MARC 2018-2019 – February 9, 2019

Big Crowd at LenJet Raceway

 Ashland Massachusetts, February 09, 2019    With 24 racers in attendance, we set a

Running F1 G-Jets on the Bear

new season high mark for participation.  I’ll have to check the records but it might also have tied the all-time high since I’ve been record-keeper these past 10 years.  As always, Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway does bring out the crowd including two guests, Cody Pare and Dave Panich.

 

 

F1 GJets

G-Jet Sportsman Podium - Pete Medeiros 1st, Paul Crosby 2nd, Don Hall 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

First up were F1 bodied G-Jets on Peter’s Bear, a track recently purchased from Steve Medanic 8 months ago.  The track is in great shape, well suited for G-Jets. With a few drivers sitting out the first race, the computer was programmed for a 22 heat round robin for a combined Pro and Sportsman event.  Three hours later, Greg Burstein demonstrated his mastery of the class by winning the race by a whopping 17 laps over car owner Ryan Archambault.  Greg better watch it, Ryan might not be so willing to lend him “the good stuff” if this continues.  The battle for third was tight with 5 drivers within 3 laps of each other with Rob Hayes taking third followed by Erik Eckhardt,

G-Jet Pro Podium - Greg Burstein 1st, Ryan Archambault 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Erik Eckhardt 4th

John Reimels, John Stezelecki and Peter Medeiros, making his first appearance in 18 months – welcome back Pete!  Speaking of Pete, he was also the top Sportsman followed by Paul Crosby, Donny Hall and Terry Ayer.

 

After a brief lunch break of, you guessed it, pizza, we were back to the races with the Sportsman running Modifieds on the Purple Mile and the Pros on the Viper with CMPM.

Sportsman Modified Race

Sportsman running Modifieds on the Purple Mile

With the departure of a few of the Sportsman drivers, the field was down to eight which makes marshaling a tad difficult on a six lane track.  The decision was made to run only the center four lanes – green through yellow.  Paul Crosby continued his dominance of this division taking down his fourth win of the season.  Chasing hard were the dynamic duo of Terry Ayer and Hal Pierce but Paul was clearly the class of the field.  Finishing fourth was guest Cody Pare, a local youth making his second appearance with the MARC crowd.  This kid has talent, he’d make a great addition to our club.  Finishing fifth was a slightly disappointed Pete Medeiros who had some car issues in the green lane.

Pro CMPM Race

With ten Pros, the CMPM was run as a 10 heat round robin utilizing all six lanes.  Having

Pro CMPM Podium - Greg Burstein 4th, Ryan Archambault 3rd, Rob Hayes 2nd and John Reimels 1st

run on this track with CMPM last month, all agreed to shorten practice to 90 minutes.  When the race was done, John Reimels showed that a steady race across all six lanes is an effective way to win a race by taking down the victory with a six lap cushion over second place finisher Rob Hayes.  Ryan Archambault beat his stablemate Greg Burstein taking down 3rd and 4th respectively.  Most of the field increased their lap total considerably over their performance in January.  Was the track in better condition or did we all learn from our past performance – however, it should be noted, we were still slightly off the pace set by John Pileggi last month…

Thanks go to Peter Lentros for hosting this fantastic event.  As I’ve said many times in the past, we are truly spoiled having this venue in our backyard.

Next up we’re at Ryan Archambault’s Fast Five Raceway on March 9th where we’ll be running CanAm bodied Open Weighted class and Super Stocks.  Hope to see you there.

John Reimels

 

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GRoNE-Hog’s Day Gravity Race – 02/02/19

GRoNEing about the cold…

Cambridge, Massachusetts  February 2, 2019 – With the polar vortex in full swing, 6 brave and hearty racers made their way to Cambridge, Massachusetts to join Rob Hayes at

Practice underway at Catfish International Speedway

his awesome Catfish International Speedway for our GRoNE-Hogs Day event.  Tom Smith was débuting his new build, a very clean looking center-hinge anglewinder.  The car went well until the motor went poof in practice so Tom borrowed one of my M10 motored sidewinders – while it’s lacking a little in top speed, it really is a sweet handling car.  It was also the maiden voyage for a new car from Paul Ryer’s stable – a more traditional rail chassis with the rails necked in at the front to increase chassis flex.  After a quick discussion with the group, we decided to run two gravity races sandwiched around a T-Jet race.

Gravity Race 1

Rob’s Catfish International Speedway layout is a sweet track for the gravity cars; no

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

squiggles, lots of fast sweepers and a long front straight to really wring out the speed.  With only three marshals, one key to success was not falling off where there was no marshal – much easier said than done – patience was the order of the day.  Rob won the last two GRoNE events held at his track setting lap totals of 80 laps back in April of 2017 followed by an 86 lap total in November of 2017 – a great target to shoot for.  The racing was tight throughout the field but when it was all done, John Reimels was able to beat Rob to the finish line by 2 laps followed by Paul Ryer and Dave Muse .

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Fastest Lap

John Reimels

20

21

20

22

83

7.784

Rob Hayes

21

20

20

20

81

8.032

Paul Ryer

19

21

19

19

78

8.042

Dave Muse

19

20

18

19

76

8.432

Tom Gray

18

16

19

17

70

8.852

Tom Smith

17

18

17

17

69

8.740

Jim Macartney

17

17

16

16

66

8.538

 

T-Jet Race

With the track all warmed up after the Gravity race, it was time to break out the T-Jets.

T-Jet Podium - Rob Hayes 1st, John Reimels 2nd, Paul Ryer 3rd and Dave Muse 4th

Rob was trashing away on his car all the time mumbling that it wasn’t fast enough.  I’m not sure what he was thinking, the car certainly seemed plenty fast to the rest of us based on the lap times be was running during practice.  What makes the Catfish layout for great for Gravity cars, makes it slightly less so for T-Jets unless you have a rocket of a car – then it’s awesome!

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Fastest Lap

Rob Hayes

19

18

18

20

75

8.716

John Reimels

18

20

18

17

73

8.964

Paul Ryer

18

19

18

17

72

9.003

Dave Muse

16

19

19

16

70

9.377

Tom Gray

17

15

16

16

64.42

9.734

Jim Macartney

15

17

16

16

64.20

9.353

Tom Smith

16

15

16

14

61

10.438

 

Gravity Race 2

After devouring a few pizzas for lunch, it was off to the races for the last event of the day,

2nd Gravity Race Podium - John Reimels 1st, Tommy Gray 2nd, Rob Hayes 3rd and Paul Ryer 4th

another Gravity race.  Work was done on Tommy Gray’s car over the lunch break, new tires were installed to help fix the extreme tail wagging it displayed in the first race.  Jim Macartney also swapped the resister pack in his trusty DiFalco controller to get a better handle on the power band of these M20 motors.  Both of these changes seemed to help judging by the lap times they were running in practice.  I changed cars and broke out the car I ran at the 2017 Nats held at Lucky Bob’s.  Tom Smith borrowed my other M10 motored sidewinder for a change of pace.  The others stuck with what they ran in the first race.  Maybe it was the track conditions or the fact that we all had full

Same as above but this time showing the naughty bits

stomachs, but the lap totals saw a significant jump up.  Despite running a much older version of my car, I was able to take down the win beating my first race total by 3 laps.  Tommy Gray had an awesome race taking down 2nd beating his first race lap total by 13 laps!  I think he likes the new tires…  Rob Hayes finished third followed by a real tight battle for fourth with Paul Ryer beating Jim Macartney by 8 sections.  Jim also increased his first race lap total by 13 laps.

Yellow

Blue

White

Red

Total

Fastest Lap

John Reimels

21

22

22

21

86

7.902

Tom Gray

21

21

21

20

83

7.869

Rob Hayes

21

21

20

20

82

7.939

Paul Ryer

19

20

20

20

79.39

7.842

Jim Macartney

21

20

19

19

79.31

7.900

Dave Muse

17

20

19

19

75

8.730

Tom Smith

17

17

17

18

69

9.563

 

All in all it was a very relaxing day doing what we love to do with a bunch of good friends – can’t ask for much more than that.  Thanks to Rob for hosting and to all the participants for braving the cold weather.

Next up will be racing at Paul Ryer’s on April 6th at his South Shore Speedway.  The calendar in March is just filled to the brim with MARC and MAHOPRA events making a GRoNE event in March unreasonable.

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Advocate

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MARC 2018 -2019 – January 13, 2019

LenJet Brings Out the Crowd

With 23 racers in the house, Peter Lentros’ LenJet Raceway was rocking on January 13th for the 5th event of the MARC season.  We had a few folks making their first appearance of the season including John Pileggi, Dan Decosmo, Benny Leyro, Mike Resnick and Greg Burstein as well as Cody Pare making his first ever MARC event.  Racing at LenJet does tend to bring out the crowd.

Spec Racers on the Purple Mile

Practicing on the Purple Mile

First up were Spec Racers on the Purple Mile with both the Pros and Sportsman competing together in one large 23 heat round robin.    Spec Racers on this track have always been a MARC favorite, the rhythm and out right speed are addictive.  At the conclusion of the 3 hour episode, Ryan Archambault once again proved his mastery of building fast cars by taking the top three finishing position – Greg Burstein in first, Ryan in second and Dan Decosmo in third.  John Pileggi and John Reimels finished 4th and 5th respectively but well off the pace of the cars from the Archambault stable.  Finishing a very respectable 8th overall and the top spot for the Sportsman division was Paul Crosby followed by Sportsman Jim Colligan is 2nd, Terry Ayer in 3rd and Hal Pierce in 4th.

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

The race was followed by a welcome lunch break where many slices of pizza were consumed.  Nothing like a three hour race to increase the appetite.  With the Sportsman running Modifieds for the second race and Pros running CMPM, the decision was made to run the races in conjunction – Sportsman staying on the Purple Mile and the Pros on Peter’s fast Viper track.  This helped shorten the day by a few hours and let the Sportsman experience the added speed of the Modifieds on the awesome

Sportsman Spec Racer Podium - Paul Crosby 1st, Jimmy Colligan 2nd, Tery Ayer 3rd and Hal Pierce 4th

Purple Mile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modifieds on the Purple Mile

Paul Crosby finished off his day with another Sportsman win, he’s beginning to make a

Sportsman racing Modifieds on the Purple Mile

habit of this winning 60% of the events held thus far this season.  If he continues this pace, he’ll be joining the Pro ranks next year.  Following in second was newbie Cody Pare, a local youngster with some 1/24 scale experience at Modelville but this weekend was his first attempt at racing HO cars – not bad!  If I were Paul Crosby, I’d be getting nervous if Cody choses to stay with HO…  Coming home third thru fifth were Hal Peirce, Jimmy Colligan and Terry Ayer all finishing on the same lap (less than one fall-off…); that’s close racing.

Pros on the Viper

John Pileggi showed that he wasn’t ready to concede the “Best Builder” status to Ryan

Pro CMPM Podium - Benny Leyro 4th, Greg Burstein 3rd, Ryan Archambault 2nd and John Pileggi 1st

quite so quickly by dominating the CMPM race on the Viper.  John beat Ryan for the top spot by over 60 laps, a whopping 10 laps a lane advantage.  Greg Burstein pulled off third a few laps ahead of Benny Leyro in 4th and John Reimels in 5th

 

 

 

Thanks go to Peter Lentros for hosting the event – racing at LenJet is always fun.  Peter will also be hosting our next event on February 9th where we’ll be racing F1 G-Jets followed by Modifieds for the Sportsman and CMPM for the Pros.

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New Year’s GRoNE Race – 12/29/18

Celebrating the New Year with a GRoNE

 Ashland Massachusetts  December 29, 2018 – With 4 – 5 of the gravity stalwarts unable to make the event, we were lucky to have a total of 9 participants join us on

Peter's Latest Acquisition - The Bear

December 29th for our first gravity event since the 2018 Nats – some folks had to leave early, some arrived late so we only had 7 to 8 entrees per race but the field was large enough to successfully conduct the event.  Thanks go to the long-distance travelers who made the event, namely Tom Bussmann, Mike Tiffany and Tommy Gray – without you guys, we might have had to cancel the event!  Peter Lentros had his LenJet facility all set for the affair; in addition to coffee and Danish, the Viper and the Bear tracks were ready for the Gravity races and the Shamrock Glen was all prepped for the T-Jet race.  Awesome.

 

The gravity race contenders

First up were the Gravity cars on Peter’s latest track acquisition, the Bear, purchased from Steve Medanic about six months ago.  We were concerned that the layout may not be suitable for gravity cars, boy were we wrong; the cars handled the track with no issues.  The wide sweeper onto the front straight was key to getting a fast lap, hang the tail out just a bit and nail it approaching the straight – the only place on the entire track to use full throttle.  For the rest of the track, handling was key – especially in the esses.   Everyone seemed to really enjoy running these cars on this immaculate track, all it took was a bit of patience, a lot of practice and a car that handled well.  After 90 minutes of open practice folks were anxious to get the show on the road.

 

First Gravity Race Podium - Donny Hall 2nd, John Reimels 1st and Mike Resnick 3rd

We had 7 participants for the first race, all using various vintages of my anglewinder design.  I was hoping that someone would try an AFX based car, they might be the ticket on this tight track.  The battle for the podium was tight with Mike Resnick in third pushing Donny Hall hard for second with me in front by only 4 laps for first.

   

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

TOTAL

1

John Reimels

27

27

28

29

111

2

Donny Hall

25

27

28

27

107

3

Mike Resnick

26

27

26

26

105

4

Peter Lentros

24

27

24

23

98

5

Mike Tiffany

25

25

24

23

97

6

Tom Gray

22

23

24

23

92

7

Dave Muse

23

24

23

21

91

 

 

Next up was T-Jets on the Shamrock Glen.  Tom Bussmann made the trek up from Danbury CT in time to join us for this race.  The Glen is a great track for T-Jets, long

T-Jet Podium - John Reimels 2nd, Donny Hall 1st and Dave Muse 3rd

enough straights and fast sweepers so horsepower is required with enough tight turns and esses so handling is important.  Once again, racing was tight throughout the field, no more than 3 laps separated any finishing position.  Donny Hall proved he had the right stuff by taking down the win by 3 laps over me in second.  Dave Muse beat Peter Lentros by 2 sections to take down third.

   

Red

White

Blue

Yellow

TOTAL

1

Donny Hall

22

23

24

23

92

2

John Reimels

21

23

23

22

89

3

Dave Muse

22

21

21

22

86

4

Peter Lentros

21

22

21

22

86

5

Mike Resnick

22

22

21

20

85

6

Tom Gray

21

22

21

20

84

7

Tom Bussmann

19

22

21

20

82

8

Mike Tiffany

20

22

18

19

79

 

After the T-Jet race, we all walked over to Town Pizza for sandwiches.  The food there is always great, especially the roast beef.  With Mike Resnick having afternoon obligations,

Second Gravity Race on the Viper - quite a difference from the Bear...

we were down to seven racers for the last race on the six lane Viper track.  We decided to run the center four lanes leaving only three folks to marshal.  Turns out we made a good choice, the carnage was much less than expected and the three marshals easily handled the offs.  What a difference between the Bear and the Viper, the Viper is fast, fast, fast – the cars were a blast to drive on it.  No more tip-toeing around tight bends, it was flat out fun.  Half way through the first heat, Peter’s car gave up the ghost (the wiper brush was done wiping…) so we had a track call and I lent him one of my cars.  Good thing Peter lost a few laps before the track call or he might have won the race!  As it turns out, I beat Peter for the win by 3 laps (he claims he lost 4 laps before the

Second Gravity Race Podium - Peter Lentros 2nd, John Reimels 1st and Mike Tiffany 3rd

track call, I think it was only 2…).  Mike Tiffany drove an awesome race finishing in third, one lap behind Peter (he wishes we had waited another lap before calling track for Peter…).  Dave Muse ran a very smooth and consistent race to finish 4th, one lap behind Mike.

 

   

White

Green

Orange

Blue

TOTAL

1

John Reimels

22

22

23

22

89

2

Peter Lentros

19

23

22

22

86

3

Mike Tiffany

21

21

22

21

85

4

Dave Muse

20

21

21

22

84

5

Tom Gray

20

17

22

21

80

6

Donny Hall

20

20

19

17

76

7

Tom Bussmann

15

21

20

19

75

 

I would like to thank everyone involved for making the day a success.  I would also like to thank Peter Lentros for hosting the event, LenJet is simply a fantastic place to race, we’re truly spoiled…

I also would like to apologize to the entire group for waiting so long to schedule this event – six months between gravity races is WAY TOO LONG.  It won’t happen again.

Rob Hayes will be hosting our GRoNE-hog Day event on Saturday, February 2nd at his awesome Catfish International Speedway.  I’ll send out a reminder in a few weeks but mark your calendars NOW.  Who’d like to host our Saint Patrick’s Day event in mid-March?

 

John Reimels

GRoNE Master of Ceremonies

Brass Car Advocate

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MARC 2018 – 2019 – South Shore Speedway, December 08, 2018

A Tale of a new class and a lost car.

 

Hingham Massachusetts, December 8, 2018 – Sixteen drivers made the trip to South Shore Speedway to for another fun filled day of racing 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.

First up was the second race for the new Open Weighted class.  The field was a mix of

Practice underway at South Shore Speedway

Viper and BSRT chassis.  Most people were running 6-ohm arms, but there were a few 7-ohm BSRT arms out there.  Lots of experimenting as people work to dial in the cars for this class.   Fast lap times seem to be a half second or so faster than G-Jets.  After an hour and a half of practice, we were ready to race.

Sportsman and Pros run together in a Round-Robin for the first race of the day.  All in all, the racing was clean with some of the Sportsman right behind the Pros.  Race pace was fast with many drivers turning in lap times just over 4 seconds.  The fast lap of 3.449 was set

Weighted Podium - Hal Pierce 1st, Don Hall 2nd, Jimmy Colligan 3rd and Terry Ayer 4th

by Ryan Archambault in the blue lane.  The next closest driver was the host Paul Ryer with a 3.717 in blue as well.   Ryan had a rocket ship, but it’s not always the fastest car that wins the race.  Well, in this case it was.  Ryan finished 27 laps ahead of second place.

In the Sportsman group 3 laps covered the top three drivers.  Hal Pierce has been having a great start to the season and he continued by taking down the win 2 laps ahead of Don

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

Hall in second.  “Oh Jimmy” was just a lap back to finish in third and Terry Ayer rounded out the podium in forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Hal Pierce

59

65

63

56

243

Don Hall

54

64

64

59

241

Jimmy Colligan

58

60

62

60

240

Terry Ayer

51

61

63

56

231

Paul Crosby

52

57

59

59

227

Tom Smith

46

53

55

54

208

 

As mentioned above, Ryan not only had a fast car, but had a fantastic drive to take down the win in the Pro group.  John Reimels was second followed by new Telsa owner Rob Hayes (Rob is working on a way to power his car off the bus overheads in Cambridge, so watch out).  Paul Ryer filled out the podium 4 laps behind Rob.  Peter Lentros just missed the podium 2 laps behind Paul.


 

Pro Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Ryan Archambault

72

76

75

75

298

John Reimels

65

70

70

66

271

Rob Hayes

65

70

65

63

263

Paul Ryer

62

65

71

61

259

Peter Lentros

58

70

66

63

257

Tom Gray

56

66

67

53

242

Erik Eckhardt

55

62

63

58

238

Tom Jahl

52

57

59

59

227

Jim Macartney

51

58

59

53

221

Dave Muse

49

55

56

50

210

 

With the Open Weighted program wrapped up, it was time to start getting ready for Super Stock for the Sportsman and CMPM for the Pros.  Peter, Don and Tom had other commitments leaving us with thirteen for the afternoon program.  We alternated between Super Stock and CMPM practice sessions.  John Reimels found an interesting hiding place for his car somewhere in the shelves.  After some intense searching, it was abandoned to

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

be found another day (Only took me an hour and half and dismantling of some storage to find it).  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.  First up were the Sportsman who ran a very clean race.

“Oh Jimmy” sent the fasted lap at 2.675 and mixed that with some very clean driving to take the top spot on the podium 16 laps ahead of second.  Terry Ayer took second with Paul Crosby 4 laps back in 3rd.  Hal Pierce rounded out the podium.

Sportsman Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Jimmy Colligan

83

94

95

92

364

Terry Ayer

80

89

94

85

348

Paul Crosby

77

94

88

85

344

Hal Pierce

73

87

92

81

333

Dave Muse

68

82

80

68

298

 

The Pros also ran a pretty clean race although there were still some heat issues.  A melted

CMPM Pro Podium - Paul Ryer 4th, Erik Eckhardt 3rd, John Reimels 2nd and Jim Macartney 1st

pinion took Rob Hayes out of contention and gremlins plagued Ryan during the race.  Quietly minding his own business Jim Macartney took the top spot with a great run.  12 laps back John Reimels was second followed by Erik Eckhardt in third and Paul Ryer in fourth.

 

 

 

Pro Results

Drivers

Green

Blue

Yellow

Red

Total

Jim Macartney

84

115

130

113

442

John Reimels

94

112

116

108

430

Erik Eckhardt

95

111

114

97

417

Paul Ryer

90

97

112

98

397

Tom Jahl

89

106

115

83

393

Rob Hayes

94

103

124

58

379.23

Tom Gray

94

80

110

95

379.07

Ryan Archambault

78

117

47

63

305

 

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 Purple Mile and CMPM for the Pros on the Viper.

The race report as recorded this day

December 31, 2018

Douglas C. Neidermeyer

Sergeant at Arms

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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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