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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MARC 2020-2021 Season – March 20,2021

A Couple of Guests Drop By!

Ashland Massachusetts, March 20, 2021 – Fourteen drivers dropped by the LenJet HO Raceway for a full day of racing including Roger “RPMS” Porcelli and Mark Heller

Racing on the Purple Mile

from the MAHOPRA club.  It’s always good to have some friends join us and we appreciate them making the trip.  The first class of the day was Spec Racer on the Purple Mile followed by Super Stock on the Champion.  For this event we decided to get back to our regular race day schedule and race 2 classes for 5-minute heats.  We also decided to have mains for the Super Stock race.  How did our guests do against the MARC regulars?  Read on to find out.

We had our regular hour and half practice for the first race of the day and people quickly dialed in their Spec Racers on the fast and swoopy Purple Mile.  Powering down the main

Spec Stock Podium

Pro Spec Stock Podium - Roger Porcelli 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Greg Burstein 3rd and Peter Lentros 4th

straight is great, but you also need to get through the fingers and donut if you are going to be quick.  Speaking of donuts, thanks Roger for providing donuts and coffee for the group!  As always with this class, racing was fast and hard fought.  Once again Ryan Archambault peppered the race with some fast loaners that drivers put to good use.  Lap times needed to be in the sub 3.5 second range to make the podium.  In Sportsman, Peter Medeiros took the top spot on the podium just a lap ahead of Mark Heller.  Cody Pare finished 4 laps behind Mark for third and Mike Tiffany rounded out the podium in fourth.  The Sportsmen in this group are definitely driving like pros.  Roger showed up

Sportsman Spec Stock Podium - Pete Medeiros 1st, Mark Heller 2nd, Cody Pare 3rd and Mike Tiffany 4th

equipped with RPMS speed parts and it showed as he took top spot.  13 laps back, Ryan Archambault finished in second followed by Greg Burstein in third and Peter Lentros in fourth.

Sportsman Results Pro Results
Driver Total Driver Total
Peter Medeiros 413.39 Roger Porcelli 468.26
Mark Heller 412.06 Ryan Archambault 455.03
Cody Pare 408.06 Greg Burstein 449.30
Mike Tiffany 396.30 Peter Lentros 430.37
Terry Ayer 383.04 Tom Gray 414.38
Paul Crosby 377.30 Paul Ryer 396.25
Rick Pare 364.06
Tom Bussmann 322.04

 

As usual, Rich was on top of things and made sure pizza arrived to fuel the afternoon of practice and racing. Everybody moved over to the Champion to get ready for the main

Pro Super Stock Podium - Paul Ryer 4th, Greg Burstein 1st, Roger Porcelli 3rd and Ryan Archambault 2nd (I guess Pros don't know how to line up for a photo...)

event.  We decided we would have two 2.5-minute mains, one for Sportsmen and one for Pros, following the 5-minute round-robin.  We didn’t tell our guests that we had raced Super Stock on the Champion in February.  Nothing like a little home field advantage.  Lap times are fast on this track and you need to be in the sub 3 second range if you want to make the podium.  This track has a great rhythm, and you need get into to race clean.  In Sportsmen, Cody seeded into the top spot for the main followed by Mark Heller who was having a great day with another second-place finish.  Tom “Mr. Serious” Bussmann and Mike Tiffany rounded out the Sportsmen main. In the main, the results

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Cody Pare 1st, Mark Heller 2nd, Tom Bussmann 3rd and Mike Tiffany 4th

didn’t change, but Mark stayed closer to Cody this time around just 6 laps down for second.  Tom rolled into third and Mike rounded out the podium I fourth.  Greg channeled the slot car gods and laid down 380 laps to take the top seed into the Pro main.  This is 14 more laps than the winning lap total at the 2016 HOPRA Nats Pro Super Stock main.  Car Czar Ryan seeded into second spot followed by Roger and Paul who beat out Tom Gray for the last spot in the main. In the Pro main it was the Greg and Ryan show driving some stout Wizzard Fusions with Roger and Paul watching.  After 10 minutes of racing Greg maintained the top spot just 3 laps ahead of Ryan in second.  Roger settled down when he saw Ryer nipping at his heels to finish third 5 laps ahead of the MARC director.

Sportsman Round Robin Results Pro Round Robin Results
Driver Total Driver Total
Cody Pare 335.12 Greg Burstein 380.15
Mark Heller 318.44 Ryan Archambault 366.35
Tom Bussmann 299.04 Roger Porcelli 346.36
Mike Tiffany 281.21 Paul Ryer 330.38
Terry Ayer 280.43 Tom Gray 330.20
Peter Medeiros 279.01 Peter Lentros 324.39
Rick Pare 270.50

 

Sportsman Main Results Pro Main Results
Driver Total Driver Total
Cody Pare 174 Greg Burstein 193
Mark Heller 168 Ryan Archambault 190
Tom Bussmann 141 Roger Porcelli 167
Mike Tiffany 124 Paul Ryer 162

 

Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing especially Roger and Mark for making the trip. Everyone is looking forward to the day we can back to our regularly conducted races, but in the meantime, it has been enjoyable getting some track time with those who are able to join.  Next race is April 10th, with Open Weighted on the Boomerang and Super Stock on the Viper.  Hope to see you there!

The race report as recorded this day,

April 3, 2021

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2020-2021 Season – February 13, 2021

A MARC Tripleheader!

 

Ashland Massachusetts, February 13, 2021 – Twelve drivers dropped by the LenJet HO Raceway for a full day of racing.  Since we have been running 3-minute heats and attendance has been less then 15 people, it was decided to run 3 classes. Open Weighted was run on the Python, Spec Racer was run on the Boomerang and Super Stock was run on the Champion.  We saw a good mix of cars for all races with BSRT, Viper and Wizzard all represented.  Some new faces were on-hand as well.  Bruce Olsen has been racing 1/24th for many years and decided to try out the HO scene and he likes it!  Tom Bussmann’s son Harrison is no longer the little kid we remember from racing in Tom’s basement participated in his first race.  Hopefully, we’ll see him at future races.  Dave Lockwood, a force to be reckoned it the T-Jet world, was back again to taste the speed of inline cars.  Could it be that he’s developed a taste for magnet car racing? We shall see.

Open Weighted:

Racing on the Python

First up was Open Weighted on the MaxTrax Python.  This is an entertaining track for these cars.  It seems some drivers have figured out the setup while others are still trying to work it out.  The top Sportsman drivers were ahead of some of the Pros.  I think we’ll see some drivers moving up to Pro next season.  In Sportsman, Dave Lockwood showed he can drive a magnet car by taking the top spot and coming in third overall.  Cody Pare crushed it coming in second a lap

Pro Open Weighted Podium - Ryan Archambault 1st, Peter Lentros 2nd, Paul Ryer 3rd and Tommy Gray 4th

behind Dave and fourth overall.  Peter Medeiros was third in Sportsman just 2 laps behind Cody and the podium was rounded out by Terry Ayers who was 4 laps behind Peter.  In the Pro field Ryan took the top spot with 2 laps over the Peter “The Godfather” Lentros.  Paul Ryer meandered home in third followed by Tom Gray in fourth.

Sportsman Results Pro Results
Driver Total Driver Total
Dave Lockwood 147.12 Ryan Archambault 165.28
Cody Pare 146.22 Peter Lentros 163.52
Peter Medeiros 144.27 Paul Ryer 138.26
Terry Ayer 142.37 Tom Gray 126.16
Tom Bussmann 142.29
Bruce Olsen 125.53
Rick Pare 123.29
Harrison Bussmann 88.50

 

Spec Racer:

Racing on the Boomerang

Everybody moved over to the Boomerang to try out Spec Racer on the big fast track.  Tire sizes seemed to be smaller than what people expected to get the handling needed in the tight sections of the track.  Once again some of the Sportsman put up more laps than a couple of the pros during a fast and mostly clean race.  This time Cody took the win in Sportsman followed by Peter Medeiros in second and Dave Lockwood in third and Terry in fourth.  Ryan crushed the Pro field in first followed by

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Cody Pare 1st, Pete Medeiros 2nd, Dave Lockwood 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

Peter Lentros in second.  Paul and Tom Gray wrapped up the Pro field.

Sportsman Results Pro Results
Driver Total Driver Total
Cody Pare 163.10 Ryan Archambault 173.01
Peter Medeiros 152.53 Peter Lentros 163.32
Dave Lockwood 142.54 Tom Gray 146.10
Terry Ayer 134.24 Paul Ryer 142.17
Rick Pare 133.63
Tom Bussmann 123.37
Bruce Olsen 118.23
Harrison Bussmann 98.21

 Super Stock:

Racing on the Champion

For the last race of the day everyone moved to the Champion for Super Stock.  This was the first HO track at LenJet and has probably seen the most different classes raced on it.  It has served as the Super Stock track for the HOPRA Nationals for the Amateurs and the Pros.  Dave Lockwood took his second win of the day with the top spot for the Sportsman.  Cody was just 2 laps behind, followed by Peter Medeiros in third and Terry in fourth.  Bruce Olsen just missed a spot on the podium by

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Dave Lockwood 1st, Cody Pare 2nd, Pete Medeiros 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

sections.  In Pro, Ryan completed the sweep for the day taking the top spot.  MARC director and some time racer Paul Ryer found a setup that worked and finished 4 laps behind Ryan in second.  Peter Lentros was third followed closely behind by Tom Gray in fourth.

Sportsman Results Pro Results
Driver Total Driver Total
Dave Lockwood 189.35 Ryan Archambault 199.35
Cody Pare 187.25 Paul Ryer 195.24
Peter Medeiros 173.37 Peter Lentros 182.21
Terry Ayer 165.12 Tom Gray 180.59
Tom Bussmann 164.50
Bruce Olsen 164.07
Rick Pare 155.18
Harrison Bussmann 113.28

 

Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing. Everyone is looking forward to the day we can back to our regularly conducted races, but in the meantime, it’s been enjoyable getting some track time with those who are able to join.  Next race is tentatively March 6th, with Spec Racer on the Scorpion and Modified on the Viper.  Hope to see you there!

The race report as recorded this day

February 27, 2021

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2020-2021 Season – January 23, 2021

Old guys, young guys, new guys – Who are these masked men?

Ashland, Massachusetts   January 23, 2021   MARC once again shared the LenJet space with the East Coast Outlaw racers for a total of 5 events for the day, checkout the ECO website for the TJet racing results.

Open Weight

Racing on the Car Model

We had a few TJet racers join in the first MARC race of this year, open weighted on the orange Car Model track. This class of cars lap in the 3.5 second zone a few seconds a lap quicker than the GJets ran on it in December.  We ran the center 4 lanes so combined pro and sportsman drivers could take a step aside to space out some while running the 3 minutes per lane.

Top spot Ryan at 198, Peter Lentros 192, Pete Medeiros 3rd at 176, Dave

Open Weight Race Results

“TJet” Lockwood 4th 175, 6th Don Hall 174, Cody 164, Tom Gray also at 164 7th, Rick 8th 159, Paul Crosby, 9th, and coming in 10th with 151 a special welcome to newcomer to MARC, Bruce Olson who took time out of racing 1/24 to run HO for the first time since 1969!! Bruce fielded his own cars for the MARC events, ran all 5 of the day’s races very cleanly too! I saw him buying some parts and asking some questions, he will be back!

Spec Racer

Racing on the Purple Mile

Moving on to the spec racer event on the purple mile we want to thank Dave Lockwood for hanging out after the outlaws finished their day so we could hold ours. Dave had NO practice and had never raced the class before he picked up the awesome track quickly.

This race was interesting in that 5 different models of cars hit the track for the event. A Wizzard Fusion, a Storm, a Slottech T3, several Vipers and BSRT G3’s. It is neat to see various brands and models racing together.  Again, the center 4 lanes were used with 4 marshalls pro and sportsman combined.

Spec Racer Race Results

Taking down the win one of the “old guys”  Peter Lentros with 183 laps showing age and treachery outdrive youth (?) and enthusiasm besting Ryan in 2nd with 182, Cody (I did mention young guy) with a tough 1st lane in third at 176 (I have to say with one of the most fun side by side runs I’ve had in a long time, great racing Cody!)

Podium - Spec Racer

4th Fast Pete Medeiros with another awesome looking car, 5th Dave TJet Lockwood with a loaner T3 and no practice 156, Tom Gray with the wrong size rear tires 146 in 6th, 7th Rick with a Storm, 8th the new guy “I’ll be back” Bruce.

 

 

 

Lastly 

Special thanks to Rich Payne for updating the Lenjet computers and Paul Crosby for cleaning the rails on all the tracks along with giving them a full cleaning too! Oh and Peter Lentros as well for loving this hobby as much as the rest of us!

See you in February you masked racers whoever you are…

Ryan

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MARC 2020 – 2021 Season – December 12, 2020

Combined Club Racing???  Say WHAT!?!?!

  Ashland, Massachusetts   December 12, 2020    With many racers choosing not to attend due to the pandemic, the body count for the MARC and East Coast Outlaws racing series has been on low side. Both clubs had events scheduled for December, so the idea was brought forth to have both clubs run on same day to allow enough racers to run the events.  With face coverings and social distancing in place the ECO guys got racing started with their first event around 10:00 (check out the ECO website for race report)

 

F1 GJets on the Car Model

MARC racing was then underway with 9 racers (a couple ECO guys braved racing cars with the motors spinning on different axis) for F1 hard body GJets on the Car Model track. This track seems well suited to the class and it had been quite a while since MARC had raced on it.  The racing was once again pretty close as seems to be the norm for GJets. We ran sportsman and pro racers together in round robin 3-minute heats.

 

Sportsman GJets:

In Sportsman, John “1/24 racer” Weaver took the top spot at 172, Don Hall 167 earning 2nd; Cody 3rd just a few sections ahead of Peter Medeiros in 4th both at 157; 5th Chris T;  6th Dave “TJet” Lockwood and 7th Joe E both wondering  if they could sneak a GJet into their outlaws grand national TJet bodies.

Pro GJets:

In the pro division Greg B took the top spot at 184; Ryan 2nd at 175; Paul Crosby 3rd 169; Peter Lentros 165 4th; and Tom Gray 134 in 5th

Lunch break and two additional ECO races later MARC resumed at 4:00 on the Champion track for MARC super stock. If memory serves the last time MARC SS was run on the Champion was the 2018 Nats where a now MARC regular took home the gold in amateur ss action.

Combined Sportsman and Pro SS:

Again we ran 3-minute Round Robin heats with sportsman and pro combined with a total of 8 racers. Top spot turned out to be the aforementioned national champion Greg B (pro) this time putting a Fusion in the winner circle with 211 laps; Ryan (pro) taking one of his Vipers out at the 11th hour using Greg’s tire setup from the Nats resulted in 2nd at 206; 3rd overall sportsman racer Cody Pare 184 (quite possibly next HOPRA Nats amateur

Well masked podium (but not so hot on the social distancing...)

super stock contender when the Nats return to Lenjet, this kid is fast!);  4th once again Peter Lentros 178; Tom Gray 5th 172; Rick Pare sportsman 6th 158; Peter Medeiros sportsman 7th 156; Paul Crosby (MARC sportsman for this division I believe ?) in 8th at 147 just not getting the right setup figured out today.  Come to think about it….what an amateur lineup team MARC could have at the next Nats. Cody, Pete Medeiros, Paul Crosby and Rick Pare ! I wouldn’t bet against any of them.

While we are lucky to be able to get some racing in the last couple months, here’s to a New Year which hopefully brings better days ahead for all!

Ryan

 

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MARC 2020-2021 – Race 2 – November 14, 2020

Who are those masked men?

Ashland Massachusetts, November 14, 2020 – Twelve drivers came out of their COVID bunkers masked and armed with hand sanitizer.  Everyone keep socially distanced

Spec Racer on the Purple Mile - An excellent for Social Distancing

as much as possible and once again the Terry Ayer Remote Driver’s Stations (TARDS) were employed to provide more separation for the drivers and marshals.  As in October, we only practiced on one track at a time.  The Spec Racer class was run first on four lanes of the Purple Mile and the Super Stock class was run on the Bear.  Heats were reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes to reduce the time the same people were in proximity of one another.  Lastly there was an IROC race on the Bear with the Viper Scale Racing Retro V cars provided by Ryan Archambault that were a blast to drive.

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Cody Pare 1st, Pete Medeiros 2nd, Mike Tiffany 3rd abd Tom Bussmann 4th

We saw a good mix of cars in Spec Racer with BSRT, Viper and Wizzard all represented.  The name of the game on the Purple Mile is speed, but you win or lose this race in the donut and fingers, so a good balance of downforce is needed.  People seemed to dial in their cars quickly and the racing commenced.  Peter Medeiros brough his friend Sean to join the fun.  Sean has run slot cars for fun but never raced.  Great to see a new face and we hope to see him back in the future.

Sportsman and Pros run together in a Round-Robin for the first race of the day.  Racing was fast and people seemed to have their cars well dialed in.  All in all, the racing was clean with some of the Sportsman finishing better than the Pros.  In fact, Cody Pare finished third overall! Spec Racer and the Purple Mile are two great things that go great together.

Cody Pare was the top Sportsman with a big lead over Peter Medeiros in second.  Mike Tiffany squeezed in one more lap for third over Tom Bussmann who kept all the parts in his car and the body in place to finish fourth.  Sean showed good car control in his first race and handled his marshalling like a veteran.  Nice Job!

Sportsman Results

Drivers

White

Orange

Blue

Purple

Total

Cody Pare

42

48

50

42

182

Peter Medeiros

40

44

44

40

168

Mike Tiffany

44

42

40

39

165

Tom Bussmann

39

43

42

40

164

Terry Ayer

42

41

44

35

162

Hal Pierce

38

42

42

37

159

Sean

28

35

32

28

123

 

Pro Spec Racer Podium - Ryan Archambault 1st, Greg Burstein 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Peter Lentros 4th

Ryan put down an impressive total to take the top spot many laps ahead of Greg in second.  He also had fastest lap with a 3.304 second lap.  Rob finished third and the Mayor of LenJet, Peter Lentros finished fourth.  Some of us need to up our game or we’ll have our Pro status revoked!


 Pro Results

 

Drivers

White

Orange

Blue

Purple

Total

Ryan Archambault

50

50

50

47

197

Greg Burstein

43

49

46

46

184

Rob Hayes

43

46

45

45

179

Peter Lentros

42

43

49

38

172

Paul Ryer

35

44

40

40

159

 

With the Spec Racer program wrapped up, it was time to start getting ready for Super Stock.  The sadistic Club Director decided to make things challenging and choose the Bear for this race.  Monster motors weren’t going to get you the win here.  Handling was key and a quick trigger finger.

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Cody Pare 1st, Pete Medeiros 2nd, Hal Pierce 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

Cody must have been practicing while we weren’t looking.  He took his second blue ribbon of the day and set fastest lap for the Sportsman and Pros!  Cody was first with a fast lap of 2.890 and was just 4 laps off the top Pro.  Peter Medeiros was second followed by Hal in third.  Terry rounded out the podium in fourth just a lap behind Hal.  Sean survived the Bear, and while he didn’t get a T-shirt for it, he showed he’s ready to race with MARC.  We hope he continues to race with the club.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

Cody Pare

52

52

56

46

206

Peter Medeiros

47

49

51

47

194

Hal Pierce

45

45

45

42

177

Terry Ayer

46

44

44

42

176

Tom Bussmann

41

46

45

41

173

Mike Tiffany

42

45

43

39

169

Sean

32

38

40

36

146

 

Pro Super Stock Podium - Greg Burstein 1st, Rob Hayes 2nd and Ryan Archambault 3rd

Greg Burstein took his Wizzard car to the top spot with a very clean run.  Nine laps back Rob Hayes took second.  The rest of the field was in another zip code with Ryan third and Peter squeaking into fourth by sections.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I want another shot at Super Stock on the Bear.


 

Pro Results

Drivers

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

Greg Burstein

52

52

51

55

210

Rob Hayes

51

53

50

47

201

Ryan Archambault

47

52

39

48

186

Peter Lentros

45

47

44

40

176.49

Paul Ryer

43

46

44

43

176.45

 

Once again, Ryan provided us with a set of IROC cars.  This time it was a set of the new Viper Retro V cars.  These cars have almost no downforce making for an interesting driving experience.  We were running at 13v on the Bear. The top 6 drivers have had some

IROC Racing

Gravity racing experience as well as experience racing T-Jets.  Since it was the end of the day, we only gave everybody a minute and a half on one lane to set their controllers and get a feel for the cars. Even so, people started adjusting to them quickly. Rather good considering we had just finished racing Super Stock on the same track.   I’d recommend the car to anyone looking for a slower car but doesn’t want to go the T-Jet or Gravity route. Plus, they make for some close IROC racing.  Well done Viper Racing and thank you Ryan for providing the cars.

 

Drivers

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

Greg Burstein

25

24

26

25

100

Paul Ryer

24

25

25

24

98

Cody Pare

24

24

22

23

93

Hal Pierce

23

24

24

21

92

Ryan Archambault

22

25

22

22

91

Peter Lentros

22

22

23

22

89

Terry Ayer

22

22

22

21

87.52

Peter Medeiros

22

22

20

23

87.13

Rich Payne

22

22

21

21

86

Tom Bussmann

18

23

22

28

83

Sean

15

17

19

17

68

Retro V IROC Cars

Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing.  Next race we will be back at LenJet wearing our masks, etc.  We will be racing F1 G-Jet on the Car Model track and Super Stock on the Champion.  Hope to see you there!

The race report as recorded this day

November 29, 2020

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2020-2021 – Race 1 – October 10, 2020

Testing the waters

 

Ashland Massachusetts, October 10, 2020 – Thirteen drivers came out of the Covid quarantine to see if racing would be possible when following the current recommended guidelines.  I think all the attendees would agree the answer is yes!  Everyone in attendance worn a mask properly covering their mouth and nose.  Everyone made an effort to keep socially distanced and to assist with these Terry Ayer provided some remote driver stations there were employed to provide more separation for the drivers and marshals.  To allow use of the driver stations, we only practiced on one track at a time.  The Open Weighted class was run first on the MaxTrax Pyton and the Super Stock class was run on the Viper Scale Racing Boomerang.  Heats were reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes and European rotation was used to reduce the time the same people were in proximity of one another.  Lastly there was an IROC race on the Boomerang with cars provided by Ryan Archambault.  Great to be back racing!

First up was the first Open Weighted class race of the season.  People are really getting into this class and learning to turn these cars.  The field was a mix of Viper, BSRT and Wizzard Fusion chassis.  These turned out to be a good match for the Python.

Sportsman and Pros run together in a Round-Robin for the first race of the day.  All in all, the racing was clean with some of the Sportsman finishing better than the Pros.  In fact, Terry Ayer was fourth overall! Racing was fast and people seemed to have their cars pretty well dialed in.

Terry Ayer was the top Sportsman closely followed by Cody Pare in second, and Peter Medeiros in third.  Rick Pare rounded out the podium in fourth.  It was great to see Tom Bussmann and Peter Medeiros back at the track.  Hopefully they will be at future races.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Yellow

White

Red

Blue

Total

Terry Ayer

34

38

40

38

150.37

Cody Pare

34

38

37

38

147.23

Peter Medeiros

34

37

37

34

143.36

Rick Pare

28

35

35

35

133.27

Mike Tiffany

32

36

33

32

133.25

Hal Pierce

28

38

36

29

131.56

Tom Bussmann

29

31

30

31

121.20

Ryan put down an impressive total to take the top spot with Peter in second 6 laps behind. Rob finished third and the club director was a distant fourth.  Some rusty trigger fingers out there that need some practice!

Pro Results

 

Drivers

Yellow

White

Red

Blue

Total

Ryan Archambault

38

44

43

42

167.09

Peter Lentros

36

43

43

39

161.36

Rob Hayes

35

41

40

38

154.56

Paul Ryer

32

38

37

33

140.15

Tom Gray

30

36

35

35

136.11

 

With the Open Weighted program wrapped up, it was time to start getting ready for Super Stock.  The Boomerang was the site of the Pro Super Stock race the last time the HOPRA Nats were in town so some of the pros had a head start on the setup.  As with the Open Weighted race, there were Viper, BSRT and Wizzard Fusion cars on the track and Pros and Sportsman raced togehter.  Great to see a mix of manufactures out there.

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Pete Medeiros 1st, Cody Pare 2nd, Terry Ayer 3rd and Hal Pierce 4th

Peter Medeiros showed he still has got the chops taking down the win just 6 laps ahead of Cody Pare in second and who was just a lap ahead of Terry Ayer in third.  Hal Pierce took the last spot on the podium.  Once again, some very close and clean racing from the Sportsman.  Tom Bussmann suffered the Bussmann curse.  A missing axle retaining pin and a loose body hurt his lap totals a bit.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Yellow

White

Red

Blue

Total

Peter Medeiros

37

38

37

39

151.48

Cody Pare

35

37

35

38

145.65

Terry Ayer

32

38

37

37

144.36

Hal Pierce

30

34

34

33

131.03

Mike Tiffany

28

33

31

34

126.66

Rick Pare

29

35

27

34

125.14

Tom Bussmann

26

34

29

25

114.01

 

Pro Super Stock Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, Peter Lentros 2nd, Greg Burstein 3rd and Tom Gray 4th

Very close racing for the Pros as well.  Greg Burstein showed up and joined in the racing.  Rob Hayes took the top spot closely followed by Peter in second, Greg Burstein in third and Tom Gray in fourth.  Ryan Archambault experienced some brush issues with his Fusion, but I’m sure he’ll get it sorted out.


 Pro Results

Drivers

Yellow

White

Red

Blue

Total

Rob Hayes

40

40

42

42

164.69

Peter Lentros

36

45

40

39

160.04

Greg Burstein

37

41

38

43

159.31

Tom Gray

30

42

40

43

155.05

Paul Ryer

36

36

36

37

145.22

Ryan Archambault

38

14

3

25

80.01

 

New to Marc for the 2020 season is the addition of an IROC race (Thanks Ryan for the cars and writeup!).  For this race on the Boomerang we ran 4 Harden Creek prepared BDR cars. The BDR chassis comes from the UK’s Slotcarsdirect and is based off the Tomy srt/turbo with some improvements over the original. The cars as equipped ran 6 ohm arms with ceramic magnet motors, level 10 traction magnets and slip on tires.  16 volts seems to be a good voltage for these cars. The 908 Porsche hard bodies came from DB racing (Mike King) in an appropriately themed “COVID 19 Pandemanium” paint scheme.  Drivers took to the track for 3-minute round robin action.  Some very close racing occurred for many laps with racers able to really run side by side.  When the checkered flag fell it was Greg Burstein taking the win with 121 laps,  Cody Pare, Mike Tiffany, and Ryan Archambault in that order all on same lap of 113 separated by mere sections, Pete Mederios at 112, Tom Gray and Peter Lentros at 111 with Tom a few sections ahead, followed by Tom Bussmann, Hal Peirce, Terry Ayer, and Rick Pare.  Fun was had by all and some Pandemanium IROC race awardsprovided by DB Racing were handed out.  Discussion of next month IROC race with the Viper Scale Racing Retro C anti-gravity cars began.  Who will come out on top?  Stay tuned till November 14!

Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing.  Next race we will be back at LenJet wearing our masks, etc.  We will be racing Spec Racer on the Purple Mile and Super Stock on the Bear.  Hope to see you there!

The race report as recorded this day

October 23, 2020

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2019-2020 – Race 7 – March 14, 2020

The Last Race, for now anyway

Suffield CT, March 14, 2020 – 17 drivers made the last race before everything shutdown.  Special guests Paul Kniffen and Roger Porcelli were on hand for the MARC race and the 6-hour Enduro to be held Sunday.  Bill Bonsma and his son William were back to join the fun.  That’s two months in a row.  Perhaps we’ll be seeing more of the Bonsmas in the future.  Victor Feliciano also made the trip for some CMPM racing on Dan’s Scorpion.  A new addition to the Taj MaHO is the swoopy Nuvolari track that formally resided at John Stezlecki’s Nantasket Beach Raceway.  The track has been successfully moved, leveled, strengthen, and spiffed up by the always fastidious Dan DeCosmo.  Dan re-ordered the driver stations so you just ‘move down the line’ for European Rotation.  Donuts and coffee greeted the drivers as they arrived for a full day of racing.

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Mike Tiffany 1st, Cody Pare 2nd, O'Jimmy Colligan 3rd and Rick Pare 4th

First up was Spec Racer on the Nuvolari.  We have run Spec Racer on this track before when it was at Stez’s.  They ran just as good on the track in its new location although some people were still searching for the right compound and tire size to give traction in the bank and to get through the squiggles cleanly.  Personally, I found the Viper medium compound tires worked well.

Sportsman and Pros run together in a Round-Robin for the first race of the day.  All in all, the racing was clean with, although there was some mayhem in the bank with cars sliding wide.  In the end, Dan took his rocket ship to the top of the podium with 471 laps, 12 laps over second place.

 Sportsman Results

Mike Tiffany quietly cycled through the lanes not attracting any attention and in doing so ended up at the top of the podium for the Sportsman.  With 447 laps, Mike was just a few laps behind the pack of Pros in the 450s.  Cody Pare struggled a bit in Yellow and Blue and then found his groove finishing second.  Oh Jimmy struggled a bit as well but pushed on to finish third.  Rick Pare took the last ribbon and William did well his first time out on the very fast Nuvolari track.

Driver

Yellow

Blue

Orange

Green

White

Red

Total

 Avg

Mike Tiffany

71

73

79

76

77

71

447.07

74.5

Cody Pare

65

66

73

78

76

72

430.08

71.7

Jim Colligan

64

68

74

75

69

70

420.06

70

Rick Pare

66

61

71

67

71

66

402.07

67

William Bonsma

59

60

63

71

70

61

384.08

64

 

Pro Results

Pro Spec Racer Podium - Dan Decosmo 1st, Erik Eckhardt 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Paul Kniffen 4th

 Dan was unstoppable as he drove to the top spot on the podium.  Behind Dan, things got tight.  Erik took second with 459 laps and then the finishing positions for the next four drives was determined by sections since all had 454 laps.  Once final calculations were done, Rob Hayes was third and Paul Kniffen (Don’t let Paul fool you, his focus today may be T-Jets, but he can drive the fast stuff just as well) took home the 4th place ribbon.  Dr. Pileggi missed the podium by 1 section, but he would get his revenge in the CMPM race.

 

Driver

Yellow

Blue

Orange

Green

White

Red

Total

 Avg

Dan DeCosmo

69

75

82

86

84

75

471.06

78.5

Eric Eckhardt

78

68

77

83

77

76

459.08

76.5

Rob Hayes

69

70

78

81

81

75

454.08

75.7

Paul Kniffen

70

77

74

81

79

73

454.07

75.7

John Pileggi

69

72

83

80

79

71

454.02

75.7

Bill Bonsma

71

70

78

78

81

76

454.01

75.7

Paul Ryer

76

74

78

82

69

73

452.03

75.3

Ryan Archambault

69

70

81

80

78

72

450.09

75

Tom Jahl

61

61

66

65

66

68

387.01

64.5

John Stezlecki

72

31

72

60

71

70

376.03

62.7

With the Spec Racer program wrapped up, it was time to start getting ready for Modified for the Sportsman and CMPM for the Pros.  This was the second time this class has been run on Dan’s new MaxTrax Scorpion.  The track is very fast and very smooth.  A real blast to race on.  With some drives leaving and some drivers joining, we had four Sportsman for Modified and ten Pros for CMPM.

Sportsman Results

Sportsman Modified Podium - Cody Pare 2nd, William Bonsma 4th, Bill Bonsma 1st and O'Jimmy Colligan 3rd

Bill Bonsma joined the Sportsman for the Modified race claiming lack of equipment and skill to deal with the faster CMPM cars.  We’ll let you get away with that this time Bill, but we know you’ve got the skill.  Bill drove to the top of the podium with 404 laps.  Cody Pare had issues in Yellow that most likely knocked him off the top spot, but he stuck with it and brought home second.  Oh Jimmy looked pretty consistence and finished third and William had another good showing for his first time on the track and first time driving a Modified.

Driver

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

 Avg

Bill Bonsma

89

103

106

106

404.09

101

Cody Pare

102

106

113

63

384.11

96

Jim Colligan

84

95

98

97

374.10

93.5

William Bonsma

68

82

85

83

318.04

79.5

 

Pro Results

Pro CMPM Podium - John Pileggi 1st, Roger Porcelli 2nd, Dan Decosmo 3rd and Victor Feliciano 4th

Roger and Victor joined the crowd for the CMPM race.  Uncharacteristically, Rob Hayes struggled with equipment problems that keep in the back of the pack.  Everyone else seems to deal ok with the downforce of the MaxTrax and no smoke was released during the race.  John Pileggi reminded everyone why he is one of the top drivers in MARC by blasting out 510 laps to take the win with a 24 lead over second place Roger who had a very stout run for his first appearance on Dan’s Scorpion.  Dan took the third-place spot followed by Victor who had a great run for his first time on the Scorpion to take fourth.

Driver

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

Total

 Avg

John Pileggi

114

133

132

131

510

127.5

Roger Porcelli

107

129

123

127

486

121.5

Dan DeCosmo

104

118

114

124

460

115

Victor Feliciano

106

115

112

119

452

113

Ryan Archambault

95

111

103

115

424

106

Paul Kniffen

94

115

108

106

423

105.8

Paul Ryer

93

101

114

100

408

102

Eric Eckhardt

86

91

112

98

387

96.8

Tom Jahl

81

92

95

94

362

90.5

Rob Hayes

28

87

117

113

345

86.2

 

Ribbons were awarded, hands were not shaking (fist bumps, elbow bumps, etc. were the greeting of the day) and everyone packed up and headed out.  Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing in some trying times.  I’m not sure when the next race will be as we wait for this pandemic to run its course, but I can’t wait.  It’s always a good day at a MARC race and I’m missing the competition and comradery when we get together.  Stay safe and tune those cars up.  We’ll see you on the track as soon as we can.

The race report as recorded this day

March 29, 2020

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

 

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