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Old 06-21-2017, 04:06 PM
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OSR,

Got it, and very cool.

Only thing, seems like the door to door racing is only at the finish line, and even then, are not all parties afraid of breaking out?

In the same vein, could you determine "classes" solely based on time, then start heads up and race crash and burn, also with a breakout override?

"[With bracket racing,] race nights are much more fun and social"--oldslotracer

And that is the bottom line objective, in my book.
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Old 06-21-2017, 05:14 PM
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Each driver does a few laps to set his breakout time every lane change, then he can adjust it after every race. I like to give myself a .2 second cushion just in case. A few times a night we'll get 3 guys with the same breakout time and have 5 laps of door to door racing, but the whole point of brackets is to get cars and drivers of different abilities to the finish line at the same time.

There's a one minute video of a bracket race on YouTube at
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Old 06-21-2017, 06:39 PM
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very cool track, and obviously your system works!
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Old 06-26-2017, 07:40 PM
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Headhunter, I feel your frustration. First, in my opinion and experience, you are being taken advantage of. You open your home, provide a venue to race and get rewarded with poor behavior. Maybe your group's mix is off. Introducing a tech should help but guys will always bend the rules. So maybe you need to decide which rules matter and which can slide. I am easy going and would have a problem conducting a tech. Maybe you are too - if so, ask a member of your group who is assertive to do the tech. I have held races in my basement for the past two years and question whether I want to continue. Initially, the only rule I had was a motor limit which was a slot-it 21.5rpm or equivalent. Other than that, my view was do what you want 'cos you are going to do anyway. When a new guy joined, the group wanted rules. So I said okay, you write them. They did and I described them as "slot-it" rules -- basically any slot-it part plus the 21.5rpm motor. Even still, the rules are pushed. I agree with some other folks that bracket racing can solve many of the problems you have if you can get the group to adopt it.


What you are experiencing is not unusual, I have spoke to a number of guys in the Toronto area that host basement racing and they have had similar challenges. The personalities of the guys attending is critical. Remember you not are a commercial raceway even though some guys act as if you are. Good luck with your racing.
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Old 07-06-2017, 12:48 PM
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How many or if any have a problem with insinuations or accusations at your home racing clubs? Has the competition become such that the fun factor diminishes? To try and keep everyone, and I mean everyone on a level playing field, what has to be done? In reading about races on a National level, the coordinators hand out motors, tires. With magnets I've heard they hand out one magnet/per person, and it can be placed anywhere in the car. What about gearing? Is that enough to keep it even? Just wondering what the best system is. And how to monitor things and not be made out to be an A@#$!
Ha - age old question. How to keep humans from over stepping boundaries.

Who was the Nascar racer that filled his roll bars with fuel to get extra mileage. Do the scouts actually build the super competitive pinewood Derbys? And when it comes to helping your children win, how many adults have helped easter eggs into the basket. I play league Tennis - the habitual foot falters won't call their own foot faults, though at least one of them has both feet inside the line - not just on the line. What basketballer hasn't pointed the other way even knowing that he/she. was the last to touch the ball.

I say you can't keep all humans honest - always - in competitions at any level. Just won't happen. Age does seem to decrease our competitive level a bit - at least for most I think. Shame on those that it doesn't.

I'm not familiar with slots at local nor National level - at least for the last 35 years. May get back in one day - maybe. Can't locals enforce a buy-out policy where another could by your winning car for a min/max price?
Would that be too A@#$!'y?
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:12 PM
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First off Hundo, this is one of the best threads with some quality posts from SCI members.

To Hundo’s original point around trying to level the playing field – lots of great suggestions so far, to recap:

1. Host-based IROC class – which I would say masks the issue


2. Break-out / bracket racing – which can be fun, but handicapping may not be everyone’s cup of tea


3. Tech inspection – strict, pre-race tech inspections to call out any rule infractions or liberal interpretations; sometimes that can take the “fun” out of the atmosphere (but that depends on what atmosphere your club wants)


4. “Opening up the Kimono” – I think it was Ecurie Martini who suggested this, is great for sharing and/or exposing “liberties” taken


5. No rules – probably the easiest to enforce, but could lead to an arms war (and raise the cost of competitive entry by new people)


6. Call out your rule breakers – can be touchy, depending on personalities and could impact the club atmosphere


But before going down any path, I’d suggest figuring out if others perceive there’s an issue as well?

As far as which option(s) do you suggest or implement? That’s tough without knowing the personalities within the club. That personality mix, as previously highlighted is key.

Also, are there formal roles (club president, rules committee, etc) that dictate things, and if not – who are your “influencers” within the club that can get things done? Starting there, determining if others agree or see your point would be a good starting point to canvas support by outlining some options that could be voted on or implemented.

If others see the same issue and you think can make change, I’d suggest framing your suggestions/changes to align your club’s purpose which should make it easier to gain agreement and for the club to sustain.

For example, if the club is all about organized competition, some options like formalized tech inspection may be more viable (and probably more quickly accepted) than others.


If your club is more about fun and trying to encourage close racing through rules and/or attract new members, then an idea like opening up cars for explanation will help improve the overall tuning within the club.


We do the latter in our club by the way. The last two years I’ve managed to come out on top, and while I’ve opened up my cars (and tuned some for newbies) and put my entire fleet on display for folks to see how and why I did what I did. Not saying my junk is perfect but it isn't fun lapping people several times in a heat.

Then again, we want club longevity/growth as part of our club’s goal, so some of what we try to do is to encourage people to come back every race/year.


I won’t bore you with our club’s details, but for context, our little club has grown, diminished and changed (plastic, magnet racing to wood) and been reborn over the last 10 ten years. We experienced a sudden and fortuitous influx of new members a few years ago, which was good because it forced us to consider what we want to be about, how many people we could accommodate, and what the barriers to entry may be for new people, etc.

At the suggestion of one new member, we ended up writing everything down into a club manual of sorts which helps to onboard and remind people of why we race, and what the decisions were behind how we do it, etc. We have since reviewed that document and updated it the last 2 years which has been helpful to get us on the same page.


And to the point around personalities, a few of us screen people and try to be selective around new members as well, as there's a few people that haven't been invited back. But even then, we've openly talked as a group about what types of personalities we do want.

Whether you document any of this or not, what’s key is getting people to agree on what’s important and from there, how you support those goals (e.g., calling things out or making changes) will be much easier as a result.


My two cents, eh


Tom

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Old 07-17-2017, 03:05 PM
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Thanks for all the posts/suggestions etc...haven't implemented anything as far as tech inspections yet. Going to let things ride with the rules we have in place now, and see how the next few races pan out. There are a select few who always are on the podium, but we realize they are good drivers. If things seem to get out of sorts, I think the way to go would be to suggest a simple clinic just to see what everyone is bringing to the table/track, and that way anyone who is stretching the rules will be forced to get in line. We have a great group of guys, and would like to expand the group. Great responses to this thread! Thank you!
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:51 PM
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HH,
I hope your "club" racing gets together and straightens out.
I believe in order to achieve a level playing field:
First, rules must be made and documented.
There are rules here on proxy races to assist you if need be. also on other slot car website.
Second, Group has to agree to abide by the rules.
Either weekly or monthly meeting to discuss rules and parts allowed
Third, Tech guy or guys have to follow the rules when they tech the cars.
1 or 2 tech guy to monitor for "Advanced modifications" that may be really cheating.
(Motor with different specs than agreed upon or chassis or chassis modification not agreed on)
The club I was racing with, told me my car did not pass because I did not have front inserts, I read the rules and in order to race with the club, I put some in. simple

If your cub runs box stock, and most show up with scaly and 1 or 2 have slot it, the slot it guys are going to run away. The rules have to be clear and dont be afraid to modify them.
There are not too many places or people that are open to run slot cars. I dont have anything like that here where I am at currently. At home, the local track likes the lexan rockets and no one wants to run the scale stuff. Keep on trying to make it work and hopefully it will work out.

Lance

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