Race Report for 18 March 2017
“So Much for Free Parking” or “When the City Has A Monopoly on the Streets”
Meet 6 of the Farrout Slot Car Championship had an unexpected (and unpleasant) prologue; since last the hearty souls raced on CARS Mountain, the Peoples’ Republic of Pasadena (a name that could also be prefixed for Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and a host of other sanctuary cities throughout the Fiefdom of California) decided to inflict new parking restrictions in the neighborhood of our much more gracious host, Christophe Deluy. To wit, there was a 2-hour restriction on parking (except for Sundays, which this wasn’t), with a further restriction of parking once on the block per day. Considering the fines that municipalities prefer to extort from those of us simply minding out own business, part of the practice session was spent finding less restrictive stabling of our vehicles, thankfully found just a half-block away; once that issue was sorted, we got down to a pair of sprints suitable for the narrow lanes of not-so-lazy-eight; details of the events (which omitted parking violations) follow.
Round 10—Driver’s Championship Race 2 (SCX 2WD Rally Cars with Mud Effect)
Our gracious host started the festivities with older SCX cars that he sprayed with paint for a mud effect; considering that the track color was already gray, this made them hard to see in the dim ambient light, though the light kits within them helped for tracking purposes. Each car had its own characteristic, but the superior car was easily the Lancia Stratos on white, which both Eddie Shorer and Christophe Deluy drove to a 45-lap results during their heats. Those who finished on white managed best through the race, with the aforementioned duo, in reverse order, claiming the top two spots; George Camara nipped yours truly for the last podium spot (which elicited no short train of blessings unfit for broadcast), with Russell Bracher rounding out the fast five.
Round 11—Ninco 50s/60s Le Mans Race 1
The classics now took the narrow lanes of the mountain and slithered up the wiggles and thundered down the slope to the city below, and appearances were that the longer wheelbase cars held the track better; the two Jaguars entered surely favored this thesis, as well as the Corvette piloted by Eddie Shorer, who kept good performances throughout, including the only 45-lap result in this class, to take the win. Jim Wiseman salvaged a strong second despite sub-par performances on blue and black (the wiggles lanes) due to multiple contact by others ahead of him, and yours truly eked out the podium that the One Who Will Go No More Named nipped him of last time. Host Christophe Deluy and Gary Woods found the fast five this time.
It’s no joke; we’re racing in a fortnight on April Fool’s Day at Eddie’s; classes will be SCX F1 and Slot.it Group C Le Mans. I'll try to remember to post details, but PM me with any questions.