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  1. Many thanks to James for hosting the best enduro race in the country, and to Joe for manning the track call button for the entire race, saving us all from the carnage under the bridge. Congratulations to the Queensland team. Great to see Andrew, Simon and Kim have a win after many attempts, and Noel who I believe now has the most number of wins for this event. Apologies to my Phoenix team mates for picking the slowest motor of the batch and for not noticing my controller was broken for the first 6 heats. I was so slow all day it was an embarrassment until I switched to Tim's controller and suddenly was back on the pace. You have to laugh. In the end we managed to pick up a podium spot which we're very happy with. Congrats also to Team Kaos (Cody and Tim) for wins in both Aussie V8s and LMP. Pleased to have supplied their cars for both classes.
  2. Opening hours at Hornsby this weekend - Friday - 10.00am to 9.00pm - the track is not available from 6.30pm to 7.00pm Friday Saturday - 10.00am to 9.00pm Sunday - 7.00am to finish of the enduro and presentation.
  3. And I doubt it would help anyway. Also you run the risk of washing off the markings on the tyre and wasting a pair, the markings must be clearly visible. As a matter of interest, a well setup car will do almost the full 8 hours on one set of tyres if you start at 1.9mm clearance or greater. Last year we changed tyres in the final minutes of the race to be safe. A check of the old tyres after the race showed we didn't need to change after all, but it was close. Remember you must have a minimum of 1.4mm clearance at all times. It's going to be a tough race this year. A lot of good teams.
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    How Heavy??

    Thanks for that, gives me a starting point. I have 4 of them, a couple with broken centre bearing mounts. I'll move the motor to the rear and keep them inline for simplicity and maximum use of existing parts.
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    How Heavy??

    I want to do something with my Fly Vipers to make them usable. Probably a chassis in carbon fibre with some brass for weight. What I'd like to know is what sort of all up weight would be a good starting point for no magnet and MJK or sponge tyres.
  6. After some consideration I think we'll give each team their tyres for Scaleauto when they pay their entry fee. Then each team will have plenty of time to cut them and/or run them in. Stoo, return ticket from Waitara to the airport was $19.50
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    Photo Hosting

    Steve, you can use the Aussie Retro site if you like. Just upload the photos, there's no need to link them to the AR site.
  8. A couple of clarifications to the regulations and info for the Feb Race. See the first post in this thread 1 - Handout tyres - you DO NOT have to use the handout tyres but you must use the same tyre which is stipulated in the regulations. Saturday is going to be very busy with motor handouts and tech, this will hopefully save some time as some teams don't use standard diameter and we don't want to be waiting for people to cut tyres. Also it will save me having to deal with people who aren't happy with their tyres. 2 - Motor handout for Aussie V8s will be early afternoon so we won't have any delay before the race. This means you'll be able to run your car with the new motor during practise. The standard rule still applies; if you're not happy with your motor you can buy another one but you can't run it and your car will be impounded until qualifying. 3 - I was in Sydney last week and the train fare from the airport to Waitara is now $20.00.
  9. 2017 LMP rules have been added to the http://www.auslot.com/forums/index.php?/forum/185-2017-124th-scale-auto-and-oapr-lmp-racing/ section. The only change is the new 919 Porsche body from Ian Mugford. Not sure who's making the bodies but you can contact Ian on here under the handle imugford.
  10. The 2017 OAPR LMP Specifications V2.1 - (acknowledging its origin being the 2012 OEPS Guidelines) OAPR – Open Australian Prototype Racing 1. DESCRIPTION Any true 1/24 scale representation of a 1/1 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) car that has raced in the American Le Mans Series or the European Le Mans Series or the World Endurance Championship between 2008 and 2016 All liveries must be of scaled down 1:1 appearance, however colour combinations and liveries from other modern (year 2000 to present) race cars may be used. The Oreca Racing 'FLM' Formula Le Mans car is not classified as LMP1 or LMP2 in either the LMS or ALMS and therefore is not permitted to run in the OAPR. However, the Oreca 03 as raced in 2014 in LMP2 is allowed to run. 2. WEIGHTS and MEASUREMENTS 2.01 Minimum total weight: 160.00 grams 2.02 Maximum front spur: 83.00 mm 2.03 Maximum rear spur: 83.00 mm 2.04 Minimum ground clearance at the start of the race: 1.00 mm 2.05 Minimum ground clearance during and after the race: 0.40 mm 2.06 Minimum front rim outer diameter: Ø21.00 mm. 2.07 Minimum front wheel starting diameter at the start of the race: Ø25.20 mm 2.08 Minimum front wheel width 6.00 mm 2.09 Minimum front rim width 6.00 mm 2.10 Minimum width of front tyre contact area 6.00 mm 2.11 Maximum front wheel camber angle: 3.00° 2.12 Minimum rear rim outer diameter: Ø21.00mm. 2.13 Minimum rear wheel starting diameter at the start of the race: Ø 26.50 mm. 2.14 Maximum rear wheel diameter at any time: Ø 27.70 mm. 2.15 Rear wheel width and contact area always 13.00 mm – minimal rounding of edges are allowed. 2.16 Maximum width of main chassis plate: 78mm 3. MOTOR, GEAR AND PINION 3.01 The race motor will be the NSR 25Evo long can. Unopened and always with the wrapped label intact. 3.02 The spur gear is fixed at 44T M50 pitch. 3.03 The pinion gear may only be a 11T or 12T M50 pitch - but must be nominated by the race organisers when the event is announced. 4. CHASSIS NB! - The chassis is completely open provided it adheres to the specifications in these regulations. You may use any commercially available chassis, mix parts from various chassis, modify any part of the chassis as you see fit and even build your own chassis. 4.01 Only one part of the chassis that is allowed to enter the track slot, and this part may not have a longer contact area than 27 mm. 4.02 Differentials are not allowed. 4.03 Magnets are only present in the motor, and are not allowed anywhere else on/in the chassis. 4.04 Chassis must have vertical movement, some of which must be sprung for suspension purposes. 4.05 All chassis assembly must be by means of bolts and nuts, no self-threading screws, solder or glue may be used. 4.06 The motor cannot be affixed to the chassis with solder. 4.07 Minimum and maximum wheelbase must always be centred within the front and rear wheel arches of homologated bodies. Here is a list of all the currently homologated bodies and some of the wheelbases: - Acura LM (112.2mm) - Aston Martin AMR One LM - Audi R10 (122.3mm) - Audi R15 (124.5mm) - Audi R18 (121.3mm) - Lola Aston Martin Coupe LM (118.9mm) - Lola B10 LM (112.2mm) - Lola B12 Coupe LM - Oreca 03 LMP2 - Pescarola (115.2mm) - Peugeot 908 Coupe LM (120.8mm) - Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 (117.3mm) - Porsche 919 LMP1 - V1 (2014) - Porsche 919 LMP1 - V2 (2016) 5. WHEELS & INSERTS 5.01 FRONT WHEELS 5.11 The front wheels must make contact with the track or techblock over the full 6 mm, or more. 5.12 The use of cambered front wheels does not void in any way the rule regarding the minimum diameter, or the rule regarding the contact surface with the track or the tech block. 5.13 Front wheel diameter for cambered front wheels will be measured at the largest present diameter, which has to be respecting rule 2.07. 5.02 REAR WHEELS 5.2.1 Rear wheels are always Scale Auto ProComp 3 or Plafit rubber - both being 'Black Magic'. If handout tyres are used, the event organiser must specify the brand and the size when announcing the event. Tyre dressing of any kind is not allowed during the official practice, qualifying or during the race. The race tyres may only be cleaned using tape or Shellite supplied by the OAPR/race organization. 5.03 SPUR 5.3.1 None of the wheels may be visible when viewing the assembled car from above. Spur will be measured over the complete rims left and right, including wheel inserts. 5.04 WHEEL INSERTS 5.4.1 All 4 wheels of the car must be fitted with 3-dimensional (flat sheet or photo edged not allowed) wheel inserts, resembling the wheels of the real 1:1 car, during the entire race duration 6. BODY & ACCESORIES 6.01 Only vacuum formed 15 thou clear bodies are allowed. Provided these bodies have been homologated by the OAPR organisers. 6.02 MATERIAL 6.21 Body must be manufactured and/or assembled from one or more of the following materials: PVC, PET, PETG or Lexan. 6.22 The exterior of the body has to accurately represent the 1/1 car. This is to the discretion of the scrutineers to judge(s). No widened, stretched, flattened or smoothed silhouette style bodies will be allowed. 6.23 The same materials are allowed for the interior, windows etc., rear wing, diffuser and small add-on parts. Lexan is allowed for a rear vertical aero wing e.g. 2011 Peugeot 908, etc. All wing mounts must be the correct shape and can be made from rubber. 6.24 The body must cover all chassis and axle parts, so that no chassis part or axle part is visible when the car is viewed from above. This also includes the guide or any part thereof. 6.03 BODY INTERIOR 6.31 Interior must contain at least the following 3-dimensional items: Dashboard (optional). Steering wheel, Painted driver figure with arms and legs, Painted head/helmet combination in a hard plastic material. 6.04 BODY EXTERIOR 6.41 Bodies must be equipped with: Front windshield and side windows if existing on the 1/1 race car Front splitter if existing on the 1/1 race car Rear spoiler /wing (may be made from flat sheet) Rear view mirror(s) (optional) Wiper (s) (optional) Rear diffuser (optional) Light inserts. (These are the plastic moldings that fit behind the outer light lenses and are normally mounted inside the body). 7. LIGHTS. 7.01 Functioning lights have to be present at least during night racing. These lights have to be installed (even during day racing) on their original 1/1 positions on the car. 7.02 Front lights: minimum two lights in total, one left, one right, yellow or white color, bright beam. 7.03 Rear lights: minimum two lights in total, one left, one right, red color, diffuse light. 7.04 Cars must always be fitted with light inserts even if no actual lights are fitted. 8. NOTES. 8.01 No working on cars during lane changes or track calls. All work on cars must be done during racing. 8.02 Any part bigger than 20mm (wheel insert size and bigger) that come off the car, must be put back on the car in it's original position. Tape may be used to do this. THESE REGULATIONS ARE LOCKED FOR 2017. THE ONLY CHANGES FROM NOW ON WILL BE WHEN NEWLY RELEASED BODIES HAVE BEEN HOMOLGATED FOR INCLUSION IN THESE REGULATIONS OR WHEN ANY SPECIFIC COMMERCIAL PART IS REPLACED BY THE MANUFACTURER WITHOUT NOTICE. THESE AMENDMENTS (if required) WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF MARCH, JUNE AND SEPTEMBER 2017. THESE TYPES OF CHANGES WILL ALWAYS BE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY TO EVERYONE RACING IN AUSTRALIA - AVAILABILITY ON THE WWW WILL BE CONSIDERED ACCEPTABLE.Please keep an eye on the discussion section of this forum for any developments that may impact on possible regulation changes.
  11. Paul passed away a few years ago.
  12. SRP 25 hand out motors for Aussie V8s, many thanks to Jan for his support. Each motor will be oiled, run in for 30 minutes and marked.
  13. Thanks Rusty, I had a feeling you'd appreciate it.
  14. Just to show that I haven't been living under a rock, this is the latest board for my system - PIC Micro running at 40MHz 8 relay outputs to switch track power relays 8 lap counter inputs plus 1 input to select active high or low counters. Dead strip or photo inputs. 8 isolated inputs for false start detection Track call input plus 2 spare inputs 7 x 12v outputs for lights - 5 x red, 1 x yellow, 1 x green. Supplied with or without resistors for LEDS. 1 x 12v output for buzzer 1 x 12v Input Power and network indicator LEDS 1 x Network IO - communication with PC is by network. No 5 metre USB limit here, PC could be in another country. Interface does all counting, lap timing (0.0001 accuracy), heat timing, power control, start sequence (several options), short lap detection (riders), etc, etc, etc. Primarily designed for commercial operations the network interface simplifies wiring requirements as the interface is located at the track and connected to the PC by inexpensive network cable. Working on next version which will use wireless network. With a wireless interface and a ChromeCast dongle on the track monitor you only need power at the track. Software does track hire, racing (many options), qualifying, printing, everything saved to a database, etc, etc. Configurable for 4, 6 or 8 lanes. It DOES NOT have a weather option or pit stops.
  15. Crash and Burn races can be fun when you don't have marshals. I've seen it done a few different ways over the years. 1 - You crash you're out, just like real racing 2 - You crash and you have to marshal your own car. You can still have a track call if other cars are blocked but on a digital system you should be able to avoid the blockage. Plastic cars are pretty good at clearing a path as long as it's done at low speed. 3 - if you have marshals they pick up the crashed car and hold it. The driver has to run around and tag the marshal before he will put the car back on. Don't know if this helps but these type of races improve driving skills whereas track calls have the opposite effect.
  16. Do you put the sprinklers on the track, or perhaps simulate snow with some shaved ice and a fan? A cyclone would be fun, a big fan and marshals randomly throwing plastic palm trees and miniature garden furniture onto the track. Sorry, whatever you do in the privacy of your own man cave is OK with me, but this cracks me up.
  17. "weather pattern" !!!!!!!!!????????????? Can someone direct me back to planet Earth.
  18. Sorry, I don't get it. Am I reading this wrong or something, what's the point of turning off the lane of a car that's crashed, and why would you press the button and give yourself a penalty. I must have it @rse about, someone explain it to me please.
  19. Jacko, the terror of the "All You Can Eat" pizza joints. He once told me he only ate once a week when the 'All You Can Eat' specials were on, but I seriously doubt that from the look of his waist line. One of the great 'characters' who left us too early. Beautifully detailed cars.
  20. Doesn't ring a bell GAS, but I know a lot of faces that I don't have names for, or at least no surnames. Memory isn't my strong suit, actually not sure I have a strong suit. My observation - it always starts as a toy car race but quickly develops into a life or death battle.
  21. I know I'm not the best race director but I get stuck with the job at many MCN and APC events. I try to keep it fair but there's only so much you can do and here's how I try to make it work. If someone calls track I usually ignore it unless I can see a good reason for it. This generally earns me a lot of friends - not. Good reasons are - riders, car on the floor (clean the tyres please), car off in the straight (slot cars don't make good hockey pucks), car off in a spot the marshal can't reach, too many cars off in one spot for the marshal to handle (usually more than two but for some marshals one car is too many to cope with). There are other reasons but they generally require that someone be taken out the back and re-educated with a big stick. If there's a good reason for a track call but no other cars are held up or otherwise affected I wait a couple of seconds before I hit the button. Penalty applied and another non-friend acquired. What I would like to do is have the marshal pick up the offending car and hold it until the power is restored and any approaching cars have passed before replacing the car on the track. Unfortunately this doesn't work for various reasons such as personal loyalties, basic stupidity, etc. I raced wing cars for many years up until 2007 when I attended a race where there were more track calls than laps completed. After that I gave up wing cars as a bad joke. One thing to remember is that track calls multiply faster than rabbits, if you have one you'll very quickly have a dozen more. (yes, I'm aware that you can't breed rabbits from just one)
  22. David Piper lost part of his leg when he crashed a 917 doing some scenes for the Le Mans movie. The 917 was on loan from Porsche; it blew a tyre, hit a guard rail and ended up in two pieces in a ditch. The crash footage wasn't used in the movie.
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