Have just sent Mack an email giving us two tracks in Chicagoland. Meadowdale and Schlottenhausen with possibly a couple more will join in. And having gotten a little feedback from Burt (the author) I'm sure he can join us at one or two. He's very enthused but also very busy at this time. I would love to ask him to judge the Concours but would save mooching prizes from him until he offers. I'm just sayin. It's more genuine when it comes from the heart. He's a sweet guy and we want to keep him that way. Besides, from his point of view, this little publicity can sell him more of his wonderful books. A win, win.
Red Mountain Raceway is a 52' +/- mdf wood track. Copper tape with power coming from a Pyramid PS 26KX unit. Laptimer 2000 with Mr Bugs USB hardware. Controllers are Difalco, with track power set @ 10 volts. Track cleaned every day...I know, kind of anal but..the desert is very dusty so I need to keep it very clean.
The layout has several short straight sections, none longer then 8'. A 7' sweeper, banked just 5 degrees on one end with all other corners flat. Not a real technical track but, a good rhythm track to drive.
Super Tires "Sillies" work good, urethane a notch down as is rubber.
I sure thought we had more volunteers to host races than this..(Seven counting the two Silverhelmet has..) But what the heck...
And Silverhelmet...good points about Burt's involvment. He take great pride in being known as "the worlds foremost ride mooch." I want his particaption, I want him to attend at least one of the events, and perhaps judge the Concours...but I do not want to be known as the 'foremost prize mooch.." Lou E has offered an autographed Levy book, Greenman62 is offering an Allard body kit..I am hoping to come up with money to buy a couple of prizes from "The Last Open Road" store...(I want some of the posters for myself...and I really want to convince Levy to make the Ferrari chile pepper emblem as a poster..)
But I would love to offer at least First prizes for all the races, plus the overall prize...but except for autographing books, and taking part in the Chicago area races, if I can possibly swing it, I don't want Burt to give us anything at all...that's not the point of this series. This is The Last Open Road slot racing proxy series, not the Last Open Road see-what-we-can-squeeze out of the author series...
If you would like a track in SoCal, mine is available:
The "era" is more 1960's than 1950's though:
It's MDF, with braid recessed about .005", 60 feet 3 inches in lap length, all 3 lanes the same length. Power is from a Pyramid PS26KX, so it is adjustable, but I normally run right at 12Volts. Pretty much any kind of tire works, but if the field is mixed I would run the silicones first then the urethanes as the urethanes leave some dust that will upset the silicones.
I have at least 20 guys who would jump at a chance to drive Proxy cars, from two different groups, so I could even run two completely separate rounds if needed, with different drivers.
My track is finished and would love to host another proxy(hosting a round of the World Touring Car Proxy) 82' routed 4-lane. Also have 5 or 6 regional winners and 2 national champions available as drivers Also just across the state from Flying Cow Raceway.
I've just gotten so bored with no activity about this proxy I just had to say Hi. I hope Mack will be pleased to know I have secured 4 tracks in the Chicagoland suburbs and intend to drive the competitors entries from one to another to save on postage. Even through snow if need be!
For sure two at least will have Mr. Levy in attendance.
I will post pictures of them and details of length etc as soon as I get all of them together. I still have one to photograph for the audience. You already know about Measdowdale in Elmhurst IL and can see pics on this SCI site in the track directory. Another is Schlottenhausen in Plainfield IL where many of us race monthly, which is a four lane Carrera track of over 35 feet easily. In Lombard IL we have The Nub, a three lane routed wood track of about 25 feet I think (gotta check when I get pics). And finally we have Paramount Ranch also in Elmhurst IL which is another 3 lane routed wood track.
We have some other tracks that wanted in, but they are, in my estimate, built for a much faster type of car than we're looking to produce. Too much LMP thing. Speed freaks!
These four are "Classic" like the cars in The Last Open Road.
I've just gotten so bored with no activity about this proxy
Nice work there Silverhelmet.
I have been tuning in daily looking for updates on a couple of proxy races actually.
I have my build underway.(XK 120)
The tracks you have lined up sound really nice and I approve of your criteria.
I am not entering this proxy to be fast or to try to win...rather because the era and cars have a style that is special.....special to me as I am a fifties child.
I hoping my car will look good and perform well.