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AtlRC
2005.12.26, 02:02 PM
Mini scale racing has begun in the Atlanta Georgia area!

We are racing 1/28th scale (Mini-Z, I-Waver, X-Mods) and 1/18th scale. I have a custom built track and a Core lap counting system. We will be racing in my basement in Alpharetta (North Atlanta).

Track:

Currently the track dimensions are approx 20' X 12' and the lane width is 3'. The track and rails are made of EVA foam anti fatigue mats, and seem to offer good traction with the right tires. The track features rumble strips (the red and white borders around the corners) and grassy areas. I also have a TV hooked up to display race stats. If we can generate enough interest, I will eventually find an alternate location to race, and expand the track to up 30 to 40 feet by 15 to 20 (depending upon the available space).

Schedule:

I am planning on our next GTG on Saturday, Jan 7th. Door opens at 12:00 and racing starting at 3:00. Tentatively then, we will plan on running every other Sunday thereafter (and possible exchanging some Sundays with Saturdays). As we begin racing, we could always discuss a schedule that would be more accommodating for the majority of the racers... like possibly week nights. Also up for popular vote will be the race times.

Classes:

Initially, I'd like to start with only 3 classes; Novice and Open for 1/28th and Open for 1/18th. I want to have a novice class so that new and "novice" level drivers do not feel intimidated by the veterans. It will be recommended that this class be restricted to stock motors. However, exceptions may be made on a case by case basis; for example, a generation 1 X-Mod upgraded to a "mod" motor just so that it could keep up with a stock Mini-Z would be acceptable. This class is important for the growth of our hobby, so we want to try to keep it fun for the participants. I'm sure we'll modify our classes and rules as necessary as we continue to grow.

We had our first GTG Sunday, Dec 11th, and the turnout was pretty good for our first. We had 5 1/28th scales, and 4 1/18th's. The track's current lane width of 3 feet is pretty tight for 1/18ths, but I thought it was still fun. We ran some impromptu races with the lap counting system. I wanted to test the system and get a feel for what cars and racers to expect. At our next GTG, I plan on having a more structured event with qualifiers and mains. I'll set a start time and we will try to get through the races in an orderly fashion so people can get back to their regularly scheduled lives (if they want to that is). Or they can stay and play for a while if they want to!

If you are interested in joining us, please let me know by posting here. If you had been posting on TFB's website about our racing, please post here and let me know that you've found this thread. Unfortunately TFB removed our posts and I want to make sure we don't lose anybody who was interested. I plan on using this forum as the "official" place for us to chat about our racing (for now).

For my contact information and address for racing, click on my profile and e-mail me. I'll reply with the info.

Thanks and if you're in the area, I hope you can join us! :)

Shaun
2005.12.26, 08:11 PM
If you have a 1/28th or 1/18th come on out and have a great time. The CORE lap system gives accurate results and lap times for every race. This is something that allows you to see improvments in performance instantly. Great for beginners tracking their progress or that seasoned racer trying to squeeze an extra tenth off his lap times. A timing system really adds another dimension to racing.

Come on out and race!

bemoore
2005.12.26, 10:30 PM
I'll be there. I was able to make it to the Dec 11 GTG, and had a blast. The track and timing were first rate. I didn't have my own car yet then, but Santa brought me a Mini-Z, and now I'm ready to race my own. Anyone interested in mini RC racing the Atlanta area should come out.

AtlRC
2005.12.27, 10:34 AM
Glad to hear that you got the Mini-Z bemoore! I'm sure you'll enjoy it. See you on the 7th.

Here are a few current pictures. Our basement is under construction so we hope to finish out the rooms soon. I'll post a few more pictures from our last GTG as soon as I have some time.

http://www.atlrcmotorsports.com/images/trackwhole.jpg

http://www.atlrcmotorsports.com/images/trackrt.jpg

http://www.atlrcmotorsports.com/images/trackLeft.jpg

http://www.atlrcmotorsports.com/images/trackLeft02.jpg

http://www.atlrcmotorsports.com/images/trackshotf1-2.jpg

Lionblade
2005.12.27, 01:02 PM
Looks like you guys have a cool little spot. Hope it all takes off for you. :)

Allen1
2005.12.27, 01:36 PM
Nice track I am about an hour and a half from there i might could make a saturday race.

AtlRC
2005.12.27, 01:36 PM
Thanks Lionblade!

Shaun: So far, for the race on the 7th, about 6 1/28th scale drivers have said they will be there; me (Patrick), Wyat (my stepson), Chad, Billy (new Mini-Z), Jay (I think he's getting new Mini-Z), and you. There is another guy Andy who may make it too, he has a hopped up MR-01. I'm working on some others too. Hopefully FordGT40 and his son will be able to make it, but I haven't heard from him since our posts were removed from TFB.

FordGT40: You out there???

Andy: Did you find us here???

AtlRC
2005.12.27, 03:47 PM
Nice track I am about an hour and a half from there i might could make a saturday race.

Hi Allen1,

We hope you can join us sometime, that would be great! Where you located? What car(s) do you have?

I have a couple of MR-02's. One has a few hop-ups, the other is stock. I also have a completely stock F1 (the one in the picture above). I'd love to have a class for these too! Did you ever get an F1? (I looked through a few of your previous posts ;) ).

I also have an assortment of X-Mods (3 gen-1's and an Evolution)... although I haven't had much success with these as far as getting them rolling well enough to race and be competitive. I'd like to see someone with a good running X-Mod, I have heard they exist :rolleyes:

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.27, 06:57 PM
whats up fellas....im looking forward to coming up on the 7th to race again...had alot of fun last time hopefully some of the parts i ordered will be in by the time i get home from this job in ky so i can put my cars back together so i can race but i hope more show up this time and looking forward to it all once again even if i LOSE again

Shaun
2005.12.27, 09:01 PM
Chad - what parts are you waiting for? Remember to bring you charger! :)

atlRC - sounds good. ;)

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.27, 09:52 PM
Im waiting for some bearings for my car and 2 flexible ant., front alloy bulkhead and alloy wheels for my full mod mr-01 also where do i order that atomic body at i cant find it

Shaun
2005.12.27, 10:55 PM
Im waiting for some bearings for my car and 2 flexible ant., front alloy bulkhead and alloy wheels for my full mod mr-01 also where do i order that atomic body at i cant find it

Go to RC Mart. Good ol' Hong Kong.

In the Mini-Z section under Mini-Z MR-02 Body

Atomic VDS body for 98mm WB
$21.90 and it comes with white disc wheels.

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.27, 11:35 PM
ok cool thanx im about to go get one then

Allen1
2005.12.28, 05:57 PM
Hi Allen1,

We hope you can join us sometime, that would be great! Where you located? What car(s) do you have?

I have a couple of MR-02's. One has a few hop-ups, the other is stock. I also have a completely stock F1 (the one in the picture above). I'd love to have a class for these too! Did you ever get an F1? (I looked through a few of your previous posts ;) ).

I also have an assortment of X-Mods (3 gen-1's and an Evolution)... although I haven't had much success with these as far as getting them rolling well enough to race and be competitive. I'd like to see someone with a good running X-Mod, I have heard they exist :rolleyes:

I do have 1 F1, an 01, 02, a couple of overlands I burnt the board on the 02 I will have it repaired shortly I race with several guys on this site in Chattanooga

Shaun
2005.12.28, 06:09 PM
Allen, maybe you could bring some of the guys with you one Saturday?

Where are you located at?

pHREDD
2005.12.28, 07:53 PM
Hey AtlRC, nice looking setup. Shaun, I think we could round up a few racers to make the trip down to race.

Team Chattanooga VS. Team Atlanta?

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.28, 08:06 PM
I like those odds Atl vs Chatt....what does the track up there look like? i might come up there to race if you guys come here

pHREDD
2005.12.28, 08:18 PM
sounds like a plan....we have 2.5 wide L tracks that we change out about once a month. We usually have 7-9 people show up to race on Thursday nights. I dont think we have many track pictures on our web site yet but I will dig one up and post it here.

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.28, 08:20 PM
ok thanks....do you have any other pics of the other tracks you all run up there.....i see something about 10th scale electric TC?

pHREDD
2005.12.28, 08:33 PM
Here is a picture of one of our track setups

http://www2.propichosting.com/Images/450007886/12.JPG

We dont have a 1/10 touring car track setup. We just find a parking lot and setup some cones. This spring the rec center has gave us a spto of land to build a dirt track for 1/10 monster trucks and buggies. We are still growing our club here in Chattanooga and are hoping to form an aliance with other clubs in our area.

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.28, 08:39 PM
Looks good.....i have 3 mini-z mr-01, 2 xmods, a mrs4, 10th tc(electric and gas) 1/8th buggy, 1/10th scale buggy, and a f-1 10th scale would love to race them somewhere

CBlake187
2005.12.28, 08:47 PM
Hey guys I'm in for a little southern competition.I can make it with fred and allen and I'm sure todd will wanna come.Your track looks fun by the way.Be sure and check out chattanoogarc.com lotsa new pics coming.I run a slightly modified 02 mclaren .Good luck!

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.28, 08:52 PM
i have a stock z, a z with a xspeed and a few upgrades, and then i have one thats is all the way mod..with everything i could get to make it faster and handle..just nowhere to run that one :) and looking to get a f-1 if i could find one to buy

pHREDD
2005.12.28, 08:56 PM
I have a couple F1's and more mini-z's than I care to count. Some stock and some fet stacked.

JTrusley
2005.12.28, 09:35 PM
count me in for the ride to ATL

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.28, 10:03 PM
well lets all talk about this and set a date for the battle Atl vs Chatt.....sounds like it would be a blast

pHREDD
2005.12.28, 10:13 PM
Ok we can set up something. If AltRC wants to visit our site We can finish discussing it on there. MOst of our members will do it.

TruReaper(Chad)
2005.12.28, 10:17 PM
yeah lets see if we can get him on your site also

pHREDD
2005.12.28, 10:20 PM
we has a west coast Vs. east coast once and it was a blast.....Shaun joined us for that one

Shaun
2005.12.28, 10:20 PM
We plan to have a race on Jan 7th. We will work on getting more organized and come up with a smooth running race program. Once everything is running smoothly here in ATL we should plan on having a big organized race.

Should be fun!

pHREDD
2005.12.28, 10:26 PM
just let us know when your ready. we can host or come down. you know how to contact us.

AtlRC
2005.12.29, 03:04 PM
Thanks guys, glad you like our setup. Nice to hear from the Chattanooga people! I think it's a good idea for us to get together at both locations (Atlanta and Chattanooga)! Sounds like fun! Like Shaun said, we need to run a few more races here to get a bit more organized and get used to the lap counting system.

So shall we consider something like mid Feb / early March? That would give us 2 or 3 races here to get better organized. We could plan a big race on a Sat (or Sun?) here, then 2 weeks later, we come up there and I'll bring the lap counting system. If that sounds like a good time frame, I'll come up with a couple of dates that correspond to our "every other week" racing schedule and we'll start a thread here and on the Chattanooga site to get some feedback on days and times. Let me know what everyone else thinks. Of course anyone is welcome to come down here before then too!

I'm not sure how we could run a teams scenario? I guess you could just tally up the placements and average them for each team? You guys have any good ideas? How did you do it before?

I would also like to run an F1 class... I have one and pHREDD has some... aren't there a few more Chattanoogians with them? I'll have to start hopping mine up!

Sounds like fun!
-Patrick


FordGT40 -- Good to hear from you! Also check the screws holding down the steering servo and the servo saver screw (don't overtighten this as you won't have much "saver" left of the servo saver, but it shouldn't be loose). Well, you might as well check all the screws in the cars (if you haven't already). Let us know when you can make it, we look forward to meeting you and your son... (my son is hoping that another boy shows up too). Do you have more potential to make it on a Saturday or a Sunday? Hope to see you soon!

arch2b
2005.12.29, 03:37 PM
my gtg group has regional meetings with the pa group dorks on wheels about every 3 to 4 months. this seems to work well as it leaves enough room to make the trip worthwhile and still draw interest. seeing as it's a 2-3hr drive i don't think i could space it any closer and still get guys willing to make the drive. its hard enough for most of us with kids to make our bi-weeklt meetings

Dog boy Dave
2006.01.01, 11:08 AM
HEy Saun,
Thanks for the link. We are all Newbies down here in Tally and all my buddies have the x-mods. All we do so far is demoliton derbies in one of our garages with pvc laid down on a slick floor. But we get 5 to 10 people together at a time and I am hoping that the mini L track I have on order along with a test drive im my new AWD Ma10 will get some of them to take the next step. Never know in 6 months or so we might be up for a raod trip. Will keep an eye out on this thread. Good Luck
Dave

arch2b
2006.01.01, 11:19 AM
are you guys going to do the hfay points series? don't recall if you guys have a timing system or not?

AtlRC
2006.01.01, 02:22 PM
are you guys going to do the hfay points series? don't recall if you guys have a timing system or not?

Hi arch2b,

What is hfay points series? Is it even possible with the Core software to keep running points?

I have the Core system and I'm currently playing with setting up a race with qualifiers and everything. I have to say as a software developer for quite some time now, I'm not too fond of the Core software. Lot's of little bugs and the whole UI (user interface) is not very "intuitively obvious" (not real clear how to accomplish things). I don't doubt that it works fine for what it is, but I think it leaves a bit to be desired. I've also experienced a few crashes (where the program just vanishes). Thankfully these haven't occurred during a race, but we've only used is for one day of racing so far. Hardware seems to work fine. Have you had any issues (minor or major) with the software?

bemoore
2006.01.01, 07:46 PM
Don't you need an RCP track for HFAY?

arch2b
2006.01.01, 08:12 PM
thats right.... you guys have the custom track. it was either the track or core... i knew you had one or the other.

there is a forum section just for hfay in the events category

Mzfreak
2006.01.10, 08:50 PM
hey arch2b how come you dont get on aim anynore?

-andy-

Shaun
2006.01.10, 08:57 PM
Are you the same Andy that raced at Patrick's house on Saturday?

If so, you gonna come out on Sunday 1/22 for some more racing?

arch2b
2006.01.10, 09:16 PM
hey arch2b how come you dont get on aim anynore?

-andy-
little time for extended chats. you can imagine how many windows pop up when i log on.... wish i did have more time though as i enjoyed chatting with most everyone :p

Mzfreak
2006.01.12, 05:59 PM
Hey Shaun. Yeah it's the same Andy. Umm.. I don't if I can come yet. O yeah I was goint to ask you do you have an email address or aim?

Shaun
2006.01.12, 07:23 PM
Hey Shaun. Yeah it's the same Andy. Umm.. I don't if I can come yet. O yeah I was goint to ask you do you have an email address or aim?

Cool! I wasn't sure if it was you. What's happening?

Click on my name and choose send email.

theplanethobbys
2006.02.19, 08:52 AM
Hey, you are only 2 hrs. from me. Come see me too!
planet
Here is a link to my post.
here (http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20887)