Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 2, 2017 12:45:04 GMT -8
Jim, until we get a list going, it's basically DTM and GTR cars. They must be front engine cars (no mid-engine versions allowed). As far as adding GT3's, I'm still looking into these cars as there are quite a few model kits. The DTM and GTR model kits available are limited and most are not cheap. Stay tuned for a final decision on whether or not we add GT3 cars to the enduro. Originally, next year's enduro was planned for DTM and GTR cars, but I discovered the limited amount of kits available. Some DTMs are kind of funky as the multiple mini fins on front and rear as well as the multitude of body parts needed to assemble a finished body. The older DTM model kits are not as wide bodied as the newer cars. The GTR cars are similar as well as far as age of the car and body width. I noticed awhile back that some of the GT3 cars are similar in size and shape as the DTM and GTR cars. The Porsche GT3 cars are rear engine cars so they probably will not be allowed, but no final decision yet on the Porsches.
Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 10, 2017 12:07:25 GMT -8
Jim, I'm close to making a final decision on whether or not to add GT3's to the new DTM/GTR class (for the enduro). So far I've only seen a few GT3 model kits (BMW Z4 GT3, Mercedes AMG GT3). The McLaren MP4 GT3 is not legal since it's a mid-engine car. The actual GT3 racing class has many different cars/mfgs listed, but many are either not front engined or are already in one of our other racing classes (i.e., Trans Am, Corvettes (3 C's). Are there any particular model kit(s) you are interested in using for the enduro?
Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 11, 2017 11:26:46 GMT -8
The Lexus SC is similar to the DTM/GTR/GT3 cars but I don't believe it ever raced in these classes. Sorry, but it will not be allowed in this new racing class. The R34, R35 cars are legal if they are GTR cars. The Super GT and Toyota 86 are also not legal for this racing class. Update: see posts below for latest ruling on Super GT being allowed, Toyota 86 is being considered but not final yet.
As I mentioned previously, the GT3 cars will probably be allowed but only after they are approved since some of them are much larger (wider) cars than the DTM and GTR cars.
It's not easy to create a new hardbody racing class since the main goal is to provide another distinct racing class (based on real racing classes) but try to keep the cars as competitive as possible by the dimensional (mainly body and tire width) specs. Also, we don't want any particular car to become dominant (performance wise) simply because it has a physical (body width) advantage over other cars in the class.
Keith, we realize it's not easy to create a class we have yet to race. But choosing one that has very expensive kits and limiting our choices to cars we don't already race makes it difficult. Do you have any concerns over all the small aero wings that some of the DTM cars have on the front and rear fenders? I do. It will be a mess cleaning all these little pieces out of the slot during the race. Not to mention whether we will be responsible to re attach them before we continue. I'm not trying to be a PITA, but these things need to be considered before we set the rules in stone. One more thing on the Super GT cars. Although they never raced together with the GTR, GT3 or DTM cars, they had VERY similar specs. That's my $.02
Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 12, 2017 13:12:35 GMT -8
Jim, you're right about some of the newer DTM model cars (circa 2009-2011). They have very small fins on the front and rear portions of the body. I don't care for these bodies myself because of the small fins. Also, these particular model kits have multiple body pieces which makes the build very difficult (just ask Jay Henry about these as he built one recently). Unfortunately, the DTM model kits are not ideal and most are expensive compared to our typical hardbody kits. That's why I'm considering adding GT3 model kits to this new racing class. I haven't looked at the Super GT model kits available, but will check into them. If they are similar in size and design to the DTM/GTR/GT3 model kits, then "maybe" we can add them to this new hardbody class. I definitely prefer having a good variety of model kits available for each racing class and hopefully they will be "reasonably" priced!
I will certainly consider adding the Super GT model kits if they are similar to the DM/GTR/GT3 model kits (as far as size -body width is concerned). Stay tuned as it will take some time for me to research what kits are available.
Post by Keith Tanaka on Nov 12, 2017 23:52:40 GMT -8
Just posted the rules for this new racing class. GT3 and Super GT cars are allowed along with DTM and GTR cars. Also, examples of various model kits for this new racing class are now posted, here's the link: model kit examples
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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