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Twelve hour race for charity

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Well I enjoyed it, many thanks to Paul for organising the event.

Cant wait till the next one.

Hopefully more people will take part.

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I'm off to bed in about half an hour. Need my beauty sleep y'know.
Your beauty sleep worked well. You and Keith were excellent but alas you were hindered by your other team mates.

The Pioneer mustangs held up well to the hard work. Considering that the company is in its infancy compared to the big boys well done Pioneer.

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A great and long days racing, many thanks to:
Tony and Dave for organising and hosting
All the competitors for their generous support in time and money
Peter for organising the raffle and prize
Pioneer models for donating the car chassis's
The public who turned up and supported us with interest and generous donations

And finally my Team Mates, PJ and Nick, who despite my best efforts remained in good humour all day - IF ONLY, EH CHAPS !
I had a great day, even though the car I was driving spent more time on it's roof than on all four. Was it my driving?
Great to meet you all.
Well done Tony and team for the win.
Well done Dave and Keith for getting us into 4th. place, it could have been 5th.
Well done PJ for winning the raffle. Do you know PJ, if you had bought the tickets when I had, and I had bought when you did, I would have won. You bought the strip after me. So you were that close to loosing

When I got home, there was a beer and a curry waiting for me. so that was a fine end to to great day. Could we do a 24 hour race next year :;-):


The video OK, OK, so not that great, but from a tea pot, it's not that bad.
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QUOTE (Wambulance @ 14 Mar 2011, 11:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A great and long days racing, many thanks to:
.................Peter for organising the raffle and prize................
Don't give me the credit for the raffle; it's down to the generosity of A C Models, Eastleigh, who donated the Scalextric set.
A lot of credit is due.

To Dave for sourcing the cars for the event and for grabbing the bull by the horns and getting the event to the starting blocks.
To Tony for supplying the track for the day and being part of the winning team despite changing the gearbox in his road car out in the car park between stints.
To Peter, despite what he says, for organizing and running the raffle.
To AC Models, Eastleigh for very generously donating such a wonderful prize for said raffle.
To Pioneer for creating, with their first ever model, a slot car that can run to that level of performance and reliability.
To my team mates, Kev, Sandy and Wes, for making such a strong challenge for the race.
To all the other competitors for making it such a fun day, full of laughs, that flew by so quickly.
And also to the guy who brought his young son along to watch for a while, and donated so generously to the charity cause.

The figure raised that Dave gave us last night is very impressive.

And the grip on the track for club night was pretty impressive too!
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You'll have to wait for the full write uo Andy.
It's on its way and should be posted by this evening.
Was a very good day guys, pleased we managed to raise that much as well, hope we can do it again sometime! thanks for all the hard work people put in!
Sorry I missed this one (thanks for the invite Tony). It was too short notice for the Solent guys, Sam had rehearsals for Gang Show and I was off to Cyprus Sunday evening
. the first one I missed?

Sounds as if a good time was had by all. When will you succeed with a handicap for Tony? Gearbox changing is not enough. I suggest an OU philosophy course
No racing until all exams passed.

Sam and I tried the Pioneer cars on a wooden track last year at Brooklands. To be honest we could have done 12 hours there: they had such balance that we said then we would love to use them for the next endurance race we did. Were they all reliable? They seem sturdy enough.

Work and family still keep me from devoting more than 1 night a week to racing (and then not every week), but when I win the lottery.......

Say hi to everyone from me!

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Well it's taken me a while, but here is the review from the 12 hour race.

On Sunday 13th March we held our annual 12 hour race to raise money for charity at the Clanfield, Bolwextric Race Track ( ).

I think Steve was telling fishing tales in this shot.

Five teams entered this mammoth race on the 6 lane, 140' long track which had been donated for the day by Tony Bolwell. We took it in turns to race on each lane and each driver had a stint in each hour driving Pioneer Ford Mustangs which had been donated by Jules Birley of Pioneer Slotcars (www. ). A great turn out with around 20 people competing throughout the day.

This years nominated charities were the local memorial fund for the recently deceased farmer, Ian Rook and The Make A Wish Foundation UK. Teams had to pay a £30 entrance fee and there was also a raffle for a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Scalextric set kindly donated by AC Models ( On the day we raised £270 which I'm sure will be gratefully accepted by both charities.
Racing started at 9.00am sharp and got off to a flying start with racers not holding back and full of enthusiasm despite it being a Sunday morning. Lots of paint rubbing and door bashing was to be seen in the early stages and a few 'offs' meant it was not unusual to get half way around a bend and suddenly 'T bone' and car that was sideways across your lane. Lap times started off in the 12-13s region as the track was a bit green and the tyres were fresh, but soon dropped as the tyres bedded in and the track got cleaned up. Some teams chose to pit early and tweak their brand new cars by either adding weight, lubricating the gears or turning their tyres into slicks by running them on sand paper. After a couple of hours running it came apparent that, as in real motorsport, we were going to have to keep an eye on tyre wear. My aggressive driving style meant that our team would get little more that 4 hours out of a set. One of the teams however, did manage their tyres very well and only used 2 sets. Each team had been provided with 3 sets for the day.

Another realistic side line to this was that the track was starting to show a clean racing line. As the session progressed and fatigue started to set in, the back end of the car would sometimes get a bit wide from braking too late or accelerating too early and pick up some of the 'marbles'. If this happened we would then need to do 2 or 3 steady laps to regain ultimate grip and be able to push again, this could prove to be quite costly as the opposition would be able to either pull away or catch up. For those people that are not familiar with club slot racing tenths of seconds can mean a lot of difference.

An average hour long session would see most teams doing around 260 laps with a whopping 3216 laps were done by the winning team. The combined total lap count was 15731. The cars took a real beating and probably did more work in that one day than most slot cars would do in a lifetime, but they all made it to the finish line with minimum maintenance, such as lubricating and tyre changes, required.

A very enjoyable day was had by all and I for one can't wait 'til the next one. If anyone is interested either helping the charities, the car or the track please check out the websites listed above.

A quiet moment for MR M.
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Ok folks, rumblings have started for the next 12 hour race at Bolwextric. The last 2 have been around Feb -Mar time. So i'm guessing that next year around the same time would suit most people?

Please add to this post with any comments you have about last year or any suggestions for next years event.

Peter Solari has kindly donated some Ninco Porsche 911 with light kits so we can have the night time section back.

I'm gonna start with 11th March next year as a proposed date.
Hello Dave. I'm up for that again (having got the OK from my wife
) and I hope the rest of the 'Seniors' team is as well. Lighted vehicles will pose a new and interesting challenge as well.
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I'll be in for this as well dave! look forward to it!
Right then, it's time to wake this thread up again.
If you are interested in taking part in this years 12 hour race then you can reply here to get more info or just get together with some mates and register your team on this thread.
11 March is confirmed.
Yes, as Nick doesn't mind my being in a team with him I will have a crack at this. PJ, are you in?

It really is time I added last years 12 hour to the web site, I will blag your (Dave L) report and the pics from this tread, I think I may have a picture of the score sheet I could add in. I will also mention this years, it may just catch someone's eye.
There is also a small vid, 10mins or so, on youtube. but cannot remember what I called it. If I can find it on my system, I'll post.
I know a lot of you guys will be upset by this, but I cannot make it this year.
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QUOTE (Saviour @ 16 Jan 2012, 14:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There is also a small vid, 10mins or so, on youtube. but cannot remember what I called it. If I can find it on my system, I'll post.
OK Andy, I think I found it, I have linked to it from the Bolwextric Charity endurance pages that I have just re-done, nothing too exciting either what was already there or blagged from here.
Those re-done pages start from here.
I would be up for this.

Going to try to put a team together from Oxford.

PM me any extra details.

Cheers, Luke
Nice one Luke. Looking forward to seeing you and a team.
Anything I think of I will let you know.
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