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Old 04-14-2006, 08:28 AM
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Default Four Lane Variation of Sebring

Hi guys,

There were some great layouts of Sebring posted a while back, which got me thinking about how cool it would be to set up a four lane version in our apartment.



This is more of a riff on Sebring, rather than an imitation of it. I may just add some crossovers to make life interesting. I'll post some pics when this gets built. Lane length varies from 58' to 66'.

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Old 04-14-2006, 08:53 AM
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Since Sebring is an airfield track that is incredibly wide the four lane concept is great.
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Old 04-15-2006, 09:48 AM
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Dr. Van,

You really are gonna make me come up there, aren't you? When do we race?


Great layout for the space.

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Old 04-16-2006, 12:07 PM
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Default sorta Sebring

Hi guys,

Thanks for the kind words. The race will be held April 29th: a Saturday night. I am thinking of doing 3 minute heats x 4 lanes = The 12 Minutes of Sebring! Check out our thread in the Club Corner for more info on the race.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:10 AM
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Dr Van,

Have you thought about making the Hair pin at the top wider to represent the final turn at Sebring? That way you don't take away the challenge and uniquesness of the bottom hair pin. You would only have to shorten the shorter of the 2 straights.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:29 AM
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Default Sebring

Hi Nikko,

That's a good idea. The problem is that the hairpin is at the entry of a hallway that leads to our front door and kitchen. The biggest challenge for the rug racing track designer is to leave room for people to walk around the circuit while maximizing the length of the track and making it a good driving challenge. I want people to be able to make it to the snacks and drinks safely.
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:24 PM
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Hi Nikko,

That's a good idea. The problem is that the hairpin is at the entry of a hallway that leads to our front door and kitchen. The biggest challenge for the rug racing track designer is to leave room for people to walk around the circuit while maximizing the length of the track and making it a good driving challenge. I want people to be able to make it to the snacks and drinks safely.
That's why the racing gods invented the Dunlop Bridge
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If God wanted racing safe, he would have made race cars out of foam rubber! You want snacks, you take your life in your hands and RUN!



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It's more about the trip to the fridge than the snack table.
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:54 AM
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Mmmm. Beer. OK. A pedestrian bridge is DEFINITELY in order.


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Just smoothing out a few kinks and making it more raceable.



Parts list here.
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Default Eco-Foam to the rescue

Hi guys,

My Sebring track has come and gone with another great night of BFOS racing action. A problem I had with the track was that there were a few places where borders were needed, yet nothing Scalextric made would fit those areas. Enter the Eco-Foam. This is carpet underpad available at Home Depot: only in Canada. I don't think you can get this product in the U.S.A. owing to the powerful carpet underpad lobby. I picked up a roll of about 50 sq. ft for less than $20 which is enough to do a hundred of the pieces shown here. Anyhow, have a look at some of the custom borders I was able to create with this product:

Scalextric hay bales were hot glued into place to prevent cars from hooking up on the rear supports of the guardrails.


Scalextric hay bales and NINCO catch fencing protect cars coming off of the shorter of the main straights.


I could have cut one of my R1 inner borders in half, but didn't want to. This worked great as the rear wheels would otherwise deslot the car when traversing what would otherwise be a gap in the track surface.


These borders are inside C8234 R2 half curves. Smoooth.


The reason I obsess about borders is that I hate it when an aspect of the track design causes the car to deslot. These bits made for some great racing.

Race ON!
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:33 AM
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This is carpet underpad available at Home Depot: only in Canada. I don't think you can get this product in the U.S.A. owing to the powerful carpet underpad lobby.
I knew about Big Oil, but I thought that Big Underpad was something else entirely.



Great idea, DV! We tend to use that foam core board and paint it the same color as the road surface. Lots of ways to skin this particular cat.
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Old 05-01-2006, 10:21 AM
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Yes but is this track as bumpy as Sebring? Great looking track.
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Hi guys,

There were some great layouts of Sebring posted a while back, which got me thinking about how cool it would be to set up a four lane version in our apartment.



This is more of a riff on Sebring, rather than an imitation of it. I may just add some crossovers to make life interesting. I'll post some pics when this gets built. Lane length varies from 58' to 66'.
Dr Vanski,

Is it Sebring International Raceway in Florida this is suppose to resemble?

Now I must say I have been to the 12 Hour race for 28 years straight, since 1979, and though I have walked around the track many times in an alcohol induced stuper it never looked this distorted.

I too have modeled race tracks after Sebring, before they downsized it through the years. I've done it with a four lane HO and more recently alayout for Zip Zaps. By the way, Zip Zaps and alcohol do not mix at all!

Does anyone here at this site go to this race? If so you may be familiar with that rowdy group over in the chicane that parties all night at the Party Barge known as the IMA. I am the DJ.
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