One of the racers from 3:16 came here to a $5000 bracket race earlier this year and I am going to try and make it back there sometime next year. People will come in and watch for a while, but it is mainly a competitor's sport and not so much of a spectator sport. But anyone is welcome to watch. The big one every year in January is the 1/25th Million bracket race. It was in Oklahoma City for 3 years and then it was held in Tennessee last year and this year and next year it is at NHRA Pro Stock racer Bo Butner's shop in southern Indiana. That race will pull in over 1000 cars and pay around $35,000 to the winner depending on the car count. Plus, there are warm up races during the week that has pretty good payouts also.I didn't even know this was a thing until I saw one at a shopping mall in Wichita, Kansas called 3:16 Slot Car Raceway.
Interesting pictures though! Cool to see and learn about something that I know virtually nothing about. Are there typically any spectators or are the only people there usually people who are racing? It might be cool to stop by and see it in action if that's a thing.
That plunger can is filled with Colman fuel and that is what we use to clean the traction glue off of the track. Some motors you can take apart and cut the com on the arm and change the brushes, springs and magnets. But some motors are sealed and you just throw them away.The craftsmanship on those cars is amazing. I have a couple of questions. What is the red cylinder with the black plunger thingy at the starting line? Number two, can you guys take the motors apart or are they sealed?
Some motors have an adjustable endbell that allows you to change the timing on the motor. Another way to change the timing is by twisting the com on the arm. A 38 degree arm will have more torque and a 48 degree arm will have more rpm on the top end. You want to get the right combination with gearing and timing to get the best performance out of a motor.The craftsmanship on those cars is amazing. I have a couple of questions. What is the red cylinder with the black plunger thingy at the starting line? Number two, can you guys take the motors apart or are they sealed?
are you limited on tire size?Some motors have an adjustable endbell that allows you to change the timing on the motor. Another way to change the timing is by twisting the com on the arm. A 38 degree arm will have more torque and a 48 degree arm will have more rpm on the top end. You want to get the right combination with gearing and timing to get the best performance out of a motor.
My phone pics doesn’t do justice to the cars. Some of the paint jobs on a lot of the cars are show car worthy paint jobs. There are some very nice looking Slotcars all across this Country.It's a pleasure to see what's happening with your racing. Really enjoying the pictures.
The Gambler bracket race on Wed has a 7-car limit and it is run in one day. But the main event race that has a 10-car limit is a 2-day race Fri and Sat. They run the first 2 rounds on Friday and then try to finish on Saturday. But if it gets too late, they will finish on Sunday. Another racer from my home track in California and myself are going together and we are staying there until Monday anyway, so if it doesn't finish until Sunday, it won't be a problem. He has never been to any of the NHRA race shops, so we are going to drive 100 miles north to Brownsburg IN on Monday and I'm going to take him to John Forces shop and a few others and introduce him to some of the crew guys and give him a behind the scenes tour. We will probably stay there a couple of days and I will take him by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and stop by a few IndyCar shops also. There are some pretty good eating spots around Indy that we will visit also. We have to kill some time because we are going to stop at a slot car track in Oklahoma City on the way back home to race on Friday and Saturday. It will be a little over a 2-week trip.DAMN! Sounds like a really busy day with 10 cars entered for the day. Hardly gives you time to set up the car and perhaps tune it a little better after each run. (Does it sound like I know what I'm talking about? I know zero about dog racing of any kind.)
Best of luck at all venues. Hope you smoke the competition.
I have had my share of lucky rounds to get those wins. I have a lot of work to do to get ready to go to Indiana. I have already started ordering parts to restock my race box with motors, gears, pinions, braid and tires. I'm pulling the motors out of my 7 dragsters so I can rebuild and label them so they can go back in the same car. I'm going to put new motors in and get some laps on them so I can get some numbers on them and then I will have to do the same thing with my back up motors. I want to have data on both motors for each car so that I have an idea what to dial if I have to change motors between rounds in a race. I just picked up another controller so now I will have 2 backups. I'm going to take it apart and shorten the trigger spring to get a little more trigger tension like my other 2 controllers have. I'm trying to keep myself from red lighting. I ordered 7 sets of new tires, and I will true some of the tires I have been running and I will send some of them out and get new ones mounted so I will have 2 sets for each car. I think I'm going to get a few of my funny cars and door cars ready and race them until it is time to go to Indiana because I don't want to wear out my dragster tires and motors after I get them ready for the million. But first I'm going to run the dragsters in the 3rd annual King of Speed dragster race next week at Buena Park Raceway. I won the first one and runnered up and semifinal in the 2nd one last year. Damn, I didn't work this hard before I retired.Nitro is on a roll