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#1 rvec

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 09:17 AM

The LeMans Trials featured production and prototype cars that ran (or in some cases could have run) at LeMans during the 1960s. Both True Scale and OSCAR based rides were eligible. These were run in a qualifying environment (any lane for one minute) and ranked by fast lap time. (Laps/sections were used as a tie breaker). For those who do not want to wade through my long-winded dissertation, cursor down to see images of the cars.

The Trials actually included three separate competitive events depending upon body style and motor selection (see appendix for a complete set of rules). The competitive events included:
  •  LeMans Trials
  • King of the Hill Trans-Am
  • King of the Hill.
Trophies were awarded for spots 1-5 in the LeMans Trials while a single trophy was awarded for King of the Hill and King of the Hill Trans-Am. Participants were limited to a single trophy.

A total of eight Trials were run between 7/29/19 and 1/13/20. Ten racers competed in the Trials and entered a total of 25 vehicles. For the sake of simplicity, cars can be divided into four general categories.
  • OSCAR based Trans-Am: A total of six were entered. Five of six were the Firebird Trans-Am
  • OSCAR based others: A total of 7 were entered. These included a mix of GT40s, Porsche 906s, a Corvette Grand Sport, a Cooper Monaco (In addition, I allowed Nick to run his Ferrari 512 which was not technically eligible for the Trials because it did not run in the 1960s)
  • True Scale Trans-Am: A total of 9 were entered to include five Camaros, two Firebirds and two Challengers
  • True Scale Others: A total of three entered to include two GT40s and a Porsche 906
Standings

The final standings are shown below along with images of the wiinners.
 

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Observations

Although I thought that the True Scale and OSCAR based cars could compete on equal footing, that notion proved to be incorrect. Although lap times for comparable makes/models were close, OSCAR cars were a bit quicker and in my opinion easier to drive consistently. The more sophisticated, scratch-built, inline, chassis and smaller wheels (hence lower CG) of the OSCAR cars made the difference.

All of the racers used either Deathstar or ProSlot 16d motors even though Supers and Hawk/Falcon 7s were allowed in the battle for King of the Hill.

OSCAR Trans-Am
 

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Other OSCAR based Cars
 

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True Scale Trans-Am
 

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Trials_Bob.jpg

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True Scale Others
 

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Appendix

Rules for LeMans Trials are as follows.
  •  Both True Scale and OSCAR based chassis will be allowed
  • OSCAR Trans-Am cars are excluded (May participate in King of the Hill or King of the Hill Trans-Am classes described below)
  • Bodies may be either 1/24 or 1/25 scale
  • All cars run at LeMans during the 1960s are included with the exception of the Porsche 917. My experience is that the 917 would dominate the class and therefore in the interest of competitive diversity will be excluded. An extensive list of eligible models is shown below.
  •  In order to expand the field a bit, I will include the following models. Some actually ran at LeMans or other endurance events in the 60s.
  •      Trans-Am Cars 1960-1969
  •      Corvettes 1960-1969
  •      Jaguar D-Type
  •      Cobra 427
  • Cars may be added or deleted at the race directors discretion in order to maintain competitive diversity
  • Power plants will be limited to Deathstar or ProSlot 16Ds (no Supers or Hawks will be allowed)
Rules for King of the Hill Trans-Am
  • Both True Scale and OSCAR based chassis will be allowed
  • Trans-Am bodies may be either 1/24 or 1/25 scale for model years 1960-1969
  • Power plants will be limited to Deathstar or ProSlot 16Ds (no Supers or Hawks will be allowed)
Rules for King of the Hill
  • All LeMans Trials cars can participate
  • All King of the Hill Trans-Am cars can participate
  • All True Scale power plants will be limited to Deathstar or ProSlot 16Ds
  • Any eligible OSCAR car may use ProSlot or Parma S16D or Hawk or Falcon 7s

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Posted 19 December 2019 - 07:42 PM

Thanks for posting nice car's 


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Posted 19 December 2019 - 11:53 PM

Thanks for posting nice car's


Thanks. Check back in January for the final tally and additional images. I will update the post above. I will post in a reply when these updates are made


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:44 AM

I have updated the original post. The trophy positions did not change from the original post, however, I added images of the winners.


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:28 PM

Attached is a PDF showing all Driver/vehicle best times for the Trials

 

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