SlotForum banner
41 - 60 of 69 Posts

· John Roche
Joined
·
4,367 Posts
It was really good to get some track time in. The track manages to be very much the same but different if that's not too Irish. ( Are we allowed to say that in these PC times?)


See you all tomorrow.

Cheers

John
 

· Matt Tucker
Joined
·
3,718 Posts
Thank you to everyone who came, hope you enjoyed the club and the racing.

Well done to Phil field and John Secchi whom placed top non Rockingham racers in GP and Saloon class respectively.

Also a big well done to Dave Farrow who drove really well taking full advantage of others mistakes to win both the GP and Saloon classes as well as concours for the GP car and therefore take overall race meet champion. Salon concours went to John Roche/Chris Adams with their Volvo Amazon.
 

· John Roche
Joined
·
4,367 Posts
I'd like to thank everybody who turned up for our first open meeting. There were some fantastic cars an great racing.

I had a problem with my controller which started cutting out intermittently and unfortunately I hadn't packed a spare. It's only a few months old. The same happened to nearly everyone else who was running a Truspeed. Other makes were fine. It's really strange as it ran fine all day Saturday and the 1st part of Sunday, I managed to get a coupe of decent runs in the GP class which allowed me to get into the C final, I'm not sure if I would have made the B without the problems. During the final it got worse so I retired, I didn't want to risk breaking cars needlessly.

During the break I took it apart and cleaned all the contacts but to no avail. I retired again from Saloons as I was a risk to other cars as well.

I'll contact Steve at Truspeed today to see what he suggests as to whether the problem is with the track which I think is unlikely.

Cheers

John
 

· Registered
Joined
·
4,084 Posts
Mick/ all at Rockingham SCC
Thanks for a great first 'Classic' event at your fantastic new home. The new facility is a credit to you and all your clubmembers who have done a tremendous amount of work to get the clubroom to such a high standard. It now stands comparison with the best clubs in the Country.
Really enjoyed the day, great racing against Phil,Eddie, John, and Mick L for the bragging rights of 'best visitor', just pipped my good friend Phil...driving my models!
Pleased to have got a place in the GP Concours, the BRM has now achieved success in both racing and concours.
Two small issues; why did the truspeeds play up on the day? I don't recall any problems at the 'old' club...very odd.
The track needs Matt to use a bit more 'elbow grease' with the rubbing down of the sand in the sandtex finnish...NSR tyre life will not be great until this is done!!
All in all, well done on a super new Club, I wish Rockingham SCC all the best for the future and can't wait till my next visit, Double Trouble next year.
Kind Regards Bill.
P.S. look forward to the full results!
 

· Matt Tucker
Joined
·
3,718 Posts
Surface is still a bit sharp even after the front splitter took off the top layer - we can't afford the tyre wear so I am sure that it will be sanded down a tad more.

Truspeed - the problem those controllers had was disappointing as it really affected those runners enjoyment. I only had trouble on one lane with mine as the internal short circuit protector kicked in - however my issue, I am sure, was related to my tail swinging out and the braids shorting as it cleared after I shortened the braids.

However worth all those whom experienced issues to contact Steve and see if it is a underlying design issue which can be resolved, or is it a peculiarity with our track which we can't think of why.

Matt
 

· Premium Member
Joined
·
117 Posts
Thanks to one and all at Rockingham for a great weekends racing. The usual friendly repartee and plenty of track time.
I agree with Bill about the "sandtex" finish especially as the track is a tricky blighter to get to grips with and the endless rolls scratching the paint on my new saloon bodies, although I did my best to smooth the track surface with the front splitter on my Camaro (ground clearance! wot rules?)
Congratulations to Dave, his GP win gifted thanks to Matt's victory roll off the sweeper a lap too early but his saloon win was well earned - his little Alfa looked a delight with good speed and solid handling whilst the US muscle cars knocked three bags of spit out of each other.
Can't wait for my next visit.

Mick L
 

· John Roche
Joined
·
4,367 Posts
QUOTE However worth all those whom experienced issues to contact Steve and see if it is a underlying design issue which can be resolved, or is it a peculiarity with our track which we can't think of why

Here is the e-mail i've sent to Steve:

"Hi Steve,

Earlier this year I bought one of your PWM controllers.

I was using it this weekend when it suddenly developed a problem. It had been fine all day Saturday when testing but during the racing on Sunday it suddenly started cutting out. It would then almost immediately start again. This problem was intermittent and unpredictable in that it might work well for a couple of minutes or it might cut out several times in a lap. This happened once before at a different club where I was told the power supply was not regulated so I stopped using it immediately for fear of causing damage. The power supply yesterday is regulated with more than enough amps for the type of cars we were running, 1:32 Retro.

Strangely, others using Truspeed controllers also had problems but I'm not sure what their symptoms were. One of my clubmates also used one but he had no problems. Our club has recently had to relocate to a new premises but the track wiring is basically the same and we had never had any problems with controllers cutting out before.

I would be grateful for your advice. If you need to know anything about the club power supply or track wiring feel free to contact Mick Kerr: (Micks e-mail deleted here)

Kind regards

John Roche

PS I've just had a thought, could the problem be the "plug in cable"? If so, how often should it be replaced as i've not had much opportunity to race due to all the work involved in the club relocating? "
 

· John Roche
Joined
·
4,367 Posts
I hope the above isn't detracting from the race reports etc. but we do need to know whether the problem is with the controllers or the track so we can sort them out ASAp.

Cheers

John
 

· Phil Smith
Joined
·
2,740 Posts
John have you got the built in plug in the controller box, i.e. there is no wire coming out of the box with a 3 pin plug on the end.
If so could the box be shorting out on anything on the socket, maybe a fixing screw etc.
Remember the problems in Roncole Verdi this year where the 'live' metal drivers staging was shorting out on mine, and some others, controllers?
 

· David Farrow
Joined
·
1,274 Posts
Hi Guys

Yippe…………… I don't think I could say anything else really. If you look over the results of this event you will see just how many times I came second to Mick K in the Gp class, so to finally win it is something special. I thought there would be a real chance for some of the visitors, as the track layout has changed and was new to all of us, also the surface so green the grip was changing all the time. Maybe the new tire prep I was using worked after all.

On with some pictures.







The three cars that I thought would win concourse. But thanks to everyone that thought differently.







The new track



One of our members who is not too well still turned up to see his old corner and make sure the marshaling was up to spec.All the best and I hope everything goes well for you.



A bit of an arty shot



The standard of cars and driving was very high.

Old boys and young guns. Unfortunately probably discussing the true-speed controllers and how long it will last.



I don't know why but I didn't take any pictures of the Saloon concourse but I know Mick will be posting some results soon.

This is Mick K and Matt giving each other one.



Mick L. good to see someone come from so far. He was blindingly quick and admitted he could have driven better. I hope we will see him with his club mates soon. It was this Mick that gave me the name Loudbloke



A real good old boy.



Mick T, so close and with Mick K,s cars!!



And me…… so many shiny things.



Just a quick word to thank everyone, especially Mick K who is the force behind this event. A big thanks to everyone that built the new clubroom. There are a few bits that will be changed and improved. It took a lot longer than it was thought and it was a real shame the Double Trouble was dropped but I am sure the next events will be better and stronger in the new premises.

Just to finish off with a thanks to the makers of the tire treatment. Catalytic Advantage Treatment by Performance Industries formula 55

All the best

David, Loud bloke, Farrow.

If you want some of the treatment.....

....

....

Do an Ebay search for C.A.T. P.I.5.5
 

· John Roche
Joined
·
4,367 Posts
QUOTE Remember the problems in Roncole Verdi this year where the 'live' metal drivers staging was shorting out on mine, and some others, controllers?

I don't think so Phil, if it was a short it wouldn't clear without anything being touched.

Anyway, the real reason we were there was the racing and the models. I forgot to say a massive thank you to Chris Adams. He couldn't make it to the meeting and kindly lent me some cars. the motor in one of his Ferrari packed up during testing but how's this for detail:







His Vanwall:





His concours winning Volvo:





His Mercedes:





Thanks again Chris

Cheers

John
 

· Steve Hills
Joined
·
464 Posts
Hi all.
I received the email about the short circuit protection feature on the TruSpeed PWM controllers coming into play at the event.
I agree that it seems unlikely that the track itself is a problem.
Since the controllers are all working OK again back at the home tracks, it seems that it's not the actual controllers either.

Long braids are certainly a probable culprit, but I didn't know at the time of my reply to the Email that the event was a brass chassis one.
These chassis are notorious for causing short circuits, so it's more likely to be frayed track braiding shorting against low-slung chassis that caused most of it.
Additionally the wires from the braids to the motors sometimes short against the chassis as the guide turns if the insulation is not right up to the connection point.

I could modify that protection circuit to allow shorting to occur, but I'm not sure that is a move forward.
If anyone would like to have the circuit muted then please send your controller in to me and I'll modify it.

regards,

Steve Hills.
 

· Premium Member
Joined
·
3,076 Posts
Hi Steve,
Thanks for your input.
I believe that the track is wired exactly as it was at Wellingborough and I don't remember any problems being reported there.
Although the event allowed brass chassis we run with a minimum of 1.5mm ground clearance so chassis shorting to the track braid is unlikely, and a number of the guys experiencing problems were using plastic chassis cars. They also say they have not had the same issues running the same cars at other tracks.
One of our members, Matt Tucker, uses a Truespeed, although it's an older one, and has experienced no problems at all through several evenings of racing.
It did seem that the problem usually occurred when two Truespeeds were being used at the same time. I don't know why that should be.
It's very difficult to sort the issue when we have been unable to repeat the problem, but I do want to solve it.
I do have a couple of ideas as to how to fix it and I'll send you a current wiring diagram and my thoughts about alterations by PM this evening.
Cheers,
Mick.
 

· Jon Grainger
Joined
·
3,547 Posts
I'm not sure if it's of any use, but a few of our guys use TruSpeed PWMs at Norwich, and if you are driving, when someone else plugs their PWM controller in on another lane, the power to yours is cut momentarily, and needs to be 'reset' by releasing the trigger, and then it's fine. It's something that happens to everyone who owns a PWM at ours,
 

· Registered
Joined
·
2,424 Posts
Love the revamped circuit - it looks fantastic.
Really nice to see scenery on the circuit, I personally think it adds realism to the track. Well done to Trickie Dickie (who ever he is,) the finishing touches are great.
At Presto the scenery is a bone of contention with some members but seeing how people have gone to a lot of trouble detailing their cars at this meeting it only adds to the realism of the meeting and the whole thing in general.

Well done to all the members who worked so hard to achieve a very high standard for this new clubroom and circuits, you've done it - It's fabulous!

Hope to see some of you at Presto next month for our Double Header weekend. Mike
 

· Premium Member
Joined
·
196 Posts
Thanks for the compliments Yazoo, it is appreciated, but it was not just down to me. All the club members involved deserve a huge pat on the back for the way in which Rockingham has turned out. More scenic additions are ongoing so you will have to return to see further developements.

Dick
 
41 - 60 of 69 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top