We're going to have to organise a few more Adult rookies for Lee to race against this year...
If I can get Dave and Dave to come again that should do it!!
Fresh from doing some full size simulator racing over the weekend here, I'm looking forward to getting back to HO racing!
I do thoroughly recommend PTR! It is amazing. I managed to get within 3 seconds of the lap record on their circuit and was 6 seconds a lap quicker than the average rookie there so I'm very pleased with myself.
I will be at this race provided I don't win tickets to see Top Gear being recorded that day instead! I'll know by the end of the month. With half a million people on the short list, I think my chances are good that'll be racing at WHO!!
It would be nice to get the Hornet out for a drive again. It hasn't hit the track since HONK in October.
As I sit reading this several times as I have flu(the proper sort not just man flu!!!!!!) I am still trying to decide what to run do I go for the standard turbo and hope not too many other drivers go for classic cup??????? Do I go with an srt and hope for mid table or do I just hope to feel better soon then I might be able to make a desicion!!!!
The choice is obviously going to be your own to make but I will point out that Diesel is almost definitely going to run a Micro Scalextric which will also be in the Classic Cup and he was very handy with one last time he tried it. I'm a Turbo fan but I just can't see how you can hope to be competitive with it against Tycos and that MS car.
Therefore I would suggest SRT!
Or I'll make it even more complicated for you. Assuming I am there, I'll be bringing an extra Mega G if you wished to try it and an SG+ set up for F1 with the correct height tyres and black magnets.
Oh bloody hell Gareth you have now completly fried my brain!!!!!! In my weakend state I cant even decide what to have for dinner tonight let alone what car to run!!!!!!!! Maybe I will try and sneak my turbo plus red mag thingy in do you think anyone will notice if I stay on the track for a change?????
Ok a rule check needed please----on the website under f1 rules it states that SRT traction magnet must be in neutral postion---is the mega g allowed to run with the magnets flipped over if so why???? and why not the srt??????
Sorry to be a pain in this matter but hey thats what I am lol!!!!!!!!!! P:s if mega g is allowed to run with mag flip can I reserve an f1 body for Stephen please(and possibly an srt magnet for Daniel)
Also I fully realise that the red traction mag on my turbo plus is NOT allowed so if I have less than 6 "offs" per heat then I fully expect a stewards inquiry followed by a court martial then lined up against the wall to face a firing squad!!!!!!
Mike - the thinking behind including the SRT in F1 this year is that it is a way of improving the performance of those who ran Turbos last year, without having to buy a new car just yet.
As Gareth has said, the standard Turbo is not really in the game, even in the Classic Cup battle. Although - I did finish second with a Turbo in a field of Tycos back in the summer of 2010. Maybe I will give one a run out in December - once I have wrapped up the F1 championship
So, in 2012, I have 5 sets of SRT magnets that I will loan to those who have run Turbos in WHO F1 races previously. I'll set them up and fit them.
I will arrange the stock Tomy AFX SRT magnet blocks in a neutral position as - I think - this gives a nice all-round performance on the big, flowing WHO F1 circuits. This set-up should be on the pace with the Mega-Gs and SG+ cars with the black magnets.
What this really means is that the SRT is not meant to be a tuner's car in 2012. We might see it drop out in 2013 or remain in this 'neutral' spec, but only if Turbo runners want to stick with their cars. We'll see
People can play a little more with the other cars - magnet flips on the Mega-G are definitely allowed. If you can find them, the Tyco/Mattel 440x2 can run with the stock traction mags of opposite polarity too. And you can use after-market pick-up springs and shoes, as long as they are not silver or gold plated.
Despite the introduction of the Classic Cup this year, if any of our regular 'A' and 'B' finalists spend a bit of time preparing a really good Tyco or MicroScalextric car, I expect to see these chassis in the top eight and - who knows - even competing for the win.
Can the RF capacitor be removed or is it considered an integral part of the the electrical system? Some of my chassis have them and some are missing, but I'm not sure if they've been removed in a past life or whether some chassis never had them to start with. Either way, they don't do anything other than making some of the F1 bodies difficult to fit
Okay, I will set aside 2 sets of the SRT mags for the McCanns and one set for Matt Harvey's Turbo.
I think there might still be 2 Mega-G Champcars in the shop. The yellow car has the magnets already in high down-force mode and the motor brushes run in.
Don't forget the Super-G+, Mega-Gs and SRTs need to run on the EAHORC Mega-G size tyres on stock wheels. The minimum outside diameter (OD) will need to come in at 11.5mm or higher. An easy option is the Tomy .458" Supertires. A bit of a play with Tyco sizes and a digital calliper would give you more options. But beware: low temperatures at the Barn would give a smaller OD measurement. Tyre-warmers anyone?
On the capacitors: Although they are not mentioned in the rules, Gareth's point is spot on. We take them off the Mattel F1 cars, so it should be the same with the Micro cars too. Andrew's point that some come with and some without, makes it clearer.
I think you'll find the .458"s are comfortably legal even in sub-zero temperatures.
Some of the Turbo and Mega-G stock hubs are slightly smaller than others, so you will need to check with the Tyco sizes. Some combinations will be marginal, irrespective of the weather. Of course, on a fast, flowing track you might run better with slightly higher tyres anyway...
Gareth - hopefully my location will return to normal Monday or Tuesday next week
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