This track is still under construction and certainly not ready for racing yet, but I'm making good progress nevertheless. This two-lane dragway will be the first of three planned tracks (the others being a downhill course and a rally course), and I thought I'd cut my track-building teeth on the dragway. Valley View Dragway measures twenty four feet in total, with a six foot downhill, fourteen feet of straightaway (making a scale quarter mile), and an additional four feet for deceleration and car capture. The track is semi-permanent and consists of three sections. Each section is supported by legs that can be independently adjusted for levelling.
The downhill can be varied in height from forty inches down to twenty-four inches with the stand below. If I ever want a steeper downhill, I can add a bit more vertical section, and I left space for that:
I'm using the Hot Wheels Drag Strip Timing System from Dragon Racing Systems and the 2 Lane Start Gate from Slanman Customs. I'll also be installing miniature pole lights on both sides of the straightaway for night racing. The 5" wide boards don't really leave a lot of room for scenery, so I'll probably just stick to scale gravel and weeds on the sides of the track.
While I'm no professional carpenter, I'm still pretty pleased with my work so far and I've really been enjoying the design and building process. I finished priming today and hope to start finish painting tomorrow. I'm still waiting for my start gate to arrive, so I'm going to hold off on track laying until it does.
Finally, I'm an absolute newcomer, so I'd like to thank EVERYBODY who has previously posted for all the inspiration! I'll post more pics as I make more progress.