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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:30 PM

i recently track tested several of my SCALE cars (e.g. BRM, Scaleauto) at Dom's Raceway in Cream Ridge, NJ. Dom has a perfectly restored Hillclimb. And as i was track testing my Scale cars for upcoming NJ SCALE Racing club races there, i pulled out my TSR car- and that car proved to seem as if it was factory designed to race on this Hillclimb! I was more than surprised at how well it performed. Mine is a basically stock TSR chassis, lexan body, and i used some of the techniques shown on the TSR site to bulletproof the chassis (brass front axle brace, added screws to motor mount, screwed 2 chassis halves together). I really hope that (a) the NJ SCALE Racing club racers embrace TSR as another SCALE class to race, and that (B) more US commercial track racers embrace these cars, as well as other SCALE classes of cars to broaden their line of slot cars to race.

To me, i see SCALE Racing as a big part of the future of commercial track racing. This just takes what 1/32 plastic track racers enjoy up to the next level, a mix of both worlds. And the TSR rtr chassis is a great platform to make a rtr car in minutes- paint a body, mount it, and race!!

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:50 PM

Glenn,

I agree, they are very good chassis' I think that what puts people off is the pin and braid design. I've heard that "they get stuck if they get sideways". Well Yah! Like 90 degrees! ...News Flash...So do my BRM, ScaleAutos and Plafits. Don't drive like that and there is no problem! They also work well with bodies other than Lexan in 1/24th and 1/32nd.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:10 PM

This thread has been moved to the TSR forum.

Indeed it is very hard to change people minds when their mind has been made up with no evidence other than hearsay. So it is always pleasing to see the results of an actual on-track test, where the TSR cars in either scale generally perform quite well.
It provides positive information.
The pin-type guides have never bothered anyone in the HO scale, but making 1/32 and 1/24 scale racer to swallow the concept is not always easy...
If the cars are driven as they are supposed to be, the pin guides are rarely an issue.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:52 PM

I see both a TSR and a BRM car in my future.... AFTER the Summer Classic at BP.
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 06:34 PM

did you use sponge tires on the hillclimb ??

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:02 PM

yes, used TSR foam rubber rears, the car (1/24 scale) performed flawlessly! I never had a problem with a 1/24 TSR car sliding sideways, but have with 1/32 cars, without a traction magnet, on a plastic Carrera track. So in that case, the chassis needed tuning with weights and the correct silicone or urethane rears. Otherwise, a great car, especially with the traction magnet.

this thread is about a 1/24 scale car on a hillclimg with spray glue- a real plesure to drive! I still can't believe that these TSR cars have been out for years and have not taken over commercial track racing in popularity, compared to doorstop racing that seems to be so popular, yet the cars have no visual character or scale appeal...........just mho..........

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:05 PM

yes, used TSR foam rubber rears, the car (1/24 scale) performed flawlessly! I never had a problem with a 1/24 TSR car sliding sideways, but have with 1/32 cars, without a traction magnet, on a plastic Carrera track. So in that case, the chassis needed tuning with weights and the correct silicone or urethane rears. Otherwise, a great car, especially with the traction magnet.

this thread is about a 1/24 scale car on a hillclimg with spray glue- a real plesure to drive! I still can't believe that these TSR cars have been out for years and have not taken over commercial track racing in popularity, compared to doorstop racing that seems to be so popular, yet the cars have no visual character or scale appeal...........just mho..........


Agreed--many of the people who first started Retro racing wanted and still want scale, good looking cars, but there is a large contingent of races that feel the need to keep going faster without going off the track and have accordingly desired out of proportion bodies that create more down force. But one of the reasons I was attracted to Retro is that I could see my pretty car as I drove it around a track, in contrast to those near flying doorstops. Perhaps these bodies should only be used in the sidewinder class. Using the TSR motor is another way Retro keeps the competition competitive while having decent speed. Drive to keep the car on the track is what I say....

Scale car classes would be more popular if raceways promoted them, but there is a certain prejudice against them as many racers (and sometimes track owners) view them as toys.





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