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#1 James Wendel

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 05:13 PM

I built this 1/24 1953 Corvette for the Pelican Park "Clubman" class. It won the "Main Event" its first time out, but because three of the four cars that made the Main were 1/24 'Vettes, there was some controversy regarding its future eligibility for the class.
 
So, not wanting to let it gather dust on the shelf, I ran it last night in the "Sparetime Raceway" Sportscar class against a field of seven much larger Ferraris. Again it showed its mettle; setting fast race lap-time and finishing a close second to Rich's Modena.
 
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The interior is a Parma #808 GTP that was cut in half and reversed because the original is right-hand-drive and too narrow. The vacuum-formed driver's head is cut away and a solid head installed.
 
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The "chrome" detail was done with a Sharpie brand silver paint pen. I have to admit the I got really lucky on the Corvette script... no way that I expected such a good result. :D
 
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The chassis is my own design. The Du-Bro collars holding the front axle stubs allow easy adjustment of front track and clearance. Substituting wheel pairs with different offsets permits change in wheelbase. I have half a dozen different bodies that work on this chassis.  :)
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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:50 PM

What is the silver colored bar behind the DuBro collars?
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Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:09 PM

It's white styrene; serves as a forward bump-stop for the side pans.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:54 AM

Creative!


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:23 AM

Nice lookin' car!


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:33 AM

Guys, James is a skilled builder and competitive racer. Our group in Roseburg, Oregon races on a weekly basis at STR and on a monthly basis at Electron Raceway (my track). James' Vette is an awesome and good looking ride. My Modena only edged him out by luck. Our True Scale Group is developing a Cobra/Corvette challenge. James and I ran head to head in practice before our race. My 1960 Corvette (Scholer Chassis shown below) ran quite well against his 53. Also, James has inspired me to build my own 53 for our Sports Car Class. Below is an early rendition (circa 2004) of my own 53. I still have the body and a new chassis to mount it on.

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

Ron built this Cobra for our Cobra/Corvette Challenge class. Again, like my 1960 Corvette shown above, these cars are powered by Deathstar and utilize the Scholer chassis

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:02 AM

Rich's club has a good thing going with just the right elements of slot car racing and model building IMHO.

These are slot cars anyone would love to own.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 03:54 PM

Another Wednesday Night racing at Pelican Park, this time the "Grand Sport" Class.for 60s era sports cars. In the past, the Ford GT40 was the car of choice for the class, but "Art imitates Life" and in this case we are talking about the art of Hardbody slotcars. As in life, the Porsche 917 came on the scene and immediately became dominant.
 
Nine racers ran last night: three Porsche 917s, three Ford GT40s, a Ferrari P3, a Chaparral coupe, and a Coyote (!) All three Porsches  made the Main event along with the Ferrari. My white 917 took home the win, no small task at Pelican Park. Much grumbling; talk of "waiting for that guy out in the parking lot" and "peeing on the door handles" of my pickup.  All in good fun, of course.  :D
 
The winning car:

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I got this model from a friend and fellow racer, "Flyin' Brian" who did the paint and decals. I finished assembly, reinforcing, and detail work.
 
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The rear-end assembly is cast resin by the late Doug Hanes. Painted by Marvelous Marv.
 
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This is the same chassis as the 1953 Corvette in the first post, (above). The wheelbase is shortened and the track is WAY out there. This sucker is over 3.4" wide in the rear.  :shok:  You need to choose your passing spots judiciously and exercise caution to avoid conflict in the corners.
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Posted 05 July 2014 - 10:18 AM

Kudos James,
I know how competitive the hard core group of Pelican Park racers are. Each and every one of these racers knows every nook and cranny of the raceway. As an outsider it is almost impossible to stand on the top step of the podium. To my knowledge, only you and Bob have managed to do so. Over the years, I have raced at Pelican many times and the best I was able to do was make the "main" (head to head race of the top 4) a few times.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

Yeah, Rich, as Bob would say "it's a tough crowd".  But you are mistaken, in that Jack has also won the Main Event at Pelican.  If you would like to ride up with me sometime, just let me know.  I am sure the guys would love to see you again. :D

 

Hope to see you this Monday at Bob's.  We did not have enough racers last week, so it will be NasTruck and Jalopy again.  I will leave the Porsche in my box so you can see what I tried to show in the pictures that would not post.  :)


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 04:11 PM

 
I should be there. I'll take some images of the Porsche and post on the group site.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 09:30 AM

James,

Very cool. I have an unfinished 917 and an extra Scholer chassis. I think a new build is in order!

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:29 PM

Awww, MAN! Sweet detail, James! That rear transaxle/suspension detail sets it off nicely!


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 11:42 PM

Another Wednesday night race at Pelican Park.  This week it was Trans Am class. Sadly I forgot to take pictures during the race, which is a pity as there were some truly beautiful cars, including a new metallic-red Firebird by Deke in its first race appearance.
 
So all I can show here is the race winner; my battle-scarred veteran racer that eked out a narrow victory in a very competitive field.
 
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This body was an Ebay purchase as a complete static model. Apparently the builder did not properly prep the body before painting, so when it takes a hard hit and flexes, the paint pops off. So I sanded down the fenders and mixed up some "primer-gray" touch-up paint. Bits that later popped off under the gray were sanded an now look much like Bondo filler.
 
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We race under "OSCAR" rules which allow cutting the rockers to achieve a specified minimum height and the little non-scale wheels. While I would like the cars to have a more scale appearance, to be competitive you do what the fast guys are doing.  :)
 
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The factory spoiler was broken off so many times that it was reduced to dust (well almost), so I made a quick-and-dirty replacement out of styrene, which has only been broken once... so far. The "For Sale" sign in the rear window was just intended for effect, but it frequently gets serious inquiries.  :laugh2:
 
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When I built the chassis, I initially intended it to be a regular "Hanna" clone. (A copy of the most successful chassis in the region, designed and built by the hundreds by Bob Hanna of Sparetime Raceway, Roseburg, Oregon.) However, I seem to be genetically incapable of leaving a good thing alone, so I added some elaborations. Do they make it better? I don't know, but this chassis ROCKS!!!  :sun_bespectacled:
 
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Posted 20 July 2014 - 08:31 PM

Four of mine.
 
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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:32 PM

Another Wednesday night, and another seven gallons of petrol burned in my Tacoma V6 between Roseburg and Springfield. This time was GTS class for contemporary production super sports cars. Mike was back with us with a new artery-stent and Bob Shafer joined us from Salem. Missing from the field were regulars Deke and Tom.
 
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The Consti (B-Main) was an all Ford GT affair. These are the newer, larger, 2005 GTs, not the earlier GT40s. From red lane to yellow: Mike, Bob, Leo, and Basel. A highly competitive race with Basel finishing first in yellow.
 
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Basel's car is unpainted and un-numbered: a condition that will invite ridicule and derision until corrected. This sorry state was the result of a rule change which limited the class to "tin-tops" only, (no roadster/convertibles).
 
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The main event featured four different makes of car... and zero Ford GTs. From left to right: My Ferrari 458 in the least desirable red lane; Todd's great-looking McLaren in white, Paul's Lamborghini (the best looking Countach that I have seen) in blue, and Cully's stunning BMW M1 in yellow. My car was the top qualifier going into the race, but everybody was fast and in the red lane I had a tough row to hoe.
 
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The Main at Pelican is one 50 lap heat. The lane you draw is the lane you race, good or bad. The man "running the podium" gives running updates on the state of the race. You know at all times: who's in first, who is challenging for position, and who is bringing up the rear. It is "head to head" racing at its best.
 
At the start, Cully and I immediately began to pull away from the two cars in the center lanes. He was a little faster in some sections, and I in others, but neither of us could pull out more than a foot of lead. And so it went for over a dozen laps, until a back-marker, lost it in the lead-on to the main straight.  
 
His car landed in the apron adjacent to my lane and I let up to be sure I could clear him, as Cully sped down the straight. Now Cully had a ten foot lead, and so it might have ended.  But no.  An unforced error... brain fade... de-slot in the donut and I was past him and on for the win. Woot!
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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:36 PM

Glamor shots of the winning car:
 
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So here is the GTS class winner: Ferrari 458 Italia, painted Tamiya "Clear Orange" over silver that had some silver/black shading along the rockers and rear air intakes. The shading was perhaps too subtle for best effect.
 
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This was the first race for this body. In the past, I ran a Ferrari 360 Modena Spider, which is no longer legal for the class. Before this car runs again, I plan to put some sponsorship decals on it and give a couple more clear coats. Also the interior needs work. This one was robbed out of an old body that I acquired when I bought a box of cars from a buddy who left the hobby and needed some cash.
 
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Three tail-pipes... when two won't do.
 
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The first body damage on a new paint job always hurts a little, but adds to the charisma. "Battle scars: wear them proudly". The factory grill was tossed and in its place, a nylon screen backed with...
 
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Carbon fiber fabric impregnated with Loctite brand "Epoxy for Plastics". Light, strong, flexible... perfect. 
 
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A shot of the underside of the chassis. This is the same chassis shown with the Trans-Am above. The front stub-axles are reversed to shorten the wheelbase about 1/4", so the wheels are no longer centered in the side pan cut-outs. Track is increased front and rear relative to the TA.
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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:09 PM

Saturday, 8/23/14, was the first ever OSCAR "Double Header" Jalopy/Econo-Sportsman race at Bob Hanna's Sparetime Raceway in Roseburg, OR.
 
We had eleven racers from Portland to Grants Pass for a L O N G day of racing.
 
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Jalopies: eight of the ten cars are 1947-48 Chevrolets; including a recently released and still rare coupe #61 by Ron L. My number 12 green-on-green Chevy finished third. Bob Hanna's black car was first. Jack's copper #6 was second. When track owner, Bob "puts his race face on" he is almost unbeatable on his home track.
 
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My #12 runs on the same chassis as the orange Ferrari and the red/primer-gray TA in the above posts. That is John's yellow "Betty Boop" car next to mine.
 
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This shot of the track shows the tight radius of the inside lane and the infamous short-straight hump. The trophies are plasma-cut from sheet steel. I have about ten pounds of those in a drawer at home.
 
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The Econo field was far more diverse. Bob's blue/yellow Chevelle was first. Mark's lime green Pontiac GTO was two laps back in second. And my black #7 GTO, next to Mark's in the back row, finished third, just two sections behind Mark. A close finish in a 400+ lap race.
 
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This is Ron's #72 Torino which got my vote as the prettiest car in either class. My old beater "Lightning-bolt" GTO sits alongside.
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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:35 PM

Nice track; love the hump!

 

Sweet cars, too!


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 08:02 PM

X2!!! :good: :D

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:02 PM

September 3rd 2014 and another trek to Springfield to race at Pelican Park... this week: Vintage Nascar.  This class features 1949-1959 Full-size American sedans, 2 or 4-door.  Parma Deathstar motors, although that may soon change. :shok:

 

One great thing about the vintage class is the variety of cars that come to the party!

 

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The "Consi" or B-main field: from left to right: Tom's narrow 1953 Studebaker Starliner, Leo's 1955 Chevy (1/25), Basel's "Longtail" 1957 Chrysler 300, and Deke's 1958 Thunderbird.

 

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Leo's Chevy won the Consi in white, Basel was second in the blue lane and Tom and Deke were demoted to fill out the field in the Hooligan class (C-main)

 

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These are the Hooligans: Mike's teal Chrysler in the dreaded red lane, Tom and Deke drew center lanes this time, and Paul's 1957 Chevy is in the popular yellow lane. 

 

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Honestly, I don't recall who won this race.  It was a bit of a crash-fest, as is appropriate for the Hooligan class.  I remember that Deke's T-bird was clearly the fastest of the field, but was repeatedly taken-out by slower cars deslotting in front of him as he was overtaking.  Both Mike and Tom had cars with quirky handling and Paul's motor was definitely sub-par.  I want to guess that Deke ultimately prevailed,  followed by Paul, Tom, and Mike.

 

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:47 PM

The field for the Main Event:

 

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From left to right: My green-on-green 1949 Mercury in the red lane 

(Really ??? RED AGAIN?  What have I done to piss-off the Slot-Car gods?), 

Cully's "Flying Tiger" 1948 Chevy in white, Todd's #7 1958 T-bird in blue, and Bob's 1957 Chevy in yellow.

 

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A closeup of El Tigre.

 

Narrative of the race:

On the opening lap, a bit of fender-banging in the deadman put Bob and Cully in the weeds, gave Todd an open field and left me pushing the limit in the red lane trying to stave off the inevitable... Cully reeling me in.  He caught up and attempted a pass on the outside, where I inadvertently clipped him (oops, sorry).  Corner-marshal Leo quickly got him back on and in a few laps he was back on my tail, however by now his chance of overtaking Todd was fading.

 

This time Cully attempted his pass on the inside of the lead-on to the main straight, returning the favor by clipping my car (oops, sorry) and putting me in the ditch.  Deke marshalled my car, but now 4th place Bob was close behind in the yellow lane.  Less than a dozen laps remained in the race as we both pushed are cars to the limit... Bob's car inching closer with each lap.

 

Todd finished the 50 laps and took the win.  When the power went off and the cars rolled to a stop, Bob had nosed me out by less than two inches.  In the heat of battle, I had not even noticed that Cully had deslotted and dropped to 4th place.  Congratulations and handshakes all around.  :D  :D  :D

 

Todd, as the winner of the Main Event opened the mini-donut six-pac and distributed the tasty trophies to the winners of the Hooligan, Consi, and all of the Main Event drivers.

 

Obligatory glamor shots of my third-place finisher:

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:08 PM

Saweet!


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:39 AM

Good looking and tough field. Congrats to the Roseburg guys for doing so well!

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 11:50 AM

The very competative  Roseburg guys, Bob Hanna and James Wendel ,always add class to our Wednesday racing.


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 02:35 PM

Todd,
Good looking T-Bird and great win!
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Posted 05 September 2014 - 06:26 PM

Yeah, Rich... Todd ran a great race.  :good:

 

I felt just a little bad for him though, because we made it too easy.  After the opening lap collision, no one got close enough to challenge Todd.  He just cruised to victory while the rest of the field battled it out for the remaining spots on the podium. 

 

Todd will miss next week's Can-Am event which will feature the first trial-run of the ProSlot 2002 motors at Pelican Park.  I expect that in the lighter, faster Can-Am cars, the advantage of the ProSlot over the Deathstar will be more pronounced than it was with the heavier/slower classes on Bob's track. ^_^


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 07:44 PM

Yes, ironic, will miss the PPS Can Am race; but will be in London, UK where I'll  be again attending the Goodwood Revival which will include Can Am races. Last year's was an increadibly exciting race with 28 Can AM cars inlcuding 4 Lotus 30/40's, lots of Lola T-70's and an assorment of McLarens.

 

Goodwood Revival races are not Historic car parade laps. Quite the contrary. Car owners invite former and current F-1, le Mans graduates and other notable racers to drive their machines. And race they do, from standing start to 45 minutes of furious competition with some banged up Historics at the finish.

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My version of the McLaren M1B using a Resilent Resin body

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 08:52 PM

Todd - you will be missed next week at Pelican.  If I make it up for the race, (and I am currently planning to), I will try to post results here for your enjoyment.

 

I will need to "go through" my Can-Am to ensure that it is in top form to showcase the ProSlot performance.

 

Have fun in England :D


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 09:05 PM

Hi, James. Looking forward to reading from the UK your comments and photos about the Pelican Park Can Am race, especially about the introduction of the PS #2002 Pro-Slot motors.


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 06:40 PM

Just a few quick shots of my Econo/Sportsman which finished 3rd at Sparetime on Monday 9/8/14.

 

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I have been trying different settings on my camera and different ambient light and background with mixed results.

 

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This is a 1964 Dodge that I painted a long while back.  Perhaps not an ideal model for the class, but I think it looks pretty cool.  The tire size and track are specified in the rules.

 

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 07:32 PM

9/10/2014 Pelican Park Can-Am class and ProSlot FX2002 vs DeathStar comparison race.

 

Eight racers... four Deathstars... four ProSlot... final result: Proslot FX finished 1 - 2 - 3 - and 8th

 

Conclusions: 

- the FX is generally faster.  Most of the FX motors were not broken in before the race, yet seemed to have more top-end than the Parmas, if perhaps a softer bottom-end. (Deke and Tom went to larger crown gears during the course of the evening and found improved drivability/performance.)

 

- Racers seemed generally pleased with the FX motors.  The small increase in speed obviously doesn't trump driver skill or car set-up, but all other things being equal, more speed is, well, faster.  As we learn to gear and weight the FX motors, their advantage will increase.

 

- Prediction: if the FX is adopted by the Pelican faithful, the Deathstar will quickly be relegated to the dustbin.

 

Pictures and additional comments:

 

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The Consi racers: Paul's McLaren in red, Leo's Cheetah roadster in white, Tom's McLaren in blue, and Mike's Lotus 40 in yellow.  All of these cars are Resilient Resin by the late Doug Haines.

 

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Finishing order: Mike (y), Paul (red), Leo (w), Tom (blue)  All Deathstars except for Tom's FX.

 

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The Cheetah roadster was all hand painted, including the numbers, by our resident professional model-maker, Tom. 

It is a sight to behold in the flesh, so to speak.

 

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 08:08 PM

cont: Main Event

 

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Deke - Lotus 40 (red), James - McLaren M8A (w), Cully - Lotus 40 (blue), Basel - Lotus 30 (y)

My McLaren was the only Deathstar to make the Main.

Basel was generous enough to run my back-up car, the unpainted Lotus 30 with FX power,

in order to balance the ratio of FX to Deathstars, and then beat me with it. :good:

 

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The Lotus 40s are resin, and possibly slightly wider than scale, (Doug was know to "equalize" some of his bodies)

The McLaren is a styrene model by Academy.  The Lotus 30 is a Tamiya styrene slot body.

 

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Finishing order was Cully, Basel, Deke (by a nose), and James.  Deke enjoyed beating me WAY too much.

Cully probably could have won the race with a Deathstar in his car.  He ran some of the earlier heats with a Deathstar and was his usual dominating self. 

Again, more power means little compared to driver skill and car prep.

 

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My car - Jeez, I didn't notice that crack until I looked at that blown up photo (forgot to reduce it)

Ah-well, something more to fix.

 

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My back up and second place finisher (thanks Basel)

 

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The Lotus is Hanna chassis #318

 

 


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Posted 13 September 2014 - 11:43 AM

Thanks, James for posting. Am following both Pelican Park and Goodwood events while at the latter. will be bringing back all kinds of photos. AAm helping my son putting together his Birdcage Maserati mold to bring back at least one for addition to the availability of TT bodies, sort of starting where Resilient Resin bodies ended.
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Posted 02 October 2014 - 08:36 PM

October 1, 2014, back to Pelican Park after a a short break, having missed the Dirt Modified and Grand Sport races.  This week it was SS: Super Stock.  The SS class is for 1960 - 1975 USAC and NASCAR stock cars running Parma sealed Super-16D motors... more on that later.

 

This evening there were seven of the local faithful plus one out-of-towner (me) to make a field of eight.  Four to go to the Main, four to the Consi, no Hooligan race tonight.

 

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The Consi field: Tom's #28 (Ford?) in the red lane, Leo's large '67 Impala in white (paint by Deke), Todd's #9 Plymouth in blue, and Basel's early 60s Chevy, "the brick", in yellow.

 

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I announced before the race that I was donating a pair of Protrack tires to the winner of the Consi.  I don't know if that contributed to the natural competitiveness of the group, but the race had more than the usual amount of fender-banging.  Basel was the recipient of more than his share of misfortune, partially from the corner marshals.  I confess that I had a hand in his troubles, as when I fished his deslotted car from the tunnel and dropped it neatly in the slot pointing the wrong direction.  Hey, the freakin' thing is pretty dang symmetrical.  

(Chevy, Chevy, burning bright... in the forest of the night)

 

When the dust settled, Leo won the race, followed by Todd, Tom, and Basel.

 

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The field for the Main:  My blue and yellow Chevelle in the red lane (yes, red again), Deke's very cool "Oly" GTX in white, Cully's GTO in blue, and Mike's black... I think it's a Mopar in the yellow lane.  This race actually ran twice.  The first time, Cully drove away from the field, I pulled out a substantial lead on the backmarkers, and Deke fought it out for third with Mike until, near the end of the race, Deke realized that his lane had a 3-foot dead zone in the copper tape in the middle of the main straight.

 

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The race was aborted, the tape repaired, and we started over.  The net result was unchanged except for the fact that Deke was able to make a valiant charge to overtake my second place car where he came up a bit short.  More racing, more fun, all good.  :D

 

Final result:  Cully, James, Deke, Mike.


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Posted 02 October 2014 - 09:02 PM

cont....

 

My car (what remains of it)

 

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This body has had a hard life.  Many collisions... some my fault, many more just natural result of hard-fought racing.

 

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Twice during the evening of racing, I made "quick & dirty" superglue repairs to get the body to hang together for another heat.

 

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Some of the damage was new, but most was related to previous breaks, despite well reinforced repairs.  I don't know what became if the A-piller.  Perhaps it will turn up later.

 

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It may be time to retire this body.  It has served well, but it gets heavier with each repair.

 

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The chassis is my universal "narrow NASCAR" as seen before in the TransAm, Jalopy, Vintage Nascar  and Sports Car classes.... but with a Super-16 installed.

 

In the past, I have lobbied for the discontinuation of Super-16s at Pelican Park.  On a small track, I don't see the need for that extra increment of speed.  It just results in harder hits and more "flying pieces".  At Sparetime Raceway we have gone away from supers in both classes that normally run them (NASCAR and Super Stock) and the racing is every bit as fun and competitive.  :D

 

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 10:19 PM

That chassis looks really cool!!  Looka like your having "fun" racing!!

 

 I'm having a "special run" of JK treated rubber on Big Daddy plastic wheels in 1.1" diameter 3/32 axle size made.  Would you be interested in any? It's a special run for our hard body cars here in SoCal. I've had them for a few years and they work GREAT!!! With the plastic hubs--it's EZ to cut them down narrower also if you'd like for additional tuning.  The JK treated rubber works really well--gives a nice tuning option to Pro Tracks etc.  
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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:19 PM

October 8, 2014

I made the trek to Pelican Park for a second consecutive Wednesday.  That is unusual for me, but Bob had ProSlot motors that the Pelican crowd was clamoring for and I was itching for more racing after a disappointing mid-pack finish at STR on Monday.

 

This week: Vintage TransAm, 1966-1972 "Pony Cars"  This class leans heavily towards the Pontiac T/A, as it is low and wide and has big-round wheel wells perfect for slot car body use.  The final field of eight cars, (after Paul left at the mid-race break) was comprised of five Pontiac T/As, and one each: Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro.

 

The Consi Field:

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In the red lane is Tom's lovely and historically correct George Follmer Mustang.  Bob Shafer drove down from the Salem area to join in the fun and piloted Deke's loaner car, the black & silver T/A in the white lane.  Leo's hot-pink Mopar rode the blue lane and Mike's white #9 T/A was in yellow.

 

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Tom's Mustang is at a disadvantage relative to the other racers as it is narrower.  Still Tom disproved conventional wisdom by not finishing last.  :D

 

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Bob won the Consi with Deke's #70 T/A.  Mike's #9 parked itself in the tunnel for the last couple of laps of the race when his controller went AWOL,  consigning him to the last place spot.

 

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Leo's pink "Mary Kay" Mopar is (I believe) also a Deke body and ran a strong second.  Leo is currently experimenting with what some might call "extreme front camber".  Despite harassment from his fellow racers he persists, so he must feel that it is helping. 

 

Final standings in the Consi: Bob, Leo, Tom, and Mike.

 

cont:

 

 


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:55 PM

The Main Event:

 

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The Main was three Firebirds and Cully's lone Camaro.  That's Todd's Black T/A in red, Cully in white, my red junkyard dog in the blue lane, and Deke's red & white T/A in yellow. 

 

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The Camaro is the hard-to-find 1/24 scale, 1969 Z-28 Camaro by Revell.  Initially narrower than the T/A, Cully has slightly flared the fenders, as allowed by the rules.  With its 2-tone paint job, Cully's car is a very sharp, and very fast ride.

 

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This was intended to be a group shot of three cars, but Cully delighted the crowd with the always amusing "blip the trigger" after the cars were placed.  :clapping:

 

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The finish was about what would be expected Cully first, James second (on the lead lap), then Deke and Todd.  In fairness to Todd I must add that he was quite literally "not up to speed" as health issues and his adjustment to a new pacemaker impacted his performance.  I know that all of the regulars, (and I count myself among them), are concerned about his well-being and encourage him to take care of himself....  AND to lean on his good friends if he ever needs support. :good:


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 05:47 PM

Thanks, James, for your concern. With all the brain power and technical/mechanical knowhow in the slot car universe maybe there's one among us who can design and build a pacemaker with a variable rheostat like some hand controls are equipped so I could dial up my performance to meet the competition!


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Posted 16 October 2014 - 03:52 PM

October 15, 2014 - GTS Contemporary, production (and production based), closed ("tin-top") sports cars.  This makes my third consecutive week of racing at Pelican Park, which is unusual, but they were short of racers so I made the trip.  Spare Time Raceway had no race this week (for lack of racers).  I needed to feed my racing addiction.

 

As it turned out, my participation was critical since three of the regulars were missing for the evening: Basel, Deke, and Paul were all MIA.  Fortunately Bob Shafer drove down from Salem and Charlie stayed for the evening to corner-marshal.  In total there were only seven racers.... but enough to race !!! :)

 

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The Consi field: Tom's Bugatti EB110 on the white lane, Leo's black Ford GT drew the red lane (shown here in blue for photo composition), and Mike's Ford GT in yellow.  Cully was supposed to be in the blue lane, but a hard hit in the qualifying heat severely damaged his BMW M1 body and he DNFed.  A pity to lose a top competitor in an already depleted field, but you have to respect his decision to retire the rare and beautifully prepared body, rather than to risk additional damage.

 

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Cully's car (photo from a previous race)

 

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Tom's Bugatti was fast and ran well, but just could not quite handle the pace set by Leo.  Mike had earlier made multiple motor-swaps in search of more speed, but didn't find the magic combination.

 

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Leo drove a clean race, pulled away from the reduced field (just two other racers), to win the Consi, earning the "move-up" to the fourth spot in the Main Event. :good:

 

There is Charlie in the background ready to corner-marshal from the "hot-seat" and a fair view of pit-row.  The cars in pit-row are a mix of slot cars and static models.  They are changed-out each week for cars that match the class that is racing.  THAT is dedication to the concept.  :D

 

The Main:

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In the red lane: Bob's black & white Ford GT.  Bob does well in the red lane; says he likes it.  Strange guy, that Bob.  Actually red can be fast if you are geared for it and can handle the inside lane of the donut. 

 

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Todd's scale-looking Nissan 350Z is in the white lane.  Todd does a terrific job building realistic looking model race cars that are smooth and fast and competitive in a crowd of excellent builder/drivers.  Todd was feeling much better this week and was back in his usual fine driving form.

 

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Leo's black Ford GT drew the blue lane and my orange Ferrari Italia 458 returned to defend its title from the yellow lane.  In the preliminary heats, my Ferrari had swept the field.  It handily won all of its earlier races in each of the lanes against all comers, including the perennial favorite, Cully, four times.  :shok:

 

But racing is a fickle sport.  There are many quirky ways to win, or lose, a race. 

 

However in this case, it worked out just fine.  All went smoothly (for me).  There were crashes... but I wasn't caught up in them.  There were hard fought battles for position, but I didn't see them.  It is not that my car is significantly faster than the other cars, it's just so forgiving and easy to drive near the limit.

 

Finishing order: James, Todd, Leo, Bob  The trophies this week: chocolate-covered mini-donuts. :D

 

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The winning car... we have seen it before.  Same chassis as seen in multiple classes, now running a ProSlot FX2002, geared 9:42.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:01 PM

The Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 Tourist Trophy (’50’s open cockpit,  sports racing cars-Resilient Resin bodies) was lightly attended by seven members as Oregon’s rain season got underway with pounding rain and tree-felling winds keeping the Roseburg and Salem commuters safely home. The 8 qualifying  heat races sorted out the racers  with Deke, Tom, Mike and Leo duking it out in the Consi race. Leo won which qualified him to race the in the Main with the fastest: Basil, Todd and Cully. Cully won the Main with Todd tightly pressing him to a very close 2nd. Leo was 3rd; Basil, 4th.

 

Consi: Deke's Lister-Jaguar, Leo's Ferrari 850 yuellow Monza, Tom's Chaparral 1, and Mike's DB3 ASton Martin

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Main: Basil's  Blue Ferrari 850, Cully's Long nosed D Jag, Leo's Ferrari 850 and Todd's Lister Corvette.

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Todd's Lister Corvette; Cully's D Jag

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:21 PM

Good job, Todd... not just for your second-place finish, but also for covering the race reporting in my absence. :good:

 

Tourist Trophy is a great class, with a wide diversity of Resilient-Resin bodied entries.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:37 PM

Hi James,

 

Thanks.

 

While most used their new Pro-Slot 2002's I used a new (dwindling supply) Parma 16D. I didn't perceive any substantial performance differences. The next Pro-slot test will be theTurkey Nite enduro.


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Posted 28 October 2014 - 01:04 PM

Monday night racing at STR was "Dirt Devil" and Vintage ProTrack classes.  I don't have photos of the race, but My ProTrack car won its class... again.  This car works really well and I decided to share all of its little secrets with the world to help out my fellow racers and perhaps level the playing field.

 

This is my 1964 (65?) Ford.  It's an old body built by Ron with a broken A-pillar and yellowing clear-coat.  Aside from that, it's a pretty cool body that fits the class of 50s & 60s intermediate and full-sized American racers.

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The complete chassis, minus the body weighs-in at a svelte 1/2 pound.

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A full shot of the chassis shows the home-made gear-backer, made from a cut down Protrack "Big-wheel".  The car is geared 6:32 (5,33 to one) vs the 7:35 (5.0 to one) that most people run.  The lead wires bend through a double ear-ring backer bracket which provides centering for the guider.

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Close-up of the edge of the side-pan.  The holes in the body-bracket were enlarged to allow additional body movement.  More about that later.

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The bottom of the chassis.  The side pans are solidly mounted to the chassis using flat-head 2:56 hex drive machine screws, just 'cause I think they are cooler than Phillips or slotted screws.  Note the sexy shape of the side-pans, cut freehand with an angle-grinder.  ^_^

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The side-pan removed.

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All the brass is 1/16th thick.  The piece with the holes rests on the side pan and has limited movement.  The little bit of lead on the moving pan is to restrict its vertical movement.

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The white retaining nuts on the machine screws are nylon and help hold the fiddly-bits together during assembly.  They are also nearly the right size to "spacer" the pan beneath the chassis flange.  I think I had to file them down just a touch.  I have many more of these, if any of the local racers would like a set, just let me know.

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This is a shot of the body-mount buttons inside the car body.  I had to sleeve the posts with aluminum tubing to reduce the body movement, because I enlarged the holes too much in the mounting brackets. :dash2:

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Finally, a shot of the front of the chassis detailing the lead on the nose and the guider-stops, one of which seems to still have some torn-up wire insulation on it.  The little brass plate that the wire-loom is attached to is not fastened to the chassis.  It just flops around in there. :)

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 12:28 AM

October 29, 2014 - "Big" Nascar at Pelican Park... Oh, what a night.  The word of the day (per Cully) is heinous.

 

Why heinous?  Track continuity (and lack thereof), the ride down and back in Bob Hanna's cherry (but ancient) VW Double-cab, guest driver Dave's medicated crash and burn driving style, Deke's constant bitchin' about the rolling-heap used slotcar that he foolishly expected to be able to compete with, and Cully's relentless domination of every heat he raced in.

 

Perhaps I sound as if I am complaining... heck no.  It's all good, but it made for a long, tiring evening.

 

Because we had a healthy compliment of racers... eleven, we ran the "Win to Get In" format.  Using this format, there is a series of eight preliminary heat races.  To get into the "Top Eight" semi-main, a driver must win a heat race.  Otherwise he is consigned to the "Hooligan" race... you know, for the slow guys. :laugh2:

 

Lane selection for each heat race is determined by blind-drawing colored poker chips from "the Rattler", a car-shaped plastic box.  Each race is 50 laps, winner goes to the "top Eight" losers get another chance... until the chances are gone.

 

This is the field for the "Consi" (B-main) race.  Notice that the power strips beside the slots are copper tape rather than braid.  Notice the wrinkles and solder repairs in the tape.  Tape works okay for light-duty use in a climate-controlled setting.  This tape has seen many years of use in a building that has heat or A/C only when in use.  Temperature changes cause the tape to stretch or buckle and humidity changes cause the wood track to move about a bit.  Seasonal changes are the worst.  Net result: a new all-time record of time-outs for track repair and re-run heats.  :bomb:

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We have Todd's black #49 in the red lane.  Todd had a tough evening against a field of racers that was uniformly very fast.  Basil's Red Baron Pizza car in the white lane nearly made the main event, only to be edged out by James on the roll when the power shut off in the qualifier. 

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Tom's Valvoline car in the blue lane was fast and steady all evening.  Tom finished ahead of me in one of the qualifying heats, which he hasn't done recently.  Nice to see him have such a good night.  Leo's gray Lowe's car drew the yellow Lane.  Leo was fast all evening, but so was everyone else.  He also got caught up in other people's drama.  I'm talking about you Dave. :D

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Finishing order for the Consi: Tom, Leo, Basil, and Todd....  Todd moves down to the Hooligans to fill out the field.

 

 

The Hooligans

Here we find Deke's gold Miller car in red.  Deke had a rough night trying to make the second-hand racer he had just purchased competitive against a field of racers that were actually prepared in advance.  He wasn't happy with the "rolling-pile" and he made sure that everyone else suffered along with him.  I alternated between trying to lend a hand and giving him a raft of shite, which he accepted like the good friend that he is. :)   He finally gave up on the "rolling pile" and slapped together a different car, seen here.

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The Pespi car in the white lane is Deke's loaner car driven by former Pelican regular, Dave.  Notice that the back end of the car is missing.  This is the third and final loaner body destroy by Dave during the evening, but as Deke put it, "I wouldn't have loaned them to you if I was worried about them getting wrecked" (or something to that effect.)

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Todd, 4th in the Consi, has a chance of redemption in the blue lane.  Bob Shafer's Dupont car is in the yellow.  Bob had been Mr Second place all night.  In the qualifying heats Bob had four second place finishes (and one third).  But you have to "Win to Get In" to the Top Eight qualifier.  He didn't, so here he is in the Hooligan.

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This race was run twice because of a tape break in Dave's lane.  Bob had it "in the bag", with Todd a distant second, when a dead-zone in the white lane shut down the race.  Repairs were made (for the 852nd time) and the race restarted.  Early in the race, Bob was involved in a wreck and it looked like Todd was going to get the win, but Bob chased him down and justice was served.  Final result:  Bob, Todd, Dave, and Deke.

 

 

This is the Main Event.  These guys are all fast  It's just that some are more fast.  In the red lane, we have Mike's Coor's Light Silver Bullet.  In the white lane, James' Lumina.  Cully's mid-eighty's Monte Carlo is in blue, and Bob Hanna's Wrangler car is in the yellow lane.

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One of these things is not like the others.  Three of the cars are Dale Earnhardt #3 Chevys, but very different bodies.

Compared to the earlier races, the Main was uneventful: few wrecks, no power failures, and the finishing order was exactly as would be expected from the results of the preliminary races.

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Cully 1st, then Bob, James, and Mike.  It was 1AM when the when we wrapped this one up.  Bob H. and I hopped in his VW double-cab and arrived back in Roseburg about 2:30.

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 01:21 PM

epilogue - glamor shots of my 3rd in the Main Event car

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Rainy today, so we have indoor shots on the dining table.

 

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The Lumina is a little narrower than ideal, but it has won the Main on previous outings.

 

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The driver is recycled from another car.  It was painted by Ron, from his "Napa Joe" series.  Yes it is supposed to be mounted looking out the side window... it's all about "attitude".

 

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The chassis, we have seen before: T/A, Vintage, Jalopy, Super Stock, and others.


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 08:57 PM

November 19, 2014, Pelican Park Pre-Turkey Night warm-up Jalopy race.

 

In preparation for the annual Thanksgiving-Eve, Turkey Night team race, Jalopies were run at Pelican for the second consecutive week.  I missed out last week, as I was recovering from a sinus cold.  But this week I dug out my two ancient jalopy chassis and assembled two cars to try my luck.

 

Both cars seemed to work okay, so I chose to run the newer, shinier one, which also had a smoother gear mesh. 

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This car is a 1/24th 1939 Chevrolet built to the "old unwritten" Pelican standard, which is to say that the body has been dropped about 1/16" relative to the fenders.  I believe the term is "sectioned".  Since the new written rules were published, it is clearly illegal, but because many of the "Pelican Faithful" race similar cars, it is considered Grandfathered-in.

 

During pre-race tuning, my buddy Deke, (who is also on my team for next week's race), was expressing dissatisfaction with his cars, so I offered him the use of my #2 ride.  After a couple of quick trial laps Deke decided, "I believe I will take you up on that offer".

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My #2 car is a two-time Turkey Night veteran, hence the extensive body damage.  It took first place honors in its last outing, three years ago.  It is a 1/25th scale 1941 Plymouth and is kinda legal, if you overlook the fact that the rear fenders have grown slightly wider as a result of repeated *** smashin' and repair.

 

There were eleven racers present, so we ran the "Win to Get in" format.  Eight preliminary races to determine the Semi-Main racers.  The remaining three go to the Hooligan.  Last place in the Consi drops down to fill out the Hooligan field.

 

The prelims were exciting.  Jalopies are narrower and more top-heavy than most of the classes run at Pelican, and it took many of the racers, (myself included), a while to adjust their driving to the cars.  I finished a dismal third in my first heat race, despite having the quickest car.  Deke, driving my loaner, turned in a similar performance in his first heat.  However we each won our second heat race, and by luck of the draw, wound up in the same semi-main.

 

In the semi-main, the top two finishers go to the Main, the other two go to the Consi.  Cully, racing his "El Tigre", class-dominating 1948 Chevy drew the yellow lane.  Nothing short of an Act of God, (or a blown motor), would stop him from taking first place in the Semi.  The rest of us were racing for second. 

 

For the first third of the race, it looked like a tight battle between Deke and me, but then he deslotted... and then again... and again.  Once the race ended, it was discovered that he had lost a front wheel (oops).  I felt bad about that: my car, my fault.  Anyway... Deke to the Consi, James to the Main.

 

The Consi:

Deke in the red lane driving my green and yellow 41 Plymouth, Tom in white with a light green Ford Coupe... I don't know the year, but it is a smaller body, like the Plymouth, but with a shorter front overhang, (less room for guide-lead)... a disadvantage.  Still, Tom ran well with it.

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Todd's orange and black 39 Chevy drew the blue lane.  Todd's car is an historically-correct reproduction of an actual period racer.  A good looking car, as we have come to expect from Todd.  And in the yellow lane, Leo drove the black and primer-gray 39 Chevy that (I believe) was built for an earlier Turkey Night by the excellent builder/racer Dennis Dudley.

 

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The Consi race was really the highlight of the evening.  I still don't know exactly what all happened, but there were crashes and unforced errors, multiple lead changes, and finally a valiant late-race charge by Deke to overtake the then-leading Leo and take the win.  Deke 1st, Leo 2nd, Todd 3rd, and Tom 4th.  Jonny left early, so there were two open spots in the Hooligan for Todd and Tom.

 

The Hooligan:

In the red lane: Dave's "Old 8-Ball Tavern" 41 Plymouth.  Dave's car is old-old-old and its performance was sketchy all night.  I suspect it wasn't fully sorted.  Todd's 39 drew the white lane this time around.

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Tom's Pistachio-green Ford in the blue lane, and Basil's 39 Chevy in yellow.  Basil's car deserves special mention because of the five 1939 Chevies racing this evening, it was the only one that ran at full, legal, uncut height... and it certainly seemed to be tippier than the "low-riders". 

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Todd was inconsistent all evening.  He was clearly at-odds with his pacemaker, and it seemed the pacemaker had the upper hand.  Despite his best efforts, he just could not put a solid 50 laps together in a single race.  Todd, I hope that you can get this sorted out.  I miss bumping up against you in the Main. :good:

 

Tom held off Basil for the win.  Dave third, Todd fourth.

 

The Main Event: An all Chevrolet show.

 

Waiting on the bridge for late-comer, Paul

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Paul's "Turkey-Run" 39 Chevy was in the red lane.  This is a very cool veteran racer that deserves some individual photos.  I will try to get those next week.  My 39 was beside Paul in white.  Cully's Flyin' Tiger 1948 Chevy in blue and Mike's 48 in the yellow lane.

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This is a little fuzzy, (blame the photographer), but I included it to show the relative height of the cars.

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In the main, Cully ran off with the lead, to no one's surprise. Mike got a good start and was running second, and I got tangled up trying to pass Paul, putting us both in the ditch and down 1/2 lap.  My car was faster than Mike's and I was able to chase him down, but had no chance of catching Cully. 

 

Final: Cully 1st, James 2nd, Mike 3rd, Paul 4th.  The big race, however is next week, and Cully and I are on the same team.  Now how is that fair?


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 09:32 PM

but wait... there's more

 

Pit row, decked out with Jalopies... how cool is that?

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Glamor shots of my A-Main, 2nd place 1939 Chevrolet

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And the B-Main winner: 1941 Plymouth Club Coupe

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Note the elegant body-mount nut, epoxied to the running board, and the pristine rear fender.

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The yellow car weighs in at 8.61 ounces (that's 244 grams)  The green car is 9.51 oz (270 g)

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The underside of the bodies showing the aluminum-angle inviso-mount on the yellow car.

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Underside of the chassis.  These are two of my earliest hardbody chassis and they work better than they deserve to.

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Crude rattle chassis... but with the world famous "adjustable-James" front end, (patent pending)

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After the race, Deke offered me serious-money for the green car, but I could not, in good conscience, take his offer. 

Maybe we can work out a trade.  :D


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