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Old 12-10-2002, 09:54 AM   #1
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Default attention all socal racers!

for all the socal racers pls guide me. i never been there or any other track. give me some advise on what to do so i wont look dumb. i live in long beach, california about 15-20 mins away. what things do i need and stuffs.
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Old 12-10-2002, 11:14 AM   #2
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Cool Hi! new racer

Bring your car or buggie or truck or all and your radio and charger battery and tools and have fun u need help jus ask someone there were cool like that at So Cal
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what the most popular on-road touring they running there?
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Old 12-10-2002, 11:20 AM   #4
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what the most popular on-road touring they running there?
Right now it's one of 3, the TC3, XRay, or Losi.

When you get there, the vast majority of people are very cool and will go out of their way to help a newbie. Some of the "pros" that hang out there will blow you off but 90% of the people are very cool.
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Old 12-10-2002, 11:34 AM   #5
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Here's a bit of advice: If you're looking at an Xray, build it, set it up exactly as the guide suggests, and you'll have a car that is good for 85% of the layouts that they do at socal. Also, bring motor, lotsa motor, we like to go veeery faaast!
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hey...

dont forget...there quite a big tamiya bunch now there tooo...

go TRF414M2!
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If you're going to race at SoCal, bring spare parts as well (lots of it) especially for a big race this coming weekend. The outside concrete wall and the steel poles in the middle of the track are not very car friendly (and yes, I'm speaking from personal experiences )

Although there is a good hobby shop on site, you never know, they just might happen to run out what you need.

Good luck, and have fun!

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Old 12-11-2002, 01:32 PM   #8
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Default Speaking of poles...

Well those poles in Socal's fishbowl can be extremely detrimental to a car.

Last night's A-main, I was spun out halfway through the first lap and had to fight my way back to get in striking distance with the leaders. As I was going through traffic, I caught up to an orange Losi and we went 2-wide thru the sweeper with me on the outside. Typically, I try to keep a tight line everywhere on the track (below the first hashmarks and on they yellow). Anyways, going onto the straight, I habitually tightened things up because I usually motor on most cars...but not this one We went door to door down the straight below the yellow line! And my car was drifting even lower. Because I didn't want to "twitch" and risk losing control, I just let the car go where it wanted and by the second to last pole, the orange Losi had less than a foot between me and the boards. At the point of turn in coming off the straight, my car turned in as usual at the apex (the pole) and the losi...Well if you've ever heard a homerun hit with an aluminum bat...you get the idea. For sure I thought the guy suffered a chassis breaker but he kept going. Later I explained to him what happened and he was cool with it. If I was in his position, I would've lifted earlier. Near the end of the main, KS checked out and I was in second so I slowed down for third in order to pick a fight. As third came up, I tried to accelerate but found myself in the "Bermuda Triangle of Interference" and had no throttle. My car received an enima from third place and after the tangle, he came out ahead. All in all, good fun.

So the moral of the story: Enjoy racing because fun is what it's all about.
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yeah, usually it goes:

*PING* (that's from car hitting the pole) and then...
*Oooohhh* (that's from everyone in the pits )

I only go to SoCal as a last resort, it just seems to tight in there to have a clean race (it's possible, but difficult) and add on the concrete walls and the poles...I like to go there and just watch

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yeah, usually it goes:

*PING* (that's from car hitting the pole) and then...
*Oooohhh* (that's from everyone in the pits )

LOL!

haha....thats EXACTLY what happens. hahahha.

or how about....

"STRAIGHTAWAY!....straightaway!"
...*BOOM*. and then followed by another....
*Ooooohh*
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what the most popular on-road touring they running there?
The majority of the factory pilots there run for Losi, so if you get a XXXS, you will probably have the best availability for answers for questions from those guys. There use to be a large showing of AE pilots but they don't come out to much anymore, so the support isn't really there except from the locals running the car trying to get sponsored. Then the rest run Xray, Tamiya, HPI, and Yokomo. Good luck.
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