gravitywerx mail-in series

georgeb Wednesday, 5/12/2010

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I want to have a full 10-event series with the folks at redlinederby but don't want to haul the track anywhere and have to do all the work. Even a 3-race event at some other location is a lot of work. I'm thinking about doing it here at home, maybe two races a week until all 10 are completed for a championship. It would include a time-trial qualification for starting grid position and posting of results after this and after every race plus photos and video. Talk to me, George


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georgeb 5/15/10

Due to the less than overwhelming interest in the Gravitywerx mail-in series, let me respond to my own post: Yes George, I would be interested in seeing how my car performs on a curvy track with nine other cars and not have to transport it anywhere and all for the price of postage. What is your address?

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markkaz 5/16/10

I have seen your video on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXhiuIdamVg

Do you have any pics or vids of your setup so that we can see the whole thing
in one shot?

Have you heard of Banger Racing? There are some fellas who LOVE Banger Racing!
You can post your vids here:

http://swiftysgarage.net/forum/7948/

I don't remember who built a downhill Banger Track.
I think that it was either CenterShock or Swifty. Anyway, here is their track. I'm pretty
sure that the guy operating the gate built the track.

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Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

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georgeb 5/16/10

I have some better video. How do you post an attachment? George

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JDC442 5/16/10

Yes George, I'd also be interested in seeing the whole track in one shot. From watching your video on youtube, it looks like some pretty intense no-holds-barred racing action.

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redlinederby 5/16/10
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I like the idea of lane-less downhill "banger racing" with the narrowed finish. That would be intense.

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markkaz 5/16/10

I have some better video. How do you post an attachment? George

It is probably easier to upload it to YouTube.

I don't see a way to upload the video via this new messageboard. With the old community, it had
a way to upload videos. I like YouTube anyway.

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georgeb 5/16/10

The vid is too short for Youtube, only 12 seconds, with no sound. It was taken with a camera, which is the only recording device I have besides the $10 clip-on webcam I used for the Youtube videos. I might take some more with that and slow it to half-speed with Windows Movie Maker. I also have the problem of no one to shoot footage while I operate the start gate or vise-versa. George

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markkaz 5/16/10

You can email the 12 second clip to me and I will post it. I thought that it would be much
longer based on the length of your other YouTube clips.

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georgeb 6/6/10

I am surprised and a little upset that no one in this community of diehard diecast enthusiasts is even remotely interested in participating in my proposed Gravitywerx mail-in series in which your car (and also family members') could participate in the most advanced form of diecast racing. And all for the price of postage (plus return postage if you want your car back). If someone doesn't contact me soon I will run a race with my own cars and upload it to Youtube. I was avoiding that to prevent giving away what cars work and what cars fail on this gnarly course. A completely different animal is required than on a drag strip. I thought someone would be curious. George

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slash288 6/6/10

So don't run a race with your best cars. I think these guys want to see how it runs first. Some promotional video might do you some good if you want to run this race so bad.

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JDC442 6/6/10

Yes, run some races, post some video and I'm sure you'll get some good responses

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georgeb 6/7/10

Several forum members responded to my final request for entries to a RDR-wide Gravitywerx event. They basicly said that participation in the unknown is not worth the cost of postage and I should use my own cars and run a sample event with pics and/or video. I guess I can scrape up enough motivation for a five or ten event series using my 20 year-old clunkers. Here's how it will work: Random starting position. Usually I do a complicated time-trial ritual that is an event in itself where each contestant gets only one timed run for a starting spot. If the car crashes and doesn't cross the finish, he has to wait until the next round of qualifying and will line up after any cars that made it, no matter how slow. I'll hand pick 20 cars, enough for two races at each event, an "A" and a "B", in which cars get the same amount of points for an equal finish with the suffix A or B being the tie-breaker to decide the line up for the next event. Sometimes cars are rewarded for performance, sometimes they are handicapped. They are rewarded for a fast time trial by starting position for the first race, but handicapped by a good finish by starting further back on the single-file grid in the next race. So the second A race will have the winner of the 1st A race in tenth position, the winner of the B race in 9th, second place of A in 8th etc. The 5th place finisher of the B race will sit on the pole. When they're are three or more classes it is slightly different. Enough for now. George


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