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Old 05-14-2008, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Ray k
Sorry Chef, you can't take off on Sundays. There is the warmup on saturday, eating and drinking sat. night, than race on sunday. You will need sat. and sun. off. My horsepower ,my rules
I knew you would chime in on that Saturday subject.
What time does the warm up race start on Saturday?
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by punkboy
I'd like to thank everyone real quick for helping me out over the past week or so. The owner of our hobby shop (HobbyTown USA in Glen Burnie, MD) contacted Mike Brey of HobbyWorks in Laurel and they have worked things out to where we will be the host of this year's TCS race # 137 on July 13 2008.

We will be racing our regular points series on Saturday night, July 12 2008 as well as every Saturday leading up to that weekend. We will run a different layout for TCS to ensure fairness for everyone. Saturday night will be a good warm-up to test tire and setup combo's. We are willing to create new classes if needed and make room to accept anyone wishing to race TCS on Saturday the 12th. Last year we saw Doc and a few of his friends come out and play the night before, and we're looking forward to racing with all of you guys again this year!

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So the TCS race will be at Glen Burnie??? If so awesome !!!
Originally Posted by chef88
TCS at GB?
I will be there Sunday 7/13/08 to give & take lessons in MINI



You say GB , Glen Burnie ? where is this place you talk about !

Thats Good News Though These Guys Keeping = T C S = Going In Maryland , I Think is Maryland !? Me being from ]~Hopkinsville Kentucky ~in all !!!
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Road Racing took up a lot of my time and money but was worth every experience. Went from corner worker to driver and even taught at the SCCA schools at Riverside and Willow. Working the Long Beach GP back when it was real cars (you know, F1 ) was a blast. Guys like Villenuve (Gilles,not Jacque), Piquet, Senna, Mansell and Rosberg flying buy just a few feet away at well over 100 mph was a blast. Funniest memory was Keke Rosberg in the Formula Atlantic race (back when the Ralt RT-1 was the hot new chassis) driving an all pink car sponsored by some condom company. Here is my last ride before I retired 1:1 racing. I am thinking of doing some suspension work on the RX-7 to do auto crossing though. It's fun and much lighter on the pocket book. One thing that never changed from 1:1 to 1:10 scale, my cars always had blue and white in them.
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Old 05-14-2008, 07:16 PM
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Thanks Guys

Racing on Saturday night usually starts at 4. We normally have the track up by 1PM which gives the regular crowd 3 hours of practice, obviously. But, since I'm pretty confident that the turnout will be higher that evening, and we know we're going to be back bright and early the following day, I'll see if I can bump the start time up, and also make sure the track arrives earlier.

As far as preparing for this event, since this is our first... we've always sold Mini Coopers and done well with that class. But, we are looking into picking up a few kits here and there for the GT1, GT2, GT3 and spec classes. I'm sure the 416 is the car of choice for GT1, and I'd believe the TA05 is the car to have for the other two if I read things correctly. What are some other good options for kits? Also, I'm sure most will have bodies with them, but what are some bodies of choice for each class? For tires, I'm figuring A or B compounds for the sedans, and A compounds for the coopers. I'm assuming dish wheels are acceptable, or would most racers prefer a spoked type of rim? We want to make sure we are prepared for this event. The more info I can get now, the better.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:25 PM
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Would love to do some SCCA racing, but being 19 and in college equals 1/10 scale for now. I would love to get into spec miata...as I have been raised around british roadsters(miatas are close to MG's, but won't leak everything). Too bad my Accord coupe never came in a manual...I would love to take it out on a track. Nice Integra AaronR.
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Rick, despite your statements to the contrary, the TCS series is alive and well and thriving around the USA- yes, even in the DC area. We just got back from the Memphis event where there were over 140 entries...including ten or so from the DC/MD/VA racing community. Seems to me last year's Laurel race was also very well attended at 110+, with racers coming from as far away as the Carolinas, Wisconsin and New York. It's too bad that you decided not to show, as everyone seemed to be having a good time.

We all know about your problems locating option parts for your F103GT. I recall personally offering to sell you the new replacement parts you needed for what I paid for them. But by then you had decided to dump your Tamiya stuff, and frankly, I didn't understand it any better then than I do today. Trust me, at some point you will find it equally hard to find parts for whatever brand you run- it's simply part of the hobby. And to be honest, with today's global marketplace, I can find pretty much anything I want for any of my cars as long as I'm willing to pay for it and ship it here from overseas.

With regard to track venues and race dates for TCS, there's a lot more behind those decisions- on both the Tamiya and venure side- than you or I will ever truly understand. Suffice to say that over the past several years I (and several other people) have had personal conversations with both Richard and Tamiya trying to get them together & if it was going to be easy (or simple) it would already have happened. Not to say it won't happen in the future, but it's...complex.

Come on back, Rick. You may be crusty and a constant complainer, but we love ya.
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Sorry to hear that Rick. It was always fun racing with you.

IMO though, it's not about what Tamiya does for the track. A few door prizes would be nice, but I'm happy with just another reason to gather as many racers together and have fun.

So, .....whatcha sellin' that 103 for?
Everyone should be happy to hear that some one has stepped up and I do not have any Tamiya cars left Doc can you help out Mike with
a set-up for the F103GT?

Good luck one and all with the TCS.....
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Some video of the 1:1 school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elrAZOpXo08
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Thanks for sharing the videos and pictures of 1:1 experiences.

RC is a nice substitute, but if I could afford the 1:1, I know what I would be doing.

http://media.putfile.com/MSA-driving-school
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What Tamiya sedan tires\inserts work best on carpet?
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Originally Posted by raffaelli
Some video of the 1:1 school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elrAZOpXo08
Cool video clip. Looks like a fun drivers track. When I did the school in the SSA TR-8, I was gridded for the first 5 lap sprint race in 6th right behind a GT-1 Corvette. We had just over 30 cars in the pack and the nearest street car tired car after me was starting around row 10. We ran the "long course" at Riverside. 3.3 mile total length with a 1.1 mile back straight with a flat out kink. The TR-8 was hitting about 125mph before breaking for turn 9. I battled both sprint races with the GT-1 vette driven by the wife of a friend of mine. I would pass her going into the famous esses at Riverside and pull away only to get blown by each lap on the back straight. Another friend in a GP Spitfire started behing me in the first sprint and comlained tha back of the TR-8 was so high (well, it was street car) that they could not see over my car and knew the green had dropped when they saw the puff of black smoke from my exhaust. I ended up 4th in both sprint races and the next street tired car finished back around 18th or 20th. I think I scared a few of the production and GT cars around me who were on slicks when they heard my tires squealing in the corners but could not hear the car motor.

Waltrip 55 - Don't give up hope. I started racing while working full time and paying my way through college at night. IT was a good place to start for the cost. I built my RX-2 for about $ 3,000 and it was very competitive. There was a guy who had a $ 10,000 RX-4 but you will have that in any racing at any level. It was a great experience and since we were racing for checkered flags and bowling trophies (not to make enough $$ to put dinner on the table), I met a lot of great people. All us Mazda guys would help each other out whether you were local or out of region visiting. It was a lot like what I have experienced in the TCS series and why I enjoy Club Racing RC now.

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What Tamiya sedan tires\inserts work best on carpet?
People were using A's and B3's at the Seattle TCS race on carpet in the A-Mains so both worked. Now for inserts, there was a lot of different types used so that came down more to personal preference and driving style.
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Robbie,
I would stock S Grips for Mini too.
They seem to be the best all around tire.
4:00 pm start time is great, racing under the lights with out roasting in the sun.
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Originally Posted by Kevin CBR
Waltrip 55 - Don't give up hope. I started racing while working full time and paying my way through college at night. IT was a good place to start for the cost. I built my RX-2 for about $ 3,000 and it was very competitive. There was a guy who had a $ 10,000 RX-4 but you will have that in any racing at any level. It was a great experience and since we were racing for checkered flags and bowling trophies (not to make enough $$ to put dinner on the table), I met a lot of great people. All us Mazda guys would help each other out whether you were local or out of region visiting. It was a lot like what I have experienced in the TCS series and why I enjoy Club Racing RC now.
Sounds like a lot of fun...and if it is anything like the TCS series I should really enjoy it. Getting a miata set up shouldn't be too expensive, but I'm just saving and having a good time in r/c right now. I was thinking about doing some autocross with my accord coupe(6th gen v6 accord never came in manual)...would it be fine with an auto?
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Sounds like a lot of fun...and if it is anything like the TCS series I should really enjoy it. Getting a miata set up shouldn't be too expensive, but I'm just saving and having a good time in r/c right now. I was thinking about doing some autocross with my accord coupe(6th gen v6 accord never came in manual)...would it be fine with an auto?
Autocross is pretty much low speed parking lot tracks that you are lucky to touch 3rd gear. You should be fine to start with an auto. You just loose the effect of running higher RPM between gears. You may want to wind out in second but your transmission would have other ideas. The idea of autocross is to get you out in what you have. A good suspension is more important than horsepower and there is no subsitute to gain better driving skills than getting out and driving..... and driving......and driving.
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Originally Posted by Kevin CBR
Autocross is pretty much low speed parking lot tracks that you are lucky to touch 3rd gear. You should be fine to start with an auto. You just loose the effect of running higher RPM between gears. You may want to wind out in second but your transmission would have other ideas. The idea of autocross is to get you out in what you have. A good suspension is more important than horsepower and there is no subsitute to gain better driving skills than getting out and driving..... and driving......and driving.
I know the manual for my car says you can drive the auto "like a manual"...as I have P, R, D4, D3, 2, and 1 on my "shift gate". I do like to mess around with it, taking some back roads around my house. I would be able to wind up v-tec power to 6 grand Autocross really sounds more realistic for me right now Thanks for the help!
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F103's never die they comeback in a different flavor



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