Track Building and BuyingGoing Blu Track

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After running Fords Fords Fords and having lots of trouble with connectors, side walls folding inward and track wobbling twisting and raising. I know there were too many wrecks. I redid heats that were found to be the tracks fault. Now Walmart has 18 ft of track for $34 so I thought I would give that a try. Some say that I will have trouble connecting it to HW stuff but I can try.....................

rld member is the inventor of blutrack... markas or markazz
if you need a little help connecting to hot wheels... pm. me

Keep us posted...

rld member is the inventor of blutrack... markas or markazz
if you need a little help connecting to hot wheels... pm. me


Thanks I will when it shows up.....

Well it did show up.
The box looks like this.

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The track looks like this....a strange Smurf blue.....

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A couple nervous cars tried it for fit. They liked it.....

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And a run with 2 minute set up no warming up......

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So we will see what happens next.........

It looks like the bottom is flat. Will you be attaching it to wood or anything? Is the lane wider than the HW track? Some questions from the curious as I might consider buying this and getting away from the segmented track.

the blue track lanes appear to be close together, [not pictured]
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a starter unit that has the [any color] track anchored above the starter, with the track running through it will work...
the distance between lanes shouldn't matter... should also work well with a runthrough SUPER 6 LANE RACEWAY's finish line... no adapting to hot wheels...
... GO STROLLER GO !....

I noticed that the lanes on Blutrack appear wider than typical Hot Wheels or Dragtracks track. This could be a problem if cars start wiggling around in the track and crash when they get too fast.

I noticed that the lanes on Blutrack appear wider than typical Hot Wheels or Dragtracks track. This could be a problem if cars start wiggling around in the track and crash when they get too fast.

Playing around with the B T I had the track at an almost vertical drop and the cars rolled pretty fast but they did not derail.....at least not until I put in the 6" jump............AIRBORNE TIME.......I also put them thru a loop and a ridiculous more than vertical banked curve they did very well thru those........the tracks are about a 1/4 of an inch wider....

track anchored above the starter, with the track running through it will work...
the distance between lanes shouldn't matter... should also work well with a runthrough SUPER 6 LANE RACEWAY's finish line... no adapting to hot wheels...
... GO STROLLER GO !....

I tried marrying the B T to the HW 6 lane starting track. I did not work since adjacent HW lanes interfered but this works....

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I think I will cut off the connector rails off the bottom of HW track about half way down and then just black tape the end of the track section down to the B T track to make for a smoother transition, not that it isn't smooth just the way it is.
The B T came with a metal stabilizer bar you put under any loops you might make. It has little tabs that slide into the outer edge of the track snugly. I'm thinking of making several of these to fasten the track to the little tables I use normally. A couple pieces of duct tape ought to suffice......

As for the 6 lane finish line . I think that will work fine as soon as I make a better "lower" bracket for it.............Stroller

as far as the short connectors, only cut 2 save the rest... just in case .

as far as the short connectors, only cut 2 save the rest... just in case .

That was my plan...... ..........Hope this works...

keep us posted on how this track works out. I was thinking of going with a 50ft Blu Track Pro (Grey Track Color) but wasn't sure about getting it to lay flat. I know I could use Velcro to hold it down...but not sure if the cars would be faster on Blu Track vs. Hot Wheels seamless. Maybe you could do a comparo for us with some Hot Wheels Track.

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keep us posted on how this track works out. I was thinking of going with a 50ft Blu Track Pro (Grey Track Color) but wasn't sure about getting it to lay flat. I know I could use Velcro to hold it down...but not sure if the cars would be faster on Blu Track vs. Hot Wheels seamless. Maybe you could do a comparo for us with some Hot Wheels Track.

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Okay that sounds interesting. I will do that tomorrow. All I have is arrow track for comparison......

I know you are trying to avoid seams, but have you tried using a piece of the HW section track from the ramp to the blue track using the existing connector tabs. Not sure how they line up as to the vertical walls, but I would see putting them as close to the inside of the blue track and taping them in place - instead of having the drop off from the HW track as shown above.

Or tape them in place to each of the middle of the blue track lanes - maybe?

I know you are trying to avoid seams, but have you tried using a piece of the HW section track from the ramp to the blue track using the existing connector tabs. Not sure how they line up as to the vertical walls, but I would see putting them as close to the inside of the blue track and taping them in place - instead of having the drop off from the HW track as shown above.

Or tape them in place to each of the middle of the blue track lanes - maybe?

The trouble with that is the blu track is about twice as thick as the arrow track so utilizing the connectors will not work as far as I can figure it out.......

keep us posted on how this track works out. I was thinking of going with a 50ft Blu Track Pro (Grey Track Color) but wasn't sure about getting it to lay flat. I know I could use Velcro to hold it down...but not sure if the cars would be faster on Blu Track vs. Hot Wheels seamless. Maybe you could do a comparo for us with some Hot Wheels Track.

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Well I couldn't wait I ran some test heats using the 6 lane starter track for both types of track and ran cars head to head. There is no mind numbing difference in either track speed. The B T may have been the tiniest bit faster but I'm not sure. Cars ran smoother on the B T and significantly quieter. The HW kept pulling apart and sliding out of alignment.

Tomorrow I will run tests at a much steeper angle....

Cool...I really like this idea. The problem I was having, was trying to figure out how to unroll the track and keep it flat. We only have a limited amount of time to do our race, and the Hot Wheels track with the aluminum dividers work really well. But there is always this itching desire to stretch it out longer, 50ft. This is where the Blu Track would really shine. I'm thinking...using some Velcro you could easily unroll this track and keep it in place without any twisting and bumps in the track to cause wrecks. I just wonder if the extra lane width would cause some cars to have instability issues, and maybe even jump the center divider, and cause wrecks? Hey...I guess anything can happen. Keep us posted...I'm interested in this.

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is there a special reason you are using the 6 lane ramp ?...
you could anchor the blue track to your RLD incline board and make your own starter [preacher's spatula]/ [sloppy's macgiver] with the 6 lane finish.... much smoother transition...
i will fab up a steel, remote "string launched", "stroller" starter, or a finish line support if needed...

Cool...I really like this idea. The problem I was having, was trying to figure out how to unroll the track and keep it flat. We only have a limited amount of time to do our race, and the Hot Wheels track with the aluminum dividers work really well. But there is always this itching desire to stretch it out longer, 50ft. This is where the Blu Track would really shine. I'm thinking...using some Velcro you could easily unroll this track and keep it in place without any twisting and bumps in the track to cause wrecks. I just wonder if the extra lane width would cause some cars to have instability issues, and maybe even jump the center divider, and cause wrecks? Hey...I guess anything can happen. Keep us posted...I'm interested in this.

Preacher, I run the BT 50 foot roll as my home track. If the temperature is at least 70 degrees where you roll it out you should not have any problems with it laying flat. I have my starting gate at about 6ft high so I have to make sure my track is pretty level, because they WILL become airborne if there are any noticeable bumps, like a transition from carpet to tile. All I had to do to fix that was put an unopened piece of junk mail under the track at the transition and it was cured.
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Looked for track on Wal Mart website. Sale must be over. But.....Amazon $33.99 from 21 sources. I too are being tempted.

It looks like the bottom is flat. Will you be attaching it to wood or anything? Is the lane wider than the HW track? Some questions from the curious as I might consider buying this and getting away from the segmented track.

The lanes are wider. I have a few Hot Wheels that would not run on Hot Wheels track ( 41 Willys pro Stock). I can run it all on there now.

I did a side by side comparison fast track run between HW track and Blu Track. I saw no comparable difference in speed. The ramp was a 6 ft long 1x8 at better than a 45 degree angle. The Blu Track was fastened by one screw thru the built in wall hanger plate. The HW track had to have screws in each piece to keep it from coming apart. Both tracks were laid over carpet with no boards beneath them. I ran 6 races switching lanes and trying different cars. The speed seemed about the same on each track. Let's face it gravity is gravity. The HW track did start to disconnect in places but it was just as fast as far as I can see. Blu Tracks advantage is ease of set up, No connection points to hit, adjustability and less frustration.
..............time will tell. Wish I had gotten the 50 ft track......

Let us know if there is any problems with cars jumping the lane divider, or bumping into each other while going down the track. Great Review & comparison.

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Let us know if there is any problems with cars jumping the lane divider, or bumping into each other while going down the track. Great Review & comparison.

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No problems so far......except like I said when I made a jump. Oh tried to do a complete 180degree turn only the outside lane did it okay. The inside track car crashed nicely..I also made a loop and the cars whizzed thru that.....but of course those were only for fun.....drag racing is really my thing.....

My only real issue with BluTrack was the lack of orange track compatibility. Otherwise I think it's a good track that will support more cars than the Mattel stuff. Can't wait to see it all put together and racing! www.redlinederby.com/blog/2009/1 ... rack-test/

I'm not sure, but I think someone from here posted a video of a race event where they were using Blu Track. Sadly it looked like the cars were not going all that fast...kinda depressing,...so it really didn't do anything for me when I saw it. But I'm always thinking of ways of making the race Better, Faster, Stronger....Six Million Dollar...Oh I'm sorry got carried away. But I'm always thinking about how to make the track better...and this Blu Track keeps coming to mind, especially when I'm thinking of going for 50ft. I wish I lived close enough to someone to see this track in action. Post some more video for us to see this track in action!!! Please

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BluTrack isn't my track but I am familiar with it. Hot Wheels do work on this track. The lanes are a bit wider than standard Hot Wheels track. There is are no grooves under the track to connect BluTrack to anything. It is flat on the bottom-side. I'm not a knowledgeable plastics guy but the product is more rubbery to me. This is really evident when it gets warm. It conforms to whatever it is laying on. Also, because it is rubbery, the races are slower than compared to a track made from LDPE (low density poly-ethylene). That is what most tracks are made of including my Race Grooves track from a few years ago. All my inventory is in storage because I have been focusing on YouTube the last few years. This was very beneficial because my Race Grooves YouTube Channel is now in the top 1% of all channels on YouTube. 132 Million views, 80,000+ subscribers.

Blu Track Pro is on sale now for $33.95 for 50 ft of track...thats a really good deal. But its the older stock, the Blue and not the Grey color track.

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Somebody here post some video of cars racing on Blu Track...lets see some comparisons!

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Well I now have 25ft of track instead of 18ft because of 7ft of track I got for my birthday. It seems like a lot of difference between 18 and 25............ I made a starting ramp and put in my undertrack starting gate and it works great. Tried using a different above track system but I couldn't make it work.... . So then I had to punch holes in my pristeen track, but it was easy and works well. I'm thinking the only board I need is for the down ramp and a support. Ran a few races with all 25 feet and it runs good. Then tried running the track up over the seat of an office chair. With only a 4ft elevated start on a 6ft board. The cars made it, going 3 or four extra inches at the top. One landed safely and finished. The second car went sideways and slid down the track for 5 or 6 feet, riding the center divider. It needs some tweaking. For drag races this track seems really good. It is incredibly quiet. The 6 lane electronic finish line works without any adjustments......AAA will run great here at the new "Spokane Blu Lightning Track"........ Hopefully this will be outside on my racing tables........

Blu Track Pro is on sale now for $33.95 for 50 ft of track...thats a really good deal. But its the older stock, the Blue and not the Grey color track.

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I checked out the Blu Track webpage and the 50' $33.95 track was no longer available.

Well I now have 25ft of track instead of 18ft because of 7ft of track I got for my birthday. It seems like a lot of difference between 18 and 25............ I made a starting ramp and put in my undertrack starting gate and it works great. Tried using a different above track system but I couldn't make it work.... . So then I had to punch holes in my pristeen track, but it was easy and works well. I'm thinking the only board I need is for the down ramp and a support. Ran a few races with all 25 feet and it runs good. Then tried running the track up over the seat of an office chair. With only a 4ft elevated start on a 6ft board. The cars made it, going 3 or four extra inches at the top. One landed safely and finished. The second car went sideways and slid down the track for 5 or 6 feet, riding the center divider. It needs some tweaking. For drag races this track seems really good. It is incredibly quiet. The 6 lane electronic finish line works without any adjustments......AAA will run great here at the new "Spokane Blu Lightning Track"........ Hopefully this will be outside on my racing tables........

Give us some video's of this track and your setup, I would really like to try this track but not sure about dropping major $$$ for 100ft. So any pictures or video you have would be greatly appreciated.

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Give us some video's of this track and your setup, I would really like to try this track but not sure about dropping major $$$ for 100ft. So any pictures or video you have would be greatly appreciated.

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Okay will do....hang on...

Man...I sure would like to see some video's of this track racing with some cars...Hmmmmm. Anyone out there?

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track union for blue track sections ... electrical box cover from LOWES $.51 each, need [2], cut diagonally to make the clamps ;
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6-32 countersunk screws welded from the bottom of the plate ;
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end view shows the clamps pinching the track edges ;
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the section I was sent is curled up pretty good... I left it on a heater overnight with a weight on it... nope...
let me know if you need it right away, I would be glad to pull #19 and #20 out of the series to make it for the return flight...

Somebody here post some video of cars racing on Blu Track.

'jpcrankspanker' on YouTube has some good ones...http://www.youtube.com/user/jpcrankspanker/videos.

I don't personally know who he is, but I'm pretty sure he's from PA. He builds some looooooonnnnggg outdoor tracks in his backyard with his daughter, including some hybrid courses(orange track transitioning to BluTrack Pro). He's also hosted outdoor racing series' on single-lane courses...very cool, indeed! I've already extended an invitation to them to join us here, but did not receive a reply.

After watching all of his Video Racer footage on BluTrack I've concluded that, like running on Fat Track, softer track material might encourage this.


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Creative racing and different but going from orange track to open track and then to blu track does not seem like a good idea. The cars that ended up on the center divider going from open track to blu track did so because they were in the middle of the open track when they encountered the blu track. The cars seemed to roll nicely on the blu track even on uneven ground, No track type is perfect and I'm not about to get rid of my orange track. I have been eyeing the new HW orange track with the better connector. .................Stroller.

Creative racing and different but going from orange track to open track and then to blu track does not seem like a good idea. The cars that ended up on the center divider going from open track to blu track did so because they were in the middle of the open track when they encountered the blu track.

Agreed. I suggested that he try Fat Track on the arched bridge between the orange & Blutrack. Fat Track has tiny longitudinal ridges that help keep the cars pointed forward. Also, a small, pointed, wedge divider(shaped from wood?) could also be used to help divert cars into one of the 2 Blutrack lanes. It wouldn't eliminate wrecks but it might give the cars a better chance to hold momentum through the transition.

On another note, I completely airborn....great stuff!!

I've really been thinking about going for a 100 ft Blu Track Pro, but honestly...I've got too much $$ invested in my current setup to make the switch. At the present we are running 37ft Hot Wheels Orange track, and would really like to lengthen the track so that the cars can really stretch their legs. But honestly, I think I'm going to go to only 50ft...so I can keep the race indoors, and still use my current setup. Hey, when the cars hit the flat section of the track they have to be a good roller to make it to the end. But if it was a continual downhill race...that would be a different story. I personally believe, for Blu Track to excel it needs a good flat surface so the track will lay flat...any little bump in the track at speed sends cars flying off the track...not fun when you are racing. To do this it would take a lot more wood, and $$ to make this happen, and work setting up for a race. But I'm still thinking...

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Here's something interesting about Blu Trak. It is exactly the same width as the Hot Wheels Play Set city street pieces. I even used some of the play set pieces as a spacing guide when I put down side guides to hold the Blu Trak straight on my new track boards.......it fit perfectly......tested it and the track ran better than ever. After that I removed the Blu Trak and used orange track on the ramp and connected those pieces to a couple play set pieces and little one inch down ramp. The cars now come down the ramp onto the play set pieces and down the little transition piece on to the bare wood of the track boards between the guide rails and voila' I have open track drag racing....... BTW I picked up the HW play set pieces at a garage sale with no idea os what I was going to do with them....

Post some pictures of what you are talking about...I might like to use this, when I get my Blutrack on Monday.

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Bluetrack Monday!

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