Topic: RAPID 500 2019 Seasoner Opener

Howie hosted another awesome Rapid 500 race to start off the 2019 racing season! The 500 is a great test of racing equipment as well as driver skill and endurance. In addition to the competition and camaraderie some excellent pizza was shared. Thank you Howie!

The facility fondly referred to as Rapid Raceway
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Marty, John Gill, Gearloose, and Ted at the control stations
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Racer activity
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Bob Nakamura and his 1/24 NASCAR entry
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Cars in the pit area
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Beau Frazier - car builder extraordinaire! 
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Mitch Brooks with his Early Modified car
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Down from the Seattle area for the 500, Dennis aka DC Dynamo's pit area
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Blake and Dennis DC Dynamo
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Bob Nak and Stuart aka Stew Meat
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Mitch, Howie, Blake, and Dennis
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Ted's super fast number 12 NASCAR entry
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Bob loaned Stuart his number 99 NASCAR to race. Most of us regretted Bob's decision!
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Good shot of Howie, although this was much funnier while it was happening....
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Stuart and Ted hooking up their controllers for their next heat race
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The eventual race winner, Marty
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Bob hooking up his controller
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Beau
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Blake finished second
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Bob and Stuart ready for the next heat to start
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Two NASCAR entries on the track, both number 99s, and both built by Bob Nakamura
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John Gill
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Action during lane changes between heat races
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Howie and Blake talking race strategy
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In the pits
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Gearloose and Marty
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Stuart checking heat results
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Bob servicing his car between heats
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Beau in full pre-race focus
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A turn marshal's view through the catch fence of the number 2 car
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Howie in the pits
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Ted in the pits
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Marty and Mitch hooking up their controllers
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Here's some video I took at the race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBVN6QKChEU&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1OThI_oPt4&t=0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvtQ_1WO_J8&t=0s

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Results of the Rapid 500:

Each racer got 1hr. and 4 minutes of racing.

1st......Marty..........739 laps.
2nd.....Blake...........735
3rd......Ted.............725
4th......Gearloose....721
5th......Dennis........709
6th......Stew...........700
7th......Beau...........674
8th......Bob.............664
9th......Bill...............594
10th....Mitch. DNF....414
11th....John...DNF....161
12th....Howie..DISQ.

Thank you to all who participated and to Bill for all those pictures and movies. A fun day and close racing!

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Howie got DQ'd from his own race?  WTF?

"Big Smooth"

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After just a few laps Howie's car laid down a very impressive smoke screen. The motor totally fried and Howie had to switch to a back up car. Hence the disqualification.

16 (edited by docdoom October 8, 2018 11:28 am)

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wb0s wrote:

After just a few laps Howie's car laid down a very impressive smoke screen. The motor totally fried and Howie had to switch to a back up car. Hence the disqualification.

looked like a lot fun. didnt get done with work till 630 12.5 hours is a long day.
hey those hand winded motors do that a lot

The secondnidator

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Evidently it can happen with factory arms too! Howie said he thought he had a tire rub.

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Ok, here is the story on the motor: I was too low for tech, so I raised the car up to pass tech and never checked the gears, and that caused the gears to tighten up too much consequently burning up the motor which put on quite show of smoke!

BTW: I have never rewound a motor in my life!

I still had a lot of fun and that is the bottom line to me!

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howie wrote:

Ok, here is the story on the motor: I was too low for tech, so I raised the car up to pass tech and never checked the gears, and that caused the gears to tighten up too much consequently burning up the motor which put on quite show of smoke!

BTW: I have never rewound a motor in my life!

I still had a lot of fun and that is the bottom line to me!

I have done many in my rc racing days.wasway to much work back then and the motors were huge next a slot car motor.

The secondnidator

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I used to race r/c cars also, but they were all gas powered back in the '60's and '70's. Still have them all.

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Howie is was great fun, I hope I didn't burn up your other car too badly.  That was the longest I've been out of the house since the stroke, I was running down quickly towards the end, it was probably a good thing that the car got tired too.

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Baby steps baby steps.Mitch

The secondnidator

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Mitch I am glad you could make it to the race, more importantly I am VERY glad you made it as well as you did with the stroke!

After the race I checked the motor, the wire broke loose again! Not only that, the motor was VERY tired to begin with! I will be replacing that motor and probably build a new chassis as that one is a bolt together one that I will use for another class.

Take care Mitch.