Congratulation to Bryan for winning the championship! 2 points! This is very, very hard for me, man!
Some people in Germany say, the 2nd place is the place of the first loser, but that is not my opinion. In fact the most frustrating for me is my really bad concours result, even, if I have seen, that there were very strong concours-contestants. Next year I will spend more time building a fast chassis than developing my own bodyshell ...
I have to say thank you to all people involved in the organisation of this proxy and to Mark as the man behind the series! This time in the races, looking at the pictures, waiting for the results, reading the race reports and the comments of the other contestants was a great time again. So I say thank you to all.
After the race is before the race!!
Last Edit: Nov 4, 2014 19:12:09 GMT -5 by Mark Huber
Well another series over and the results are all in. Many thanks to Mark and all the people involved with him organizing, running, racing, and competitors in a great slot car proxy. Congratulations to Bryan for his win only just managing to stop the steam roller that is Taffy, who again showed his prowess by finishing second by the closest of margins. I can't forget to say well done also to Alan and Stu, the innovative team from that far away country. Admiration for all who scored highly in the concours, especially Chris on winning and the two Davids finishing on the podium there. I'm sorry I had to make Pete work so hard driving my car in the last race, so next year I will attempt to make a better handling car too. Thanks to David L for his comments on my balsa bodied car, I do strive to get the look of the car on the track, rather than a pristine historically accurate cracker. For myself, i was very happy to finish in 16th place, which could have been higher possibly, if not for the unfortunate first race wheel loss!!! So after all that, thanks for inviting me in. Best Regards Nigel
What a great finish, down to the wire! Congratulations Bryan on taking the title. And well done to Taffy and the Alan/Stu team for 2nd and 3rd. It is clear from all the wonderful photos and first hand accounts that the cars in this race are beautifully crafted. So Chris' Eagle must be a real work of art - how I wish I could see it and all the other cars in person. Thanks to all the organizers and participants. It has been a privilege to take part.
Post by David Mitcham on Nov 5, 2014 7:14:29 GMT -5
A huge thank you everyone involved in running the GPd2014 proxy series particularly the organisers, the marshals and drivers at each race meeting - it must have been quite a commitment of time. I'd also like to thank Mark and Chris for setting up the Forum and being the prime movers in getting this proxy series up and running. Without Mark's encouragement I probably wouldn't have had entered.
The race repoprts and photographs have been excellent and have been eagerly awaited.
I'd also like to congratulate and thank my fellow participants for a splendid field of cars and for the good spirit and good humour in which the series has been conducted. Its been a real privilege to be part of it. The top three, Bryan, Taffy and Alan and Stu, have put on a great, competitive, performance in fantastic looking cars (Taffy, don't give up on making your own bodies - its great to see something different and I thought your Matra looked terrific).
It goes without saying (but I will anyway) that I'm delighted (and very surprised) by my second place in the Concours. I certainly don't feel like the first loser as Chris's Eagle is way beyond my capabilities - a wonderful rendition of the best looking F1 car ever. In truth I would have been more than happy, as a rookie, to be in the top 5 or even the top 10 of the Concours and from the photographs the judges must have had a really hard time in deciding on the overall order for this very high quality field. I'd like to thank Mel Ault for his excellent Cooper body which made building my car very straightforward.
Enough waffle - I need to get back to building my Tecno for Andi's 70's proxy series with renewed vigour!
I can't tell you how pleased I am to have won such a fantastic race series against such fine cars. And goodness me what a close finish it was! The wait for the concours results was tense to say the least.
Hearty congratulations to the other podium finishers Taffy and Alan/Stu - well done guys.
And thanks to Pete and David for the lovely reports from Cuckoo Pines. I got a good impression of how the race unfolded over the course of the day - almost like being there. Very nice photos too David, despite the cramped conditions. All together a very impressive report.
Post by Chris Wright on Nov 6, 2014 14:02:12 GMT -5
Well, the races and concours judging have come to an end. time to say goodbye to GPd2014, what a fantastic series of races.
I'd like to congratulate everyone involved. If there were any hitches, they were quietly kept behind the scenes.
No drama like in real F-1 racing just 20 fantastic cars, and 21 enthusiastic builders, and several gracious venue host's, who know how to drive slot cars. Thank you: David W, Bryan, Nic, Dave J, Paul, Matt, Pete, John, and David L.
Everyone will get their well deserved acclaim under their titles.
Now start planning for next years GPd2015
Again congratulations to all
Last Edit: Nov 6, 2014 15:31:02 GMT -5 by Mark Huber
Congratulations to Bryan for the series win and Taffy as runner up. Thanks also to Stu for building a great chassis for the BT19. Now that we have a series under our belt hopefully we can make some more improvement next year.
Congratulation Chris on your concours win, outstanding.
Thanks to all concerned with the GPDG. Thanks to the hosts, the drivers and the marshalls.
It is good fun to be a part of this event. I like the concept of a short sharp series so that we now have plenty of time to work on next years cars. I am also appreciative of everyones efforts to make the event run on time. The race reporting is fantastic and the pictorial stories of the races is a credit to all concerned.
Most of all though a big thank you to Mark for organising and running the event and particularly for the invitiation to enter.
The cars have arrived safely in Newcastle at Dave Wisdom's home. Dave will begin packaging and returning the cars shortly. If any of you did not provide a legible return address Dave and I will be in touch with you shortly.
There are participant prizes, all from Immense Miniatures. These will be included with your cars.
Hosts who incurred mailing and postage costs for sending the cars along to other venues, please provide your expense totals to Dave Wisdom. I will reimburse Dave from the balance of the registration fees. I will provide a complete accounting of the fees and expenses when all the bills are paid, including return postage.
Post by Dave Wisdom on Nov 9, 2014 11:40:44 GMT -5
Many, many congratulations to Bryan King on winning the 2015 Grand Prix de Garagista!
What a wonderful GPd2014 this has been. By far the best part of the experience (for me) has been being able to see and touch such exceptional examples of fine model making.
I've carried out some minor repairs and started carefully packing up the cars today and will notify everyone when their car has been dispatched. I work 9 to 5 Monday to Friday and getting to the post office may be a bit of challenge, so if I may ask that folks are patient, I shall make every effort to post each model back to their respective rightful owners as soon as possible.
Post by David Lawson on Nov 12, 2014 4:30:35 GMT -5
Thanks for posting the in car footage, the camera car sounds like a 2013 F1 car with it's high revving scream...
I like the choreography with a car being overtaken and then the camera car being overtaken and I think as an experiment it was very successful. What is the betting that for next year's proxy Dave will come up with something even better - maybe some Raymond Baxter commentary.
Post by Dave Wisdom on Nov 13, 2014 2:21:34 GMT -5
Thanks David, and yes you're absolutely right, this was very much an experiment carried out in great haste before packing up the cars for their shipments home.
The 'camera car' consisted of a compact digital camera precariously perched on top of an old SCX SR2 Mazda Group C chassis unit. The soundtrack (which I understand has annoyed a few folks - sorry about that) comes directly from the old SCX RX motor powering the chassis.
I've never attempted anything like this before and it was a bit of a handful attempting to control all three cars at once (hence the rather poor directors cut), but if I were to attempt it again I'd obviously have more time to plan and organise things properly.
The cars in this video include Bryan's BRM, Taffy's Matra, Alan & Stu's Brabham and Matt's Honda. There is another short film with the camera reversed looking back towards the following car. Again it is of poor quality so will spare you all the pain until I get it right!