Post by Phil Kalbfell on Mar 22, 2016 16:14:13 GMT -5
First thank for keeping this series going,and thanks to Ken for all the years he organized it.
These is just my opinions.
I think the rules are pretty good, the removal of the Concours points was a good move, Concours is very subjective.
I think people dropped out because of the difficulty in obtaining suitable parts. BWA wheels no longer available, motors are hard to source from Art.
I tried to organize a club 1.5 series here for years and the only way I finally got it up and running was to Orr a kit of suitable parts for builders. We also allow non builders to run RTR Scalex and Cartrix with correct motors.
The 2.5 class may be better now that people can see that RTR cars are very competitive.
I think allowing an optional motor from a reliable supplier, and providing a list of wheel suppliers may help. The Tasman series is growing from Strengh to strength down here, with almost the same rules.
Gentlemen, thanks to the support and encouragement received here and elsewhere...
VRAA 2016 is go! go! go!
We will race the same two classes, GP1.5 and GP2.5. There will a few minor rule tweaks but nothing that will make redundant any of the cars that raced last season. I will post the updated Rules next week and open up Registration soon after. Expect a similar timetable to last year, with cars to arrive by September 1, so you have 5 months to build new cars or re-fettle old ones.
Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
The VRAA has always been a "low-power" motor series. The BWA motor runs to about 14K RPM @12 volts. The series typically races on home-based tracks of around 50-70 feet, not at big "club" tracks with long straights and sweeping turns such as Wolverhampton. VRAA cars are light and often lap our tracks within tenths of a second of a good Slot.it Group C car. So, they're not slow.
As for motor choice, I acknowledge the BWA motor is only available from a single source (Dart Hobbies) and sometimes that source is slow to respond. This year in GP1.5 I will offer the choice of either the BWA FF050 or an equivalent, commercially available motor (to be detailed in the Rules).
There was a suggestion to race the two classes of cars together in one race. Though it was my aim to arrive at a roughly equal lap time for the two classes while providing a completely different design and engineering challenge for each, I don't believe they ought to race together. From an aesthetic viewpoint, it doesn't look right. The VRAA is not meant to replicate a modern "vintage" meeting. In my mind it is an attempt to recreate a race from the era in question.
There was a mention of Ready-to-Run cars. RTR cars have always been permitted to race in the VRAA, though they inevitably require some level of modification. In GP1.5, there are only three recent RTR cars that I can think of: the Scalextric Cooper T53 and Ferrari 156, and the Cartrix Porsche 804. All would require substantial modification to render them competitive in this proxy. The GP2.5 class was created to encourage newcomers into the VRAA through the preparation of an RTR car from the likes of Cartrix or Scalextric. Of course, factory painted RTR cars are not eligible for the Concours Competition.
A final thought on the question of vacformed shells. They were permitted in the first F1 season of the VRAA (2008). A group of entrants from the Shoreline Club ordered an assortment of shells from Pattos. On arrival, nobody could positively identify which blob represented which actual car! Thereafter, when Ken assumed the direction of the VRAA, vac bodies were thankfully outlawed.