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Hi all

with the Nationals being in Dunners this year and with both Tony's events being Nelson; and being the alternate year off from

the 12 hour enduro; we were facing having no larger events in the North Island.

 

So with some encouragement from Tony Cook and a few of the unruly great unwashed, assistance from SlotMadMac to host,

the Shootout is back; dressed in DTM

I have already taken provisional interest from a number of folk, and with entries realistically limited to 24 for the venue,

do get your entry in early.

 

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This is an event which requires only basic tools, allows only low cost alterations from the car as supplied in the box,

and is easy to set up; thus creating a level playing field that will encourage people who have never traveled beyond

their home or race group to come and have a go.

- One thing I don't want is gun builders making a batch of rocket ships for top drivers from other forms of slot racing.

To my thinking that would just spoil it for those genuine RTR home racers stepping up into something new.

- But what I would be very happy to see, is our local club guys (or other experienced RTR entrants); adopting a first

time traveler or two in an organised "buddy up" scheme for the weekend, to give them some help at the event if they

haven't been able to set their car up to typical spec.

That would encourage those same new folk to come out and race for the first time.

As such, it is essentially a "glue, true and tune" class for Slot.it DTM models the Opel Calibra, and Alfa Romeo 155.

(The Mercedes will not be released in time for this event.)

As the Opel is slightly wider, and 6mm lower, it would have a natural handling advantage, so I have set up one of each

model, and messed around with small amounts of weight in the Alfa to bring the two models to par. This means

entrants can choose either model with confidence that they can compete. Setup of these is pretty straightforward.

A tune and test article covering both models will follow in April.

 

Permitted changes are -

  • White Kits to be custom painted in a realistic race livery, let's be pretty about this.
  • Cars may have grub screws fitted to the standard chassis holes to set the front axle height and travel
  • Front and rear tyres glued and trued - a small edge profile (curve at edges) can be maintained when you true
  • Pod and body screws can be run loose or tight - whatever floats your boat
  • Motors can be glued and/or taped in place
  • Tape can be applied to the underside of chassis/pod to cushion the pod float (ribbed fibre-glass tape rules)
  • Spacers may be used on axles, pod and body posts where you wish - or not
  • Softer braid can be fitted if you prefer
  • The Opel is to be run without any additional weight. The Alfa may have weight added up to a maximum car weight
    of 76 grams. (8 grams weight) - (This is to equalize performance between the models on Thunder Road Raceway.)
  • Rear tyres are to be PT1171-N22 by Slot.it (no treating of rear tyres is permitted, before or at event)
  • Front tyres can be Slot.it zero grip or original - you can coat original front tyres with nail varnish or superglue
    to make them equivalent to a zero grip, that's what I do; saves money.
  • Chassis may be flattened if needed on a steel plate using the typical water bath or heat methods.

None of this is rocket science, secret squirrel; or beyond the capabilities of most folk. What we really do NOT want

is experienced racers getting clever, doing things that appear to slide into any grey area in the rules, but that would

make their car unbeatable, and thus discourage those who are having their first go at competition in an environment

beyond their own local situation.

If it is not listed as permitted, you can't do it! Simple as that. And the overall rider folks, we are intending to have fun,

and run a competitive but friendly, meltdown-free event.

There is a very good early article about these cars HERE to give some background on DTM and the cars.

The deal. Anyone entering the event who needs to buy a car for it, I'll throw in a pair of N22 tyres with the car.

Entry fee for the weekend is $20 per person; which will give us a war chest to buy some of the food and drink to

consume on site; and buy the host a thank you gift. I will supply a trophy and prizes.

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This is our track for the event, Mac's Thunder Road Raceway, 95 feet, four lanes of slotty goodness, thank you Mac.

 

Entry form is HERE as a printable document, and copied below if you prefer to copy, paste and email back to me.

 

There will be a special visit to the Napier slot-cave of Munter over the weekend, where people can see first hand his

amazing creations, and open their wallets for some resin goodies.

I will also open the SlotRaceShop for some period for any who wish, but make the Munter-cave your priority.

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ENTRY FORM EVENT DATES 7 - 9 September 2018

NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PHONE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

EMAIL ADDRESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . YOUR HOME CLUB (if any) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ENTRY FEE $20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Also includes a pair of PT1171 N22 tyres)

Bank Account for payments - ANZ Napier 06-0701-0542961-00 Code: your Name Ref: Classic

RULES No modifications other than those described in the rules are permitted unless approved by race organiser prior to

event. Any car may be re-scrutineered during the event. The body will be removed for scrutineering.

EVENT TIMES

- Practice: Track live from 11am until 7.00 pm Friday - Scrutineering 5:30pm to 7:30pm Friday

- Track Opens 9.00am Saturday - Qualifying Saturday from 9:15am

- Racing Saturday from 10:30am until done - We may elect to run all or part of Race 3 Saturday

- Entrants (and partners) Dinner 7.30pm (own cost) - Racing Sunday from 10:00am until completion of round 3 or Group 5 sprint

RACE ORGANISER - Mark Burgess 020 4142 3246

SCRUTINEER - To Be confirmed

RACE CONTROLLER - To Be confirmed

STEWARDS - To Be confirmed

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

The event will consist of three races, each comprising heats of increasing length, and increasing points tally.

This helps keep alive opportunity to improve in field placing throughout the weekend, and reduces any home track

advantage, as visitors become progressively more familiar with the circuit.

Morning and afternoon tea/coffee throughout the weekend, and lunch on Saturday are covered in the entry fee.

There will be a Saturday night dinner organised which is at entrant's cost.

Cars will be scrutineered upon completion of practice. This requires "body off". After scrutineering, cars will remain in

Parc Ferme at the track overnight and be returned to entrants Saturday morning. Cars may be worked on at the venue

between heats/races. We do not anticipate any drivers attempting to make modifications outside the spirit of the rules,

and just aren't interested in nit-picking. This weekend is about meeting drivers from around the country and having fun.

 

Should any car fail scrutineering; Entrant will have opportunity to bring it within the rules during the qualifying round.

If he is unable to bring it within standard, the Chief Scrutineer and Race Organiser may impose such points penalty as they

deem fit in fairness to other entrants, to enable that car to still compete.

  • Qualifying is by way of best solo lap time by each driver in a one minute period.
  • Race one drivers will drive in reverse order according to qualifying times.
  • Races two and three running order will be determined by points from prior races.

We will race throughout Saturday and complete as many heats as possible; then conclude on Sunday.

Racing will not extend past midday Sunday; to enable entrants to safely book afternoon flights or drive home.

The winners prize consists of bragging rights and free entry to the 2019 event, and something pretty from the Slotraceshop.

All entrants will win a large bucket of satisfaction.

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Sounds like a load of fun Mark,

You really do have visit the Munter cave, I did that at the previous shootout a few years ago - very interesting stuff.

All the best guys - Dave.

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There will be a special visit to the Napier slot-cave of Munter over the weekend, where people can see first hand his

amazing creations, and open their wallets for some resin goodies.

most things are made to order but there might be some random junk lying around.
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John Warren

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Sounds like a load of fun Mark,

You really do have visit the Munter cave, I did that at the previous shootout a few years ago - very interesting stuff.

All the best guys - Dave.

 

Cheers Dave. I am sure it is even more interesting now.

 

March newsletter has gone out and entries are officially open for the DTM now. First entry payment arrived in the bank this morning.

 

Between this and the NSR Classic, anyone would think we had a real racing calendar in NZ.... - When is Tonz doing on for the Nats? :)

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Maybe there should be a sub contest for those that will attend all 4 big meetings this year?


2019 NZ RTR Nationals Gt 3rd

2017 NZ RTR Nationals NSR Classic 2nd

2017 NZ RTR Nationals Group C 3rd

2017 NSR Classic Challenge 3rd

2015 NSR Classic Challenge 2nd

2014 NSR Classic Challenge 3rd

2015 Garden City Invitation Overall Champion

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You and Tony might be fighting that one out between you ;)

 

I won't make the Thunderslot in October, as the new slotcavern our house is due to be finished sometime in October.

 

- I drew the garage, and the house fits around it quite nicely

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Yes slot car racing is booming in New Zealand thanks to you guys that take time out to organise these fantastic events.


2019 NZ RTR Nationals Gt 3rd

2017 NZ RTR Nationals NSR Classic 2nd

2017 NZ RTR Nationals Group C 3rd

2017 NSR Classic Challenge 3rd

2015 NSR Classic Challenge 2nd

2014 NSR Classic Challenge 3rd

2015 Garden City Invitation Overall Champion

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I can't commit to this event this time around Mark

I have started doing night classes at the EIT learning Te Reo

and there are quite a few weekends each term that I will be at Noho Marae

 

if I am free that weekend I will most certainly be there to help with Marshall duties etc


Holdens rule the rest just drool

 

slot cars are my drug,

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I'll chuck in a Magnum of Champage for the winner and normal 750mls for the other podiumites.

I'll chuck in a Magnum of Champagne for the winner and normal 750mls for the other podiumitesi.

I'll take some of that,booyah homies

The older i get, the faster i was.

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My car is mostly done.

Chassis is working well just trying to get to finish the paint with a Hawkes Bay theme.

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John Warren

Slotcars are my preferred reality

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Hi Munter is it going to have a big crack through middle or perhaps have some art deco embellishments.

 

Regards Chas Le Breton

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nice idea Chas but a simple black and white theme is the intention.


John Warren

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Ran my Opel against slotznz car last night. Had the legs but not the cornering. Grubscrews setting the front axle tilt will be an essential addition. Also I flipped it and one of the rear wing struts broke....it is now a real racer/gluebomb.


John Warren

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another heads up is to use 3mm grub screws not 2mm. The 2mm were just too short and disappeared up into the chassis plastic.

 

The Opel front end design has some little plugs in each side which makes me wonder what these guys were thinking.

 

I also added plastic spacers to each end of the axle between the chassis upright and the hub boss.


John Warren

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I may need to bring an extra bar stool for resting, but at least my dilemma over whether if I should be in Sydney that weekend has been sorted.

 

Also I may need the extra grace of substitute marshals as my mobility my be compromised.

 

I had better sort out a car to run now I guess.

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Peter just asked by email, and others had asked as well. Yes, slot-widows are extremely welcome at the dinner Saturday night if they are prepared to put up with us.

 

I know of 4 traveling as couples already who have their wives coming to the dinner, plus Glenda, so I think there will be a good representation of our "minders"

You'll be fine Peter. I am going to allocate marshaling to the corners by "club"/ origin, and that will exclude HB as we have enough groups to cover without our guys.

Us local guys will be doing race control, race recording, scrutineering, moving cars to and from track and generally helping visitors prior and between racers if they have any car issue and lack tools.

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Bronwen said I should clarify.

I have an appointment the week before this event to remove two biggish screws from my leg! I'm not sure how that will affect my mobility.

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