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    CelicaSupra.com Member drjim's Avatar
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    I went by the "E-Team Hobbyplex" today for the first time.

    It's run by an Old Guy like us, Dave, and we had quite a chat about how things were 30+ years ago when we both got into the hobby.

    And he's also a muscle car collector, with quite an AMC collection. Javelins, S/C Ramblers, and Rebel Machines, some fully restored, some drivers, and a few parts cars.

    It's a big indoor carpet track set up as a road course, but they can change it to an oval, or add a bunch of carpeted jumps, whoop-de-doos, and other things to make it an "off road" course.

    Definitely looks like a fun place to hang out!
    1985 5-speed "Ms. Swan"

    OH, What A Feeling!

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    Bob and I had the most fun on an indoor CARPET track with our trucks.
    Stadium truck class:
    Foam tires,17 turn brushed motors.Tire "saucing" allowed.
    6 cell Nickle -metal packs,2 WD only.

    Wheelies on the straightaway.Fantastic crashes with the open wheel trucks.
    Massive and multiple front suspension snapping against the boards. BAM!

    The announcer: "THAT will set off the air bags!"

    "Got any lower left control arms?No,but I have 4 right ones!"
    The RPM arms were not available back then.

    I know the truck set ups for jumps and whoops on carpet.

    The 4 WD sedan class was the most popular. VERY fast cars!Really fun to watch.
    See the parts selection,Jim: Mostly for sedan cars.
    Racing? Not me,anymore. It was every Wednesday for 5 seasons.
    I'm more of a mechanic than a driver and I had some unusual set ups,that raised a few eyebrows.

    Your track: WOW! Got parts?
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    CelicaSupra.com Member drjim's Avatar
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    It's a nice place, and I might just let myself get hooked building a "Vintage Trans Am" car. Somewhat restrictive rules to keep costs down, and I found an "approved" body for a 1971 Pontiac Trans Am, pretty damn close to the '73 that I raced back in Illinois.

    I ordered a Futaba 4PM the other day, as the Spektrum radios that come with a RTR ARRMA are known to be marginal at best. If I decide to build a VTA car, I can get another receiver and a small steering servo, and the radio is taken care of.

    No, I won't buy one of the top-of-the-line $1200 chassis kits! I'm thinking more along the lines of a $125 Sakura XI Sport. The ESC, motor, and battery are all tightly restricted, and those items will cost about $300. And the track uses these little electronic transponders for the timing and scoring, so I'll have to get one of those.

    Ruh-Roh!! Looks like I've already decided...........guess I'll go shopping.....!

    BTW....I have been working on the Supra! Got the front bumper sanded out, primed, sanded, primed, sanded.......and since it's going to be in the high 70's/low 80's next week, I'll FINALLY get it painted.

    YAY!!!!
    1985 5-speed "Ms. Swan"

    OH, What A Feeling!

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    That will be a good winter time fun for you,Jim.

    The restrictions for the equipment is to keep it down to driving skills,NOT cubic dollar stuff. Been there.
    The AMG transponders may be cheaper to buy on E Bay,used.BROKEN EARS ARE OK
    Some ESC's are a nightmare to program.Better to set your driving style at your radio. I like a LOT of "drag brake",similar to a LOT of compression for slowing down for a corner.ABS,if you will.

    You will meet a lot of racers at that track that can help with your set up.
    Perhaps there is minimum weight restriction.Approved bodies and ride height rules as well.
    It really is not about the equipment,but the set up and.... TIRES!

    OH,we are getting back to our Supra's,now?
    Yes,this was a derailment.
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    yuk-yuk!

    We should go start an R/C car thread over at the water cooler.....

    I noticed a couple of the transponders were glued in on some of the cars I looked at. Hey, it's lighter than using hardware!

    The rules are here: http://www.usvintagetransam.com/rules/

    The ESC is not allowed to adjust the timing, the motors have to meet certain specs, and the battery pack is restricted to a 2S of no more than 7000mAh. Tires are all the same, treaded, no belts, and the rim width, offset, and style, is restricted. The style has to be "period correct", which means I'll either be using 8-spoke "Minilite" rims, or 5-spoke "American Torq-Thrust" rims.

    Yep, be a nice warm place with friendly folks to spend the occasional "snow day".
    1985 5-speed "Ms. Swan"

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    Those rules are fine,but out dated. Novak is out of business. I read the rules carefully.
    "Blinky" ESC's are a good rule. Tire restrictions are MANY.There IS a minimum weight restriction. No rule about ceramic bearings,other than in the brush less motor. It's to keep the cars pretty equal. Good.
    No front diff one ways. Use the largest MAH hard case battery allowed @ 100 C.They do.
    ROAR approved 25.5 BL motors.
    The rest is driving skill and suspension set ups. Fun class!

    I have some speed secrets,when you are ready,Jim.
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