MARC 2021-2022 – Race 9

Holiday for the Slo-Cars!

Team Catfish G-Jets Triumph in both Sportsman and Pro;

Terry and JP Ascend the Top Steps in Open Weight

 

Dateline:  LenJet, April 9, 2022

The car classes chosen for what was intended to be the long-awaited 25th Anniversary of Cambridge’s Catfish International Speedway were instead contested in the wide open spaces of LenJet, for reasons of virology.

We are hoping that, come this September, the world health situation will be such that we can well and truly celebrate this milestone in the cozy confines of Catfish International.  Look for music, raffles, and lots of cool stuff that may have you making the trek.

Slo-Cars:  they’re a different thing.  Thanks to all who showed up to chase the checkered flag.

The MaxTrax Python was the course selected for the BSRT G-Jets, first race of the day.  Historic Can-Am bodies, with drivers and interiors, made this a little different, offered some additional visual interest.  Some extra rail, and an even surface made this an ideal layout to really push these cars.

Sportsman G-Jet Podium - Mike Tiffany 2nd, Terry Ayer 3rd, Hal Pierce 4th and Dave Muse 1st

In the Sportsman program, after much cajoling, haranguing, debate and pressure, Digital Dave Muse, with no running racecar, agreed (finally) to borrow Catfish Sr.’s backup G-Jet.  He then quickly proceeded to walk the race, taking the top step of the podium by nearly nine laps from Nitro Mike Tiffany.  At the conclusion, Dave was sporting a wide grin, almost in spite of himself.  Very, Very Good To See!

Terry Ayer was third, two laps behind Mike, and Hal Pierce was three behind Terry.  Bruce Olsen and Hakim Harris were there too, but decidedly, and uncharacteristically, off the pace on this day.  Hakim had also started out the day with a Team Catfish car, but it came down with a bad case of commutator-oiling on the starting grid, and was replaced with a car from another quarter.  8-)

Pro G-Jet Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, John Pileggi 3rd and Peter Lentros 4th

On the Pro side, Rob Hayes was out to “redress” the result of the previous MARC G-Jet race, in which one Ryan (Magneto) Archambault had bested him in his favorite class, on the Boomerang.  This unfortunate, nseemly history would not repeat itself on the day.  Hayes unveiled a long-wheelbase, McLaren M20-bodied machine that had the full measure of the field, taking it to a nearly six-lap win over Ryan.  Dr. John Pileggi finished four behind Ryan, and Peter Lentros, Tom Jahl, and an audibly frustrated Paul Ryer, completed the Pro field.

Our second race of the day, Open Weighted, was situated on the beloved Shamrock Glen, which, as you’ll notice, has only one in its name. 8-)

The Glen is truly beloved for all of the slower classes we race.  For my money, it is one of the very best courses that Mr. Brad Bowman has created in his storied career.

Open Weighted, or Open Weight, is not a diet program, nor is it the name of a smorgasbord.  Open Weight cars, are, in essence, HOPRA Spec Racer cars, sans traction magnets, and powered in a band of between 12 and 14 volts.  Big fun, and at speeds one can follow.

Sportsman Open Weight Podium - Terry Ayer 1st, Hakim Harris 2nd, Hal Pierce 3rd and Dave Muse 4th

We lost our most intrepid racer, Nitro Mike Tiffany, from the second program, so it was five Sportsmen that bellied up to the Glen.  Suddenly, and without warning, Tyco Terry Ayer keelhauled and butch-slapped the field, pulling steadily away, and taking top lap total on every lane in the process.  Impressive win, indeed.  So steady.  On rails.

Hakim Harris continued his meteoric rise, and return to prominence after a decade away from HO racing, posting race-best fastest laps on three of the lanes.  He finished with a strong second place, though 13 laps in arrears of the streaking (but not nakedly) Terry.  Hal Pierce was a mere two laps behind Hakim.  Dave Muse, falling back to earth a bit, was fourth, and Bruce Olsen, not showing this usual pace this day, rounded out the field.

Pro Open Weight Podium - John Pileggi 1st, Rob Hayes 2nd, Ryan Archambault 3rd and Paul Ryer 4th

Pro Open Weight.  About eight laps covered the top four finishers, and it was as fraught, and intense, as that would indicate.  Catfish Sr. looked strong early, totaling a race-best 63 on Yellow.  But after his sit-out, came back (on Red) to a now-greasy track.  And Viper Albino rears, for all of their wonderful properties, don’t like an oily surface.  So, Dr. John Pileggi, who had wisely chosen BSRT rubber (how bloody ironic), squeaked out a classy, half-lap victory over Rob!

Ryan had his usual astonishing car, and posted top total on the Red lane, but he was just a slight touch teetery on the other three, and came third.  Our beloved Club Director, Paul Ryer, had a much more typical (for him) showing in Open Weight, and was right there, just over a lap behind Ryan.  Peter Lentros, who has been more than a little preoccupied with his work life lately, was fifth, and Tom Jahl, steadily feeling this way back into the pack, was sixth.

So there you go.  A fine day with the slower cars.  We have one more 2021-2022 MARC date on the calendar, on May 14.  Which just happens to be National Chimichanga Day!  No, I made that up.  Those of you desperately hoping to see Peter Lentros and Paul Crosby in matching sombreros will just have to wait.  Maybe forever.

Our Sportsmen will be running Spec Racer on the one and only Purple Mile, and Super Stock on (wait for it) the Nuvolari!  And our Pros?  They will be smokin’ armatures and de-laminating tires, in CMPM on the Boomerang, and NEO on the Brystal Viper.

And then (and then) LenJet and MARC will be hosting the 47th Annual HOPRA Nationals, June 21-25.  Wow!  Five days of spectacle, sleeplessness, poor grammar, substandard hygiene, occasionally rude behavior, completely obsessive slot car building and possibly superhuman slot car driving, here in the gilded palace of HO racing.  Come one, come all, and bring your best self.  Right now, this is the Super Bowl.  You can sleep when you’re dead.

Submitted this day, by Your Obedient Servant,

Rob Hayes

 

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MARC 2021-2022 – Race 8

MARC 2021-2022 Season – Race Eight, Saturday March 26, 2022

Weather was not an issue this day, unlike the last race, and 20 racers made their way to LenJet to continue their prep for the upcoming HOPRA Nats. The crowd was equally split with ten Pros and ten Sportsmen. There were two additional MARC drivers on site this day, Rob Hayes and Paul Ryer, who chose to compete in the 1/24 Retro competition, being held concurrently on the Modelville Hobby side. With Paul unable to carry out his normal responsibilities of running the festivities, others of us pitched in to make things happen.

The first races of the day were Super Stock for all – Sportsmen on the Python and Pros on the Bear, with the races running concurrently.

Sportsman SS Podium - Tom Bussman 2nd, Hal Pierce 3rd and Terry Ayer 1st (Oh Jimmy Colligan 4th missing from phot0)

In the Sportsman Class on the Python, Hal Pierce pulled down the win with 355 laps. Tom Bussmann secured the second spot with 349 laps, followed by Terry Ayer in third with 346, and O’Jimmy Colligan in fourth with 325.

 

 

 

 

Pro SS Podium - Ryan Archambault 1st, Nick Kanan 2nd, John Pileggi 3rd and Tom Kanan 4th (at least the Pros know how to line up properly...)

On the Pro side, Ryan Archambault continued his winning ways, rolling up 374 laps on the Bear. After his opening 100 laps on the red lane, I thought a 400+ lap total was a strong possibility. Ryan was followed by Nick Kanan with 364, John Pileggi with 352, and (senior) Tom Kanan with 351.

Next came lunch with a nice variety of pizzas as usual, including Hawaiian. Following lunch, practice commenced for the second races of the day. The Sportsmen would run Modified on the Scorpion, and the Pros CMPM on the Boomerang.

 

Sportsman Modified Podium -Hakim Harris 1st, Hal Pierce 4th and Cody Pare 3rd (Wayne Wallace 2nd missing from photo)

The Sportsmen only practiced for approximately one hour and were then ready to race. Only five racers participated, so they decided to run just five of the Scorpion’s six lanes; the yellow lane was omitted. Hakim Harris, who raced with MARC several years ago, has made a reappearance as of late. It hasn’t taken him long to ascend the podium. Hakim convincingly won the Modified race with 488 laps, followed by veteran Wayne Wallace with 475. Cody Pare followed in third place with 462 laps, Hal Pierce in fourth with 424, and Terry Ayer in fifth with 408.

 

Pro CMPM Podium - Ryan Archambault 1st, Nick Kanan 2nd, John Pileggi 3rd and Tom Gray 4th

The Pros once again tried to figure out CMPM on the challenging Boomerang. The Sportsmen were done with their race before the Pros started, so Hakim joined the Pros to run CMPM. The finishing order for this race looked quite similar to the Super Stock race. Once again, Ryan showed us the way with 367 laps, making it a double win for the day! Nick finished second again with 353, John was third again with 335, and Tom Gray rounded out the podium with 322. Tom Kanan’s car was not cooperating, so he pulled it after 41 laps so as to not negatively impact the other drivers. This is a great example of unselfish sportsmanship.

Thanks to Ryan, Terry, and others who helped make the day a success.

The next MARC race is scheduled for April 9th, once again at LenJet. Thanks to Peter Lentros for providing such an awesome venue!

Okay, that’s it for now. I have to go put another coat of wax on my Super Stock bodies.

JP

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MARC 2021-2022 – March 12, 2022

MARC 2021-2022 Season – Race Six, Saturday March 12, 2022

Despite a threatening winter storm, 21 racers were in attendance for the March 12th race at LenJet. Eight out-of-town MAHOPRA racers were there to practice for the upcoming HOPRA Nats in June. One of the MAHOPRA guests had never been to LenJet and remarked, “It’s the Disney World of slot car racing”. Thanks to Peter Lentros for having such a great facility.

The original schedule had the Pros running Super Stock on the Bear and CMPM on the Boomerang. Sportsmen were to run Super Stock on the Champion and Spec Racers on the Purple Mile. However, since only six Sportsmen were running Spec Racers the race was moved to the smaller, and more easily marshaled, Champion. The Sportsman and Pro races were run concurrently, since folks were worried about getting home through the ugly weather that was on the way.

Pros battling it out on the Bear

Pros were on the Bear racecourse, running their Super Stocks. Roger Porcelli took the checkered flag with 386 laps. Taking second Rob Hayes with 356 laps, followed by Ryan Archambault with 353 laps, and in fourth it was Wayne Wallace with 352.

 

 

 

Sportsman SS Podium - Bob Zelano 4th, Jim Colligan 3rd, Terry Ayer 2nd and Cody Pare 1st

Sportsmen raced their Super Stocks on the Champion layout. Cody Pare set a blistering pace, racking up 335 laps for the win. He was followed by Terry Ayer with 320, Jim Colligan with 319, and in fourth it was Bob Zelano with 318.

 

 

 

Our traditional MARC pizza lunch came just on time once more, with many thanks to Rich for getting us fed and ready to race through the afternoon.

 

Pro CMPM Podium Roger Porcelli 1st, Jonathan Feliciano 2nd, Victor Feliciano 3rd and Paul Ryer 4th

After tuning up the CMPMs to find the optimum ride height for the Boomerang, the Pros took each other on. Again, Roger Porcelli finished first with an incredible 375 laps, Jonathan Feliciano was second with 348, Victor Feliciano took third with 339, and Paul Ryer was fourth with 331. Ryan Archambault had spent much of his setup time trying to control a car that had — unbeknownst to him — a double 37 wind in it! Wham!!!

 

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium -Cody Pare 1st, Terry Ayer 2nd, Jim Colligan 3rd and Hal Pierce 4th

Concurrently, the Sportsmen ran the Champion for the second time on this day; this time with Spec Racers. Thanks to Peter Lentros for helping out with marshaling duties. Cody Pare set the pace with 336 laps for the win. You may notice that this is one lap more than his Super Stock win. He was followed by Terry Ayer with 328 (eight more than SS), Jim Colligan with 323, and in fourth was Hal Pierce with 317.

Until next time race fans, keep the pin in the slot and the shiny side up.

 

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MARC 2021-2022 – February 12, 2022

Valentine’s Day Weekend 2022 

Super Stocks on Da Bear...

Lenjet had a great turnout for the February race with out-of-town racers attending from New Jersey, New York and beyond making a stop in prep for this year’s HOPRA Nats.

Up first …Super Stock on the TKO Bear - Would it be a Teddy Bear or a Grizzly?

Seventeen took to the TKO track with HOPRA super stock cars for practice to find the right setup and learn the track.  The track was fast but yet had enough surprises to keep the racers and Marshalls on high alert. In the round robin racing a combination of pros and sportsman raced together. We had a good variety of manufacturers represented with Gs, Vipers and Fusions in the mix.

After a good race finishing order for pro was Jonathan Feliciano 371 laps, second Ryan at 367, Wayne Wallace 358, Greg B 352, Victor 345, Brian 339, Peter 315, Tom Gray 314, Stez 311, Rob 310

In the sportsman rankings it was Cody Pare taking the win with 333, Terry 302, Tom Bussmann 299, Bruce 284, Hal 284, Hakim 287, Dave 194

Was the Bear tamed? Not completely.  Is it a teddy Bear? No …not that soft and easy. Grizzly? Probably more like a Panda …kind of adorable to look at but don’t piss it off!! It can and will kick your ass.

Next up was the MARC Sportsman running Modifieds on the brutal white Scorpion 6 lane track. This is a support class for the 2022 Nats open to sportsman and pros.  With that some of the pros asked if they could join the sportsman to get some track time. The sportsman agreed to let them run but would not change their finishing order. Thanks guys it made for some great racing.

Pro finishing order Jonathan 401, Victor 361, Wayne 341, Brian out early with 34

Sportsman Hakim with a great win (second overall) welcome back Hakim with 362, Cody 301, followed closely by Terry at 300, Hal 297, Rick 289, Bruce out early with 98.

After the Traditional pizza lunch 9 brave drop in neo racers took to the 6 lane Brystal Viper track (assisted by sportsman Bruce as a volunteer Marshall Thank you Bruce !!) as it was getting later in the day decision was made to limit the race from our usual 5 minutes per lane to 3.

It was apparent that the open track time some do the racers had taken advantage of Friday night to prep find setup and practice paid off. Race was a wild one with many racers having their share of problems and some not quite having the setup to get around the track as well as they would have liked. Taking down the top spot was long time MARC racer Rob Hayes with 424, second was a hard charging Jonathan narrowly missing a “triple” for the day with 422 laps, Victor 3rd 409, Greg B 4th 403, Tom Gray 392, Peter 384, Ryan 375, Brian 365, Tom Bussmann 294.

Quick shout out to everyone that helped keep the day moving, especially Dave Muse, Greg B and Terry thanks for helping setup and run races.

Bigger thanks to Peter for such a great place to race …and the new air filtration system not only keeping us healthy but keeping the tracks way cleaner than in the past.

Till next time… keep it in the slot

Ryan

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MARC 2021 – 2022 – December – LenJet Raceway

 

A December to Remember!

 

Ashland, Massachusetts, December 11, 2021 – Fifteen drivers showed up at LenJet for the December festivities.  The Kanans have become MARC regulars, now that Nick is continuing his studies in Massachusetts.  Bill Bonsma dropped in with his son William to see if he’s still got controller skills.  And the Usual Suspects were there for some Spec Racer on the Scorpion (everybody’s favorite…), Super Stock on the Champion for the Sportsmen, and CMPM on the Boomerang for the Pros.  As usual, there was a great day of racing in store for those in attendance.

Sportsman Spec Racer – Bruce Olson, a recent convert to the HO racing world was dialed in and drove consistently across all lanes.  I’m pretty sure this is Bruce’s first time on the top spot of the podium, but I think we’ll see him here more in the future.  Terry Ayer was 11 laps behind Bruce in third, and Bill Bonsma came from deep in the woods to land a few laps behind Terry for third.  Hal Pierce took the last podium spot.  Most of the Sportsmen were running fast laps in the 2.8 – 3.1 second just a few tenths off the pros.

 

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium. From left: Hal Pierce 4th, Bruce Olson 1st, Terry Ayer 2nd, and Bill Bonsma 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sportsman Results – Spec Racer

Position

Driver

Red

White

Green

Orange

Blue

Yellow

Total

 Avg

1

Bruce Olson

75

80

80

86

87

80

488

81.3

2

Terry Ayer

67

79

84

90

82

77

479

79.8

3

Bill Bonsma

65

85

75

89

79

80

473

78.8

4

Hal Pierce

68

74

86

86

79

74

467

77.8

5

Cody Pare

80

83

86

74

48

80

451

75.2

6

Dave Muse

54

67

51

72

72

62

378

63

7

William Bonsma

50

56

78

63

71

51

369

61.5

Pro Spec Racer – Tom Kanan made his drive from NY worth the trip, taking the top spot by 14 laps.  Pretty good, considering he had Dr. Pileggi, Nick the Quick, and Ryan chasing him!  Nick and Ryan finished on the same lap!  These guys created a big gap to the rest of the field.  Fast lap times were in the 2.5 to 3.0 second range.

 

Pro Spec Racer Podium - Ryan Archambault 4th, Nick Kanan 3rd, John Pileggi 2nd and Tom Kanan 1st

 

 

Pro Results – Spec Racer

Position

Driver

Red

White

Green

Orange

Blue

Yellow

Total

 Avg

1

Tom Kanan

78

99

96

105

99

99

576

96

2

John Pileggi

88

99

95

94

91

95

562

93.7

3

Nick Kanan

84

92

93

95

100

96

560

93.3

4

Ryan Archambault

83

96

103

104

91

83

560

93.3

5

Tom Gray

79

94

91

98

95

84

541

90.2

6

Peter Lentros

79

84

93

97

92

79

524

87.3

7

Paul Ryer

72

86

68

97

93

79

495

82.5

8

Jim Macartney

81

72

81

84

72

71

461

76.8

 

Car Setups

Sportsman

  First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
Driver: Bruce Olson Terry Ayer Bill Bonsma Hal Pierce
Chassis: Viper Viper Thundercat T3 Viper
Armature: Wizzard Wizzard OnSlot Viper
Front Tire Size: .334 .346 .358 ,342
Rear Tire Brand/Size: Viper Albino .428 Viper Rock .432 .462 .432
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/23 7/23 7/23 7/23

Pro

Driver: Tom Kanan John Pileggi Nick Kanan Ryan Archambault
Chassis: Viper Medium Fusion Endbell Fusion Stiff Viper Medium
Armature: RPMS BSRT RPMS Harden Creek O timed
Front Tire Size: .330 .334/.336 .314 .342
Rear Tire Brand/Size: .426 Super Tire B .426 BSRT .420 Viper Albino .432 BSRT
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/23 7/23 7/23 7/23

As usual, Modelville’s Rich Payne was on top of things and made sure pizza arrived to fuel our afternoon of practice and racing. The Sportsmen headed to the Champion to get ready for Super Stock, and the Pros headed to the Boomerang for CMPM

Sportsman Super Stock - Looking at the lap times it’s pretty clear who dominated the race, as there was only one driver with fast laps under 3 seconds. Cody Pare finished atop the podium with 351 laps, 47 laps (!) ahead of Terry Ayer in second. Father Rick Pare channeled some of that Cody Magic to take third.  Bill (Deep Woods) Bonsma got his second podium of the day, finishing in fourth.

 

Sportsman Super Stock Podium. From left, Rick Pare 3rd, Cody Pare 1st, Terry Ayer 2nd, and Bill Bonsma 4th.

 

 

 

 

Sportsman Results

Position

Driver

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

 Avg

1

Cody Pare

85

86

92

88

351

87.8

2

Terry Ayer

78

74

80

72

304

76

3

Rick Pare

77

78

75

71

301

75.2

4

Bill Bonsma

69

80

79

73

301

75.2

5

Hal Pierce

75

78

75

71

299

74.8

6

Bruce Olson

76

79

70

69

294

73.5

7

Dave Muse

64

72

69

67

272

68

8

William Bonsma

65

65

67

58

255

63.8

Car Setups

Sportsman

  First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
Driver: Cody Pare Terry Ayer Rick Pare Bill Bonsma
Chassis: Viper Viper Viper Viper
Armature: Viper Wizzard Viper Viper
Front Tire Size: .336 .322 .336 .334
Rear Tire Brand/Size: .426 .420 .426 .420
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/21 7/21 7/21 7/21

 

 Pro CMPM – CMPM is a blast on the big ol’ Boomerang.  Lots of speed and some big sweeping corners, but some tight corners as well, forcing you to stay on top of the car.  Nick The Quick lived up to his nickname, taking down the win with Ryan chasing him for second.  John Pileggi took the third spot and Peter Lentros rounded out the podium.  Fast laps were right around 3 seconds.

 

Pro CMPM Podium: From left, Peter Lentros 4th, Dr. John Pileggi 3rd, Ryan Archambault 2nd, and Nick Kanan 1st.

 

 

 

 

Pro Results

Position

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

 Avg

1

Nick Kanan

87

92

92

81

352

88

2

Ryan Archambault

71

86

93

90

340

85

3

John Pileggi

83

87

84

79

333

83.2

4

Peter Lentros

73

85

86

80

324

81

5

Tom Gray

76

80

87

79

322

80.5

6

Paul Ryer

79

79

83

79

320

80

7

Tom Kanan

77

73

82

74

306

76.5

8

Jim Macartney

65

76

82

74

297

74.2

 

Car Setups

Pro

Driver: Nick Kanan Ryan Archambault John Pileggi Peter Lentros
Chassis: Viper Stiff Viper Med w/T+ bulkhead G3RS G3R Medium
Armature: BSRT 36.5 BSRT 35 BSRT 35 BSRT 37
Front Tire Size: .332 .346 .330/.328 .344
Rear Tire Brand/Size: .430 Gator 2 .442 Quicker CMPM Shepherd .438 Quicker CMPM .436
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/24 7/22 7/23 7/22

As always, fast, close racing.  Many thanks to all who made it possible, and most especially Peter Lentros. See you in February back at LenJet.  We’ll have Super Stock on the Bear, the Sportsmen will run Modified on the Scorpion, and the Pros will run Neo on the Viper.  Hope to see you there!

The race report faithfully submitted this day,

January 22, 2022

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant At Arms

 

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LenJet 11/13/21

Archambault Wins Two in Pro; Bussmann and Pare Split in Sportsman!

Ashland Massachusetts, November 13, 2021 – In spite of an ominous weather

Racing on the Boomerang

forecast, 18 intrepid racers showed up at Lenjet with racing on their minds. As it turned out the weather was of no consequence, ending before we did. A good thing too because it sure did rain (We had to turn the sound up on the computer because the rain on the steel roof of LenJet was so loud)!

Sportsman Open Weight -It was obvious early on that Tom Bussmann was going to set the pace on the smooth, flowing Champion. Several other drivers

Open Weight Sportsman Podium - Cody Pare 3rd, Tom Bussmann 1st, Terry Ayer 2nd and Bruce Olson 4th

showed good pace though and it looked to be an interesting race (Fast laps were just under 4.5 seconds). Mr. Bussmann promptly scampered into the lead early on, winning the first three heats handily. Only in yellow did he slip, recording one less lap than Terry Ayer who finished in second place overall. Cody Pare in third and Bruce Olson in fourth rounded out the podium.

Sportsman Results
Position Driver Red White Blue Yellow Total  Avg
1 Tom Bussmann 60 62 62 57 241.02 60.2
2 Terry Ayer 57 59 59 58 233.39 58.2
3 Cody Pare 57 53 62 59 231.35 57.8
4 Bruce Olson 54 56 57 51 218.21 54.5
5 Hal Pierce 52 56 58 48 214.53 53.5
6 Mike Tiffany 49 54 54 51 208.49 52
7 Jim Colligan 53 50 52 52 207.33 51.8
8 John Shortsleves 48 51 47 50 196.22 49
9 Dave Muse 46 45 48 44 183.20 45.8

Pro Open Weight -Nobody seemed to have a clear advantage in practice, and it became

Open Weight Pro Podium - Paul Ryer 4th, Ryan Archambault 1st, Peter Lentros 3rd and John Pileggi 2nd

clear that this race was going to be decided on setup and consistency. Both Peter Lentros and Paul Ryer recorded some pretty amazing laps – Ryer ran a 3.643 in gutter red and Lentros managed a 3.518 in blue (Those might have been riders.  Fast laps overall were right around 4 seconds). In the end though, nobody could match the pace of Ryan Archambault who finished in first with 265 laps, followed by John Pileggi with 253 laps. Peter Lentros in third and Paul Ryer in fourth completed the podium.

Pro Results
Position Driver Red White Blue Yellow Total  Avg
1 Ryan Archambault 67 70 66 62 265.21 66.2
3 Peter Lentros 62 65 65 61 253.49 63.2
2 John Pileggi 62 66 63 62 253.44 63.2
4 Paul Ryer 65 60 62 65 252.22 63
5 Tom Gray 58 58 61 57 234.08 58.5
6 Jim Macartney 54 56 57 54 221.55 55.2
7 Tom Jahl 52 52 57 56 217.11 54.2
8 Tom Kanan 48 50 56 53 207.33 51.8
9 Nick Kanan 51 53 51 51 206.42 51.5

Car Setups – Open Weight

Sportsman

First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
Driver: Tom Bussmann Terry Ayer Cody Pare Bruce Olson
Chassis: Viper Flex Viper G3RS Flex Viper
Armature: BSRT Wizzard BSRT 7 ohm Viper
Front Tire Size: .330 .328 .340 .332
Rear Tire Brand/Size: Viper .420 Viper .420 BSRT .428 Viper .416
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/21 7/21 7/20 7/23

Pro

Driver: Ryan Archambault Peter Lentros John Pileggi Paul Ryer
Chassis: G3RS G3RS G3RS Viper Medium
Armature: HOST
Front Tire Size: .336 .334 .332 .328
Rear Tire Brand/Size: Viper Black Medium .418 Viper Pink .418 Super Tires Orange .414 Viper Pink .420
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/23 Viper 7/21 RPM 7/23 Viper 7/20 BSRT

As usual, Modelville Hobby’s Rich Payne was on top of things and made sure pizza arrived to fuel the afternoon of practice and racing. Everybody moved over to the Boomerang to get their setup for Spec Racer.

Sports Racer Sportsman Podium - Cody Pare 1st, Tom Bussmann 3rd, Terry Ayer 2nd and Hal Pierce 4th

Sportsman Spec Racer - Looking at the lap times it’s pretty clear who dominated the race (Fast laps were just under 4 seconds). Cody Pare finished atop the podium with 262 laps, 15 laps ahead of Terry Ayer with 247. Third and fourth place went to Tom Bussmann and Hal Pierce.

Sportsman Results

Position

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

 Avg

1

Cody Pare

65

65

70

62

262.63

65.5

2

Terry Ayer

61

62

60

64

247.23

61.8

3

Tom Bussmann

59

61

62

59

241.33

60.2

4

Hal Pierce

54

60

62

62

238.37

59.5

5

Mike Tiffany

57

61

61

58

237.04

59.2

6

Dave Muse

58

59

53

59

229.09

57.2

7

Bruce Olson

58

56

53

61

228.60

58.5

Pro Spec Racer -Second Pro race of the day and the same circumstances cropped up-

Sports Racer Pro Podium - John Pilegg1 4th, Peter Lentros 3rd, Tom Kanan 2nd and Ryan Archambault 1st

you better have the setup and you’d better be consistent (Fast laps were just over 3.5 seconds). Nobody recognized that better than Ryan Archambalt who recorded 303 laps on his way to victory. MAHOPRA’S Tom Kanan recorded 296 laps, Peter Lentros took third with 284 laps and John Pileggi finished fourth with 283. Close race there.

Pro Results

Position

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

 Avg

1

Ryan Archambault

75

78

77

73

303.44

75.8

2

Tom Kanan

68

80

77

71

296.13

74.0

3

Peter Lentros

66

76

72

70

284.07

71.0

4

John Pileggi

71

71

72

69

283.30

70.8

5

Nick Kanan

68

75

70

68

281..46

70.2

6

Paul Ryer

67

68

72

66

273.02

68.2

7

Jim Macartney

62

69

73

67

271.29

67.8

8

Tom Gray

60

71

68

67

266.36

66.5

9

Tom Jahl

61

60

57

62

240.13

60.0

Car Setups – Spec Racer

Sportsman

First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
Driver: Cody Pare Terry Ayer Tom Bussmann Hal Pierce
Chassis: Viper Viper Viper Viper
Armature: Viper Wizzard Viper Wizzard
Front Tire Size: .330 .340 .340 .334
Rear Tire Brand/Size: .430 .422 Firm Super Tire .420 .420 BSRT
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/23 7/23 7/23 7/23

Pro

Driver: Ryan Archambault Tom Kanan Peter Lentros John Pileggi
Chassis: Fusion Medium G3RS Viper Medium Viper
Armature: Wizzard RPMS RPMS BSRT
Front Tire Size: .326 .326 .336 .332
Rear Tire Brand/Size: Molter .416 Blue Viper Black .426 Viper Albino .418 Super Tire Gray .422
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7 Jag/23 Quicker 7 Jag/23 RPMS 7 Jag /23 Viper 7 BSRT/23 Viper

As always, fast close racing.  Many thanks to all who made it possible and especially Peter Lentros. See you next month back at LenJet.  The host is Peter Lentros and we will be racing Spec Racer on the Scorpion.  Sportsman will then run Super Stock on the Champion and the Pros will be racing CMPM on the Viper.  Hope to see you there!

The race report as recorded this day, November 20, 2021

Mike Tiffany

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MARC – October 9, 2021

Roctober Racin!

Ashland Massachusetts, October 9, 2021 – Seventeen drivers showed up for the second race of the 2021 – 2022 MARC season.  Once again, we were racing at the slot car Mecca of the world, Modelville Hobby/LenJet.  This time around we would be racing Super Stock on the Champion, the first H.O. track at LenJet and probably the one that gets the most use due to its popularity and versatility for everything from T-Jet to inline cars.  The second race of the day was Modified on the Viper.  The Viper is known for hosting some of the fastest racing in the country.  Always in use for the HOPRA Nationals, it is long and it is fast.  The Modified class was a blast on this track.  The cars are a bit slower that CMPM and most of the club enjoys the speed without the cost of custom armatures and tires.

Practice started on the Champion as drivers quickly dialed in their cars on the fastest small track around.  Setup is a compromise of going low for grip without skating the chassis on the rails or compromising the downhill hairpin or the hook.  Fast laps were in the 2.8 to 3.1 second range.  Ryan Archambault kept his winning streak going, taking the top spot followed by John Pileggi, Tom Gray, and Paul Ryer.  Cody Pare took the top Sportsman spot, followed by Oh Jimmy, Bruce Olson, and Mike Tiffany.

 

Pro Results
Position Driver Red White Blue Yellow Total  Avg
1 Ryan Archambault 93 89 91 88 361.48 90.2
2 John Pileggi 87 90 90 87 354.35 88.5
3 Tom Gray 83 86 84 80 333.40 83.2
4 Paul Ryer 82 78 89 82 331.39 82.8
5 Nick Kanan 80 89 82 78 329.53 82.2
6 Tom Jahl 74 87 86 77 324.47 81
7 Peter Lentros 78 88 78 78 322.46 80.5
8 John Stez 76 83 81 76 316.18 79
9 Rob Hayes 80 82 80 73 315.08 78.8
10 Jim Macartney 62 68 63 68 261.49 65.2
11 Tom Kanan 80 0 72 55 207.01 51.8

 

Sportsman Results
Position Driver Red White Blue Yellow Total  Avg
1 Cody Pare 78 78 74 76 306.1 76.5
2 Jim Colligan 70 80 75 73 298.3 74.5
3 Bruce Olson 73 75 77 70 295.4 73.8
4 Mike Tiffany 67 80 74 67 288.5 72
5 Hal Pierce 70 72 71 70 283.4 70.8
6 Terry Ayer 67 74 72 65 278.4 69.5
Car setups, Super Stock
Sportsman
First Place Second Place Third Place Fourth Place
Driver: Cody Pare Jim Colligan Bruce Olson Mile Tiffany
Chassis: Viper Flex G3RS Medium Viper Medium G3RS Medium
Armature: Wizzard BSRT RPM BSRT
Front Tire Size: .342 .336 .336 .330
Rear Tire Brand/Size: Shepard .424 Wizzard .428 .420 Quicker .430
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/22 7/22 7/22 7/21
Pro
Driver: Ryan Archambault John Pileggi Tom Gray Paul Ryer
Chassis: Fusion Endbell Fusion Endbell G3RS Flex Fusion Endbell
Armature: Harden Creek Wizzard RPM Wizzard
Front Tire Size: .322 .316 .335 .318
Rear Tire Brand/Size: Sluggo Red .416 Sluggo Red .414 Shepard .418 Wizzard Yellow/White .420
Pinion/Crown Gear: 7/21 7/22 7/21 7/21

 

As usual, Modelville Hobby chieftain Rich Payne was on top of things and made sure pizza arrived to fuel the afternoon of practice and racing. Everybody moved over to the Viper to get setup for Modified.  The challenge with the Modified cars is getting the right setup with slip-on tires.  Having some experience with the class on this track, drivers pretty much dialed in their cars and were ready for a fast-paced race.  Interestingly, the fast laps were in the 2.8 to 3.1 second range like the Champion, but this time a much larger distance was being covered.  Ryan swept the day, garnering another top step on the podium.  Once again, he was being chased by John Pileggi in second place.  Nick Kanan drove to a third-place finish followed by Rob Hayes in fourth.  In Sportsman, Cody struggled with pinion and gear issues, but he limped home to a fourth-place finish.  Terry Ayer took the top spot, followed by Hal Pierce and Oh Jimmy.

Pro Results – Modified
Position Driver Red White Blue Yellow Total  Avg
1 Ryan Archambault 93 89 91 88 361.48 90.2
2 John Pileggi 87 90 90 87 354.35 88.5
3 Tom Gray 83 86 84 80 333.40 83.2
4 Paul Ryer 82 78 89 82 331.39 82.8
5 Nick Kanan 80 89 82 78 329.53 82.2
6 Tom Jahl 74 87 86 77 324.47 81
7 Peter Lentros 78 88 78 78 322.46 80.5
8 John Stez 76 83 81 76 316.18 79
9 Rob Hayes 80 82 80 73 315.08 78.8
10 Jim Macartney 62 68 63 68 261.49 65.2
11 Tom Kanan 80 0 72 55 207.01 51.8

 Sportsman Results – Modified

Position Driver Red White Green Orange Blue Yellow Total  Avg
1 Terry Ayer 64 71 79 75 74 64 427.33 71.2
2 Hal 64 70 73 78 74 68 427.03 71.2
3 Jim C 60 65 66 69 67 63 390.29 65
4 Cody Pare 66 77 80 78 47 13 361.06 60.2

Race Results Tech Sheet

 

Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing.

Our next race will be November 13th, back at LenJet.  The host is Mike Tiffany, and we will be running Open Weighted on the Champion and Spec Racer on the Boomerang.  Hope to see you there!

The race report as recorded this day,

October 17, 2021

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2021-22 Standings – Race One

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MARC 2021-22 Race One

 

MARC 2021-22 Season Begins, at LenJet!  

Ryan Doubles Among the Pros; Sportsman Bruce wins in G-Jet, and Nitro Mike Triumphs in Spec Racer

Dateline:  September 11, 2021, Ashland, Massachusetts

The initial tilt of the Miniature Auto Racing Club’s 2021-22 season was held despite swirling — and well-founded — fears of viral variants.  As far as we know, everyone attending has been vaccinated, and the decision was to go maskless in the large, airyspaces of LenJet.  Many thanks to Peter Lentros for hosting, and for the newly installed air filtration system, which really upped our game!

Durf Hyson, our host for the race, was kept at home on the day with a serious family situation, We all send him our best, and hope we can see him at the next race, on October 9.

Present on this day:  Ryan Archambault, Terry Ayer, Jimmy Colligan, Erik Eckhardt, Tom Gray, Rob Hayes, Nick Kanan, Tom Kanan, Peter Lentros, Dave Muse, Bruce Olsen, Hal Pierce, Paul Ryer, John Schoenfeld, and Mike Tiffany.

The first race was for G-Jets on the fast, shiny-surfaced Boomerang.  There were certainly some G-Jet doubters coming into the contest, but in the end, there were lotsa converts, and only a couple were still whinging (as our British friends say) about racing the class.  The vast majority really enjoyed the cars, and particularly on this track, to which they’re very well suited.

Terry Ayer had high lap total among the Sportsmen, but then suffered a trip to Dairy Queen, having left the wrong, high-downforce C4 magnets in his G-Jet.  Many of us have been there (DQ), and Terry, I for one feel your pain.

This moved all the Sportsmen up a step, and new guy Bruce Olsen, whose total (155) was just one shy of Terry’s, became our top dog, the primary pooch, the capital canine.  First time Bruce was racing the class!  His steed was one of the recently received G-Jet kits, as built up by Catfish Sr.  Nicely done, Bruce!

Mike Tiffany was second, about seven laps back.  John Schoenfeld and Hal Pierce completed our four-man podium.

Pros and G-Jets?  Well, same as it ever was.  Rob Hayes had a strong car, posted an equally strong 176 laps, and then watched Ryan just slide on by, accumulating 182.  Local college boy Nick Kanan took third place with one of Ryan’s cars (170), and his elderly father, Tom, was  fourth (161), also with one of Ryan’s creations.

After a break to eat pizza and tell each other augmented truths of one kind or another, on to the the singular Purple Mile course, and the Spec Racer class.  Fast, fast fast!

Sportsmen and Spec Racer:  Well, Nitro Mike Tiffany, the pride of Wingdale, NY, don’t you know that he surpassed his fellow Sportsmen in the two outside lanes, and this was the majority of the story today.  Steady, steady, steady; this is Mike’s game.  He finished with 411 laps around the mad-fast Purple Mile, a cool eleven in hand over bridesmaid Terry Ayer.  Hal Pierce was third with 383, and fourth was Oh Jimmy Colligan, five behind Hal with 378.

In the Pro slate, the field suffered another painful Archambaulting, this time with Ryan clearing second place by a full 24 laps, 482 to the 458 that 2nd-place Peter Lentros reeled off.  After a complete tear-down, magnet gaussing, and a TSA-level, full-body search of Ryan, it was determined that the car was not only fast, but that both it and he were indeed legal.  Nick Kanan took his second 3rd-place finish of the day in his new LenJet home base, with 449.  Rob Hayes was fourth, mildly disoriented and dizzy from seeing Ryan streak by, with 443.  Kanan The Elder was just a single lap in arrears, with 442.

We oughta have here in the report the day’s results tables for both classes, as well as the technical specs for the cars run by the top four Sportsmen, and the top four Pros, and the all-important points standings.

Many thanks to Peter Lentros and LenJet, and to Gary Beedle at Scale Auto/BSRT for rushing out plenty of G-Jet parts for the season, just days after his annual vacation in Socialist Canada.  8-)

Everyone, we’ll reconvene at LenJet on October 9 for Race Two of our season series, where the classes will be Ceramic Super Stock on the Champion, followed by HOPRA Modified on the Viper.  Until then…

 

 

 

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MARC 2020-2021- May 08, 2021

MARC 2020-21 FINALE

LenJet Raceway, Ashland, Massachusetts

May 8, 2021

Reported by Benson S.R. Tuna

Dear friends, after stops and starts, masks and vax, Zoom and vroom, we come to end of the weirdest MARC New England season — with 2020 being the weirdest year, period — in living memory.  In my humble opinion, we did make good use of the days available to us.  We’re very fortunate to include the wide open spaces of the world’s largest slot car facility, with tall ceilings, and excellent ventilation, among our menu of host spaces.  So, another thanks to LenJet’s Peter Lentros, and Richard Payne at Modelville Hobby right next door, for bringing into existence something that, well, really can’t exist.

G-Jets on the Car Model - a great combination

Our cohort included Bruce Olson from New Hampshire, who really seems to like racing the wee scale with us, and keeps showing up.  Apparently, the advice his parents gave him (about choosing his friends wisely) has been long forgotten.  Also with us, all the way from Portland, Oregon, was the inimitable John Hubbard, birthday boy. five-time HO Le Mans driver, and Pacific Northwest HO regular.  John was staying at Chez Catfish, his base of operations in order both to run in this race, and a 1/24th Retro Coupes tilt at Modelville a few days later.

Our first class of the day were the highly popular F1 G-Jets, on the Brad Bowman Car Model tub track.  Impromptu editorial:  the ergonomics and driver sight lines are really tough on the Car Model, with so many big guys crowded about.  Both slotted and de-slotted cars regularly disappear from the drivers’ view in a blur of chub and spun cotton.  Maybe it’s time to move some of the drivers’ panels to the layout’s back straight?

A nubby, expanded PVC surface, and low-downforce, slip-on-tired slot cars make F1 G-Jets on this track something of an adventure.  Lots of back-end snap, particularly late in heats, when the tires picked up the clag.  Squeeze on, squeeze off, Bucko!  Those with patience, finesse, and powerful motor magnets were rewarded in the end.

Sportsman G-Jet Podium - Cody Pare 1st, Terry Ayer 2nd, Bruce Olsen 3rd and Mike Tiffany 4th

11 racers from five states put their cars into tech; the Sportsmen racing side by side with the Pros.  After the dust settled, the pizza was ordered, and a lot of ducking and driving ensued, Cody Pare took top Sportman honors with 396 laps, followed closely by a pack of Terry Ayer (392), Bruce Olson (389), and Nitro Mike Tiffany (387).

 

 

Pro G-jet Podium - Ryan Archambault 1st, Peter Lentros 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Erik Eckhardt 4th

Pros:  Ryan Archambault, exhibiting magnetic power usually seen only in the Marvel Universe, took top Pro honors with 459 laps.  LenJet host Peter Lentros was second (446), and Catfish Sr. was third with 437.  Erik Eckhardt (uncharacteristically whinging), Tom Gray, Paul Ryer, and our esteemed visitor John Hubbard completed the skein of Pros.

The midday artery clogging (pizza) ritual followed, along with plenty of thrashing and practice, and more thrashing for… the Modifieds.  On to the wonderful Brystal Viper… for 30 minutes of fast, fast fun.

Everyone was looking for the tire combo, Holmes.  Slip-ons, 2.5-ohm armatures, full, C-10 magnet packages, and no ball bearings allowed means it’s easy to get these brightly colored missiles into Venusian-level temperatures, and quick.  Beware!  What diameters would allow you to stay on the table, get through the esses, and still read south of 165 degrees on the infrared?

Thrash, thrash, thrash.  Time after time, some podium hopeful would look insanely fast in practice, then pull up after a few blinding laps, produce their thermometer, and, as the digits on the display climbed, the corners of their mouth would… drop.  Back to the pits!  “To finish first, first ye must finish.”  – Ben Franklin.

Two racers down:  Nitro Mike was not feeling well, and wisely decamped to home base, Wingdale, NY.  Bruce Olson decided he’d run the race computer and watch, as this may have been his first time with the really fast HO stuff.

Sportsman Podium - Terry Ayer 2nd, Cody Pare 1st and John Hubbard getting some camera time

Cody Pare had what was a wildly fast car, and he was driving it just as wildly!  Still, he took top Sportsman honors, with Terry Ayer, the sole additional Sportsman on the strength, having what appeared to be an off day.

Seven Pros threw their hats into the ring.  But it was clear by half-distance that it would take a minor miracle to catch Erik “The Viking” Eckhardt, and his Durf Hyson-prepared special.

Ryan started on Orange, Blue and Yellow, had a handful of a car, then sat out for several turns through the round robin.  He tried dropping the nose .004” and the rear .002”, before he came back on, and, magic!  The car was transformed.  He posted high lap totals for the day on his concluding Red, White, and Green.

Pro Podium - Erik Eckhardt 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Peter Lentros 4th

But it warn’t enuff to catch Erik, who had by then driven off into the distance, exhibiting an almost feral determination and focus.  He wanted this one, winning Orange, Blue, and Yellow, and finishing with 548 laps.  Ryan had 517, just pipping Catfish Sr., who had 514.  Peter Lentros completed the four-man Pro Podium, with 509.  Oregon’s John Hubbard took fifth, followed by Paul Ryer, and Tom Gray.

The top three drivers took these approaches to their cars:

Durf/Erik:  A stiff G3R chassis. .327 fronts, and BSRT HPS rear hub/tires, .427 OD.  BSRT gears 7/22.  Springs: 9.2 grams pressure left, and 7.7 grams right.  BSRT #144 advance-timed High Power armature.  Std BSRT C-10 magnet package.  And… looks like a Toyota body to me.

Ryan:  Stiff BSRT G3RS chassis.  For the first 3 lanes, 346” fronts, and .434 Viper Albino rears, The last three lanes —when things got much, much better for Ryan — BSRT HPS #345 tires on .285” rims, for an OD of .432”, and dropped the front to .340.  7/22 BSRT black poly pinion and crown; BSRT #144 advance-timing High Power arm, BSRT end bell and Beedle bronze bushings; #249 shoes, 9.9 grams pressure left and 9.2 grams right; regular, low downforce BSRT C-10 motor and traction magnets.  His guide pin was in the center position.  And he dressed it all in a MaDD Nissan GTP body.

Rob:  Stiff BSRT G3RS chassis, with molded-in body posts.  .350 front tires. BSRT HPS B compound hub/tire at .434, with Scale Engineering hollow axle.  BSRT black delrin pinion, and gray delrin crown, 7/22.  Standard BSRT C-10 magnet package.  BSRT #245 shoes; 9.4 grams left, and 7.8 grams right.  BSRT end bell, Beedle bronze bushings.  BSRT #144 advance-timed arm.  .010 BSRT Porsche 917K body, painted by Greg Williams.

Yeah, so that’s all folks!  The 2020-21 season, such as it was, is in the rearview.  We head on into what appears to be an immeasurably brighter future.  Excited to travel again!  Take good care, be smart, and we’ll hope to see you all in September.

 

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