Members should remember they are invited guests at the racing venues
and should behave accordingly. Offensive behaviour and/or
unsportsmanlike conduct is not appropriate.
Hosts will provide a 4 lane track, with a reliable electronic or
mechanical lap counting system. No other restrictions apply to the
type of track, power source or hand controls used. All lanes and hand
controls should, as far as is possible, have equal power/performance.
If you wish to host please talk to Stephen Farr-Jones aka "The
Benevolent Dictator" for help. The more tracks the merrier: we
have gone from one track in 2004 to eight tracks in 2006!!
Host will provide 4 loaner cars, each assigned to a specific lane for
the day. Drivers will have option of using these 4 cars in the lanes
assigned or using their own car. The goal of this rule is to minimize
the impact on the host in terms of car preparation while encouraging
people to have their own cars to race. Again we stress you do not have
to own a car to participate, there will always be 4 loaner cars
available but they will be assigned by lane so you might (i.e. likely)
be driving a different type of car in each heat if you do not have
your own. Loaner Cars can always be sourced from Stephen.
All racers will use the controllers provided by the host. The goal of
this rule is to provide all racers with equal equipment to make for
closer and cheaper racing.
To help as many people as possible to be able to get their own cars,
we have offered to help source cars for anyone in the club. As several
of the classes depend on cars no longer in production we will try to
find the car you want at either internet stores or other sources for
you. You will of course be paying for them but we won't add a fee.
Just talk to Stephen.
Rules and Regulations for Cars
1. If it is not written here it is not allowed. Please take this
VERY literally. If you have any doubt at all ask Stephen
2. The intent is that we race all cars in box standard form,
running the same type of motors, gears, wheels, tires, chassis',
guides and axles that it came with. All items can be replaced with the
manufacturer's identical OEM product unless specifically noted in
the class rules. Absolutely NO upgrades of these items, no exceptions.
Over the years each class has been allowed small changes from stock SO
read the Race Classes page very carefully.
3. You can:
· Sand your tires to make them truly round. You do not need to
retain the tire tread but there should be no holes in the tire. Just
remember your car will bottom out if you remove too much of the
· Glue your tires on the rims, however for most cars we race
this is really not needed as the engines are not strong enough.
· Add shims to remove excessive sideways or vertical movement
of your front axles and sideways movement of your rear axles.
· Replace plastic axle bearings with brass bearings. Note:
ball-race bearings of any sort are specifically not allowed.
· Glue in your motors, motor shafts, axles, lead wires,
bushings to reduce vibrations. You could use a reversible glue if you
want to avoid damage to car e.g. hot glue instead of superglue.
· Loosen body screws a 1/4 to 1/2 turn to encourage a little
body rocking. You cannot trim or shave the chassis in any way.
· Lubricate any moving parts such as gears, axle bearings,
guide posts etc.
use braid conditioner (such as Tiger Milk,
Parma PSE, Slick 7 Voodoo) on the braids. The sparingly comment is to
prevent lots of fluid on the tracks J
· Clean your tires. Don’t underestimate the amount of
extra grip available from doing this (and getting your tires true)
versus using silicon tires or the like. Good old-fashioned spit, and
tacky tape for removing lint are very effective. PPR Slots Super Tire
be used to clean the tires as well. No other fluids of any
sort may be used on tires, period, NO exceptions at all.
Specifically no type of "zero-grip" additive may be used on
the fronts e.g. nail-polish or superglue and no grip additive of any
sort may be used on the driving wheels - including lighter fuel,
glue's, wintergreen, rubber renewer, boiling or oiling the tires
in any way etc. etc.
· With consumables like wire, spacers, screws, eyelets, and
bushings you are free to replace as needed with whatever works for
you. Again, you cannot change bushings to ball-bearing types.
Vehicle liveries may be changed and vehicles, wheels etc.
may be painted as desired.
Windscreens and small parts such as mirrors and bumper bars
may be removed to prevent their loss or damage.
Totally new models will be eligible to race once we have
tested them relative to the cars in that class. We will try to do so
as soon as they come out.
For vehicles over 10 years old, where genuine replacement
parts in good order are not readily available, the use of
reproduction, custom manufactured or non original manufacturer parts
which are as near as possible original material, dimensions and
specifications may be used. See The Benevolent Dictator aka Stephen
for specific advice
8. If you choose (and you are definitely encouraged to do so) to use a
different resin or plastic body on a class approved chassis /
drive-train you need to complete the following 3 steps with The
Benevolent Dictator: a) check that the body is appropriate for the
class b) check what chassis you will use c) get pre-approval to move
the horizontal location of the front axle if you need to adjust the
wheelbase. This is the ONLY time you are allowed to modify any chassis
at all so please check with Stephen first.
Rules and Regulations for Racing Meets
2 people will volunteer at each race meet to support the host. The
roles will be assigned as follows:
Prepare track, controllers and loaner cars. Solve any tech
issues with these three during race day;
call the heats and document the results in the
spreadsheet. Be Race Director when RD is racing;
run the individual heats, decide on all Track
manage club; post and manage results; setup
heats pre-race; provide loaner cars in all classes and controllers for
host, if needed; make inappropriate and sarcastic comments because he
won’t be the Score Keeper or the Race Director in the future;
adjudicate if the rest of you cannot get your act together.
Between the 3 of them the Host, the Score Keeper and the Race Director
will make sure things go smoothly and on time. This responsibility
will be from the start of practice through to the end of the last
heat. To keep things moving we will have a few new rules
the new Gang of 3 (it is a Dictatorship after all) will enforce:
When the racer is called for their heat the racer will be ready
- end of discussion, the only exception involves blood, a lot of
it, like a river and it better be yours!
Practice immediately before each race heat will be limited to 1
½ min. max, and be more like 1 min, at Race
Director’s discretion. Basically check your car works and
you know the lane a little – which you should have tried
during the available pre-racing time. Race Director determines
when pre-heat practice starts and finishes. You can choose to do
other stuff during pre-heat practice and between the end of
pre-heat practice and the race start you can clean tires and
When called for your heat start, if your car doesn't work,
pick-up the lane’s loaner car, if that doesn’t work,
pick up the spare loaner, if that doesn’t work beg for a
car from another racer. If no one will lend you a car then you
are one lonely guy and you should pick up a beer instead!
Track calls: last meet was a bit over the top so here is the
Only the Race Director makes the call. Driver
and marshal’s can call attention to any issues
Ideally Track calls are only for true track and
controller related issues
Track should be called for inaccessible cars, as
determined by the Race Director
When we suspect controller and/or track problems, we
need to establish during race time that the
problem is the track and/or the controller, in which
case we re-run the heat. This is easiest done just by
putting a loaner car onto the offending lane. If it
works then it's the car and there is no track call.
If the loaner doesn't work then we abort the heat,
fix the problem and re-run the heat. If it’s the
car then refer to the first point above "when the
racer is called the racer will be ready" –
including their car
Car technical problems are not a Track call: pick up
the loaner or the spare loaner and put it on where your
Riders and any sort of crash for any reason is not a