Originally Posted by seaball
how about tj bradley pulling his car off of the track after one lap in the third round because he realized he left his 19t motor in his car for the stock qualifier? that's pretty funny. unfortunately, it cost him his qualifier (versus if it were first caught in tech), but we all got a good laugh afterward hearing him describe how much rip he had!
and no. those two motors don't even have the same color can!
truthfully, though, tech was run well. we were all able to get to the line in reasonable amount of time. like howhart, i think that track width should be teched as well.
In an age where hardly anyone admits blame or takes responsibility for their actions anymore, I'd like to comment on this.
I alone teched Tj's car for that round as Jim Smith(The official head of the Snowbirds on-road tech) was tearing down a heat winner at the time and yes it totally slipped by me. If I remember correctly his car was brought up late and into a very packed tech area. I rushed his car through since his race was already on the grid. That does not make it ok, Acceptatable or even understandable. I let everyone down including myself with that one indescretion..
We were having to look at a lot of different items on the cars and the fact that it had a green 19t motor in it should have been blatant but since it did, I looked for the correct arm, No extra drilling and the correct white tag with EPIC19 text. If it had been a 19t arm in a blue can it would have been caught right then and there.
Bottom line is I blew that one at the largest r/c race in the world and it was brought to my attention while the race was still on the track. Embarassing? You bet
, But it did bring to light the fact that we(I) were letting tech get too far ahead of itself.
From that point on we tried to get all the cars from a particular heat checked in before teching a heat or two down the sheet. If anyone of you were asked to step aside to let us tech someone else's car after that, That was the reason why. Not because you smelled funny and there were a ripe one or two in the bunch.
In a perfect world there would be no reason for a tech station because no one would dare push the rules but we are not a perfect breed therefore we tech.
It got back to me afterwards that there was conversation in the pits about how I had l let one get through. All is well, I'm pretty confident that nothing else"got by" after that one isolated incident.
Now on to the other rules, With the current Snowbirds "Simple" rules package. There may be a little gray area but the understanding of current Touring car rules should be a no brainer. There were a couple of cars in the 1st round that were a little wide and I brought it to the attention of whoever brought the car up. You should't show tire outside the body and they didn't after that. These two cars did not set fast time or TQ in that round to be almost brutal. They were'nt even a threat. There may have been other cars that fudged the 190mm rule but they didnt throw it out the window like these two.
And to the guy that brought the orange car up with what looked to be an old Buds BiLevel offroad wing, Did you really think that would go unnoticed? It got a good laugh too but there again, We looked a little closer at wings after that even though it was more of an gentlemans agreement on what not to run.
Is it time for a more stringent rules package at a race of this significance? That's not up to me or anyone else to decide but Mike Boylan but rest assured, If he thinks so, It will be put in place for next year. The box of doom or the the go no go gauge has already been discussed on the proverbial cocktail napkin.
To reitterate(to say again for you slower types
) I enjoyed my time working with everyone at this years race, From the racers to the other members of the Snowbirds crew. You'd be hard pressed to find a better bunch of people anywhere. And I hope to be a part of it again next year.