D3 Hardbody race report - July 22, 2012
Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:10 PM
and another race on the same day (Sprint cars on the Kingleman). Some of our regular hardbody racers were missing, but the racing action was close and a lot of fun as usual.
Thanks to Jim and Debby Watterson for their support of D3 Hardbody racing at Buena Park Raceway.
Since both of our races today were "Crash and Burn", we didn't need a race director (or turn marshalls for that matter) as we normally do.
Here's the complete race/photo report: http://socald3.phanfare.com/5682560
Jalopy "Crash and Burn" race
Jalopy racers, L-R, Bill Marquette, John Hartman, Bruce Frye, Craig Gilbert, Keith Tanaka, Ken Dylke
Jalopy podium, L-R, Ken Dylke 2nd, Keith Tanaka 1st, Bruce Frye 3rd
3 C's "Crash and Burn" race
3 C's racers, L-R, Ken Dylke, Keith Tanaka, Craig Gilbert, Roger Uusitalo, Hector Gonzalez
3 C's podium, L-R, Hector Gonzalez 2nd, Keith Tanaka 1st, Ken Dylke 3rd
Our next D3 Hardbody races will be on Sunday, August 19th. Track opens at 10 am. First race starts at Noon.
The 2nd Hardbody Nats is just two months away. Be there on Sat/Sun, September 29th and 30th at BPR.
See the racing schedule at the socald3 website for details on the Nats race schedule: http://socald3.com/s...e_Schedule.html
Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:03 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:57 PM
The regular podium racers will have their work cut out as the handicap will definitely provide different podium winners each month.
It's time everyone had a good chance at making the podium rather than seeing the same podiums every month.
The intent of having a handicap race is to make it more competitive among all racers, regardless of skill level.
Of course, hardbody racing is always fun, but it will be even more fun to see others on the podium from time to time.
Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:07 AM
Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"
If you remember screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!
Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!
Posted 25 July 2012 - 06:00 PM
Barney, I will be using the same handicap system which I used at last year's D3 5 yr. anniversary Can Am race. It's similar to a bowling/golf handicap, but it has a feature which makes it harder to "sandbag" the system. As has been proven for decades, handicap bowling has kept that sport alive for all these years. Golf is similar in that most weekend golfers would never play their friends "scratch" when making a friendly wager.
Keith try a bowling league handicap as I have seen that work very well in slots using laps as pins to create a average and every week you pull your average or go lower or higher if you do better and spot racers "pins" .... Laps....
Sports/hobbies which are "scratch" (no handicap) tend to interest a much smaller group of participants as it ends up being for the winners. Over time, many of the non-winners tend to lose interest and stop racing.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:59 PM
ok, did some research/searching, found the link to your website, and found the hardbody racing pix and chassis pix. I really like what you guys are doing, will try to get something like this going in NJ.
vintage slot car enthusiast
NJ SCALE Racing
Hardbody Racing at The Race Place
Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:31 PM
More pictures of it can be found in the SoCalD3 race report archives as well as the rules/specs.
Simple two rails of .062, .062 brass front end, hinged .032 pans with floating body tubes.
Works excellent on the BPR flat track with a little lead, geared 5.00:1, best times in the 5.7 second range.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:54 PM