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Old 09-03-2009, 02:10 PM   #556
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What! No LiveRC? I'm a "bonus member" because of this race!:cry

.........Scotty B! Get out there ASAP so we can have some coverage!!
If Billy would answer the text message's I have sent him I could post some update's!!!

I wish I would have gone, since Ruben didn't return my phone call about canceling my entry so I could get my money back!!!
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If Billy would answer the text message's I have sent him I could post some update's!!!

I wish I would have gone, since Ruben didn't return my phone call about canceling my entry so I could get my money back!!!

....Probably doesn't have his glasses on!!! Did you do the paint work on his all white body?

.....Yea, the 'boys' forgot about us as soon as they stepped on the plane!!! You should have sold your entry to the highest bidder on RC Tech!!

..Call Rich B. He'll lay down some commentary!!!

Seriously though, what happened to LiveRC? Does the host track have to "buy in" to something or what?

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Old 09-03-2009, 02:33 PM   #558
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....Probably doesn't have his glasses on!!! Did you do the paint work on his all white body?

.....Yea, the 'boys' forgot about us as soon as they stepped on the plane!!! You should have sold your entry to the highest bidder on RC Tech!!

..Call Rich B. He'll lay down some commentary!!!

Seriously though, what happened to LiveRC? Does the host track have to "buy in" to something or what?

No, Billy painted the white ones. I painted some with the same colors as mine but with a different design for Billy.

I called Ruben about my entry over a MONTH ago!!!

No liveRC, there's no internet at the track!!!


Keep the pics coming guys, there's some great shots.
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All media is provided for by the host facility as per the national guidelines.

This host chose to not contract LiveRC due to internet issues, I believe. LiveRC is not on site.

I believe this host brought in Mike Myers to provide internet and magazine coverage.

Scott B - HUH?
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No liveRC, there's no internet at the track!!!

Cell phone cards work fine though.
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Scott B - HUH?
I called Ruben B. 2-3 days before the August 2nd cutoff to cancel my entry. I wasen't sure who to contact and I know Ruben so I called him and left a message asking if he could cancel my entry or let me know who to contact, my entry wasen't canceled and no call back.
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I called Ruben B. 2-3 days before the August 2nd cutoff to cancel my entry. I wasen't sure who to contact and I know Ruben so I called him and left a message asking if he could cancel my entry or let me know who to contact, my entry wasen't canceled and no call back.
so, you wanted it cancelled or you didn't? And, did you call the Administrator as stated on the entry flyer and on the online registration?

I'm confused...but I'll look into it.
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Dawn I sent you a PM.
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Toledo probably didn't want to pay the $1000+ to have Live R/C there! They have computers now days that have internet capabilities!

OK Mike, just like old times, you da man......waiting on that update!
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2009 Toledo Nationals
by Mike Myers

Thursday's Report

We got to the track bright and early Thursday, but it was already packed with racers and friends. The track opened up for practice around 8am or so, and within an hour things were looking quite busy. The driver's meeting was set for 10:30am, when everyone gathered around the timing and scoring area for the longest driver's meeting I've seen in ages. I don't think there was any rule or regulation that wasn't covered. Because of the tight schedule and the officials not wanting people walking on the track, we never got a chance to take a group photo – maybe later in the week (after the Finals) that might be possible.

As per ROAR rules, the race is being run with qualifying points, meaning each round is scored separately. Should the track be "fast" or "slow" doesn't matter – TQ'ing your round on either fast or slow tracks gets you a points score of zero, so every round is equally important regardless of track conditions. Some people feel this is wrong, as the racer who puts in the fastest run at the event won't be TQ unless he does extremely well in two rounds, meaning it's important to not break, and to be consistent. With six rounds of qualifying, there's plenty of time for racers to put in two rounds of their best performance. For those who are still struggling, there are also bump-ups in the Finals, allowing them to advance up to the Final even if they're starting in a lower final.

The race is being run in the IFMAR "ladder" system, with the racers divided between "odd" and "even". Racers compete in whichever group they are placed in. The top racers go directly to the Final. The top two racers from each group (odd and even) also advance into the Final. Because of the difference in track speed I was told there will be 12 cars in the 1/8 Final, and 14 cars in the 1/10 Final. This is also the first time I've been to a major event which didn't have a radio impound. With so many cars using the new technology "DSM" radios, there are so few racers left on the old frequencies that the officials felt it was no longer necessary. Personal transponders and the new radio technology certainly have simplified the racing scene! One other comment on qualifying – many racers were still trying to work out their fuel mileage, and there were quite a few cars that flamed out just before the start/finish line.

The start of each qualifier was based on the "flagless start" system first developed by the Toledo club. Cars go out for a warmup, and can stop in the pits as often as they want. When it's thirty seconds before the race clock is to start, drivers are informed, and they can again pit whenever they wish. After refueling, they can start whenever they want, but they shouldn't go over the line again until the race clock starts. The goal is to allow them to spread themselves out around the track for the start, and when the countdown reaches "zero" the race clock starts. As long as you go over the start/finish line before the first car to cross the line completes a full lap, you'll be on your own clock, and get your full time for qualifying. Once the first car starts the clock, the timer starts for all cars even if they haven't yet completed a lap, so you have to plan accordingly. This system saves time, is easy on the drivers, and if the cars spread out as they should, there won't be any of the dreaded "first turn pileups".

I got to talk to several racers about the event. I was told that the reason so many racers were here, was that Toledo was within driving distance of most of them, making the trip less expensive than if they had to fly. Actually, many wished there weren't so many people here – it resulted in a very packed schedule, to get the full event in. There are 21 heats per round, making each round about 3 hours long. Some racers who tried to sign up late were told the event was sold out, so they couldn't get in. On the other hand, everyone is quite happy about the weather – today is even nicer than yesterday, and the weather is expected to remain perfect for the entire week.

When you walk around the pits, you see two types of racers. There is one huge group that is here because they enjoy RC, and want to be with their friends, doing what they enjoy most. They aren't worried about how well they'll do in the races – they just enjoy doing it. Then there's another group that's here because it's a championship race. Most of these racers are sponsored, and despite the economy, how well they do with their gear will hopefully help their sponsors sell more in the future. All the major brands of cars are here, and these guys are dead serious about the racing. As you walk around the pits, you'll see the first group smiling and kidding around with other racers, while the second group is usually dead serious and working (struggling?) with their cars. With two classes, many racers are running both.

The "practice round" started around 11am. Apparently it was a good chance for everyone to get things sorted out, and get used to the racers they'll have with them in their first two rounds of qualifying (after the second round, there will be a re-sort). After a short break, the first round of qualifying started.

The following photo gallery has some photos from late Wednesday, which I didn't get posted yesterday:

http://www.sgrid.com/2009/toledo-nats/wed-2/


For today's photo gallery here's a link for the early photos, and one for some racing action from the 1/8 qualifier:

http://www.sgrid.com/2009/toledo-nats/thu-1/

Click the following link to see the qualifying order at the end of ONE round of qualifying. These are mostly of some of the faster racers in the 1/8 open class. There are photos of Paolo Morganti, Jim Adkins, Ted Hammer, Mike Swauger, Art Carbonell, Michael Palazzola, Scott Kimbrow, Ralph Burch, Josh Cyrul, and a few others.

http://www.sgrid.com/2009/toledo-nats/thu-2/

QUALIFYING ORDER AFTER ONE ROUND OF QUALIFYING:

http://www.sgrid.com/2009/toledo-nats/qual-1.html



Note: When I take photos, early in the event I concentrate on photos of the people at the event. The next day I usually try to cover the track and the facilities. On the last day I try to get shots of the Finals, the winners, and the winning cars. If there are photos that people would like to see which I'm not usually taking, please send me an email explaining what you'd like to see, and I'll try to add it to the photos I take. The email address to use is "mikem @ rc-racing.com". For those who are interested in technical details, almost all my photos are taken with Nikon DSLR cameras, although at this event most of the "people photos" and shots around the track were taken with a rangefinder Leica.
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Great update, keep'em coming!!!
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Quick note, in case anyone is confused by what I wrote above - I meant the FINALS are being run by the ladder system. Qualifying is the same as always, but when it's over, the racers are split into the "odd" and "even" groups, for the lower Finals, working their way up to the main Final.
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Here are my pics from today. They are uploading as I am typing.

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If Billy would answer the text message's I have sent him I could post some update's!!!

I wish I would have gone, since Ruben didn't return my phone call about canceling my entry so I could get my money back!!!

Scotty ..... I remember talking to you and it was I who didn't follow thru on my end ... I know another Nor Cal Failure ... issue resolved
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Mike M. who do you like in this event?...At this point.
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