Rock County Eighth Mile - Brighton, UK May 29, 2020 9:27:27 GMT -7 dave632, ecbill, and 6 more like this
Post by woodcote on May 29, 2020 9:27:27 GMT -7
My old Auto World strip has seen a bit of an upgrade this year, with a new track surface and Track Mate Drag Basic installed. We're now nearly ready for a summer season of monthly proxy drag races - designed to keep HO circuit racing club members engaged and entertained. It is likely to be a few months before we can meet and race face-to-face.
The current track surface is the new Micro Scalextric plastic sectional track. It is very smooth and has excellent connectivity. The rails are flat - like 1/32 and 1/43 scale track - but with the correct spacing for traditional HO pick-ups. That means cars must be fitted with braids to work well. My long-term plan is still to route a traditional Sintra HO strip.
The classes we are starting with include two Micro Scalextric classes - Street Stock and Super Stock. The Micro cars are readily available here and very cheap - most people will have some - and there are some nice modern street-style bodies. They are also perfectly powered (ie 'slow') for the short seven foot strip (1/8 mile in true HO 1:87 scale....) and they stop promptly in the tight 22-inch shutdown. I find 12 volts perfect for these cars - and stock pancake cars.
The decoration of the strip still requires some finishing touches, but it functioned perfectly during a full practice run-through of the race format two weekends ago. Here's a short clip of the action...
The Micro cars are being supplemented by a Nostalgia Super Stock class, using T-Jets running at 12 volts and with braids soldered to the pick-ups. The regs are otherwise very similar to the NTRA pancake stock rules. Quite a few of our racers have T-jets for some oval racing we've enjoyed in the past, so this seemed a sensible class to choose. We will also have some 4-Gear match racing for the few of us that have (or might be getting) some of the AW Legends Funny Cars and NHRA Top Fuelers.
The series starts on 9-10 June and there will be four more races - 7-8 July, 11-12 August, 1-2 September and 29-30 September. Not only local club members, but racers from around the UK are sending cars. With ten days to go, we've just hit sixteen entries for Street Stock and are up to nine for the T-Jet Super Stock class. We'll see how it develops.
Build-up and race coverage of all the events will take place on our club's forum at SlotRacer Online here.