Post by Keith Tanaka on Dec 18, 2012 15:22:13 GMT -8
I was reminded this past Sunday that at our last drivers meeting (November monthly race), besides allowing the '53 Corvette to race, newer cars such as the Viper and newer Corvettes would also be allowed to race in this "handicap" racing class. Any American two seater, front engine sports car from 1950 to present would be allowed to race in this "racer handicap" class.
In my opinion I feel we should be able to use any of the American sedans available from that time period, even in our Nats. As you say they were probably all raced at sometime, somewhere during those days.
For now I plan on using a 50 Oldsmobile, which was raced back then, but may come up with something else in the future.
Roger, I've been researching NASCAR races from '46-'56 and so far it seems that the model kits currently available most likely raced in NASCAR. You can probably use any American stock car model kit for our races.
Interestingly, I found out that in 1954, Jaguar won a special NASCAR race held at Linden Airport in New Jersey. This particular race had 11 Jaguar XK120's entered as well as Austin Healys, MGs, a Porsche and a Morgan. Here's a link to the 1954 race: espn.go.com/racing/raceresults/_/series/sprint/raceId/195406130141 Maybe someday we can have a race to replicate this historic NASCAR race in 1954.
Sadly--combining the 46 all the way to 79 bodies will mean a VERY competitive advantage for the later bodied cars!!! The weight of the 46 to 56 cars is significantly higher AND with a MUCH higher CG overall!! That will ELIMINATE the older bodies once the newer ones are built. Just take a close look at the 64 GTO for example---at least %30 lighter overall--and probably %30 lower CG overall!!! Guess I'll shelve my older bodies for now---unless we change back to a "46 to 56" body class!! Too bad--I've got 2 bodies already painted and ready to go---but can't see trying to compete with the later bodies.
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Jul 11, 2020 13:29:18 GMT -8
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Jun 3, 2020 15:51:02 GMT -8
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Apr 16, 2020 16:24:25 GMT -8
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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