the original National Competition Code, let me chime in...
There was a HUGE argument back in the day over wether or not to require roll bars in open cars... we insisted that they be required in our AROSC code, and Tom Sutter & I spent a 15 hour long National BOD meeting defending that position... we won. It is likely that that victory has saved several lives in the ensuing 35 ± years.
A 5~6-point harness can be installed without ANY mods to most cars... SNAP OUT OF IT!!! This is a NO BRAINER!
If you are the "Responsible Party" in organizing any event you don't want to be the one making that phone call to the next of kin explaining that your loose rules (made in the name of attracting more entrants) have cost a life. THIS IS A STUPID DEBATE!!!
I agree. Relaxing the safety regulations is not the way to go. Anyone willing to gamble with their life to avoid drilling a few small holes does not have their priorities straight. I believe that there are other ways of boosting the number of entrants to our events.
The club could do any or all of the following:
1) Offer the sale of gift cards.
2) Offer discounts to new participants.
3) Offer a freebie for early registration. - Free tech inspection, a cap, a t-shirt...
4) Offer a discount to repeat entrants.
5) Offer the sale of a one year pass.
6) Offer a Saturday only option.
7) Schedule dates more evenly throughout the year.
8) Advertise our events better. - flyers, cards, website...
9) Accept credit card pyments.
10) Streamline registration.
11) Reverse prizes - winners pay $100 for 1st place, $59 for 2nd, $29.95 for 3rd place.
Ok, now you guys think of something.