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Just to say the final outcome from the Winter series is on the web site.

As usual the full scores and picks are at the page bottom while the final championship points with one round dropped from anyone who did every round. You will also find the raw spreadsheet file which you can download, to save you the trouble I can tell you it shows I know even less about spreadsheets that I do about slot cars.

Mr T was the champion from Jim who missed three rounds and we had a welcome return to the fray for Rubens who finished a strong 3rd.

Looking at the clubman results I see PJ and Nick finished equal 3rd on 56 points - Not sure if we have equal finishers or it is sorted in another way, for instance Nick missed more rounds that PJ so to my mind that gives Nick the Bronze potty. Well done to Robin for his 2nd place.

The site also features another sad feature - series outcomes archived back to the beginning of 2005. The most sad thing about that is not that people look at the archive but that I know that they look at them.

Of the three clubs at Bolwextric this is my favourite. Picking cars from Bolwextric stock and also reverse direction running gives carlite bods like me a chance not to come last. Roll on the start of the next series on March 21st - YES!
 

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The new Spring series kicked off with a range of interesting and entertaining racing. This night was run in reverse direction with Tony picking Scalee F1s', which for this series are run on 9 volts, for the 1 class. This made for some very close racing, Jim edged into a early lead with 27, with Robin snapping at his heals on 26 which gave both classes a target to catch for the rest of the night.

Nick picked the gruff and snappy NSXs' and then caught a massive dose of the "Pickers Curse" scoring just 10. The leaders hung on to their leads with most of the Clubmans' clustered in the mid 40s'.

I got some stick for picking the D Types, these are a tricky and variable bunch, the 2 "red" cars are clearly the quickest but Jim's 4 wins proved "It's not what you have got, but rather what you do with it". I did well and for a short time found myself 3rd overall and leading the clubmans. Ruben amazed us all when hard charging for the lead in the white lane somehow smacked headlong into the pit barrier on the inside (remember, this is reverse direction).

PJ picked Escorts and then Wez DTM Mercs, Jim just romped off to cement his victory while in the Clubmans several of us couldn't stop Robin grabbing top honours. Roll on the next round. RESULTS SO FAR
 

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Round 2
Tony got first pick, Scalee F1s' on 9 volts and he took the lead with 34 well clear of Jim's 26 which included a rare "1", Robin took charge of the CLubmans with 23.
Nick's pick, NC1 Cleo, caught him the curse with 5 "1s'", Jim and Rubens started to real Tony in as all thre of them got two wins. Somehow I managed 2 wins to bring me just a point behind Robin.
PJ picked Escorts', I started with a win and Robin's luck failed so I jumped to an 8 point advantage in the Clubmans, Jim got 3 wins and Tony none and so closed to within a point. At the bottom it was PJ, Wez and Nick on 45, 44 and 43 respectively.
After the break, Rubens went for the Accords, but they became his worst class of the night as he scored just 14, meanwhile Jim passed 2 points clear of Tony and the battle of the night was set up. I set my Accords to Ambulance mode and won nothing but extended my lead in the Clubmans', Wez had a win and 2 seconds to cruise clear of the bottom order.
I had the last pick, NC2 DTM, which for me worked well enough to get me the Cubmans on the night from Robin. Five wins for Tony bought him level on points to Jim, 151, and it needed counting back to most 3rd places to give Jim the slenderest of victories.
Look at the results so far and you will see this series has started off closely. Jim is creeping away from Tony 28 to 24 with Rubens on 20. The Clubmans could not be more close, Robin and I both on 26 and Wez and Nick both on 17 with PJ on 14.

I would love to race in the next round which will reverse direction but sadly cannot, but I am sure others will.
 

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Monday is Bank Holiday, several members are to be away so Bolwextric Cars round 5 has been postponed until June 13th. Further rounds have been "bumped" as required.

MFR and NO NAME clubs are unaffected, next club meet will be Jims on next Thursday, June 2nd.

RESULTS SO FAR
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With just 7 racers for R5 we did away with the white lane and ran an extra class, sounds like a bodge but it all worked jolly well with some interesting racing.

Keith picked Puntos for the first class and Jim scored a full 30 marks followed by Keith and Wez, this was pretty much how it worked out all evening. I was last on 14.
Nick picked Hornby F1, which we ran on reduced voltage, this proved some very even racing, Jim out front with the rest of us all scoring around 19.
SCX GT was Jim's choice, again very even with every one clustered around 21 except Nick who had the evenings worst score of 13.
Locktite went for the popular Accords, every one said this would be a gift to me, but my poor form continued.
After the stable Accords I thought we should have some aggravation and so picked Cortinas, these are a mottly bunch, I wasn't expecting much but it was an entertaining round, which included some dramatic offs and someone (can't remember who) completed a full roll off the barrier at the beginning of the start straight and dropped back into the correct slot to continue racing. Once the dust had settled I had managed to score 23 to win the class tied with Wez. This was enough to wrench me of the bottom of the score board.
Wez chose SCX 360s for the bonus round, again everyone scored around 20 except for my 15.
Man of the night for me was Wez who finished in a strong 3rd place.

In the championship Jim looks to be riding off into the sunset with the cup under his arm. Things are much more interesting in the clubman class, at this stage I have a slender lead with Wez and Robin just behind, but if you want to win some money - go for Keith with 3 rounds still to go and a win in the last 3 rounds he has to be the hot tip.

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Bolwextric Cars Racing round 6 results updated

Bolwextric Cars Round 6
Just 5 racers so we used 4 lanes and got to chose 2 classes each making 10 changes of cars which are under the results on the web page.

With Jim and a bunch of Clubman the proceedings turned into a Moy's Master Class with Jim showing how to squeeze the max out of an indifferent car, meanwhile the rest of us battled to and fro to sort out the rest of the podium. In the end Jim was supported by Keith and Wez but it could have gone anyway to the very end. I came nearly last but learned a lot and enjoyed every minute.

Trouble seeing up to date web pages? See this post.
 

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Bolwextric Spring Championship R8 scores and final series results.

We started by welcoming a new racer, Richard. He had graduated from the Bolwextric Youth club and showed some sensible racing with flashes of pace, with a bit more experience I can see him doing well.
For the final round we had enough runners for 6 lanes and Jim started things with his pick of Saxos', which ended with Reuben, Keith and Jim all on 27.
Reuben went for Pro Trucks but they proved a curse for him as he crashed to a 17 and last in class, Jim was well clear on 29 with everyone else clustered around 20.
Nick's eye was taken by the Pajaro and caravan combinations and so we were all off on holiday, Jim started off with a win and looked set for yet another win but when the dust had settled and the vans were all parked up and covered for the winter it turned out I had won the class comfortably on 27 all without winning a single race. Nick treated us to a master class in single wheeled van cornering using the barriers as a prop, try feeding the awning into one of those - now that would be a challenge.
Keith and Wez had spent an afternoon servicing some of the high mileage Bolwextric sets, and so they ended by picking the revived Healeys and then Scalee Muscle, these provided some excellent racing, the Healey racing was very close but despite some good work by Kieth, Jim finished the evening with a 133, by far the best class total of the night.
The final outcome was Jim, who else, with Keith his only real challenge, Wez and I continued our scrap, we were close all evening but it was Wez that ending on the bottom step of the podium.

Jim's full house of wins guaranteed him the Championship, followed by Keith and Wez, congratulations to them. In the Clubmans' Keith was victorious and I managed runner up as Wez lost 8 points having done every round which dropped him to third. Well done to Nick for 4th followed by Robin and PJ.

Next Championship starts on August 8th, Tony should be racing again so lets hope he and others can give Jim a run for his money. In the Clubmans' we will say goodbye to Keith and that leaves it wide open, should be interesting.
 

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For round 1 we welcomed a new racer to the club in the shape of Chris, he has done some slot racing in the past and has now returned to the fray.

With some on holiday and Honey moon (congratulations to Kate and Wez) we started the series with just 5 racers, we used 4 lanes and all got to choose twice which gave us some varied racing including some sets that only contain 4 cars and don't often get used. Round 1 Bolwextric Racing results

We also finalised some changes to the promotion from Clubmans qualifications see this post.
 

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All of a sudden we are up to round 4, with all lanes running and in reverse direction I was looking forward to net me a good scoring night, but it was not to be.
We started with Tony's pick, Pro Trucks, but it was Jim who took an early lead on 30, from Tony on 26 and a surprise and surprised Chris on 25. I found myself nearly last with Wez, Richard and Keith all clustered around 16 points.
Wez went for the NSXs', as always these served up some good races. Tony made up a bit of ground on Jim and Chris hung on to 3rd slot. Keith's "bad night" continued with 2 last places and he stayed just a point ahead of Richard.
Richard chose Ferrari 575 and caught the curse badly scoring just 9, elsewhere it was more of the same, only Keith showed any change as he improved with 2 wins.
After the break we had Clio NC1s' chosen by Reuben, they didn't do much for him and with two wins apiece from Wez, Chris and Keith, Reuben ended up with his 4th slot under attack. Neither Jim or Tony did well by their standards, but Jim held onto a slender advantage.
I picked the Scalextric modern F1s' for no particular reason and was rewarded with a not very good round though my penultimate race did generate me a 2nd place this was more to do with others falling off than my pace. Jim clocked a round of 34 to seal the evening with Tony 11 behind in 2nd. Chris had a win and 2 seconds to guarantee him 3rd place for the night, well done Chris. Reuben ended 4th well clear of Keith and Wez. I was almost last as Richard was not far behind me.

In the Championship, Jim is getting a handy lead from Tony his only real challenger. But the big mover is Chris who is looking set to take the Clubmans and maybe even a podium spot in the main Championship.

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Wow, we are up to round 6 already. Just 7 racers so we threw out the black lane and went for an extra class.
Richard started us off with Skylines and caught a huge dose of pickers curse to get a miserly 9 points. Jim only dropped 3 possible marks to start his evening as he was to go on - out in front, Ruben got a healthy 18 followed by Wez on 16.
I went for the Scalee F1s', these tail happy bunch can be a bit of a handful but we brazened it out on normal power setting and what with running in reverse direction as well - cars went off all over the place. Meanwhile Jim quietly netted the only full house of 25 of the night just to make sure he would not be caught. Chris somehow sneaked in with a 21 to grab second slot which he kept for the evening. He picked Ascaris for the next class which he won, with Jim, Keith and myself all on 18 for second place, and if that sounds close - it was though Jim slipped up when he committed an auto-rubberneck Chng, he came off while looking at a pileup at the other end of the track. Ruben clocked a terrible 9.
Keith picked Mk2 Escorts, these were great fun especially as they were Wez's undoing as he crashed out with the nights lowest class score of SIX, yes folks that was 6, sorry mate however I write it - it looks bad! He was never to recover, even a handy 16 in the Megans, picked by Jim could not help Wez. With one round left I was surprised to find myself drawn level with Ruben and I was in a fight.
Wez picked Accords but it did him no good, Ruben started with a win while I came in last, and as I struggle to make up the marks everything went wrong till the last race when everyone fell off in the first lap but somehow I had got the furthest and was gifted the win and enough points to beat Ruben. Chris had another brilliant reverse direction evening and was the only person to get near Jim with 111 to Jim's 130, next was Keith 97, then Will 83, Ruben 81, Wez 75 and Richard on 53.
With 2 rounds to go Jim is effectively 20 points clear and the championship is his to lose. In the clubmans' 3 wins in a row for Chris means he is got a useful lead from Will - STILL, "Anything can happen." (Charlie Chng, 2011)

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Just one round to go, so it was a pleasant surprise to see two old friends return, Matt and Robin, this gave us 10 racers for the evening.
Jim chose Golfs for the first class, this was a bit of a luck in for me as I had been practising with them in readiness for the new NNR series. Not only that but I was started in yellow with the yellow car the exact combo I had been practising with. So in the first race Tony was pretty shocked to see me giving him a hard time for the lead. I started on a high - trouble was this meant I could only go one way - DOWN , and I did. Class ended with Tony on 33 then Keith 31 and Jim 29.
Richard went for 2CV's, he clearly had never tried to drive this truculent and variable bunch of garlic swingers. A full set of 5s' gave Chris a surprise chance to sport the winners berét for this class, this means he can add the whiff of garlic, stale Gauloises and rank wine to his growing list of good natured attributes in the clubmans class. While all the attention was on Chris it was Jim who sneaked enough points to bring him level in the lead with Tony and Keith, all on 58.
Rubens sought out the Ninco 911s', I can't remember using these before, but I found them a good natured and fast looking class that I hope to revisit. And the results showed a close spread, Jim only needed just 30 for a clear win while the lowest score was a highish 12.
After the break it was Chris's choice of Hornby F1, they did him proud and got him runner up in class to Jim - yes folks by this time it was Jim who was on his way to another - RUNAWAY WIN for the evening. At the tail end Matt had his best class to level Richard with a 14.
As so often happens after getting comfortably in front of me Wez found himself in danger as I pulled myself up to just 3 behind him, so he let out an agonised scream when Robin picked Accords for the final class. It is true that I have done good work with these in the past but the entire class of cars had been given a much needed makeover with new brades and blades all round. I found my first two cars rather flat and could only manage 3s', then the ole' Accord magic returned and I whipped up a string of 5s' to stick one on Wez - YES, that's what I am talking about! Meanwhile, back with the real world Keith had managed to lead the class home with a very slender 29.
So Jim continues his way to take the series we only have one more chance to stop him getting a full sheet of wins. Keith was a strong runner up on the night with Tony a way further behind. In the Clubman's Chris had it all his way and is pretty well sure of taking his first Clubman's Championship. Robin had a a difficult return to action but managed to keep his head as all his controllers played up one after the other. Richard kept off the bottom yet again. Matt was last but his scores showed up something interesting, he had a 4 in every class, if you got a 4 in every race on this night you would come 3rd overall, which goes to show if you are off the pace there is a lot to be said for Wambulance mode.

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Last round tonight, what's on the agenda?
Jim can't be beat, but can anyone stop him netting the full 98 marks?
"anyone" means, you have the best recent form Keith, no pressure mate!

Chris has the Clubmans in the bag so he has his sights set higher - a podium finish overall. If Tony is a no show then Chris only needs 4th place (by my back of a brain cell reckoning), and that is a possibility because tonight is a reverse direction night and Chris is a reverse direction specialist! Bring it on guys.

Wez has little to gain or lose in either class so will he use tonight to sharpen his already considerable black art skills? Chang on tight everyone!
 

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Yeh well, series has finished and it was as predicted: yet another Moy's Massacre. Well done Jim. Runner up in the final round was Tony and this coupled with Keith having an "off" night secured Mr T the runner up spot with Keith a close third.
Even though Chris had a poor reverse direction night by his standards and Wez had a brilliant night Chris still cruised to his first Clubmans win, well done Chris. He was followed onto the Clubmans podium by an undeserved ME and then Wez.

Round 8 saw a new racer, Ruben's friend, James. Welcome to the Club James.
Reverse direction action started with Chris's pick of Pro Trucks and these served him well as he took 3rd in class close behind Tony and Jim. Richard surprised us with and almost full set of 5s', the start of his strongest night so far.
And Rich did even better with his pick for the next round, NC1 Clio's, in which he got a famous win and a runner up finish. Jim took this class from Wez who was also having a brilliant evening. The rest of us except James finished the round clustered closely around 22.
Rubens picked Ninco F1s', he started with a win but it wasn't a brilliant class for him. Again it was a cluster of scores this time in the mid 20s', with Wez getting class honours on 26.
After the break it was Skylines, this pick of Tony served him well, his unremarkable 31 gave him a clear lead over everyone else's average scores.
Jim spent some time shuffling a set of Ninco Subarus that had been lurking unloved in the end cupboard, he nearly succeeded getting a full set working but in the end we had a rouge car in the mix, I think it was a Ninco Citroen. The winner of all Jim hard work was Wez who took the class with 29 and sealed his 3rd place for the night. Another decent class for Richard who had his best night ever finishing with 104 enough to give him 3rd place in the clubmans - Well done Rich.

Results for the series and the Championship are on the web site. The big tables at the bottom show the scores before the missed round adjustment, the final Championship outcomes are on the tables on the side.

The Winter Championship starts on Nov 28th, but please note that the following round will skip a night, that would make round 2 on Dec 26th, that may need confirmation?
 

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PLEASE NOTE the next round will not be until January 9th.

An interesting start to this Championship, which we are (that means I am) calling 2012 Spring. A round where I just missed out on coming 3rd overall and beat an ex champion, but I suppose the biggest upset had to be Tony coming next to last. Yes, a pretty topsy turvy round, but it almost goes without saying there was someone who never seemed to go that quick but "behind our backs" clocked up at least 3 wins in each class to take top honours by a margin of 26 marks clear of a very well earned 121 by Chris - actually I really don't need to write down the name as you all know who!

Cars wise it was a bit of a Ninco night, with Cobra, Porsche and Indy making up the majority of the classes, with Hornby F1 and Austin Healey (they may also have been Ninco, but I wouldn't know about that).

On the way to a good result by my standards I obviously had loads of fun and also some good racing, I think I found myself head to head against everyone at some stage. In the open wheelers I really tried to keep out of trouble, staying back at the start and then trying to pick off one at a time, this worked, between the 2 classes I only came last once and got 5 second places. In the other classes I tried my best to get a good start (especially if I knew I had a "good" car) and then let the aces slip past rather than trying to hang to the lead - all very boring but effective.

One incident that tickled us all was when I had been battling the entire race with young Rich, it could have gone either way and I just could not get clear of the little bu___er, with one lap to go I fell off and Richard let out a heart felt chuckle which we all heard.

Over the Christmas have a thought for Chris who is having an operation on his knee and may miss a few rounds as he will be unable to drive for a while. So all the best Chris and everyone have a great Christmas. I will be going to Valencia, I say it is to visit my sister but really I will be doing some winter testing ready for next year.

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So after a huge Christmas and New Year holiday we finally made it to round 2. The long gap meant that Chris was back from his operation without missing a round - great to see you back Chris but us Clubman racers saw an opportunity denied as this was a reverse direction night - a Chris speciality. So while Chris limped around the unit his cars certainly didn't as he stamped his presence on the series with a comfortable 3rd place overall just behind Tony, can't remember who won (only kidding).

A night with some great racing, but only average class scores, Tony managed a couple of 32s', while Rich, Wez, Keith and myself posted 11 as our lowest scores. We started with Richard's pick, Pajaros, he started with a 3rd place, he best score of the night. Ruben went for the DTMs', the green one was not as dominant as usual (see Escorts later), though Wez took it to a fine win and got his best class on 26. Jim started with a 1 but still went on to take the class with 30. We were all amused when Chris chose Pro Trucks, which he then used to take us all to pieces and win the class with 30, so at break time Jim had Chris not far behind him with Mr T in 3rd spot. With only 51 from 3 classes Keith was having a terrible time.

Keith got us going again with the enjoyable Escorts (now if this wasn't a slot car racing report that phrase could have meant something else much more interesting). I started with the Red Hot Escort (calm down Will, that's enough!), and after a shaky start I was soon challenging for the lead - I was really flying and should have won but over excitedly threw it away on the last lap. I and several others put my uncharacteristic pace down to the car, one of Tony's Purple Spot Specials, but Tony smelt a rat and it was soon discovered that the red lane had been set slightly over voltage all evening. In the final class Jim cursed himself with the SCX GTs', Tony had a great round and managed to squeeze past Chris who had a rare "one" that certainly cost him runner up for the evening.

Great fun all round, and there is room for others to join in, come along to the next round, you don't even need your own cars, it's on January 23rd. Bolwextric Racing scores.
 

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More a sad person with a cracked tooth situation - actually not painful, but I am dentist phobic, so couldn't sleep. Decided a spell in the office sorting the results and report would induce tiredness, much in the same way that readers of my reports experience.

I have just returned from the dentist, who is most understanding, he does his best to put me at ease. One strategy he uses is translating all those long Latin words he uses when talking to his assistant. One of my back teeth had lost an inside rear quarter, until recently the classic treatment would involve extensive civil engineering, including liberal use of "The drill", or even just taking the remains out altogether. Thankfully Japanese technology has come to the aid of wimps like me, with a material that bonds tenaciously to teeth and filling, and sets in a few moments. A blast of air is the only preparation needed and it was job done in a couple of minutes. It seems that the traditional drill n' fill methods are avoided if possible, as each time you drill you remove part of the tooth you are trying to preserve.

Oh dear I am now well off topic. I did get a bit nocturnal on my Spanish holiday, where people really go to town on New Year celebrations. For us these started at 7pm on the eve in the village restaurant. The first thing is to pay the bill, ours was 350 Euro for 8 of us. Then the food, water and drink start to flow in a slow but relentless way till just before midnight when we all get a party bag, hats, garlands, poppers ....... and 12 large grapes! The idea is you skoff back a grape as each of the twelve bells ring, and then the party really starts. It's dancing to the local band, they are well cheesy, lots of singing along to pre-recorded backing, the only instrumental action is of the 2 fingers and Kimbal style, I have to watch and laugh, everyone from youngsters to ancient great grandparents are having a ball. We leave at 4am, as we have our holiday video to make and a plane to catch, but some will be singing and dancing till 6.

And here is that video.
 
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