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by bracketracer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track Mods
Replies: 23
Views: 5085

Re: Best Track Mods

If you can keep from removing the gate and switch from the track and do a good job leveling during set up, I think you'll see consistent times from venue to venue. I recommend removing the start switch any time the track is removed. Just mark the switch position under the track, so it can be reinst...
by bracketracer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track Mods
Replies: 23
Views: 5085

Re: Best Track Mods

It makes the track noticeably sturdier when you're wiping it down, but I can't say it made the track any more consistent. 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 did use aluminum angle stock for ...
by bracketracer
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Slowest Car Award
Replies: 28
Views: 14243

Re: Slowest Car Award

We use Crown Awards for our trophies also, for the design awards we used this one: https://www.crownawards.com/ALL.Sculptures.Kudos_Pinewood_Derby_Sculpture/CRKDPD.html?cgid=all&searchterm=Pinewood%20Derby# Our slowest single run of the day was awarded the "Pack 83 Safe Driver Award" this year. It w...
by bracketracer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: How to guide for spreadsheet
Replies: 8
Views: 731

Re: How to guide for spreadsheet

Do you mean creating a roster in a spreadsheet and then importing it into GPRM? Yes create in spreadsheet and import into gprm Sent from my LG-H810 using Tapatalk I may have misunderstood your question, but if you're importing a roster, the format you need is: (copied from the help menu in GPRM) "V...
by bracketracer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Aerodynamics ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1761

Re: Aerodynamics ?

Yes sir, I directed our pack to the video during our PWD informational meeting back in December. I thought he did a pretty good job of explaining the basics where a young person could understand. I also advised them to watch out for other videos on youtube that appear to be "how to's" but they are a...
by bracketracer
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Fastest Pinewood Derby Car Designs and Pinewood Derby Rules
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Fastest Pinewood Derby Car Designs and Pinewood Derby Rules

I can’t believe they’re still touting a quick start front as being a speed secret these days! I thought those went out of style when the spring loaded start gates came on the scene?
by bracketracer
Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Aerodynamics ?
Replies: 23
Views: 1761

Re: Aerodynamics ?

I think that the BSA doesn’t do enough to emphasize the STEM aspects of the PWD. They are focused on model building and sportsmanship. Not unimportant goals, but it seems they could do more with it? Not to derail the thread but if anyone has seen a curriculum that includes STEM concepts on PWD topic...
by bracketracer
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Software
Topic: Resetting timer
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Resetting timer

Randy, maybe they meant Newbold Timer?
by bracketracer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: moral/ethics dilemma
Replies: 11
Views: 1540

Re: moral/ethics dilemma

That looks awesome!

For the open class at our pack race I do as Speedster has suggested. Build it as fast as you want and declare yourself ineligible for an award. Easy to do with GPRM and you still get to race!
by bracketracer
Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 43
Views: 4328

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

I've never seen a BSA wheel that meets the "The wheel diameter may not be less than or greater than 1.25″. " rule. I wonder what kits they are using?
by bracketracer
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: wheel wax
Replies: 8
Views: 1548

Re: wheel wax

I never had any luck with it using oil, never tried it with graphite.
by bracketracer
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Transition for wooden track??
Replies: 3
Views: 938

Re: Transition for wooden track??

I built a track using the plans Randy referenced a few years ago. Only thing I didn't like about it was the start gate. It's hinged like a trap door so the start pins pull down instead of rotating forward. It really favors cars that sit higher. Since the track was already built, I decided to modify ...
by bracketracer
Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Tracks
Topic: Best Track Mods
Replies: 23
Views: 5085

Re: Best Track Mods

I had purchased BestTrack's leveling kit when I bought my track but I had to modify the kit to compensate for my uneven basement floor. There's a floor drain and the floor is sloped towards the drain so I had to add some extensions to the feet in the middle of the room. I made them about 6" long so ...
by bracketracer
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: The Big Day
Replies: 21
Views: 2606

Re: The Big Day

I had never seen it done this way, but all racers got four heats at random, each time in a different lane. Head-to-head races didn't matter so much as the computer system simply took all four heats and averaged out the times. The final results were based on the four-race average. Has anyone else ev...
by bracketracer
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Construction Workshops
Topic: Drilling angled Axles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1630

Re: Drilling angled Axles?

If the rules allow for an extended wheelbase, would they allow you to run a 5kids-style front axle holder up front? Short length of 3/16" Delrin rod inserted into the body and drilled at an angle for the axle. Turn the holder/axle assembly to set the drift. Could use a wood dowel if you think they m...