Post by David Mitcham on Nov 14, 2018 9:10:52 GMT -5
Here are some details of my track - Rockwell Park, an amalgamation of part of our house name and the fact my track/workshop sits over an old well. As you can see below the scenery is not complete but hopefully will be in a better state by the time of the proxy round.
Its wood, or rather hardboard, and about 50 feet lap length. The road surface is smooth acrylic primer; urethane tyres give the best grip but rubber isn’t far behind. There are no slot depth restrictions. The longest straight is about 9 feet and as you will see below there are a variety of bends. More of a technical track than a high speed one but it flows quite nicely. A good lap time for thirties type cars (GTM Auto Union with resin chassis and 18k motor) is around 7.7seconds as compared to 6.9 seconds for a sidewinder Lotus 40 and about 7 seconds for a 3 litre F1 car.
The start and pits
Old Hall and the Avenue leading to Cascades
Island Bend leading into Esso
Well corner leading into Hill Top and the main straight
Post by maxrossmassler on Nov 14, 2018 19:40:00 GMT -5
Son of Red Hill Raceway - 4 year old photos from days of construction - has a lot of scenery now.
Lap length 56'. Routed wood, no slot depth issues so far. Trackmate timer (dead strip).
The lap record is around 5 seconds or so, but for VRAA cars it was more like 7 seconds (a couple of years ago).
I will post a current photo after our meeting on Dec. 1st.
I plan to run just 2 of the four lanes to avoid squeeze issues. This is more important when the fastest cars are running- 5 seconds a lap doesn't give you a lot of time for marshalling! But when lap times are down in the 7s or even 6s, we have pretty much zero carnage.
None the less, I will be running the 2 inner lanes which are 3.5" apart.
The flow is excellent. The longest straightaway is a little more than 8 feet.
The Austin Slot Car Club Track is a custom built, three lane wood track with an average lane length of 54 feet (16.46 meters). Lane spacing is constant at 4.5 inches (11 cm) so that 1:32 and 1:24 scale cars can be raced. The track is tastefully landscaped, however great care has been taken to ensure that there are no sightline barriers to impede racers’ vision.
Lanes are powered by a Pyramid PS26KX adjustable power supply that delivers between 6 and 15 volts DC at up to 22 amps. Timing is handled by a Trackmate timing package utilizing an overhead light bridge and Trackmate and/or PC Lapcounter software. Driver stations are outfitted with female XLR connectors wired with Black (Track) on pin 1, White (Positive) on pin 2, and Red (Brakes) on pin 3 – which indicates a Positive Polarity wired track.
"Boxwood" is not overly long, 50(ish) ft., but is fast and flowing......it is a routed wood track, painted with flat latex, and has a braid recess of about 5 to 10 thou. It has two power taps, a dead strip, and an adjustable voltage 40 amp power supply. The track gets cleaned on a fairly regular basis, so both rubber and urethane tyres will work very well.......given the rules on track width, and, ground clearance for these cars, I suspect that urethane tyres may work best here.
Looking forward to giving them a run !!
Cheers Chris Walker
Cars from the recent 1967 F1 season proxy, on the grid.
Into the hairpin......it has a slight "squeeze".....the narrow cars should be just fine in adjacent lanes.....all the drivers are well aware of the squeeze, so no issues are foreseen.
Drivers complaining about their cars, team managers, wives, girlfriends.......
Under the bridge, and on to the pit straight
Last Edit: Dec 3, 2018 10:34:16 GMT -5 by chrisguyw