I have completed the schedule with the addition of Chappy's Lake on the Mountain track, a new stop on the VRAA calendar but one that has hosted other proxies and is at the centre of an active club with experienced drivers. A lap of the circuit is approximately 90 feet, 3 lanes on routed MDF with copper tape and a painted grey latex surface. The locals race only on urethane and rubber tires so grip should be good for the VRAA cars. Power is 10.5 volts through adjustable PM controllers. The lap timer/counter is triggered by a dead strip. As you can see from the photos, the track has full scenery which always makes for more interesting pictures of the race.
Most of the entries are now in the VRAA Paddock. Regrettably but inevitably, there have been some last minute dropouts. Also, I'm waiting on a couple of cars from Australia. Slo1quick's Brabham (what else?) was mailed late and should be here by the beginning of next week, but Stubbo's Brabham (what else too?) has been en route for almost a month. It should have arrived a couple of weeks ago under normal circumstances, so we are starting to fear that it may have been lost at sea.
The disappearance of any VRAA entry is deeply disturbing, but it is doubly (triply?) so in this case because the shipment included the returning Tasman Cup cars of Ferrari1950 and myself. I have read about piracy in the south Pacific and I just want to make one thing perfectly clear: we will not pay ransom demands from pirates and other extortionists!
Next week, we will commence tech inspection, photo sessions and, hopefully, an on-track test of the cars. I had planned to run the season opening race at RIR's Pista Carrera Mesa Roja before the end of the month but that schedule is now in doubt, partly due to the recent death of RIR's mother in Toronto and my own travel commitments during the next four weeks. And then there is the herding of the local cats to drive and marshal the race...
My apologies for the delay. I will update you all with a revised race date when I am able to do so and, in the meantime, will post pictures and tech inspection data next week.
Unfortunately, it is proving very difficult to coordinate the availability schedules of my collaborator and race #1 host, RIR, and myself. We will only be in town at the same time for a few scattered days during the next four weeks. Therefore, I must postpone the start of VRAA 2016 until the weekend of October 15/16. My apologies to all of you who worked so hard to finish and submit your cars on time. Once we get the Mesa Roja race behind us, the cars will be sent onwards to the three American rounds. With luck, we can still get those done before the end of the December and get back on schedule.
I have sent messages to those entrants who had previously withdrawn because they'd thought they'd run out of time to finish their cars. Well, now they have another four weeks to complete the job and get their entries to me. Get working guys.
Gentlemen, thank you for your patience. We are finally ready to get this season on track. The season opener of VRAA 2016 will be run this weekend at Mesa Roja. As no laggards have arrived in the Paddock despite the month's delay, our starting grid will have 14 cars in GP2.5 and 13 entrants in GP1.5. I have posted the results of Tech Inspection in a dedicated thread with that name. Check it out and see how your car's specs compare to the rest of the field.