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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:21 AM

I am sharing these photos that a friend sent me from a recent 1/24 Can-Am Thunder slot car event held in Germany. I have no further information on the event or the cars other than what you see here.
 
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Here is a video of some of the racing action: Click Here


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Posted 04 April 2017 - 09:58 AM

All I can say is that is one great-looking group of slot cars.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:15 AM

Looks like a lot of fun! I wonder if the chassis are pan type with nuts and bolts? Rubber or foam tires?
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:24 AM

Outstanding!
I love those cars.
Oh I would hate to crash one.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 12:33 PM

I just checked out the video. Very tasty-looking flat track.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 01:41 PM

Amazing. I'd like to see the cars after eight heats. I can't believe these were meant to race.

Spectacular models, though.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 03:17 PM

In the video the cars were definitely going fast enough to shed pieces upon impact. :shok:
 
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 03:23 PM

Dave and Bill,
 
I believe these cars use fiberglass bodies, so they're pretty durable in that respect.
 
Also, I also believe the European attitude about racing slot cars is a lot different than ours in the US. I am told they drive as if deslotting is the worst sin in the world.
 
One BSCRA racer told me years ago that one deslot would seriously impact one's chances of winning the race and that two would completely eliminate them.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 04:08 PM

From the pictures I believe they are running rubber tires! Beautiful cars – very detailed!!

Like Greg says, not for racing as we do it – but to have your "scale" cars run around a track!!
She's real fine, my 409!!!

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:02 PM

All I can say is that is one great-looking group of slot cars.

 
Ditto!
 
I've followed posts by Niels Christensen for a few years and the level of detail the Europeans put into their slot cars is second to none... superb!
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:04 PM

Looks like a lot of fun! I wonder if the chassis are pan type with nuts and bolts? Rubber or foam tires?

 
Yes, the chassis are nuts, bolts, and springs by several people/manufacturers, Fola(?) being one.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:08 PM

I don't believe I could build a car that I would want to set next to any of those! I did see a piece of flat brass under the rear of one car. Maybe they run a type of brass pan chassis.

Sure are nice cars.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 05:41 PM

I think many run the DoSlot chassis that can has a brass pan. The chassis has Springs for the body and a torsion h member for the chassis to flex. Niels run a great F1 Retro Series with soldered brass chassis that are narrower and with scale vac bodies compared to what we run. What you see here are with 3D or GFK hard bodies.

Quite a broad range of racing in Europe. If you raced everything you'd need a trailer to carry your slot car box that would be on wheels!

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 06:00 PM

When you think of these cars and others, add wing, flexi, and Retro not to mention Earlybirds 1/32, Tottenham Rules, Mega 1/32 races in Spain, and the Eurosport guys... slot car racing may be small but it has never been richer in its length and breadth. These are the golden years.

US commercial raceways may be on their last legs and we may be in for a painful transition but all is not lost.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 10:15 PM

109.00 EUR at Jens Scaleracing.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 10:18 PM

119.00 EUR at Slotracing Werk.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 10:24 PM

25K-40k motors.

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 10:54 PM

First turn must be full of chrome molded parts. By the end of the race they would look a lot more like slot cars and less like something for the trophy case if they raced where I race. Parts flying galore!
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:05 PM

Hi guys,

I couldn't find anything about it on the German websites I know. I asked about the event in our forum and will keep you updated if I get an answer.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 11:39 PM

This is from the first Can-Am Thunder Rennen held on 1 April at Slot-Track Niederberg in Germany.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:12 AM

OK, here are some infos:
 
http://www.slotracin...adNummer=185434
 
Link to the announcement thread in a German scale racing forum. There are some more pics.
 
And some Facebook links I can't follow because I'm not registered on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook...62159167469972/
 
https://www.facebook...mer.184?fref=ts
 
Don't have the time to translate it all for you now, so maybe you can let Google translate it and ask me questions about what you are not understanding.

Schöne Grüße (Kind regards)

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:50 AM

We have been racing these type of cars since 1996 in Germany; the class is called DSC 2. There are Can-Ams and sport prototypes permitted, all mid-motor engined race cars. Rules have been untouched since more than 20 years, and they are simple.
 
- overall weight
- weight of the body
- width of front (hard sponge) and rear (polyurethane) tires
- Fox motor (25,000 rpm)
- ground clearance 0.8mm
 
That's it.

This type of racing is very popular due to not only racing these cars, but building very nice and exact replicas of real race cars.
 
You got points for your race result as well as points for the overall appearance of your car, judged in a concours d'elegance.
 
We have race winners and Best of Show winners. Some people want to win, others want to receive the prize for the best-appearing car.
 
Have a look, if you want, at my Can-Am gallery.
 
Or to my general gallery.
 
Chassis are free and mostly a mixture of 2mm brass plates, CNC alloy parts, and carbonfibre.
 
Regards,
 
Dieter Jens
 
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:54 AM

Benno,

Facebook has English translations if needed. One of the thrd-party translation sites isn't needed unless you want to translate to a language other than English.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 09:03 AM

I like the idea of points for looks and speed.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 09:37 AM

No shelf queens here! Serious builders and racers!
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