Track Building and BuyingBootleg Run Build Journal

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The hard build will start in July and it will be done in August....looking forward to this build and the potential of a true road course with dragstrip influence.

Just struck a deal I could live with....more vintage Redline track and accessories on the way....most importantly the two(2) dual lane high banked curves.....vintage 1969 baby!!!!

.....two most important sections secured!!!

Awesome, started rebuilding my track been gluing the brick paper onto the wood very time consuming.  I'll start a new thread about the Brickyard soon, thanks for the name.

You went with "The Brickyard"....I'm attached now!!

"The Brickyard" build should be pretty easy once I glue that damned paper on, was wondering where you found the transfer pieces though.  Trying to do it without velcro, might fab something out foam if those are too hard to find.

The Trestle Bridge is a known feature and now the two(2) 180 degree high bank turns, but being a road course there will be two(2) more road course type features which will be known during the reveal video. The track will be separate lanes like a dragstrip, so still a race to the finish line. The two(2) turns and other goodies are on there way from Illinois and should arrive next week. More info to come, not quite settled on the design...but close, then the hard build to make Bootleg Run a reality instead of an idea....hopefully an awesome road course that we can enjoy racing on. 

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Bootleg Run will have a Switchback with the two(2) turns 

Bootleg Run was never going to be a straight line, but the switchback does help keep more lineal.

The high bank turns for the switchback are in house, plus 40' more of vintage Redline track and something else I have to modify from original use, but it's an easy modification....all vintage 1969!!!

Bootleg Run won't use the center expander piece, those were for making a figure 8 back in the day and an oval without it.

Got the first summer vacation behind me and I'm back at the design phase, which is 95% decided upon...going to hit Home Depot for a few supplies this afternoon. I was going to custom build the start gate, but was so pleased with 3D botmakers on Tobacco Road that I'll purchase another 2 lane for Bootleg Run...more updates to come.

I have one section of Bootleg Run that will be adapted from it's 1969-70 usage and repurpoused for the road end had to be repaired, which was done today, and the other end needs some modification. I'll finish that up tomorrow, as the JB Quick will be allowed to set up overnight to ensure a quality repair.

Here is a photo of the repair...there are only about three (3)things from the 1969-70 Redline track sets that this could be...which will become known during the reveal video. The penny was/is a dexterity test for the repair and the new tab did not move downward...which is what we want.

Well if at first you don't succeed...try again. The attempt to attach a new tab just on the surface didn't came off when I gently tried to pull the track back off. So, since you could clearly see where the original tab was, I cut a pocket with my Dremel and a cutting disc and used super glue this time and believe we have a permanent repair this time.

The trick was not to compromise the actual track when cutting in the pocket for the new tab....operation was a success.

Bootleg Run will stage down 4 times, with the  4th and final stage being at ground level to the finish line. This is one of the reasons....well the main reason it was/is going to be a more complex build than Tobacco Road, but it's  nothing I can't fact it makes it more fun for me, which is what this is all and comradery.

Okay, I think it's time to transition to the hard build stage. I always have to see a project, no matter what it is in my minds eye before I can get down to the brass tacks of it. The original vision has been completely scrapped...8' drop to two 90deg turn sections then an up and over the trestle bridge section to the finish line...I can do better than that. This is the basic build without giving to much away...

5' drop to Stage 1, which will be 2' off the floor leading into Turn 1 of the switchback, then a 6" drop into Turn 2 on Stage 2, then another 6" drop to the Trestle Bridge section (Stage 3) then  a  1' drop to ground level (Stage 4) and race to the it's time to build a road course like no other.


The track flattens back out at 2' exiting the turn, which is where the 6" drop will begin down to Turn 2/Stage 2.

I will build braces underneath the track exiting the turns to support lane bounce or sagging allowed.

It looks like the width of Bootleg Run will be around 44" and length TBD.

The basic blueprint of Bootleg Run, it will stage down so the cars can keep momentum as they race to the finish at ground level.

Also crafted the other road course feature we are set to start the hard build in July.
The 1st road course feature will be on the drop from stage 1 to 2 and the 2nd will be on the drop from stage 2 to 3

Some notes moving forward...

Shout out to CC Rider, your Hollywood Road Race track is what got me thinking about a true 2 lane road course that the community could race on...thanks my diecast brother.

My youngest aka Speed Force Racing is already contemplating how to film Bootleg Run...she wants us to figure out a way she can be above the racing action and film it that way...because we can't film it the same way as Tobacco Road. We will come up with something.

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