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    VRAA 2016 F1 PROXY RULES

    MISSION STATEMENT
    The VRAA promotes sportsmanlike conduct on the track and on this forum; the encouragement of better model-making and scratchbuilding skills; openness and transparency in car building and tuning data so that all entrants can learn and improve; and the celebration of the history of Formula One racing.

    Okay, let’s get this series on track again for a new season…

    There will be two racing classes in the upcoming season:

    GP1.5 – For Grand Prix cars of the 1.5 litre Formula One era 1961-65, and

    GP2.5 – For Grand Prix cars of the 2.5 litre Formula One era 1954-60.


    ENTRY REGISTRATION (See separate Registration thread)
    Entries will be limited to one car per entrant in each class. The maximum number of entries in each class will be 20. The maximum number of entries in the two classes combined will be 32. Please request an entry in the Registration thread. Priority will be given to return entrants and a place will be reserved in the entry list until May 1st.

    2016 SEASON DATES AND RACE VENUES
    May 1, 2016: All reserved and accepted entries must be paid to guarantee a place. Thereafter, entry positions will be determined on a first paid basis.

    September 1, 2016: All cars must be delivered to me

    September 2016: Tech Inspection, Concours Judging and Season Opener at RIR’s Mesa Roja

    October 2016 – February 2017: Six races at tracks as specified in the separate “Tracks and Schedule” thread

    Late February 2017: Race 8 - Season Finale at Ferrari1950’s Autodrome


    GP1.5 CLASS - CAR CONSTRUCTION RULES

    Rule changes from last year are indicated in red.

    Entries must be 1/32 scale (as claimed by the manufacturer) model slot cars of F1 cars from the 1961-65 1.5 liter period.

    Car Body Construction and Appearance:
    Only hard bodies (wood, resin, fiberglass, injection molded plastic, or fabricated plastic) will be allowed.

    Entries must be a reasonably scale representation of a specific, historical Formula One car, in its authentic livery, as it raced or practiced for an FIA Championship F1 Grand Prix during the 1961-1965 period. The historically accurate race number is not required. All entries must race with the race number pre-approved by the Race Director during the Registration process. Fantasy paint schemes and fantasy cars are not permitted.

    As a minimum, all entries must include the following modeled detail: a period-appropriate driver with head, arms, hands, and partial steering wheel; period appropriate wheel inserts; and, except where not present on or visible from the exterior of the actual car, clear windscreen, roll bar, some 3-D engine detail, gearbox, exhaust system and mirror(s). A reasonable attempt to model the suspension detail of the actual car -- at minimum, upper and lower “A-arms”, radius rods and shocks/springs (if present) -- is required. See-through interiors -- where the track can be seen when looking straight down around the driver -- and visible, undisguised motors and crown gears are prohibited.

    Entries that fail to comply with Appearance rules will be assessed penalties in accordance with the “Schedule of Penalties” (see below).

    Chassis and Running Gear:
    Chassis may be fabricated using any material or stock manufactured excluding carbon fiber. Both commercially available and scratchbuilt chassis are permitted.

    Chassis wheelbase length measurement must be to scale with a permitted tolerance of 1.50mm. If the wheelbase is not fixed, then measurements will be taken at both limits of chassis movement and those measurements must be within the permitted tolerance of 1.50mm. No car may have an overall width in excess of 50mm when measured between the widest part of the tires on either axle. A spreadsheet of scale wheelbase measurements is attached to the bottom of this post. Any dispute with the accuracy of these dimensions, must be posted publicly in this thread for review by all and a final ruling by the Race Director.

    Minimum ground clearance is 1/16" (.0625", or 1.59 mm) except at gear, tires and guide.

    Wheels, inserts and tires (see below for limits) should be in keeping with the period.

    Tires:
    Rears: 0.80" (20.32mm) minimum diameter, maximum width .2854" (7.25mm) at sidewall.
    Fronts: 0.75" (19.05mm) minimum diameter, maximum width .2854 (7.25mm) at sidewall.
    Min width .168 (4.25mm) at sidewall

    Both front and rear tires must not have a contact patch of more than 7mm width where the tire meets the track at the start of the series.

    Tires must be made from a rubber or urethane compound (no silicones or sponge rubber) and must be black or dark grey in color. No chemicals or oil may be applied to the tires. No clear paint or polish on front tires. Front tires must be soft enough to deflect under light thumbnail pressure.

    Rear tires must have an outer sidewall bulge like the real cars did in the era. The inner sidewall does not have to have the bulge but must be radiused (rounded) from the sidewall to the tread area.

    The only legal motors are: the BWA/DArt FF-050 or the M/T Racing SL1 FF-050. All motors must have the manufacturer label intact and visible. If the motor label is not visible from underneath the car, the body must be easily removable for Tech Inspection.

    Gears may not be visible from above.

    A single Guide is permitted and must not to be visible from directly above the car in the straight ahead position. No Slot.it wood Guide flags (or similar) and all Guides must be able to fit through a Scalextric R1 hairpin turn. No portion of the Guide that projects into the slot below the reference plane of the track surface may exceed the following dimensions:
    Guide Blade Depth 0.225"/5.715mm
    Guide Blade Thickness 0.065"/1.65mm
    Guide Blade Length 0.827"/21.00mm
    The above measurements will be verified with the car sitting on a flat, slotted setup block with the front tires in contact with the reference plane. If the front tires cannot make contact, the measurements will be made with the pickup braids flattened and the full front weight of the car bearing on the Guide.

    No traction magnets are permitted.

    Owners name and car class should be written on the bottom of the chassis.

    Entries that fail to comply with Chassis and Running Gear rules will be assessed penalties in accordance with the “Schedule of Penalties” (see below). Easily correctable infractions may be fixed by the Race Director, with the permission of the Entrant, and will be assessed a one-time penalty. Minor infractions not easily correctable may be raced, at the discretion of the Race Director, but will be assessed penalties on a per race basis. Cars with major infractions of the rules and technical problems that jeopardize the safe and efficient conduct of the event will be excluded and returned to the Entrant for repair.





    GP2.5 CLASS - CAR CONSTRUCTION RULES

    Rule changes from last year are indicated in red.

    Entries must be 1/32 scale (as claimed by the manufacturer) model slot cars of F1 cars from the 1954-60 2.5 litre era.

    Car Body Construction and Appearance:
    Only hard bodies (wood, resin, fiberglass, injection molded plastic, or fabricated plastic) will be allowed.

    Entries must be a reasonably scale representation of an historical open-wheeled Formula One car that raced or practiced for an FIA Championship F1 Grand Prix during the 1954-60 period. Indianapolis and “streamliner” cars are excluded. All entries must race with the race number pre-approved by the Race Director during the Registration process. Historic race liveries are not strictly required but car decoration must be period appropriate and no advertising apart from prototype car maker insignia and team logos are permitted.

    As a minimum, all entries must include the following modeled detail: a period-appropriate driver with head, arms, hands, and partial steering wheel; period appropriate wheel inserts; a clear windscreen and exhaust system. An attempt to model some suspension detail of the actual car is encouraged but not required. See-through interiors -- where the track can be seen when looking straight down around the driver -- and visible, undisguised motors and crown gears are prohibited.

    Entries that fail to comply with Appearance rules will be assessed penalties in accordance with the “Schedule of Penalties” (see below).

    Chassis and Running Gear:
    Chassis may be fabricated using any material or stock manufactured excluding carbon fiber. Both commercially available and scratchbuilt chassis are permitted. Motors must be inline format only -- no sidewinders or anglewinders allowed.

    Maximum chassis width of any metal part of the chassis, excluding axle tubes, is 1.0” (25.4 mm).

    Minimum ground clearance is 3/32" (.09375", or 2.38mm) between the rear of the guide and the crown gear with the exception of the exhaust system, which must clear the track by at least 1/16” (1.59 mm).

    Maximum chassis wheelbase measurement is 3.0” (76.2 mm).

    Maximum Track Width measured between the widest part of the tires on either axle is 2.05” (52 mm).

    Maximum width of any part of car bodywork is 2.125" (54 mm).

    Wheels and inserts should be in keeping with the period. That is, scale 15” or 16” diameter and between 5mm and 7.25mm wide.

    Tires:
    Rears: 0.827" (21 mm) minimum diameter, maximum width .2854" (7.25mm) at sidewall.
    Fronts: 0.787" (20 mm) minimum diameter, maximum width .236” (6 mm) at sidewall.
    Min width .168 (4.25mm) at sidewall

    Rear tires must have a contact patch of no more than .236” (6 mm) width where the tire meets the track at the start of the series.

    Tires must be made from a rubber or urethane compound (no silicones or sponge rubber) and must be black or dark grey in color. No chemicals or oil may be applied to the tires. No clear paint or polish on front tires. Front tires must be soft enough to deflect under light thumbnail pressure.

    Rear tires must have an outer sidewall bulge like the real cars did in the era. The inner sidewall must be radiused (rounded) from the sidewall to the tread area.

    The only Motors permitted are: DArt BWNC1, M/T Racing M/T-1, Ninco NC1, Ninco NC8, Ninco NC11

    The motor must have the manufacturer label intact and visible. If the motor label is not visible from underneath the car, the body must be easily removable for Tech Inspection.

    Gears may not be visible from above.

    A single Guide is permitted and must not to be visible from directly above the car in the straight ahead position. No Slot.it wood Guide flags (or similar) and all Guides must be able to fit through a Scalextric R1 hairpin turn. No portion of the Guide that projects into the slot below the reference plane of the track surface may exceed the following dimensions:
    Guide Blade Depth 0.225"/5.715mm
    Guide Blade Thickness 0.065"/1.65mm
    Guide Blade Length 0.827"/21.00mm
    The above measurements will be verified with the car sitting on a flat, slotted setup block with the front tires in contact with the reference plane. If the front tires cannot make contact, the measurements will be made with the pickup braids flattened and the full front weight of the car bearing on the Guide.

    No traction magnets are permitted.

    Minimum weight of complete car is 65 grams (2.29 ounces).

    Owners name and Car Class should be written on the bottom of the chassis.

    Entries that fail to comply with Chassis and Running Gear rules will be assessed penalties in accordance with the “Schedule of Penalties” (see below). Easily correctable infractions may be fixed by the Race Director, with the permission of the Entrant, and will be assessed a one-time penalty. Minor infractions not easily correctable may be raced, at the discretion of the Race Director, but will be assessed penalties on a per race basis. Cars with major infractions of the rules and technical problems that jeopardize the safe and efficient conduct of the event will be excluded and returned to the Entrant for repair.


    SCHEDULE OF PENALTIES (GP1.5 & GP2.5)
    After Tech Inspection, the Race Director will assess penalties for infractions of the Car Appearance Rules and the Chassis and Running Gear Rules as follows:

    Car Appearance penalties are assessed once at start of season.
    Car Livery – fantasy or grossly inauthentic (–10 points)
    Car Cockpit – see-through to track (-5 points)
    Wheel inserts - missing (-10 points) or not period correct (–5 points)
    Suspension detail (GP1.5 only) - minimum detail absent (–10 points per axle)
    Driver – missing (-20 points) or period incorrect (-10 points)
    Other missing details (where required) - (-5 points per item)

    Chassis and Running Gear penalties are assessed on a per race basis for as long as the car remains non-compliant.
    Wheelbase measurement – outside permitted tolerance (-5 points)
    Width measurement – for GP1.5 between 50mm and 52mm (-5 points); over 52mm (exclusion)
    - for GP 2.5 between 52mm and 54mm (-5 points); over 54mm (exclusion)
    Tires – diameter outside spec (-2 points)
    - rear tire width or contact patch minor infraction (-5 points)
    - other minor infractions (-2 points)
    - rear tire width over 8mm (exclusion)
    - material not approved (exclusion)
    Ground Clearance - less than spec (-5 points), chassis contact danger (exclusion)
    Guide or Gear visible from above (-2 points)
    Guide – size infraction (-5 points)

    CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
    The VRAA Concours d’Elegance is a combined competition open to entries from both classes and will be conducted as follows:

    Factory painted bodies will not be eligible for the Concours d'Elegance.

    All Concours cars must be replicas of an actual car in an historic race. The following elements will be judged based principally on their accuracy and craftsmanship in replicating the original race car.

    Twenty points will be available for the construction, fit and finish of the body; including paint, decals, mirrors, roll bar, ignition box, windscreen, injector stacks, gear box, grill work and screens.

    Ten points will be available for the driver detailing and cockpit details: including the dashboard, shifter, steering wheel and seat.

    Fifteen points will be available for the suspension detail including; A arms, radius arms, tie rods, shocks, springs, sway bars, uprights and brakes.

    The last five points will be given for how well the car looks going around the track.

    We encourage you to send photographic and other provenance of the historic F1 car upon which your model is based to aid the judge(s) in their decision.



    RACE PROCEDURES, SCOREKEEPING AND CHAMPIONSHIP

    Races will be conducted at between 10 volts and 12 volts at the discretion of the Race Host and according to the characteristics of the track. Race conditions, including driver and lane rotation, must be equal for all cars. Run order of cars and Race Heat organization is at the discretion of the Race Host. GP1.5 and GP2.5 classes must be raced separately.

    Tires should be wiped clean before each Race Heat with a dry or damp cloth or finger. No solvents or other chemicals should be applied to the tires, including lighter fluid or Simple Green.

    A car with a minor technical problem (lost screw, loose wheel, gear, braid , etc.) may be repaired by the Race Host before, during or between Race Heats, though a Race Heat should not be halted or delayed while such a repair is made. No penalty will be assessed beyond racing laps lost during the repair.

    Any major repairs will only be made between races at the discretion of the Race Host and with the permission of the Entrant. Otherwise, a broken car will be returned to the Entrant for repair at his expense. The Race Director must be advised of all major repairs or car returns. No penalty will be assessed beyond Championship Points lost due to missed races.

    Finishing order for each round of the proxy race will be determined by total number of laps and 10ths of laps, within a set amount of time. A minimum of 12 (maximum of 15) minutes racing time per car is required at each track. Fastest race laps must be recorded for each car. The points won according to the finishing positions for each round from first place to twenty-fourth are:

    50-44-40-36-34-32-30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3 with a fastest race lap bonus of 2 points.

    At the conclusion of all the rounds, the total of all the points won, less any penalties assessed, shall determine the VRAA Champion in each class for this season.


    ENTRY INFO

    Entry fee is US$25 for the first entry/class. A second entry in the other class will cost US$15. International entries from outside Canada and Continental USA, please add US$5 (for 1 or 2 cars) for additional postage. Entry fees are non-refundable except in the event of the cancellation of the proxy. Entry fees will cover shipping costs between races, return of car to entrant and hopefully some prizes at the end of this event. Shipping costs of entries from Entrant to Race Director at the beginning of the event are the responsibility of the Entrant. If the car is crossing international borders, please declare the car as a “Used Toy Car To Be Returned To Owner After Competition” and state a nominal value of $20 on the Customs Declaration. Funds will be tight enough on this series. I don’t want to pay taxes and duty on your entry!

    I will provide a Paypal address for registration fee payments at a later date.

    I will provide a ship-to address for entries at a later date.

    All cars entered must be accompanied by a printed “CAR DATA FORM” that contains the following information:

    Car Number
    Class Entered
    Entrant’s Forum ID and Actual Name
    Car Make and Type Modeled
    Model Body Maker
    Wheel Maker
    Tyre Maker and Material
    Gear Maker
    Gear Ratio
    Guide Maker
    Return Address Label

    Registration requests should be posted in the VRAA 2016 Registration thread.


    Old23
    Last edited by Old23; 04-04-2016, 11:27 AM. Reason: Corrected to M/T "Racing" SL1

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    The Registration List will be posted and open for entries on Tuesday, March 29th.

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      Guide

      "Guide Blade Depth 0.225"/5.715mm"

      From the bottom of the horizontal part of the guide or the bottom of the braid?

      Thanks

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        From the bottom of the braid is the safe measure. The rules actually specify a measurement of the penetration of the guide into the slot with front tires resting on the track. So, if the guide/braid is not hard/flat against the track the measurement would be made on only that portion of the guide blade that is below the track surface.

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