03-13-2008, 03:10 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Originally Posted by MattW
Believe me when i say that a few people have questioned some of the body thoughts/rules that we have over here. Basically, as has been said, we have 2 choices (yes there is a list, but when all said and done 2 decent shells) and that is the HB reynard and Parma Zytek. I think the majority runs the Parma. I still have a Parma Speed 8 - and have put it directly next to a Zytek, well, they are very similar - but one has a roof! but hey ho, it's what we have.
In fairness, it does make it easy for the racer. I haven't bought any other shell since Parma launched the Zytek!!
Just posted on a UK forum
BRCA Body shell approval
There has been a considerable amount of criticism from some people of the BRCA 1/12 bodyshell list, they seem to feel very aggrieved that the latest Speed 12 / 12B / 8 / 8HD Etc. are not approved for use in BRCA meetings.
I thought that I would clarify s few things in relation to this particular issue.
The first statement to make is that the Protoform Speed 12/12B have not been submitted for approval to the BRCA.
The relevant rules from the BRCA handbook are as follows
1.1 The essence of the sport of Radio-controlled car racing is competition between realistic models of racing automobiles. All cars must comply to dimensional requirements furnished in the outline drawings.
1.24 Only Group C/IMSA GTP/LeMans prototype body shells, all shells must be a reasonable representation of the full sized car as judged by the section committee
When a shell is submitted, we ask for photos of the full size car it is based on to be supplied with the shell by the Manufacturer or importer.
One of the committee then takes the shell and photos and ‘does the rounds’ of the 13 person committee and asks the question “Is this a reasonable representation of the full sized car?” this is taken directly from the rule book, the answer is a simple yes or no. The body is then approved or not on a simple majority.
The committee is made up of 13 people voted in at the EGM, they have all raced 1/12 at national level, 11 of them still race at all the national meetings, several of them are regular A finalists.
If a body is not approved, it is because these racers do not want it!
Interestingly, as chairman of the committee I only vote when there is a tie, I have never been called on to use my vote on any body approval, it has always been clear whether it was going to get approved or not.
I fail to believe there is a fairer way of approving bodyshells!
If the Speed 12 / 12B / 8 / 8HD shells are to be approved, then the rule No's 1.1 and 1.24 would need to be changed to remove the words ‘reasonable’ and ‘realistic’.
In my view this will leave the door wide open to slot car wedge type shells, there would be nothing in the rules to stop them. This would please the hardcore performance freaks, but the average racer would just walk away.
The situation in EFRA and IFMAR is slightly different, in each of these organisations shells are judged and approved by one person, usually the electric section chairman, this person may or may not have any understanding of 1/12. They should use similar criteria for approval as the BRCA, but that is entirely up to them!
BRCA 1/12 Circuit Section Chairman