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  • My report from the Tacoma 24 @ the Scaleracing Center!

    Over the weekend I ran the Tacoma 24hr Enduro. It was my first year running with my local club, and we put together a 5 man team to take on the event.

    I showed up early Friday morning to help prepare the cars. This year we ran a different format. We used 3 cars, each one for a 8 hr race, points were assessed to each race, the most points wins.

    The idea behind this system is that if you have problem in one race, you don't have people getting discouraged and leaving early etc. I think for the most part it worked out for us, although we ran a mixed car race for the first and third legs. I think this was a mistake because track conditions and such changed for the second round of cars, possibly changing the overall result for that "class".

    We were supplied BRM's latest offerings. A Mini cooper, a Opel Kadett, and a Simca 1000. They had foam rear tires, and revoslot 21k motors on board. We had to install a Zmachines light kit in the Kadett and build up the cars. Our team took great care to glue in all the bushing etc and loctite screws. Which paid off for us, we needed only one pit stop during the whole race for a mechanical fix.

    We struggled to find rhythm with mini in the first race, and finish the race 4th. We had our three "fastest" guys for the night portion, so we decided it was our chance to make up some ground. The team and myself put together some of the best driving I have ever seen, going more than 35min without a deslot at one point.

    We ended up second when dawn broke!

    We finished strong with another 2nd place finish in the Simca, ultimately locking down 3rd place overall for the event. This was the best finish ever for out club and I am proud to have put some laps in to help the cause.

    I met many new faces and had a great time hanging out when not racing.

    Tony, Chris, Ray, and Monte are rockstar team mates and we plan on going again next year!

    I am grateful to have such an awesome place to hold an event like this within driving distance, and Alan at Scaleracing (132slotcar) did a great job organizing the event. It was no small task!















    Zack

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    Hi Zack

    It was great to meet you in person: always nice to have a face to go with the name! I wasn't able to make the event over the past two years so it was good to catch up with everybody again.

    Thanks for the report: good stuff! I thought the Donors did great. For your first time at the track I thought you did exceptionally well. On top of being a very nice guy you are clearly a very, very good driver: well done!

    Chris has sent me the NASTE schedule and I committed to come visit and race with the guys in the near future: looking forward to it!

    Cheers

    Alwyn

    PS: I only now noticed I partly feature in the photograph of you & Chris with Allan & Davide!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SuperSlab View Post
      Hi Zack

      It was great to meet you in person: always nice to have a face to go with the name! I wasn't able to make the event over the past two years so it was good to catch up with everybody again.

      Thanks for the report: good stuff! I thought the Donors did great. For your first time at the track I thought you did exceptionally well. On top of being a very nice guy you are clearly a very, very good driver: well done!

      Chris has sent me the NASTE schedule and I committed to come visit and race with the guys in the near future: looking forward to it!

      Cheers

      Alwyn

      PS: I only now noticed I partly feature in the photograph of you & Chris with Allan & Davide!
      Alwyn, It was great to meet you too!

      I look forward to having you down for some racing at some point, we have a good group of guys.

      You are one fast guy out there as well my friend, congrats on your victory!

      Zack

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      • #4
        And some Oregon Donors, just chillin' ...

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        • #5
          That looks like a fun event. I participated in a four hour enduro in Canton this year and it was a blast. Especially at night!
          Mike - Galena Ohio

          "When you're back there with the squirrels, you're bound to get your nuts cracked." - Graham Rahal

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ZackM View Post

            Alwyn, It was great to meet you too!

            I look forward to having you down for some racing at some point, we have a good group of guys.

            You are one fast guy out there as well my friend, congrats on your victory!

            Zack
            Thanks Zack. Being part of the winning team was really special for me as this means I was fortunate enough to be on the winning side in a 1/32 24 hour race in Michigan and now this 1/24 24 hour race on the west coast, all within about 7 months. In both cases it was due to fantastic team work: great car preparation by good people (Smokeio in Michigan, Darren & Dwayne in Tacoma) plus excellent drivers. All that was required from me was to make up the numbers!

            Cheers

            Alwyn

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            • #7
              A short basic iPhone video of some of the action:



              Alwyn

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              • #8
                Cool video Alwyn, thanks for sharing!

                Zack

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