They had two borrowed Cub Scout tracks (two lane plastic and three lane aluminum) and while they tried hard, management of the event, car handling and more was all done poorly. Cars were touched way too often (dragon ended up with a broken leg, lost spikes and more). But to give proper credit, for first timers, many parts were handled very well and there were no serious parent complaints and the girls had a fantastic time (the most important part). But we’ll work on improving all of that next year.
Having had such a successful race, the Council now wants to invest in a nice 6 lane track and is looking at Derby Magic track, timers, software, the whole nine yards. As my firm goes through its computer refresh this year, I promised I’d donate a laptop to the cause. I’ve been through the older comments and it looks like Derby Magic has made many improvements over the years. Yesterday’s race was my first experience with a plastic Derby Magic track. From the website the last major revision (from a assembly instruction point of view) was November 2012. I see where the frame could use some reinforcing and the stop section is brutal (for the faster cars). It also had a very low finish timer (an issue for my oldest daughters zip line racer since it was a whole half inch shorter than the 5” we were told to plan for). I am not sure the age of that track and it was a simple two lane. The photos on-line don’t show how the framework is modified to handle more lanes.
I’d love to hear from anyone with experience with the more modern version of the Derby magic tracks. Thanks in advance!
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Another complaint I heard was that the plastic tracks tend to build up static. Did you notice that at all?
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Many organizations when they go to build or buy a track feel that more lanes is better. Well, that isn't necessarily the case. It takes more time to run each heat as you add track lanes. There are more cars to load to the track, to retrieve from the finish line and to put back in their assigned "parking spots". I recommend a track of no more than 4 lanes. Anything more will cost more (for track and timer) and will take up more storage space.
Unfortunately, that company has not wanted to partner with us so their timer can be supported by GPRM. Anyways, people have successfully used that timer with GPRM using the Custom Timer Interface and the instructions available on our downloads page.
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