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    Hello all
    I would like to share my updated version of Tracy Ridge International. It is a 2 lane wood, digital track using Carrera components .
    Overall table length is 23 and 1/2 feet, 5 foot 8 inches at its widest and just under 4 feet at its narrowest. The lowest point is 35 inches ABF. [ above basement floor ] , and highest is 4 feet ABF. It is laid out like an isthmus , with the narrowest part of the table against the basement wall. Allowing me easy access ,on 3 sides for maintenance and marshaling. Lane length ,the inside, is just under 54 feet.
    I have 5 driver stations spaced out around the track , with track power kill switches , using Digital Racing Solutions controllers .
    The track design is rather simple, basically and oval with some twisty bits. Yes i could have made it more complex, but i don't care for the "crowded " look and i wanted room for scenery. I placed all the lane changers so you could take the shortest line thru all the turns and chicane. After almost a year of racing, we have found that the outside lane is just about as quick as the inside.
    HSSRMS is the timing system I use . Thanks Bruce ! Great program.
    An average lap time is around 4.5 seconds . From the start finish line - its a short run to the wide, [ 54 inches diameter] , steeply inclined,
    [ entry to turn at 35 inches ABF, exit at 48 inches ABF ] 180 degree turn , then its foot to the floor as you blast down the 18 and half foot straight, which drops down to 38 inches ABF the rises up to 43 inches ABF, then levels off , and then you are into a heavy braking and passing zone , There is a lane change outside to inside going into a 190 degree [ give or take a degree or 2 ] turn which is all magnetic.
    Hence you can really brake late going into this turn as the magnets do their job , then its back on the wood as you go downhill thru the chicane. The outside lane thru the chicane is straighter then the inside , which makes it the quicker lane in this section . Then you pass the pits, then into a 45 degree turn which then puts you back on the start finish straight, Which is 3 lanes wide . lap complete
    All the turns have 4 1/2 to 5 inches of slide room , with my version of safer barriers . The red and white "armco" barriers on the outside of the track are made from foam core board. 90% of the trees are hand made as is a lot of the other scenery .
    Normally the are 4 of us on race night, and it is extremely causal. All of us are of the mind set that we would rather lose a close race, then win a blowout. Its more about the battles to pass each other be it for 3rd place or 1st, and yes ,of course , the spectacular crashes!
    We race a wide variety of makes to , Carrera ,Fly ,Scaley, Slot it ,Thunderslots, Legends, and customs too.
    Thanks for looking and i hope you liked

    john

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  • #2
    Nice track plan.
    Matt B
    So. In
    Crashers

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    • #3
      Very nicely done and very imaginative, too.

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      • #4
        Great job, great modeling.
        Kevin T
        London Ky

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        • #5
          Nice track, love the scenery.....I bet it's a blast to race.
          Come Race at The Trace!
          Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN
          https://www.thingiverse.com/chappyman66/designs

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          • #6
            Looks amazing, the details are great! Very nice indeed.
            Brad
            Ayton, ON Canada

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            • #7
              Well done. And you have the best of both worlds...wood, and digital. Could you use a fith racer?
              Scott C.
              Amherst, WI
              Just "a simple kind of man".

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              • #8
                Thank you gentlemen, and yes Scott always looking for new racers, if only you were in Amherst NY instead of Wisconsin

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                • #9
                  The 3 lanes into 2 is real design inspiration. That's a concept I may borrow to get some more track space. Was integrating the Carrera lane switches difficult?

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                  • #10
                    Was integrating the Carrera lane switches difficult?
                    No it was not once i figured out the location for the LC , I traced it out , then cut it out with a jigsaw,
                    I used 1/2 MDF board for the track surface.

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                    • Bal r 14
                      Bal r 14 commented
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                      Thanks. I use 1/2" MDF for my tracks, too. It's all I can find around here. Your design is giving me some new ideas.
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