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The DTM Classic - A Slot.it Shootout

SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 27 Feb 2018

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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drw21's Photo drw21 27 Feb 2018

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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munter's Photo munter 27 Feb 2018

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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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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 01 Mar 2018

View Postdrw21, on 27 February 2018 - 08:22 AM, said:

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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branco's Photo branco 01 Mar 2018

Maybe there should be a sub contest for those that will attend all 4 big meetings this year?
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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 01 Mar 2018

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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drw21's Photo drw21 01 Mar 2018

That's a good point Branco, 4 major RTR meetings this year - ain't that cool.
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branco's Photo branco 02 Mar 2018

Yes slot car racing is booming in New Zealand thanks to you guys that take time out to organise these fantastic events.
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David Carter's Photo David Carter 03 Mar 2018

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
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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 19 Apr 2018

Picked up the Trophies this morning
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slotmadmac's Photo slotmadmac 19 Apr 2018

I'll chuck in a Magnum of Champage for the winner and normal 750mls for the other podiumites.
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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 19 Apr 2018

View Postslotmadmac, on 19 April 2018 - 07:02 PM, said:

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

Thanks very much Mac, that's extremely generous
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pieguy's Photo pieguy 02 May 2018

View Postslotmadmac, on 19 April 2018 - 07:02 PM, said:

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

View Postslotmadmac, on 19 April 2018 - 07:02 PM, said:

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
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slotraceshopnz's Photo slotraceshopnz 03 Jul 2018

Just over two months to go, and we have space left for 3 more traveler entries
With two new liveries our later this month, there is still time to come join the party in September.

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munter's Photo munter 03 Jul 2018

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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charlesx's Photo charlesx 03 Jul 2018

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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munter's Photo munter 03 Jul 2018

nice idea Chas but a simple black and white theme is the intention.
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slotmadmac's Photo slotmadmac 03 Jul 2018

I've ordered a car today. Progress!
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SlotsNZ's Photo SlotsNZ 03 Jul 2018

I am pleased at how many of the entrants are doing white kits. I think it is 5 now including me.
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munter's Photo munter 06 Jul 2018

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.
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