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Post by rick1776 on Wed Apr 18 2012, 13:59

Hi to all, its been a while. Got an email from Henrik out of the blue and here I am. Well Ive rekindled my boyhood racing ambitions and have taken up slotcar racing again. Below is my TransAm and CanAm cars, albeit in 1/24 scale. The T/A series has been running for four years now, since 2009. Ive managed to come 3rd, 4th and 2nd. Always the bridesmaid. The CanAm was run last year 2011 for the first time and I managed to hold on to win that series!! I chose the Roger Penske 69 Camaro driven by Mark Donahue as my weapon of choice and for the CanAm car I chose the McLaren M8 driven by Danny Hulme.














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PS Ferrari dont cheat (and get caught). That honour belongs to Uncle Ron and Mac. Sorry couldnt resist Myriam.




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Post by Henrik on Wed Apr 18 2012, 18:57

Welcome back Rick!!!

I'm actually a bit jealous of your slot car racing. The cars look great and you seem to be doing pretty well on the track too.


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Post by PLAYLIFE on Thu Apr 19 2012, 04:30

Welcome back rick!

I had hunted you down to a slot car racing forum but not sure if I ever made contact. It's been a while...like a decade I think...

Great pics! I stopped collecting scalextric cars probably about 15 years ago but still have a small collection of F1 cars. Looking at pictures and videos makes me wanna start up again.
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Post by rick1776 on Thu Apr 19 2012, 05:02

Hi Henrik and PL,

Yes its been a while. Not sure if I can motivate myself to have arguements about F1 anymore. I lost interest after Mac got caught cheating a few years back. Nothing wrong with cheating but for god's sake if youre going to do it, do it right....and dont get caught. Razz

Henrik, Ill be seeing you in Lucca Italy in early June?? One or two sugars in your cuppoccino?

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Post by glendo on Thu Apr 19 2012, 21:23

See you back in adelaide? im moving back there in the future
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Post by H8R on Thu Apr 19 2012, 22:49

rick1776 wrote:Hi Henrik and PL,

Yes its been a while. Not sure if I can motivate myself to have arguements about F1 anymore. I lost interest after Mac got caught cheating a few years back. Nothing wrong with cheating but for god's sake if youre going to do it, do it right....and dont get caught. Razz

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It isn't cheating until you get caught. LOL

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Post by da silva on Thu Apr 19 2012, 23:50

Welcome back Rick. Did you swiss cheese the Camaro like Penske did back in the day?
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Post by rick1776 on Fri Apr 20 2012, 01:45

Ha ha daSilva. Yes Im running 200 pounds under weight....or whatever that works out to be in 1/24th scale. The car runs some inventive rule interpretations...but let me stress that it runs within the rules as they are written. Unfortunately no amount of creative engineering can make up for my lack of driving talent pale I race with some pretty bloody good slotters, whose driving talents make me look like Lewis Hamilton...although Im hoping that Im not that much of a prat.


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Post by eso on Fri Apr 20 2012, 05:28

Welcome Back Rick! Long Time.

Cool slot cars. You know I saw both of the real versions of those run in Riverside at the LA Times Grand Prix races in the '60s. For several years my dad took me and my brothers to the races there every year. CanAm was the Bomb, and those cars were wonderful to watch on that circuit.

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Post by PLAYLIFE on Fri Apr 20 2012, 05:43

There's a great Can-Am documentary if you haven't already seen it called 'Can-Am - A Speed Odyssey' - in colour too!

http://www.canamfilm.com/
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Post by eso on Fri Apr 20 2012, 06:30

I'll have to get a copy of that. Thanks PL. Just watching the trailer was a stroll down memory lane.

The Canadian/American Challenge Cup Series (The real name of the series) was an amazing series. The regulations were minimal: two seats, a minimum weight no one could even get close to, maximum tread widths that were huge, and little else. A whole field of screaming big blocks was as wonderful in it's own way as an entire grid of 3L V10s turning 18.5K.

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Post by PLAYLIFE on Mon Apr 23 2012, 07:43

Crazy stuff:
'72@ the Glen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Er3VzwGrY&feature=related

'71@ the Glen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo0Ur0rgn4E&feature=related

What a driver line-up in the 1971 race!
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Post by gueuzeman on Mon Apr 23 2012, 13:27

Hi Rick! Nice to see you around, glad you're having fun with those. Strange to see a Camaro with right hand drive.

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Post by Gelert on Mon Apr 23 2012, 19:48

gueuzeman wrote:Strange to see a Camaro with right hand drive.
You've got your screen set on "active flip", Gueuze.
It's clearly a left-hand drive, run by Oramac Oconus and Eksnep Regor Meat... study

Yo Rick - welcome back! We're not backward here, really! It's just a PC Screen set-up issue...

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Post by rick1776 on Tue Apr 24 2012, 00:21

Sorry to disappoint you guys but there is nothing wrong with the software etc. It is indeed a RHD Camaro. We run mostly clockwise tracks and its one of those Roger Penske advantages. Very Happy Truth be known I only had some RHD interiors left in my slot parts bin so RHD it was. Razz

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Post by eso on Tue Apr 24 2012, 07:02

Thanks for those links PL. That brings back memories. the '71 race was neat. We called that L&M Lola that Stewart was driving the Snub Nose Lola. I believe later that season a front wing was added because the basic design was not generating enough front end grip.

This is some sports car footage from where we used to sit at Riverside Raceway. From turn 6 you could watch the cars come down through the esses, around turn 6 which was a double apex with a crown in the middle, head down to turn 7, and this footage is very late using turn 7B onto the main straight. You can see a glimpse of the short chute up to the origonal turn 8 that made the main straight a good 50% longer. As the Can-Am cars got faster they shortened the straight to bring the speed down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Es6jEBG1Bg&feature=related

Man I loved watching the Can-Am cars. They were really something else.

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