MARC 2018 – 2019 Season, Nantasket Beach Speedway, November 11, 2018

Stez Breaks G Jet Record, Ryer Races a Great Super Stock Race

 Hull, Massachusetts November 11, 2018    With so many MARC members racing in England on the Derby Club LeMans replica track this Lady Gray ready for some F1 G-Jet actionweek, it was very questionable on how many local MARC members would attend the race at Nantasket Beach. Surprisingly 13 members were able to make it to this tiny peninsular and race on the Nantasket Beach Lady Gray track and the Nuvolari Super Speedway.

The first event was on the Lady Gray. The track is the oldest track design in our club. Since 1991 the Lady Gray has been on the MARC circuit and the layout is well known by most of our drivers. This knowledge generally leads to some very close racing on the track. Today was no exception.

The Lady entertained the MARC G Jet Formula One race. John Stezelecki

G-Jet Sportsman Podium - Tom Smith 4th, Hal Pierce 3rd, Terry Ayer 2nd and Paul Crosby 1st

would break both the Lexan G Jet and the Formula One G Jet lap total record with a 233.02 lap total. The Lexan G Jet record on the Lady was held by Rob Hayes who in 2011 scored 231 laps and in 2017 Dan Decosmo popped up 230.07 laps in Formula One G Jet race. Nice to see records being broken. Best lap total in this race was by Stez with 60 laps on blue lane and a best lap time of 4.793. Taking second in the Pro event was Ryan Archambault who had a 58.03 lap total on blue lane and a lap time of

Pro G-Jet Podium - John Stezelecki 1st, Paul Ryer 3rd, Tom Jahl 4th and Ryan Archambault 2nd

4.873 to help him score 219.03 laps. Nice racing Ryan. The third Pro position went to Paul Ryer, Paul placed 213.02 laps on the board and ran an impressive 4.974 lap time on gutter red. Taking the fourth ribbon spot was Tom Jahl. Tommy ran with 205.08 total laps. He had his best lap total on blue lane as well as a best lap time of 5.114. Congratulations to all the podium finishers.

Peter Lentros took the Best Appearing F1 G Jet with his U.S. Army theme paint job. All Good!

Race standings

PRO

1   John Stezelecki               233.02

2   Ryan Archambault           219.03

3   Paul Ryer                         213.02

4   Tom Jahl                          205.08

5   Peter Lentros                   199.11

6   Dave Muse                       190.01

 

SPORTSMAN

1   Paul Crosby                     204.05

2   Terry Ayer                        199.09

3   Hal Pierce                        197.05

4   Tom Smith                       188.05

5   John Schoenfeld              183.05

6   Oh Jimmie Colligan          180.10

7   Don Hall                            175.01

 

Super Stock on the six lane Nuvolari Super Speedway

Paul Ryer raced one of the best Super Stock races of his MARC career

Super Stock action on the Nuvolari

when he blasted 494.01 laps on the six lane Nuvolari high banked track. Paul had a high on orange lane when he smashed out 88 laps and a lap time of 3.175. Pauls’ performance placed him in second place in Super Stock history on the track. The second place overall performance was previously held by John Reimels  when he knocked out 493 laps on November 12th 2013. The greatest super stock performance on the track is still held by John Pileggi on November 14th 2015 with an incredible 505 laps.

SS Sportsman Podium - Paul Crosby 4th, Hal Pierce 3rd, Don Hall 2nd and Jimmy Colligan 1st

Sportsman driver Oh Jimmie Colligan ran a fantastic race took second place overall and first place in the Sportsman class. Oh Jimmie ran 80 laps in both white and green lanes and a best lap time of 3.272 on green. really nice job Oh Jimmie. Second place in Pro and third place overall went to Ryan Archambault. Ryan was one lane back from Oh Jimmie with a 458.01 lap total. Still suffering from a west coast hangover, Peter Lentros

SS Pro Podium - Peter Lentros 3rd, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Paul Ryer 1st and Tom Jahl 4th

placed 3rd in Pro and fourth overall with 445.01 laps, not bad for a guy who has spent most of the week on a plane.

 

 

 

Results PRO SS

 

1  Paul Ryer                      494.01

2  Ryan Archambault        458.01

3  Peter Lentros                445.01

4  Tom Jahl                       383.08

 

Sportsman SS

 

1  Oh Jimmie                    459.01

2  Don Hall                        426.09

3  Hal Pierce                     396.08

4  Paul Crosby                  392.03

5  John Schoenfeld           383.11

6  Terry Ayer                     376.06

7  Dave Muse                    334.06

 

 

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MARC 2018 – 2019 – Catfish International Raceway, October 13th

New power, new track records, some familiar faces:

MARC 2017 – 2018 Round Two at Catfish International

By Benson S.R. Tuna

 October 13, 2018 – Catfish International Speedway, Cambridge, Massachusetts — Our second race of the 2018-19 MARC slot car racing

Catfish International Speedway ready for action

season, and our inaugural tilt with the Open Weight class.  14 volts, 6 ohms, weight sets made for the car, and the slip-on tires closest to your heart’s desire.

We were pleased to see the return of John Schoenfeld, after an absence of a decade, in the hunt with his own cars, and ready to learn about the latest parts and technology.  John was just about middle of the combined Open Weight pack, a very strong showing.  Also making what we hope will become a more regular thang, Bob Withers was totally in the house.  And (and) Scoutmaster Tom Bussmann made the trip.  Always great to see Tom and his tattoos.

A full field of CanAm cars ready for our Open Weighted class

After 90 min of dialing-in, we began our Open Weight round robin event, 18 Sportsmen and Pros combined, five minutes per lane.  The G-Jet single-lap (5.772 sec.) and 20-minute (189.16 laps) records were what we had for guidance.  We knew these cars would be quicker, but by how much?

They were lively and way fun. The G-Jet total lap mark was eclipsed by 22, and the single-lap mark by more than eight tenths.  Homeboy Catfish Sr.

Open Weight Pro Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Erik Eckhardt 3rd and John Reimels 4th

had the right combination for Penalty Box Red, and took the flag a full 16 laps ahead of Ryan, who had the fast lap of the day, 4.965.  Ryan was followed very closely by Erik Eckhardt and J. Reimels.  Paul Crosby was the top Sportsman, with Terry Ayer a mere three laps in arrears.

The whole Open Weight stack:  Rob, Ryan, Erik, J. Reimels, Peter Lentros, Paul Crosby, Terry Ayer, Tom Jahl, Hal Pierce,

Open Weight Sportsman Podium - John Schoenfeld 4th, Hal Pierce 3rd, Terry Ayer 2nd, and Paul Crosby 1st

John Schoenfeld, Jim Mac, Mike Tiffany, Tom Smith, Oh Jimmy Colligan, Tom Gray, Digital Dave Muse, Tom Bussmann, and Bob Withers, with a broken car for three lanes and then a stout 41 on Blue lane that hinted at what could have been.

Time for music!  This year, cellist Parker Ousley did the honors, playing and singingtraditional

Half-Time entertainment, always a highlight at Catfish International Speedway

weepie “The Blackest Crow,” and The Star Spangled Banner.  Parker, you slew!

After pizza, and two hours of Super Stock practice, the Nine Sportsmen of the Apocalypse put down their tire pullers and stepped to the panel.

If you haven’t heard, the key to winning at Catfish International, it’s simple:  win the Red lane.  That’s just what “Power” Paul Crosby did.  He also won all the other lanes for good measure.  Terry Ayer gave a very fine drive, including a very strong Red himself, to be the best of the rest, 11 laps back.  Bob Withers looked crazy good at times, and was third.

Super Stock Sportsman Podium - Mike Tiffany 4th, Bob Withers 3rd, Terry Ayer 2nd and Paul Crosby 1st

Mike Tiffany and The Scoutmaster were close behind, followed by Hal, J. Schoenfeld, Oh Jimmy, and Dave Muse.  And those were the Sportsmen racing Super Stock HO cars at Catfish International Speedway on October 13, 2018.

Paul Crosby and Terry Ayer declined to move up to Le Programme Pro, but podium finisher R. Withers decided he’d like some more track time, and so ascended.

Some very fast cars out there, and a lot of fun Pro racing.  We made new single-lap and total-lap Super Stock records.  The track felt good.

 

Super Stock Podium - Rob hayes 1st, Erik Eckhardt 2nd, John Reimels 3rd and Ryan Archambault 4th

Our Track Owner demonstrated the benefits of (finally) getting some track time, winning all four lanes, and setting a new total-lap record of 292.43.  He enjoyed the same 16-lap margin over second-place Erik “The Chauffeur” Eckhardt, who is showing some great pace this season with his cars from the Durf Hyson stable.

Erik edged Reimels Sr. by three laps, who shaded Ryan Archambault by four.  Ryan set a new single-lap record of 3.717, from the previous mark of 3.882.  New Pro Tom Jahl was three back from Ryan, Tom Gray four back of Mr. Jahl, and Bob Withers, suffering mightily on White and Red, got his desired track time.

A good, long day was completed in fine fashion with pies!

Our thanks go to Digital Dave Muse for helping us along with Lanemaster®, to superspouse Gretchen for providing our donuts, and cellist and vocalist magnifique Parker Ousley. Large gratitude to everyone for coming, and, as always, XXXL thanks to Bryan Henden of Brystal Race Systems for our megafun Brystal Catfish racetrack.

Please know that Team MARC will be representing the USA at the DHORC HO Le Mans 24 Hour tilt in Derby, England (pron. DAR-bee) on Nov. 10 and 11.  J. Reimels Sr., Erik Eckhardt, Dan DeCosmo, Dr. John Pileggi, HOPAC’s John Hubbard of Portland, Oregon, and Your Humble Narrator will journey across the pond to contest the HO24 for the fourth time, in this ultimate test of tiny machines and older men.  We’d be glad to have your moral support.

On that same Saturday, November 10, MARC will hold the third race of the 2018-2019 season championship at Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, at the dual-track, HO slot car mecca created by the venerable John Stezelecki.  It will be good.

 

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MARC 2018 – 2019 – Thompson Raceway Park – September 8. 2018

2018 – 2019 Season Opener

Thompson Connecticut, September 8, 2015 – Once again MARC kicks off the

Getting ready to race

season at Thompson Raceway Park.  Durf decided to switch things up a bit and instead of Can-Am bodies on the G-Jets he went with F1 bodies.  Durf, Stez, and Peter have cooked up a championship within a championship.  The F1 G-Jet Championship will crown a champion at the February race at LenJet based on the results of the three G-Jet races this season.  Also, at each race these will be a best appearing trophy awarded based on voting by those present.  Don Hall took the best appearing trophy for this race.

Thompson Raceway Park is a unique Tomy track cooked up by Durf.  Each year it seems

Rob has something interesting

you learn something new about a part of the track that lets you get a bit faster.  The track was in great shape and record lap totals would be set in both G-Jet and Super Stock.  15 drivers showed up for the opening race.

First up was F1 G-Jet.  Practice saw lap times dipping under 7 seconds and the drivers didn’t look too rusty from the summer break.  As usual, Sportsman and Pro ran together in a single round robin.  Once again Erik Eckhardt, Stez and Rob Hayes blasted out to a big lead over the rest of the field.  Hal Pierce and Paul

Hal Pierce 1st, Paul Crosby 2nd, Terry Ayer 3rd, Mike Tiffany 4th

Crosby quietly drove through the field setting down laps that some of the Pros wished they could match.  Tight racing through out the field made for some close racing.  Rob Hayes took the top spot followed closely by Erik in second and Stez in third.  Peter rounded out the Pro podium in fourth.  Hal Pierce took the top spot in Sportsman finishing a lap ahead of Paul Crosby.  Terry Ayer was third and Mike Tiffany came home fourth.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Total

Hal Pierce

150.23

Paul Crosby

149.24

Terry Ayer

146.20

Mike Tiffany

136.19

Don Hall

130.30

Durf Hyson

127.02

Pro Results

Drivers

Total

Rob Hayes

164.02

Erik Eckhardt

162.27

John Stezelecki

162.12

Peter Lentros

147.21

Dave Muse

144.12

Paul Ryer

143.23

Tom Jahl

128.15

Jim Macartney

128.08

Rob Hayes 1st, Erik Eckhardt 2nd, Stez 3rd, Peter Lentros 4th

F1 G-Jet Championship points standings

Drivers

Points

Rob Hayes

30

Erik Eckhardt

29

John Stezelecki

28

Hal Pierce

27

Paul Crosby

26

Peter Lentros

25

Terry Ayer

24

Dave Muse

23

Paul Ryer

22

Mike Tiffany

21

Don Hall

20

Tom Jahl

19

Jim Macartney

18

Durf Hyson

17

I’m not sure who Durf thought he was feeding, but there was a feast of lasagna, meatballs,

Paul Crosby 1st, Hal Pierce 2nd, Terry Ayer 3rd, Mike Tiffany 4th

shells and sauce and corn that could feed an army.  As always this was topped off with plenty of home backed cookies.  I think if you drop by now, there’s still some food left over.  With the G-Jet program wrapped up, it was time to start getting ready for Super Stock.  Stez headed out and Tom Gray joined the mix.  After some two hours of practice most people were ready to race and the rest resigned themselves that they would have to make do with what they had.  As with the G-Jets, lap times were fast and more guys seem to be getting a handle on the setup and driving for Thompson Raceway

Paul, Hal, Terry, Mike

Park.  Low 4 second lap times were what you needed to get to the top of the podium.  Erik Eckhardt was unstoppable and drove a clean race to take top honors finishing 10 laps ahead of Rob Hayes who was battling with newly re-elected club director Paul Ryer.  Rob finished 4 laps ahead of Paul with Tom Jahl taking the fourth spot in the Pro division in his first race as a Pro.  In the Sportsman group Paul Crosby drove away from the pack covering second place Hal Pierce by 14 laps.  Terry Ayes was just sections behind Hal to finish third and Mike Tiffany took the last podium sport finishing fourth.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Total

Paul Crosby

231.07

Hal Pierce

217.23

Terry Ayer

217.04

Mike Tiffany

205.15

Dave Muse

197.30

Don Hall

185.02

Durf Hyson

170.11

 Pro Results

Drivers

Total

Erik Eckhardt

259.11

Rob Hayes

249.11

Paul Ryer

245.29

Tom Jahl

234.30

Peter Lentros

226.29

Jim Macartney

220.12

Tom Gray

218.03

Ribbons were awarded, hands were shook and everyone packed up and headed out.  Thank

Erik 1st, Rob 2nd, Paul 3rd, Tom 4th

you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing and to kick off the 2018 – 2019 MARC season.  See you at the next MARC race October 13 at Catfish International Speedway in the Republic of Cambridge.  This will be our first race for the Open Weighted class with Can-Am bodies so check the rules and get your cars ready.  For Can-Am, there should be a driver in the open cockpit!  Super Stock will also make a return to Catfish after a hiatus of a few

Rob beat up Erik and stole his ribbon

years.

The race report as recorded this day

September 18, 2018

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

 

A postscript from the Host !

Yes I admit there was a little confusion between the concept that a “standard baking pan” meant 8 ½” x 11” x 2 ½” and the reality that “standard baking pan’ in a commercial setting means 14” x 22” x 5” . And yes we may be having leftovers next year …

The other thing I wanted to do was thank everyone who participated in or contributed to “Durf’s Campy Race” . We completed the raffle for the car Rob built and donated at the MARC race . This and the last of the outside donors checks put us over my ambitious goal . I was hoping we could raise $1100 so we could again sponsor a complete family for one of the Camp’s family weeks . This is an opportunity for a sick child to bring his or her parents and siblings to spend a week at camp with them . This is a unique opportunity for a family to “vacation” with the whole family without having to worry about the medical needs and logistics that would normally limit such an endeavor . The Camp’s ability to provide all the necessary medical care on-site makes this possible .

I am more than happy and grateful to report the final total was $1318 and YOU all will be sponsoring a family . I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart . It’s a wonderful thing you have done .

My Thanks to All

Durf

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GRoNE at the 2018 Nats

GRoNE at 2018 Nats

 Ashland, Massachusetts   June 20, 2018   Paul Ryer did a great job representing the GRoNE folks at the 2018 Nats with an awesome 2nd place finish in the Gravity Race, only 3 laps off the pace set by winner Scott Terry.   NICE JOB!  Overall GRoNE was well represented with a total of

The top four finishers - Scott Terry 1st, Paul Ryer 2nd, Jim Keen 3rd and Tony Baldock 4th

nine entrees and 14 cars in the 35 gravity car field.  I built 13 of the cars, the same as the number of LandShark entrees from Al Thurman.  The best finishes for my cars were a center hinged anglewinder driven to a 5th place finish by Greg Burstein and a necked-in rail anglewinder driven by Ryan Archambault to an 8th place finish.  I just missed making the semi by 3 feet using my center hinged car finishing in 9th place.  I’m disappointed in my driving, the car had more in it then I did…  The field was basically a mini-motor field day with only one AFX car in the race.  Missing were Joel Pennington (recovering from some health issues) and Doug Morris; had they been present, I assume we would have seen some competitive AFX cars in the field – Joel’s lowered AFX has won the past two gravity races at the Nats and was prevented from seeking a 3rd straight win by Joel’s absence.  Looking at the cars in the

Close up of Scott Terry's latest build

main, finishing first was Scott Terry debuting his latest design, an awesome looking center hinged chassis using his reverse pick up shoe design; it utilizes a long hinge with the weight of the chassis concentrated closer to its center-line.  In second was Paul using a car he built based on Joel Pennington’s side winder configuration; rather than running the side rails straight forward, Paul necked in the main rails where they’re soldered to the front plate to give the chassis a bit more flex.  Jim Keen finished 3rd in a sweet looking center-hinged sidewinder built by Dean Schober.  In fourth was Tony Baldock, all the way from England, using an anglewinder built by Al Thurman.   Common to all of these cars were chassis designed to flex; also of note, the top three were all sidewinders using narrower rear tires – thought to ponder, was their advantage the motor placement or the use of narrow tires or the talent of the drivers…  While the bulk of the field used cars built by Al or me, a few racers built their own cars – hats off to these folks, that’s what this class is all about (Paul Ryer and Shawn Molter to name but two…).  The complete finishing order is available on the HOPRA website (although the chassis designation is not totally accurate).

Also of interest was the Brass War race on Tuesday evening that officially kicked off the 2018 Nationals event.  We used the old BRASCAR rules with the stipulation that a Mabuchi HT50 style motor be used.  The race was run on the Parma track that Peter had

Brass War Race on the restored Parma Track

restored to better than original condition.  Unlike the original Nats run on this track in 1972, we were able to use all eight lanes thanks to the widening of the gutter lanes done as part of the restoration project.  We really need to use this track more often, while the eight-lane configuration makes marshaling a challenge (as does the off-color lane striping…), every one of the 19 entrants enjoyed the event.  I won the race using a simple in-line motor chassis with a shaker pan that I made over seven years ago.  Trevor Machuga finished second using one of the original chassis made by AJ Hoyt for the 1972 event!  Trevor did an awesome job restoring the chassis to its original configuration including the modifications made to the HT50 motor – it looked and ran real sweet; it is amazing that Trevor has this car and was able to run it on the same track 46 years after it’s original debut at the 1972 Nats – just think about that for a second.  The next four positions were taken by Erik Eckhardt, Shawn Molter, Richie Audet and Peter Lentros using sister cars to the one I drove.  As mentioned before, we need to use this track more often – BRASCARs on the Parma track is truly a match made in heaven…

Thanks to all that participated in these events at the Nats, it was nice to see how well GRoNE did in only our second season as a group.  Rumors are that we might be in Denver for the Nats next year, I hope that many of us can attend.  Speaking of next season, I’d like to kick off our third season with an event sometime the end of August or early September, I’m looking for a venue, please let me know if you’re interested in hosting.

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Advocate

 

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GRoNE – LenJet Raceway – April 28, 2018

GRoNEing on a nice sunny day

Ashland, Massachusetts   April 28, 2018   Fourteen drivers attended the

Racing T-Jets on the Python

GRoNE event at Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway on a real warm, sunny Saturday this past April 28th; 13 participated in the T-Jet race while 12 ran the Gravity race.  In addition to the usual cast of characters, we had Ernie L, Dick Griffin and Bob Withers make their first appearances at a GRoNE event, the more the merrier.  Unfortunately, neither Joel Pennington nor Rick DeRosa could attend the event, Life keeps getting in the way of racing slot cars.

 

HOPRA T-Jets

After a two hour open practice session for T-Jets on the Python and Gravity

T-Jet Podium - Paul Ryer 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Peter Lentros 3rd and Ryan Archambault 4th

Cars on the Boomerang, it was time to run the T-Jet race.  The top five had a real barnburner being separated by only 3 laps.  Paul Ryer took down the win by ½ of a lap over John Reimels followed by Peter Lentros two laps further behind.  Ryan Archambault beat out Donny Hall for fourth by just sections; a single off making all the difference.  Paul Ryer ran a real consistent race getting 25 laps across the board.

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

1 Paul Ryer

25

25

25

25

100.22

2 John Reimels

24

25

26

25

100.02

3 Peter Lentros

24

24

26

24

98

4 Ryan Archambault

24

25

23

25

97.12

5 Don Hall

24

25

25

23

97.04

6 Paul Crosby

21

25

23

22

91.40

7 Rob Hayes

21

24

23

23

91.10

8 Tom Smith

20

24

23

23

90

9 Bob Withers

22

20

21

20

83

10 Ernie L

20

20

21

21

82

11 Jim Macartney

20

20

22

18

80

12 Dick Griffin

17

20

20

20

77

13 Tom Gray

14

17

19

17

67

 

 

Gravity Cars

A full field of Gravity Cars - 8 anglewinders, 3 sidewinders and a lonely in-line

Ernie and Dick elected not to run Gravity cars but with Dave Muse joining the fray, we had a healthy 12 drivers for the Gravity race.  A real nice omen for the class is that 9 of the 12 drivers raced their own car; gone are the days where most folks ran borrowed cars.  We had 8 anglewinders, 3 sidewinders and one lonely in-line – all mini-motored cars.  Ryan tried his AFX based car but was off the top times being set by the mini-motor cars so he borrowed a car from my stable, technically this means 10 of the 12 racers had their own

Some intense driving going on... From left to right it's Paul Crosby, Tom Smith, Peter Lentros and Ryan Archambault

cars!  Once again Paul Ryer and John Reimels had a good battle for the win, this time John beating Paul to the line by 2 laps.  Paul had a tough run in blue otherwise it would have been closer (but I still would have won! – JR).  Dave Muse finished an awesome third trying out his latest controller that had a different power profile more suited to the mini-motor cars.  Dave is really doing some nice work on the controller front, he deserves more recognition than he’s currently getting (but please wait until AFTER the Nats before asking him to make a controller for you, hahahaha – JR).  Following Dave home for fourth was Ryan Archambault, ½ a lap behind Dave.  Tom Gray finished sixth only a few laps off the pace set by Dave and Ryan.

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

1

John Reimels

22

22

22

22

88

2

Paul Ryer

22

20

22

22

86

3

Dave Muse

19

21

20

20

80.31

4

Ryan Archambault

19

21

20

20

80.07

5

Tom Gray

19

19

20

20

78

6

Peter Lentros

15

20

21

19

75.83

7

Don Hall

18

20

18

19

75.24

8

Rob Hayes

18

20

20

17

75.21

9

Paul Crosby

17

18

19

18

72

10

Tom Smith

18

17

17

17

69.47

11

Bob Withers

16

17

18

18

69.06

12

Jim Macartney

12

19

16

18

65

A fine looking Gravity Podium - John Reimels 1st, Paul Ryer 2nd, Dave Muse 3rd and Ryan Archambault 4th

With the second race over, rather than have another race, the decision was made to open both tracks for more practice time and let those wanting to enjoy the first real sunny day of spring go home to do yard work (I stayed for the practice time! – JR).

 

I’m waiting to hear from Joel and Rick about coming out before the Nats.  If they can make it, we’ll schedule another GRoNE race accordingly.  If they can’t make it, I’ll try to set up another practice day before the Nats.  Stay Tuned…

 

Thanks to Peter for hosting and special thanks to all 14 drivers who attended – without you guys we’d have nothing.

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Enthusiast

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MARC 2017-2018 – Fast Five Raceway – March 24, 2018

Southampton, MA   March 24, 2018   Seventeen races made the last point paying race of the season at Ryan Archambault’s Fast Five Raceway.  On the docket for the Pros were two

Fast Five Raceway's Snake Bite track

of our faster classes – Spec Racers and CMPM while the Sportsman were running Spec Racers and Super Stocks.  Gerd Wolny and Gary Hallenbeck made their first appearance of the season, it was great to see them again.

Spec Racer

Per this season’s rules, the Spec Racer event was run combining the Pros and Sportsman drivers together in one long 17 heat round robin.  Host, Ryan Archambault, showed that he knows the way around his track by winning the event in a very dominant fashion – he set the high lap mark in 4 of the 6 lanes, he set the fastest lap in 5 of the 6 lanes, he set the overall fastest lap of the race in the RED lane (now he’s just showing off – JR) and he was the only driver to break into the 2 second bracket in all six lanes.   To further prove his dominance, his other cars also finished 2nd

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

and 5th driven by Greg Burstein and Dan DeCosmo respectively.  Clearly Ryan doesn’t understand that hosts are supposed to be humble…  Tommy Gray had an awesome race finishing third, the top finisher in the non-Ryan category followed by John Pileggi in 4th.  The top Sportsman was Gary Hallenbeck with an 8th overall finishing position followed by Tom Jahl, Gerd Wolny and Oh Jimmy Colligan.

After the race, the group feasted on an

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Jimmy Colligan 4th, Gerd Wolny 3rd, Tom Jahl 2nd and Gary Hallenbeck 1st

awesome lasagna (actually two lasagnas – JR) made by Ryan’s wife.  I think it was Ryan’s plan that we all eat too much to lull the competition to sleep in hopes of continuing his domination of the day.

 

 

 

Sportsman – Super Stocks

For the second race of the day, the Sportsman ran Super Stocks while the Pros ran CMPM.

Sportsman SUper Stock Podium - Hal Pierce 4th, Gerd Wolny 3rd, Tom Jahl 2nd and Gary Hallenbeck 1st

With the speed discrepancy so great, practice was broken up into 15 minutes intervals alternating between Pros and Sportsman – this seemed to work fairly well.  Once again Gary Hallenbeck lead the way beating Tom Jahl by 4 laps at the finish; Tom had a miserable run in yellow otherwise he might have had something for Gary.  Gerd finished 3rd only 2 laps off Tom’s pace.  Hal Pierce won the best of the rest race finishing 4th, 36 laps behind Gerd.

Pro – CMPM

Since this was the first time that MARC ran CMPM cars at Ryan’s, the decision was made to only run the center four lanes leaving plenty of runoff for those pushing too hard – of which there were many.   Despite the frequent offs, running these cars on Snake Bite was

CMPM Podium - Rob Hayes 4th, Ryan Archambault 3rd, John Pileggi 2nd and Dan DeCosmo 1st

really fun, my only complaint was the blister I got on my trigger finger but it was worth it!  Apparently Ryan’s lunch ruse backfired as it was he that was slightly comatose after eating too much lasagna allowing John Pileggi and Dan DeCosmo to dominate the race.  John had a mishap in the green lane costing him a few laps and try as he might, he couldn’t make up that deficit with Dan beating him to the finish by a lap.  Watching these two battle it out on a very fast track with very fast cars was extremely entertaining.  Ryan finished third with an awesome run in the green lane setting high heat lap total but he was merely mortal in the other lanes finishing 22 laps off the pace set by Dan and John.  Rob Hayes rounded out the podium with a 4th place finish.

 

Championship Standings

With this being the last point paying event of the season, the championships have been determined.  Thanks go to all participates but the laurels go to the following:

 

Sportsman Production Series                      Pro Production Series

1 – Tom Jahl                                                    1 – Rob Hayes

2 – Jimmy Colligan                                         2 – John Reimels

3 – Terry Ayer                                                 3 – John Stezelecki

4 – Mike Tiffany                                             4 – Dan DeCosmo

 

Sportsman Championship Series               Pro Championship Series

1 – Tom Jahl                                                    1 – Rob Hayes

2 – Jimmy Colligan                                         2 – John Reimels

3 – Terry Ayer                                                 3 – Paul Ryer

4 – Hal Pierce                                                  4 – Dan DeCosmo

 

John Reimels

MARC Communication Director

 

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MARC 2017-2018 – Taj MaHO – March 10, 2018

MARC is back at the Taj MaHO Raceway

Suffield, CT   March 10, 2018 – For the 1st time in over 5 years on Saturday, March 10, 2018 the Miniature Auto Racing Club held HO scale slot car races at Dan DeCosmo‘s Taj MaHO Raceway. During many weeks of cleaning it was found

Practice underway on Dan's fast Scorpion layout

that the old faithful Compaq docking station laptop that housed the original Lanemaster race management program had finally seen its last race. A new laptop was installed and due to Scale Auto not being able to supply their new USB hardware for the new version of Lanemaster the track was outfitted with the latest version of Trackmate, which worked flawlessly with the exception of some lane rotation issues that were quickly rectified after race 1 of the day.

The first race of the day was spec racer and 18 racers took part in it Dan DeCosmo piloted Ryan Archambault’s “loaner car” to an impressive 21 lap victory over Greg Berstein who was also in a Archambault “rent a ride”. This would mark the 1st race this season that Nick Kanan would enter a Spec Racer event and not take home the blue ribbon as he has gone undefeated so far in the MAHOPRA series.  Nick still ran an impressive run taking 3rd over master car builder Ryan Archambault in 4th who would have been a contender if not for the dreaded red lane. Tom Bussmann and John Reimels both garnered over 500 laps to round out the top six. Erik Eckhardt placed seventh followed by MARC

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Tom Bussmann 1st, Tom Jahl 2nd, Terry Ayer 3rd and Jimmy Colligan 4th

“Founding Fathers” Tom Gray in 8th & Jim Macartney in 9th. Benny Leyro made the trek from Yonkers and round out the top 10 by sections over Tom Jahl in 11th. Jerome Burwell was our long distance participant of the day just a few laps out of the top 10. Terry Ayer placed 13th just 1 lap ahead of oh Jimmy Callahan who was 1 lap of Tom Kanan in 15th who had equipment failure on the super fast orange lane which took him out of contention for a podium finish. 16th place went to Mike Tiffany followed by Hal Pierce in 17th and Paul Ryer had mechanical issues throughout the race bringing up the rear of the field.

Race 2 was Sportsman Class and 5 racers took to the Scorpion to do battle. Greg (soon to be bumped from Sportsman) Berstein was in another rent a racer from Ryan. Greg blasted out 553 laps (4 laps more than his polymer magnet Spec Racer) to take the win by over 100 laps. Terry Ayer & Jimmy Callahan had a good battle for 2nd where Terry bested Jimmy by 9 laps. Tom Jahl had all sorts of troubles (mostly on red) or he would have made it a 3 way

Pro CMPM Podium - Dan DeCosmo 1st, Tom Kanan 2nd, John Reimels 3rd and Ryan Archambault 4th

fight for 2nd. Hal Pierce placed 5th with solid middle lane runs.

The last race of the day was CMPM and once again a Archambault loaner would take the win making it a sweep for Ryan’s cars. Dan ran a solid race and held off a hard charging Tom Kanan who closed from 9 down to 1.5 at the end. John Reimels ran another solid clean race to take the bronze. Ryan Archambault had a gear issue on orange which killed his chances for contending for the win as he ran stellar on all the other lanes & finished 4th. Paul Ryer placed 5th with strong runs in middle 4 lanes. Tom Gray struggled a bit on the gutters and had a couple body offs on a center lane which made him settle for 6th. Once again Jim Macartney followed his fellow NHite and took 7th. Jim also had a couple strong lane totals. Benny Leyro placed 8th with a very fast car while Erik Eckhardt had to sort out his controller on the red lane where he dropped close to 50 laps to the rest of the field. Jerome Burwell was 10th followed by Tom Bussmann in 11th and Nick Kanan in 12th who broke in his 1st heat.
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GRoNE – LenJet Raceway – February 24, 2018

The Show Must Go On!

 

Ashland Massachusetts, February 24, 2018 – The Godfather of Gravity racing in the North East was unable to make the event, but the racing continued.  Johnny Brasscar had to sit out the event, but his cars still made up most of the field for a day of T-Jet and Gravity racing at LenJet.  Ten drivers made the show to get some track time on the tracks that will be used at the 2018 HOPRA Nats.

A full field of T-Jets

First up was Vintage T-Jet.  We had lots of practice, tuning, and swapping of tech tips to get the day going.  The MaxTrax Python is a blast with these cars.  “Little” Greg Burstein has really developed into a top-notch builder as well as a hot shoe driver.  Greg had high lap total or tied for high lap total in every lane.  Yours truly finished in second 4 laps behind with Peter “The Mayor” Lentros rounding out the podium.

T-Jet Results

Drivers

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Avg

Greg Burstein

25

28

27

25

105

26.2

Paul Ryer

24

26

26

25

101

25.2

Peter Lentros

24

25

25

24

98

24.5

Rob Hayes

23

24

24

24

95

23.8

Dave Muse

24

23

25

23

95

23.8

Tom Gray

22

25

24

23

94

23.5

Don Hall

23

24

23

23

93

23.2

Tom Smith

17

21

19

20

77

19.2

 

After a stroll over to the sub shop to get some lunch, Gravity practice started in earnest.    Lots of controller tuning and a bit of tuning on the cars and everyone was pretty much

Ten Gravity Cars - Top View

ready to take to the track.  The field was made up of a an early Joel Pennigton sidewinder, three Landshark cars (one was an inline and the others were anglewinders).  The rest of the field were Reimels cars consisting of 5 center hinge cars and an earlier straight rail car.  Racing was fast and close with three drivers finishing with the same lap total (sorry I left the sheet with sections at LenJet so the results are based on what came up on the computer screen).  Once again Greg took the win, but only by a

Ten Gravity Cars - Bottom View

lap over Rob Hayes who was very quick as well.  Ryer took third to round out the podium.  Fast lap of the race was 7.324 seconds by Greg in the blue lane.  In fact, Greg had fast lap in all the lanes for the race.


 

Gravity Results

Drivers

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Avg

Greg Burstein

24

23

20

22

89

22.2

Rob Hayes

22

22

21

23

88

22

Paul Ryer

21

20

21

20

82

20.5

Tom Gray

20

18

20

19

77

19.2

Dave Muse

18

21

20

18

77

19.2

Peter Lentros

19

20

19

10

77

19.2

Stez

20

19

19

17

75

18.8

Don Hall

18

19

19

17

72

18.2

Tom Smith

18

19

17

15

69

17.2

Jim Macartney

16

17

17

16

66

16.5

 

And that wrapped up another great day of T-Jet and Gravity racing.  Thanks to Peter for hosting and thanks to everyone who came out to race.  Next race will be back at LenJet April 28th.  Hope to see you there!

The race report as recorded this day

March 11, 2018

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2017-2018 – Nantasket Beach Speedway – 02/10/18

Hull, Massachusetts  February 10 2018

G-Jet Sportsman and Pro

Eckhardt nips Archambault

G-Jet practice on the Nuvolari

In a real nail biter Eric Eckhardt took the checkered flag by one section over Ryan Archambault, 322.10 laps to Ryan’s 322.09.  Eric had the highest lap total of the day on orange lane with a 56 lap total.  Eric had a fast lap on orange with a 5.220 also on orange.  Second place finisher Ryan Archambault put up some blistering fast lap times with the two fastest times on the nailing the green lane with a 5.090 and on blue with a 5.159.  Third position went to Rob Hayes who finished up with 329 laps and a best time of

5.240.   Paul Ryer took the last podium spot with 316.01 laps and a best lap time of 5.258. Congratulations to Eric Eckhardt for a very fine win in the Pro Class with Chris Takacs taking the top spot in Sportsman.

 

Overall Finishing order

 

1.  Eckhardt.            322.10. Laps

2.  Archambault.     322.09

3.  Hayes.                 318.02

4   Ryer.                    316.01

5.  Reimels.              311.09

6.  Tamburo.            303.01

7.  Pileggi.                302.07

8.  Stezelecki.           298.04

9   Hall.                      292.04

10 Takacs.                  289.04

11 Jahl.                     279.04

12. Colligan.             276.04

13. Ayer.                    274.04

14  Tiffany.               274.04

15. Pierce.                272.10

16  Muse.                  257.10

 

 

SPORTSMAN SUPERSTOCK

 

It’s All Hall

Don Hall dominated the Sportsman Super stock class event at Nantasket Beach on the

Sportsman SS Podium - Don Hall 1st, Dave Muse 2nd, Jimmy Colligan 3rd and Vince Tamburo 4th

Lady Gray track with a comfortable 13 lap victory over second place finisher Dave Muse.  Don put up 316.10 laps around the tight turned Lady Gray, he had his highest total on blue lane with 82.10 laps and 82 on gutter yellow. His fastest lap time was 3.208 on the white lane. Nice race Don. Congratulations, great job.  Second place finisher Dave Muse 303.12 laps ran a nice clean race. Dave had a fast lap of 80.12 on blue lane. Oh Jimmie took the third position running up 285.08 laps. Vince Tamburo made the trip up from Delaware.  It’s been a while since he has had a controller in hand but did well taking the 4th position knocking down 282.11 laps.

 

SPORTSMAN SS RESULTS OVERALL

 

1.     HALL.            316.10

2.     MUSE.           303.12

3.     COLLIGAN.   285.08

4.     TAMBURO.    282.12

5.     JAHL.            280.01

6.     PIERCE.         278.11

7.     TAKAS.          271.10

8.     AYER.             261.07

 

 

Pro Super Stock Lady Gray 

 

Rob Hayes wins a Big One At Nantasket

It’s been a while since Rob Hayes won Super Stock on the Lady Gray. Rob in past years has won several of the events on this track but lately victory had alluded him. Today he found

Pro SS Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, John Pileggi 2nd, Ryan Archambault 3rd and John Reimels 4th

the right set up and skated to victory over rival and Lady Gray record holder John Pileggi . Rob would win by 5 laps by lasting out 354. 06 laps to John’s 349.12. Rob’s fastest lap time was 3.018 on the blue lane. Great win Rob. Congratulations.  As mentioned, J Pileggi placed second.  He had an off day compared to his last visit on the Lady Gray in which he won the event and broke the SS record with 362.05 laps. Today’s 349.12 lap total finish was probably disappointing to John but most of us would have loved to run this race and do so well. John had the fastest lap time of the day with a 2.953 on blue lane.  Ryan Archambault got nipped by Pileggi by one lap. The 348.09 lap total gave him the third spot. He had a fast time of 3.010 on both blue and yellow.  John Reimels took the final podium spot with a fourth and 339.05. laps and a fast time of 3.061 on white lane.

 

SS OVERALL FINISH

 

1.         HAYES.                       354.06

2.         PILEGGI.                     349.12

3.         ARCHAMBAULT.       348.09

4.         REIMELS.                   339.02

5.         STEZELECKI.             335.05

6.         RYER.                          334.05

7.         ECKHARDT.               323.11

8.         GRAY.                          320.10

9.         JAHL.                          279.05

 

 

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MARC 2017 – 2018 Season – LenJet Raceway

Ashland, Massachusetts    January 13, 2018   Twenty-four racers, a new season high, made it to LenJet Raceway for a day of racing “the fast stuff” on Peter Lentros’ Purple Mile

Practicing on the Purple Mile - Fast, fast fun

and Scorpion – both six lane tracks.  Racing at LenJet always draws a crowd which usually includes a few guests, this event was no exception as we were joined by Greg Burstein, Bob Jones and Bob Withers.  The field was evenly split with 13 Pros and 11 Sportsman in attendance.

 

 

Spec Racers on the Purple Mile

First on the docket were Sports Racers on the fast Purple Mile.  Get the car set-up correctly and racing on this track is just so much fun; a few blips to get through the fingers, a quick blast around the donut and then down the long front straight into the biggest banked turn in the HO world.  Awesome.   Per the latest MARC rules, Pros and Sportsman race together for the first race of the day yielding a very long 24 heat round robin.  We might want to reconsider combining the divisions if there are enough racers in each category to support separate races – but I digress…

Sportsman

Spec Racer Sportsman Podium - Mike Tiffany 1st, Terry Ayer 2nd, Tom Jahl 3rd and Hal Pierce 4th

The Sportsman’s race was a bit of a run-away for Mike Tiffany, clearly on the road to recovery from his car accident last June.  I think this was the most popular win of the season – WELCOME BACK MIKE!!!!  Terry Ayer had a fantastic finish coming home in second place followed by Tom Jahl in 3rd and Hal Pierce in 4th.  The dynamic duo of Terry and Hal have really upped their game since joining MARC last year – they’ve been a great addition to MARC.

Pro

Spec Racer Pro Podium - John Pileggi 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Ryan Archambault 3rd and Rob Hayes 4th

John Pileggi rejoined the group with his second appearance of the season much to the regret of the rest of the field.  Like what Mike did to the Sportsman field, John did to the Pros beating John Reimels to the finish line by 12 laps – that’s a 2 lap per heat advantage…  Following John R home were Ryan Archambault, also making his second appearance of the season in third and Rob Hayes in 4th.

 

Sportsman – Modified

With 6 of the sportsman deciding to pass on the second race of the day, we loosened up the rules a tad and let Greg Burstein run with the Sportsman drivers borrowing a wicked fast

Sportsman Modified Podium - Greg Burstein 1st, Jimmy Colligan 2nd, Hal Pierce 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

Modified car from Ryan Archambault and we let Bob Withers run his CMPM car – neither Greg nor Bob are members so this decision would not affect the point standings in any way.  We now had a full field of 6 drivers to run on Peter’s seldom used Scorpion track.  Considering this is probably the first time Greg has driven a car this fast, it’s simply amazing that he was able to walk away from the field amassing an ungodly 73 lap margin of victory.  I think the Pros were glad he decided to race with the Sportsman drivers…  Coming home “first in class” was “Oh Jimmy” Colligan followed by Hal Pierce, Terry Ayer, Bob Withers and Tom Jahl.

 

Pro – CMPM

The last race of the day was for Pros running the CMPM class cars on the Scorpion.  Dan “I

Pro CMPM Podium - Mr Scorpion DeCosmo 1st, John Pileggi 2nd, Ryan Archambault 3rd and Rob Hayes 4th

Love Scorpions” DeCosmo showed that he knows how to drive this track.  If it wasn’t for the Blue and Yellow lanes, John Pileggi might have beaten Dan but Dan’s performance on Blue and Yellow was just amazing – sealing the victory with a 23 lap margin.  John Pileggi finished second followed by Ryan “I should have used the car I loaned to Dan” Archambault in third and Rob Hayes in 4th.  Since this is the track that will be used at the 2018 Nats for this class, many of us need to get up to speed quickly (especially me…  – JR).

 

Thanks go to Peter for hosting the race.  Next up we’re at John Stezelecki’s Nantasket Beach Speedway where we’ll be racing G-Jets on the Nuvolari and Super Stocks on the Lady Gray (no, that’s not a misprint – fast cars on the Lady Gray and slow cars on the Nuvolari…) on February 10th.

 

John Reimels

MARC Communication Director

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