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Old 05-25-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys, just wanted to spark some conversation with those of you who run 1/12 scales on outdoor asphalt tracks. I have just been back into R/C for a few months after a 5 year hiatus, and had never ran asphalt on road at all until two months ago. I run an X-Ray '008 touring car and LOVE it. There is currently not a 1/12 scale class at my home track (RCHobbies Raceway- Host of the 2008 Asphalt nats), but a fellow racer from Memphis came over the other day and brought his 1/12 scale and was gracious enough to offer me some track time with it(thanks again John). OMG!!!!! I didn't want to let him have his transmitter back!!! That was the most fun that I have had driving a car in years. I have ran some 1/12 scale on carpet (nearly 15 years ago). But it has been so long I remembered little about it. After driving his the other day, then going back to my touring car, the TC felt like driving a '72 Buick. I'm not knocking TC's, as I said, I love mine. But MAN! It's like the owner of that car said, you can almost feel the G-forces from the cornering speeds of the 1/12 through the transmitter. Needless to say, I was immediately hooked. My RC12R5 is on order as well as two other guys at the track. So, in just a few weeks we will have an instant 1/12 scale class. I've rambled long enough, just wanted to get some feedback from some of you guys that run them. Do's and dont's, etc.... I guess most 1/12 scales are really made for carpet rather than asphalt, is this correct???? Anyway, just chime in if you wish. Any input/advice would be greatly appreciated. Just mainly wanting to spark some conversation as previously noted.

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We run 1/12th on asphalt mostly down here in florida. I actually prefer running them on asphalt over carpet.
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Cool! Are any of you guys from down that way coming up for the asphalt nats in a few weeks?
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Hi mate, I raced my 12th car in a Florida State race a couple of years ago when I was over there on holiday. It was superb! Much better than on carpet. It was the first and only time I have raced outdoors with a 12th car, really good fun. I used Parma Magenta's on the front and Pink rears. Also went with a Speed 12 bodyshell from Protoform. Habe fun with it mate, I certainly did over there! Cheers, Chris.
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Wish i could make it. Business keeps me from traveling to races.
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to bad Lufaso retired. he was the mac for 12 asphalt, and he now lives here in fla.. (prof of chemistry at north florida i think)
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12th scale asphalt is awesome. I it is my second week driving on asphalt. I have my DB12R dialed. The only thing keeping me out of the A with it is my motors and batteries. I have had a guy drive it and he said he loves the way if drives. It is amazingly planted.
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Nothing beats 1/12 asphalt or carpet in my book.
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1/12th on asphalt is one of our biggest classes. We've pulled some guys from nitro sedan and they have loved 12th scale. There are 2 guys that bought the new associated 12R5 cars and 1 of them ran his car this weekend with decent results. He needs some more time on it but he liked it.

I love TC also but 1/12 is a different feel! Good luck to you!
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12th scale asphalt is awesome. I it is my second week driving on asphalt. I have my DB12R dialed. The only thing keeping me out of the A with it is my motors and batteries. I have had a guy drive it and he said he loves the way if drives. It is amazingly planted.
Thats great to hear buddy. We had a few guys down here running the DB12R and they took all 3 top positions. They controled a field of 15 cars and they finished 1,2 and 3. These were just average joe customers and not team drivers. Its cool that you guys are getting to run the car on asphalt now. I have always loved asphalt racing.
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I thought about buying a 12th before but at my outdoor track they dont get enough interest to run them year long so the only time I could race it would be during the winter months.
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If you picked up a cheap used one off of ebay or something and let a few guys try it out during practice, you would be sure to hook enough for a class
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thats a good idea. What chasis whould you recommened? Im gonn take a guess and say bmi
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If you picked up a cheap used one off of ebay or something and let a few guys try it out during practice, you would be sure to hook enough for a class

Ditto that, that's what the fellow that I mentioned in my original post did at our track. He was wanting to run them, so he let a few of of us wheel his for a while, now we are about to have five of them, and I'm sure more will follow. I plan to try and hook some of the other guys with mine!
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thats a good idea. What chasis whould you recommened? Im gonn take a guess and say bmi
To be honest, i wouldnt. I would recomend a used L4 or L3. You can find them on ebay for under 100 bucks. If you ever decide you enjoy the class and it takes off at your local track, the BMI or other high end cars can always be an option.
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