1/43 slot car rules
Posted 01 June 2008 - 10:40 PM
Preferably in English.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 07:44 AM
I'm here in the USA. We have 1/43 available here but nobody races them competitively that I'm aware of. I would like to see the scale take off and become mainstream. However, at this point there is only home-based tinkerers using these cars. They do race proxy races from time to time but that's not to my liking. I prefer head to head racing. I have 1/43 SCX cars and we run them out of the box in stock form. We allow sanding the tires for truness and a pickup flag modification.
What's the status on 1/43 in Austrailia? Is it organized? Do you race them at commercial tracks?
I'm curious as to different parts and cars that might be available there and not here in the US? If that's the case we should work out a plan to trade through the mail, etc.
Sorry, I'm so long answering as I just saw your older post.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 05:00 PM
Things are pretty well non-existent for 1/43 down here. I was considering 1/43 for a while as a second fiddle to 1/24 that I prefer, but seeing as there was no interest in my post here (and elsewhere) I gave it a miss.
Posted 07 September 2010 - 01:10 PM
Slot Car Illustrated has an active 1/43 forum, but actual racing? Dunno. A local friend from the '60s did try to incorporate the newer 1/43s into his old Aurora O guage stuff, but it didn't go anywhere.
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Posted 08 September 2010 - 01:26 AM
Does anyone out there have a set of rules for 1/43 cars, competitions, and controllers used?
I've been toying with 1/43 for awhile. Mostly Carrera GO, few Artin and SCX. The SCX Rock! Built a few 1/43 tracks. As good a scale as others. Great for my mobile biz as the cars are cheap and I can do lots of things with layouts. This has all been for rental biz.
Racing?! You set the ground rules. You the ace body maker Seriously.
Classes: Poll. But just start with run watcha brung!
Controllers: Probably relative resistance of 25-45 ohm (12v) depending on voltage.
Format: My preference for race programs is IMCA style wherein 1 minute lanes changes with no work on car. I ALWAYS run Novice/Expert/Youth as separate classes but can run in same race if needed.
I wanna race em I'm sure there's been 1/43 proxy?! Wonder what format was used.
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 08:15 AM
Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:36 PM
Posted 07 January 2011 - 03:09 AM
Here in England there is a very strong 1/32 club racing scene and plenty of HO, but 1/43 is virtually non existent except for a few home tracks and very few routed home tracks. I wonder if this could change with the coming of the Kyosho 1/43 slots that are being developed?
We have a class for the Carrera GO cars at our track but I have not heard anything about the Kyosho cars, do you have a link or some info?
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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:54 AM
Posted 08 January 2011 - 07:18 PM
There is also a lot of discussion on these two threads:
I hope this is of interest.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:44 AM
I can't or won't speak for others, but the SCX Compact cars seem to be very fast and work very well.
A few of us have some layouts at home, but they are small and rather tight. One of the fellows we know has just put together a Scalextric 1/32 layout that is about 55 feet in lap length.
Another 1/43rd racer and I will be playing with them on this layout in the very near future.
Now, I realize that this does not answer Slotbaker's question about rules. But as Cruzin' Bob said, they will come along. I am sure that if we can get this off the ground, then we will of course have to write a set of rules. One of my good friends on the commercial side has just started a new race program at his raceway. The only thing not stock on the cars is the lead wire. Everything else must be from the manufacturer and parts similar to stock to be legal. Aside from tuning, no modifications are allowed. I'm thinking that might be the ideal behind the rules that we come up with. K.I.S.S. and it might catch on. Fewer rules and staying away from the 'grey areas' of those rules will encourage others to come out and play.
Perhaps we can also 'handicap' the racing so new folks can compete with racers that have many laps on the circuit. I was thinking of "magnet handicaping" - whereas the new racer can install more magnets to the car - as the equalizer.
Any thoughts on this idea?
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 05:55 PM
We run a handicap comp, in the same way as bowling handicaps work.
Pick a sensible number of laps that will never be reached and make that the base.
Up to recently, our highest lap total was 158, so we were using 160 for the base.
Then average the number of laps achieved on the first 3 rounds for new starters, and carry over old averages for existing drivers.
Take the average away from the base number, then use 80% (and rounding up) of the difference for the handicap.
If someone has a shocker race, or the car dies, laps for that race are not included.
As with bowling, the most consistant high average will win, but the gaps are very close.
We've had 3 or 4 drivers within 1 or 2 points going into the last race, so it does make things interesting.
You can effectively have 2 comps going at once... one scratch, and one handicap.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:31 PM
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:47 PM
Got any suggestions?
Posted 19 July 2011 - 06:58 PM
To start with, it will be called "Australian Handicap" as you came up with the suggestion.
Where it goes from here . . . . . . one never knows, but it might be fun finding out.
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Posted 19 July 2011 - 07:37 PM