Post by Peter Seager-Thomas on Sept 16, 2018 16:13:48 GMT -5
I'd certainly look into building a car for such an event.
Those who have not done so might care to look at Ken Wehnert's 'feasibility study' for such an event which led me to the conclusion that whilst it is of course wise ask for opinions, there will be dissent.
It seems to me that John is proposing a pretty open set of rules, and if all cars had the same motors, things should be fair. Unless of course weight is considered, and thus larger cars are at a disadvantage. Perhaps a minimum car weight combined with a fixed motor? Not too far off contemporary GP rules?
Narrow tyres were available from Luf in Canada, I assume they still are.
Those for the Scaley Maserati and Vanwall cater for some needs, whilst those I use most are those for the Scaley Tinplate Ferrari 275. i think that both this company and Paul Gage do tyres for the Airfix Mercedes/Auto Union.
The problem is wheels of course, with the option of wide rims (Pendle) or narrow rims (RS). The RS 5mm wheels would do for some 1500cc cars as they workout at a little over a scale 16" diameter.
My attempts to elicit interest in hosting from my local group has met, thus far, with silence. This may be due to the fact that we have just concluded a summer enduro race season and could change as the regular season approaches.
On tires: I have some urethanes made for me by BOSA to fit both the Pendle 19" and 23" wheel sets and the RS narrow wheels. Observation - these softer urethanes absolutely must be glued on when fitted to narrow rims.
On motors and classes: I would favor running two classes - GP and voiturette with different motor specs, the former unrestricted and the latter using FF 050 or 030 motors. Even if the cars are consolidated into a single class using a "spec" 050 motor, I strongly suspect that the GP cars would be the winning route. With careful construction the weight difference would be small and the size advantage - track and wheelbase - and corresponding handling impact would more than compensate.
Question: Since they conformed to the GP class regs in place in '39, should the late 40's GP cars (Alfa, Maserati, Cisitalia be included to widen the range od prototypes/available shells? How about the Talbot Lago? Shaw's 8CTF Indy car?