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by gpraceman
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track Mods
Replies: 22
Views: 3911

Re: Best Track Mods

Wow! I didn't realize each Girl Scout race held in all those different cities across the states used the same two tracks?! Did they ship them or drive them to each venue? I just envisioned two guys driving a U-Haul truck across the United States :rofl: Yes, same two tracks. One guy with a big Ford ...
by gpraceman
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track Mods
Replies: 22
Views: 3911

Re: Best Track Mods

Even if the track sections have a little sag on the long spans, it doesn't change from run to run so the times shouldn't really change either. ... I think the main things to work on to have a consistent track are the smoothness of the track joints, the leveling (in both directions), the start gate,...
by gpraceman
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Run Off with the Top 4 Cars
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Run Off with the Top 4 Cars

Here's the problem. I set up six databases, two for each group above. After the primary kids finish I take the top four cars and create a new database with just those four cars and do a run off with just those four cars to get 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place . I repeat that same procedure for the junior ki...
by gpraceman
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Software
Topic: Standard deviation help
Replies: 1
Views: 145

Re: Standard deviation help

Average times on a Best Track can vary depending on how you setup the track, especially leveling and the angle of the start section, as well as the level of competition that runs on the track. Standard Deviation is a measure of variation. A small standard deviation means less variation between runs,...
by gpraceman
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Powering timers with USB
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: Powering timers with USB

I like the idea. Your power converter link goes to a plug adapter.
by gpraceman
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Single Lane Start Lane Rotation
Replies: 3
Views: 181

Re: Single Lane Start Lane Rotation

Normal lane rotation schedules are slow and boring. Slow, because you are always waiting on cars to return from the finish line to be loaded back to the track. Boring, because racers pretty much face the same opponents over and over. Billy always beats Johnny. If you must do a Lane Rotation schedule...
by gpraceman
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Bluetooth Track timers
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Bluetooth Track timers

Cables = Dependable
Bluetooth = Occasional dropped communications

Maybe Bluetooth is more reliable these days, but when I tested a Serial to Bluetooth device a few years back, it would occasionally drop communications. You don't want that happening in the middle of running a heat.
by gpraceman
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Champ Timer Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 1185

Re: Champ Timer Issue

Last night I set up a derby using the Champ timer (had derbies on Tues & Weds as well without issue). Set things up as I always do to find the Champ giving the following code: "L L L L" followed by "1 2 3 4", followed by "_ _ _ _". I did find this entry in the manual for the Champ timer from the Be...
by gpraceman
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Trading Post
Topic: 2 Pinewood Derby Tracks For Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 153

2 Pinewood Derby Tracks For Sale

Not affiliated. Roanoke, VA area. One is a two lane Best Track and the other is a 2 lane wooden track.

https://roanoke.craigslist.org/tag/d/2- ... 01101.html
by gpraceman
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Slowest Car Award
Replies: 28
Views: 13259

Re: Slowest Car Award

older topic However this might be neat for best gas mileage trophy! https://www.trophyoutlet.com/new-car-show-gas-pump/?gclid=CjwKCAiAtorUBRBnEiwAfcp_YwE1cc8cq3jEqcupukTBfgJjkxpkEEu1BF6utdCmSSYycYDCCR5OehoCz-QQAvD_BwE That looks pretty cool. https://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-tih4rs/products/1742/image...
by gpraceman
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Slowest Car Award
Replies: 28
Views: 13259

Re: Slowest Car Award

I haven't seen anyone selling such an award. With 3D printing these days, if you could design a custom top piece, there are companies that will print it for you. Then of course, you can make the design available for the rest of us. ;)
by gpraceman
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: How to guide for spreadsheet
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: How to guide for spreadsheet

bobcatbrown520 wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:41 pm
So if I need a BYE lane would it look like

0 1 2 3
Yes, that is correct.
by gpraceman
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: 8 car boxed set's for Awana
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: 8 car boxed set's for Awana

Thanks for the info Randy! I never knew that Awana offered there Grand Prix Race Kits in boxed sets of 8 also! However I did note the plastic bags for distributing the cars were included in there 8 car boxed kit. Maybe that's why I have only seen there Grand Prix kits in plastic bags. Guess this so...
by gpraceman
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: 8 car boxed set's for Awana
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: 8 car boxed set's for Awana

I've been running Awana races for 18 years now and they've always had the 8 kit sets during that time.
by gpraceman
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: How to guide for spreadsheet
Replies: 8
Views: 328

Re: How to guide for spreadsheet

The specs are in the software's Help file. Simply put, the contents of your file can look like this 4 lane example, where each line is a heat: 1,2,3,4 2,3,4,1 3,4,1,2 4,1,2,3 For Versions 15 and below, those numbers must start at 1 and go up to the number of cars, with no number gaps. for Versions 1...