Track Building and BuyingTobacco Road track build, photo journal

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Tobacco Road 

20'-- approx scale 1/4 mile

4 ' drop @ 27" then cars enter the top of the transition

16' run out (15' 3" after transition bottoms out)

Setting guidelines for 1/4 round

A look up track at the transition...Red lane and Black lane at Tobacco Road

Red Lane and Black Lane

Supplies for the Track

Finish section

Banks done on finish section and prepping transition section

Transistion section

Just messing around with the supplies

16' straightaway

Banks done on Transition section

Base for the Drop section, basically 3 parts - base, support and drop. Going to make it assemble/disassemble using the rubber bands from celery stalks and asparagus stalks, it will hold together using counter pressure.

27" drop

Backstop for bottom of support

must admit I'm proud of my transition idea/concept
That is a great idea and execution. Got me thinking now...
Yep that's a good idea there

Start gate and finish line are here from 3D Botmaker...I'll be done with Tobacco Road by the end of the weekend. This build has been a lot of fun....Bootleg Run is next.

I can finish the drop now...finish line will be shared with Bootleg Run
I did the same thing. I use a fishing line connector through the hole.

I'm going to drill a small hole through the center of the trigger paddle of the start gate in order to thread some string through so I can start the cars from a distance and out of the videos. I got some eyelets to thread it through as it makes it's way to base of the drop, just put a nice knot bigger than the hole in the paddle and viola.

Guidelines set for the Drop

Paint on the Base

Using a pencil, I determined the best pressure point to drill the hole for the string

Finish line and catch box will be interchangeable between Tobacco Road and Bootleg Run. When using 1x6 or 8, a piece of lattice and four (4) popsicle sticks will bring everything dead flush for your finish line....if your using a 3D Botmaker FL.

Watching the races at UCB's track gave me a catch box idea. The cars stop pretty good on that strip of carpet so...craft box and little pom poms

Might have to adjust /trim the knap some, but it will work and the catch box doesn't have to be a mile long.

The Drop just about ready for paint and Starting Gate ready to be set once painting is done.

Cradle for the FL

FL in Cradle

Nicely done!

All the building is now done, get the banks done on the Drop next and then the fun part starts...landscaping Tobacco Road.

Banks are done

Little sneak peek before the reveal video before the's been a fun it's time to get ready to race. This will wrap up the "build" posting/photo journal for me, I hope all have enjoyed the documentation of building Tobacco Road....time to finish it up and open for business. Peace-LoS.

also a clue to the next race at Tobacco Road
Can't wait to see the finished product, also excited for the other track you're building.
I'll get started on Bootleg Run in June.

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