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UK HO Drag Proxy Series 2021-22 Preview
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After successful Summer and Winter Series, UK HO proxy race racing is going bi-monthly with six events over a year. The 2021-22 series starts in May and ends in March, featuring four mid-week races and two weekend 'Nationals' events. All the pre-race build-up and race coverage will take place here in the SlotRacer Online Proxy Racing section. Reports, results and photographs from each event will continue to be collected together in the South Coast HO Dragster fanzine - now bi-monthly. Previous editions can be found in the SlotRacer Online Library here: slotracer.online/library/south-coast-ho-dragster

There are six socially-distant mail-in proxy HO drag races that make up the series:
  • 18-19 May 2021. Street Stock, Super Stock 6.0, NHRA 4-Gear, NHRA Top Fuel + Micro 2019 match racing.
  • 13-14 July 2021. Street Stock, Super Stock 6.0, Nostalgia T-Jet, Nostalgia 4-Gear Funny Car + Micro Scalextric 2019 match racing.
  • 4-5 September 2021. UK Autumn Nationals. All classes + extra match racing + exhibitions.
  • 9-10 November 2021. Street Stock, Super Stock 6.0, NHRA 4-Gear, NHRA Top Fuel + Micro 2019 match racing.
  • 18-19 January 2022. Street Stock, Super Stock 6.0, Nostalgia T-Jet, Nostalgia 4-Gear Funny Car + Micro Scalextric 2019 match racing.
  • 12-13 March 2022. UK Spring Nationals. All classes + extra match racing + exhibitions.
The midweek events are divided into NHRA and Nostalgia themes - each running at two events and also featuring at the weekend Nationals. Classes will remain the same, with the AW Top Fuelers getting their own qualifying and ladder format at four of the events. Micro Scalextric Street Stock and Super Stock 6.0 will feature at all six events. The 2019 Micro Scalextric cars will match-race at the weekday events and have a full qualifying and elimination format at the Nationals.

UK Series Regulations: You’ll find the regulations for the series explained fully below, in due course. The T-Jet and 4-Gear classes run to the 2021 NTRA Pancake Stock rule set (here). The Micro Scalextric Street and Super Stock remain the same as the Winter Series (here). We ask that the Nostalgia ‘Micro Scalextric 2019’ cars continue to be run as stock - although the chassis tabs can be removed and the wheels/tyres may be replaced - wheelie bars are permitted and strict pre-1979 style bodies please! Any questions - just ask.

The Track: The Rock County Eighth Mile is a seven-foot timed strip (1/8 mile in true HO scale) made from the new 2019 Micro Scalextric sectional track. Cars must be fitted with braids to run effectively on this track. Power is limited to 12 volts and 7 amps for all classes. Power to both lanes is triggered by a manually-operated switch firing a relay board. Timing is Trackmate Drag Basic with start and finish line sensors. There is a two-foot shutdown with dynamic braking and a well-padded catch box.

Practicalities & postage:
  • One car per class per entrant please. Family members are very welcome to participate!
  • Message me here and I will send you the address to post your cars.
  • Postage and return postage are the only expense - there are no additional race fees. Return postage is paid by PayPal.
  • Please keep sending boxes that can be posted in a parcel box - a maximum size of 44cm x 35cm x 16cm - so no-one need go inside a Post Office.
  • You may send cars to stay for more than one event - or for the entire series - it is up to you.
  • If you prefer a service other than standard second class delivery, just ask.
  • Overseas entrants must contact me to discuss UK customs prior to shipping. The CN22 / CN23 customs form must be clearly marked "Returned Goods".

These socially-distant events are designed so that everyone can participate with no risk - even those who are shielding.
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1. Micro Scalextric Classes

The Micro Scalextric classes are what give our drag racing format a very UK flavour. Micro Scalextric was launched in 1994 and soon became the only HO slot car system available in the UK. We use the 'second generation' 1995-2018 Micro Scalextric cars for our Street Stock and Super Stock 6.0 classes, but have also introduced a Nostalgia-bodied class for the new 2019 'third generation' 9-volt chassis. Regs for all three classes are explained below...

1A. Micro Scalextric Street Stock

This class runs at all the events - it is the basic, entry-level class. Buy an 'old-style' Micro Scalextric car from eBay, add some SuperTires at the back and you're ready to compete...

   

Regulations 2021-22 Season
  • Chassis: Micro Scalextric 1995-2018 version with braids. May be ‘narrow’ or ‘wide’ versions, depending on body fitted. No cutting, drilling or any other modification to chassis. Components cannot be glued.
  • Motor: Unmodified standard Micro Scalextric motor with ‘flywheel’ between commutator and armature stacks. Minimum 10 ohm armature (no low-ohm 'My First Scalextric' battery set cars). Original resistors and capacitor between pick-ups and motor may be removed.
  • Traction magnets: Two original Micro Scalextric magnets in original position, flush with bottom of chassis. Orientation may be changed (magnets can be flipped).
  • Braid plate: Any 1995-2018 Micro Scalextric braid plate with plastic guide flag or metal pin.
  • Braids: Any braids – steel, copper or plated. Must not be soldered to chassis components.
  • Axles, wheels & gears: Standard Micro Scalextric front axle and wheels. Standard Micro Scalextric rear axle, wheels and Micro Scalextric 7T pinion + Micro Scalextric 25T crown gear.
  • Tyres: Any single compound tyre. Maximum diameter on wheel is 0.476” or 12.09mm.
  • Body: Any Micro Scalextric closed wheel saloon or GT body – street-style or tuners liveries please. Re-paints most welcome. No cutting or sanding of wheel arches or of any other external surface.
  • Maximum width: 35mm or 1.378”.
  • Weight: Minimum weight of entire car 23g. Ballast may be added to body only.
  • Wheelie bars: not permitted.

This is what the motor needs to look like on your Street Stock cars...

   


1B. Micro Scalextric Super Stock 6.0

This class also runs at all the events. The basic Micro Scalextric chassis is upgraded with a Tomy AFX 6-ohm can motor. Axles, wheels and gears can also be changed and the maximum tyre diameter is slightly larger than Street Stock. Both traction magnets must be retained.

   

Regulations 2021-22 Season
  • Chassis: Micro Scalextric 1995-2018 version with braids. Two holes may be drilled to attach wheelie bar to rear of chassis. No other modification to chassis. Components may be glued.
  • Motor: Unmodified standard Tomy AFX can motor. Minimum 6 ohm armature. Available as part AFX8807 at Slot Cars Direct.
  • Traction magnets: Two original Micro Scalextric magnets in original position. Magnets may be raised or lowered and orientation may be changed (magnets can be flipped).
  • Braid plate: Any 1995-2018 Micro Scalextric braid plate with either plastic guide flag or metal pin.
  • Braids: Any braids – steel, copper or plated. May be soldered to chassis components. Braid contacts may be replaced.
  • Axles, wheels & gears: Any axles, wheels and gears. Any gear ratio is permitted.
  • Tyres: Any single compound tyre. Maximum diameter on wheel is 0.500” or 12.70mm.
  • Body: Any Micro Scalextric closed wheel saloon or GT body – drag racing or tuners livery. Re-paints and body modifications – wings, hood scoops etc - are most welcome.
  • Maximum width: 35mm or 1.378”.
  • Weight: Minimum weight of entire car 21g. Ballast may be added to body only.
  • Wheelie bars: permitted.

1C. Nostalgia Micro Scalextric 2019

This class will match race at all four Wednesday events and have a full qualifying and ladder competition at the two weekend 'nationals'. The class uses the new 9-volt 2019 'third generation' Micro Scalextric chassis with the small N20 motor. A mostly stock chassis and running gear is topped with a 'Nostalgia' (pre-1979 style) body shell of your choice.

   

Regulations 2021-22 Season
  • Chassis: Micro Scalextric 2019 version. Chassis tabs may be removed to aid body fitment. Holes may be drilled for wheelie bars. No other modification to chassis. Components may not be glued.
  • Motor: Unmodified standard Micro Scalextric 2019 N20 small can motor. Heat guard on top may be removed. All other components must be fitted.
  • Traction magnets: Two original Micro Scalextric 2019 magnets in original position, flush with bottom of chassis. Orientation may be changed (magnets can be flipped).
  • Braid plate: Standard Micro Scalextric 2019 braid plate with screw attachment.
  • Braids: Any braids – steel, copper or plated. Must not be soldered to chassis components.
  • Axles, wheels & gears: Standard Micro Scalextric 2019 rear axle and Micro Scalextric 2019 pinion + crown gear. Rear wheels may be replaced. Front axle and wheels may be replaced.
  • Tyres: Any single compound tyre may we used. Maximum tyre diameter on wheel: 0.500” or 12.70mm.
  • Bodies: Any pre-1979 style body in hard injection-moulded or cast resin material. Lexan bodies are not permitted.
  • Minimum weight: 23g. Ballast may be added to the body only.
  • Maximum width: 35mm or 1.378”.
  • Wheelie bars: permitted.

This is the Micro Scalextric 9-volt 2019 'third generation' chassis:

   

Next, we'll look at the 'pancake' classes - T-Jet and 4-Gear...
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Andy,  

Getting ready to ship cars.  Please remind me of the details.  We’ll declare them as returned goods.  Seems like we are supposed to list low values.  Any other important info.

It may be wise to pm me your mailing address.

Thanks,
Bill
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Bill - that's excellent news Thumbup

I have PM-ed you my address and full international mailing details.
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