Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AutoArt Porsche 997 GT3 RS (13211 & 13212)

AutoArt surprised me with a package a little while back: a pair of their new Porsche 997 GT3 RS road cars.




In terms of appearance, AutoArt has done a great job capturing the shape and details of this car:






While adding some nice details like the roll bar and working headlights and tail lights, AutoArt has taken the easy way out when it comes to the marker lights - using silver paint instead of coloured translucent plastic. This was probably done to keep the cost and complexity of this model within reason. Paint and finish on my test cars is very good.


Underneath, AutoArt has gone with a rear engined chassis which makes sense given that AutoArt seems to take pride in how their cars are modelled, and this is how Porsche chose to build the 1:1 version of this car. Laying out the drivetrain in a similar fashion to the prototype allows for a half tray interior and lots of interior detail while leaving room for the model's motor and drivetrain.


The metal spring guide contacts on my test cars required a bit of tweaking to get these cars running smoothly. The rear end on one of my cars was a little tight and also needed a bit of work to get the rear axle spinning freely. Out of the box, these cars are mag missiles. Ditch the traction magnets and add some weight up front and these cars become very interesting to drive to say the least - in a fun way. The semi-tray interior leaves lots of room for weight placement on the chassis. The rear engined powertrain makes for some slidey driving on my Scalextric Sport test track. If you're racing this Porsche against other AutoArt cars I'm sure it will be in the zone. I wouldn't choose this model for my weekly club racing, but AutoArt isn't pretending to take on the pro Porsche 997s from the likes of NSR, NINCO, and SCX. If you're into street cars then these models are a good choice.

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Goodspeed Race Report 6-30-2016


Mechanical failures were the theme of the 1:32 slot car races Thursday evening at Goodspeed.  Leads breaking free of guide shoes and motors, wheels departing axles and other disappointments contributed to a discouraging evening for some racers.  Yet the overall competitive spirit remained strong!  The less often run Daytona Prototype class race showed that many of the cars need further testing and tuning.  Racers competing included;n Bill Blett, Phil Carpenter, Brian Casterline, Cierra Casterline, Lonny Convis, Jack Dastoli, Doug Farlow, Harlan Jones, John Hansen, Leroy Heikes,  John Lacko, Keith Rosine, Craig Salisbury and Jerry Wofford.  Heats were 3-1/2 minutes long.  New lap records indicated by *


C9  Grand National Stock Cars 1960-1968         150 gram magnet limit                             Laps Per Lane 1 2 3 4

1. Brian, 73 laps, Monogram Plymouth GTX #99, 98 g. weight, 129 g. magnet, 22 KPH speed, Maxx Trac tires 19 17 18 19
2. Lonny, 71 laps, Monogram Ford Fairlane #29, 102 g. weight, 136 g. magnet, 27 KPH speed, Maxx Trac tires 18 19 18 16
3. John H., 70 laps, Monogram Ford Fairlane #29, 106 g. weight, 148 g. magnet, 31 KPH speed, Super tires 18 17 18 17
4. John L. 70 laps, Pioneer Dodge Charger #40, 106 g. weight, 149 g. magnet, 25 KPH speed, Super tires 17 19 18 17
5. Harlan, 69 laps, Monogram Ford Fairlane #34, 91 g. weight, 149 g. magnet, 32 KPH speed, Super tires 18 19 18 14
6. Doug, 64 laps, Monogram Ford Fairlane #115, 116 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, 26 KPH speed, Super tires 17 17 16 14
7. Jerry, 64 laps, Monogram Plymouth GTX #43, 105 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, 29 KPH speed, Super tires 15 16 17 16
8. Bill, 63 laps, Monogram Ford Fairlane #29, 109 g. weight, 149 g. magnet, 32 KPH speed, Super tires 16 16 16 15
9. Keith, 62 laps, Monogram Dodge Charger #6, 98 g. weight, 121 g. magnet, 28 KPH speed, Super tires 14 17 16 15
10. Phil, 62 laps, Monogram Ford Galaxie #21, 106 g. weight, 134 g. magnet, 29 KPH speed, Super tires 16 18 17 11
11. Jack, 58 laps, Scalextric Dodge Charger #4, 94 g. weight, 146 g. magnet, 28 KPH speed, Super tires  2 20 19 17
12. Cierra, 57 laps, Scalextric Dodge Charger #22, 91 g. weight, 138 g. magnet, 22 KPH speed, Quick Slick tires 11 15 17 14
13. Leroy, 57 laps, Monogram Ford Fairlane #22, 91 g. weight, 126 g. magnet, 27 KPH speed, Super tires 16 15 15  11
14. Craig, 54 laps, Monogram Ford Fairlane #29, 95 g. weight, 138 g. magnet, 28 KPH speed, Super tires 15 14 13 12
Fastest Laps Per Lane
#1 Lonny 10.609, Brian 10.887, Harlan 10.977, John L. 11.219, John H. 11.224, Jerry 11.525, Keith 11.771, Phil 11.791, Jack 11.828, Cierra 11.911, Doug 11.957, Craig 12.231, Leroy 12.321, Bill 12.586
#2 Lonny 10.378*, Jack 10.469, John L. 10.474, John H. 10.771, Harlan 10.805, Brian 10.951, Cierra 11.282, Keith 11,291, Phil 11.485, Craig 11.726, Doug 11.771, Jerry 11.870. Leroy 11.950, Bill 12.120
#3 Lonny 10.478, Jack 10.498, John L. 10.505, Harlan 10.778, Brian 10.935, John H. 10.966,  Keith 11.262, Cierra 11.318, Jerry 11.448, Phil 11.644, Doug 11.794, Bill 12.026, Leroy 12.437, Craig 12.843
#4 Brian 10.683, Jack 11.107, Lonny 11.135, John L. 11.210, John H. 11.686, Jerry 12.101, Keith 12.183, Harlan 12.507, Leroy 12.586, Bill 12.706, Doug 12.957, 
Cierra 13.002, Phil 13.530, Craig 13.617
 



C29 Daytona Prototypes 200 gram magnet limit Laps Per Lane 1 2 3 4

1. Brian, 91 laps, Sideways Riley MKXX #6, 71 g. weight, 177 g. magnet, 28 KPH speed, Super tires 23 23 22 23
2. Doug, 87 laps, Sideways Riley MKXX #91, 83 g. weight, 199 g. magnet, 31 KPH speed, Super tires 22 23 20 22
3. Lonny, 86 laps, Sideways Riley MKXX #61, 82 g. weight, 163 g. magnet, 31 KPH speed, Super tires 22 21 21 22
4. Harlan, 82 laps, Sideways Riley MKXX #60, 74 g. weight, 168 g. magnet, 28 KPH speed, Super tires 21 23 20 18
5. John H., 80 laps, Slot it Dallara #60, 78 g. weight, 168 g. magnet, 30 KPH speed, Super tires 20 21 20 19
6. Jerry, 80 laps, Slot it Dallara #77, 79 g. weight, 184 g. magnet, 27 KPH speed, Super tires 22 22 20 16
7. Bill, 73 laps, Sideways Riley MKXX #91, 78 g. weight, 155 g. magnet, 29 KPH speed. Slot it tires 19 19 17 18
8. Cierra, 72 laps, Sideways Riley MKXX #60, 73 g. weight, 182 g. magnet, 29 KPH speed, Super tires 18 19 18 17
9. John L., 72 laps, Sideways Riley MKXX #61, 83 g, weight, 170 g. magnet, 31 KPH, Super tires 19 20 18 15
10. Jack, 67 laps, Sideways Dallara #77, 80 g. weight, 164 g. magnet, 38 KPH, Super tires 20  6 21 20
11. Craig, 63 laps, Fly Riley MKXX #3, 91 g. weight, 171 g. magnet, 22 KPH, Super tires 20 20 20  3
12. Phil, 62 laps, Sideways MKXX #1, 76 g. weight, 101 g. magnet, 26 KPH, Super tires 19 16 18  9
13. Keith, 59 laps, Slot it Dallara #10, 75 g. weight, 175 g. magnet, 28 KPH, stock tires 18 19 17  5

Fastest Laps Per Lane
#1 Brian 8.655, Lonny 8.777, Harlan 8.876, John H. 9.004 Doug 9.225, Jerry 9.232, Jack 9.262, Bill 9.784, Craig 9.869, Keith 9.961, Cierra 10.324, John L. 10.390, Phil 10.776
#2 Harlan 8.441, Doug 8.533, Jerry 8.631, Lonny 8.663, Brian 8.737, Jack 9.024, John H. 9.203, Craig 9.275Cierra 9.426, John L. 9.561, Bill 9.617, Keith 9.826, Phil 11.618
#3 Lonny 8.606, Brian 8.656, Jack 8.666, Harlan 8.676, Jerry 8.788, Doug 8.954, John H. 9.258, Craig 9.471, Bill 9.582, John L. 9.738, Keith 9.773, Cierra 9.786, Phil 10.605
#4 Brian 8.817, Jerry 9.132, Lonny 9.149, Doug 9.184, John H. 9.339, Harlan 9.797, Jack 9.949, Cierra 10.718, Bill 10.838, John L. 11.077, Phil 12.295, Craig 14.483, Keith 16.301
 

Next Goodspeed Race  

Thursday July 7, track opens at 6 PM. Tech at 7 PM and racing immediately after.  Classes to be raced:

C16 Group 5 1978-1982 GT 175 g. magnet limit
 
Carrera; Alfa Romeo GTA Silhouette, Dekon Chevrolet Monza, Ferrari 512 BBi LM, Pantera, Porsche 935/78, VW Group 5 Kafer 
Fly; BMW 3.5 CSL, BMW M1, Ford Capri, Lancia Beta MC, Porsche 911 R, Porsche 934, Porsche 935 & 935 K3, Porsche 911 GT1 98 
Monogram; BMW 320 Turbo, Greenwood Corvette 
MRRC; Toyota GT Celica (18K motor)
Slotwings; Ferrari 512 BBi LM
Scalextric 1976 Torino
SRC: Lola T600 
C32 Scalextric Corvette L88 (Premier Series)  175 g. magnet limit.

Contact jalacko@aol.com for more information.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Friday Night Thunder" - May 2016

Everyone had a great time at B&E Slotsport's first "Friday Night Thunder" event of 2016 at the New Mid-America Raceway in Naperville. 

It was mad, major fun zipping around the Gerding tri-oval even though I eventually over-drove the car, crashed big time and had to limp home. It was serious and insane fun for a small coin investment and $100 to win was nothing to sneeze at.

Congrats to Dustin Senft for winning (Surviving the carnage?). 














1st- Dustin Senft, 2nd- Mike Mazur, 3rd - Neal Isler




























See you all next month - 6/17.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

B&E DLM "Friday Night Thunder" 2016 Racing Series














Races hosted at Mid-America Raceway and Hobbies, Naperville, IL.

$7 Entry Fee Per Race

7 pm Superstock Cars on the Lazy 8
8 pm Ponystock cars on the Flat track.
9 pm $100 TO WIN B&E spec DLM cars on the tri-oval


2 minutes on, 1.5 off, round robin race formats.
Draw chips for starting position on the oval.


Plaques for the top 3 of each race.


Each entry gets you raffle tickets towards $200 in B&E loot at the October Mid American Hardbody Nationals.


NO points towards the summer series, just bragging rights and a chance to win cold hard cash.


5 race dates for Friday night thunder 5/20, 6/17, 7/15, 8/19, 9/20


Check out the Mid American Hardbody slot car club page on Facebook for the series race dates.



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