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#1 nomad2race

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Posted 20 September 2020 - 07:32 PM

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Slot Car Drag Race Proxy will be the first professionally promoted and produced World Challenge slot car event. We expect it will draw more entrants and exposure than any previous slot car event. By racing slot cars shipped to our event we make a competition of interest to millions of hobbyist and motorsports fans accessible to all. Offering a diverse range of classes and unprecedented promotion, we intend to elevate the visibility and participation in slot car racing.

Building and tuning cars has always been a strength of the slot car hobby left unsatisfied by virtual games. Now that travel and attendance at races is more difficult, we will turn this difficulty to opportunity by offering a hybrid of virtual coverage and a physical event. We are prepared for an unlimited number of entries to be processed through our partnerships with Raceentry.com, and shipping by FedEx. Races will after public hours at Batesville Slot Cars & Hobby. Check the World Challenge website for full details and online entry or sponsorship opportunities.

Watch this spot and our Facebook, Instagram and Website for more coverage, but most importantly... get building!


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Posted 21 September 2020 - 11:29 AM

I built this drag car a few years ago and it belongs to Red Valentine. I hope he enters it. I think it would be cool in the "Just for Fun" class  :)

 

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 11:10 PM

Very nice work!  Not in just for fun... there will be some very goofy stuff there...The car would be overshadowed by rubber chickens and dildoes.   

 

This car look like a contender in the "Nostalgia Can Rods" class. I think we are going expand that to allow 26 & 36D.  Right now the Gasser and Altereds are 36D but I do not see such a long and low car in that class...Also no wheelie bars in Gassers and Altereds.  Look like there is some "H" power in that nice chassis  I would love to see it run!  Looks like you are are running vintage tires.  Be sure they are well glued or put fresh foam donuts on!   Time to build one for YOU, Pablo!   


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 09:18 AM

It's a 36D so no go in the Nostalgia class. It would have to race with the weenies :D  


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 11:46 AM

It’s very early in this event’s announcement.

 

I had been thinking that 26D rods might be a bit scarce, so thinking of allowing 36D in the same class.

 

I am afraid a well executed rubber chicken might out score this beautiful vintage style build in the “Just fun” class.  I suspect judges will go for the cars that make them laugh hardest in that class.  

 

I will probably get the change done today.  


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 11:52 AM

Please don't change the rule just for me - I don't even own the car and the owner hasn't responded to my email yet.

 

Hey Cheater, you could enter your Rubber Ducky car in the "Just for Fun" class LOL I'll bet it would beat a weenie  :laugh2:


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 12:11 PM

I just talked to Red, he's onboard so the "Gangster Caddy" is in the race  :clapping:

It's a 4.5" body sidewinder with a Havlicek 36D motor and wheelie bars

 

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Red is going to send me the wheels for fresh rubber here at the Wolcott Drag Ranch ASAP   :crazy:  

 

We don't care what class it's in, we just want to burn rubber and show off.

Look out, Red n me are racing slot cars again, no mask required  :dance3:


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 01:47 PM

Ok I have opened the Nostalgia Can Rods class and the Gassers/Altered class to include both 26 and 36D.  So the Gangster Caddy is legal for Can Rods.  Like I said, I was already thinking that class might have been too restricted.

 

Yes, no mask required.  Save gas, race at home.

 

Now Paul what will you build for yourself?  


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 02:01 PM

For those who have not checked out the World Challenge Page yet, here is the list of classes:

 

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 04:17 PM

I think this might be at least one of the Rotor Ranch Racing entries...

 

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 05:40 PM

Good to have you on board Rotor!

 

Up grade that thing to a Super 16D, detail it out and you got a contender in the Super Stock Class!


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 11:28 PM

Rotor is running a "rotor motor" with wheelie bars longer than the car's wheelbase  :good:

Advance that timing as far as possible, Jeff   :)  :dance3:

 

This is going to be fun. The strange thing is, how did I get tricked into drag racing?  :laugh2:


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 09:50 AM

Builders gotta build!~


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 10:08 AM

I haven't seen anything about the entry fee???


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 10:31 AM

I haven't seen anything about the entry fee???

Just send your account information along with the car, and they will take care of it.  :shok:

 

Just joking folks,


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 10:40 AM

Take your meds Eddie. LMAO!!!


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 11:12 AM

Bluecars & Y'all,

 

There are options from $25 per car to $50.

 

60 percent of entry fees go to a purse to be are paid out to top three finishers in each class. Payouts will be made electronically. 

 

Entry fee options are detailed on the website.  Look at the "Scoring and Race Procedures" section. There is a link near the top of the page on the right, but if you just scroll down it's all there. 

 

If you click the blue register "register you entries today" button you can choose options of as many cars and classes as you like.  A total will be shown before any payment info is requested and of course there is no obligation, you can close the form if you are not ready and nothing will be stored.

 

We did this to make entry more like any other online purchase and to streamline things for racers and our crew. 

 

For example, you will see a questions on the registration form for "Builder" and "Raceway".  We can then easily calculate which builder has scored the most points overall for a special award. We will certainly be doing some nice plaques for all awards as well as event plaques.  If we get enough sponsorship, we hope to have something really cool for the raceways and builders.  TBA 

 

Thanks for asking! 


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 11:20 AM

Rotor can have wheelie bars longer than the car if he wants.  Maybe that will reduce his ET. 

 

But remember 1/3 of the score is Appearance if the judge thinks the wheelie bars are not scale and ugly, that's gonna cut the overall score.    

 

To win you probably gotta be fast AND pretty.

 

If you build fast, but don't do pretty, you might want partner with or buy from one of the pretty boys...   


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 04:58 PM

 

 

This is going to be fun. The strange thing is, how did I get tricked into drag racing?  :laugh2:

Hey Paul!  I saw your registration come in.  Awesome.  We are posting a "how to package video" on the Event site soon.  If you have any questions, you got the number... Thanks again!   


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Posted 24 September 2020 - 06:53 PM

I'm hoping to break into the 3.0's with my micro Rubber Ducky, if I can make the motor fit  :)

 

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 09:36 AM

3 Min? LOL!!!


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Posted 25 September 2020 - 01:18 PM

Nomad Raceways is treating this event like one of our corporate events, wherein every detail and contingency must be planned out and execution is held to highest standards. Sometimes there are unexpected complications. To cite one example, a Nomad Raceways track was the centerpiece of the Kasperski Lab Booth at the GItex Show in Dubai in 2013 and 2014. Gitex is the largest IT show in the world at the largest convention complex in the world. Kaspersky Lab is a principle Sponsor of Ferrari In F1 and other series. Like many of the large booths at this show the Kasperski booth was not built with modular reusable materials but rather much more elaborate custom design and constructed more like a building with actual lumber and wallboard. Even our track table was custom built by contractors to our specification. The booth was 5,000 square foot in footprint, with a displays, Our track, a stage, video walls.  On the second floor, there were  meeting rooms, and private entertainment and dining areas.  I ran the track throughout the show to continuous stream of onlookers and racers.  We had some very nice Ferrari prizes for winners of brief but exciting races.   So, mid-way through the first day, with the track surrounded by people, many in traditional Arab dress, I am told that "certain people do not wait in line".  So, suddenly it is up to me and my assistant to recognize royalty and invite them to the front of the line to race.  You can't exactly ask if they are present and expect them to raise their hand!  I got a very quick lesson in how to recognize by head bands and entourage (often armed with automatic weapons) We managed to work that into our routine. This went well except for one prince who despite being gifted the race prize ( a very nice Ferrari hat, was outraged at no having won his race. He threw his controller and stormed off. The following day, the Emir himself, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum arrived.  In his case, there was no mistaking his ID as he was preceded by an entourage of 20 ministers and a sizable military security force.... I was very relieved when he won his race!     

 

In our corporate events we have a known budget and a deposit in hand. For this event, all our expenses are out of our pocket  Being a first time event we really do not know what income there may be.  Frankly, we will need about 1,000 entries or strong sponsor support to break even. 

 

This does seem possible as Batesville's annual events typically draw more than 600 entries with payouts of $5,000 to $10,000.  Given world wide promotion, no travel costs, more classes to run, and other event attractions 1,000+ entries seems achievable. There is no real limit to the number of entries we can handle.  

 

Currently I am working on some video presentations to demonstrate proper packaging and basics assembly of a kit car for beginners.

 

I know that packaging can be a hurdle, as finding proper sized boxes can be difficult. and builders are justifiably concerned about shipping their babies.  Being on the receiving end of other proxies and another business in which fragile items were shipped to us by consumers, I have seen some surprising poor packaging. I  have even seen really bad packaging from Amazon and others who should know better as well.   

I am requesting use off Fed-ex for shipment because they are the only service that allows the shipper to create a return label that may be used anytime in the future.  But relying on FedEx locations do provide packaging would be expensive especially because the boxes they stock are generally square and so would be much too large, especially for long cars.

 

So I am ordering in a supply of correct sized boxes and will offer "shipping kits" as an option on the registration.  All the materials for easy packaging will be sent to the registrant.  i will also feature the kits on my webstore so that they can be purchased pre or post registration.

 

So, no hunting for the right box and materials and probably less cost than buying more materials than needed.

 

One more detail to be managed....


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Posted 25 September 2020 - 02:03 PM

This is a great idea. I have seen your organization and professionalism first hand so I’m sure it will be run at the highest level.

I was looking forward to seeing you again at either IMSA or Indy this year at Mid Ohio. Damn Covid. Can’t wait till next year.


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Posted 25 September 2020 - 02:42 PM

This is a great idea. I have seen your organization and professionalism first hand so I’m sure it will be run at the highest level.

I was looking forward to seeing you again at either IMSA or Indy this year at Mid Ohio. Damn Covid. Can’t wait till next year.


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Posted 25 September 2020 - 03:19 PM

Some have asked in PMs about using USPS for shipping:

 

I prefer USPS for most things too.. But here's the thing:  I do not want to have to add a return ship charge to every entry.  Since shipping could vary widely with package size and destination, the charge would have to be high to cover an estimated average cost plus our time to weigh calculate and apply postage to every box. Also If we are creating the return labels there is a chance of error.

 

Fedex is the only carrier that allows the shipper to print and include a return label that does not expire immediately.  I checked with UPS USPS DHL  

 

By shipping per instructions on the event site, entrants pays only actual cost of outbound and return shipping, up front with no surprises or handling fee.  Also they have full control of optional services, like rush service for last minute entries or special return delivery options and insurance.  

 

Normally, this feature and discounted rates are only available to Fedex business accounts but by using the link and procedure on the event site, you can set up a "Business account" with actually having to BE a business and take advantage of the lower costs and return label feature.

 

This also streamlines things at our end as we do not need to weigh and calculate postage for every package, we just use the label already provided. 

 

In the shipping instructions on the site is says something like "If you WILL NOT use FedEx, we will ship via USPS for cost plus a $10 (I think) handling fee".

 

If we get as many entries as hoped, I really wish that most will use the FedEx return label option!     


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