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IROC T-Flex racing - Sept 30, The Doghouse, Gilbert, SC

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 05:04 PM

At the spur of the moment, we decided to have a September race at The Doghouse, as Richard had finally returned from his world travels.


It was great to pull the gang together again after a bit of a sitting-out period, and the guys proved they hadn't lost their fire for racing. It was a lot of fun.


This time, we chose to race (our own version of) IROC. We have several T-Flex chassis that are all built relatively the same, although we found that some had turned into real turds. Sloooooow. So, we chose to sub another T-Flex or two that might have some different gearing or a different motor. It was really no big deal, since everyone would race each of the cars on the same track. IOW, the red car always stayed on the red lane, the white car always stayed on the white lane, etc. We tracked where each racer finished a lane and, as they moved to the next lane, we would place the new car at the spot where the former car stopped. Simple, although I've probably made it sound more complicated than it is.


First of all, we had four nicely painted bodies to use:


the cars.jpg


We chose to run three races, where each racer runs each car in its color-designated lane. At the end of the four heats, we'd add up the total number of laps accumulated to total for the race. Then, we took the best two out of three.


Without going into too much detail, I can say that the cars and the track got faster and faster with each race. At the end of the first race, the top finisher had a total in the 170s but, by the end of the third and final race, the top two finishers had a total of more than 190 each!


So, the best of two:




One again, Richard proved to be too much for the rest of the gang, even if it was a small gathering for this last-minute race. He maintained his focus, keeping the car in the slot and turning laps. After all, isn't that what winning is all about?


The next race will be retro Can-Ams on October 21. We love retro, so it should be another good time. I also hear that a long-lost racer plans to grace us with his presence. Not to race, mind you. Just to watch and give us grief when we do something stupid.


Until then, enjoy your racing. See you in October.


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