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by gpraceman
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Race Schedules
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: Race Schedules

Please refer to this FAQ.
by gpraceman
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

The Dallas race went very smoothly, with 95 girl scouts racing. A flight museum is a really cool place to hold a race! After the race, we got a tour of their other hangers. Lots of vintage planes, including my favorite, a P-51 Mustang. They even have a Sherman tank and we got to climb down in it. So...
by gpraceman
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: infra red timers - why is the receiver on the bottom?
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: infra red timers - why is the receiver on the bottom?

madumi wrote:aaah, that makes sense... so, it would be one step better to paint that section of the track black also?
Absolutely

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by gpraceman
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: infra red timers - why is the receiver on the bottom?
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: infra red timers - why is the receiver on the bottom?

It is less likely that the light will bounce off the track, then bounce off the underside of the car and then blind the sensor to the passing of the car over it.
by gpraceman
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Interesting Race-Girl Scouts-Longish story. Laser Gate Issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Interesting Race-Girl Scouts-Longish story. Laser Gate Issues?

See my post regarding using a laser start sensor . The simple solution is to use a mechanical switch instead. Every Micro Wizard timer ships with one. If they cannot find it in their gear, they can order a replacement from MW pretty inexpensively. Obviously, they know there is a problem, so why not ...
by gpraceman
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

Speedster wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:47 pm
The young ladies of every one of these races are blessed because they have you. They will remember their Pinewood Derby forever.
I'm just one part of a very big team putting on these races.
by gpraceman
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

The winning car would likely be disappointing to most. Chicago was not the usual race. The GS Council used the race as an opportunity to reach out to disadvantaged girls. They had them all come to a couple of workshops to work on their cars. There they had a couple of carpenters that cut out the car...
by gpraceman
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

Whew, what a week. Atlanta, New Jersey and Detroit races are all done. I didn't get a chance to take many photos during the Detroit race, but the few I did are posted on the GrandPrix Software Central page. It was great to be able to meet Speedster and his wife in person.
by gpraceman
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

There's 3 of us as the regular crew. Myself and one other flies into each event and the other drives the trailer from city to city. We 3 do most of the setup, tear down and pack up of all the gear. We usually have at least 8 local volunteers that help out with everything. The Match Marketing Group c...
by gpraceman
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

How did the races go in Atlanta? Would you have a picture of the winning car? Unfortunately, at the end, I get very busy so I haven't been able to get many photos of the winners, much less their cars. Atlanta was another good race. A bit smaller of a crowd, but the most enthusiastic so far. I've po...
by gpraceman
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

pineisfine wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:29 pm
That's a pretty cool looking set-up...does anyone know the track and timer they are using?
Best Track track with a lift kit and a Champ timer.
by gpraceman
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

The start times do vary. I'll PM you the info.
by gpraceman
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

We are using two tracks from last years races. One is for racing on and the other is used as a test track during check-in. All the gear is packed up, loaded into a trailer and driven to the next race.
by gpraceman
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 39
Views: 1476

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

The Miami race was held on Sunday and went very well. I've got some photos posted to the GrandPrix Software Central Facebook page. Some I took and ones that the GS council had posted.
by gpraceman
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Auto-start gate for Freedom Track
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Auto-start gate for Freedom Track

Glenn indicated that he was going to come up with a mounting bracket for an ESS to a Freedom track, but I'm not sure if he ever did. My mounting was a bit difficult, since I chose to have the solenoid pull parallel to the track, instead of perpendicular. I had to modify the start switch bracket for ...