Test Track?

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Test Track?

Post by DougD » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:23 am

I don't know if this has already been addressed before, so I apologize if it has...

I was wondering if there are places to go test run your car on a track? I'm not a wizard at woodworking or anything mechanical, so it would be nice to catch any problems with the car before the race. (Our derby is this Saturday)

Is there perhaps a website that might have a list of "public tracks"?

Thanks,

Doug D.



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Re: Test Track?

Post by Bulldog » Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:38 am

I've seen relatively cheap wooden test tracks on ebay. Nothing like a real derby track, but it should tell you if there is anything catastrophic going on. I've also seen plastic test tracks available at our scouting store.


Our pack has a 'pit night', (ours is this thursday), where they set up the track and the boys can take test runs. We also have a 'pit crew', with weights, graphite and dremels in hand to help the boys fine tune their cars. Perhaps you could convince your pack to adopt a similar tradition.



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Re: Test Track?

Post by Go Bubba Go » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:29 am

The other thing to do is to call around to some local hobby shops.

Ours locally don't set up a track (although I keep squeezin' 'em to do so), but kratev13 has a local place by him that sets one up for the season and lets the boys do test runs on it.

Just a thought.


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Re: Test Track?

Post by DERBYMAN » Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:38 pm

1/4 IN. plywood 6 to 8 ft X 4IN . 1 Wood lat . Glue on plywood . Put one end on brick and let it roll down



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Re: Test Track?

Post by DougD » Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:45 pm

DERBYMAN wrote:1/4 IN. plywood 6 to 8 ft X 4IN . 1 Wood lat . Glue on plywood . Put one end on brick and let it roll down
Thanks Derbyman... But I was hoping to find an option that wouldn't require further expense... Got a mortgage payment due... :(

Doug...



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