WHEN: Most Friday evenings. TIME:

30 April 2012

Gordo's 1/32 plastic anything goes handicap a success

The fourth Friday of the month at Ecurie is now officially 1/32 plastic anything goes for 2012 and is beginning to pick up momentum toward not only the mainstream Scalextric cars but all kinds of brands and hybrids. Brainchild of motor rally boffs Gordon and Tony, the committee has developed it in to a useful platform for all skills levels of drivers with all kinds of 1/32 plastic slot cars.

Umhlanga Model Flyers Club's Anton and Mike, along with Mike's missus Karen, were first time visitors this month. After some cajoling, Karen got in to the race action and also enjoyed the evening, along with the lads. We are also appreciative of their full time marshaling support for the evening! Anton had the benefit of a prior practice evening and put it to good use by finishing second to one of the club's older farts - so the format rewards novice and experienced folk alike. Anton and Mike reported having enjoyed the evening, at UMFC flying on Sunday as well.

Those looking for something a bit more speedy but light on the pocket for the handicap series need look no further than Tony's Revell Monogram Lola T70, which posted a remarkable 19 laps in qualifying, in pretty much out the box form. The excellent 19 laps was going to be tall order for all six lanes in the final but Tony still had fun breezing past us quite regularly. ;-)

Another highlight for the older hands was ex member Craig Wilson and daughter turning up out the blue, after the first qualifier. Despite a couple of decades away and zero practice, Craig achieved an excellent 16.5 laps and sixth place qualifier for the A main with just the one run, prompting the race controller to ask who this ringer was! ;-). Craig also then went on to achieve an excellent fifth overall for the evening. 

These pics courtesy of Anton - nice track full view!

Chairman Costa, Karen, Ashwin and Phil in practice action.

UMFC's Mike practicing on yellow, along with the other relative newbies.

The range of cars could hardly be more diverse!

Carrera orange Capri, Fly leaded Capri, Ninco Saleen (on Slotiit HRS), Scalextric LMP and Scalextric super-resistant!

Costa, Shane, Ayrton, Gordon and another newbie. Gordon carried the concept across from full size racing.

Dave supporting Scotland and servicing the controller wiper with comm drops.

Shane's blitz vinnig Scalextric Ford GT qualified very well.