I appreciate JK Products and their commitment to our small slot car Industry. The idea of equality with everybody having basically the same motor has been great for slot car racing, especially the Retro division. However, hang around the King track at Buena Park Raceway for a while and the talk is almost always the same: either "I got a fast motor today" or "I got no motor today."
I just really think that thought should be given to an American made motor, even at $20 a piece, that has overall better quality control to ensure a level playing field. I'd rather buy one motor at 20 bucks that can give me 2-3 good races than 5-6 motors at $12.95 that don't get the job done. How the SCRRA, IRRA® or whatever other governing body can go about that would be really difficult but I think needs to be done.
$20 for a consistent US-made motor? Two big problems:
You can't manufacture a $20 motor in the U.S.
Regardless, it won't provide the consistency you're hoping for.
had $51 motors with US-made arms in a Chinese set-up, and assembled in the US and they varied enough, guys had $3K motor programs.
When there was weekly G12 racing at BP, when the Gerding King was new, one guy spent $10K buying Beuf-made $100 motors.
If it was as easy as spending more per motor, for identical performance, don't you think that person would have pulled the plug at about $1K?
"Slower" is FINE!!! The problem is in VARIABLE!!! The TSR motors were certainly slower---but I feel were the MOST consistent in quality we ever had. The variance was closer to %5-%7---instead of the %15- %25 we are getting now in relative performance. THAT is a killer because now we have racers buying new motors that CAN'T complete no matter what with the older motors!! EXACTLY what we were told wouldn't happen when Retro Hawks were stumped as the greatest thing ever!
Again--it just hasn't held it's promise and now we have another motor problem. Sounds like it's NOT going to get better anytime soon---until ALL the old motors get used up slowly over time. I know some folks that have a LOT of those motors. I suppose at some future date you just say they ALL have to have 7R on them or whatever the CURRENT batch of motors are and the old ones aren't legal anymore. What a cluster again. It's just too bad--- it seemed the motor wars had settled down--and now we're back in a controversy that needs to be resolved.
The current situation with the wire dimension apparently getting smaller, has nothing to do with how well the Hawk Retro has served retro racing the last four years.
Your situation with BP, racing on a Gerding, on low voltage, with no weight limit, is unique.
Everywhere else around the country, racing has been real close using the Retro Hawk.
At the Sano last year, 292-295 laps, 1st-7th, in the hand-out Pro coupe race.
At this year's Sano, the winner in the two King hand-out races, won by only 2 laps.
In the two non-hand-out races, it was only 1 lap.
It's not just at my track. Look at this race I happened to save from SpeedZone;