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#1 Keith Tanaka

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Posted 21 February 2022 - 07:51 PM

Sunday, February 20, 2022, Buena Park Raceway. It's time to restart D3 Hardbody Racing after a one month recess due to the Omicron virus. 
 
A decent turnout of hardbody racers were ready to race again although a bit rusty from the layoff. BPR's new owner, Robert Ranger has made some upgrades to the raceway (new window coverings, painted interior walls, replaced worn out ceiling lights) which has improved the appearance of the raceway. Some other changes to the raceway are planned for the near future. 
 
The GTP race saw Jim Lane win with Eddie Shorer 2nd and Keith Tanaka 3rd. The same finish for the "Racer Handicap" podium.
The Mixed race had 12 entries. Jim La Barba drove his new Batmobile (X-Class) while Jim Lane ran his very fast VW Bug.
Jim Lane's VW Bug (under 2 Liter Trans Am) easily won the Lap Differential race with Doug Jacks 2nd (Porsche 934) and Tim Herrera 3rd (Short Track NASCAR).
 
The "Racer Handicap" podium had Jim 1st, Doug 2nd and Peter La Barba 3rd (Short Track NASCAR). 
 
Thanks to Robert (and Eddie) for their support of D3 Hardbody Racing at Buena Park Raceway.
Thanks to our race director, Victor Dubrowsky.
 
Here's the race/photo report.
 
The next D3 Hardbody races on Sunday, March 20, 2022. BPR Opens at 10 am, GTP race at noon sharp! Followed by a quick lunch break and then the Mixed race.
 
We are scheduling a 4 hour enduro for Sunday, May 29, 2022 (5th Sunday in May) on the BPR flat track. This year's enduro will be for the "Trans Am" class. 3 driver teams. 
 
Keith  :)

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Posted 21 February 2022 - 11:52 PM

Nice field of cars!

 

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Posted 22 February 2022 - 11:13 AM

Good to see you're going strong Keith!! So happy BPR is under new ownership and going to be a great place to continue racing.  I miss the hardbody crew!  Keep the great reports coming.  


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Posted 22 February 2022 - 09:22 PM

 

Sunday, February 20, 2022, Buena Park Raceway. It's time to restart D3 Hardbody Racing after a one month recess due to the Omicron virus. 

 

 

In the D3 hard body classes can the windows of the cars be made of flexi plastic or must they be hard styrene plastic like the rest of the body? What about the interiors of the cars? Styrene or some type of flexi-plastic? Or even cardboard? And what kind of driver figures are used?

 

Finally are bodies mounted to the chasses with two sided Velcro or some type of pin arrangement?


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Posted 23 February 2022 - 02:38 AM

For our D3 hardbody racing we allow the use of .007" clear plastic for the windows. We use lexan interiors similar to the ones used for Retro racing. 

 

For body mounting we use pin tubes or as shown in the photos below:

 

i-GtRZbQS-L.jpg  Body mounting slots in brass channel on side of chassis. 

 

 

i-gb4CHcz-L.jpg   1/4" brass angle glued (E6000) to inside of body side panel.

 

Here are photos of various D3 hardbody cars showing the various body mounting used: https://socald3.smug...hotos/i-sZwbqBL

 

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Posted 23 February 2022 - 11:50 AM

Oh man! I love that yellow K&K Insurance Plymouth Cuda(?):

 

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Here's the NASCAR K&K Insurance 1974 Dodge Charger for comparison:

 

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Posted 24 February 2022 - 08:25 PM

For our D3 hardbody racing we allow the use of .007" clear plastic for the windows. We use lexan interiors similar to the ones used for Retro racing. 

 

Keith

 

The CanAm cars look to have drivers that are part and parcel of the Lexan molding of the interiors but your NASCAR and other stockers at Buena Park look to have dedicated separate driver figures:

 

 

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What kind of drivers are they?

 

And who sells the driver figures and flexi-plastic windshields and Lexan interiors to fit the various stock cars Buena Park hard body racers run?


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Posted 25 February 2022 - 05:01 PM

The lexan or thin plastic driver/interiors are commonly sold at slot car raceways and distributors (Professor Motor, PCH, etc.). The clear thin windshield/window material is available at craft stores (Hobby Lobby, etc.). 

 

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