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#1 SlowBeas

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:24 AM

On Saturday, March 24, the gang will gather in Gilbert, SC, for a race out of the history books. Talk about retro!

 

We looked in our skeleton closets and found that we have numerous Parma Flexi-2 chassis from years ago, and they're all just wasting away as we've moved on to other forms of racing. So...

 

We've flattened the Flexi-2s, put sealed S16d motors in them, and have geared them to fly around the track. We expect lots of speed and lots of fun. Doors open at 10 for practice, with racing scheduled to begin before lunch. We typically run three full races, drop the lowest of the three, and combine your top two to determine a winner

 

Photos and a racing report to come.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 09:53 AM

Sounds like a lot of fun Jim. I still have my kids' Flexi 2's around here as well as a couple of my own, both 4' & 4.5".


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:14 AM

Sounds like a real hoot! Wish I was there.

Bill gifted me a Flexi-2 years ago that I blueprinted and it beat many a TFlex in races.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:29 PM

That was a Flex Kar (Flexi 1). The Flexi 2 is quite a bit heavier unless you use Flexi 1 .025 pans on it.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:38 PM

The Flexi-2 is certainly heavier, Bill, but it's also much more stable and a smoother drive due to the extra weight. Just gear them right and watch 'em fly.

 

We've had many a battle in the past with our old Flexi-2s, and we couldn't bear the thought of them just sitting in the drawer collecting dust. In my humble opinion, the 2 is as solid a flexi as anything Parma built. (I'm also a fan of the Flexi-4, although I have yet to meet anyone else who liked it as much as I did.)

 

We expect a decent group Saturday. Should be a blast. Look for pics later.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 02:24 PM

No question the Flexi 2 is very durable & drives good. That's why I built them for my kids in the late 90's. :laugh2: It's the only flexi chassis I know of that came with a rear upright brace built in. All one had to do was hit both corners with some solder. The local raceway in Manchester, when it existed, used Flexi 2's with Parma S16D's for its IROC class.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:03 PM

That was a Flex Kar (Flexi 1). The Flexi 2 is quite a bit heavier unless you use Flexi 1 .025 pans on it.

Bill has a memory like a steel trap :D  Keeps me on my toes :sun_bespectacled:


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:58 PM

Fellas,

 

 The C.A.R.S. Vintage Slot Car Club has been looking into the Flex 1 as a new/old source for some vintage action...

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:42 PM

Pete, can your guys drive like Chicky? :laugh2:  If not, you'll find the Flexi 2 to be easier to drive. Have fun whatever you run. :)


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:57 PM

 I can't speak for the rest of the group but I never took a liking to the Flexi 2.  The car always seemed too stiff to me, probably the plating had something to do with it. I never cared for the torsion bars, for that matter I never liked the square bushings either.

 

I went from the Flexi 1 right to the Champion Turbo Flex and ended my racing days with that chassis years ago...

 

 Along the same lines though, the 4 1/2 Flexi 2 with an old stock car body is one of my favorite knock around cars with S16D motor.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 07:53 AM

The Flexi 1 never caught on in this area, but the turboflex sure did. The one raceway with a king track closed in 1998. We had mostly hillclimbs, a few  triovals, & a couple flat tracks. Now we have none.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 11:57 AM

We also have a box full of TFs that we use for occasional IROC races. If you follow Cheater's tome, they're hard to beat!

 

And IMHO, the F2 is a pretty good chassis, too. It drives well, and it's very durable. I expect a lot of fun on Saturday.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 12:17 PM

Where did the CART body come from?  I have never seen one like that before.  Is it still made?

 

Thanks!  Mark


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 02:50 PM

I believe that's an old Parma body.


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 11:23 AM

Parma "Ultimate Indy" body, I don't think they're still made. The one you see here was done about 20 yrs. ago.


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Posted 07 May 2020 - 10:56 AM

I am located in Sc too.
Not sure if you are still racing but I have a few flexi 2s still. I still race/raced them at the Slot Car Cave in Rock Hill.
We run a 7.0 breakout race and it works fine for that.





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