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Posted 13 September 2014 - 09:08 AM

The thread entitled Oregon Hardbody Racing does not tell the whole story regarding hard body racing in the area. True Scale hard body racing in Oregon is also alive and well.

In July of 1967, Mike Morrissey, professional racer for the renowned Team Russkit, wrote the following in Car Model Magazine. it all boils down to the fact that there are two kinds of racers: slot racers who just want to see how fast they can make an electric-motored machine go and model car racers who want to race scale models of the real thing.

I place myself firmly in the scale model racing camp a probable result of a passion for cars and model building as a youngster. Sure, I have an interest in speed but it is more important to compete with little machines that truly resemble their one to one counterparts. When I moved to Oregon in 2004, active club racers were using plastic or resin scale models in their race programs. Unfortunately, O-ring front and .790 rear wheels looked anything but scale. I continue to race these non-scale cars at Spare Time Raceway (STR) but my passion resides with True Scale rides.

The GT1 Experiment

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Several years ago, NWTSR, a group from Portland, Oregon broke with tradition and began racing what it called a GT1 class. The rules called for a production chassis (either Scholer or the now defunct Tifosi), scale wheels and plastic Group C or GT1 bodies powered by Falcon 7 motors.

I was quite skeptical that a stock production chassis such as the Scholer would work well with hard body cars. I also thought that the price point of the Tifosi was too high to appeal to a wide audience. Instead, I began experimenting with modified brass ProTrack, TSRF and stamped steel chassis with some success. I found that the modified proTrack chassis handled best but modifications required soldering. Finally, one of the guys built a Scholer based scale car to NWTSR specs and I was hooked on the concept.

Electron Raceway adapted the NWTSR GT1 rules but expanded the list of acceptable plastic models to include the Ferrari Enzo because of its similar wheelbase and track to other cars in the class and because of its low price point. The Scholer chassis is relatively easy to set up and requires no soldering although brass front and side pans must be fabricated. GT1 became a staple for racing at Electron and has since been included in the class rotation at STR (another local club track). The cars handle well because they are relatively long, wide and low and can accommodate the power of the Falcon 7. With Falcon 7 power and scale wheels, these are not the easiest cars to drive but are not only fun but very fast.

C5R Corvettes

Our group attempted to develop a Scholer based, Falcon 7 powered class for the C5R Corvette. The class failed to catch on. I believe there were two factors at play. First, the C5R body was heavy and had a relatively high CG. Second, the Falcon 7 motor had too much power for this chassis/body combination.

TA2

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A few years ago, NWTSR developed a TA2 class. This class included modern Camaro, Mustang and Challenger plastic model bodies. The chassis was Scholer and the power was supplied by sealed Super 16D motors. In order to improve handling, fender flairs were allowed to increase the rear track to 3.25 inches and the front track to 3.15 inches. Again, we followed NWTSRs lead and began building and racing TA2s. We selected the Deathstar instead of the S16D because our local tracks are shorter and tighter than those included in the NWTSR circuit. Several racers have built TA2 spec cars while others have expressed serious interest.

Historic Trans Am

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I loved the old Trans Am series and suggested that we use the existing TA2 spec chassis and motor along with 1/25 scale model Trans Am cars of the past (1966-1971) to create an Historic Trans Am (HTA) class. The beauty of this class is that the 1/25 HTA bodies fit on the TA2 chassis with no modification (it is necessary to stretch the width of the HTA bodies and add flairs). HTA cars look and run great! In fact they seem to be a bit faster than the TA2 cars.

Can Am

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I have always been a fan of Can Am and Endurance cars. I stumbled upon inexpensive Tamiya slot car bodies cheap and light replicas. Models are wide, and have a relatively short wheelbase. Rear track limited by motor mount and gears most have rear tires stick out about one eighth on each side. Again, the Scholer chassis was selected and the power plant is the Deathstar.

Cobra/Corvette Challenge

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The idea of racing early Cobras and Corvettes was the brainchild of Larry Shephard. Larry was the consummate modeler and slot head who was the prime mover in organizing the annual slot car conventions. Sadly Larry and his good friend and slot car rival Rocky Russo recently passed. I think that the Cobra/Corvette Challenge class would have flourished if the Conventions had continued beyond 2005.
Our Cobra/Corvette challenge (CCC) class is based upon the KISS principle (Keep it simple stupid). The place to start is with the 289/427, 1/24th scale Cobra. This model has the same wheelbase as the Scholer Can Am cars. The Cobra is quite narrow but can be stretched to fit an unaltered Scholer Can Am Chassis. This class is meant to re-create early Cobra/Corvette racing, therefore cars will be limited to 1953-1967 model years. In order to promote competitive diversity, bodies with approximately the same wheelbase will be selected and stretching and/or wheel flares will be allowed (but not required) to facilitate tracks that are equal. In addition, all that is required is a body swap with an existing Scholer Can Am car.

Sports Car

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The True Scale Sports Car class is also based upon the KISS principle. Many modern sports cars have the same wheelbase and similar track to the chassis set-up for TA2/Historic Trans Am. Again, simple body swap and voila Sports Car class. To promote a competitive diversity where no one make or model dominates, we have chosen to run only closed cars. In addition, our rules allow the width of the model as measured from the center of the front and rear wheel openings to be a maximum of 3.25 inches. This excludes cars like the Ferrari Enzo or FXX that would more appropriately fit on our GT1 class. So far, some in the group have built and tested the Ford GT and the Ferrari Modena coupe. Both handle well and really look great.

Gran Sport

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Prototype racing during the 60s through the early 70s produced some of the most interesting and unique designs imaginable like the Chaparral 2F, Ferrari 512, Porsche 917, and GT40. The cars were run in an endurance format at tracks like Le Mans and Sebring. Factory support led to fierce competition that pushed the envelope of technology. Over time, the technology and styling cues from these great machines were incorporated into production sports cars. These prototypes are the essence of our Gran Sport class of racing.

Recently, we added a Gran Sport to our True Scale classes of racing. It was an easy extension to our True Scale Can Am class. A simple body swap and possibly an adjustment in track was all that was needed. Already, the class has attracted interest. Rons Gran Sport bodies include a Ford GT 40 and a Porsche Carrera 6. Rich just completed a 917 and Jack just completed a Ford GT 40. Before the last race at STR all three of us pulled out our Gran Sport rides and did some head to head racing. The cars were very well matched and I think this will be one of the most popular True Scale classes because the cars are fast and fun to drive.
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Posted 13 September 2014 - 09:40 AM

Great stable of cars!

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 10:22 AM

Hard body slot racing is fun. The more scale looking, the better. Great looking cars!


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 10:48 AM

True Scale Triathlon Plus at Electron Raceway on 9/18/2014

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 10:48 AM

True Scale Triathlon Plus at Electron Raceway on 9/18/2014

Prelude

The race was billed as a True Scale Triathlon, however, some of the participants have not yet built cars for all of the classes and therefore were allowed to run their small wheeled custom brass and wire cars as an alternative. Rabid racers began arriving around 8:30 A.M. for a test and practice session prior to the race. A few days before the event, the track was cleaned and sprayed. The grip was excellent and machines approached near record lap times. In addition to six locals, Mark made the trip up from Grants Pass to compete. Images of some of the cars are shown

GT1

Richs Repsol 962 and Bobs Black/Yellow Enzo were well matched. All GT1s sported Scholer chassis except for Bobs which was using a Plafit chassis and Marks Ferrari Modena which is a custom brass and wire job (Marks ProTrack based GT1 is in the shop). In the end, the race came down to consistency, a bit of luck and the home field advantage. Rich ran a very consistent race (94.13%) and turned a record 90+ laps in the GT1 class. Bob finished second about two laps behind. James Jag and Jacks purple Enzo battled it out for third place. Although Jacks ride was a bit faster, James drove a more consistent race (94.78%) and bested Jack by about three laps to finish in third place. In my opinion it was a toss-up for concourse between Rons yellow 962 and Terrys white/yellow Enzo

Trans Am

We actually ran two Trans Am races. Four participants brought Scholer based rides and were grouped together in the first race.
Rich Penske 69 Camaro
Ron Yellow TA2 Mustang
Jack Silver TA2 Mustang
Terry Orange early Firebird Trans Am

The Scholer based cars were quite evenly matched. Jack, Rich and Ron turned fast laps within .036 of each other. This was some very close racing and the results show it. Jacks silver Mustang won with 84 laps while Richs 69 Camaro was second with 83.8 laps and Ron third with 83.4 laps. This is going to be a great class!!!!

Rich was drafted to run in the OSCAR spec Trans Am class in order to fill out the field to a complete four lanes. This class utilizes custom brass and wire chassis with un-scale front and rear wheels. As usual, the Firebird Trans Am was the weapon of choice. Only Mark ran an alternate make. The field was set:
Bob Pink Firebird Trans Am
James Red Firebird Trans Am
Mark Black Dodge Challenger
Rich Black Firebird Trans Am

James Firebird was the only ride to break the five second barrier (4.982). Rich and Bob were about .1 seconds per lap slower. The race for the podium was unbelievably close. It all came down to the last heat. About half way in, Rich had an off in the Keyhole putting him behind the others. The marshal quickly re-slotted the machine. A fraction of a second later, James took Bob out in the 90 just before the Start/Finish line. It took the marshal some time to clear the wreck and in the interim, Rich flew by James and Bob. With a half lap lead, Rich tried to hold off Bob who whittled away at the lead lap after lap. When the heat ended, Bob edged out Rich by a single inch!! James was only a few sections behind to finish third. What a cliff hanger!!


True Scale Mixer
The rules for this race were quite simple. Any Sports Car (Except cars from our GT1 class), Gran Sport Car or Can Am car could be run. Scholer based cars were encouraged but OSCAR and Pelican Park spec cars were allowed as well. The Scholer based cars are described below

Rich Green Lola T70
Ron Blue Ford GT
Jack Red Ford GT

In addition to the Scholer based rides, the field was filled out with three Pelican Park (PP) Can Am cars. Recall that the PP spec cars sport custom brass and wire chassis, O-ring front wheels, .790 rear wheels, Resilient Resin bodies and Deathstar motors.
Terry Cooper
Mark Can Am Ferrari
Bob Lotus
James Can Am Ferrari

The race had its share of wrecks. Terry had an off in the main straight and was struck from behind by Richs accelerating Lola. The result was a bent front axle hanger. The race was stopped for the repair which was completed in a few minutes. Another violent wreck stopped the race so that the rides could be checked for damage but none was found and the race continued. Richs Lola turned fast lap of 4.977 with James Pelican Park Spec Ferrari just a whisker behind at 4.980. Bobs Pelican Park Spec Lotus turned then next fastest lap at 5.067. These three rides made up the first tier. Second tier cars were at least .3 seconds per lap slower. Any of the top three drivers could have won the race and in fact, less than a lap separated them in the final analysis. Bob pulled out the win with 88 laps. Rich was second only a few sections behind and James finished third about a half lap down from Rich.

All in all it was a great day of racing. I look forward to more True Scale fun in the near future.

GT1 Field

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Scholer Based - True Scale Trans Am Field

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 10:54 AM

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Non-Scale Trans Am

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Mixed Race

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 11:57 AM

Niiiiice! I like hardbody racing!


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:48 PM

Rich's track is great fun to race on, I wish we could do it more often.  Having Mark there made it even better.  Kudos to him for making the drive up over the mountain from Grants Pass for the morning's racing.

 

Rich is our club "documentarian" who photographs the cars, writes useful, entertaining commentary on the racing, and even maintains a database on the race outcomes sortable by driver, class, even down to individual cars.  When I want to know if I set a new personal best with my red Ferrari, Rich's data tells the tale.  :)

 

That said, in the interest of historical accuracy, I must correct the narrative of the Trans-Am race above.  It was Bob's car that took out mine (from two lanes away) giving the lead to Rich.  But hey, that's just racing.  :D


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:38 PM

James,
Sorry about the inaccuracy. As the rainy season approaches I hope to have more frequent True Scale races. BTW I had a great time running these cars!

Rich

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 08:37 AM

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 01:30 PM

In addition to True Scale Hardbody Racing at Electron Raceway, STR, another local club track hosts a few True Scale classes. Below are a few images of the very tight track and the GT1 grid and a race summary

GT1 and Can Am at STR on 10/6/2014

Six locals were joined by Mark from Grants Pass for the GT1 and Can Am race at STR on 10/6/2014. The track had not been run on in a couple of weeks and it was quite loose in practice and for the first several heats of the race. It did begin tightening up as the race progressed. Everyone had their game face on selecting very competitive machines in both races. There was no indication of napping in either race. Bob dominated the GT1 race with his yellow Enzo turning a near record 90.4 laps and with a fast lap of 4.981 seconds. No one else was able to break the five second mark. Jack (Blue Nissan), Ron (Red Enzo) and Rich (Black/Orange Enzo) all had a chance for the second position on the podium, each turning solidly in the 5.2 second per lap range. In the end, Jack ran a very consistent race (96.83%) to snatch second place. Ron and Rich had a battle royal for the bottom step of the podium. In the final analysis, Ron edged out Rich by only two sections. James' Jaguar seemed a bit down in power - a motor swap is in the offing. Mark's red and white Enzo turned in the 5.4s, a bit off the pace - I think the chassis for this car (a new ProTrack) is not nearly as good as the Scholers most others are using. Ditto with Nick's purple/silver Enzo.


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 01:47 PM

A point of interest about the STR (Spare Time Raceway) track that is visible in the last few photos: the four drivers stations are widely separated.  You can see the color-coded painted-plywood stations located around the four corners of the room.

 

This gives each lane a unique perspective of the track.  It also is convenient during practice without marshals, as there is usually someone nearby if a car deslots.  :)

 

Rich's track, Electron Raceway, uses a similar station layout, with the drivers distributed around roughly 2/3 of the track.


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 02:21 PM

Really nice lookin' track!


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 07:56 AM

A point of interest about the STR (Spare Time Raceway) track that is visible in the last few photos: the four drivers stations are widely separated.  You can see the color-coded painted-plywood stations located around the four corners of the room.
 
This gives each lane a unique perspective of the track.  It also is convenient during practice without marshals, as there is usually someone nearby if a car deslots.  :)
 
Rich's track, Electron Raceway, uses a similar station layout, with the drivers distributed around roughly 2/3 of the track.


Another point of interest - STR is one of the hardest tracks to master that I have ever run on. First, each of the staggered drivers stations gives a completely different perspective of the track and second, the turns are very tight. The inside lanes of each of the corners (except for the bank) have only an eight inch radius.

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 11:48 AM

Good you're having fun with scale looking race cars!!! Keep it up!! :) :)


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 07:59 PM

Good you're having fun with scale looking race cars!!! Keep it up!! :) :)


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I check out your hardbody racing at BP. Some of the cars are awesome! If I lived close by I would be dicing it out with you guys. On a trip south several years ago, Bob Scott and I took a ride over to BP. We ran some of my hardbody cars on the flat track. It was a blast! The cars we ran were in the "econo" class and were scratch chassis with deathstar motors. The scratch chassis must conform to a given spec. See below for an image of the chassis and a sample grid of these cars

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 09:52 AM

Triathlon at Electron Raceway on 10/23/2014
Six locals showed up on a rainy Oregon morning for a True Scale shootout. Fortunately no one was seriously injured, although some flesh wounds were sustained. Results might have been influenced by the lack of a full complement of marshals and the driver on the red lane who was in control of the track call button. Track conditions were good but not ideal. In my opinion the track was a bit loose and could have benefitted from a clean and spray job. Images are shown below. Note that some racers have not yet completed all classes of True Scale cars and were permitted to run small wheeled cars instead
GT1
The final results of this race were influenced mightily by the first heat. Even though I suggested that racers settle in during the first heat, it was to no avail. The first heat became a crash-fest of epic proportions. The high lap count for the first heat was in the teens. Typically GT1 lap counts total about 22 per heat. Terry generated a self-inflicted wound when his yellow and white Enzo plowed into the crash wall in the keyhole. The violent crash dislodged headlights, the front windshield and the integrated front bumper. The bumper was taped on and the race continued a little plastic welder will yield a permanent fix. The poor first heat lap count opened the door for Rich who was lucky enough to be one of the two sit-outs. It should have resulted in an easy win but Rich generated some self-inflicted wounds of his own with some unforced offs. In the end, Rich was able to hold off James by just over a lap. Bob finished a lap behind James for third place. A few of my observations are as follows. James new motor and pans did make a difference. The car improved its fast lap time by about .1 second and is quite competitive with other rides in this class. Looking at the fast lap times, it is obvious that the cars are all very close. Rich turned fast lap on red (5.119). Bob turned fast laps on yellow and black (5.186, 5.092) while Jack turned fast lap on white (5.193).
Trans Am
This race marked the maiden voyage of Bobs new True Scale Trans Am Mustang. The chassis is a plafit and the power plant is one of the new ProSlot PS 4002 FK small motors. During early practice the car handled poorly exhibiting lots of wheel hop. Some chassis adjustments solved the problem. In my opinion, the ProSlot motor, although very fast, is a handful and we shall see if the motor ultimately becomes a dominate force. It may be that the yet to be tried new ProSlot Deathstar is a better alternative.
Jack dominated the race with his Deathstar powered silver Mustang turning a record 87.1 laps. The car handled flawlessly and Jack drove the wheels off of it with a consistency of nearly 96%. Jack may have run a conservative race and the Mustang may have much more in it if pushed. James ran his OSCAR spec Trans Am Firebird. The car was clearly faster than its True Scale counterparts by at least .2 seconds per lap. It was obvious that James didnt push the car hard and was observed pacing some of the slower cars. After the race he commented that it was time to build a True Scale Trans Am car. Rich tried to keep up with Jacks Mustang, but needed to run too close to the limit as evidenced by several offs and lower consistency. In the end, Richs 69 Camaro finished about four laps behind Jacks Mustang. Bobs new Mustang finished third among the True Scale Trans Am cars, two and an half laps behind Rich not a bad showing for a car that never turned a wheel on the track before the most recent Triathlon. Ron had some clearance problems with his blue Camaro and switched to his pink Camaro. He finished a couple of laps behind Bob.
True Scale Mixed Race
Bob and James ran OSCAR spec Trans Am cars for this race and Terry ran a Pelican Park spec Cooper. Rich ran his green Lola T70 powered by a Deathstar. Both Ron and Jack ran Gulf Wyer GT40s with ProSlot PS 4002 FK small motors. It seemed to me that neither Bob nor James raced their cars near the limit and that there was some pacing going on. James and Bob finished third and fourth respectively. Rich and Jack battled it out for True Scale top honors. I recall running head to head with Jack in at least one heat. Jacks car was clearly faster down the straight but my Lola caught up in the corners. The Lola and Jacks GT40 were quite evenly matched with Rich turning a fast lap of 5.013 and Jacks GT40 turning a fast lap of 4.987 seconds. It appeared to me that Rons GT40 was a handful and that he had a hard time testing its limits perhaps a function of the small motor. In the next to last heat Rons GT40 de-slotted in the bank leaving the car sitting helplessly in Jacks lane. The marshal called out but it was too late. Jacks GT40 plowed into the rear of Rons GT40. The race was stopped to assess the damage. Rons GT40 appeared un-injured but Jack was not as lucky. The impact bent the front axle hanger of his GT40. Although we offered to wait while the GT40 was repaired, Jack opted to switch rides to his red Ford GT. The switch sealed the deal. Jacks Ford GT was noticeably slower than the GT40 paving the way for Richs Lola T70. In the end, Richs Lola T70 bested the field with a record 88.8 laps. Jack finished about two and a half laps behind Rich. As mentioned above, James and Bob finished third and fourth respectively with their OSCAR Trans Am cars. Rons troubled GT40 finished fifth with 77.2 laps.

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 10:29 AM

Gotta love them hardbodies!


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 10:53 AM

I wish we had something like that down here. 



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 11:05 AM

I wish we had something like that down here.


A hardbody racing program is not all that difficult to start. I would suggest that, if interested you might try the template used on the east coast (see the link http://slotcarillust...d.php?t=82249).These folks are using the H&r chassis --- cheap and easy and with a bit of work can be made to handle fairly well Good luck

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 01:30 PM

Econo Race at STR on 11/11/2014

Mark from Grants Pass joined six locals for the Econo race at STR on 11/10/2014. James was still suffering from the crud and was therefore a no-show. See below images of the grid and detailed finishing order. Also, shown are images of Terrys 65 Chevy, Marks T-Bird and Nicks GTO.

There were four new Econos in the field of seven - Jacks lime green machine, Terrys 65 Chevy, Nicks purple GTO and Marks lavender T-Bird. In my book, the red 65 Chevy won concourse. Every week, Terry seems to unveil a new machine. He is becoming almost as prolific as Ron.

This week, the top tier in the Econo class included Jack, Rich and Bob, all turning fast laps in the 5.3 second range. All other competitors faced a long evening running at least .2 seconds per lap slower. As a note of interest, Mark ran a phat lavender T-bird a great looking body (sorry Mark, not yours) but not a competitive one. Mark actually holds the fast lap record in Econo with his green GTO. Also, Ron chose to run his Petty Plymouth not his best Econo making it very difficult for him to challenge for a podium finish.
Bob, Rich and Jack had some very close head to head racing, trading positions throughout each heat. Jack had a bad first heat leaving the door open for Rich or Bob. Unbeknownst to Rich, going into the last heat, he was nearly a lap up on Jack. Running all-out, Rich made an unforced error which sent his Chevelle careening off crash walls and coming to rest under the bridge. Terry did a fine job re-slotting the car but Rich lost a lap as a result. In the end, Jack finished with 84.5 laps, besting Rich by two sections. Bob was a bit down on consistency but not enough to trigger the napping algorithm. Bob ended up about a lap down from Rich to take third.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 02:02 PM

Close racing! Yum!


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 02:38 PM

Any particular reason the ScaleAuto 1/24th scale cars aren't run?


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 03:07 PM

Any particular reason the ScaleAuto 1/24th scale cars aren't run?


None. Most of the guys are used to running brass/wire chassis and when we developed our True Scale classes we tried the Scholer (or Plafit) and found them to handle well - so we migrated. The Scale auto and BRM cars might be better choice for beginners and those who want a more plug and play experience. The Scholer/Plafit chassis requires cutting and fitting brass pans front and sides

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 09:17 AM

Test and Tune at Electron Raceway 11/13/2014
Electron Raceway held a test and tune session on Thursday, 11/13/2014. It was a chance for us to sort out new iron, drink coffee and lots of it as well as just hang out. In addition, we had a visit from a potential new club member. Roger raced slot cars as a youth and found our Roseburg, Oregon group on the internet. He shot email to me expressing interest and I invited him to attend our test and tune session. I enjoy introducing or re-introducing folks to our brand of model car racing. He was surprised at the workmanship and layout of my hand built wood track. Secondly he was impressed by the scale look of our True Scale hard body cars and was surprised at how well the cars ran. I lent Roger an Econo car and said, Go to it. Over the next two and a half hours his skill level improved dramatically. Ron brought along several cars from Big Steves collection and Roger tried a few of these out.
My latest build was a rare Fujimi Ford France GT40 and Thursday was the first time I tested the car in finished form. The car ran well but might run better with some weight tuning. Ron and Jack cracked out some new rides for testing as well. Below are images of some of the newer rides.

Rich's Ford France GT40

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Ron's Ferrari 512

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