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Old 01-05-2010, 04:19 AM
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I'd like to see the Corvette body and the new HPI D compound tires be allowed under the new rules. I don't see why either one of these would be an issue, I think HPI sort of designed them both for this class anyway.
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Originally Posted by snoopyrc
For the sake of my argument I would like to divide racers into two groups.

1. The traveling racer. You go to races two to five hours away every weekend. You have several thousand dollars invested in gear. A weekend cost you fifty to eighty bucks a night or more. Gas cost you a couple hundred as well. Not to mention dinner every night. You are the guy who needs to move the Tekin RS or RS Pro over to your RCGT car and invest in the legal Novak system.
This is a racer who should not be racing vintage trans am. Maybe it's me but I thought the VTA class was a just put something down and have fun with it class. It was never meant to be a full on racing class that apparently it's becoming. You want to go racing, run regular touring car. If chasing technology is your thing, then that's the class you really want to be in. The reason for the very specific rules concerning the motor, tires, and bodies was to keep technology out of the class as much as possible. Now I know you're gonna say wait a minute there's no restriction on chassis, but that actually makes the class a little cheaper. Any used car on the market can be used in VTA, and I really don't think anyone is going to spend $500 on an X-Ray T3 to run it in VTA. And if they did, you really don't want that person running VTA anyway.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by trerc
I'd like to see the Corvette body and the new HPI D compound tires be allowed under the new rules. I don't see why either one of these would be an issue, I think HPI sort of designed them both for this class anyway.
At this point I'm going to ask why the hell are you racing this class?

You want everything changed.
The class is called US VINTAGE TRANS-AM.

Try google- find me a Corvette that raced Trans Am in the same class as the Mustangs, Camaros and Cudas.
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Originally Posted by jiml
This is a racer who should not be racing vintage trans am. Maybe it's me but I thought the VTA class was a just put something down and have fun with it class. It was never meant to be a full on racing class that apparently it's becoming. You want to go racing, run regular touring car. If chasing technology is your thing, then that's the class you really want to be in. The reason for the very specific rules concerning the motor, tires, and bodies was to keep technology out of the class as much as possible. Now I know you're gonna say wait a minute there's no restriction on chassis, but that actually makes the class a little cheaper. Any used car on the market can be used in VTA, and I really don't think anyone is going to spend $500 on an X-Ray T3 to run it in VTA. And if they did, you really don't want that person running VTA anyway.
My understanding from reading on here, USVTA was growing at several tracks at the same time with slightly different rules.

Apex took a combination of those rules and created a 'national' organization for that very purpose, keep rules consistent so you could travel to other tracks and know they were running the same rules.


And yes, plenty of people are buying the lastest chassis for VTA, the point of slowing it down/keeping it slow is to hopefully help eliminate any advantage the newer chassis have.
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Originally Posted by snoopyrc
Do you know this for sure or have you just watched a lot of movies?
do you watch the news?
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Ok I know im in the stone age because I just recently found out about the rule changes. Just one question though. why are they going to a slower motor I actualy thought it was a bad joke when my friend said 25.5. I raised the BS flag right away. OOPS thats called foot in mouth I'm all good with the Speedo change but why not keep the 21.5 that people already have? I don't realy have any complaints besides having to put in a silly driver figure but my racing has been sidelined till I find income again.
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Originally Posted by trerc
I'd like to see the Corvette body and the new HPI D compound tires be allowed under the new rules. I don't see why either one of these would be an issue, I think HPI sort of designed them both for this class anyway.
Originally Posted by TwoTone
At this point I'm going to ask why the hell are you racing this class?

You want everything changed.
The class is called US VINTAGE TRANS-AM.

Try google- find me a Corvette that raced Trans Am in the same class as the Mustangs, Camaros and Cudas.
i don't think he even gets the whole TA thing at all
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by miket3
that's because speedpassion isn't on here trying to help support the new rules or their current customers. With Tekin VTA software( which they said they would do) and the novak exchange program the cost would be $40 ish to conform to the new rules. Pretty SIMPLE HEY and affordable for everyone.

The Tekin with its ability to be hooked up to a computer is not within the rules....what dont you guys get? Thats seems pretty simple to most of us. The Novak and LRP esc are more affordable then the Tekin that is more affordable to everyone in my book.

For USVTA big races the simpliest way to tech is the LED or CHIME..then from there NO laptops allowed in the pits/ bld..whatever. Once the VTA software is in the ESC the buttons can only achive EXACTLY what the little GTB button can do.

The easiest way to tech is to see if everyone has a Novak or LRP esc thats on the list in their car.....much easier to tech. Then any question about anything is thrown out the door.


If the switch is simple and inexpensive the masses "nationally" would conform much easier, otherwise the class will still be cool and go on, but with so many different tracks threatening to allow different combo's...well there goes the "national" VTA.

If you sold your Tekin you could get more money in your pocket by going with the new rules....cant save more money then having money left over.


Only time will tell what happens to VTA in the end. And maybe the unemployement rate.
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Originally Posted by TwoTone
At this point I'm going to ask why the hell are you racing this class?

You want everything changed.
The class is called US VINTAGE TRANS-AM.
Easy there professor we are still 9 mos away from the rule changes that (BTW) I had nothing to do with.

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Try google- find me a Corvette that raced Trans Am in the same class as the Mustangs, Camaros and Cudas.
I never said they raced with the Cudas, Camaros and Mustangs I just think it's a nice looking body that looks like it would hold up well. For nostalgic purposes the Parma bodies shouldn't be legal either but lets face it these are toy cars so I understand. By the way I run the Pegasus Mustang and don't plan on changing. I would like to try the other tires tho. I didn't think that was too outta line? The tires are produced by the same company they are the same same size and the same compound as the current tire, not asking to make slicks legal.
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Originally Posted by TwoTone
And yes, plenty of people are buying the lastest chassis for VTA, the point of slowing it down/keeping it slow is to hopefully help eliminate any advantage the newer chassis have.
Which is proof that no matter what class you come up with or what set of rules you decide on there's always going to be somebody who ruins it for everyone else.
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Originally Posted by trerc
I never said they raced with the Cudas, Camaros and Mustangs I just think it's a nice looking body that looks like it would hold up well. For nostalgic purposes the Parma bodies shouldn't be legal either but lets face it these are toy cars so I understand. By the way I run the Pegasus Mustang and don't plan on changing. I would like to try the other tires tho. I didn't think that was too outta line? The tires are produced by the same company they are the same same size and the same compound as the current tire, not asking to make slicks legal.
The Vette body has been discussed ad nauseum in the past. Although it is a VERY cool body it's not historically appropriate. End of discussion.

1) As far as the tires, exactly how does it improve racing to add additional tires in. For that matter how does if further ANY of the goals of USVTA?

2) Why on earth would you "want to try the other tires tho(sic)" unless you thought you might find a performance advantage there? Then they'd get turned back like the programmable esc's have and you'd just have to piss and moan about that too. Sheeesh, even MOST TC programs I'm aware of are spec'ing a rubber tire. Why? To maintain competitive balance and save folk the time and expense of trying different tires. Spec a tire that works and it's done.
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If anyone here really thinks that a class where people actually RACE each other won't have those that want to win and will spec out to the limits of what is allowed, you should just do things where everyone gets a trophy and call it good. No class even one that limits everything won't stop someone who feels the need to do what they can to get an competitive edge within the rule limits.
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Originally Posted by Cain
If anyone here really thinks that a class where people actually RACE each other won't have those that want to win and will spec out to the limits of what is allowed, you should just do things where everyone gets a trophy and call it good. No class even one that limits everything won't stop someone who feels the need to do what they can to get an competitive edge within the rule limits.
So what GOOD rules do is limit the competitive advantage that can be accrued. Then review those rules, periodically, to ensure they are serving the goals of the organization.
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Just my humble opinion, but after reading all the info so far, it is still up to each racing program to do what is best for them to promote the class on a local level.

This has been the case from day one.

No set of rules will be perfect for everyone....The whole purpose of the USVTA class is to run cool looking bodies and keep the costs and speeds down as much as possible....

That really is the bottom line and the main attraction to this class....

The people who get this concept will continue to support the USVTA while those who don't will probably move on.

I see the proposed new USVTA rules as the standard at "USVTA SPONSORED EVENTS", so everyone will be on the same page. It would be up to each individual racer if they wanted to run the new rules at a USVTA sponsored event.

On the local level, as long as we're close, we can still promote the class, and continue to build on it. The USVTA is not forcing us to conform to the new guidelines on the local levels.... just offering options given the new technology that is out now.

If you think all this new technology is out of control now, wait and see what is bound to come up in the next year or two!!!!

For us here in the Northeast, we are working with other local VTA programs to see what direction we'll be taking to keep the class growing and not lose the racer base that we have.

Personally, if you want closer/tighter vintage racing, instead of looking at advanced technology, look at the track size and surface.

Smaller, parking lot tracks will still be the best places to race this class. This tends to negate a lot of high tech stuff since speeds are much slower and chassis set up is way more important on a "less than perfect" lot.

Larger, purpose built tracks may need to get creative and find a way to design a smaller VTA course to keep the speeds down, and technology out of the picture as much as possible.

Don't sweat it guys, it's still a great class if you allow it to be....
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Originally Posted by Ray Murray
Just my humble opinion, but after reading all the info so far, it is still up to each racing program to do what is best for them to promote the class on a local level.

This has been the case from day one.

No set of rules will be perfect for everyone....The whole purpose of the USVTA class is to run cool looking bodies and keep the costs and speeds down as much as possible....

That really is the bottom line and the main attraction to this class....

The people who get this concept will continue to support the USVTA while those who don't will probably move on.

I see the proposed new USVTA rules as the standard at "USVTA SPONSORED EVENTS", so everyone will be on the same page. It would be up to each individual racer if they wanted to run the new rules at a USVTA sponsored event.

On the local level, as long as we're close, we can still promote the class, and continue to build on it. The USVTA is not forcing us to conform to the new guidelines on the local levels.... just offering options given the new technology that is out now.

If you think all this new technology is out of control now, wait and see what is bound to come up in the next year or two!!!!

For us here in the Northeast, we are working with other local VTA programs to see what direction we'll be taking to keep the class growing and not lose the racer base that we have.

Personally, if you want closer/tighter vintage racing, instead of looking at advanced technology, look at the track size and surface.

Smaller, parking lot tracks will still be the best places to race this class. This tends to negate a lot of high tech stuff since speeds are much slower and chassis set up is way more important on a "less than perfect" lot.

Larger, purpose built tracks may need to get creative and find a way to design a smaller VTA course to keep the speeds down, and technology out of the picture as much as possible.

Don't sweat it guys, it's still a great class if you allow it to be....
Bingo.....Nice post Ray
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