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Posted 27 June 2013 - 04:23 PM

"Gentlemen ... Start ... Your... ENGINES  Motors"  :clapping:   :yes:  :yahoo:  :drinks: :dance3:  :friends:   :popcorm1:


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:18 PM

After all, it is Indianapolis MOTOR Speedway.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:47 PM

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The 6 starting cars, L - R, "Manta" Ray Price, Johnny "Slotcar" Austin, Larry Kelley, Paul "Pablo" Wolcott, Steve King, Dave Crevie.

 

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I went ahead and qualified the 5 official cars.

 

5 laps each round, on Blue lane.

 

2 rounds to make sure the first guy got a 2nd shot at a better track.

 

Manta Ray's car went 6.21 each round, but the spread, top to bottom, was very close, 6.21-6.31.

 

Dave Crevie then walked in carless.

 

I prodded him to get his developmental car out of his trunk.(one that has been well tested)

 

It ran 6.04 in the first 5 lap round.

 

But in the 2nd 5 lap round, I could only manage 6.23.

 

That car, the Orange one, will be noted as such,developmental/tested, in the results.

 

The 6 drivers are now out there practicing, each taking turns with all the cars.

 

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With 6 drivers, each driver got assigned a lane.

 

They would stay on that lane, each running all 6 cars., to make for the fairest contest, possible.

 

Kevin Van Pelt - Red

Manta Ray Price - Green

Dan Blankschein - Orange

Dave Crevie - Blue

Bernie Schatz - Yellow

Chuck Gambo - Black

 

The above shows the set-up.

 

When a car got to White or Purple in the lane rotation, it's track position was marked and it sat out that heat.

 

It then would come back the next heat on Red or Black.

 

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The close results, running 6 - 2 minute heats.

 

Steve King took the win by less than 1 lap.

 

Pablo finished 2nd.

 

He shows 5th on the sheet, because he sat out the last heat.

 

But he had finished the heat before entering the main straight, that leads to the lap counter.

 

Johnnny Slotcar finished 3rd, about 6 ft. back , in the short straight leading to the last turn before the main straight.

 

Ray (4th) and Larry's (5th) cars were both on the other end of the track, with Ray about 6 ft. ahead.

 

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Sano Dave showed up, and with the zero attrition, common on the soft-walled, tight, flat track,

as a bonus to the "on time" entries, to further break in their motor and tires, I ran another race with each driver,

or driver team, assigned a car.

 

This certainly would not be the way I would run a future, official race, when we get (I hope) more cars.

 

I ran Dave Crevie's "tested", last place car from the previous race.

 

After running pretty well the first 2 heats, I discovered one of the short , back pins,

was out of the body.

 

The car ran even better after that, and Chuck, Sano and myself had a very competitive, fun battle,

dueling for the win.

 

Chuck took 1st, running Pablo's car (as I mentioned, the whole way, on all 8 lanes).

 

I was (sort of) 2nd with Dave C's "tested" car, and Sano,

3rd with Larry Kelley's, running fast race lap of the night, 6.366.

 

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The good news was all 6 cars survived the race, in virtually perfect condition.

 

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After the race, I took the cars over to the King.

 

I cleaned the braid, reoiled them, and ran approx. 8 laps with  each of them.

 

I used Dave C.'s as the guinea pig to see if the bank was punchable.

 

It swung wildly, but was punched from a dead start at the drivers panel.

 

I found out shortly, with a full head of steam, doing a complete lap, it wasn't. LOL

 

Hitting the bank wall hard , I had the only attrition of the night, but with the soft walls,

the car survived with just the 2 inside front wheel keepers, shifting over to the inside.

 

With being a tight fit on the piano wire front axle, they didn't appear to of ever been soldered.

 

I heated the iron up, and went on to the other cars, now knowing I had to blip.

 

Not surprising, the fastest car on the straightaway in the flat track races, Manta Ray's,

turned fast time, until I got Dave's C's repaired, "tested" car back on the track.

 

It didn't suffer any ill effects from it's trip into the wall, and with now blipping the bank,

preventing the dramatic kick-out, I turned a nice 6.165.

 

I have some other single heat sheets, from the first race,  I'll get posted tomorrow.

 

I'm sure some of the drivers will chime in with their impressions.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:46 PM

Cars look great.

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 10:25 AM

I had a great time racing these awesome cars ( thanks Mike) They all ran very well ( some a bit more than others ^_^ ) Larry Kelley's car was surprisingly smooth and easy to drive. Steve King's car was VERY nice and ran well. My favorite though was Pablo's car. Much lighter than the others but fit my style of driving the best altough I ran my fastest lap with Dave Crevie's car ( very fast but had to really stay on top of it) . Thanks to all thsoe that sent cars. Hopefully more will come in soon before the next race. Overall a great experience :good:  :good:


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:41 PM

It was a good time. So cool to have a different car each heat.



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:01 PM

A good time was had by all..................ALL the cars ran great............different driving nuances to each one

 

A special thanks to Dave Crevie for developing these cars and creating the Mold for the bodies. Thanks to Jerry Kulich for the great "pulls".

 

And last but not least...........Thanks to Mike Swiss for this proxy concept


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:33 PM

The 8 car is wicked cool looking
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:36 PM

Thanks chaps for driving our cars, and looking after them, and thanks to Mike for organising us with this proxy.

 

When is the next race?

:huh:


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

Number 9 car does it for me.

:) 


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:31 PM

Changed my mind....like em all
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 09:18 PM

A good time was had by all..................ALL the cars ran great............different driving nuances to each one

 

A special thanks to Dave Crevie for developing these cars and creating the Mold for the bodies. Thanks to Jerry Kulich for the great "pulls".

 

Ditto on Dave Crevie making the mold and Jerry pulling them.

 

Much appreciated.

 

The cars did vary quite a bit, but were amazingly evenly matched in the first/true Proxy formatted race.

 

It's impossible to know when Dave's rear pin came out, but I'm guessing if it didn't, all 6 cars would of finished within a lap of each other.

 

For those out there who haven't finished their car yet, I'll supply some weight info below, but it varies so much, I'm not sure it will help much.

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Mike Swiss
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Posted 28 June 2013 - 11:17 PM

Congrats to Steve King and Pablo on the Wins!   :victory:  :good:

All the cars look really 'sweet' even standing still  :sun_bespectacled:  

 

Thanks for posting the weights Mike.   :)


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