Can Austin support a commercial raceway?

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    tomshaffer
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    For the power on the drag we have a 90 amp bulldog on each lane with a capacitor, the trap we will have to figure out what works best.
    The oval and kingleman will have one supply for four lanes.
    We would like to get some races going asap but we will have to see how much interest we have from racers.
    The last track is getting its paint this week, we have 4k feet of braid waiting to get laid.
    The tracks were using the old SRT timing system, we have a couple of lapmater systems on the way to replace the old system, the strip has trackmate timing.

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    BarkingSpyder
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    Tom – the Shutdown and trap area are important and tricky.  Alot of damage can occur to cars if the shutdown does not slow the cars and if the trap allows cars to fall on the floor.
    If you are running glue the combination of the glue (heavier than the light glue used on the running surface) and shorted-rails provide braking. If you are Not using glue you may need to consider embedding block magnets (available from HaborFreight for 99c a pair) into routed holes in the wood next to the rails. These slow the cars by attracting the motor can and any steel in the chassis. Based on my experience you will need several pairs of magnets 5 to 10 pairs per lane spaced about 3-inches apart from the previous pair. #97505, #98406
    https://www.harborfreight.com/pack-of-2-ceramic-block-magnets-97504.html

    Since you ran out of room for a “bag/net” you may need to experiment with a ‘box’ made out of foam, such as used for pool floats (small life jackets and boxing practice helmets). The purpose of the box is to prevent cars from bouncing out onto the floor.
    https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/trc-recreation-texas-tech-university-sunsation%C2%AE-pool-float#repChildCatid=3812642
    https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/trc-recreation-kids-texas-a-m-university-super-soft%E2%84%A2-life-vest#repChildCatid=3812624

    ... Fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar! Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime... Rush - Red Barchetta

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    BarkingSpyder
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    So, last weekend 4/7/19 Capitol had a run-what-ya-brung race organized by a local 1/24 fan. It was announced on the Facebook page and the regional slot car board (slotcars.net). Appx 10-12 racers showed up; after test and tune qualifying ran up close to 5pm (normally closing time), then 8 intense 5 minute heats. The rack seems more stable than a few weeks ago, not sure if they added more glue or straightened out the hairpin; altho there were still several de-slots in the inside hairpin. Wings and door-stops with high fins were the preferred cars. Best laps were all in the upper 3s (3.8-9). The counter has new product, and Chris is in process of repairing several rental cars and controllers. They also have a sorely needed pack of Parma lane stickers, but need to post a standard rotation.
    The drag strip is operational. The only 2 reasons I can guess as to why the tree is so far down the track are (1) it’s position is less distracting to the wing/road racers, (2) it’s distance makes it extremely hard to see the guy in the next lane via peripheral vision (i.e. a good result). Working out the gluing strategy seems to be a work-in-progress.
    The driver-stations I thought they were going to add are still not installed; I have cobbled together a hanging tray for my controller and an extended XLR to gator adaptor with extra large clips to fit the rectangular u-bolts.  They claim a website is up but all I can find is the board: http://slotcars.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=32

    ... Fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar! Tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime... Rush - Red Barchetta

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