Actually, at an invitational this year, we had something extending in front of our dowel to hold it in place and the supervisor said that, although it says that you may not have something in front of the dowel in the rules, there was revision somewhere online that said you could have something in front of it holding the dowel in place. I'm not sure if all of the instructors have seen that, though.Could someone comment on the rule about the dowel rod being the foremost part of the vehicle? Does that mean that whatever secures the dowel rod to the vehicle must stay behind the dowel rod? For example, a piece of wire wrapped around the dowel to hold it in place could not be used because part of the wire would be in front of the dowel? Also, it looks like the rules require the students to bring the dowel rod, so, ok they should be able to build it into their vehicle and not just place it in a "holder" like mousetrap vehicle. But that might make it clumsy to transport. Just thinking out loud, but this looks like a unique challenge. Any comments would be appreciated.
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