Post by Jay Hardy on Sept 17, 2012 21:05:28 GMT -5
We are still waiting on Dave's car, so in the meantime I've run a few test laps with the cars. They all run pretty good but remember, all races are run at 12 volts and a few are more than a hand full, mine included. It should make for an interesting result.
Post by Jay Hardy on Sept 20, 2012 12:37:40 GMT -5
We are still waiting on the arrival of Dave's car but I went ahead and qualified rest of the field. Each car was run for two minutes on the middle, blue lane.
If you're the co-winner of the Concours, you might as well be fastest qualifier, right?
Taffy. 7.223. A rocket ship. The car has good grip but may be too fast for this track. It will take a lot of concentration to keep this car right on the edge and not fall off.
Nigel. 7.246. Gobs of power but a nice balance with the gearing. Could use a little more grip but a very good car overall.
Phil. 7.398. This may be the slowest car in terms of pure speed, but it is so flipping easy to drive with great balance and grip. Keep an eye on this one.
Al. 7.409. This car has so much power that I can't use full throttle anywhere on the the track. It has decent grip and if you can develop a rhythm with it you should be able to turn faster laps. This is another car that's right on the edge, and like Taffy's, hard to keep it from falling off.
Charles. 7.417. A very fast car with good grip. I think this car will turn faster laps but I'm so afraid of rolling this car and knocking off the exhaust, I'm driving it under the cars potential.
Jay. 7.430. Not sure who built this but there's way too much motor for the grip. If the grip comes on in the race it should be competitive.
Mark. 7.476. Like Phil's car, down on power but easy to drive. Decent grip but the right front wheel is just off the surface and it has a tendency to tip turning left.
Tony. 7.527. Down on power but so easy to drive. The only thing holding the car back is lack of grip.
Other than the top two guys, the rest of the field is separated by only 1.3 tenths. I expect a very competitive race.
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2012 15:16:30 GMT -5 by Mark Huber
Post by Jay Hardy on Sept 21, 2012 11:59:56 GMT -5
The race will be held this Saturday. In an effort to try and hold off until all the cars arrived, I have missed the window to have my drivers come and race the cars. I'm not a fan of the sterile, time trial race but I don't have any other options.
The race format is simple, each car will run solo 4 minute heats in all 3 lanes.
I'm still holding out hope that Dave's car arrives today. If not I will forward it to Matt as soon as it arrives.
Post by Jay Hardy on Sept 22, 2012 16:58:21 GMT -5
The results are in.
1st. Nigel 97.7 laps 7.085 fast lap
2nd. Al 93.6 laps 7.256 fast lap
3rd. Jay 92.3 laps 7.137 fast lap
4th. Phil 91.9 7.513 fast lap
5th. Mark 90.2 7.414 fast lap
6th. Tony 90.0 7.453 fast lap
7th. Taffy 89.3 7.290 fast lap
8th. Charles 83.5 7.462 fast lap
Nigel - Just a good car. Lots of speed with good balance. If it had more grip it might be untouchable.
Al - I was able to develop a rhythm with the car and it was fairly easy to drive in the mid range levels. I actually never used more than 3/4 throttle the entire lap.
Jay - The car is fairly smooth and the grip seemed to come back as it went through the heats.
Phil - Like in qualifying, lacked speed but it's easy to drive. Interestingly, it didn't seem to have the grip it did in qualifying.
Mark - Another car that's easy to drive except for the tipping issue caused by the right wheel not touching the surface. This caused a few deslots hurting the lap count.
Tony - this car developed a gear issue that was repaired between the 1st and 2nd heats. I had to add spacers to snug the gear up to the pinion. May have performed better if this hadn't happened.
Taffy - a great running car with good grip, just way more motor than the track can handle. I couldn't get a rhythm with it like I could with Al's and lap times suffered. This car will do better on the big track.
Charles - Plenty fast but very stiff braids caused it to be very tippy resulting in too many deslots killing the lap count.
Overall a very good group of cars and much improved overall from last year. They will be packed up and shipped to Monza for the next race on Monday. Thanks for the opportunity to host. It was a pleasure as always.
Thank you Jay for taming the beast. It's been a long time between drinks. As I recall, my last finish above mid-pack was in the VRAA in 2010!
A few comments about the "oily bits" if anyone is interested:
Motor: All Electronics $.50 special
Gearing: 33 tooth Sonic crown gear, 12 tooth pinion
Tires: Ortmann or Paul Gage – I'm not sure which
Chassis: scratch built with machined rear bracket:
So far as the speed, or excess thereof, the car was originally built so that I would have something to run in the "60s" races in Las Vegas. The usual venue was a Blue King! In any event I would offer for the readers amusement an approximate quote from Peter Ustinov's "Grand Prix of Gibraltar" – Commandatore Fanfani's response to a question about the brakes on his cars:
"You wanta talka brakes, you talka my secretary. Anybody can maka car go slow – it takea genius to make it go fast!"
Post by tony condon on Sept 24, 2012 9:45:25 GMT -5
Hi Jay Thanks for fizing that gear ,i expect it was a bit of a pain in the A**se I originally had a shim behind the gear ,but when i was trying to sort out the performance deficit of the motor i reckoned that they were a little tight I,d not used ranch gears before and maybe be ally they have worn a bit and came slightly loose
Post by Mark Huber on Sept 25, 2012 22:25:07 GMT -5
With one race run and the Concours points, the spread is quite close:
Entrant Car Concours Race One Total Taffy Ferrari 50 24 74 Alan Eagle 28 44 72 Jay Honda 32 40 72 Charles Ferrari 50 20 70 Nigel Lotus 20 50 70 Mark BRM 36 32 68 Tony Lotus 40 28 68 Phil BRM 24 36 60 Dave BRM 16 DNS 16
Sorry about the spacing; the columns formats perfectly in the message box, but I can't do anything about it when I hit the "Post Reply".