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by gpraceman
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

pineisfine wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:29 pm
That's a pretty cool looking set-up...does anyone know the track and timer they are using?
Best Track track with a lift kit and a Champ timer.
by gpraceman
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

The start times do vary. I'll PM you the info.
by gpraceman
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

We are using two tracks from last years races. One is for racing on and the other is used as a test track during check-in. All the gear is packed up, loaded into a trailer and driven to the next race.
by gpraceman
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

The Miami race was held on Sunday and went very well. I've got some photos posted to the GrandPrix Software Central Facebook page. Some I took and ones that the GS council had posted.
by gpraceman
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Auto-start gate for Freedom Track
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Auto-start gate for Freedom Track

Glenn indicated that he was going to come up with a mounting bracket for an ESS to a Freedom track, but I'm not sure if he ever did. My mounting was a bit difficult, since I chose to have the solenoid pull parallel to the track, instead of perpendicular. I had to modify the start switch bracket for ...
by gpraceman
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Auto-start gate for Freedom Track
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Auto-start gate for Freedom Track

I've had a couple of different solenoid gate setups on my Freedom track. The DIY one stopped working reliably after awhile. I didn't want to muck with the circuit, so I ended up switching to a commercial solution. http://derbytalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7948&start=15#p77292 http://derbytalk.com/vi...
by gpraceman
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

Yeah, well, seems like a sign of desperation due to declining membership. Seems GS getting upset about this is a bit of hypocrisy, as I saw a boy dressed up in a GS uniform at the last Fast Track race. Anyways, we digress from the original topic.
by gpraceman
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

They did post the updated rules on the Ford site. Not perfect, certainly, but much better than they were. Rules should be a working document that get refined over time.

I'm looking forward to the Miami race this weekend.
by gpraceman
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

They should post the updated rules on the site linked in my first post.

They are expecting about 100 racers per event. A bit smaller races this year compared to last, but twice as many races. The Colorado race was about that size.
by gpraceman
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

Sorry, I don't have any photos of the Colorado race. I ended up being too busy and forgot to take any. Hopefully, the GS council will post some photos on their site.

At each event there will be a couple of female Ford engineers helping out and doing the awards ceremony.
by gpraceman
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

We had the Colorado race on Saturday in FT Collins, CO and all went very well. With the pit area and practice track being available, every single car was able to cross the finish line, which is great to see. The next race will be Oct 15 in Miami, at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Someone was asking w...
by gpraceman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

Well, there is a design competition that is part of the Ford races. As such, not everyone will want to build a fast car. STEAM vs. STEM is not just a Ford thing. The A stands for arts, acknowledging the contribution that arts have for our society. To only focus on speed, to me, will stifle creativit...
by gpraceman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Ford Fast Track Racers - Phoenix Event
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Ford Fast Track Racers - Phoenix Event

I stumbled upon this Phoenix event in a web search. This is not part of 8 city race series that Ford is doing but the girls will be building and racing cars. Sounds like a pretty cool event. http://www.girlscoutsaz.org/content/girlscoutsaz/en/sf-events-repository/2017/ford-fast-track-racers---part-...
by gpraceman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: 2017 Ford Fast Track Races

Getting ready for the Denver area race on Saturday.

Here's an article in a local Boulder paper, http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-coun ... derby-cars
by gpraceman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Ford Fast Track Racers - Phoenix Event
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Ford Fast Track Racers - Phoenix Event

I stumbled upon this Phoenix event in a web search. This is not part of 8 city race series that Ford is doing but the girls will be building and racing cars. Sounds like a pretty cool event. http://www.girlscoutsaz.org/content/girlscoutsaz/en/sf-events-repository/2017/ford-fast-track-racers---part-1...