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John Roche
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Andy at abslotsports recently organised a race meeting for TSRF cars. Unfortunately, the rules restricted body choice to lexan type clear bodies. I've asked him to allow hard bodies such as those on Scaley type cars for the future meetings in the forum set up to discuss the rules. His reply stated that none of the other racers have expressed interest in hard bodies. I wondered if anyone eklse on this forum has TSRF cars with hard bodies who would be interested in entering. See the dicussion at:

http://www.slottalk.com/page11.html

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John
 

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..I have hardbodies on TSRF-chassis - both, 1/24 and 1/32 - but distance is a little to far to join your race. Sorry
 

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John,

I was at that TSRF meeting (it was at my local club and I ended up running race control) and yes everyone there was a BSCRA racer, myself included, so your comment about why there was a lack of interest in hardbodies (on Andy's pages) is probably correct.

As someone who races both BSCRA and Scalex I'm not personally as enthusiastic about hard bodies on TSRF as I am about racing nice lexan bodies on them for a number of reasons - one is that BSCRA-style wood tracks have very solid barriers that assume that anything hitting it is an easily popped-back-into-shape lexan thingy, the second is that there is a fair bit of ambiguity about exactly which hardbodies can be fitted onto the TSRF shell and the third is that getting a hardbody requires buying a car at £20-£30 and hoping it fits whereas the lexan shells cost a couple of quid each.

Having said that I have a 1:24 Tamiya BMW Batmobile awaiting transplantation onto a 1:24 TSRF but that is just intended as a fun-run car!

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Although I guess its natural that BSCRA member would tend to stay with their Lexans, it's not actually necessary to buy a complete car just to obtain a hard body. AB Slot Sport among others have sold separate Fly bodies for this purpose, but perhaps have found only a low demand so far.
 

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It looks like there will be a hard body class. I had an e-mail from Andy at ABslotsport who is organising the series. He is hoping to set dates in the next month. Venues for next year will now include Pontefract, Wellingborough, Oaklands (Birmingham), North London, Reading.

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John
 

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Thanks for that John, this was being discussed at Oaklands on the last two club nights but I couldn't find anywhere on Andy's site to confirm it!

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Hi All
Had a discussion with Ian Fisher the other night about the North London round [first i heard of it!] for TSFR's and thought that possibly having a 1/32 retro race on the Saturday would make for a good weekend raceing. Anybody up for it?
It will be based on the North London format used in the late 80,s for various classes [pre 65 F1. pre 70 Fi, pre 70 Saloon and pre 70 Sports] raced at the time which some of you might be familiar with [Cooper the elder for instance], these will be for rubber tyres only [no sponge]. It's been a while since we raced these so we will have to adapt the rules to suit todays needs but will be more or less as the originals.
Any thoughts on the subject?
The track is a 4 lane timber smooth surface track with recessed braid, it's 96.6' long and runs of a battery with charger so should be no problems for the there doggy rewinds!
Don't think dates have been posted yet but please let us have your thoughts so we can gauge to see what interest there is for it.

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Hi John,

I think Andy is planning a budget F1 series to go with TSRF. I prefer your idea, modern F1 cars are so ugly (IMO) so I dread the thought of them with blob bodies.

With 1:32 retro & rubber tyres, you probably wouldn't need to limit motors. Would something like an old F32 chassis with say a Slot it V12 or Little Ripper be eligible for sports or saloon?

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Not too sure of Andy's/Ralph's race format as i think both/all his classes are to run on a single day, the Sunday. As in the Southern BSL [and the Northern BSL] single day events are popular with most racers as it cuts down on costs and an ear bashing "from her in doors", the last Southern BSL round at NLondon attracted 49 racers! mine is only a suggestion for the die hards who have a whole weekend to play with toy cars , don't want to damage the Sunday attendence in any way.
If we can get enough people interested , say about 18/20, then we will organise an event with prior posting of the rules.
One thing i did not mention in my previous post was that the 1/32 retro rules were for hard body's only, no vac formed at all. The classes most likely to be run, seeing whats available to the scratch builder today and whats available RTR, would be a pre 1960 Gran Prix class , a pre 1970 Sports/Can-Am class and depending on attendence and time available a pre 1970 Saloon class. The rules for scratch building were that all the components and materials had to be available Pre 1970, since these rules were made in the mid 80's and what was still available then is no more, i think that we will be able to relax the motor rules and allow these new motors such as Falcons, Slot It V12 Etc Etc although you cannot beat the smell of burning epoxy!
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It's sounding better all the time.
Cheers,

John

p.s. what's happening about the Tottenham retro !:24 series? I've got some suitable chassis and am planning to cannibalise some old BSCRA type cars for running gear.
 

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John
The only date available this side of Xmas is the Sunday before!
If its to go ahead i will post the confirmation here and other forums by the end of next week.
Next year hope to organise more retro's at NLondon in both scales, seems to me that there is considerable interest in retro and not just by the old geezers!
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N london is only 50 miles from me (Bedford) so it'll be good to have some weekend events. I work nights so can't attend a regular club.

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Dates annoumced on the abslotsport site, Jan 25th Pontefract, April 11th at Wellinborough.

Merry Xmas all,

Cheers,

John
 

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I have been following the efforts of Andy to put a TSRF series together. While I am personally not so hot about using clear plastic bodies, I think that it is a move in the right direction IF (the Big IF), these bodies are reasonably scale. I strongly encourage the use of TrueScale bodies (manufactured by Victor Ferguson in California), Pro-Track and TSRF bodies (obviously patterned after injected examples) but I am not so hot about John Fitzpatrick's Beta bodies that are frankly too much off-scale.
Regardless, this would have to be selected on an individual basis as some might be better than others.
Regards,

Mr. Pea
 
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