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by gpraceman
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Solenoid Start Gates
Topic: DIY Electromagnet Start Gate
Replies: 12
Views: 8200

DIY Electromagnet Start Gate

I haven't really been satisfied with my jury-rigged solenoid start gate setup for my Micro Wizard Freedom track. I use that track use for about 15 Awana races a season. I just hadn't made the time to build something better. I've seen some gravity gates that some of the league guys have come up with....
by gpraceman
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Other
Topic: eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup
Replies: 2
Views: 3086

Re: eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup

bracketracer wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:30 am
I think the blue lights are to better replicate the current NHRA tree?
Interesting. Hadn't see that version of a tree.
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Latest News for the 2019-2020 Season
Replies: 0
Views: 7229

Latest News for the 2019-2020 Season

Lots has gone on over the offseason and the start of this season so far. Here's the highlights: + Maximum Velocity sold to Derby Evolution + New Pinewood Derby Podcast + eTekGadget's new drag racing setup and new SmartLine timer options + Derby Magic's new drag racing setup + Best Track's new servo ...
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Maximum Velocity's Newsletter
Replies: 1
Views: 3397

Re: Maximum Velocity's Newsletter

Yes, that is correct. Not sure if they will keep the two separate business names or combine them at some point.

We do wish the best to Randy Davis and his wife as they head off into retirement. We also wish the best to Joel and Ronda Redfearn as they take over Maximum Velocity.
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Commercial
Topic: New SmartLine Timer Options
Replies: 1
Views: 2162

New SmartLine Timer Options

eTekGadget, looks to have made some improvements and new options to their SmartLine timers. They have also improved their website. It looks much more user friendly than their old one. New Enclosure: Looks like they now use the same enclosure to house all of the timer electronics as The Champ timer u...
by gpraceman
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Other
Topic: eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup
Replies: 2
Views: 3086

eTekGadget Drag Racing Setup

Well, eTekGadget, the makers of the SmartLine timers (and Champ Timers sold by Best Track) is joining the drag racing bandwagon. They have come out with their own light tree and solenoid release offering. They sell the electronics as a kit, with you having to build the tree structure to mount the li...
by gpraceman
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Pinewood Derby Podcast
Replies: 9
Views: 5026

Re: Pinewood Derby Podcast

A suggestion for your podcasts is to throw out some industry news. Things like Best Track's new servo start gate, Stuart Ferguson looking to retire and selling Micro Wizard and Derby Magic's new drag racing system are some recent events. Maybe even new versions of some popular race software being re...
by gpraceman
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Derby Magic Drag Racing Setup
Replies: 2
Views: 2363

Derby Magic Drag Racing Setup

Derby Magic recently announced that they have a new drag racing system. It includes a light tree, start gate (with a solenoid on each lane) and their race management software. It looks interesting. https://derbymagic.com/drag-racer/ The solenoids can act independently, so each racer has control over...
by gpraceman
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Raspberry Pi based Instant Replay system
Replies: 8
Views: 7095

Re: Raspberry Pi based Instant Replay system

What I have going now as a prototype that I need to test is a box that goes between the gate and the computer. When the box senses that finish line data has been sent to the computer, it triggers my code, using the longest finish time to go back to the proper moment and show the replay. It works wh...
by gpraceman
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Raspberry Pi based Instant Replay system
Replies: 8
Views: 7095

Re: Raspberry Pi based Instant Replay system

Could you use a USB webcam with this instead of the PiCamera? With 4 USB ports on the RPi, maybe supporting multiple camera angles would not be too hard to integrate. Have you thought about an external trigger sensor? Not everyone will want to tap into their timer's electronics, especially if it is ...
by gpraceman
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Construction Workshops
Topic: Simplified Bandsaw Jig
Replies: 5
Views: 8009

Simplified Bandsaw Jig

While my other jig has been handy, I did also make up this simpler jig, which is easier to work with. It has been used at many workshops and has proved to be useful. I certainly don't want anyone leaving a workshop with a finger in a baggie with ice. :eek: So, I do require that one of my jigs be use...
by gpraceman
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Pinewood Derby Podcast
Replies: 9
Views: 5026

Pinewood Derby Podcast

I found this podcast that I found very interesting and informative regarding building derby cars. He does talk a bit about league racing (which is not the focus of this forum, of course) but his current podcasts are concentrating on youth racing. These can certainly help novice racers. Inclined Kine...
by gpraceman
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: GrandPrix Software Central
Topic: GrandPrix Race Manager 2019 Released
Replies: 0
Views: 6675

GrandPrix Race Manager 2019 Released

We are kicking off the 2019-2020 racing season with new versions of our GrandPrix Race Manager , RaceFX , DerbyDMV , and DerbyWeb software. GrandPrix Race Manager 2019 Highlights New or Improved Features for All Users: + A button has been added to the Overview tab to go to the tutorial videos page o...
by gpraceman
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: GrandPrix Software Central
Topic: RaceFX Version 8 Released
Replies: 0
Views: 5487

RaceFX Version 8 Released

We are kicking off the 2019-2020 racing season with new versions of our GrandPrix Race Manager , RaceFX , DerbyDMV , and DerbyWeb software. RaceFX Version 8 Highlights: + The user interface has been redesigned to make it more intuitive and user friendly. The user interfaces of GrandPrix Race Manager...
by gpraceman
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: GrandPrix Software Central
Topic: DerbyWeb Version 3 Released
Replies: 0
Views: 5318

DerbyWeb Version 3 Released

We are kicking off the 2019-2020 racing season with new versions of our GrandPrix Race Manager , RaceFX , DerbyDMV , and DerbyWeb software. DerbyWeb Version 3 Highlights: + Changed status icons (View, Edit and Delete) from drop-down list to a linear display. Eliminates the problem of accessing these...