Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 6, 2016 22:12:34 GMT -8
Tentative schedule for the Porsche Enduro is Sunday, April 30, 2017.
8 teams of 3 racers each. 4 hour enduro on the BPR flat track. Sign-ups begin January 2017.
Rules for this new racing class will be posted soon. The enduro will be for Porsche 911, 934 hardtops, no targas or convertibles. Also, Porsche 911 GT1 is not allowed. Falcon 7 or TSR D3 motors. No motor/axle pods allowed (quick change motor/axle module).
Post by Keith Tanaka on Feb 24, 2017 12:00:46 GMT -8
A clarification of the "Motor/Axle" pod ban: if the motor is replaced during the enduro, the motor must be replaced separately from the rear axle/gear/tire assembly. You can utilize a quick motor change setup "only" if the rear axle/gear/tire is not removed with the motor at the same time. The intent of this ruling is to not allow a quick change "rear assembly pod" as was used in our last enduro (Gonzo's car). This is not meant to discourage Gonzo from being creative, only to make the enduro more traditional as far as a motor change is concerned. Our enduro rule follows what was done at LeMans when Audi had a quick change rear assembly which gave them an advantage over the other teams as far as changing the transmission/suspension setup (motor changes not allowed at LeMans). This method was banned shortly thereafter since Audi could do the trans replacement in 4 minutes while it normally takes an hour or two using the traditional method which most teams used (other than Cadillac) . We're doing the same thing here with our enduro rules.
By the way, we are considering a change in the enduro race rules as far as lane changes are concerned. We are "tentatively" considering a shorter lane change of 30 seconds (vs. one minute), but allowing teams to do minor work on their cars at the track where their cars stop during the lane change. "Minor" work allowed during lane changes would be: adjust braid, oil car, adjust spur gear, adjust body mount, check tire wear, motor comm wear. "Major" work (tire change, motor change, gear change, body repairs) must be done only during green light and must be done in the team's pit area or designated "pit stop" area (short straight before the donut). Any work done on the car during green light must first stop at the "designated pit stop area" before being removed from the track and returned to the track at the same designated pit stop area. During green light, you only can remove and return the car (unless the car stops completely) at the "designated pit stop area".
Post by Keith Tanaka on Feb 26, 2017 16:47:48 GMT -8
Here's another acceptable method to modify the front end of the Porsche 934 body. This method allows one to remove the bottom portion of the front end and replace it with a styrene piece to achieve the minimum front clearance (.015"). Jim Lange used this method which also strengthens the relatively weak front end of the 934 body.
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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
Keith Tanaka: Just heard the sad news today. Jay Henry passed away. He battled cancer although he didn't want others to know of his health condition in the last year or so. We'll miss his enthusiasm for our hobby. RIP Jay.
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