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#26 MattD

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Posted 17 January 2021 - 11:53 PM

There have been some changes since 2018.   The guys I race with are all 70+ and never ran slot cars till about 4 years ago.   We ran hard bodies at the local track which was a moderate punch bowl.   They managed to run  fair on that  track.    On my track they had a hard time getting thru the flat corner without coming off and taking out other cars.    You can't teach an old dog new tricks.   They just  couldn't get around it, so I cut it off.  I replaced it with a curve that has a little banking and 5 inch lane centers and a 6 inch wall!   That has worked much better.

 

  I also added a couple extra walls coming down the main straight for about 6 foot.  Those hard bodies hit the floor and you can count on them breaking.  We'd probably lose one  every session.  I switched over to vac bodies and soldered bumpers on all the cars to protect them.   Since all the guys had mostly H&R cars, I used  their existing chassis with new bodies.   They took impact much better and handled much better than top heavy hard bodies.  That all made it easier for guys to get around the track.      I build and maintain most all the cars so it saved me a lot of work.  All the motors are the $2 imports that are about  26k rpm fk 180's. All the chassis are H&R, LVJ, and other solid brass flat chassis.  No moving parts on the chassis.  I do have a DS lap counter/timer installed and I test every car on a clean orange lane and try to get a fast lap time of 4 seconds.  All the cars run nearly identical lap times.

 

  Last improvement was stapling fish pond netting over both infields to catch cars heading for the floor that way.   At the same time I added second controller stations outside  each end at at the start finish line about 10 foot from the bank.   I did this when we started racing again in June. With that distance and masks we felt pretty safe.   When a guy we know got covid and 2 of our group met and ate lunch with this guy several times a week, the rest of us figured we better take a hiatus again, so we haven't raced since Sept.  We're about all signed up for vaccine by the middle of Feb, If that works out we think we can race again in March if we just wear masks and be careful.  It will be good to get everybody together again.

 

We race for fun and with the formats we use we run 50-75 races a night and everybody wins some. I think I have our basic formats and rules printed up.   If I can dig  them out I will past them in another thread.  We have 6-8 guys race most weeks and the guys not racing become the race director and thee the catcher at the flat end.  the catcher picks up a deslotted car to keeo it from causing a wreck with others. He puts the car back on when that race is over.

Here are some of the hot rod style cars we race.  Mostly all open wheel coupes or roadsters.  Not great detailing, but I maintain about 40 cars all together so they don't get much detailing and everybody is happy.

 

We are not sophisticated slot car racers, just having fun like most of us did when we were kids.    

Hot rod style cars

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The red Mustang runs in what we call pony car class.   Camaros, Mustangs, Vettes

 

My favorite type of car which I only run with one other guy who is an experienced racer.

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 04:01 AM

Great initiative Matt! 

 

Interesting how you've tailored the racing to your group; none of them has felt of calling of a soldering iron? 

 

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Posted 18 January 2021 - 08:28 AM

Don, I don't think any of these guys have ever learned to solder anything and they don't seem to want to learn.    

 

We race for fun and have come up with some formats that are easy and fun to do.   We all laugh a lot and do not get serious or hyper about it.   Guys rotate in and out of racing.   No one wants to just stay on the track all the time and  every 15-20 minutes somebody will offer their spot to another guy.    We rotate lanes about every hour or so.

 

Here are the formats we use to race.    The guys setting out take the role of racemaster and catcher.   Racemaster tells guys what kind of race they are going to run and starts the race.   We always use the same commands to start a race.   "ready"    "go".   Catcher grabs cars that come off in the flat end of the track.   Cars do not get put back on.   All races are "crash and burn".  This works for us.   

                                                                    RACE  START COMMANDS  

`                                             “READY”         “GO”
 
“CRASH & BURN”
Race until any driver except the leader says “last lap”
or a specified number of laps.  
Next car to cross the finish line is the winner.
We also do a lot of 3-5 lap races.
 
“SATURDAY NITE SHOOTOUT”  our favorite
4 cars race until 2 cars are left running.  Wrecked and lapped cars are out.
                                Race Director can call last lap if he thinks somebody is sandbagging.
 Last 2 cars then run a 2 lap “SHOOT OUT”to determine the winner.
“PIT STOP”
Race 2 laps and make a dead stop in the pit space after the start/finish line,
before the red stripe.  After the stop, race 2 more laps.   No rolling stops.
Racemaster has to watch to make sure cars come to complete stop in the marked area.
“SWITCHEROO”
Each driver has 2 cars.  Run 3 laps and stop at your station.
 Switch to your other car and run 3 more laps.
 
All races are  crash and you are out, unless it is changed at the race start.
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Posted 18 January 2021 - 07:51 PM

Hi Matt,

 

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This is such a great photo!

 

I also like the painted slots - looks great!

 

Thanks for sharing Matt!

 

Ernie


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Posted 19 January 2021 - 11:10 AM

thanks Ernie, after some revisions and finding the right car setup, we ended up with a fun track and competitive cars.


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Posted 22 January 2021 - 11:44 AM

That does look like fun Matt, great job keeping the sport alive. Wish I was closer.

Maybe you would let me drive your open wheel cars? They look great.


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Posted 22 January 2021 - 12:28 PM

Most definitely would Martin.   Even bring some of the nicer hard bodies that stay at home!

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Posted 22 January 2021 - 11:42 PM

That Lotus is a stunner!


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Posted 23 January 2021 - 07:40 PM

Mike the Lotus is one of the re-issue Tamiya bodies with the crappy interior cut out and a vac form or some kind of home made interior in it's place.  Chassis is probably a solid brass H&R, LVJ, or maybe  FCR.  Cox Lotus wheels are used as inserts in Protrack set screw wheels.


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 11:05 AM

It's wonderful that you're having a good time and getting a few friends together to enjoy slot racing!  It's what made this hobby great in the first place!! Keep up enjoying cars and racing!  


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 08:05 PM

I think it would be a lot more fun when you can whoop the daylights out of 'em!   :laugh2:


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 11:28 PM

Gary, it would be easy for me to do that, but it's more fun to see the guys that aren't so good win a race every now and then.    Everybody goes home as a winner.


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 09:24 AM

It probably helps them to keep coming back "the-next-time" too. :) .


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