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Old 09-15-2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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Default Photo blog TAMIYA EURO FINALS 2011

Very excited to be here and I'll be running a photoblog live during the next four days.

I'll provide some commentary but the main aim is for you to share in the feeling of the event and see the cars, which I know is what most readers want to see: close up photos of the car! I'll try to answer any questions you post up along the way.

Thank you to Team Hungary (my team mates and ride here!), and to Tamiya Switzerland for providing me with a dedicated internet connection during the event!

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I will upload updates several times during the day.

This is how it starts, lots of anxious drivers and helpers lining up to get credentials and drivers dinner party voucher :P



Then getting in and finding this, and settling in. Practice started at 2:30pm, regulated per heat. All very orderly.









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More to come.

PS. there is a table for Team GB but no one is here yet. 2 hard core UK racers are apparently on the way.

Woohooo - it's begun!!
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:05 AM   #2
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Awesome looking facility.

Wonder who has bagged that GB spot, because there were no qualifying races...
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:17 AM   #4
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The Swiss are very serious>




But these guys are happy, they obviously have passes


NASA food or plastic food? Food from a tube is a racers diet!


Very funky



CONTROL!






Quite a few opting for the M06. There is even a Fiat Abarth running that. Appreciate the history but I thought the spirit was to run right drive for right body?





Old skool Tekin





On to practice 2 now, times are dropping as the rubber is laid down. The track looks quite 'fresh' slippy from up her in the VIP press box (LOL, that would be lonely table high up in the stands) but the F1 guys say that its actually not bad for a new carpet. But after the first practice the track is already getting its black racing line. Tire additives are being used.

I am going to make group theme posts, one for pit look, car close ups, people etc. Ah, getting the hang of this LOL

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GOOD MORNING from Basel!

To softly piped sounds of Meatloaf "I'd do anything for love" (thanks, love having reminders of girlfriends from 18 years ago,lol) racing cars are waking up and the harder core racers are settling in. 7:30am already at their pits working!!!

so while I wake up here are a few shots for you...

sleeping cars...




German cars are HARD, they sleep without covers/sheets


Minis apparently sleep separate from their bodys


The Swiss organisers are busy early too, I thought this was tape rolls to pick up parts but it's metal rollers to remove kinks.


Whats left of forumula tires after only one day practicing!


whats the pile going to look like after 4 days??

Team GB arriving with the other hard core 7:30am crews


and proving it's never too late to paint! Good luck with the build guys!


final thought before I seek out cereal and a clear head:
it's 8am now and I'm disappointed - The Russian Team are not here yet! Russians are supposed to be hard core!! Still if the reason is vodka and expensive Basel night clubs then I guess I can still say hard core

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Some more photos from yesterday, with some names and first times.
You can see Shaun Taylor and Markus Askell are the Team GB guys.
Are they famous? Should I be be getting autographs?

BIG news of the meeting (well for me anyway, lol) is that there are a HUSBAND & WIFE both racing! Well done Team Austria! Thats unique as far as I have experienced at races. Well done, I think thats pretty cool.

I'm informed there are 110 drivers registered, and there seem to be about 20 organisers, helpers etc, so lets say there are on average 100 people at any given time in the hall. If you can spot a woman in the room at any time I think you deserve $5! Actually there are in fact about 6 of the fairer sex here, wives girlfriends and organisers. At the outdoor/summer races we usually see more girls attending.

Times yesterday ranged from 28secs down to 13. I wonder if we will see 13s today?









GB drivers!


wide variety of mini shells being used

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You can see Shaun Taylor and Markus Askell are the Team GB guys.
Are they famous? Should I be be getting autographs? :
Shaun "Show" Taylor and Markus "Cue Ball" Askell that will be. They are infamous...especially if you've heard their stories from UK and European racing trips

Say hi and good luck from us
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:43 AM   #9
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Oldest car being raced.... MO2!!

Even standard Tamiya Adspec servo Top marks for effort.

Somebody made the tiny old tamiya tool box actually useable


Healthier racer diet


More about these 'bad boys' later...





whats this secret sauce?

more to follow...

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That is the No.1 tire additive
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Great PICS from Tamiya Euro Finals !!

the Tamiya Asia Finals will begin in 2 weeks time in SINGAPORE on 30sept to 2 oct !

will try to post some pics as well if time permits..

cheers mate..

keep the photos coming..
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Thank you for sharing the pictures, the event looks great!

Nice to see the old school Tekin too

Looks like a fantastic track!

Did the Russians arrive?
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good photos! keep up the good work!

Go team GB!
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Raiki Balint has insider information I think!


Practice is OVER! Practice results determined qualifying, and qualifying heats and positions are now set. There will be 6 quali's and your best 2 are taken to determine your racing position. So I am told

So this is how your countries drivers are doing:
NOTE - the B Quali is group is the first/lower number (Eg group 4 for M-chassis)
and the next number is A Quali for that class (Eg. 5 for M-chassis)









F1:





photos next!

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Old 09-16-2011, 09:00 AM   #15
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Pits and tool boxes!
I don't know about you but I often spend ages looking at other peoples pit photos, what are the using, what haven't I seen before, how do they pack and store, who displays a sense of fun.... etc

So a selection from the pits and a view of what chargers are popular!

Whats the most interesting thing you see??










Team GB is using these:

lovely small size on the table






Techy!









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