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Haven't seen this mentioned before and have only just remembered it. A little test for slotters from years gone was the "pencil" test. I expect it would still work fine today as a gauge for the reflexes of a slotter. ( Betting young McLaren can do it)

The idea is to have someone else hold a pencil horizontally between both their left and right index finger tips. Then, you can hold your hand over the pencil, as close as you like, but not touch the pencil and not cup your fingers around or under it as to prevent it falling to the floor.

As the person releases the pencil at will, you must grab it before it hits the floor!.

Just a simple test for those who think their slot car is to blame for crashing alot.;

Very few can do it, when you find someone who can, you can bet he's the sort of chap who rarely glares at his car for having an accident.

Try it. Just remember to mention it when you complain about your crashy new car.
 

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I'm dreadful at that test....

But my mantlepiece suggests I may have some talent for slot racing....


-Rob

ps A year or two back on the Clarkson tv show, they tried a variation of that test with Michael Schumacher. His reactions according to the test proved to be 'average at best'...
 

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Oh great. Not only is my pencil now broken, it's rolled under the desk where I can't get to it...

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Cheers uksqueezea...

I'm not bad at the test, I can catch it most of the time. I also used to do it with a half a sheet of paper or a crisp ten pound note.

But as said above, it doesn't mean that you're a good driver if you can catch the object, it means you have quick reactions. It means you will be fast away from the line, and can (hopefully) stop well if someone comes out in front of you.

You need to have track knowledge combined with quick reactions to be a good driver. If you have lots of track knowledge, you can get away with slower reactions, and vice-versa (to a certain extent).

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We used to click a stop watch on and off as fast as possible. The best you can hope for is 1/10th of a second. On days you were slower than that you were probably going to lose so you raced a more conservative race.
 

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It's actually a no-brainer - just look in the mirror!

(oh - it helps if you're me to do that
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