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#1 The End

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:13 AM

Looking to start slot car business north part of Twin Cites. MN.

Found a  narrow Hillclimb on craigslist for $,1000, but it doesn't look like it has dead strip for timer. Is this easy to install? Best spot to place it? Any thoughts?

Newbie to slot car racing, but hooked...

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:18 PM

In my experience with three hillclimbs in Florida, the best place is coming out of the high bank. P1 Raceway has the best location; Marcus' counter never misses a lap with his location of the lap counter strip.

 

We have numerous instances with the other two Hillclimbs with cars getting out of the slot and missing a lap.

 

Check out a pic of P1 Raceway.


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:39 PM

Short tracks present a placement issue. 

 

Normally, you want the counter in a place where the cars are 'at speed' - not accererating where they might lift the nose (missing laps) or interupting the braking cycle.  Best to make 4 - 6" long dead strip with one inch between power so that the flag does not bridge the span. Fill the drop with flat plastic to not bounce the cars.


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:38 PM

do think $1000 is a fair price 


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:53 PM

Dirt cheap.

 

Good luck with the raceway. Keep us updated on the progress.


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:45 PM

About 2 feet past the end of the bank on the drivers straight. Good Luck! :)


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 08:28 PM

got track to $800 does have lap counter already, my question is 4 " between slot is a 1/24 scale ?they have 6 1/32 scale that come with it 


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 08:30 PM

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 09:28 PM

4" between lanes should be OK. It will be a touch tight in the corners for passing but I would race it and not worry too much. It would cause me to really plan out moves for a pass, that is a good thing.


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 09:32 PM

its actual 41/2 after  looking at pics with tape again  thanks for help 


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 09:43 PM

Perfect. Drive hard and make that extra width count.  :D


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 01:54 PM

has anyone moved one of this ,how much of much trailer do i need  16' enclosed 


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