Post by Keith Tanaka on Mar 17, 2014 16:05:04 GMT -8
We had a drivers meeting prior to our monthly NASCAR race yesterday to go over some items for our upcoming Enduro in June.
1. First of all, it was discussed and then decided to change the date of our enduro so it does not conflict with Father's Day. A show of hands for either June 29th or June 22nd was taken. Only June 22nd had "no" issues, so the day of our hardbody enduro will be changed immediately to Sunday June 22nd. This also means that our regular monthly races for June (June 15th) will be held. Although it's Father's Day, hopefully we get enough racers to show on June 15th to have our regular monthly races as well as get ready for the enduro on June 22nd.
2. Another enduro topic was about how teams will be formed. Originally, I thought having a random selection of racers for each team as well as a designated team leader (based on the 8 fastest racers signed up for the enduro) would tend to level the playing field. I did receive a couple of comments at the time that they would prefer to form teams of their choosing. Since we will have two podiums, a regular podium and a racer handicap podium, random team formation is not required. With this in mind, it was decided to allow racers to form their own teams, but each team must have 2 racers each before acquiring a 3rd member. We do have enough racers at this time to form 8 teams of 2, but our goal is to have teams of 3 each (24 racers total). This would provide enough racers, turn marshalls and pit crew to easily handle the 4 hour enduro. Some racers have health concerns and therefore we need to make sure their teams have a minimum of 3 members to allow flexibility as far as how much driving will be needed by team members.
3. Car body selection was also discussed and all bodies were chosen by all 8 teams. Originally, car bodies were to be a random selection but some racers wanted to choose a body of their choice and so I decided to let teams select their own car body. We had no problems in choosing car bodies. All teams were told to be sure they paint their cars in the same "livery" as shown on the model kit box. This will make it easier during tech inspection to verify that each team is using the correct body.
4. Lastly, I brought up a proposal to change the chassis width of the 1980-present NASCAR class from 2 7/8" to 3" wide. This change would be made so that the larger/heavier late model car bodies (roughly 1998 and newer) would not be a significant handicap compared to many of the very thin/lightweight mid 80's NASCARs. The 80's cars for the most part have curved side body panels whereas the newer NASCARs have vertical body side panels. Widening the chassis width will help level the playing field somewhat between the newer NASCARs and the mid-80's NASCARs. I will change the current 1980-Present NASCAR rules to allow chassis width up to 3.00" wide. This change does not affect the rule for front and rear tire width which allows the tires to go as wide as the body as long as the tire is not visible when viewing from above the car body.
Remember, the goal for each enduro team is to have 3 members minimum. Up to 4 team members per team is allowed, but try to fill up all of the teams with 3 members before pursuing a 4th team member.
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Keith Tanaka: The mid-engine Lotus Europa will be allowed to race in the Foreign Production Sports (hardtop) class. The D3 Hardbody rules have been updated to include this revision (see post above).
Jul 11, 2020 13:29:18 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Not sure yet when we can return to our racing. In the meantime, just saw a very interesting interview with Jim Hall talking about his Chaparral car designs (see post above for video clip).
Jun 3, 2020 15:51:02 GMT -8
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Apr 16, 2020 16:24:25 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Unable to race slot cars because of the Coronavirus outbreak, here's some interesting interviews with some Legends of our hobby talking about the Golden Era of Slot Car Racing (see above).
Apr 3, 2020 10:25:55 GMT -8
Eddie: Greetings to my Hardbody Racing friends. I hope all of you are doing well, and that we'll be racing again sooner rather than later!
Apr 1, 2020 10:20:15 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Trans Am Enduro is postponed. We'll reschedule the enduro when authorities deem its safe to conduct group activities.
Mar 27, 2020 19:35:56 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Racer Handicap and Lap Differential charts updated to include races on 3-15-2020 (see above).
Mar 20, 2020 19:46:16 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The D3 Hardbody race for March 29th has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. The Trans Am enduro has NOT been postponed at this time, but any change in schedule will depend on the virus situation in the coming weeks.
Mar 17, 2020 12:31:40 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see link above).
Mar 16, 2020 18:06:14 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Yesterday's D3 Hardbody races at BPR had a lite turnout of racers probably affected by the Coronavirus. Gonzo raised the bar again by exceeding the GTP total lap record of 266 with 268 laps (nearly 269 laps!). Race report to be posted later today.
Mar 16, 2020 10:18:53 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Team HiTech will be in the enduro. We now have 8 teams for the enduro.
Feb 28, 2020 11:14:20 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The enduro has 7 teams participating so far. Waiting for Team Hitech and Slot Car LFR to respond.
Feb 22, 2020 21:04:48 GMT -8
Eddie: Team Autorama is in, we just don't know WHO we are. Yet. :-)
Feb 16, 2020 9:05:30 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Team signups for the Trans Am Enduro in April have begun (see above). Who's going to race?
Jan 31, 2020 16:41:44 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see above for link to report).
Jan 20, 2020 19:04:25 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The D3 Hardbody Racing 2020 calendar arrived recently. For those who ordered one, I'll have the calendars at BPR on Sunday, January 19th (next D3 Hardbody race day).
Jan 8, 2020 11:13:29 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody races had another sub 5 sec. lap by Jim Lane (2nd time for Jim). A lot of fast, close racing again with lots of laughs at our last race for 2019. Race report to be posted later today. Happy New Year everyone!
Dec 30, 2019 12:28:59 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Sub 5 Second "Club" chart has been posted (see above). Who will be the next D3 Hardbody racer to join this fast lap club?
Dec 27, 2019 15:37:41 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: The Racer Handicap chart has been updated to include the races on 12-15-19 (see above).
Dec 27, 2019 14:34:43 GMT -8
Keith Tanaka: Sunday's D3 Hardbody race report has been posted at our Smugmug website (see post above).
Dec 17, 2019 11:11:19 GMT -8