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Old 12-10-2011, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by OSherman
for some of us Tamiya is the most convenient option.. everything else is just too far.. i like the Tamiya track and casual atmosphere, people who enjoy racing Race-Replicas.

that being said, if i race this years series i do look forward to TQ.. a change, but i dont want to have to build a car just for that track. thats just silly for the casual racers that Tamiya seems to attract.
Just out of curiosity, what Tamiya car would one build just for TQ ?

And for the record, there are a lot of "casual racers" at tracks around the world every weekend
Most even have fun with heads up racing on the clock

Tamiya cars are pretty popular at TQ, you TTL's should give it a go now and then, racing at more than one track will hone those skills up ya know
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Originally Posted by RedBullFiXX
Just out of curiosity, what Tamiya car would one build just for TQ ?

And for the record, there are a lot of "casual racers" at tracks around the world every weekend
Most even have fun with heads up racing on the clock

Tamiya cars are pretty popular at TQ, you TTL's should give it a go now and then, racing at more than one track will hone those skills up ya know
Maybe 'build' was a bad choice of words. Setup is more fitting. A whole new world on the rug which requires a different setup. But yes, you are correct, variety hones the skills.
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Originally Posted by OSherman
Maybe 'build' was a bad choice of words. Setup is more fitting. A whole new world on the rug which requires a different setup. But yes, you are correct, variety hones the skills.
Orlando, you and the many Tamiya regulars could bring a wealth of info to the TQ locals. Won't be surprising at all to the the same fast guys near the pointy end of the field.
You guys got game, the surface won't make much difference.

Sean really does it up for his races, I'm sure everyone will have a great time.

Look forward to seeing more of this at TQ in the future.
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Exclamation TQ RACING CARPET TIME!!!

I am actually looking forward to running at TQ. I've ran probably at a 4 different carpet tracks,none of them was at TQ. Lets see, first one was a large carpet track in Gilroy, it looked like a converted roller skating ring, it was awesome had a hobby store right inside and lap counter always set-up to see how your times were, the two times I went there, it was practically empty, the place closed down. Next, was OCRC,a very small carpet track, Gyro's supported the track for a while, I ran there twice eventually it closed! Then I ran twice at the Vegas track for IIC at the Riviera Casino Hotel. That is probably the best of the best in a carpet race event that I've ever been, maybe 2nd only to Japan's indoor carpet in Shizuoka Convention Center. I guess what I'm saying is I enjoy carpet track racing and I've been procrastinating saying I'm going to TQ and try it out! I've been there twice but haven't ran there, just watched then run.
So, I have no excuse not to go there now!
I plan on doing some testing during the week between Christmas and New Year to find a set-up, gearing tires , inserts etc etc.
I have time off that week and I want to go there but it's only open from what I hear on Wednesday, so I'll just have to wait until then.
I just bought "C" tires to test and might try "A"'s also.
I'll also want to test mini while I'm at it!
If anybody else is interested in going there starting Wednesday let me know, it's always more fun as a group!!
Just my 2$
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Originally Posted by maxepower
I am actually looking forward to running at TQ. I've ran probably at a 4 different carpet tracks,none of them was at TQ. Lets see, first one was a large carpet track in Gilroy, it looked like a converted roller skating ring, it was awesome had a hobby store right inside and lap counter always set-up to see how your times were, the two times I went there, it was practically empty, the place closed down. Next, was OCRC,a very small carpet track, Gyro's supported the track for a while, I ran there twice eventually it closed! Then I ran twice at the Vegas track for IIC at the Riviera Casino Hotel. That is probably the best of the best in a carpet race event that I've ever been, maybe 2nd only to Japan's indoor carpet in Shizuoka Convention Center. I guess what I'm saying is I enjoy carpet track racing and I've been procrastinating saying I'm going to TQ and try it out! I've been there twice but haven't ran there, just watched then run.
So, I have no excuse not to go there now!
I plan on doing some testing during the week between Christmas and New Year to find a set-up, gearing tires , inserts etc etc.
I have time off that week and I want to go there but it's only open from what I hear on Wednesday, so I'll just have to wait until then.
I just bought "C" tires to test and might try "A"'s also.
I'll also want to test mini while I'm at it!
If anybody else is interested in going there starting Wednesday let me know, it's always more fun as a group!!
Just my 2$
Max here is the TQ hours & schedule it is only closed Mon. and Tue.

Monday-Closed
Tuesday-Closed
Wednesday-Practice-4pm ~ 11pm
Thursday-Practice-4pm ~ 11pm
Friday-Practice & Club Race-4pm ~ 11pm, Race starts at 7pm
Saturday-Practice-12pm ~ 6pm
Sunday-Practice & Club Race-10am ~ 6pm, Race starts at 1pm
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Kevin CBR
Hi Grandpa,

It's easy to fathom why a race at TQ. First, we have been spoiled with twoRregionals AND the Nationals at our home track. The races are partially awarded as a thank you to tracks that support Tamiya through kits and parts sales and TQ definitely supports Tamiya, has a great indoor carpet track, no packing EZ-ups, generators, tables or chairs (that do cost Tamiya a few thousand dollars to rent for the regional race) so why not a race at TQ ?

As for rainouts, it was the May Regional earlier this year that was rained out, not the January race. And Fred did count "entries" at the track for the May race that did not run as "eligible" to count as running a race to qualify for Nationals.

Do you have to run at TQ ? No, but it sounds like you are really against running there which is surprising. Everyone who races at TQ always talks highly of the track and the track owner / promoter Sean. I can't say the same for other tracks and promoters in the area.

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Kevin, have no real objection to running a race at TQ. We've talked about the track on a number of occasions and I'm not questioning whether it's a suitable venue to have a Regional. Budgetary constraints I understand fully and certainly makes sense as the host track has to pick up the cost of running the event. I only ask ???? when the reasons given don't compute for me

Also, the ???? I had about what would happen if we were rained out in January was just that. Posed the question to Fred yesterday and was told it would be rescheduled if that happened. Question asked and answered.

With that being said, Max and I are planning to visit TQ over the X-mas break and do some testing. I've done quite a bit of running on carpet, but mainly with 55mm tires on my Minis. Look forward to the challenge of finding a good set up with the Spec tires. Hope some others will join us.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:45 AM
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Made this a separate post as I've been embroiled in a number of Silvercan versus brushless on a number of occasions. Not conceding a single point, but did find a number of advantages with the brushless motors that no one has mentioned. Also discovered a few disadvantages.

Not having my head "buried in sand" as several have suggested, I ran a brushless 17.5 in my Mini for the first time yesterday. The experience was a very good one. So much so that my Mini with a Silvercan was not run at all. A Mini with a 17.5 is a bit quicker than Mini with a "legal" Silvercan and the little bit of extra speed was fun. What made it a good experience was that the motor ran the same speed on every run. All the runs were the same speed with absolutely no maintenance. You can't do that with a Silvercan.

The new sec's are much smaller and finally found one that would fit inside the chassis on an M03. The KO BLZ 350 fits nicely and only required a small amount of "grinding" to fit. So far it's the only one that I've found that is small enough. All the others have to positioned outside the chassis and the cosmetics are awful. It's simple to do, but you do need to install a subfloor and lower it by shaving a bit off one of the lower chassis lugs. Silicone it to the left chassis side only. Won't bore anyone with the details but if anyone has any questions you can PM me.
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:41 PM
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Glad you like brushless Granpa, you're really, really gonna enjoy only messing with suspension and tires and when you get it dialed to your liking, hell, you'll just be charging batteries and driving your butt off.
That is priceless.
I have a couple offroad cars and a couple onroad cars where as for the most part, charging and driving is all I have to do.
I might even start paying attention to my mini again.
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Originally Posted by Granpa
Made this a separate post as I've been embroiled in a number of Silvercan versus brushless on a number of occasions. Not conceding a single point, but did find a number of advantages with the brushless motors that no one has mentioned. Also discovered a few disadvantages.
Congrats Grandpa on getting into BL and running on carpet! Enjoy it for what it is. I am sure eventually "voodoo" talk will enter the BL equation, if it is not already there. It will be interesting to see who rises to the top at TQ especially when traction comes way up during a weekend of TCS racing. It will be good experience for the locals who wish to go to the worlds.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:46 PM
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Anyone have a nice TT01 for sale? Looking for a nice roller for my sons first TCS race.
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Anyone have a nice TT01 for sale? Looking for a nice roller for my sons first TCS race.
I have a roller with full bearings, aluminum shaft, chassis stiffener(needed if you want sway bars), oil shocks, and adjustable steering turnbuckles.
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Originally Posted by OSherman
for some of us Tamiya is the most convenient option.. everything else is just too far.. i like the Tamiya track and casual atmosphere, people who enjoy racing Race-Replicas.

that being said, if i race this years series i do look forward to TQ.. a change, but i dont want to have to build a car just for that track. thats just silly for the casual racers that Tamiya seems to attract.
I guess the TamiyaTrackLocals will now understand a little what all the other TCS racers across the US deal with only having one TCS race at their "home track". I sure hope most of the Tamiya regulars that will run the January race will make that whopping one hour extra drive past Aliso Viejo to Chino to get to try something different and experience a great indoor carpet track and help support a track / shop that supports Tamiya. As DB already mentioned, you see a regular crowd of TA05's, TB03's, M05's, F104's, 416's and 417's at TQ raceway now.

Regarding building (or setting up) a car "just for that track" and "casual racing", I am sure there are already a lot of cars people run at the Tamiya track now that they do not run at any other track.
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Originally Posted by Granpa
Kevin, have no real objection to running a race at TQ. We've talked about the track on a number of occasions and I'm not questioning whether it's a suitable venue to have a Regional. Budgetary constraints I understand fully and certainly makes sense as the host track has to pick up the cost of running the event. I only ask ???? when the reasons given don't compute for me

Also, the ???? I had about what would happen if we were rained out in January was just that. Posed the question to Fred yesterday and was told it would be rescheduled if that happened. Question asked and answered.

With that being said, Max and I are planning to visit TQ over the X-mas break and do some testing. I've done quite a bit of running on carpet, but mainly with 55mm tires on my Minis. Look forward to the challenge of finding a good set up with the Spec tires. Hope some others will join us.
Grandpa - bring that TA05 I sold you along and I will help you with a set-up so you can run mini and GT-3 for the May regional.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Kevin CBR
I guess the TamiyaTrackLocals will now understand a little what all the other TCS racers across the US deal with only having one TCS race at their "home track". I sure hope most of the Tamiya regulars that will run the January race will make that whopping one hour extra drive past Aliso Viejo to Chino to get to try something different and experience a great indoor carpet track and help support a track / shop that supports Tamiya. As DB already mentioned, you see a regular crowd of TA05's, TB03's, M05's, F104's, 416's and 417's at TQ raceway now.

Regarding building (or setting up) a car "just for that track" and "casual racing", I am sure there are already a lot of cars people run at the Tamiya track now that they do not run at any other track.
if i wanted to race other places, i would have been doing so already.. luckily TQ isnt 'required'..
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:43 PM
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Everyone,

I am getting messages regarding ESC's. The messages are having to do with why not this or why not that.

The ESC list I have put together is mostly based on ESC's that can be purchased in the USA at your local hobby dealer (dealers in the USA). Some of the brands some of you are suggesting are ONLY available online and direct from Hong Kong or China.

The series is designed to promote Tamiya product in the USA. It's also designed to help stimulate sales for the generous host tracks and hobby stores that carry Tamiya product and the support equipment that goes with it.
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