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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GRoNE – LenJet Raceway – Dec 30, 2017

GRoNEing on a Frosty Day…

 Ashland, MA    December 30, 2017 – Thirteen racers braved the frigid temperatures for our annual New Year’s Gravity Race, this year being hosted by Peter Lentros at his LenJet

TJet Racing Underway on the Python

Raceway.  We had an extended morning practice session so we decided to only have two races, the first was for T-Jets on Peter’s Python Max Trax followed by Gravity Cars on Peter’s Boomerang Viper track.  We had a few GRoNE first timers in attendance -  John Stezelecki was FINALLY able to join us using cars he purchased from Joel Pennington over three years ago and Greg Burstein who showed up with some Gravity cars I built for Russ Upton 15 months ago.  Also joining us for the first time this season were Mike Tiffany, Erik Eckhardt and Durf Hyson – great to have them back in the fold.

 

T-Jets on the Python

TJet Podium - Greg B 1st, Donny H 2nd, Jonathan R 3rd and John R 4th

Greg Burstein simply dominated the event in what otherwise would have been a really close race, winning the event by a whopping 10 laps.  The next 10 finishing positions were all within 10 laps including a five-way tie for 7th!  Don Hall ran a great race to finish in second, sections ahead of Jonathan Reimels in third followed by John Reimels and Mike Tiffany in 4th and 5th respectively.  Greg has clearly joined the top rank of T-Jet builders, his car had speed and handling both of which come in handy on the Python.

 

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

TOTAL

Greg Burstein

26

27

27

27

107

Don Hall

24

24

24

25

97.34

Jonathan Reimels

23

26

25

23

97.07

John Reimels

24

23

24

24

95

Mike Tiffany

23

25

23

23

94

Tom Gray

21

23

24

23

91

Erik Eckhardt

20

22

24

22

88.33

Dave Muse

23

21

23

21

88.26

John Stezelecki

21

22

23

22

88.22

Jim Macartney

21

23

23

21

88.14

Peter Lentros

18

21

24

25

88.07

Durf Hyson

14

17

19

19

69

 

Gravity Cars on the Boomerang

Dave Muse had a call from home and had to leave before the start of the 2nd race (I hope everything is OK – JR) but we were joined by Rob Hayes, clearly the best dressed man in

Gravity practice on the Boomerang

LenJet (Unfortunately it was because he had to go to a funeral that morning… – JR) leaving the field at 12 racers.  Practice was eventful as folks learned the intricacies of setting up their controller for their car on this track; the Boomerang has numerous long straights leading directly into tight corners so lots of brakes and just the right amount of choke are the key to making it around this track.  Greg was off the pace with the cars I built 15 months ago so I made the mistake of loaning him a more recent build, an action that both my son and I regret!  (just kidding, a 2nd and 3rd are just as rewarding as a 1st and 2nd… -JR).  With time running out, it was time to see what everyone had.

Once again Greg ran away with the show but this time he only won by 5 laps over Jonathan in second.  Maybe if we had stayed for another race, someone could have beaten

Gravity Podium - Rob H 4th, John R 3rd, Jonathan R 2nd and Greg B 1st

him!   I was able to finish third but I must have practiced too much on the gutter lanes as I got higher lap totals in Red and Yellow than I did in Blue and White…  Rob Hayes had a promising few heats until he encountered controller issues in his third heat but he managed to keep it together well enough to finish 4th.  Erik Eckhardt finished 5th using a M10 motored Sidewinder, the first non- M20 motored anglewinder across the line.  Other cars of interest include a iso-flucrum chassis built by Durf, it proved fast enough but it needs more development time.  Donny Hall also had an in-line M30 motored car from Al Thurman that wasn’t that far off the pace.

 

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

TOTAL

Greg Burstein

23

24

23

23

93

Jonathan Reimels

21

22

23

22

88

John Reimels

22

21

20

22

85

Rob Hayes

22

21

19

21

83

Erik Eckhardt

18

21

21

19

79

Mike Tiffany

20

20

19

19

78.64

Don Hall

21

20

19

18

78.38

Peter Lentros

19

19

17

19

74.83

John Stezelecki

17

20

19

18

74.58

Tom Gray

17

18

19

18

72

Jim Macartney

17

17

16

16

66

Durf Hyson

11

12

11

7

41

 

An interesting array of chassis configurations

Thanks to all that attended, without your support, we wouldn’t have gravity racing here in New England.  And special thanks Peter for hosting.

Our next GRoNE event will be on February 24th at LenJet Raceway.  Once again we’ll be racing Gravity cars on the Boomerang and T-Jets on the Python.

 

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Enthusiast

 

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MARC 2017 – 2018 – South Shore Speedway – 12/09/17

Oh No, Snow!

 

Hingham Massachusetts, December 9, 2015 – The threat of snow did not scare off the MARC faithful.  Arriving from across Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, and

Practice undeway for G-Jets

Massachusetts, sixteen drivers showed up rub fenders on the Elvis road course.  Coffee and donuts greeted the drivers as they arrived and set up shop.  The track was ready and so were the drivers.

Vintage NASCAR was the theme for the G-Jet race and once again Peter Lentros made sure there were bodies for everyone with a shipment of freshly painted bodies from Terry Flynn at Harden Creek.  Peter could not attend so Paul Crosby delivered bodies and tires.  Those, along with the bodies by Reimels and others made for an authentic looking NASCAR field.  You could almost see the driver smoking a butt while their cars were being refueled.  An hour and half of G-Jet practice got pretty much everyone under 5 seconds with some drivers flirting with the 4 second barrier.  We were ready to race.

This year Sportsman and Pros run together in a Round-Robin.  All in all, the racing was clean with some of the Sportsman right behind the Pros.  Race pace was fast with many drivers turning in sub-5 second laps.  In 2015 we were happy to get a lap under 5 seconds.  This year the fast lap of 4.045 was set by Ryan Archambault in the blue lane closely followed by Stez with a 4.085 in the yellow lane.  The top drivers all fast laps times under 4.5 seconds a lap in all lanes.

Sportsman G-Jets

In the Sportsman group 10 laps covered the top four drivers.  “Oh Jimmy” took the top spot followed by Tom Jahl in second, Mike Tiffany in third and Paul Crosby in fourth.  Not a bad showing by Paul who was at his first MARC race of the season.  A recent Stez recruit, Bob Jones had a good showing.  Unfortunately, an incorrect hookup in red blew a fuse and cost Bob a better finish.  Lesson learned, he checked carefully on the remaining lanes in the race.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Avg

Jim Colligan

53

56

60

56

225

56.25

Tom Jahl

53

58

58

52

221

55.25

Mike Tiffany

51

57

57

54

219

54.75

Paul Crosby

53

52

58

51

214

53.5

Hal Pierce

53

55

51

45

204

51

Terry Ayer

46

54

51

46

197

49.25

Bob Jones

51

50

56

39

196

49

Matt Patrick

41

48

53

50

192

48

 

Sportsman G-Jet Podium - Oh Jimmy Colligan 1st, Tom Jahl 2nd, Mike TIffany 3rd and Paul Crosby 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro G-Jets

Stez once again showed why he is King of the G-Jets taking down the win four laps ahead of second place.  Rob Hayes rolled in second closely followed by John Reimels in third and Ryan Archambault in fourth.  Only seven sections separated 3rd and fourth place.


 

Pro Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Avg

John Stezelecki

63

63

66

62

254

63.5

Rob Hayes

60

64

65

61

250

62.5

John Reimels

61

62

64

62

249.25

62.25

Ryan Archambault

60

62

64

63

249.18

62.25

Dan Decosmo

61

62

62

58

243

60.75

Paul Ryer

54

60

58

58

230

57.5

Tom Gray

50

52

52

54

208

52

Jim Macartney

42

47

46

41

176

44

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sportsman Super Stock

With the G-Jet program wrapped up, it was time to start getting ready for Super Stock.  Stez and Bob Jones decided they had had enough racing for the day and Dan Decosmo need to tend to some train business so that left us with thirteen drivers for Super Stock.  Given the weather, we ran the Pros and Sportsman together.  After some lunch and 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.  The big question when running on Elvis is how low to go.  Jim Mac and Tom Gray ran into heat issues and cooked before the end.  Everyone else seemed to find a setup that kept the smoke in the cars and there was some close racing.  Fast laps were just under 3 seconds.  Once again Ryan was the fast guy on the track with a fastest lap of 2.751 seconds in yellow.  Tom Jahl set fastest lap for the Sportsman with a 2.741 second lap in blue just a tick off the time set by Ryan.  Once again racing was close and pretty clean with a minimal number of track calls.

“Oh Jimmy” swept the day in Sportsman with his win in Super Stock.  Great drive in both races by Jim with clean consistent laps.  Tom Jahl rolled into second  5 laps behind Jimmy.  Paul Crosby was a lap behind Tom to take third and reformed T-Jet racer Matt Patrick was 4 laps behind Paul to take fourth.  Terry, Hal, and Mike rounded out the field.  Great clean racing by the Sportsmen.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

 Avg

Jim Colligan

74

87

92

79

332

83

Tom Jahl

70

90

95

72

327

81.75

Paul Crosby

77

83

84

82

326

81.5

Matt Patrick

67

89

92

74

322

80.5

Terry Ayer

71

87

90

69

317

79.25

Hal Pierce

72

80

83

75

310

77.5

Mike Tiffany

70

74

80

82

306

76.5

 

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Oh Jimmy Colligan 1st, Tom Jahl 2nd, Paul Crosby 3rd and Matt Patrick 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro Super Stock

The top four Pros were also closely grouped.  Rob Hayes took the win with a high lap total in the green lane of 91 laps proving  once again  Green is the lane to master.  John Reimels finished second just 3 laps behind Rob.  7 laps behind John were third place finisher Paul Ryer and fourth place finisher Ryan Archambault.  Once again Ryan was cheated out of a third place finish by sections.  This time by only 3 sections.  Tom and Jim suffered motor and pinion problems and were off the pace.

Pro Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

 Avg

Rob Hayes

91

93

98

88

370

92.5

John Reimels

87

97

98

85

367

91.75

Paul Ryer

85

98

93

84

360.18

90

Ryan Archambault

84

94

90

92

360.15

90

Tom Gray

36

0

87

45

168

42

Jim Macartney

59

0

41

0

100

25

 

Pro Super Stock Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Paul Ryer 3rd and Ryan Archambault 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbons were awarded, hands were shook and everyone packed up and headed out.  Thank you to everyone who showed up for another great day of racing.  See you at the next MARC race in January at Modelville/Lenjet where the classes will be MARC Spec Stock on the Purple Mile, Modified for the Sportsman on the Scorpion and CMPM for the Pros on a track to be named later.

The race report as recorded this day

December 19, 2017

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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MARC 2017 – 2018 Season – Nantasket Beach Speedway

DECOSMO WINS BIG IN G-JET

REIMELS WINS SUPER STOCK ON THE NUVOLARI

 

November 11, 2017  Hull, Massachusetts   This was an unusually cold early  November Saturday but the cold didn’t stop 21 drivers from attending the MARC event here in Hull.

 G-Jets on the Lady Gray

The first event of the day started early morning with Can Am G -Jet on the grand prix

A full field of CanAm cars ready to race

Lady Gray track.  This was a mixed driver event were both Sportsman and Pro drivers were all in the same race. Dan DeCosmo dominated the field of twenty one with an incredible record breaking 230.07 lap performance.  In three of the four lanes Dan drove best lap times well below five seconds, only in the yellow lane did Dan not achieve that with a best of 5.081 on the yellow lane. Dan’s previously best with the G-Jet on this track was 226.5 laps with a F1 G-Jet on November 14th of 2015. Fantastic race racing Dan. Congratulations with a record-setting performance.

John Reimels placed second with 222.03 laps, an excellent performance.  John previously held the G Jet record on the Lady Gray  with 227 laps on November 8th 2014 and held until now. Another great race John. Congratulations.

 

Pro G-Jet Podium - DeCosmo 1st, Reimels 2nd Stezelecki 3rd and Lentros 4th

Pro G-Jet Results:

 

1 – Dan DeCosmo.                       230.07

2 – John Reimels.                         222.03

3 – John Stezelecki.                     218.12.

4 – Peter Lentros.                         209.13

5 – Rob Hayes.                             203.10.

Busy in the pits

6 – Paul Ryer.                                201.05.

7 – Don Hall.                                 200.12.

8 – Eric Eckhardt.                        196.11.

9 – David Muse.                          196.01.

10 – Tom Gray.                               188.08.

11 – Jim Macartney.                     180.01.

 

Sportsman G-Jet Results:

Sportsman G-Jet Podium - Resnick 1st, Jahl 2nd, Colligan 3rd and Patrick 4th

1 – Mike Resnick.                           209.06

2 – Tom Jahl.                               194.08

3 – Jimmie Colligan.                   183.10

4 – Matt Patrick.                          180.12

5 – Terry Ayer.                               177.11

6 – Bob Jones.                              168.10

7 – Hal Pierce.                               166.10

Lots of head scratching going on trying to figure out these damn G-Jets!

8 – Zoo White.                               155.01

9 – JJ.                                             142.02

10 – Rob McCormick.                     134.09

 

 

 

 

Super Stocks on the Nuvolari

The MARC Super Stock event was held on the Nuvolari Super Speedway.  Both Sportsman and Pro classes had some pretty exciting racing.

Sportsman Super Stock – Hall nips Muse

Super Stocks awaiting tech inspection

In the Sportsman Class Don Hall narrowly nipped Dave Muse by only one section. The victory for Hall came in the final seconds when Don took great advantage of being on the middle green lane and David on the gutter red lane in the final heat.  It was amazing to see Don nip away at Dave’s large lead in the final seconds to secure the win. Don’s best lap time was on the white lane with a pretty fast 3.135 second lap. He had a high lap total of 74.04 laps on the green lane.

Dave had a high lap total of 75 on yellow and a best lap time 3.622 on blue.

Sportsman Results:

 

Sportsman Super Stock Podium - Colligan 4th, Jahl 3rd, Muse 2nd and Hall 1st

1.   Don Hall.                        426.04 laps

2.   Dave Muse.                   426.03

3.   Tom Jahl.                      423.09

4.   Oh Jimmie Colligan.    418.04

5.   Matt Patrick.                 401.08

6.   Terry. Ayer.                    359.04

7.   Hal Pierce.                    347.01

Pro Super Stock – Reimels scores big on the Nuvolari 

John Reimels ran a beautiful Ceramic Super Stock race easily taking the checkered flag with a four hundred and eighty-four lap performance . This lap total beat his previous best lap total in Ceramic SS  of four hundred and seventy six on November 14th 2015 on the same track. John also beat his best lap time in this class on the Nuvolari with a 3.179 on blue. Prior to this race his best lap time was 3.202 green lane on December 10th 2016. Congratulations to John for a job well done.

Paul Ryer had to feel pretty good taking second place with 472.04 laps and a best lap time finish for all drivers with a blistering 3.122 on orange. Nice job Paul

Pro Super Stock Results: 

 

Pro Super Stock Podium - DeCosmo 3rd, Ryer 2nd and Reimels 1st

1.   John Reimels.                         484.05

2.   Paul Ryer.                                 472.04

3.   Dan DeCosmo.                        467.11

4.   Rob Hayes.                              454.09

5.   Tom Gray.                                438.08

6.   Tom Jahl.                                415.09

7.   Erik Eckhardt.                         415.09

8.   Jim Macartney.                      401.01

9.   Peter Lentros.                        400.02

10. Stez.                                           42

 

Now a message from the Communication Director:

Thanks go to John Stezelecki for hosting the event with a special thanks to John for his efforts in recruiting new drivers – he’s been working with a group of newbies and had 4 of them here for their first MARC race.  John also reintroduced me to HO slot car racing just over 8 years ago (yes, he’s to blame… -JR) and I know he also recruited our current director, Paul Ryer, a year before me.  Without efforts from folks like John, entrees could dwindle.  Let’s learn from John and all make an effort to recruit more folks.

 Coming Events:

December 9 – MARC Race 4 at Paul Ryer’s South Shore Speedway w/ Vintage NASCAR G-Jets and Super Stocks

December 30 – GRoNE at Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway w/ Gravity on the Boomerang, BRASCARs on the Parma and TBD for the third race

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GRoNE – Catfish International Speedway – Nov 4, 2017

GRoNE Racing Cambridge Style

Cambridge, Massachusetts  November 4, 2017    Six racers made their way to Catfish International Speedway to join host Rob Hayes for a day of racing, GRoNE style.  The first

Rob had his Catfish International Speedway ready for action

race on the docket was a T-Jet race.  Out of habit, I’ve always referred to this race as using ECHORR rules.  As a group, we’ve decided to adopt the HOPRA rules as a better fit for our events since we’re already using HOPRA’s Gravity rules.  The changes are somewhat subtle  but NOT insignificant – gone are the 12T and 14T pinions but welcome are the DASH armatures!  Starting with our next event, HOPRA rules will be in effect if we run T-Jets.

T-Jets

A full field of T-Jets

After an hour of pick-up shoe tweaking, it was time to race.  Jonathan Reimels was making his return to racing, his first appearance since the 2016 Nats; based on the race results, he hasn’t lost his touch!  He took down the win by one lap over track owner Rob Hayes.  Paul Ryer finished a close third one lap behind Rob followed by Peter Lentros in fourth.  It was the White and Red lanes that made the difference in the top finishing positions as everyone seemed to have Blue and Yellow nailed.

 

T-Jet Results

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Jonathan Reimels

19

19

20

18

76

Rob Hayes

19

19

18

19

75

Paul Ryer

19

19

18

18

74

Peter Lentros

19

18

19

16

72

John Reimels

18

17

17

17

69

Dave Muse

17

17

17

17

68

Don Hall

15

17

16

18

66

 

Gravity Race 1

With the voltage dialed down to 18 volts and the double stick tape applied to the front straight, it was time for some Gravity Racing!  Rob and Dave were breaking in new rides,

Gravity 1 Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Jonathan Reimels 3rd and Peter Lentros 4th

both center-hinged anglewinders based on the latest Motown kit; Paul Ryer was trying out his center-hinged in-line chassis while the rest of us were running our tried and trued cars from past events.   In general, lap times were in the mid-seven second range, a full 4 -5 tenths quicker than the fast times set here a year ago – a clear indication of the progress we’ve been making as a group.  Once car selections were made and tech began, it was obvious there were two camps; one was the Motown center-hinge group comprised of Dave Muse, John and Jon Reimels and Rob Hayes running anglewinders joined by Paul Ryer running a center-hinged in-line; the other group were running LandShark cars with Don Hall running a more traditional in-line and Peter Lentros running a center-hinged anglewinder.  Once the race started, it was clear the battle for the top spot was between John and Rob, John mastering the White and Red lanes with Rob getting the upper hand in Yellow and Blue.  In the end, it’s hard to beat Rob on his home track, he took down the win by less than ½ a lap over John; the only conciliation for John was setting a new lap record of 7.538 seconds.  Jonathan finished third followed by Peter and Paul.

 

 

Gravity Race 1 Results

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Rob Hayes

21

23

21

21

86.25

John Reimels

20

22

22

22

86.10

Jonathan Reimels

21

21

20

20

82

Peter Lentros

18

21

19

21

79

Paul Ryer

20

20

19

19

78.30

Don Hall

19

20

20

19

78.10

Dave Muse

17

16

16

19

68

 

Gravity Race 2

After lunch, the decision was made to forego an IROC race and run another Gravity race in its place.  We only race these cars on a bi-monthly basis and we needed a fix to hold us

Gravity Field set for race 2 - Top Side

over until our New Year’s race the end of December.  After practice, Paul swapped his in-line for a sidewinder he built based on Joel Pennington’s design with the rails necked in where they attach to the front pan to increase flex in the chassis.  Peter  swapped to a sidewinder, this one based on the Motown Center-Hinged design powered by a small M10 motor.  Donny also switched rides selecting another traditional LandShark in-line car from his vast collection of cars.  The rest of the pack stuck with

Gravity Field - Bottom Side

their rides from race one.  Paul clearly selected well, his sidewinder flew around the track besting the lap total set by Rob in the first race by a full 2 laps (but he fell 0.001 seconds short of tying my lap record – JR).  John finished two laps behind setting the same lap total as he did in the first race (nothing like being consistent – JR).  Peter liked the way the M10 motored sidewinder handled even if it was down on power compared to the slightly larger M20 motors, he pushed the car hard to finish third a few sections ahead of Jon Reimels in 4th.  Rob finished 5th, only two laps lower than he did in the first race showing just how close the top of the field is running.  The top five all beat last year’s winning total of 83 laps set by Rob Hayes – again an indication of the improvements we’re making.

Gravity Race 2

Driver

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Paul Ryer

22

23

23

20

88

John Reimels

22

21

22

21

86

Peter Lentros

21

22

21

20

84.34

Jonathan Reimels

21

22

21

20

84.19

Rob Hayes

20

22

22

20

84.05

Don Hall

19

20

20

18

77

Dave Muse

16

21

19

19

75

 

Gravity Race 2 Podium - Paul Ryer 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Peter Lentros 3rd and Jonathan Reimels 4th

After the race, Rob served his famous Petsi’s Pie, a Cambridge favorite – a perfect way of ending a fantastic day.  Thanks go to Rob for hosting and a huge welcome back goes out to Jonathan Reimels, he has been missed.

As we were packing up, conversation turned to our next event.  Keeping to our bi-monthly schedule, December 30th appears to be a good date.  Traditionally Ryan Archambault hosts an event this time of year but, after a conversation with Ryan, Peter Lentros will be hosting this year at his LenJet Raceway.  We’ll be running Gravity cars on the Boomerang and BRASCARs (basically anything powered by a Mabuchi HT50 motor) on the Parma track.  Mark your calendars!  I’ll send out a race reminder in early December, if you have a suggestion for the third race of the day, let me know.  The default will probably be another Gravity race or HOPRA T-Jets.

 

John Reimels

Brass Car Advocate

GRoNE Race Coordinator

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MARC 2017 – 2018 Seaon Catfish International Speedway

New power, new track records, some familiar faces:

MARC 2017 – 2018 Round Two at Catfish International

By Benson S.R. Tuna

 October 14, 2017 – Catfish International Speedway, Cambridge, Massachusetts — Our second race of the 2017-18 MARC slot car racing season, and all very excited to try out new updates to our MacPack® power supply, and what this augmented power could potentially yield with four-lane fields of two-ohm CMPM motors.

 

Dan fixing the track...

Before we dove in, a wee bit of rail repair.  An errant marshal (or perhaps a demon) had snapped loose short sections of rail on two lanes near the race director station.  Our good luck that mini-railroad mogul Dan DeCosmo had joined us for the day, and effected a super (and quick) repair.  Thank you, Dan!

After 90 min of dialing-in, Sportsman Spec Racer was our first tilt of the day.  Tom Jahl made the trip from horse country, and (whoa Nelly!) showed the Sportsmen the short way around.  He had a very impressive car, and gave it an equally impressive drive.  Perhaps this was the winning car from the Sportsman race here in April, driven then by another member of the Jahl clan?  No matter, Tom cleared Mike “The Machine” Resnick’s total by about seven laps, relying primarily on his strong run in Yellow.

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

Following Mike were “Nitro” Mike Tiffany, Terry Ayer, Matt Patrick (driving these muy rapido cars for the first time), and Hal Pierce, who seems to have had a broken car when his turn came to run Blue.

So glad to have Mike T. back, after his summer to forget. Among the missing and missed on the day:  Team Medeiros, Reimels Sr., Donny Hall, Oh Jimmy, Bob Withers, Tom Smith, Paul Crosby, and newly minted Floridian Phil Hilgert.  I must be forgetting someone… Oh yes – Peter Lentros!  Musta been racing with some inferior club.  8-)

Spec Racer Pro Podium - Erik Eckhardt 4th, John Stezelecki 3rd, Rob Hayes 2nd, John Pileggi 1st

Pro Spec Stock.  Another race, another chance to see Dr. John Pileggi dance madly ahead, pirouetting in victory like Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  As predicted in these pages, John’s reign of terror continues unabated, now that he’s a full-time civilian.  John won, or tied for, top total on every lane.  He set a new total-lap record for the class, at 298.21, eclipsing his own mark of 294.27 set this past April, by nearly four laps.  He is setting the standard.

Our Track Owner ran John even on both Yellow and White, then lost the race by going three-down to The Doctor on both Red and Blue, while still posting an overall personal best of 292.20.  Stez, with his usual smooth, imperturbable drive, took third, followed by Erik Eckhardt, Jim Mac, Paul Ryer, Tommy Gray, Dave Muse, and Dan DeCosmo, whose Archambauto® threw a wire early in the race.  He woulda been right there. Thus ended Pro Spec Stock.

Modified Sportsman Podium - Terry Ayer 4th, Matt Patrick 3rd, Mike Tiffany 2nd, Tom Jahl 1st

Time for Sportsman Modified.  Another heady performance from en loco parentis Tom Jahl, who this past April was ten laps in arrears of super-son Stephen for the Sportsman Modified win.  This time?  Another superb car, no Stephen, and Tom simply ran off and hid from the rest of the field, with a 38-lap margin of victory.  No, this is not a typo.  Stephen, where are you?

“Nitro” Mike Tiffany, on an overnight pass, taking a brief respite from his doctors and nurses, was second, turning in a classic, Tiffanyesque drive.  Remarkable.  Matt Patrick suffered mightily on Red (but, who doesn’t?), but gathered himself to take third, again, racing the even faster cars on this track for the first time. Matt slipped by Terry on the last lane, Blue, putting up the necessary three extra laps there to take third.  Hal looked great on Blue, had his troubles on the other three, but clearly making progress overall.

CMPM Pro Podium - Rob Hayes 4th, John Pileggi 3rd, Erik Eckhardt 2nd, Dan Decosmo 1st

In Pro CMPM, well, well, well!  Shining Time Station’s Dan Decosmo and Erik “The Chauffeur” Eckhardt had a battle royale (with cheese).  Awesome stuff, just the kind of mano a mano, Texas Cage Match we all came to see.  In the end, right at the end, Dan eked out the win by a mere two sections, coming behind from gutter Red, the final totals being 362.39, to 362.37.  Dan and Erik both broke Rob’s two-year-old class record of 357.23 by more than five laps.

Dr. John, with a somewhat subpar Red, was third with 355.24, and Rob fourth at 353.29.  Paul Ryer, Jim Mac, and Tom Gray, with serious problems on his first two lanes, brought the Pro field to its completion and conclusion.  Some Small Comfort:  Rob did set the new single-lap CMPM record of 2.889, slicing Dan’s mark of 2.966 set this past April.  Sorry, Paul.  8-)

A good, long day was completed in fine fashion with Mississippi Mud, Multiberry, and Cherry pies.  The end!

The awesome layout known as Catfish International Speedway

Our thanks go to Digital Dave Muse for helping us along with Lanemaster®, to superspouse Gretchen for providing our donuts, and pianist extraordinaire Witness Kabelo for his renditions of a Duke Ellington blues, and the U.S. national anthem.  Bravo, Witness!  Large gratitude to everyone for coming, and, as always, XXL thanks to Bryan Henden of Brystal Race Systems for our fun-fun-fun Brystal Catfish racetrack.

For all of you fans of Sir Isaac Newton, Gravity Racing of New England (GRoNE) will hold its next, ultra-gravitational extravaganza right here at Catfish International on Saturday, November 4.  If you haven’t tried gravity racing yet, you just don’t know.  It’s sorta like time travel, but you don’t need Stephen Hawking.  Plenty of fast loaner cars are around, and we welcome your participation.  You will smile like a baby with his/her first taste of chocolate cake.

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GRoNE – South Shore Speedway – 09/30/17

Gravity Racing on a cold, rainy Autumn Day

Hingham, MA  September 30, 2017 – Six New Englanders knew how best to spend a cold, rainy Autumn day – racing Gravity cars at Paul Ryer’s South Shore Speedway in

South Shore Speedway's host, Paul Ryer thrashing away on his latest build - Paul has caught an awesome case of the Gravity Bug that's spreading across New England - No Known Cure

Hingham, MA.  While the turnout was a tad low, we made up for it with the eagerness of running some new equipment.  Rob Hayes débuted his latest round of changes to his Scott Terry anglewinder – this time Rob added a center-hinge to his well tweaked chassis as well as installing a tuned motor.  Paul Ryer tried out his latest concoction – a center-hinged in-line chassis, Paul has clearly caught the gravity bug!  I was running a new configuration for the M20 motor with magnets and bearings sourced from China through Alibaba.  We also had two newbies to the group, Bill Craven and Dave Muse.  Bill won a gravity car at a recent fund raiser for a fellow slot car racer in need and wanted to try it out.  Dave has been a staple in magnet car racing for many years and thought it time to try out gravity racing.  Tom Gray got the long-distance award making the trek down from New Hampshire.  But, before we get into the Gravity Racing, we had an ECHORR T-Jet race to run.

 

T-Jets

With Dave Muse stuck in Boston traffic, Paul’s son, Tom, was recruited to take his spot.

T-Jet practice underway with Rob Hayes, Tom Ryer and Tommy Gray hard at it

Six racers work nicely on Paul’s track which can be marshalled with two nimble, attentive turn marshals (too bad we didn’t have any, hahahaha – JR) allowing all four lanes to be run in a simple round robin format.  After an hour of practice, all were ready to see who had the best ride.  Paul Ryer had a miserable time in the tough Green lane leaving the door open for John Reimels to steal the win.  Rob Hayes had an interesting race, his best lane total was in Green but he fell off the pace in the easier center lanes finishing 3rd  (go figure – JR).  Sam, Bill and Tom had a real close race for the remaining positions with local knowledge proving hard to beat with Sam finishing 4th followed by Bill and Tom.

 

Gravity Race 1

A nice field of Gravity Cars - Top View

Next up was practice for the gravity class.  With all the new equipment, there was lots of action in the pits in the quest of getting the cars set-up to handle South Shore Speedway’s tough 330 degree donut and the two 180 degree hairpin turns.   As the fumes from solder flux wafted throughout Paul’s basement, it was time to see what everyone had – unplug the soldering irons, put away the tools, it was time to race.  Paul Ryer abandoned his center-hinged in-line late in practice and reverted to the

Now the important side - the Bottom View

sidewinder he used at this year’s Nats; after some serious thrashing, Rob appeared satisfied with the changes he made to his Scott Terry anglewinder so the field was set.  This time Paul did not mess up the green lane, he ran a real smooth race finishing two laps ahead of John Reimels who using his anglewinder design debuted at the Nats.  Rob Hayes finished a strong third with late arrival Dave Muse finishing a very competitive 4th after running only a few minutes of practice – the first time he’s run a gravity car.  Rounding out the field was Tommy Gray in 5thand Bill

Finishing Results of the first Gravity Race of the day

Craven in 6th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gravity Race 2

Rather than race some IROC cars for the last event of the day, the decision was made to have another round of Gravity racing (we only get to race these jewels once every two months… – JR).  Most drivers stuck with the cars they ran in the first race but Paul “Never

Gravity Race II Podium - John Reimels, 1st, Tom Gray 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Dave Muse 4th

Do the Same Thing Twice” Ryer swapped his ride for his original sidewinder built about 6 months ago.  Rob continued to fine-tune his car during practice working on the pre-load of the torsion springs in search of the tweak that would put him over the top.  With Paul running an older chassis design (with the fast pace of development in gravity racing, 6 months is a life-time – JR), John Reimels was able to run away with the event followed by a resurgent Tom “All I Needed Was a Little More Practice Time” Gray in second place.  Once again, Rob finished in 3rd, 4 laps off the pace he set in the first gravity race, I guess the tweaks didn’t work.

Gravity Race II Results

Dave “Practice is Over-Rated” Muse finished 4th garnering the same lap total he got in the first race.  Paul Ryer finished 5th, 15 laps off the pace of his win in the first race with Bill Craven coming home 6th.

The highlight of the race for me was when Rob awarded me a poster for the effort I’ve made to promote Gravity Racing here in New England, the tag line of the poster – Gravity.  It isn’t just a good idea.  It’s the LAW.  I think that should be the new motto for GRoNE!  THANKS Rob, the recognition is MUCH appreciated (as is the awesome poster!).

Rob's awesome Gravity Poster!!!

Our next event will be at Rob Hayes’ awesome Catfish International Speedway on November 4th.  Doors open at 8:00.  I’ll send out a reminder in a few weeks but PLEASE mark your calendars now.

 

 

 

 

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Coordinator & Brass Car Enthusiast

And remember -  Gravity, it isn’t just a good idea, it’s the LAW

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