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For the benefit of the multitudes who do not know my particular, strange slant on the slot race hobby I will explain very briefly that I race on replicas of real circuits which are built, raced on and then broken up in a few days.

To obtain as accurate a replica as I can I have made numerous modified pieces of track by cutting curves in half to enable me to get as close to the correct degree of turn for each corner as possible.

Here is my version of the Bremgarten circuit upon which the Swiss Grand prix was run:



I should add that my track has just one centre lane which again enables me to get double the number of different radius curves compared with standard 2-lane track.

This is Reims in 1959:



and finally for the moment, I have just run an early 1950s race at Chimay in Belgium:



Circuit experts will note that there are a couple of very subtle bends missing from parts of the Chimay circuit but hey, it's my hobby....

Apologies for boring everyone. You don't have to return to the thread again, do you?
 

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Not boring at all, whatever rocks your boat.

The tracks will be way off scale, and there is nothing to garantee they will be any good to drive just because they are based on something real, but if you are enjoying what you are doing, who cares?

At least you are dedicated enough to manufacture what you need to get the tracks closer to the real thing. It annoys me when people claim to build real tracks that then look nothing like them, even when you squint.
 

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Nothing boring there Barry, I'm currently working on scale sections of the Col de Turini, I can only do small bits like single groups of hairpins and at times I have to compromise, or make special bits of track, but it's been keeping me busy for a while now
 

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Slot cars are a game, and it's your game so play it your way, at home I like very twisty short rally stages, but for club racing I'll race whatever everyone else wants to race.

It'd be good if you did a short write up of what each track is like to drive
 

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Hey Barry,

Nice tracks, just 'discovered' Reims myself- stunning!!

Hoping to create a homage to the old pit complex to go on my track. Was it as great to drive as it looks?

Cheers,
 

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Regarding Reims, the widest radius curve that I have, which is the outer rail of the outer outer curve is still rather sharper than that first corner should be so it wasn't as quick as perhaps it should have been.

The circuit really did blow the cobwebs off of the old Johnson motors I use. I've never been flat out for so long on any track before.

The big problem was the final hairpin at the end of the longest straight. It was so easy to lift off the throttle either too early (slow lap) or too late (no lap) and of course, the fact that I am racing twenty odd cars against one another - via the clock - means that as every car's ability to slow for the corner varies, it was quite difficult to get it right.

But all in all in was o.k. though not one of my favourites, albeit nicer than the other two I've illustrated above, especially Berne, which was very difficult.
 

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Do you have photos?

I know that you are not trying to the circuits to scale, but I have been thinking on how to do really 1/32 scale rally layouts and... man, even if you are just doing a tiny piece of a 1-1 course it is almost impossible.

PS. I once set up an oval circuit on the floor with straights with 12m. These long straights were killers for some of the motors. I had a Fly Audi Quattro that was doing very well in my normal rally circuit for some months whose motor die on the 4th lap of that circuit!!! I immediately dismantle it.
 

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Cor, what a question - my favourite track....

Well, I do really enjoy my Monaco which is the pre-swimming pool version. I created two pieces of wooden track for it because it's not possible to make a long gentle curve from commercially produced track so:



This is the Tabac-Gasworks-St. Devote section, while:



this is the section around the harbour with the old, short tunnel.

When I build Monaco I build it up from ground level to around 40 cms high at the Casino Square, then back down again onto the harbour side. It's brilliant to drive on because you can settle into a rhythm with it - very satisfying.

Many, many years ao - 1968 to be precise, I had a much smaller area to build circuits in but still managed it. Jo Siffert's Lotus 49 left the track at the chicane and landed in an area that would have been the harbour. So I took the car into a bowl of water! Well, I was only 20 at the time.
 

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Superb. Love to see more photos and hear how you compare cars.

About 20 years ago I was involved with the early days of what are now ISRA and IMCA, two of the international slot racing organisations. I met a few of the other European delegates of whom the French rep was rumoured to have built a 1/32 single-lane Monaco circuit around his flat. Just a rumour, wonder if it survived?
 

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I don't think I should go into any details about how I race my cars.

I suggest you have a look here:

http://website.lineone.net/~barrybboor/

with particular attention to this page: http://website.lineone.net/~barrybboor/racing1.html

If you have sufficient time and inclination, you will find two You Tube clips, one of which is the aforementioned Monaco with a 1950 Alfa Romeo going around, while the other is Zandvoort with a 1959 B.R.M.



These were circuits built in my shed in Wales but now I live in Malta, for the reason shown at the top of my website, I have a considerably bigger space in which to build my tracks, although I won't build short circuits like Monaco any larger because 100 laps, even with just 16 starters, would take forever to run a race.
 

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Yet again I cannot get far enough away to photograph the whole circuit so my computer-drawn track plan will have to suffice. This is my current circuit upon which I am running the 1959 F.2 Rouen Grand Prix:

 

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Sorry, stupid of me not to name the circuit. It's AINTREE, where the British Grand Prix was held five times.
 

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REIMS!!

For all those who are looking for accurate buildings for this track---check out this Forum listing--simply amazing in detail AND there are drawings for a 1/32 complete buildings!!! He has done others--modern and vintage--I have a complete set of drawings for LeMans with stands also. Take the time to check these out!!!!! Here is the link:

http://folm.xooit.com/t10346-NOUVEAU-CIRCUIT-FOLM.htm

Howard
 
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