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Peter Gunn

IS IT ALL OVER NOW

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I'm talking about proxy racing , for a number of years there were some great proxy series down under and world wide, but they seem to have passed into history, along with so many people who no longer seem to post on here.

Is David Carter still with us his Group 5 proxy series was great and so well run , along with the Australian touring cars he also organized , great series well supported, i know covid got in the way but things had started to decline before that.

Then we have the rally proxys , i remember the OZ rally with great fondness it was another well run proxy and some great people and cars in that and wonderful tracks, where have all the rally guys gone, and of course there was the WRP rally series , i can remember such big fields traveling around countries  Scotland to Greece and of course down under  where there was always great competition.

I am not sure if the Tasman will ever run again last time i looked there was little interest in entering it, so is it all over now, one of the reasons i'm asking is i have all the cars still in a case where i sit , some have not run for a while now and i was wondering what to do with them as these are competiton cars not shelf queens , many bearing the battle scars of racing, is it time to call it a day and scrap them as really there is no where to run them anymore, really sad actually.

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Hi Peter. I think you will find that in Aussie and NZ, Covid is still having quite an impact. We are both opening up internationally but other countries with lesser requirements are coming in increasing numbers. A few months ago NZ had less than 30 deaths but we have now had 868.  Not sure about Aussie but it is many 1000's. We are still better off than the rest of the World. Depending on who you listen to World wide deaths are between  6 to 16 million. Our own stats are over stated though as we apparently follow WHO rules which measures people who died with not of Covid. All very confusing.

I am still hoping Tasman will proceed and have just bought a new GP body. In the meantime we will have to be content with the Touring Car Proxy which is still proceeding.

Keep safe. Regards Charles Le Breton (charlesx)

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I think it will be back but groups are really only starting to get back racing this year so maybe that is the starter. As

Also many people with either reduced wages, lost jobs or working hard just to survive or keep their company afloat have meant hobbies have been pushed back a little. 

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Hi Chris

 When covid hit it was just after a massive postal increase here in Oz, the cost to send 30 -40 cars around the world was way in the hundreds of dollars (don't forget all the cars have to be posted back individually as well) plus with covid nobody knew or could tell us what would happen locally, let a lone internationally, when a large box appears from a different country (how long would it be in quarantine or would it be released, the isolation from not being able to socialise also guys who didn't have a track to setup/test on.

 And as Vince has said money is still very tight for a lot of people plus you can't eat a slotcar, even the polished turds

 I don't know about the rest of Oz but in NSW we were in isolation for well over 18 months, traveling was restricted coupled with a few anti vax's made getting together rare if not risky.

 It's taken me well over 12 months  to move across the country to my new place mostly due to boarder restrictions and covid numbers, but now that i'm finally here (3 weeks ago) i will be building new tracks once completely settled (wife has last say), one will defiantly be a rally track and with the amount of racers and interest in slotcars in general here in WA i don't think there will be a problem setting up another rally series of some sort.

But at this stage the postage costs are still the biggest hurdle for a large proxy event, we will always be grateful to MJK for suppling the control tyres for all the WRP events which kept it on a close even playing field but the control tyres needed to be posted out before the event as well .......... it comes down to cost,  so the only way to lessen the costs would be to have someone who's interested in slots who works in a courier/postal service, but i can't see that happening.

 Just have to wait and see what happens.

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This is the first year in 22 years that I have not hosted a Proxy event of some sort.

As Gazza mentioned, costs and delays in postal services are part to blame, but I think all the lock downs and limited club racing changed peoples outlook on what was important.

Things here are starting to get back to normal, but slowly.


Maybe the answer is for some more localized proxy events so postal costs and delays can be  limited.

We used to run local proxy’s here using all the local tracks, but we are now down to only 3 local tracks for club racing.


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Always ready to run down under , even if it means nicking the missuse retirement fund for postage will support , have slot car will travel

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