Track Building and BuyingShow off your tracks

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There's already a thread to show off your car collection, so I figured there should be a thread to highlight all the home made tracks out there.

Don't let this thread stop you from starting a separate thread to talk about a specific track or go in-depth with a builder. I'm thinking this thread is more of just a gallery and we'll branch out from there. Don't be surprised if I post an image of your track if it appears in another thread.

Official RLD tracks.

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I really like the RLD track, Brian. 'Who' is the 4-legged creature sleeping next to the track?

That's dog #2, Roxi, she's 4. Just one of the four 4-legged beasts roaming my house. She always watches me race cars.

Here's a photo when I first got my track set up. It's 18 feet in this photo.
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It's been slowly upgraded and lengthened...moved indoors. There's still room for improvement.

Inside. 24 ft.
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Great idea and fun thread Brian! Good looking drag tracks guys. Love the outdoor shot Jim.
Here's a photo of when I was running 4 lanes of segmented track.
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Here's what I run now -it's about 25 feet of seemless.
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Here's a close up of my start gate.
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that has to be the closest 4 car race i've seen...

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...^^^a diecast racing National monument^^^?

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This video shows what my typical road coarses look like:

http://youtu.be/JKx6mXMrmnU

The vintage 2-lane curve has been paint swappin' fight to the finish.

I'm having problems posting pictures...why can't you link the picture from your computer? Anyway...someone help me out.

Preacher

I upload my pictures on Flickr first. Once my photo(s) are in Flicker, I click on the photo I want to post here, click on Actions, then View all sizes, pick a Medium size(500 or 640), then right click on the Download link and click on Copy link address. Finally, paste the link into your post here, highlight the link, and click the Img box above to bring the picture into the post. The picture should show up once you Submit the post.
Hope this works for you.

Here goes...I'm trying to post my first picture, so please bear with me. It's my homemade start box made from scraps from a garbage bin. i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r58 ... 070105.jpg

Here goes...I'm trying to post my first picture, so please bear with me. It's my homemade start box made from scraps from a garbage bin. Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Ok...here is one more try at this thing...hopefully you will be able to see the whole thing this time. [img][IMG]i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r585/JamesBurgess5/P1070117-1.jpg

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Looking good. I like the pins through the tongues to hold the track in place.

Looks like you figured it out -good job Thanks for posting the pics. Cool looking start box.

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Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
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This is my track that my dad and built 10 years ago. The slope is 24 feet long and stands 5 feet high. It comes apart into three 8 foot sections. It features an electronic start. I has a portable button that I can press when I stand at the end of the track. The button energizes the solinoid at the bottom of the gate, which pulls down on the latch. Which releases the spring-loaded gate. And off they go ! Plus, I like the Hot Wheels orange !

well done jamma, looks like having the whole length inclined oughta make the cars scream...

Now that is one slick set up right there.

Here is the first day the "Bunk Board" track was used at our church...its straight and fast! The overall length of the track is 25 feet using seamless Hot Wheels track. My fastest time on this track is 1.89 seconds from start to finish. Hopefully I can post some pictures.

Preacher

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Looking down the main straight.

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Looking down from the top

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Looking good. I like the pins through the tongues to hold the track in place.

I only used the pushpins when I first setup my track...really didn't know what else to do to keep the track from sliding around. Then I was talking with (John, the guy who makes the "Judge" finish lines ) and I got the idea of using "Roofing Nails". They fit the track perfectly and slide right in the grove. Just use a small washer under the Roofing Nail before hammering it down...and presto your track will lay flat and straight. I only use the roofing nails now at the start and finish of my 25 ft track, because of the different setup I'm currently using. Hope this helps...and its CHEAP!!

Preacher

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@ Preacher: how do you time your races. Is your finish linked to the start gate somehow?

@ Preacher: how do you time your races. Is your finish linked to the start gate somehow?

Stop watch...soooooo it's not totally accurate but within the ballpark. As soon as the gate opens the timer starts and when they enter the stop box it ends. I haven't figured out how to hook up my Cray supercomputer to compute the numbers.

Preacher

hmmmmmm.

Welcome to The Jersey Shore Dragway, 12' of Exciting Die Cast Drag Racing!!!! Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!!!
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Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
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Love the blue, yellow and red paint scheme -totally Hot Wheels!
I like your start gate and love the rolled up towel in the catch box. I've also been using a folded towel lately to stop my cars. It makes for a very soft landing
Also, if you reduce the photo size in Photobucket or Flickr, it will all fit into the forum page. I set mine at 640.

Here is our league track.

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Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

We expanded our 25 ft track today and added another 16 ft to give us a total of 40+ feet of racing action! It was great, and everyone really had a good time. Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Preacher

Awesome!

That's a lot of track
Very nice!

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The Big Track, From 12' to 30', 24' version shown in photo. Perfect size for a parking space. This one just happend to be a Handicap Spot in a closed off area at a Car Show.Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
And The Jersey Shore Dragway. 12' of really cool racing!
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Another shot of the Big Track at another Car Show in it's 30' max length. Thats "dasimon1" soakin up the sun & some cool kid who was a big help for the day.

Love the 'car return' system you've got going there. Would be cool to figure out how to get the cars all the way back to the start gate

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Since these pictures were taken I have gotten more track sections. I can go another 8' or so each side but haven't had the big track out to try it yet. It really does save on the cars when they dont hit anything hard at the end. I use a terrycloth pillow in the trap box (ala Jersey Shore Dragway) when I don't have the room for the turn arounds. Both tracks share the Starting Gate and "The Judge" Finish Line.

Nice that you have the whiteboard with the bracket. Looks nice and organized.

The Bracket is on with Sharpie marker and the cars go on with dry erase. Works well, need another with a 16 car bracket.

hmmm, wheels turning in the head for a 4 lane return.......have that speedway circle track with the elevation stands on one end.......yes.....yes.....i can see it now. welp, gonna need more orange 2 footers!

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/c67.0.403.403/p403x403/581298_10151127744420797_248146152_n.jpg


Here is a picture of the side view of the Lincoln Johnny Lightning Race Clubs track taken about two years ago. This was taken at a Boys Choice event held at the Lincoln Middle School before we had club sponsors.

Love the 'car return' system you've got going there. Would be cool to figure out how to get the cars all the way back to the start gate

More track.

My newest creation and my 1st attempt at a multi-tiered coarse...

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Its built...its challenging...and its fast. Pics soon to come.

GspeedR

You have no idea how envious I am f that track! I need to get me some of those two lanes turns. I can't wait to see it. I think open track racing is the coolest thing ever!!!!

You have no idea how envious I am f that track! I need to get me some of those two lanes turns. I can't wait to see it. I think open track racing is the coolest thing ever!!!!

Thanx man! Here are some ugly phone pics...not to mention that my photobucket skills are still lacking.

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There are 2 small tables(w/Hot Cases on top) stradling the 2nd downhill ramp making a tunnel....its more of a convienience than anything else.

I think I'm smelling road courses for a bonus bracket some time soon! Nice job.

I think I'm smelling road courses for a bonus bracket some time soon! Nice job.

Of boy oh boy that make me drool. I'd love to host a bonus bracket open track tournament as well!

verrrry cool track G.,
hmmm, that certainly throws a wrench into the question of testing...
let me know when your ready for mail-ins,
as for chipped paint... let the chips fly !...
.......... go gspeedr go.........

Paint chips?...lol...yea, the 'open track' catch box can be brutal. At least you can always pick out the OT champs...they're the cars with the most chips on their Metal on metal FTW!

BTW, Look for a new video soon.

I'm liking the "road race" course.
Bring on the video!

I'm liking the "road race" course.
Bring on the video!

Thanks Carl....I've already shot BIG & lightweight and often looses its photo subjects in the tight curves. It usually takes many attempts to come up with just a few seconds of useable footage. I hope to have some time to gather more on Sunday.

GspeedR

This is what I test & race on @ home most of the time...

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Its balanced, it won't "fly".

GspeedR

Is that the track we've seen in some of your videos?

Is that the track we've seen in some of your videos?

Yes....I've experimented with the length, curve angles, & the 'return ramp' over the months, so my vids have slightly different versions of the track in each one.

Here's what I've got so far, but might still experiment w/ it...

starting box made from foam core board w/ hot glue and packing tape:
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4 foot-long adjustable height ramp to an 11-foot straightaway. I'm using
my popsicle-stick finish gate for now until I get a more robust gate working.

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Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

I like the idea of a fat track portion, but how do you judge close-finishes?

You're off to a terrific start, vidmouse. I began testing cars on much less than that.

I like the idea of a fat track portion, but how do you judge close-finishes?

With a very dramatically.


GspeedR

I just modified my "Bunk Board" track, by removing the 1/2 x 3/4 inch wood strips, and replacing them with aluminum. With the aluminum the track is straighter and faster. I'm still working some bugs out, but right now it stands at 32 feet when using the Super Six Lane track for my launch station. We host a Hot Wheels race once a month after our Sunday Service at Church. The Super Six lane really makes the cars scream down the track, also the finish line works well too!

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Preacher

So is the aluminum attached to wood? Or is it like a alum stud or something? I've been looking at other materials other than wood too but haven't seen anything at Home Depot that fits the bill. MDF and a lot of the synthetic stuff is way too heavy, but aluminum sounds great.

Nice tracks guys, love the 'road' course. I always wanted to do something like that

The track where my testing goes on at...
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So is the aluminum attached to wood? Or is it like a alum stud or something? I've been looking at other materials other than wood too but haven't seen anything at Home Depot that fits the bill. MDF and a lot of the synthetic stuff is way too heavy, but aluminum sounds great.


It's attached to the wooden boards by screws...and yes it is much straighter than it was before, and the plumb line really helps with keeping it straight. The MDF I've thought about using it, but it is so vulnerable to moisture,...so for now I'm just sticking to my old boards.

Preacher

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This is what I am currently working with. I didn't really think about racing when I bought the stuff. It was mainly something for me and my little girl to have fun with. I hope to add some track and build a two lane drag strip in my garage at some point.
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Very cool, Nascarkeith. I'm a big fan of turn-around tracks myself.

Added a little eye candy to our race....look for something in the background.

Preacher

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Lookin' good Preacher man!

sharp looking set-up preacher... mothership mattel is digging the backdrop... so do i !

Hey everyone. I was reading this thread and admiring all the good looking tracks so I decided to make a video and sign up for the forums here. I built this track earlier in the fall and have had a blast racing all my old HW cars on it. Check out the video...link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmOgOl65BWw&feature=plcp

welcome aboard ZIN,
great track.... nice layout.... see you in lane two !

I love your track!! Glad that you've decided to join us!

Unique track layout. Did you find you have a 'fast lane'?

Holy Cow! that is really something!

Unfortunately I did wind up with a faster lane. The left one seems to be faster at the moment. I've noticed that the orange plastic track is very temperature sensitive. The segments tighten up when it's colder and expand when warmer. I'm not too worried about it though. I've been doing two races per car match up, then going by how big the gap was. That's mainly why there were 3 cars in the video that I say were tied for first.

I've noticed that the orange plastic track is very temperature sensitive. The segments tighten up when it's colder and expand when warmer.

Yes, I've noticed this as well. When it's really cold, the seams become more stiff and can cause cars to come off the track when they usually don't when it's warmer.

i made some connectors... they are the thickness of the purple stockers [plus bumps]... the sloppies don't have bumps...
so when you push the sloppies connector 2 inches into the uphill track section it tends to pull the siderails [IN]....i made them 4" long... i had to cut them to 3" because they pull the track in so much...
push 2" of the connector into the uphill, it narrows it more than the 1" into the lower track... no seam hang-ups... i didn't plan this.... SERENDIPITY !... i made 240, pm me with needs.

What did you make those connectors outta?

they are white, light dispersers from 4 foot long ; LIGHTS OF AMERICA STAINLESS STEEL SHOP LIGHT. mine were 49" x 7" x 1/16", friend and i cut them into 1" strips on a table saw, then cut them to 4" long, shoulda cut 'em to 3" long, on a chop saw..they are slightly brittle...

Next time you send some cars back out this way Smitty maybe you can throw a few in there. No hurry at all it usually just a couple spots that develop problems. Tastelikedirt raceway is in a 40 foot metal storage container and right now it's got about a foot and a half of snow all around it with more falling as we speak...ah sunny California.

done !

....i made them 4" long... i had to cut them to 3" because they pull the track in so much...
push 2" of the connector into the uphill, it narrows it more than the 1" into the lower track... no seam hang-ups... i didn't plan this.... SERENDIPITY !... i made 240, pm me with needs.

Hey what a great idea,...I bought some HW track sections and the connectors were soooo tight that it caused the track to pull in like you said. I'll try and cut down the connectors and see if this helps.

Preacher

the "MAGIVER"... if it looks like it was made from spare [junk] parts, it was ! ; Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
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boom ... ; Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
camera car will run in the left lane !

home made, starter and track support...bottom section of a H.W. [3] lane, [4] section "bump track"... popped off the [3] lane finishline [will modd later]...heated with a candle and bent the track connectors and dividers down slightly... i use yellow with red & blue striped, H.W. or matchbox track?... it is flexible enough to reverse arc... to 1/2 section of DRAG TRACKS...to D.T. transfer...to [9 or 10 ] 20" D.T. track sections as runout... to [1] 24" section of H.W. yellow [no-stripe]... to the finishline [1/2 is a H.W. dual lap counter 1/2 is a H.W. indy 500 roll-up finishline]...to [1] 24" H.W. yellow to the towel ... whole track pix when i set up to race next.

MAGIVER, 3 LANES, PVC STAND, LEFT LANE = VIDEO LANE [ARROW] ; Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
TOP AND BASE SEPARATE FROM THE LEGS FOR SUITCASE STORAGE OR TRANSPORT...

the 3 lane track section is made from the bottom section of [4] on a 3 lane downhill race track...notice the lane dividers flare out at the last inch of track.... allowing room for the doubled up siderails of the orange / yellow track...and has the track connector tabs...
. THE TRACK HAS SMALL FLARES AT THE CONNECTOR TO ORANGE / YELLOW ... THROWS THE CARS OFF THE TRACK...
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD !

using aluminum parts

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WfTqnJ7pOk

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keep on trying to make a better tracks

"The Gauntlet" A one lane time trial course for a Pikes Peak style competition. I have collected the track parts needed, and come spring some testing will need to be done after construction.
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I will be using the same starting gate as the "Jersey Shore Dragway" & the downhill from my outside traveling track "Majestic Dragway" 6' drop with a 6' runoff before a 90 degree curve...."Deadmans Curve" Followed by 3, 180 degree curves another 90 then run to the finish.
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The finish line will be the same "Judge" unit as the other tracks and the Catch box from the "Jersey Shore" track
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The drawing is not scale but kinda close, "Deadmans Curve" can go to the right or left depending on where it will be set up......
Any Questions?

hmmmm. short wheelbase SLOPPY racers for shure.

& lightweight and often looses its photo subjects in the tight curves. It usually takes many attempts to come up with just a few seconds of useable footage. I hope to have some time to gather more on Sunday.

GspeedR


Does the inside lane usually winn, since it has the advantage of a slightly shorter track?

hello newbie... check out the tracks on this site, many options

Video Racer view of my new track.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzwH1t03-Hk

Follow the link to see what I've put on my new track...a little artwork that everyone might like.

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =1&theater

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You got a band going on back there?

MATCHBOX ROCK !

Gotta have toys!!!
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5 more guitars in there cases under the "Jersry Shore Dragway" 3 amps, a PA & keyboard live in my basement.


I will be using the same starting gate as the "Jersey Shore Dragway" & the downhill from my outside traveling track "Majestic Dragway" 6' drop with a 6' runoff before a 90 degree curve...."Deadmans Curve" Followed by 3, 180 degree curves another 90 then run to the finish.
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Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
The finish line will be the same "Judge" unit as the other tracks and the Catch box from the "Jersey Shore" track
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The drawing is not scale but kinda close, "Deadmans Curve" can go to the right or left depending on where it will be set up......
Any Questions?

I like this...great idea for racing!

Preacher

Summerford Hot Wheels Raceway

1x4 for ramp and base. Bent aluminum, drywall anchor springy piece, rubber band, and lexan for the starting gate.

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15 inch ramp with a 7 1/2 inch drop. 100 inches long total or 8 feet and 4 inches.

So far the lanes are pretty even.

LOOKS GOOD !... roll 'em

Awesome! Who sez you have to have a 40 foot drag strip anyway? Thumbs up.

Love my short track. "Jersey Shore Dragway"
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A 1/64 scale1/8 mile is 10 ft. and a scale 1/4 mile is 20 ft. How did super long tracks become the norm?

A 1/64 scale1/8 mile is 10 ft. and a scale 1/4 mile is 20 ft. How did super long tracks become the norm?

I doubt it is the norm. Most of the guys with long tracks are the guys taking them to shops and events. A longer track does make a more pleasing public showcase....takes it out of the realm of being just a kids toy.

Also, I think guys with bigger tracks are more likely to take pics and show them off online, so it might seem that there's more photos of long tracks floating around the web.

But I'd bet you dollars to doughnuts that 99 percent of guys just racinng at home have smaller tracks. Heck...I have a decent sized basement and the scale 1/4 mile is as much as I can comfortably fit. I'm making mine modular so I can add length when I take it out to shows.

A 1/64 scale1/8 mile is 10 ft. and a scale 1/4 mile is 20 ft. How did super long tracks become the norm?

Yeah I always thought about 18 ft was the 1/4 mile equivalent.

How did super long tracks become the norm?

I doubt also that 50 ft tracks are the norm. Most people just don't have the room.

I've tried several different lengths. I think the shorter tracks and the races are over super quick. So you think to make it longer. Over time they get longer and longer...

I went from 25 to 32 feet. That's when I noticed I was doing A LOT more walking on my trip from the starting line to the finish line to pick up the cars. Twenty five feet started looking like a good distance for racing.

Yes, I like a longer track so the races aren't over in the blink of an eye.

I don't know if there is a norm per se but I'd probably agree with Shadow that the bigger tracks are for guys that travel with their tracks. I wish I had time/money/space to build a big track and tote it around town. My "official" track is only 20-ft and that's because that's the most I can fit in my space.

Seeing the monster 50-foot tracks is spectacular but don't feel bad about your own track. I take joy in knowing that my track cost less, is more portable, and frankly, can be just as much fun to race on. You can dress up any track to look more professional. Heck, my track is just planks and hinges - talk about unprofessional - but it's what I have and I think that's what I love about all the tracks shared here is that they're homemade and approachable. Kinda like old NASCAR...when you saw cars you saw on the street it was a lot more personal that seeing super cars that no one can actually drive.

And BTW, if you're looking for a quick race length converter, here you go: www.redlinederby.com/calc.html

I am currently starting to build a track that will eventually have an electronic finish. It is currently just something for the neighborhood. We wanted a scale 1/4 mile, but I am a bit confused. The calculator shown just above indicates a 1/4 mile at just over 17'. 1320/64=20.625. Am I missing something?
Thanks.

WELCOME ABOARD ! ...I think we all go with between 17. ? and 18 feet as scale for 1/4 mile....
but our tracks fit our houses.

Thanks. This is a great community. It brings back childhood memories and i have recently started making new memories with my daughter at a local weekly track.
Quick response too, by the way. I barely had time to read about making custom decals!

Thanks for the info and discussion. That calculator is nice. I was trying to do the math myself so I'm sure my numbers were off.

I took our track on our beach vacation and the family had a blast with it.

Here's a track that we built for our foundation. We raise money to benefit kids with disablilities who are graduating from high school and need help transitioning. Diecast racing is something that is even, whether you have a disability or not. Our track has a 4ft drop over roughly 24ft - then an 8ft flat runoff - totaling 32ft. The built the aluminum support system to hold 4 lanes of blutrack. The start gate can either be operated by hand, or by a remote servo. We have The Judge as our electronic finish line, and a foam catch box at the end. We've used the tracks at two events so far and both times they were won by young children! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

-Travis

PS...the HW track on the left side is simply a return track for the winners to be roller back down to the start.

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great looking track... great cause... first time I've seen the "grey" blu track...

While we refer to our toy cars as 1/64 scale, they are not actually to scale. So to relate the track to a real 1/4 mile scale would not be accurate. As others have mentioned, a longer track makes for a much more entertaining race to watch.

ditto, long track = come from behind wins !

Here's a track that we built for our foundation. We raise money to benefit kids with disablilities who are graduating from high school and need help transitioning. Diecast racing is something that is even, whether you have a disability or not. Our track has a 4ft drop over roughly 24ft - then an 8ft flat runoff - totaling 32ft. The built the aluminum support system to hold 4 lanes of blutrack. The start gate can either be operated by hand, or by a remote servo. We have The Judge as our electronic finish line, and a foam catch box at the end. We've used the tracks at two events so far and both times they were won by young children! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

-Travis

PS...the HW track on the left side is simply a return track for the winners to be roller back down to the start.

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Wow...What a Track!!! Super cool...so how does the BluTrack Pro work with racing cars? There have been some mixed reviews about this product...with the lane width, and low dividers...but I personally think its pretty cool. Do you have any problems with the cars wrecking, or crossing the lanes, or wobbling too much? Post some videos or a link to YouTube so we can see this BEAST in zction!

Preacher

We need more pictures of your FANTASTIC track showing us the details from the construction of the aluminum supports, to the starting box area, and the stop box...plus some video of this thing in action! This thing is super cool!

Preacher

Yes, a very nice track indeed. I'd love to learn more about the aluminum frame and how that was put together. I think I want to use that instead of wood for my next track but not sure exactly how to go about it or what is needed tool-wise to even start.

Oh...and welcome to Redline Derby! Glad you found us and hope you continue to share stories about your club, racing and your tracks.

Smitty sent me some esses. Calvin and I tried putting them at the end of the track. Kinda cool.
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... GO CAL GO...

GEE 442, I should have sent the 2 clear hoses that plug into the orange nipples on the uphill end of the sizzlers dual speed brake unit and the 2 black brake pedals...with a little more incline you would have to slow the cars just enough not to wipe-out but still win...fun at home... also you could set it up as I do but hold the cars with the brakes ... releasing them when someone rings a bell...
i have multiple - never to be used - "brakes"... i will send a pair west with your cops n' robbers car returns...

welcome aboard may.... here are some of the tracks ! Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlson442/10467302745/

Is JDC Jr. gonna host a race? I need time to make a jumper..............Very cute. The little boy I mean.....

i liked how he put the car back on the track, then when it didn't roll all the way to the jump, he picked it up instead of pushing it over the jump...SMART, VERY SMART !

Yeah Smitty we noticed that to. Sharp kid.

looking for a timer set up for [2] lane 1/64 scale drag racing... not drag tracks /expert racers...

lane 1/64 scale drag racing... not drag tracks /expert racers...

Ask Preacher about that, he's got either a Fast Track or Micro Wizard laser timer.

lane 1/64 scale drag racing... not drag tracks /expert racers...

I have the Micro Wizards Race timers...works Great, easy to use & setup. I paid $265 for it...expensive, but it has taken our racing to the next level. Let me know if I can help.

Preacher

if you have a minute, jump over to the Lincoln johnny lightning race club's facebook page and take a quick look at the seamless 22' track that DADVBAL fabbed up for the johnnies...up to 4 lanes to cope with even the biggest of crowds...
... spiffy DAD... very spiffy!
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he looks pretty sharp in the pix, even after he got some "White Pine Sawdust" in his beard and hair !

if you have a minute, jump over to the Lincoln johnny lightning race club's facebook page and take a quick look at the seamless 22' track that DADVBAL fabbed up for the johnnies...up to 4 lanes to cope with even the biggest of crowds...
... spiffy DAD... very spiffy!
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he looks pretty sharp in the pix, even after he got some "White Pine Sawdust" in his beard and hair !

I've seen this track on FB and it is really Sweet! They did a fantastic job building and putting it together. Major Kudos to their Race Club!

Preacher

THEIR CLUB'S COMP. TRACK IS 24' LONG WITH MICRO WIZZARD TIMING...
THE NEW ONE THAT DADVBAL BUILT IS [4] LANE, 22' AND USES A 6 LANE RACEWAY FINISH LINE.
... GO DAD GO !

to try and keep the lanes as even as possible I am doing away with the dual pitch starter set up...
this stand is to let me use MICRO-WIZZARD start switch, finish line unit and MAGIVER starter at the same pitch as my EXPERT RACERS TRACK SET...
the legs are removable to collapse it for road trips...both legs and base are only 24" long [fits suitcase].
I did not use any pvc cement, it is rugged as is..
with a little work it could support almost any mobile track set up...
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as done on all my other tracks, i made the starter unit 1/2" narrower than the pvc base on all 4 sides, I will drill holes through the fiberglass base 3/8" from the edges, wire ties through these hole and around the pvc anchors it nicely...
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. set up for DRAG TRACKS ; transfer, [1] 20" track section and the 1" union...
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note the adjustable pitch ; Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
I may need to use some pvc cement if the "joints loosen up" ... * $8.67 - American !

Looking good!

someday I want to video these races... bought a Samsung handheld [hand grenade size] camera but it is designed to fit in the right hand, cool, but pressing the launch button puts my hand in the picture and requires i stand closer to the starter...
old track raced right to left... new starter will race left to right, letting me stand further away from the starter [fewer steps toward the finish during passes]... moved the launch button from vertical to horizontal and back 5" to get my hand out of the pix...this is how it starts...
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QUITTIN' TIME, BACK TO IT TOMMOROW. Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

GREEN MEANS GO paint, Lexan "DOOR", 4 wire ties and the MAGIVER II is now racin' ...
Press the Green disc towards the Green washer and we're DRAG RACING !
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.REMOVE THE [4] SMALL COUNTERSUNK HEAD SCREWS & NUTS AND YOU CAN REPLACE THE DRAG TRACKS SECTION WITH
2 HOT WHEELS TRACK STRIPS...[MAGIVER 1 STARTER SHOWN]
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.Lets Race...
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That looks very professional Smitty! You're quite the craftsman.

THANKS 442, it's also my other thing... cheap !

PORTABLE PVC. COFFEE TABLE TOP STARTER STAND ; Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
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PVC. TUBE LEGS ROTATED DOWN ;Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
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PVC. TUBE LEGS ROTATED UP UNDER THE BASE ; Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
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MacGIVER 1 STARTER MOCKED UP ON THE COFFEE TABLE STAND ;
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READY SET....... ;
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..... GO... !
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Smitty are you gonna rat rod the PVC base?

nope, gonna give it to somebody... it's what I do !

Brian, can you get smaller [1/2 size] versions of the 1/64 stickers you had ?
I want to sport one on a section of the Lexan starter door, so it can hide the timer switch on the new track starter...
full size stocker blocks the view [potential video] of the racers...
..... I have Paypal...

Next time I place an order for the oval stickers I can see what sizes are available. For now I don't have any alternate sixes, sorry. The ovals haven't been as popular as I had hoped, oh well, they'll go good as prizes too.

Do you have any of the red square stickers left? I can send you more of them if you want.

thanks b,
just cropped one of the red ones... toy cars real racing - top right... redline derby.com - bottom right
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