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Old23 last won the day on November 4 2016

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  1. I'm ashamed to say that I will have to withdraw from this fine series. Again. Apologies. Stewart
  2. Good News! All the Photobucket-hosted photos are visible once again, so all of you can browse through the posts for inspiration for your future classic F1 builds.
  3. I would love to return to the Tasman Cup. I need a southern vacation, or the idea of one anyway, during our long northern winter. Please reserve #23 for a 1963 Scirocco-BRM. Cheers to Stubbo & Stu
  4. Stu, Congrats on another proxy victory. Stewart
  5. Hello Australia and New Zealand! As a long time entrant in the Tasman Cup who unfortunately missed the 2018 edition, and as a former organizer of proxies for similar era formula cars, please allow me to make a suggestion or two for your consideration. A single, spec motor formula is probably preferable despite the manufacturing variations from unit to unit. However, the SRP16 is apparently extinct so a new power unit must be found. This will result in dissatisfaction from those entrants who have a supply on hand of the the SRP16, as it did for those who had a number of the BWA motors or Solarbotics units on their bench when those motors were eliminated or rendered uncompetitive by the inclusion of the SRP16. But that's the price you have to pay for a spec motor proxy series. The new spec motor has to be reliably available to purchase by anyone who wants to enter a car. You can use your existing motors for other projects, can't you? I have a box full of BWA, Vanski, All Electronics, Solarbotics and SRP motors that were purchased with the VRAA, Tasman Cup and other proxies in mind. They will likely find their way into other appropriate project cars some day. Or not. Regardless, most of them were very cheap, so no great loss there. As others have suggested, perhaps the available 18K motor from SRP isn't too far off what you have been running recently. Does anyone know the torque rating for that motor? Someone else mentioned the 18K Minnow FF050 from Slot Car Corner in the USA and Canada. I haven't tested that can in a car, but the torque spec is only 45 g*cm, so quite anemic I think compared to the SRP16 and even the BWA. Of course, none of that matters if only one spec motor is chosen. Everyone will have to find the best combination of gearing, weight and other parameters to maximize performance. The alternative is to open up the motor regs to include a few (or any?) motors, perhaps with a specified form factor (eg. FF050) and within a specified RPM range. The problem there is that manufacturer RPM specs are often notoriously inaccurate, for example the laughable 18K rating on the Scalextric FF050 motor in their F1 cars. The result will likely be a grid of cars with widely varying power curves and braking performance. That could be an interesting challenge for builders and entertaining to watch, but would likely be frustrating for proxy drivers to cope with. It's a tough decision for a proxy organizer and I'm glad I don't have to make it. I will, however, keep an eye on this discussion and hope the Tasman Cup will return for another season. Maybe I can manage to build a car in time to enter once again. Stewart
  6. Old23

    2018 Tasman Cup

    Hi Stubbo. Good to see the Tasman back for another season. May I have #24 please? I think I will try to finish the Scirocco-BRM I started a few years back. Stewart
  7. Alan, my #11 Cooper arrived home in Montreal today. Thanks for holding it back while I was away on vacation. Apart from Phil Hill's head rolling around in the bag, all is well. Thanks for the motor. Any thoughts on whether there will be a Tasman Cup in 2018? Stewart
  8. Alan, please hold back on shipping my car for a week or so. I will be away on vacation until the end of the month. Thanks. Stewart
  9. My congratulations to the Grandkids, John and Phil for their top three series results. There must be some very powerful voodoo down there in Tasmania. As for my entry, the #11 Cooper seemed to find its natural level just inside the top ten. At some circuits it showed a good turn of speed in the Qualy sessions, but then inevitably fell down on race day. So, fast but difficult. Sounds like some women I have known! When the car returns I will try to sort out where I went wrong and, hopefully, build a "kinder" car for next year. My thanks to Stubbo and all the race hosts, drivers, marshals and caterers who helped the Tasman Cup 2017 run so smoothly and efficiently. I know how much work something like this requires and I applaud you all for a job well done. Old23/Stewart
  10. Old23

    Photo Hosting

    I've started using Postimg.org Pretty straightforward once I figured out the settings to use. The originals of all my images are on my computer hard drive (and backup drives), so I haven't lost any material. But there's no way I can recreate the thousands of posts over the last 10 plus years on multiple forums. That content is forever damaged. Old23
  11. Old23

    Photo Hosting

    Without even a courtesy e-mail notification, Photobucket has rendered wasted many hours of my effort posting pictures and race results on threads like the VRAA Proxy. Sure, I can find another "free" photo hosting site, there are several still out there. But what is to prevent any of those organizations from doing something similar in the future? And switching to a new host will not restore all the images to those historic threads on Auslot. The only way to do that is to pay the "ransom demand" by Photobucket. This is the worst kind of corporate extortion. Hey, I understand that for Photobucket this is a business, and maybe their previous "business model" has been failing, but I have suffered through all the ads and snail-paced speeds on their formerly "free" service because I simply have no use for all the increased storage space etc. on the "for pay" model. Photobucket's new regime is simply absurd. If they had asked for a few bucks a month to use their servers for internet sharing, I would not hesitate to subscribe. But to only allow "3rd Party Hosting" on their most expensive subscription level is outrageous. Photobucket's new rate structure amounts to over 5 times what I pay for all the content on Netflix every month, and in Photobucket's case we (me and you!) are providing all the "content"! Does YouTube charge for hosting our videos? No they do not! They make a good bit of cash by inserting advertising around our content. And if it is popular enough, they even pay us a slice of the revenue. Clearly, Photobucket hasn't figured out how to monetize our content without charging us, the owners, for storing it. I will not be paying the piratical Photobucket Ransom Demand and I will not use their service in the future. Unfortunately, that means that a lot of historic content on this and other forums will be lost forever. That's too bad but it's also a direct consequence of a web forum technical design that was built to rely on 3rd party hosting sites instead of hosting all the photos on the forum sites themselves. Old23
  12. Some of you may have noticed that picture hosting site Photobucket has suddenly and without warning changed their Terms of Service Policy. Though the application of the changes seems to be spotty and haphazard initially, the "fine print" in the new contract is very clear: if you don't pay an annual fee of US$400 you may no longer use Photobucket to post your photos on a "3rd Party" site like Auslot and other internet forums. That also means that all previous links, in my case going back more than 10 years on some forums, have had their photos blocked and non-viewable. I have not exceeded the storage limit of my "Free" account or otherwise contravened any of the previous Terms of Use. Yet, without even a courtesy e-mail notification, Photobucket has rendered wasted many hours of my effort posting pictures and race results on threads like the VRAA Proxy. Sure, I can find another "free" photo hosting site, there are several still out there. But what is to prevent any of those organizations from doing something similar in the future? And switching to a new host will not restore all the images to those historic threads on Auslot. The only way to do that is to pay the "ransom demand" by Photobucket. This is the worst kind of corporate extortion. Hey, I understand that for Photobucket this is a business, and maybe their previous "business model" has been failing, but I have suffered through all the ads and snail-paced speeds on their formerly "free" service because I simply have no use for all the increased storage space etc. on the "for pay" model. Photobucket's new regime is simply absurd. If they had asked for a few bucks a month to use their servers for internet sharing, I would not hesitate to subscribe. But to only allow "3rd Party Hosting" on their most expensive subscription level is outrageous. Photobucket's new rate structure amounts to over 5 times what I pay for all the content on Netflix every month, and in Photobucket's case we (me and you!) are providing all the "content"! Does YouTube charge for hosting our videos? No they do not! They make a good bit of cash by inserting advertising around our content. And if it is popular enough, they even pay us a slice of the revenue. Clearly, Photobucket hasn't figured out how to monetize our content without charging us, the owners, for storing it. I will not be paying the piratical Photobucket Ransom Demand and I will not use their service in the future. Unfortunately, that means that a lot of historic content on this and other forums will be lost forever. That's too bad but it's also a direct consequence of a web forum technical design that was built to rely on 3rd party hosting sites instead of hosting all the photos on the forum sites themselves. Old23
  13. All cars are now safely returned to their owners. VRAA 2016 HQ signing off. Old23
  14. Thanks for letting me know, Chas.
  15. Thanks Terry for running this round and for your analysis of the (under) performance of my car on race days. The #11 Cooper seems to be fast but has an unpredictable, evil understeer problem. Despite qualifying well, it wants to finish around mid-field in every race. I guess that's where it will remain for the rest of the series. I really must finish my cars earlier and find a way to test them before sending them off. Congrats to my betters at the top of the order. Old23
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