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Old 02-05-2009, 10:26 AM   #1
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I am planning to build a 1/8 buggy track with a piece of land of 50 feet x 95 feet. All suggestion and advice are welcome.

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Old 02-05-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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not really much space as as a practice track it should do

1 square = 10feet
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I built a 50'X100' track a few years ago. My best advice is to make sure there is truly interest in racing at your track or you're going to waste a lot of time and money!

OK, so assuming you've taken care of that the rest is pretty easy, because you'll have enthusiastic friends or racers to help you out.

One of the biggest considerations are the costs of maintenance. If the track is not used a lot you'll get overgrowth of weeds & grass that will change the dynamics of your track. If you are building where there's a lot of clay or you bring in some clay this will help control overgrowth.

If you have grass/weeds on the property now, go rent a small tractor with a PTO driven tiller and a bucket and a vibrating compactor. Till up 3-4 inches down. Use the bucket to pile the loose dirt off to the side. This will compost over 3-5 years and make some great loam to sell or use to maintain your track.

Remove big rocks and use the compactor. Now you can bring in clay/sand/loam mixtures and fill the hole you created, or if you are happy with the quality of your track you can just start building with what you have.

Watch out for creating areas that collect standing water. I used Microsoft Visio to map out my track. I set the page size to the size of my track so that I could not only design my track with lines, but the lines would tell me how many feet of material I needed.

I used 4" drain pipe and 12" spikes. I used the tractor to build up jumps and the compactor to keep them where they belong.

Again, don't do this work if you don't have people that want to race! It's no fun to race by yourself or with 1 person.

If you build it, they won't come. You build it because they want it.
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not really much space as as a practice track it should do

1 square = 10feet
This layout does not use all the space. For your 1/8 I'd recommend a track with as little dead space as possible.
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U need some space for marshalls and as safety zones when buggy gets out of the track so it does not endup in another part of the track where it should not be

and of course the diagonal part of the track will need to be widened to the left
and once you start building it you will be lucky to fit the design to the space

and of course u need at least some straights
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I would definitely make sure you have the friends that will race on it before you start to do anything. I built my track last year in January because of a few friends had been pushing me to do it for a couple years. Then after I built it a couple of them never even showed up to run on it. I know it's not a real nice track but it was the best I could do for my first time trying it with limited equipment.

I just took a backhoe and cleared the area off first. Then I created a slight downward backside to help the water not to pool up. After that I just made the jumps by hand and went from there.

Here are some pics of when I first cleared it off:







Then some pics from after I got the track smoothed out some and ran on it:





It took quite a bit of time doing ALL the work by myself. But at least I have a place to run at in my backyard now. It's nice not having to drive 2 or more hours one way just to burn a tank of nitro......
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hi all,

thanks for all the suggestions.

Right now we have about 6 friends to race/have fun every weekend locally. And they also agreed to have me to build this track. The nearest track is about 250 km away. i also trying to keep the budget as low as possible. My purpose of building this track is to have a gathering place for all the buggy owner in town and also held some fun race event in my area. I hope 50 x 95 is not too small.

As i m trying to reserve 5 feet for control stand and pit area, so my track area now should by 45 x 95.

I hope you guys can provide me some layout suggestion.

here is what i planning to do.

1. i will rent a tractor to level up the land first so right now my land is full with grass, weed and bush.

2. I already got my friend to sponsor a serval lorries of clay. To fill on the track. Will make some jump and terrain using this caly.

3. rent a compactor to make the the soil more compact.

4. spray weeds killer on the surface to prevent any weeds.

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