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Old 05-29-2017, 11:41 PM
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Default Open Invite to all on SCI: BRM Race Day June 24th outside of Portland (OR)

Anyone interested in running their BRM's with the NASTE crowd?

When - Sat, June 24th
Where - Rapid Raceway (check it out here)
Schedule - Still being finalized

On the docket is running your personal Group C, Classic, and GT cars in three separate races, as well as a Trans Am IROC race with the entries from this past Tacoma 24. We will get firmer on the times and durations, but Howie has generously offered us his track for the full day.

Speaking of his track, it is literally the smoothest stretch of latex paint you are likely to ever see. It was painted and sanded repeatedly, and it shows. It is SMOOTH. Track voltage is supplied via commercial power supply and he runs it pretty hot at ~13.5V (at least that's hot to us, we normally run @10V). Timing was recently updated/upgraded to Race Coordinator.

The NASTE group likes to keep things simple. We run our BRM's (mostly) stock and on stock rubber. Our rules are documented here:

http://naste.org/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=3876#p3876

You'll have to poke through that post to find them but they are class #3 (Gp C), #10 (Classics), and #11 (GT's). The quick summary is your car should have the stock components on it, but it can be tuned within the BRM rules. Gp C cars can run in either the inline or anglewinder configuration, and applicable anglewinder parts may be used on the inline chassis (guide, shims, etc...). We haven't run the Classics or GT's on a regular basis, so that rule set is not particularly developed at this point.

This event is outside of any of our regular racing, so we will be racing for fun and not for any championship or series points- just a day of running cars for bragging rights. If that sounds appealing to you, make arrangements to join us. We could possibly set some racing up for Fri eve if people are trekking in from afar- just let us know if you'll be joining in.

Drop a line if you have any questions.

Chris

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Old 06-18-2017, 08:11 PM
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Bumping this up in case anyone needs a reminder. Doors open at noon, racing starts at 1.

Expected order of classes:
1 - Trans Am IROC
2 - Gp C
3 - Classics
4 - GT/Open (anything goes)

Actual timing will depend on the number of racers in attendance, but you can expect to race well into the afternoon. We're out for a good time, come join us. PM me or Kidvoltage for logistics.

Hope to see some out of towners.
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We're looking forward to a beautiful weather day tomorrow in the Portland area, temps expected to top out at about 100. The only thing in town hotter than that will be the on track action.

Come join us. I always like to see the competition sweat!
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Sweaty hands and loose electrical connections always make for a thrilling afternoon.
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Thanks Howie for letting a bunch of hoodlums run wild in your shop today. Thankfully the temps were high enough to keep us pretty lazy and mellow.

For the unfamiliar, this is what Rapid Raceway looks like, with our host in the white shirt on the right (and Trans Am cars at the start line):



We started with a field of 8 racers who braved the heat today. First up were the new class of Trans Am cars run in an IROC format.
Our fleet consisted of the four cars from the two Oregon teams which were entered in last year's Tacoma 24h. The cars are only now just about to be commercially released, but the ones from the fall classic seemed to run out extremely well at Rapid Raceway. With great looking bodywork and simple aluminum podded chassis, they were well matched with each other and the voltage (13v) suited the pink motors well. The end results were:

1 - Bill "How'd I get here" Bostic - 152.1 laps
2 - Monte "Big Smooth" Saager - 150.1
3 - Rico - 143.2
4 - Howie - 141.2
5 - Chris - 140.2
6 - Mitch - 138
7 - Al - 131
8 - Jimmy - 100


The Trans Am's in motion:


Blurring through the corner and onto the straight, 3 cars wide, Rico with his hand over his heart, cringing in fear of the mess he may have to marshall:



Next up were our ever so popular Group C cars. For this we run box stock in either anglewinder or inline configuration. It was weird having sufficient lane spacing to not be bouncing them off each other and the 13v sure made them quick.

One heat's starting grid:


The crowd thinned by one for Gp C as Howie had somewhere else he had to be. In the end, it was:

1 - Monte 138 + a little more than Rico
2 - Rico 138 + not quite as much as Monte
3 - Chris 132
4 - Tie for Mitch and Bill at 121 and I can't remember who was further around the track
5 - See above
6 - Al - 118
7 - Jimmy - 99


Artsy Gp C in-motion blurry shots, starting with Rico dusting off Bill (as his destroyed pinion wakes the dead!):


Monte's black and red blur lurks in the shadow beneath the bridge while Rico's red-taped Omron streaks through the frame:


Mitch's Lowenbrau does a fly-by:


Bill's Bud car does some streaking of its own:




Next up were the BRM Classics - the 917 and the 512. There is a modest population of these among the NASTE regulars and we are nearing critical mass to work these into our normal rotation. Just need a few more people to take the plunge and run them with us. They do make a gorgeous starting field though:


We were whittled down to 5 and a half racers for this race as Jimmy needed to step away before the green dropped and Rico was on borrowed time and bailed after heat 2. There were good battles throughout the field but in the end, Monte wasn't able to three-peat. Bill stood at the top of the podium, followed by me and then Mitch:

1 - Bill - 144
2 - Chris - 139
3 - Mitch - 132
4 - Al - 127
5 - Monte - 126
6 - Rico - 63

More artsy shots...

Monte's shaken, not stirred Martini & Rossi 917 getting the taillight treatment from Bill's Gulf Oil entry:


Mitch's borrowed entry in its familiar Scuderia Kouba livery:




The last event of the day was the GT/BRM Open race, where you could run anything you had the heart to build up with BRM parts. It made for an, ummm, eclectic starting field, as evidenced with this photo:


This represents literally one car from each BRM class... We were down to just four racers at this point as Bill thought it more sporting to run the show and marshal than actually compete. Monte was clearly the man to beat, running the field into the ground with his purple TA Camaro which was straight from the T24 last year. By this time the track was super tacky and his sponge tires and purple motor were a lethal combination. The rest of us took knives to his gunfight, and we all were searching through pit boxes between heats. After eventually migrating to a Tacoma-spec Gp C car (black motor, weight kit, foam tires), I was able to reel him back in and finally get a lap on him by the end of the fourth heat. It was a fairly epic battle (in my head at least) and quite a fun time.

In the end, the finishing order was:

1 - Chris 154
2 - Monte 153
3 - Al 143
4 - Mitch 132

All of this brings us full circle. One more thanks goes out to Howie for lending us the facility for the day. It's nice to have a different track to play on from time to time. And the day couldn't be complete without the fine folks at BRM producing the robust and gorgeous models which also run so well. We race them every Odd Thursday, and they are a blast!

Chris

More pics here: https://goo.gl/photos/Lta7B5FRQ8kSc2S39

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