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It was the Grand Finale of the Farnham vs. Bolwextric Inter-Club Challenge last night. After one leg each at our respective clubs we met on neutral ground at Home Farm for the decider.

We each had to bring 2-3 sets of cars and one of our picks was for the Scalextric RS500. All of the cars are box standard mechanically, with lead weight replacing the magnet and Slot.It tyres (22s at the back and zero grips to the front). It produced racing rather like this...


As you can see, it's much more fun when Scalextric produces cars that run on all surfaces with or without the magnet! All four cars lapped within 0.01s of each other as well.

When they stayed upright!
 

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that looks cool but we would call the cars or the track loose...too much fishtailing.

On our gloss tracks F22s's give a much tighter drive.

Then the challenge is not to roll the car I suppose.
 

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do you run crash and burn - started with 4 cars but after that first lap crash I only spotted 3 cars on the track...
 
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that looks cool but we would call the cars or the track loose...too much fishtailing.

On our gloss tracks F22s's give a much tighter drive.

Then the challenge is not to roll the car I suppose.
My thought process was similar.. Need more grip, but more grip may cause roll..
I raced on that track last year, its not bad, N18s would be better than the 22s, but if the 22s were glued/trued/treated/polished, they would be more than enough.

And, Dopamine, they dont run brakes. Real men dont need brakes, apparently...lol

Good racing though, looks like it was a good series :thumbsup:
 

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Yes we run them on Ninco usually, so there's plenty more bite on the tyres. I added weight to compensate a bit as usually they run fine but I thought they might need a bit of sticking down on wood.

All of the classes ran pretty much the same last night in terms of being 'taily'.
 

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And, Dopamine, they dont run brakes. Real men dont need brakes, apparently...lol
I know. I was being sarcastic.
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The brake stuff reminds of when I was 17, trying to master the Scandinavian flick in my dad's car and long before I'd learned about brake bias valves, suspension set-up, spring rates and whatnot. I'd seen it done, but had no idea how to do it myself, because every car I'd driven up to that point was a terminal understeerer.

A Vauxhall VX4/90, 4 speed gearbox, 12 year old brother in the passenger seat acting as co-driver, we'd barrel down the road at 80mph in top, then I'd jam the car into 2nd gear and rely on the protesting engine to break rear traction and enable me to practice my flicks (the handbrake was too weedy).

It worked OK for the first few attempts, so as confidence grew I got faster and faster until the inevitable balls-up. Sideways into a telegraph pole, fortunately after I'd slowed to about 40mph and, better still, impacting on my brother's side! Explaining the damage to my dad wasn't the easiest of conversations!
 

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Great video of some great racing!

It just proves that to have great racing and brilliant fun you don't need the latest and fastest lower than a snakes belly rail-polisher with a mega motor and specially prepped tyres steeped in some witches brews that some would have you believe,
 

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I know. I was being sarcastic. :)

The brake stuff reminds of when I was 17, trying to master the Scandinavian flick in my dad's car and long before I'd learned about brake bias valves, suspension set-up, spring rates and whatnot. I'd seen it done, but had no idea how to do it myself, because every car I'd driven up to that point was a terminal understeerer.

A Vauxhall VX4/90, 4 speed gearbox, 12 year old brother in the passenger seat acting as co-driver, we'd barrel down the road at 80mph in top, then I'd jam the car into 2nd gear and rely on the protesting engine to break rear traction and enable me to practice my flicks (the handbrake was too weedy).

It worked OK for the first few attempts, so as confidence grew I got faster and faster until the inevitable balls-up. Sideways into a telegraph pole, fortunately after I'd slowed to about 40mph and, better still, impacting on my brother's side! Explaining the damage to my dad wasn't the easiest of conversations!
Love a bit of down shift initiation, followed by several clutch kicks :thumbsup:
Iv been in a similar situation, only it was my friends car, at Lydden hill, while he was watching.. 4 laps of trying to hit 4th gear round the big corner, 5th lap I did it, but something went bad, I went on the grass, I went in the tire wall.. luckily It was a passing graze as I was furiously spinning down the outfield and I only had to replace a headlight, Oil Cooler, Intercooler, and a few Pipes.. the slide hammer sorted the chassis leg..
 

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Awesome racing. It looked like the red car had it in the bag for so long and to see the other two reel him in for a photo finish was brilliant.

That track looks excellent to race on too.
 

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Yes we run them on Ninco usually, so there's plenty more bite on the tyres. I added weight to compensate a bit as usually they run fine but I thought they might need a bit of sticking down on wood.

All of the classes ran pretty much the same last night in terms of being 'taily'.
Yeah you are right about the tires on the Ninco, the 22s will be more than grippy enough.
It's the other way round with the weight.. you don't need it on wood, so much. The only car Iv got for Molesey wood with weight in is NSR Corvette, and it's only a pea sized blob of blue tack over the Guide. All my old Farnham cars had muchos weight. The main thing on wood is perfect braids all the time, front axle setup perfectly(which you can't do with Scalextric cars)(true the tires down, or as you've done, use zero grip fronts(which also need truing)). :thumbsup:
 

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Really happy to see some club racers enjoying our cars!

We know we will never beat the likes of NSR, Slot it etc in a race, but we do hope that you guys at clubs will try our cars and find them to be the most important thing, fun to race.

And these should slide around. Its a cossie. Thats the point.... ;)
 

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Simon, you'll never beat the likes of NSR and Slot.it in a race because brands like that are rarely brave enough to touch this type of car. It's not wide and low enough...

I'm just grateful that Scalextric produce them and even more pleased that they're one of the nicest performing Scalextric models produced in the last few years. And yes, I know Cossies are meant to slide, but did you really intend the tyres to mimic the grip available in a wet race after someone's dropped a load of oil? The tyres are shocking!

Still, great cars, particularly the B&H and Shell Bathurst liveries. Keep 'em coming and please please please can we have one of these?

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It just proves that to have great racing and brilliant fun you don't need the latest and fastest lower than a snakes belly rail-polisher with a mega motor and specially prepped tyres steeped in some witches brews that some would have you believe,
I totally agree, slot car racing is about racing a variety of types and classes of cars - it doesn't have to all be about "rocket ships". Judging by the laughter at the end of both the races in the videos everyone seems to be having a great time.

Really happy to see some club racers enjoying our cars!

We know we will never beat the likes of NSR, Slot it etc in a race, but we do hope that you guys at clubs will try our cars and find them to be the most important thing, fun to race.

And these should slide around. Its a cossie. Thats the point....
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It doesn't matter if a Scalextric car is slower than a NSR or whatever. Scalextric make a very wide range of cars - far more than most other manufacturers, they look great and they go well enough to enjoy excellent racing as the videos in this thread demonstrate.

David
 

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On the tyres, and dont shout at me for this, but i have found here at work that giving the rears a quick burnout on some sand paper makes a HUGE difference. Now, i know you shouldnt have to do this, and we are looking at improving the tyres, but in the meantime this may be a good option for you all. Though you may be doing it already!

and if you think we have a wide range of cars now..... just you wait for 2019 and 2020! :D

Love the OXO cars!

Simon
 
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