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    What about the Nats meeting....?

    Anyone know what the results from the meeting were? Do we have a new National director?

    John Emmons

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    Hey John

    Im sure that Slot Cars international of Tulsa will host the 2004 nats. I also heard that Boyt Johnson is the new wing director. I also read about some resolutions that were voted on regarding GP12 motors. But I have no details.

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    Most of this is covered in another posting somewhere on this BB

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    Look on the USRA forum...

    Jeff Bechtel left his recollections before taking his much needed sleep. Highlights include new officers, and new committee format for major policy changes.

    As someone who knows him personally, allow me to be one of the first to congratulate Chris Radisich on his new post as National USRA director. Its a big job, but for now Chris probably "lives" slot cars more than anyone I know, and probably sees the "big" picture better than any of us!
    A clean slotcar is a happy slotcar!!

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    Talking Kiwi Takeover

    Congratulations to Chris R.

    Racing in the USA will be in good hands - he'll just talk a bit funny



    Ron
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    Thanks Monty,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I will be trying to make this organization live up to it's name, the United Slot Racers Association, and hopefully those that play together can work together !!

    Thanks Zip, say hi to all the guys back in Wellington and Palmerston, who knew my little expedition to the US would end up like this, A ? All those years in the NZSCA must have counted for something, now if only you guys would get in behind and work with Dave, the slotcar world would be a much better place ! And while you're at it, get those 24th Nats going !

    And by the way, where did you disappear to, you never even bothered to come and visit, damn ungrateful Kiwi's last time I invite one to come and visit

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    Thumbs down Those damned freeways and LA traffic..............

    were the only reason that I didn't get to visit you when I was in LA

    I really wanted to see your raceway, but the thought of jockeying for position on the freeways, changing lanes, reading a map etc scared the hell out of me.

    Dave will always have our support, but not the NZSCA when it comes to the setting of 1/24 rules at the 1/32 Nationals - especially as none of the 1/24 racers attend these Nats



    Ron
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    Talking

    Zip. There were a few 1/24 racers at this years 1/32 nats. 5! so thats about 1/2 of the field aye?

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    Thumbs down Good comment

    Now tell me how many of those 5 actually race 1/24 cars week in and week out. I'll bet you that they were all 1/32 scale racers.

    I, and many others at my raceway object to being dictated to by a bunch of racers (the majority of who) have their heads stuck in the sand and still live in yesterday or the early 70's. We do not want to be told what and how we can race our cars by racers who don't even race 1/24, let alone have a 1/24 race track at their immediate disposal.

    If anyone should be setting the 1/24 rules in this country it is the members of my club - at least we race the damned scale each and every week.

    Archaic rules based on historical events have no place in todays modern rule book. Imagine the furore in the USA if the USRA raced with or adopted some of our 30 year old rules.



    Ron
    Last edited by Zippity; 08-15-2003 at 05:05 AM.

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    why dont you guys pull finger and get some rules running what ever they are and get some real 1/24 racing going. there are guys all over the country keen to come and race on the best 1/24 track in nz.who cares what the rules are we will race, and them that dont like the rules can sit on it.you have seen real 1/24 racing now so why not adopt something along the same lines as the seattle race.
    hvae a nice day split

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    About your visit

    John Collins told me that you were not too much of a pain in the behind duting your visit.
    I hope that you had a good time seeing the HUGE McLaren M8D/F...and hearing the REAL stories from this man, one of the few no-BS people in this sport. As far as I am concerned, HIS car won the 1966 race at Le Mans. Ford execs politics and the revengeful French decided otherwise...
    Were there any other good cars in the shop that day?
    Did you enjoy the visit at the Marconi Museum?

    Sorry I could not join you, I was a bit busy translating between a cancer doctor and his French (young) patient before they attempted to remove a rather large tumor from his chest. Sad story.

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    Split,

    Thanks for your words of encouragement. That is exactly what we intend to do.


    TSRF,

    Money cannot replace what I gleaned from John Collins. He is a truely remarkable gentleman.

    I have been in touch with the Bruce McLaren trust back home here in NZ and they are keen to contact John.

    I'm sorry, but I didn't pay too much attention to the other cars in his workshop I only had eyes for the M8D/F

    The Marconi Museum is fantastic - such luxury all in one place

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    Weíve discovered two of the most powerful people in scale slot car racing are ambitious to the point of losing it. Being that ambitious, they may not be able to help the sport as much as we might have thought. If you are trying to run a business you have to be ambitious, but if you are too ambitious, it doesnít work very well.

    They are both ambivalent towards communism. They are ambitious in a certain way that can be destructive, so they believe ambition is bad and must be reigned in. I am completely ambitious, but I have no personal vanity, so I say that no amount of ambition is bad; which is the essential nature of American thinking.

    People attack my ideas, and thatís why I race slot cars because I can prove my ideas work. But then, you ban me and make rules that donít allow me to express my ideas. I can no longer prove my ideas. Slot racing is meaningless. It's all about personal vanity, and run by people who are vain; not about who understands, and run by people who understand.

    Okay, but. The Courage Peugeot is a beautiful slot car body. If Lee Gilbert were to make an EDM chassis for the Courage Peugeot, the side pans would be made to fit the notches and the set screw mounting system.

    An EDM chassis for the Courage would be a one-piece flexing chassis, consisting of a rear motor mount and pillar post assembly, two front pillar posts for a 3/32nd axle, and a guide tongue. It has down stops on the pans. That is a very simple chassis, beautifully simple.

    If we just use c-can motors, they would be the ideal slotcar motor.

    The rules should allow any modification to the chassis that the racer desires.

    There is no reason not to make rules in the upcoming year for a USRA True Scale car with a one-piece EDM chassis. The rules should not allow a hinged chassis.

    The body of the Courage is finished, but the rear wing is not. If Philippe were to design a rear wing that is slightly oversized, then for every new LMP the size of the rear wing can be adjusted for each body to make every different body handle perfectly equal. That way, when he makes a Courage, and then he makes an Audi, people donít buy the Audi just because its shape goes faster. My technical ability, which is artistic would come in handy here, and godknows I need a job. I know that the wing has to be functional, and has to be slightly oversize if we are going use it to equalize the performance of each body. Technically it is not pure scale, but is a beautiful model race car. A car where you are totally free to redesign the chassis, and every bodystyle has equal performance.

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    Angry John

    What the F*** does your ridiculous post have to do with the preceeding postings on this topic???


    And who are the two powerful people you are referring to?



    Ron (Zippity)
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    Question Jeeez...

    Mental equilibrium is in short supply since they legalized M&M's...

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