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Bench Racing-general Model Car discussion topics / Re: Slick Track Karts
« Last post by Maineboy on July 27, 2021, 07:03:02 PM »
That's pretty cool. Just like when they raced on Daytona beach you had to get your car sideways some distance before the turn, same thing in this video. One guy was really good and worked his way right up through the pack just like in a real race car.

Did a little research and this indoor kart racing is popular in many spots. Most of the indoor ones are electric. One company spokesman said the electric carts could reach 45 mph when they have track room. Saw some tracks that were much bigger than this one. It appears the carts are the same so driver skill is truly worth a lot.

When I was in high school go kart racing became popular in our area. They used to set a course up on the local airport taxiway on a Sunday, lined with hay bales on the corners and grown men as well as kids raced them. One fellow had a kart with 2 McCulloch 2 stroke engines on it that could hit 70 mph on the straight runway. That is screaming 3 inches off the ground.

Any kind of vehicle racing that has all entrants using similar vehicles emphasizes driver skill. I think that could be fun to watch.
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Social Hall...NON MODEL CAR related discussion / Re: Covid shots
« Last post by pdaly28 on July 27, 2021, 05:24:52 PM »
no problems at all and am ready for a booster when needed.Thank God for this!
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Bench Racing-general Model Car discussion topics / Slick Track Karts
« Last post by David Bogard on July 27, 2021, 01:40:16 PM »
Now here's an example of what we probably should do with our dirt tracks. Let's slick them all up so that horsepower doesn't matter nearly as much as the driver. Maybe the costs would come down and we could have some real down-home racing again! Check out this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voVW-bK2jTw

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My wife and I used to breed and show American Quarter Horses in shows in northern New England and Maritime Canada, back in the late 80's and early 90's. We had horses qualified for the AQHA world show two different times. It was clear to us that just like in racing MONEY won in that arena too. Lots of teen agers, children of well to do families, had the best trainers, best horses and best equipment and won most of the time. When we could beat these people, with our backyard operation, it was a day of great joy. Did not happen often as money almost always carries the day in everything.

The current owner of Unity Raceway took the paving off the track with the idea of returning it to dirt. But I don't think there is enough public support to make it work. Ralph Nason, who owned that track for many years, said people have too many other things to do today and I think he is right.

MB
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The roots of racing absolutely has been lost forever. Same with most other things. Drag racing, land speed racing, baseball, county fairs, . . . . kite flying for crying out loud! Money and rules; rules and money; and eventually money rules.
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Bench Racing-general Model Car discussion topics / Re: Krylon metallic paint
« Last post by David Bogard on July 27, 2021, 08:09:02 AM »
Agree on the time aspect. Just got back from about 10 days in Georgia to see my youngest daughter and my four grandchildren. I could not prepare much beforehand because of some work projects so now that I am back, I'm w-a-y behind at work/ with my own grass mowing and spraying/ with my mother's house and that mowing and spraying/ and so on. Time never seems to be on my side these days.
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I think dirt track racing must have looked like this just about everywhere in the country it was found, at one time or another. Men started out racing with what they had available, which were ordinary cars no longer fit for the road.

It sure has grown from these early starts, and costs lots more money to do today. On one hand racing has grown as a professional operation, but on the other hand has lost a lot of the "family affair" it used to be. A lot of the small tracks have disappeared, as they have in Maine, no longer able to draw enough crowd to make it a financial success. Despite the increasing quality of the cars, mechanics and drivers, which are all good things. I can't help but feel that some part of it has been lost forever.

MB
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Bench Racing-general Model Car discussion topics / Re: Krylon metallic paint
« Last post by Maineboy on July 27, 2021, 07:38:40 AM »
Thanks for the responses.   I sprayed the paint on a larger flat plastic surface and it looks lots better on that. I painted some wheels with it before I experimented on something else and now have to take the paint off of them. I agree, the metal particles are too big for this to be used on something as small as a model car. The metal flakes tend to be way over obvious on small multi curved surfaces. I was blinded by the color shown on the cap of the can and thought of little else. Think I have found another paint, non-metallic that is very close to the same color. Sprayed that on a flat piece of plastic yesterday and like that much better.

Back to car building when I get the time. This year is crazy, adverse weather conditions in Maine have  messed up our hay mowing operations. Never know what I am going to be doing from one day to the next. Winter is better time for model building as I have way more spare time with darkness settling in at 4 instead of 9 at night. Don't get any evening time to work on the models this time of year.
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Bench Racing-general Model Car discussion topics / Re: Krylon metallic paint
« Last post by David Bogard on July 26, 2021, 12:56:29 PM »
Scale metallic only comes in scale hobby paints and even then the flakes can be too big at times. Glad you got it worked out!
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Trucks, trailer and Haulers / Re: Red Farmer 70's Hauler & Torino
« Last post by David Bogard on July 26, 2021, 12:54:35 PM »
Very nice work on the hauler Spotter. The body, paint and decal work are all extremely well done!
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