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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.

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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.
 
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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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Posted 05 April 2017 - 10:12 AM

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.


Is that because of the way they drive or is there some kind of system to reward staying on?
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 10:45 AM

They just lose too much time that they can't make up.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 12:34 PM

Must be very close racing and/or slow corner work. I like the idea of it.

Many times it seems in our racing it is press beyond the limit because there is no penalty for the deslot.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 12:38 PM

Note that these cars us a 25K RPM Fox motor.

I've PM'd Deiter to ask about the general number of deslots the average racer has in races with this class of cars.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:32 PM

Having tough bodies is only part of the problem. Those fine details are not going to take a hit.

And believe me, a 25,000 RPM motor can get the car going fast enough to do some very serious damage.

Personally, I think the levelof skill of the drivers is the key factor. If you have spent the amount of time to build a car to that level, you are going to drive smart. You don't take chances trying to pass on the outside of a turn. You pick you place to pass. You brake earlier. It becomes more important to get to the end in one piece then to set a track record on every lap.

I would fully support a racing series like this in this country.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:37 PM

Amazing builds, great to run replicas of real race cars in a pretty scale size. I like that they run a scale size tire, that really adds to the appearance. My real question is the source of the UOP Shadow body. Anybody know?

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 01:52 PM

Dieter Jens just replied to my PM. Here's the relevant info he provided.

"If you deslot, you will loose one or two positions. The races are extremely close and the winner mostly does not deslot.

"We run a small 13D type motor, the Fox with about 25,000 RPM; slower than a Falcon. But last week there was a race at the one and only German blue King, where the Wing Car Nats 2017 for Gr. 7 cars will be held next month. The lap time, without glue on the track, was 6.7 seconds. So these cars are not only very nice, but fast as well."

He also indicated that the weight for these cars "is 180 grams minimum."


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:20 PM

Was it you, Cheater, that said "Faster is always better"?  :D
 
6.7 seconds on a King at 180 grams, and one deslot may well cost you the race. Now that is tight racing,


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:37 PM

Not a chance that it was me who said that, Eddie! LOL...

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:46 PM

Can't beat that stable.



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:06 PM

The body and chassis kit of the Shadow was ours - as a celebration of our (Jens-Parke) JP products 10 years existence last year. There was a limited edition series of 20 pieces and sold out very fast.

 

Most of the pics are Fein Design body kits, very detailed and perfect miniature 1/24 replicas. In competition most of the bodies were made out of glassfibre-stiffened kinda plastic. Made by hand in a mold, weight about 10 grams. To reach 50 grams minimum total weight of the body lots of weight (tungsten, lead) is needed at bottom/side of the body. Chassis of these DSC class 2 cars is about 130 grams, with carbon front axle, extreme lightweight rims and fronts, gear ratio about 12/42 with about 26mm rear tires.

 

So the race series has become more professional in the last couple of years, lots of high-tech is used and we are far away from a toy...


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:19 PM

Some racers make their own carbon fiber bodies to race and sell them. They are super light and very tough. Some people design and build chassis and have them approved for racing. They run spec hand-out foam tires and handle extremely well. You drive these cars very, very hard to extract everything out of them but if you go sideways a bit, you scrub off speed and if you deslot you probably will lose the race because some drivers will not come out.

 

I personally love racing these cars. 


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 03:57 PM

Dieter, thanks for the explanations!

 

This is a good example, of how fragmented the slot car scene is in Germany. I wasn't realy aware of what they are doing there in the middle of Germany. Though I know that Dieter is very active in this scale racing scene. And just because I read the "wrong" German slot car forum (I know of three, but there are more).

 

We have all scales HO, 1/32, 1/24 (even some crazy guys building slot cars from 1/18 die-cast models). Digital and analog. Hardbody racing and vac shells. Plastic chassis and metal chassis. Chassis like Flexi-kars and chassis with bolts and nuts. On Carrera tracks classes with or without magnets (to hold the car down on the track). You can race everything you want, from "hardcore scale" (where you have to replace every broken antenna or mirror during the race) to G7. This sounds great, and if you live in the right (crowded) corner of Germany, where you have the chance to choose, it is.

 

The disadvantage (in my opinion) is, that the entry lists often are very small thereby, because we have so many classes, and everyone chooses his favorite.

 

When I started slot car racing in the '90s, we had a national slot car association and most people raced Flexi-kars. The association broke in the early 2000s. Along with the (re-)upcoming European manufacturers like Carrera, Ninco, Slot.it, etc. the Flexi-kar scene almost disappeared and we got the actual fragmented situation.

 

Nevertheless, as I learned on Slotblog, we can be glad to have such an active slot racing scene here. :)

 

And by the way, the Can-Am cars realy look awesome and I can imagine, they are a lot fun to race!


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:01 PM

Benno,

 

I know there had to be Slotblog members who groaned when they read your comments about fragmentation of the slot car hobby, as I have been relentlessly banging on that drum for many years.


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:20 PM

Must be very close racing and/or slow corner work. I like the idea of it.

Many times it seems in our racing it is press beyond the limit because there is no penalty for the deslot.

 
Once a year I particpate in a NASCAR series (we invite them to our track) from Manfred Stork (here is some info, click the links to see some pictures). This series exists since the '90s without major changes of the rules. They race DIY plastic chassis with NASCAR Revell kit bodys, a Carrera 18D motor, and rubber tires.
 
The races are so close, that one or two deslots will cost you the victory. But the cars are not so fast as 16D Flexi-kars and handle very good. So you have time to react to what the car is doing. You have to keep the back of the car on a smooth line in the curves. Every slight drift costs a few car lengths. This behavior automaticaly teaches you to drive without desloting.
 
They often have races, where the first three to four drivers are within one lap. But hell, if two cars deslot in one curve, the race director (that's me on our home track) has to do a track call. At first I thought, they aren't aware that they have hands to marshal :sarcastic_hand: .
But they do it because of the disadvantage the innocent driver would have in those close races. It was a hard for me to learn this :heat: :) .


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:35 PM

I know there had to be Slotblog members who groaned when they read your comments about fragmentation of the slot car hobby, as I have been relentlessly banging on that drum for many years.

 

Sorry, Greg, I don't understand this statement. Do you mean, you don't want the fragmentation and other members don't bother about it? :unsure:  Maybe I have to sleep about it.

 

BTW, the fragmentation is one reason I found Slotblog: there is no forum in Germany where I can ask the questions I ask here. In the German forums are few to no Flexi-kar or Eurosport racers active.

 

So, everything has its good and bad sides (as we say in Germany :) ).

 

Time for bed, good night! :)


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:43 PM

Benno,

I should have said "about the damage that the participants' insistence on fragmenting into various subsets and special interest groups has done to the overall slot car hobby over the years."

And, yes, I am one of the few crazies who believes this factor has been a giant negative for the overall hobby. Actually, few seem even to understand the concept of an "overall slot car hobby."


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:47 PM

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:03 PM

I appreciate the responses in this thread and the added info about the German scene. Great to see such positive stuff.

I understand the comment about the splintered slot car hobby. It is a real fact that it has helped the demise of the slot car racing hobby in America. Some guys can't accept the reality of this situation, but it is the way things are.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:34 PM

I should have said "about the damage that the participants' insistence on fragmenting into various subsets and special interest groups has done to the overall slot car hobby over the years."

And, yes, I am one of the few crazies who believes this factor has been a giant negative for the overall hobby. Actually, few seem even to understand the concept of an "overall slot car hobby."

 

And your solution again is to make racers run the type of car they don't want to? :) :)


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:46 PM

Nothing of the kind, Mike.

 

It's all about respect and tolerance for others' interests, and how the people who are involved in the hobby "grasp' what the overall hobby really is.

 

Is 'slot cars' just the 'subset' or genre a racer prefers and practices, be it HO, Flexi, Wing, Retro, 1/32, collecting, vintage, etc., etc.?

 

Or is it an extremely diverse model car racing/slot car hobby which has a place in it for everyone and every interest?

 

For the vast majority of participants in slots, it is the former, without question.

 

Numerous other hobbies and leisure-time activities have benefited from being more inclusive, more tolerant, and less judgmental. You may not agree and in fact may entirely dismiss my claims, but I do believe there is sufficient historical evidence to support my viewpoint.


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:58 PM

Sorry, but I don't see how anyone's opinion on other types of racing, no matter how over the top, negative, they might be, can dissuade anyone from participating in the form of racing they wish to.

 

IOW, if guys like Mike Fleming had any influence in slot racing, R4/10 would of been a ghost town. :laugh2: :laugh2:


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 07:03 PM

Maybe it's more of a understanding/tolerance of other types of racing and the lack of a national body that is more of an issue than fragmentation. I would stop playing with slot cars if all I had was flexi cars available even though they offer more speed and bang for the buck than most others slot types. Just not my cup of tea.

Just my own personal tastes. I wish we had THIS "kind of fragmentation" then I could race with people that like the same types of cars as I do.

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 07:39 PM

Might be the great thing about slot racing are all the flavors available. For me, all you need for a body is a single spray bomb. Bodies are there to protect the mechanicals and track while providing, in some classes, some much appreciated downforce. Others like to mess with "interiors" and stuff I don't understand. Racing is racing. All this other stuff is for those that enjoy it. Party on!
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 07:51 PM

Sorry, but I don't see how anyone's opinion on other types of racing, no matter how over the top, negative, they might be, can dissuade anyone from participating in the form of racing they wish to.


Mike,

I am really not referencing individual racers, but rather considering how slot racing is 'perceived' by the non-participating general public.

Does 'slot racing' appear on the average person's personal 'radar screen' of potential leisure-time activities (if it appears at all... which it almost never does) as one big hobby with many diverse and fascinating elements?

Or does it appear as a number of tiny unrelated hobbies involving model cars that run in slotted tracks, hobbies that are so small as to not be worth their consideration, time, or money?

You can decide which you feel it is.

I've said it before and I'll say it again (and you will probably pooh-pooh my postion again... LOL), all you have to do is to compare the history of the slot racing hobby, in all its diversity, to other silly, frivolous leisure time activities (which are generally termed hobbies). Look at which hobbies have grown and prospered and look that those which haven't. And then try to ascertain why the successful ones prospered and why the unsuccessful ones didn't.

One further point... unlike so many other hobbies and LTAs, slot racing has almost never had any entity or organization with a goal of promoting and advancing the activity itself without having as a central ulterior motive the desire to sell product. The same sitaution almost never appears in the other hobbies and LTAs that are stable, visible, and respected by the public at large.

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