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Thingie's: What were they all about?

11707 Views 108 Replies 19 Participants Last post by  Jairus Watson
Just spitballing here but I've been thinking about this for months since the 2011 proxy started. A few of you wanted to run the Parma track and I shot that idea down right quick due to the simple fact that the faster tracks tend to destroy some of these toys more than the shorter tracks.

So... here is an idea for the Proxy 2012. Not totally sure just who will step forward and organize the next event. But I wanted to get our creative juices flowing again long before the deadline in order to source the needed bits.

Here is what I have been mulling over and darned if it was not inspired by ol'"Wavemaker".

The idea is to run only one or two fast tracks. Fastest car wins! (prizes, money, glory?)
Thingie's are basically "balls out" designs that use the best of the best tech to go as fast as possible.
A quick peek at the final pages of our history already reads that the current wing racer occupies (there is that word again) the current position on that throne of all 'Thingiedom' so why not go with that... ?

I present this idea: "Choti Doody"!
Yeah, the Choti line of bodies pretty much contain the essence of the modern wing racer. Anyone can solder together a light weight chassis. So the question is.... what motors?
Well, we have stuck with 1968 as a tech line-in-the-sand in the past almost to the point of insanity! However, I suggest in order to increase participation and move the movement forward, (not to mention increase reliability) the tech deadline should be adjusted to 1970. This would allow "C" can motors! (or the "B" of course)
Ah... that would be Champion and Mura "C" can motors (two hole) with-out bussbars! but cutting the can down could be allowed!

Can drive or endbell drive makes no difference but we limit the placement to in-line only just for fun.
Any gears, any wheels and tires as long as they were available in 1970.
All bodies have to be Choti or you will fly off the freaking track.
No added wings, just the body that was originally molded. (Electric Dreams and O2R have them)

The question is... how much down force do you need?
How much weight?
How much power can we squeeze out of a little Mura motor packed full of the best ceramic magnets on the face of this earth?
(or should we allow any magnets?)

Soooo.... how quick is quick on the Parma track?
Yeah, I want to race on PARMA and at least one AMERICAN KING!

What do you think?
Wanna play BALLS OUT?
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Guys excuse me for saying this being new to this thingie thing.
But what kill the sperit of the a class is using the same old thing relying on Epay and parts every one might not have.
The 2nd thing is keeping the cost low so every one can have fun in building.
My suggestion to this is if you want to keep the sperit of th class going go back to the roots of making you own brackets,frame design from brass, set easy rules that every one can understand and go by in building there car and most of all find a source of bulk motors that are cheep have every o e pitch in who wishes to race and pass them out then do the same with the gears. Body well that can be up to the racer to build or buy but should be made from lexan and a set thickness to use.
I seen many clubs drive out new blood by $$$$$$ in the car classes they race and won't try any thing new.or I should say new old school.
I don't mean to offend anyone by this message but k.I.s. Seams to attract new blood and keeps the sperit of the class with less worry on the $ spent.
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Got one question for you, were are you digging up your info on thingie? From people I talked to there were only a couple of rule one being size in body, one being 1/16 high off track. Motor size I was told is what you brought. And the chassies were not presses precut and defiantly not shiney. Why are you changing to a wing design?Shanodas look a lot better. I still think you should go old school all brass builds let any one enter via postal proxy and not Catter to just a few. Has any one actualy race with any of the old racers who designed these thingies for are enjoyment and or actuly seen one of the org. Body's and chassies. Are the org. Molds being used in production or are they interpitations of the car or org. Designs? There is so much info but nothing seams to consistent to what I have been told by an org thingie racer from the 60's and 70's when thingies were in there hay day.
Very confused on this post being what they all about !
So I can build my chassie the way I want but motor and wheels are agreed on by every one.
I like the response from all more clear see were you going now.
Love the simple frame and the way you built it. Thats what I like to see.
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