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Thread: Whatz NEXT????

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    Whatz NEXT????

    I'm trying to get whats different, special, or otherwise rates a whole separate "thread" over whether or not the track you race on has a banked curve or not.....Are the cars different? the rules different? Are there "Racing strategies" that only work on a flat-track, but NOT on a track that has a banked curve in it? (or maybe just the PEOPLE are "different"?) anyway, I don't get it....
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    In some ways "all of the above" might be an answer.

    Flat track racing mainly focuses on the higher end GT-12 & Eurosport 1/32 & 1/24 "scale" (or non-wing or USRA Div II) type racing which is more popular on flat tracks.

    Wing cars (USRA Div I) cars generally run on higher speed banked tracks. A lot of the lower to middle speed Flexi type cars are run on both flat and banked tracks.

    While in some cases there are different crowds who prefer one or the other, often they cross over and race either or both. Different strokes for different folks - but it is really dictated more by the track that is raced on then by the people, in most cases.

    I had several requests a few years ago to make the separate sub-forum for "flat track racing", but the distinction has been a bit of a grey area for others as well as you, perhaps, and it has never really taken off. I'm guessing you are not alone in trying to figure out which forum is which and what the difference is.

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    Many of the 'model car' racers are 1-1 motor sport fans and like what they like - drag racing, oval or road racing. In the 1960's, MOST real tracks had few serious banked turns with the European exception of Monza in Italy, and Meadowdale In Illinois in the USA. I had the pleasure of attending the USRRC pre-Can/Am race at Meadowdale that literally broke the Shelby King Cobra in half on the banking. For the most part, the 'high banks are limited to the nascar tracks today in the real world.

    Slot car tracks had the technology to make the banking REALLY work and top speeds without crashing became the standard for many years. I raced on alot of homemade tracks over the past 60 years and most were considered flat tracks by todays standards. Many younger slot racers remember more of the franchise banked tracks - I do not recall more than a few in the 1960's.....

    The best track is the one you get to play on the most.....
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    What is next? What I have considered to design or talk about now and then is 1) land speed record track-(option 1 - flat one lane loop about a scale 1/24 mile in circumference, banked about 45-60 degrees.); 1/24 Tractor pull using existing cars and tires - (option 1 - use astroturf for ground coated with silicone lube.)

    We already have a snowmobile body from JK that I call a waverunner ......
    l.d. kelley, M.A. Ramcatlarry@aol.com

    60 year pin 1959-2019
    Racing slot cars in America
    USRA 2019 member
    IRRA, ISRA/USA, Hardbodies 1/24 &
    1/32 - Great Lakes Slot Car Club
    retired raceway owner 1992-2007
    Omni/Cidex service center

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