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  • Calgary Slot Car 1:32 Scale Club: Rocky Mountain Racers

    So here's a little about our Calgary, Alberta based club that races 1:32 (analogue) slots on routed club tracks located in members homes. The club was rebooted in 2015 and we currently race at 4 different tracks:



    Mugello, 3 laner built in 2007:








    Al-Dorado, 4 laner built in 2018:








    Dartschleife, 3 laner built in 2018:






    Tom-a-dega, 3 laner built in 2018:








    We’ve also had races at Silverado, a 3 laner built in 2016 and currently in hiatus:








    The now defunct (due to a move) 6 laner, Copperhead built in 2016:






    And a 4 laner, Racers Haven Speedway built in 2014 and sold in 2017:






    Most of us all started on plastic track and have moved to the “dark” side LOL.


    Our club size has fluctuated between 6 and 16 racers. Right now we have about 10 full timers. We race 10 classes, stock motors, gear ratios, all on urethane rear tires:




    1. Scaley Modern Sidewinder NASCAR

    2. Fly LeMans Classics (1965-74)

    3. Carrera Modern DTM

    4. Fly Racing Trucks

    5. Scaley and Pioneer TransAm

    6. Sideways Group 5

    7. Slot.it Group C

    8. TSNP Classics - Thunderslot, Slot.it, NSR and Policar

    9. Fly F1

    10. IMSA - Modern GT and LMP (1994-present), open tuning motor max. 22k




    We rotate though each class so that every class is raced approximately the same amount time to help justify the cost/investment people make for each class car.




    Our race season starts the weekend after Labor Day and runs to the beginning of April. We race every other weekend, skipping long weekends and the Christmas break.




    Racing is split into two seasons, Fall and Winter, with 7-8 races in each season. Racers will keep their top 5 races, dropping the two lowest or no shows. By having two seasons, with a reset it helps with overall engagement throughout the year.




    We used to race for "points" in each heat (20 laps) in a race to the finish. Scoring was 10 points for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 6 for 3rd and 4 for 4th on the 4 laners. And we used point scored out of available point to determine a (Index of Efficiency - i.e., a percentage of points scored from total available points) to help seed racers so like ability drivers drove head to head in these sprint races. The intent being as people improved they moved up the ladder they raced against better competition head to head (and vice versa) to prevent newer racers getting blown out by experienced racers.




    Now we are trying something new with random driver draws, racing against the clock in 4 min heats for total laps in the Fall. For the Winter season, we are trying something very different...basically an enduro for each race, team and individual, should be interesting.




    We also set a race schedule and rotate through the 4 tracks so hosts can plan for their rounds and so everyone has clear line of sight to when and what we will race.




    From a rules perspective, at a high level, it's stock cars with basic tuning and urethane tires...to reduce, manage costs and reduce barriers for new people to join. And it helps to maintain a somewhat level playing field. There are better tuners but we're all open about our “secrets”. With the older classes, we are permitting aftermarket parts provided they are the same size wheels, gearing ratio etc to help for ongoing maintenance where OEM parts aren’t available.




    Something else we do is do race write ups with a flavor of humor to recap the day, it helps to add to engagement and overall fun for the environment.




    So to sum up a very long post...we run our club under 4 simple principles to keep it healthy:

    1) keep it fun

    2) keep it simple

    3) keep it fair

    4) keep it organized




    We are heading into year 5, and if there is one thing we’ve learned, we need to be constantly tweaking things through discussions and surveys to keep things fresh and make sure we keep as much fun in it even though we are racing.




    The first four years of our club are here in the club section here under Rocky Mountain Racers (RMR): RMR history




    Our 2019-2020 season schedule:






    Starting for the 2019-20 season, we will be trying out HRW ... we also have our Facebook page that has more pictures and videos all the time: RMR Facebook Page




    We can be contacted through Messenger on Facebook, private message here or via email at:

    [email protected]




    Cheers, eh!

    Tom
    Founding member of Rocky Mountain Racers, a 1/32 club based in Calgary, Alberta Canada: http://www.facebook.com/rockymtnracers
    Canada’s Tourist Trophy Event Founder and Organizer: http://www.facebook.com/touristtrophycanada

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    Hey Tom,
    What is the footprint of Mugello? It looks like a fun track to drive and a similar sized layout would fit in my slot car room to be.

    Peter
    PetesLightKits

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    • #3
      2018-19 Series / Season Results

      Series results:



      Winter standings:



      Fall standings:



      Class IOE:

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      • #4
        2018-19 Driver Summary

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        • #5
          2018-19 Lifetime Statistics

          Career consecutive point streaks, most points in a season, and most class podiums in a series year:



          Consecutive race day podiums, consecutive races ran, and podiums in a series year:

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          • #6
            2017-18 Series / Season Results

            Other site is down. Results will be copied when they can be retrieved.
            Last edited by Shadow; October 20, 2019, 08:15 PM.
            David Shadow

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            • #7
              Sorry, this was created before we knew we had our own sub-forum. Hopefully it will be repurposed.
              Last edited by Shadow; October 6, 2019, 09:09 PM.
              David Shadow

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              • #8
                The purpose of this topic is to promote our club. Please feel free to post here if you are interested in our club. Our other topics are geared towards our racing events for each season.
                Last edited by Shadow; October 6, 2019, 09:12 PM.
                David Shadow

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PetesLightKits View Post
                  Hey Tom,
                  What is the footprint of Mugello? It looks like a fun track to drive and a similar sized layout would fit in my slot car room to be.

                  Peter
                  Hi Peter,

                  The width th is about 7’ an fun the length at the longest point is about 15.5’. There is a whole detailed build thread on it over at a SCI if you search Mugello.

                  It may be difficult to tell but there’s not a lot of “dead space” which was by design to keep the width to a minmum for ease of marshaling. The one aspect I’m glad I did was the constant (but gradual) elevation change. The only flat parts are the esses before the the straight and the first half of the straight. The straight actually rises about 4” into turn one to help aid in braking. Then a small climb through turns 2-3 then a descent through some wavy parts (wanted a Wpperman feel from N-Ring) before it hits a broad sweeper that is uphill (and off camber). Once through the broad sweeper it’s downhill through a high speed squeeze into a decreasing radius turn (which catches everyone out) into the esses into what’s sort of an (tricky) oblong turn before it hits the straight.

                  I've had this track for 12 years, and what I enjoy is that this is a flow track. And if you screw up a corner, the loss is compounded (because of the constant flow) much like a real track. So finding the perfect lap is still just out of reach, even after hundreds of thousands of laps. Although I’ve set the top 5 lap times in the last few months, but I know there’s still more time on the table...

                  Cheers, eh!
                  tom
                  Founding member of Rocky Mountain Racers, a 1/32 club based in Calgary, Alberta Canada: http://www.facebook.com/rockymtnracers
                  Canada’s Tourist Trophy Event Founder and Organizer: http://www.facebook.com/touristtrophycanada

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                  • #10
                    Thanks David for transferring over this season’s posts to here.

                    We’ve shown a few track pictures from our club, but here’s a little profile of one of our favorite club members...

                    Some say his skin has the texture of a dolphin, and that when he blinks - a butterfly dies....all we know is he’s called No Hands!

                    Despite recent attempts to snap a true picture of Ken, his limbs are as non-existent as Big Foot. Look at this picture...evasive as ever. And even No Hands’ shadow doesn’t lie!



                    Ken has had the “No Hands” handle since we rebooted our club....mainly if you can believe, he races with his arms folded, no controller or hands in sight, totally relaxed and if you never knew it, you’d think he was watching! In fact, at the Tourist Trophy race last year, while he was practicing on a lane, I laughed as I observed people continually approach him to ask him to stand aside from the “empty” lane so they could use it, then the look on their faces when they realized he was actually driving. Priceless!

                    So, here’s to you Mr. No Hands, may you keep that Dolphin-like skin out of ‘dem tuna nets!
                    Founding member of Rocky Mountain Racers, a 1/32 club based in Calgary, Alberta Canada: http://www.facebook.com/rockymtnracers
                    Canada’s Tourist Trophy Event Founder and Organizer: http://www.facebook.com/touristtrophycanada

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                    • #11
                      Updated Winter 2020 Enduro Season Schedule

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                      Founding member of Rocky Mountain Racers, a 1/32 club based in Calgary, Alberta Canada: http://www.facebook.com/rockymtnracers
                      Canada’s Tourist Trophy Event Founder and Organizer: http://www.facebook.com/touristtrophycanada

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                      • #12
                        Looks like you guys have a great assortment of tracks and a viable racing program, Tom. If I ever find myself in Calgary ( and I just might), I’d like to pay a visit, meet your gang and turn some laps on one or more of those tracks.

                        steve
                        Team SCANC
                        Woodland Trace Raceway - SlotZuka - Bent Tree Raceway
                        OFI - Buena Vista Motorsports Park - Slotkins Glen
                        Leadfinger Raceway

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                        • Giddyup
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                          You're always welcome Steve!

                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Giddyup View Post
                        In fact, at the Tourist Trophy race last year, while he was practicing on a lane, I laughed as I observed people continually approach him to ask him to stand aside from the “empty” lane so they could use it, then the look on their faces when they realized he was actually driving. Priceless!
                        Guys, I can attest to that! I met Ken at the 2018 version of the TT held in Kelowna. At one stage early on in proceedings I saw this guy standing by the driver's stations and just... standing there? I was wondering what exactly he was doing there until I figured out that he wasn't just spectating, he was ACTUALLY driving! The following is a photograph of Ken taken by the "official photographer" during the race itself: Joe Cool for sure!!

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                        For sure the most unique driving style that I have ever seen in my many years of slot racing!

                        Alwyn


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                        • #14
                          Two traditional drivers Henry and Lez standing beside Ken who looks like he guides his cars with his eyes.

                          Rob

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                          • Giddyup
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                            He always looks the business when he races...You don’t mess with the Zoha...er...No Hands!
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