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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 Keith

 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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For me, proxy racing was just a way to get through the Pandemic during lockdown.

I've enjoyed it and may participate in future at events where traveling to race is not feasible.

However, there's nothing like getting into someone's personal lane space trigger in hand.

Alan W

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Hi guys

I am still alive, the covid hasn't  got me yet. Yes all this covid drama has stuffed things up quite a bit that's for sure. It has made posting anything international very unpredictable which has definitely played a part in holding the proxys up. On top of that life has been getting in the way a lot for this past year or so and I needed to take a break from slotcars and have only been to club a couple of times in this past year or so.

As for running a proxy I just haven't had the time or energy  to do so, I would like to get the ATCC proxy that I started back up and running again at some stage but unsure on when that will be. I feel that with how unpredictable postage is nowadays it would have to be a NZ track run event to make this easier. I would still love to have all you overseas guys take part as it is fantastic having you all getting envoled in what's a much loved race class series in this part of the world, with many cars that us Kiwis and Aussies have grown up with and watched racing for many years. 

I feel that running 2 proxy will be to much for me nowadays so out of the ATCC and GRP5 proxy I will have to choose the ATCC proxy as it was showing more interest at the time. There are some great builds coming out of the wood work lately that will fit this proxy nicely. I have recently finished a Munter resin VK grpA holden commodore and Pat in club has built a really nice XD Ford Falcon, we both have a Holden HQ monaro. 3d printing is helping to create some really nice cars

 

Anyway I'm rambling on a bit here so I'll leave at that for now


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Hi David glad your still around , so many familiar names have left the field of battle, yep covid certainly did F  everything up and postage costs expecially to the states is a bit eye watering, however have saved me pennies in the vault for postage fee's so anytime your ready , have car will travel.

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Hi Keith, 

In February I posted a thread on forum, and made two rounds of posts in NZ Slot Racers FB group, and on the main club FB pages in NZ, proposing a Pioneer Legends proxy to begin about June. - I received only two local expressions of interest, so I flagged it.

Thread here

But I am still open to hosting a proxy series, or helping Dave (Crockett) run his one. 
As others have said, Covid created a lot of uncertainties, international postage has been slow - but is much better now. International  postage costs will remain at the higher levels, we will just have to build that into fees for international entries

Phil - you’ve done a huge amount for proxy racing…….. 


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Mark I was only talking about the first NZ Proxy that you ran and I entered.

It seems like decades ago

If you decide to revisit the dreaded Legends Proxy I would be interested, no one here wants to race them.

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On 5/20/2022 at 11:47 PM, SlotsNZ said:

Hi Keith, 

In February I posted a thread on forum, and made two rounds of posts in NZ Slot Racers FB group, and on the main club FB pages in NZ, proposing a Pioneer Legends proxy to begin about June. - I received only two local expressions of interest, so I flagged it.

Thread here

But I am still open to hosting a proxy series, or helping Dave (Crockett) run his one. 
As others have said, Covid created a lot of uncertainties, international postage has been slow - but is much better now. International  postage costs will remain at the higher levels, we will just have to build that into fees for international entries

Phil - you’ve done a huge amount for proxy racing…….. 

How much has the postage gone up because of the covid? 10%? 20? 50? How much more expensive will it be to ship to Texas?

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I sent 2 cars over to Austin for the IPS proxy race he;s running this  year from the USA and it cost me  £26,  in the entry fee i expect is the cost of the return postage so if it,s the same it would mean it would cost around the £52 range  

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2 hours ago, Peter Gunn said:

I sent 2 cars over to Austin for the IPS proxy race he;s running this  year from the USA and it cost me  £26,  in the entry fee i expect is the cost of the return postage so if it,s the same it would mean it would cost around the £52 range  

IPS ... This Year ... Boy have I been out of the loop for a couple of years.

Who's running it now?


Cheers Grant

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Hi Grant,

Don Pearson ( Austin on HRW etc.. ) in the US took over the running of the IPS this time around. Pretty good field assembled from around the world, and I'm hosting the Australian round again. I can still remember your 3D printed chassis under an Iso ( ? ) body from those years ago....

This time around is that they've upped the motor and tyre specs to 18k motor & 8mm wide urethane tyres - but the tyre width debate has been 'interesting'....


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Hey Bov, thanks for that, I have never been on HWR, signed up but never really got into it.

Looks like I'll have to pop over and have a read, loved that proxy more than any, cause of the class of car.

Haven't had a chance to get back into things for a couple of years due to building a house, everything has been in storage.

All coming to an end in the next month or two so prepping a new track and will be able to get the toys out again, I'll look next year.


Cheers Grant

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G’day everyone

In regards to the Tasman proxy, I’m still trying to put something together. At this stage I’m busy in other areas and running my own slot racing group which ha had its own trials recently. And yes our family has had Covid to deal with as well. 
As Phil has pointed out recent events have conspired to make things more difficult to run a national type event where the cars are mailed around the country. 
As for interest I  have at least 10 locals interested in entering and I’m sure there are some others lurking out there waiting on what’s happening. 
What I am trying to do is put one together that will be run in Adelaide on local tracks. 
At this point I have 4 definite tracks with up to 4 other possibilities. Of the possibles, One is in construction but progress is slow another needs extensive refurbishment and the remaining two are owned by people who haven’t been involved in proxy racing and aren’t sure what it’s all about. 
Im hoping to get something happening later this year but it may not be as big as in previous years. 
Failing that next year will definitely happen around the same time of year as previous ones. 
Hope this will give you some hope for Tasman proxy racing in the future. 
cheers Alan 

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Hi Lenny/Alan and all other aspiring TC racers.

Can appreciate your difficulties and applaud your continued endeavours. The Touring Car Proxy now drawing to an end in Canberra was run entirely on local tracks as far as I am aware so not reason why an Adelaide event would not be successful. I see no problem in repeating races on some tracks particularly if they can be run in the oppostite direction if that would help. Alternatively while not quite TC what about a shorter Sprint event then the main GP. We need to think outside the square with this covid, flu and inflation thing upon us.

I am still interested and hoping to run my Fergusson P99 F1 GP but progress is sporadic. Too many other projects.

Keep up the good work. We will just have to be patient.

Regards Charles Le Breton (charlesx)

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would certainly have another crack at the ATCC proxy Dave, lots of choices of cars now , especially with 3D printing.

also the Pioneer Legends if it ever happens

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