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#51 rvec

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 09:40 PM

Nice job on the 39 and congrats on second in the main
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Posted 28 November 2014 - 02:00 AM

November 27, 2014 - The Doug Haynes Memorial Pelican Park Turkey Night Team Jalopy Endurance Race

 

This is an annual event held each Thanksgiving eve.  The locals and "regular guests" gather for an evening of racing and Pot-Luck eats.  Sixteen racers on four teams.  One car per team.  Twelve minute heats with three minute pitstops between heats. 

 

A test of endurance for the cars as well as the drivers.  Hey, it's pretty hard for a bunch of old guys to stay focused for twelve minutes at a stretch. :D

 

The cars:

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Cully's team was the overwhelming favorite driving the current class-champion car, 1948 Chevrolet.   Cully, Deke, James, and Mickey.  Mickey just stopped by to visit, but was pressed into team service because our fourth member, "Tall Paul", was a no-show.  Mickey had not raced for a few years, but he used to dominate the jalopy class with his yellow 48 Chevy.  It did not take him long to find his groove.

 

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Paul's team of Paul, Tom, Bob S. and Jonny drove the "Turkey-Run Special" 1939 Chevy, which is a great car that has been around forever and still looks and runs great.  However, this was not the car that they started the race with... more about that later.

 

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Dave's team drove Leo's 1939 Chevy, body by Deke.  I am not sure if the chassis was built by Deke or Leo, but it has an "Adjustable James" front-end, that Leo built which proved problematic during the race.  Team members were: Dave, Leo, Greg, and Bob C.  Note that the interior glass appears to be dropping down.  Perhaps a clever tactic to lower the center of gravity?  In reality, it pushed down the interior causing rubbage and slowage.

 

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Mike's team drove Mike's car, another post-war Chevy.  His is actually a 1947 Chevy, differentiated from the '48 by the slightly simpler grill.  Team members were: Mike, Basil, Aaron, and Hatz.  This car is fast.  With Aaron driving it in white, it was all I could do to keep up driving Cully's car in the red lane.

 

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Here is the starting grid for the first heat.  Note that the #3 car in the white lane is not the "Turkey-Run" car that finished the race for Paul's team.

 

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The colorful #3 car is Bob Shafer's car.  Paul's team made a last minute decision to race Bob's car, as it seemed faster than the Turkey-Run car.  However, just minutes into the first heat, the sound of grinding bronze gear teeth brought it to a halt.  The gear was adjusted but to no avail, a gear change was needed... while the other teams made laps.

 

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The gear change did not work out and the decision was made to swap cars (and DNF) just to get back on the track.  At this point Paul's team was 165 laps behind the third place team, so a DNF was really of no consequence.

 

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Here is the field at the mid-race break.

 

Team Totals after 12 twelve-minute heats:

  Team Cully;  1742

  Team Mike:  1656

  Team Dave:  1622

  Team Paul:   1476

 

Big-Dog award to Cully for most laps in a single heat: 153.0 which he did twice, just to rub it in.  And he won the concours, as well.  Geez, what a show-off.

 

I have to say I was impressed by how well the non-regulars drove.  They were surprisingly competitive, and did not cause an undue amount of carnage.  :clapping:

 

There were significant mechanical issues for all but the winning team.  I expect that those who had issues this time will be better prepared next time around.  (Seriously, if you mount your body with tape, maybe it would be a good idea to have some extra pre-cut strips).  Just sayin'

 

All told, it was a great night of racing.  Good friends, good food, and slot cars...


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Posted 28 November 2014 - 02:01 AM

And a couple of more pics of the Turkey-Run Special, just cause.

 

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See... that's the turkey's leg on the rear fender.  And the wing on the door, and the grill is the beak...

  because the car IS the Turkey.

 

It is a Zen thing, I guess. :D


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Posted 28 November 2014 - 10:30 AM

Those cars are Da Bomb!


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Posted 01 January 2015 - 02:20 AM

Pelican Park - December 30, 2014... Grand Sport: '60-'70 prototypes, GT - closed or open cockpit cars. 

 

The Ford GT-40 has been a big favorite for the class, but others (notably the Porsche 917) have competed as well.  Leo was the defending champion, although James (yours truly) won the last time that he raced the class.

 

Ten racers came to play and the group decided to run the lengthier "Basil's Way" despite our numbers and a delayed start due to Deke rescuing Mike from a van which refused to run.

 

The qualifying heats were the usual joyous mayhem with lots of close racing.  The Grand Sport class may have the fastest, best handing cars of any of the classes raced at Pelican.  At the end of the "Basil's Way", Leo was top qualifier, followed by Cully, James, and Basil. 

 

As luck would have it, the top three qualifiers drew the same semi-main.  Cully had an early wreck in the semi and was stuck playing "Ketchup" which turned to "rotten tomatoes" as he put it.  I won the semi with Leo second.  Cully, who had beaten me twice in the qualifiers was relegated to the Consi.

 

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The field for the Consi: Deke's beautifully painted Coyote in red, Cully's Ferrari P4 in white, Paul's GT40 in blue, and Bob Shafer's  Corvette GS in red.  The Corvette is taller than the competition, but Bob could make it fly around the track.  He finished 5th in the qualifying (tied with Todd).

 

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A better shot of the cars; a great looking and diverse field.  Cully won followed by Bob, Paul, and Deke.

 

Ordinarily, Paul and Deke would have dropped down to fill out the field of the Hooligans, joining Mike and Tom.  However, Mike had dropped out with car and controller problems and Tom preferred to forgo the Hooligan race because it was already late and there were racers who had to get up for work early the next day.  So the Hooligans did not run.  A sad precedent indeed.

 

On to the Main Event

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Todd, Basil and James waiting on the bridge for Leo.... always waiting for Leo.

 

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Still waiting for Leo

 

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Finally... that orange GT40 sure stands out

 

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 03:06 AM

Grand Sport - cont.

 

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Paul carefully lines-up the Main Event cars at the start/finish.  Todd's Porsche 917 in red, Basil's GT40 in white, James' 917 in blue, and Leo's GT in yellow.  A seriously good looking group of race cars.

 

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When the power came on, my car was the last one through the bank into the first corner.  The combination of weight/gearing/tires and nervousness makes my car slow from a dead stop.  But once settled in, I made my way past Todd and Basil and started to close on Leo.  I got to within about four feet of Leo's car, and he stepped up the pace.  I pressed on and could close to a within couple of feet, but then he would pull away again.  I continued to dog him.

 

The 50 lap race was well past the half way mark.  Leo and I were about to lap the 3rd and 4th place cars.  I needed to make a move soon.  We passed Todd, and were closing on Basil when Basil's car let go in the donut, taking out Leo from two lanes away.  I slowed slightly and passed through unscathed.

 

Fewer than 15 laps to go, with a comfortable lead, I cruised to an easy, if possibly unearned, victory.  Leo second, Basil third, Todd fourth.  Hey, that's racing.  :D

 

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The winning car

 

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Hmm, I should have taken off the body mounting tape for the pictures.

 

Chassis is seen in earlier posts under the orange McClaren and the Ivory Corvette.


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#57 Dennis David

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 02:48 PM

How much do the bodies weigh?


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Posted 11 January 2015 - 03:31 AM

Most of my bodies, with driver and interior tray fall between 1.0 and 1.5 ounces.... so between 28 and 43 grams.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:42 AM

1/21/2015 Pelican Park GTO class for Contemporary GTs 1975 to present.  Lots of different cars fall into this class, but the 2005 Ford GT seems to be the most popular.

 

Twelve racers were in attendance; in addition to the regular locals, Bob Shafer and Paul Painter drove down from Salem and James (that's me) came up from Roseburg.  We haven't seen the good Mr. Painter at Pelican for quite some time and everyone was pleased to have him join in the fun.  Because there were twelve racers, we ran the "Win to Get in" formant, which takes less time than "Basil's Way" to establish the "Top Eight" drivers. 

 

The qualifying heats, as usual had a good mix of hard fought battles and some minor car damage.  Todd lost the rear diffuser of his McClaren race-prototype, so he opted to run his #2 car for the remainder of the evening.  Paul L. lost the rear spoiler from his Countach and waited until the mid-race break to make repairs.  Paul Painter's new Audi racer took a brutal hit in a multi-car incident and lost a rear corner.  This he repaired between heats with super-glue as I discovered as I lined up the cars at the starting-line... I found my finger glued to his fender.  (oops)

 

And so we have the racers, first the hooligan:

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In the red lane, Tom's Daytona Prototype, in white Paul Painter's blue Audi A8, in the blue lane is Dave's Testarrosa (a loaner from Todd), and in yellow we find Deke's Ferrari 599.

 

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Here is a shot of Tom's Daytona Prototype.  It is a small car, but wide.... it fits on a Can-Am chassis.  As a small car, it presents handling challenges, relative to the larger race cars.  It did not fair well in the qualifying heats, never finishing higher than 3rd.

 

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This is Paul Painter's Audi which was fast and Paul drove it well.  He had many close battles in the preliminaries, three 2nds and two 3rds, but just missed the cut for the "Top Eight"

 

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And this is Deke's 599.  Ever the master-modeler, Deke added brake cooling ducts, a rear spoiler, and roof-mounted TV camera-pod to the street-car model, transforming it into a racer.  Deke car was fast, but struggled in the preliminaries, finishing behind Mr Painter twice.

 

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The Hooligan race, Deke in the yellow lane set the pace taking the win.  Paul was second, Tom third, Dave 4th.  Dave, you need to borrow faster cars. :)

 

The Consi:

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Cully's BMW M1 drew the red lane.  Todd's Nissan 350Z is in white, Bob's Ford GT in blue, and Paul L's searing-orange Countach in yellow.  Cully is the perennial favorite at Pelican, winning WAY more than his share of races, but the red lane had not been kind to him this evening.  He finished 3rd in the Top-8 qualifier in red, which is why he is here in the Consi, rather than racing in the Main Event.

 

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That's a really good looking field of cars... except Bob's is too shiny... makes glare on the lens.  :D   Anyway, the race, as I recall Bob drove well, stayed out of trouble and took the win.  Todd finished a strong 2nd, despite running his backup (slower) car.  Cully's car did not like the bank or the deadman, or perhaps he was just pushing it too hard, but he finished 3rd, Paul held down 4th.

 

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 05:00 AM

GTO 1/21/2015 cont.

 

The Main Event

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Mike's black & white Ford GT drew the unpopular red lane.  Mike won his Top-8 qualifier in the blue lane, sending Cully and Todd to the Consi.  The red lane in the Main will be a tougher go.  Leo's black-on-charcoal Ford GT looks sinister in the white lane.  Leo was coming off a Main-Event win in last week's Trans-Am race and posed a serious threat to win here.  He beat James in their Top-8 race, albeit with the assistance of a 3-car pile-up, which Leo escaped.

 

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In the blue lane is James' Ferrari 458 painted, as Deke put it, "a color that God never intended ANY Ferrari to EVER be painted".  (thanks, Deke)  This car is the defending class champion, having won the main twice in two prior appearances.  And in the yellow lane, Basil's Ford GT sporting a fresh black-on-blue paint job.  Faithful readers may recall pictures of an earlier race in which this car ran bare-neckid, (that's just so wrong). :D

 

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There are a couple schools of thought on the best strategy to race the first lap at Pelican.  Unless he has the inside lane, Bob Hanna usually holds back.  There are often multi-car wrecks in the first couple of turns and Bob figures it's better to give up a few feet at the start than risk losing half a lap or more.  Pretty much everybody else just goes for it.

 

The race:

When the power came on all four cars screamed down the straight, through the bank and into the deadman.  The 76-turn is usually where the pile-ups occur, but they cleared that, through the S-turn onto the short pit-lane straight.  James had pulled out a car-length or more as they hit the kink under the bridge.  Four cars went in, just one came out (still in the slot).  The ungodly-orange Ferrari was away clean.  Everyone else was in the ditch.

 

The corner-marshals sorted out the cars and the remainder of the race was relatively uneventful.  James 1st, Basil 2nd, then Leo and Mike.  Powdered sugar mini-donuts to the victors.

 

Obligatory glamor shots of the winner

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Same chassis as seen before.  Leo was inspecting it closely after the race.  We may see a Leo-copy someday soon.

 

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The wreck in the qualifier took out the triple exhaust pipes.  I have the piece, so it should be an easy fix.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 11:48 AM

Great job with the 458 against the "home crowd". The 458's wheel openings look huge. The car might be an ideal selection for a "Scholer" based sports car with scale wheels. I may just have to get a hold of one!!

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 03:22 PM

Rich,

Here's a Fujimi Ferrari 458 modified into a racing version with more scale appearing wheels, tires. Hanna chassis w/Death Star motor.

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By the way, when will you next host a Saturday race? I have a number of scale tired cars with diffrent chassis/motor/body 

set ups I'd like to race at your track.

 

scaleauto chassis/motor Viper

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Sholer chassis, Falcon motor Lola B10/60

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TSRF chassis/motor, Lamborghini Murcielago

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Custom chassis/Proslot 2002 motor Porsche RS SPyder

 

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 04:15 PM

Todd,
Your cars look great - as usual. Love those hardbodies

I'll let you know regarding a Saturday race
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Posted 13 February 2015 - 03:02 AM

2/11/2015 Clubman Lights class.... The Lights class is the newest racing class at Pelican Park.... a group famous for their resistance to all that is new.  :D

 

To quote from the PPS General Competition Rules: "This class honors the swarms of little sports-cars and sports-racers, purpose built, often back-yard specials that were raced in the Pacific northwest in the 50s and '60s... LITTLE 1/24th and 1/25th scale slot cars." 

 

That said, there is a great deal of flexibility in the application of the rules.  In general, we are talking about 1950s & '60s production based sports car models up to 2.75" wide as coupes, or 2.50" wide as roadsters.  This is for smaller cars.  The larger model racers from the period race in "Big" Clubman.

 

And this is where it gets really cool.  Here is a class to race all the oddball little cars that would be hopelessly uncompetitive in other classes.  Here they have a chance to make a good showing. 

 

Now some bodies are naturally less competitive and some more so.  That is the driver's choice.  He has to ask himself, "Do I want to race with a handicap and look really cool, or am I a serious racer primarily looking for a win"... or some combination thereof.  Or maybe it is just a matter of "what model do I own that fits the class?".

 

The end result is a great variety of cool old racers vying for the winners circle.

 

Ten racers came to play.  We ran "Basil's Way".  Eventually getting down to:

 

The Consi:

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Todd's Corvette in red, Tom's Mini in white, Deke's Corvair in Blue, and Basil's Scarab in Yellow... WOW what a grid.  I mean seriously, that is an amazing lineup of race cars.

 

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Todd's 1962 Corvette Coupe is the last year of the C1 Vettes, notable for it's "Stingray" rear-end styling and "quad" headlights.  Todd was fast in the preliminaries, tying with Mike for 4th.  In his top-8 qualifier, Mike edged him out for a spot in the Main.

 

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Tom's Morris-Mini 850 was hilariously tiny relative to the other racers, yet amazingly quick around the track.  It was a handful to drive, as it would roll with little warning.

 

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Deke's #2 Corvair Monza in the blue lane.  I didn't get an individual picture of Deke's car because he had it torn down during the mid-evening break as I was taking pictures.  That perfectly illustrates the state of Deke's car.  It was the Monza's first race and it was continually evolving towards a state of competitiveness.  That's a long way of saying that it got faster as the evening went on.

 

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Oh yes, Basil in the yellow lane, driving Deke's Scarab.  I must apologize for the blurry image.  There will be more.  Sometimes I have to hurry and it just happens.  Anyway, I just love the look of this car.  The Scarab, as a roadster, is limited to 2.5" of width.  It is way-fast, but it's like walking a tight-rope at 120 mph... really easy to fall off. 

 

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Basil was 3rd in the preliminaries, but an unforced error in the top-8 qualifier gave his spot in the Main to Leo.  Again, the Scarab is fast and narrow-twitchy.

 

The Consi race went rather the way you would imagine a real-world race among these cars might go.  The Scarab had the speed to run away from the others.  The C1 Corvette and the race-prepped Corvair were closely matched.  And the Mini was nipping at the heels of the others, but clearly over-matched.

 

But late in the race, with the Scarab leading, Basil blew-out in the lead-on, and was t-boned by Deke's Monza and then smacked by the Mini.  Deke, as owner/builder of both the Scarab and the Monza appeared to suffer a mild coronary, but the most significant damage appeared to be to the bumper of Tom's Mini.  With all three temporarily sidelined, Todd slipped through for the win.

 

Final result: Todd 1st, then Basil, Deke, and Tom.  All but Todd demoted to fill the field of the Hooligan.

 

to be continued ...


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Posted 13 February 2015 - 07:50 AM

Love the Scarab.... great detail!


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Posted 13 February 2015 - 04:01 PM

2/11/2015 continued

 

Lights Hooligan

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Here's the grid for the Hooligan race: Basil driving Deke's Scarab in red (that's gonna be tough), Tom's Mini in the white lane, Dave's Porsche in blue, and Deke's Monza in yellow.  Paul should have had a spot in this race with his primer-gray C2 Corvette fastback, but the race was running WAY-late and Paul had to get up early and go to work in the morning, so he gave up his spot.

 

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Sadly, the individual photos that I took of Dave's white #14 Porsche suffered from terminal camera-shake, so we just have group shots.  Dave finished the preliminaries with just two points: two third place finishes and two fourths, but that is deceiving.  Examination of the race program reveals that in the preliminary rotation, Dave was right in the middle of the four racers that made the Main Event.  Perhaps in the Hooligan he can excel?

 

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How cool is it, that a Corvair Monza is the BIG car in a field of slot racers?  This was a hard fought battle.  But ultimately Basil took first in the red lane.  Dave vindicated himself with a second place finish in blue.  Deke was third and Tom fourth. 

 

The Main Event

 

Unfortunately, I did not get photos of the starting grid for the Main.  It just slipped my mind as I was hooking up my controller and getting ready to race.  However, I do have individual shots of the cars, so...

 

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Leo's Ferrari 250 GT Lusso SWB in the red lane... a very cool car.  More than once, this veteran racer that has been injured in battle and repaired.

 

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Leo was fast but inconsistent in the preliminaries, tuning and adjusting between heats, as is his nature.

 

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Cully's C2 Corvette roadster (with convertible top up) qualifies as a coupe (2.75" wide) and drew the white lane.  Cully was undefeated in the qualifying heats and is the perennial odds-on favorite.  His Stingray is a very nicely turned-out racer.

 

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Mike's Ferrari 250 GTO/64 Pininfarina is extremely rare both as an automobile and as a model kit.  Mike drew the blue lane for the Main Event.

 

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In the preliminaries, Mike was tied with Todd for 4th place, but bested him in the semi to earn a spot in the Main.

 

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Amazing how similar in shape the Corvette is to the Ferrari GTO just above.  (The Ferrari design debuted 5 years earlier than the 'Vette.)  

 

James' C3 Corvette was also undefeated in the preliminaries and he drew the yellow lane.  James and Cully had not yet gone head to head this evening, so anticipation ran high for a close race.  Sadly, that was not to be. 

 

With the inside lane at the start, James took an early lead on the first lap, only to blow out in the donut, falling to last place.  A second unforced error while playing catch-up put him a full lap down to Cully and Mike, while Leo was having problems of his own.

 

Mike was involved in an accident that screwed-up his braid, slowing his pace, which allowed James to overtake him with little difficulty before Cully completed his 50 laps for the win.  Final result Cully 1st, James 2nd, Mike 3rd, Leo 4th.

 

Note to self: turn throttle sensitivity WAY down for this class.  It was set at "2" and that was too high.

 

Bonus:  cars that did not race, but could have.

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Tom had this really cool BRE Datsun 510, but chose to run the Mini.  Mental health professionals have been notified. :)

 

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Paul has been working on this Mercedes Gullwing which is almost ready to do battle... almost.

 

continued...


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Posted 13 February 2015 - 04:33 PM

More Clubman Lights

 

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Another Mini !!!  Dave also has a Mini, but chose to run his Porsche.

 

Glamor shots of the second-place C3 Corvette

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This is the rare Australian, right-hand-drive, version of the Corvette.

 

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The model is AMT 1/25th scale.  There are Revell models that are labeled as 1/24, but they are the same size.

 

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The paint is metallic red, with transparent red plus clear-coat.

 

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I just love the look of this chassis.  The shapes are so clean and the integrated guider stops are so tidy.

 

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This is the same chassis used under the Porsche 917, McClaren M8A, and C1 Coevette, but with narrower side-pans.  The single Nylock nut retains the sidepan.

 

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This is a close-up of the body mounts.  They are clear plastic angle... stuff from Home Depot intended to protect wall corners from bumps and scrapes. 

 

Pieces are mounted to the inside of the body using super-strong double-sided adhesive foam tape, again from Home Depot.  The little gray squares are foam weatherstripping that I punched holes in with a piece of 1/8th inch brass tubing.  The 2-56 flat-head body-mount screws simply self-tap through holes drilled in the plastic angle.  Surprisingly, they have held up quite well.


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 02:01 AM

James, again, thanks for your near Pulitzer quality reporting on Pelican Park racing.

Shows what we've been doing for 27 years week after week without interruption.


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 02:16 AM

Thanks, Todd.  I really post here for my own amusement.  Still it is nice to be appreciated. :D


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 09:56 AM

James, I like those corner protector  body mounts. I may have to borrow that idea for some hard body builds for myself. :)


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Posted 18 February 2015 - 11:53 AM

Bill - I have mixed feelings about those body mounts.  I like the fact that they are invisible from the side.  They look much cleaner than taping on the body, which is the standard method used around here.  But if you have a problem, tape is much quicker, and no tool is required to get the body on and off.  Screw mounting is much slower and fiddly... not a good thing for a race car.

 

This chassis also has no flange under the edge of the body rocker panels... the screw tension determines the body height, over the range of the foam tape cushions.  So if I am running tires that are slightly larger than optimum, I can pull the body edge down below bottom of the chassis... tech to the body edge rather than the chassis. :)

 

I have had the plastic angle break and/or screws strip the plastic threads in hard wrecks.  I am going to try doubling the threaded part of the plastic with a layer of double-sided foam tape sandwiched between.  I tried doubling before, using plastic welder epoxy, but that made the plastic brittle and actually weaker.

 

In any case, good luck, and be sure to use the super-strong double sided tape.  The standard white stuff with the green-plaid backing paper just won't cut it.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 01:54 PM

I've developed still another body mounting method that has the advantages of being incredibly strong,

easy to mount and dismount the body from the chassis, and remain out of sight- flat head 4X40

screws and nuts, the latter fastened to the body with plenty of Devcon Plastic Welder:

 

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By the way, the body is from a 1/24th AUTOart slot car produced in a limited run, 2006, when the

manufacturer of mostly 1/18th die-cast models ventured too briefly into the world of RTR slot cars.

Scratch built chassis; decals from Pattos, Australia; Pro Track rims/tires; Deathstar Parma motor;

driver figure and helmet, Fujimi. Plastic scrap pieces to convert 1/24th "street" 2005 Ford GT into an

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 03:35 AM

2/18/2015  - It's time to race Jalopies again !!!  1936-1948 American 2 & 4-door sedans.  Eleven racers came to play; nine regulars plus Bob Hanna and James from Roseburg. 

 

For quite some time now, the Jalopy class has been dominated by Cully, driving his infernal "Flying Tiger" 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline.  However, there is an old saying: "Every dog has his day" and on this particular day, that happy dog was our own Todd Messinger. :clapping:

 

We ran the "Win to Get in" format and it took Todd two tries to "Get in"....  He finished second in his first preliminary heat, losing out to James.  But in his second attempt, he bested Leo in an epic battle that left Todd pumped up on adrenalin and waxing poetic about how, 

"it doesn't get any better than that."

 

But wait, Todd, there's icing for that cake.

 

Once the preliminary heats were completed, the drawing for lane selection for the "Top Eight" put Todd in the first Semi-Main with Basil, Bob, and James... a tough crowd.  James in the red lane (!) pulled away from the start and never looked back.  Bob deslotted early, yielding second to Todd, and despite Bob's best efforts he could not catch Todd before time ran out. 

 

Todd won 2nd place and a trip to the Main Event.  Bob and Basil to the Consi. 

The second Semi-Main was won by Cully.  Leo beat out Mike for the second "transfer" spot.  Mike and Dave to the Consi.

 

And so, the lineup for the Consi:

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In the red lane, Mike's 1947 Chev.  We know this car this car is fast and Mike can drive it well.  The red lane is harder to drive at the limit, but it can be done.  Dave's 1939 Chevy drew the white lane.  Bob's '39 is in blue and Basil's '39 is in yellow.

 

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Bob's Chevy has won numerous races here at Pelican and at STR and probably other places as well.  A couple of years ago, the running boards were ripped off in a bad collision , so Bob just "plastic welded" the body directly onto the chassis side-pans.... the body hasn't been off since.  Consequently, it is still running an old Deathstar rather than a newer, faster Proslot 16D.

 

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Basil's car... what a cool looking relic.  That is a great thing about the Jalopy class, the damage they receive racing just makes them look more like veteran race cars.

 

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The Consi was a terrific battle between Bob and Mike.  The race is 50 laps and those two drove neck and neck for at least 35 of them.  With a lane between them, there was no risk of nerfing (intentional or otherwise) and they drove at the limit, never more than a car length apart. 

 

From where I was corner marshaling, I could not see the donut, so I did not see how Bob went off... if it was because of a back-marker or just physics, but Mike could finally take a breath.  And he went on to win the Consi, Bob 2nd, Dave 3rd, Basil 4th... Basil drops down to fill out the grid for the Hooligan.

 

The Hooligan

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Deke, Paul, and Basil waiting on the bridge for Tom to make a tire change... cue the obligatory "Retiring" jokes.  All three are great looking Jalopies.  I particularly like the two-tone work on Deke's car and his missing headlight (yeah, really).  Paul's Turkey Run car is simply legendary, and you have to love the cockeyed headlights on Basil's car.  Note that all three have open hoods with exposed engine detail.  Todd's car in the Main and Dave's car in the Consi also have exposed engines.  :good:

 

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A shot of the Jalopies in pit row while we wait for Tom.

 

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The Hooligan grid: Tom in red.  It is not enough that he chose a body style that is inherently disadvantaged, but he draws the red lane as well.  Good luck, fella.  At least Tom's car is cool looking, very much like a London Taxi zipping around the track.  Deke in the white lane... Deke's cars always look good.  Paul's Turkey Run Special in blue and Basil in yellow.

 

My mind was already on the upcoming Main Event.  I don't know... they drove like a bunch of hooligans. 

Basil won the Hooligan, Deke 2nd, then Paul and Tom.

 

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 04:28 AM

2/18/2015  Jalopies - continued

 

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The Main Event

Cully's 1948 Chevy in the red lane.  Cully wins this class all the time.  He had knee surgery a few days earlier.  Tonight he was limping and possibly on pain meds.  Perhaps that would give the rest of us a break?

 

In the white lane: James' 1939 Chevy which finished second to Cully the last time they raced.  It has since received chassis upgrades and was working really well.

 

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In the blue lane: Leo's car, built and painted by Deke, had been fast all night, but inconsistent.  According to Leo he had to drive right at the limit to keep up with the "fast guys".  And Todd in yellow was pleased with his lane selection.  Todd's "Al Dykes" car was looking good and working well.

 

As the race began, it quickly became a three car race with Cully leading, then James and Todd.  As the early laps progressed, James was closing on Cully, Todd was slightly fading and Leo had dropped out of sight.  But then... in the S-curve before Pit-Row, Cully collided with Leo (where did he come from?), James was right there too and added his car to the carnage... and Todd slipped through unscathed.

 

Once the corner marshal got things sorted, Cully and then James set off in pursuit.  Cully deslotted, leaving James in second, chasing Todd as the laps counted down.  Todd drove smart; fast and clean.  Twice, Leo slowed to allow James an easy pass in his pursuit.  (thanks, Leo)  But to no avail.  Todd's lead was shrinking, but he completed the 50 laps and took the win.  James 2nd, then Cully and Leo.

 

Congratulations... good job, Todd  :good:


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Posted 20 February 2015 - 02:30 PM

Had to do a massive weekend rebuild to get it in shape for Wednesday's Jalopy race!

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 04:09 PM

Good job on the repairs, Todd!


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Posted 20 February 2015 - 11:23 PM

A couple of action photos.   Start of the Consi race: Mike's '47 Chevy jumps out with Dave's and Basil's

'39 Chevy's just behind, and Bob whose shrewd starting tactic is to delay a fraction of a second so as

to not get tangled in sometimes frequent first corner crashes, then leaping ahead to often win- though

not this time.

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Half way into first lap, pit straight, all 4 make their way through the first turns without mishap-  Mike a

hair in front, Bob and Basil door handle to door handle, and Dave in 4th. Finish: Mike, Bob, Dave, Basil.

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 12:02 AM

Very cool, Todd.  We really need to try video sometime.  :D


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 12:28 AM

Again, James, thanks for your spot-on trackside reporting.

 

Been mulling a video cam. Really would like two to cover different perspectives during one race, then

cutting, splicing into a full coverage narrative of one heat. Oh, and in "in car" camera, too. Tom Snyder

did this, January, 2008. Problem there was some kind of AC output that stuttered/interferred with the

video. Would think in last6 years there've been substantial advances in camera miniaturization. Just

haven't the time to take on exploring video for PPS

 

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 02:31 PM

Another photo of the jalopy pits.To heighten scale replication the track is extensively landscaped with over

400  1/24th figures.

 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:38 PM

2/25/14: Monza Cars. Class for pre-1961 front engine F-1 Indy cars. The name “Monza” derived from the 1957- 1958 races at Monza between F-1 and Indy cars known as the 500 Miglia di Monza (500 Miles of Monza)

 

Members Monza class cars

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Paul's Monogram bodied Kurtis Kraft

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With 9 members ready to race this week we used the “Basil’s  Way,” a format  employed when  less than 10 racers show up. Each racer rotates from lane to lane, starting in red and switching to the adjacent lane to his left, White, Blue then Yellow. Rather than run one overall race where drivers accumulate a total number of laps in a given time with the racer who scores the most is declared the evening’s or event’s winner  as is staged throughout the slot car racing community.  

 

 

The  Pelican Park Basil Way Rotation is different in that each rotation run is scored as an individual 50 lap heat qualifying race. The  Qualifying heat winner scores 3 points, second place gets 2 points, third, 1 and forth gets a goose egg-none, so with 9 racers each rotating through the 4 lanes, 9 heat races  are staged. When the qualifying heat races are completed  each racer’s heat points are added up to determine who are the top 8.

 

DAve's black Kurtis Kraft , Tom's, Mike's and Cully's Lancia-Ferrari D-50's

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They then race in the 2 semi mains.  In each of the semi mains the top two go to the Main;  3rd and 4th place racers then compete  in the Consi.  The 9th place racer goes to the Hooligan race where he races  the guys who finished  2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the Consi. The driver who gets the fewest points in the early evening’s qualifying heats can win the Hooligan and not finish the evening last after all.

 

Leo's pre-race dialing

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The cars of this class are allowed to be 3 inches wide. With each lane 4.5 inches wide successful racing requires disciplined driving especially when passing. With so many qualifying heat races, then the final sort out final races, driving Monza cars can be nerve-racking.

 

 

Main event: Todd, the winner on red, Basil-white, Leo-blue, Deke, yellow.

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Todd scored the most points in the qualifying races giving good indication how the evening racing would finish. He won the main with his handsome Watson. Leo was second; he crashed a couple of times, knocking Deke out of a good chance of winning the evening's event. He won overall the last Monza race 12 weeks ago. We've been racing Death Star powered Monza cars for about 15 years now, so most cars are pretty evenly performing; some drivers recently are switching to the Pro-Slot 2002 replacement.

 

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Dave's Hemi Kurtis Kraft

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Todd's 1957 Maserati 250F

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 08:13 PM

Congratulations, Todd, on your Main Event win.  :good:

 

That makes two in a row for you. 

I plan to make it up for next week's Vintage race... hope to face you in the Main.  :D


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 10:13 PM

Ah yes, next week. Vintage, 1950-60, Stock cars, NASCAR & USAC.

A long, long time since I've done a threepeat!

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Posted 06 March 2015 - 03:04 AM

Mar 4, 2015  - Vintage NASCAR/USAC

 

Nine racers came this evening.  We were missing Deke, but James came to keep the locals honest.  Due to our diminished numbers, we ran the "Basil's Way" rotation to qualify the top eight for the semis. 

 

The defending Vintage Class champion, coming off a 2-week winning streak, Todd, had the misfortune to draw the spot in rotation to Cully's right.  Cully, driving the infernal P-40 Flying Chevy is always a force to be reckoned with, and as for being to his right... I shall explain. 

 

(The following will make little sense to non-Pelican racers, so feel free to skip down to the pictures) :D

 

Most racers at Pelican feel that the yellow and blue lanes are the best, white is slightly inferior, and the red lane sucks... err is most difficult to win on.  I decided to quantify that general feeling with a bit of numerical analysis.

 

Using the printouts from the last four Basil rotation races, I added up the total points for all qualifying heats by lane.  We always add up points by driver to determine qualifying status, but it is just as easy to add them by lane.  If all lanes were equal, each lane should receive 25% of the points. 

 

However the actual point distribution:

Red 19%, White 24%, Blue 27% and Yellow 30%

 

The sample size was too small to draw conclusions with a high degree of confidence, except that the results agree with my perception of reality.  So I declare them 100% accurate. :)

 

So in theory, Todd in the rotation to Cully's right, was at a disadvantage in each heat until Cully rotated out.  And the actual results support that theory: Cully finished ahead of Todd in all of their joint qualifying heats.  Todd's only first place qualifier was in the yellow lane, besting James (in red), Tom, and Mike.  No surprises.

 

Note: Pelican Park lane rotation is unique in my experience because the relationship of the drivers remains constant throughout the rotations.  The person in the adjacent lane is the same guy with each lane change.  This is unusual.  For instance, at Bob's track you rotate from the yellow lane to the red lane.  The guy that had been next to you in the blue lane is now two lanes away.

 

Enough of this nerdy-number crap, let's race.

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Here is the field for the Consi.  Mike's 1957 Chrysler 300 in the red lane, Leo's 1949 Mercury in white, Dave's 1958 Plymouth in blue and Tom's 1955 Chevy in yellow.  Each a unique make and model and all have two-tone paint jobs... very cool.

 

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Dave had a tough time in the preliminary heats, but held it together when it counted.  He ran fast and steady for the whole 50 laps to take the win.  Tom finished 2nd; still getting used to his new Difalco controller which he views as somewhat mystical.  Still, it has made a notable improvement in his driving prowess.  Leo was 3rd, Mike 4th.  The three lowest finishers get to race again in the Hooligan.

 

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Dave's Consi winner a Chocolate Christine?  Dave is a long-time racer and modeler who rejoined the group at Pelican a few months ago.  This is a very nicely done model.  I like it.  :good:

 

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The Hooligan: Paul's 1957 Chevy in red... Jeez, Paul finished last in the qualifiers and then he gets stuck in the red lane?  What have you done to tick-off the slot-car gods, Paul?  Leo drew the white lane, Tom's in blue, and Mike in yellow. 

 

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Leo was fast in the qualifiers, actually beating Cully and Todd in one heat, finishing 4th in the standings.  But chassis problems intermittently dogged him, so he wound up in the Hoolie.  He pulled out the win here.  Mike took second "on the roll" when the power shut off.  Tom was third, Paul fourth.

 

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Leo's Hooligan winner 1949 Mercury.  Deke builds a lot of Leo's bodies and this looks like Deke's work (nice). 

Correct me if I'm wrong.  :)

 

The Main Event:

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Here are the Big Dogs: Basil's '57 Chevy in red, Cully '48 in white, James' Merc in blue, and Todd's T-bird in yellow... seems almost familiar somehow. 

 

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With the inside lane, Todd took an immediate lead followed by Cully and James.  Basil in red trailed.  A dozen laps later, Cully deslotted, leaving James to pursue Todd, but it just wasn't happening.  Todd was on a mission.  He took the win for a Three-peat.  James second, then Cully and Basil.  Congratulations, Todd !!! :clapping:

 

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The Main Event winner: Todd's 1958 Thunderbird in historically correct livery.  (of course!)


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Posted 06 March 2015 - 03:19 AM

Bonus material:

 

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Tom's 1955 Chevy

 

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Cully's Aero-Chevy

 

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Basil's 1957, which Todd tells me is also based on a historical racer

 

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Cully's blue-on-blue Mercury body

 

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Another Cully body; a 1950 Chevy fastback

 

 


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 07:08 PM

More photos of the Vintage Stock Car's winning '58 Tbird. By the way, James wrote in the preceding

paragraphs how the red lane can be a racer's challenge. True enough; though many races have been

won on it. Todd qualified for the Main event by winning one of the two semi-mains on red!

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The body with its authentic period decals comes from a Monogram 1/24th kit, #2904, produced in 1989

as the "La Bamba" Ritchie Valens 58 Tbird. NASCAR relegated the 1958 T-bird to its Sportsman

Division, not eligible for Grand Nationals; in 1959 NASCAR did approve the T-bird for Grand Nationals,

and Holman-Moody built a number of race ready T-birds  for customers. 

 

Todd's body is constructed with and solidly reinforced with Devcon Plastic Welder, a Methacrylate adhesive

which is a toughened structural substance applied for difficult to bond engineered plastics, composites,

metals, ceramics and dissimilar substrates. The stuff has saved many PPS cars from scrap yards.

 

His body is mounted on a Hanna built chassis. During the late'90's, early 2000's, Bob Hanna of Spare Time

Raceway, Roseburg, OR, built a number of chassis for the Portland, Eugene, Roseburg, Bend,Oregon,

1/24th scale hard body racers. His precisely machined custom examples have proven to be among the

best performing chassis garnering consistent wins throughout the state's hardbody club and home-track

slot car community.

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Posted 20 March 2015 - 02:51 AM

March 18, 2015.... Dirt Modified class: 1949-1975 short oval "modified" stock cars.  "It is the one class where we allow radical, 'non-stock' modifications to the body... cars can race without windows and with tires sticking out of hogged-out fender openings."   "one of our fastest racing classes"

 

Ten racers came to play: all of the usual suspects, plus James from Roseburg (that's me :D ).  I brought two cars with me, thinking that I would lend one of them to a deserving soul who was having difficulties getting his car up to speed.  When Deke heard about that, he insisted that HE was incredibly deserving.  I was skeptical, but agreed to let him run my #2 ride.

 

Track testing before the race lead me to choose to run my 1/25 scale 1969 Mustang Mach-1, which is really small relative to what most people run in the class.  That translates into lighter and quicker, but trickier to drive.  What the heck... fast is fun.

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My "loaner" for the evening was my amazingly successful Hanna-clone, "magic" chassis which has numerous main event wins here at Pelican and holds multiple fast lap and lap-total records at STR.  It was dressed for the evening in a plain-jane 1/24th scale 1969 Z-28 Camaro, hand-me-down body from Nick in Roseburg.

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With 10 racers we ran the preliminaries "Basil's Way".  There were many epic heats in the prelims... lots of fast cars, although a few racers inevitably had car-issues.  Preliminary results put James as top qualifier, missing a sweep with one 2nd place finish in the blue lane.  Cully qualified 2nd, then Deke, Basil, Tom & Mike... others.

 

The general consensus was that the blue lane was down on power, and testing seemed to confirm that.  But no break in the tape could be located so with a collective "shrug" we moved on.  

 

Relating back to my analysis of points earned by lane in the preliminary heats, this evening's results were consistent with the earlier findings: 

Red lane 15%, white 23%, blue 28%, yellow 33%.  If blue was down on power, it was not enough to skew the results.

 

The Consi

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In the red lane is Leo's Buick which is one of the AMT "Modified Stocker" series of model kits.  Leo was coming off last week's Main Event victory in the Can-Am class, but things were not going so well for him this evening.  Paul's 1st generation AMX drew the white lane.  I drove Paul's car during warm-ups and it was fast, but not confidence inspiring.  Tom's 1964 Galaxie in blue.was running a Hanna NASCAR chassis.  Tom qualified 5th (tie) and definitely had a shot at a win here.  Mike's Duster was also a 5th place qualifier and in the yellow lane should be the favorite.

 

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A pair of tires was donated to the cause for the winner of the Consi.  That always adds to the fun.  There were multiple collisions and multiple lead changes before the race settled down to Tom with a substantial lead over Paul with Leo and Mike trailing.  As the laps counted down, Paul narrowed Tom's lead and as they crossed the finish line and the power cut off.... it was... it was... an apparent dead heat... too close to call... the guy working the start / finish (mea culpa) was distracted at the critical moment and useless.  A coin flip gave the win, the donut, and the donated pair of ProTracks to Paul.  Paul was very happy. :)

 

The Hooligan

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Leo and Mike join Todd and Dave in the Hooligan.  Leo drew the red lane... it was just not Leo's night.  Todd's car is in the white lane (there are better pictures coming up)  Todd had a terrible preliminary series.  He changed motors after each rotation and spent most of the evening grinding and soldering.  Todd not making the Top-8 is an unusual occurrence, yet here he is in the Hooligan.  Mike drew the blue lane this time.  Dave drew the yellow lane.  He's going to need it.  He's racing a Rambler fer Crissakes !!!  Look at that thing tower over the other racers.  (Actually, I think that is pretty cool)

 

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The race began with a series of collisions occurring in short order that left Mike's car inoperable... gear knocked out.  He pulled his controlller and DNFed.  Todd apparently had exorcised the gremlins from his car as he dominated the race, taking the win.  Dave finished 2nd with the Rambler (way to go, Dave !!)  Leo was 3rd.

 

The Main Event

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Deke is in the red lane with my 1969 Z-28, Cully drew the white lane for his purple 1965 Chevelle.  Cully's car is really fast.  He was the only driver to win a heat against James in the preliminaries.  James' yellow Mustang is in blue and Basil's 1965 GTO drew the yellow lane.  Basil ran fast in the qualifiers, and actually beat Cully in the semi-main, (with Cully in red)

 

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The race started clean with Cully, Basil, and James in a close group and Deke not far behind.  (Maybe it was Basil then Cully... I dunno, but James was third)  It went that way for several laps until Cully fell out... and dropped to 4th.  James moved up and began to press Basil, looking for an opportunity to pass...got too close and got clipped and went in the weeds.  A quick corner-marshal put James back in the race without losing position, but with Deke right on his tail.

 

Basil had a 1/4 lap lead, but there was plenty of time remaining as James set out to run him down again... but could he make the pass?  Not necessary, as Basil had an unforced error in the donut, letting both James and Deke past.  Deke pushed hard in the red lane trying to overtake James for the win, but could not pull it off, finishing a couple feet behind him.  Final result: Jame 1st, Deke 2nd, Basil 3rd, Cully 4th.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:25 AM

Dirt Modified... the cars

 

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The winning car: 1969 Mustang Mach 1

 

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It's got "The Look"  This is a 1/25th MPC model kit called "Street Hawk"

 

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The same chassis / side-pans as the red 1969 Corvette that runs Clubman Lights class, but with wider front wheels and a longer wheelbase.

 

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The 2nd place car: 1/24th scale Revell model of the 1969 Z-28 Camaro

 

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It raced with O-ring fronts and a too-short wheelbase.  I corrected that for the glam-shots.

 

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We have seen this chassis a dozen times before... it rocks.  Deke complained that the motor seemed relatively weak.  It is older.  It may be getting tired.  I know that I am. 

 

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3rd place 1965 Pontiac GTO... Hey Basil, put some numbers on that thing.  It's a Race-Car, ya know !! :D

 

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Cully's 4th placer 1965 Chevelle... Purple with flames... Yowza !!!

 

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Leo's Buick looks like it has some tail droop goin' on.  I would bet that it has been broken above the rear wheelwells.

 

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Tom's handsome 1964 Ford Galaxie... body by Deke.  You can always tell a Dekster body by the details.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:47 AM

and a few more...

 

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Todd's Hooligan winner.  I know that there is a Dodge Dart Modified kit out there that has the raised front fenders like this, and that is probably what this is.  On the other hand, I certainly would not be surprised if this was a scratch-built effort from Todd.  He does that sort of thing.

 

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Todd also runs "scale-sized" tires on his slotcars because he wants them to look correct, even though it puts him at a competitive disadvantage.  Yet still he manages to score an impressive number of wins.  You have to respect that. :good:

 

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Paul's American Motors AMX.  I really love "The Look" of this car too.

 

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This model was made by Jo-Han and is long out of production.  They can still be found on E-bay for $$

 

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Dave's AMC Rambler probably was a dealer promo model.  Good luck finding one of those anywhere.

 

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Dave's stuff is way-cool.  You have to love the patina and the hand-painted authentic character of his work.


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Posted 20 March 2015 - 03:51 AM

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 02:20 PM

Again, James, excellent race reporting on the Dirt Modified race. My body came from an AMT kit #20271

raised fenders Dodge Dart Sportman I bought last Saturday from Trash & Treasures, Springfield. Spent

the weekend making the body but not enough prepping the chassis I'd bought some years ago from

Tommy Street at his Tom's World Raceway, Bend OR.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 11:03 AM

All your cars look great. Where are you getting the brass crown gears? I know Sonic use to make them, but they have been unavailable for years.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 12:48 PM

Hello Jim,

 

We club members buy much of our pieces and parts from track operations in Albany, Salem and Roseburg, OR, a local retail hobby shop, and from various sources online: Professor Motor, PCH parts Express, etc.


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:34 PM

Jim - I believe that the crown gears are by Sonic.  Bob Hanna at Sparetime Raceway carries them.  They are a "special run" item from Sonic that Bob purchases and inventories to support the hobby.  I don't recall the numbers, but he has to order a minimum number of each gear (maybe 50 of each).  They are 64 pitch and Bob carries 39-43 tooth gears.  I think that he would sell by mail if you put an order together.

 

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 09:25 PM

April 8, 2015 Trans Am class.  Vintage "Pony cars" 1966-1972

 

It had been three weeks since I last raced at Pelican Park.  I missed the Grand Sport and Super Stock classes and it was time to dust off my "Junkyard-Dog Firebird" and go visit my northern friends for some slot-car racing.

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In honor of the occasion, I sanded down the chipped spots on the old T/A, mixed up some primer-gray paint, and touched up the fenders.  I even masked off the glass and numbers.  This was a first class effort.  :laugh2:   The "after" photos can be seen in the racing pictures below.

 

There were eleven racers in attendance: all of the local regulars plus Bob S from Salem and James from Roseburg.  Too many for "Basil's Way", so it's "Win to Get in" qualifying format, (dang).  I drew the yellow lane in the first heat, won the heat and was done racing until the Semi Main.  Cully and Leo also won their first heats and were done.  It took Basil two heats to "Get In",

 

Deke and Bob got in on their third heats, Todd on his fourth, and Mike won the "Last Chance" heat to qualify on his fifth attempt.  All three of the non-qualifiers had four heats of racing to attempt to make the cut.  My point is that the fast guys get less racing...  (grumble, grumble, grumble)

 

Despite my disappointment with the amount of track time this evening, I still greatly prefer the Pelican Park racing format to "rotating through the lanes and adding up laps" as is done at every other slotcar racing venue on the planet.  And, yes I realize that I just made an absolute statement and that "All absolute statements are wrong, including this one." ^_^

 

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The Consi. In the red lane, Mike's Firebird.  Todd, also driving a Firebird in the white lane.  Bob's Ford Falcon is in the blue lane, and Basil's Cuda is in yellow.  The Firebird is the most popular model for the class.  It is low and wide and has nice big wheel wells.  So anything other than a Firebird gets extra style points.  (I just made that up.  It has no tangible value.  It's just extra cool.)

 

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Bob's Falcon is a bold choice for the class.  It is short and narrow... clearly at a disadvantage, but it was quick.  Basil's Cuda was also out of the ordinary, particularly because it is a 1/25th scale model.  Basil and I had a discussion about how his car could better take advantage of the rules to help offset it's smaller-scale disadvantage.  Perhaps it will be a bit more competitive next time this class rolls around.  :D

 

Todd won the Consi handily, running fast and staying out of trouble.  Basil was second then Bob and Mike.  Mike races again in the Hooligan.

 

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The Hooligan:  Tom's George Follmer Mustang in red, Mike's T/A in white, Dave's Challenger in blue, and Paul's T/A in the yellow lane.  Tom's Mustang was sporting new fender flares and a wider stance, which should help, in theory.  Dave's car was a loner provided by Deke.  Paul's car was new to my experience... inspired by the BlackJack chewing gum color scheme. 

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Paul won the Hooligan, followed by Tom, Mike, and Dave.

 

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The Main Event.  James in the red lane.  James won his Semi-Main in the red lane, handily beating Deke who was then in yellow.  However both Cully and Leo seemed faster during practice, so the outlook seemed bleak for James.  Deke in the white lane was running James' back-up car (with Deke's body).  James tried to loan it to Paul and then Tom, but they wanted to run their own stuff.  Finally James gave in and loaned it to Deke, who was totally undeserving.  :D

 

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Leo's car in the blue lane was a freshly painted the-night-before Cuda that will definitely, without a doubt, most certainly have numbers on it before it races again.   :)    Leo was coming off of a Main Event win in Super Stock from the previous week.  Leo has become a Main Event threat nearly every week now.  He was the newbie not that long ago.  We need to do something about this guy.

 

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And Cully's Camaro in the yellow lane... terrific car, great driver, the preferred lane... we are all up a creek.

 

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The race started clean.  Cully took the lead immediately followed by Leo, James, and Deke.  And so it went for a few laps until Leo deslotted under the bridge ("the tunnel").  James, following Leo, lost concentration and also came off in the tunnel.  Paul who was marshaling the the tunnel, in a valiant effort to recover the errant cars as quickly as possible, attempted a two-handed recovery, reaching in blindly from both sides of the tunnel simultaneously.

 

Paul juggled the cars beneath the bridge for what seemed like an eternity, but in reality could not have been more than a few seconds.  As he struggled with his arms caught beneath the bridge, it looked like he might tear the bridge loose from its foundation. but eventually the cars were extracted.... we don't do no stinkin' track-calls here.

 

Cully was not greatly inconvenienced by the excitement and went on to win unchallenged.  Deke had a firm lock on second due to Leo's stint beneath the bridge.  Leo finished third, James fourth.

 

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My T/A sporting new primer.  The freshly re-painted A-pillar and rear hood edge were damaged during practice when the car collided with a camera lens protruding low over the track.  Hey, Todd... I hope your camera is okay.  Did the picture come out?  :D


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 02:52 PM

Hi James. A few of my photos using my Canon DSLR which can show cars in motion.  No flash.

The 2 racing shots:1/60; f8; iso 1600.

 

Start of 1st qualifying heat. From left to right: Paul- Red lane; Deke- White lane; Tom- Blue; and you,

James- Yellow lane. Basil, the start-finish turn marshall

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1st lap onto pit straight: James leading, Deke 2nd, Tom and Paul vying for 3rd.

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Pelican Park Speedway looking north to south. Bob Shaffer in the grey shirt one of our regular guests

who often drives down from Salem  practices on Red lane.

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Overhead, looking south to north

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Trans Am pits

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 Cully at the podium setting up another heat race. Others, left to right: Tom, basil, Charlie, Dave, Mike.

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 03:15 PM

Great photos, Todd.  They really illustrate the "flavor" of Pelican Park... club racing at its finest.  :clapping:


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Posted 11 April 2015 - 04:07 PM

And to think we've been doing this since about 1989. This shot taken August 1996 when we replaced the original fiberboard

with MDF

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Posted 17 April 2015 - 05:06 PM

April 15, 2015... Income Tax Day and GTO class at Pelican Park: Contemporary GT cars (1975 to present)

 

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I am a little short of time, so I will try to be brief.  My orange Ferrari had won this class the last three times at Pelican Park.  That successful run was bound to end eventually, and so it did.  The car was fast, but had a bit of bad luck.  But, as they say, that's racing!

 

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This is the Consi field.  Bob Shafer's Ford GT in the red lane.  James' orange Ferrari Italia in the white lane.  Basil's Ford GT in blue.  And Deke with the yellow Ferrari 512 Testarossa in the yellow lane.  Deke's Ferrari 599 suffered major damage in an earlier heat and he was prepared to sit out the remainder of the evening.  I had to insist that he run my back-up car.

 

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An opening lap wreck took out three cars in the "76 turn".  My car was the last one marshaled putting me in catch-up mode.  I was unsuccessful in catching Basil or Bob, and somehow Deke, who was leading, finished last. 

 

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Result: Basil 1st, Bob 2nd, then James and Deke.  Deke drops down to fill out the Hooligan field.

 

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The Hoooligan:  Tom's Bugatti in the red lane, Dave driving Deke's Audi in white, Paul's "traffic cone" Countach in blue, and Deke gets the yellow lane again with my Testarossa. 

 

Tom very nearly won a spot in the "Top Eight" in the first preliminary heat race.  In THAT race, an early wreck put James (me) down half a lap in the white lane, with Tom leading the race in the yellow lane.  It took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to catch up and time was running out.  I was unaccustomed to Tom being so freaking fast.

 

On the white-flag lap, it seemed clear that I was not quite going to overtake Tom before the finish-line... but on the last turn, of the last lap, he performed a slow-motion deslot.  His car tipped up, and lost power and speed, which allowed my orange Ferrari to draw alongside on the outside of the turn, just as his Bugatti tipped out of the slot, traveled from the yellow lane, across the blue lane, knocked gently against my car (without deslotting it), rebounded, and then dropped neatly into the slot of the blue lane.

 

Basil was running the podium, and killed the power as the cars crossed the finish.  The Ferrari had rolled farther than the Bugatti, but that did not matter... which crossed the line first ???  Basil, from the podium thought it was Tom's Bugatti, but Cully, who was marshaling the start/finish had the final say, and ruled that it was the Ferrari, by a nose.

 

So, yes, I digress, but that early heat race was a far more satisfying and exciting finish than the main event (which we will get to eventually) and I wanted to make the point that Tom was fast and raced well all evening and certainly deserved a spot in the top-eight, had the Slot-Car-Gods so allowed.

 

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The Hooligan race was an exciting affair with many tight battles and lead changes.  Final result: Deke 1st then Paul, Tom, and Dave.

 

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Main Event: Cully drew the red lane for his brand-new Ferrari 458 Italia (inspired by ???), Mike's Ford GT is in white, Leo's Ford GT in blue, and Todd's Nissan in yellow.

 

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This race was a bit of an oddity.  Todd led most of the race with fierce competition among the remainder of the field.  Cully,  by his own admission, was trying to get one-to-many races out of a pair of tires and just couldn't get it done in the red lane: not enough traction or top end.  Mike and Leo were doing better and still in the hunt, but Todd had a safe lead until he gave it all away in the final seconds of the race, deslotting in the 76-turn.  In the confusion that followed, Basil, running the podium, lost track of who was leading and where the lead car was on the track.  Consequently, he did not kill the power until Todd's car crossed the finish, no longer in the lead.

 

It took at least a couple of minutes of wrangling to determine the finishing order.  The problem was compounded by people picking up the cars before the order was settled.  All this confusion diminished the impact of the victory for Mike.  So I just want to say ....

 

CONGRATULATIONS on the win, Mike.  :clapping:

Final finishing order: Mike 1st, then Leo, Todd, and Cully.

 

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Cully's new Ferrari Italia

 

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The paint is a color-shift

 

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The engine cover visible through the hatch is a nice touch.  (I plan to steal that idea)

 

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My two cars.  The one on the right is a pure Hanna chassis.  On the left is my version.


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Posted 17 April 2015 - 05:11 PM

Always love seeing y'alls cars. Great club racing y'all have!


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