BPR King track
20 of the 21 D3 F1 entries lined up for tech inspection.
The variety of chassis design continues to grow within SoCal D3 builders.
Oscar Morales car on the left (John Cukras chassis), Jim Watterson's car on the right (Mike Steube chassis, circa '2005)
John Cukras car on the left (Cukras chassis), Eddie Shorer's car (Gil Gunderson loaner car).
Doug Matthes' car on the left (Gorski chassis), Ken Bryan's car on the right (Bryan chassis)
John Wakamatsu's car (John Cukras chassis)
Lee Hines car on the left (Mike Steube chassis), Keith Tanaka's car on the right (Tanaka chassis)
Pete Zimmerman's car on the left (Zimmerman chassis), Kyle Matthes' car on the right (Gorski chassis)
Mike Steube's car on the left (Steube chassis), Paul Sterrett's car on the right (Sterrett chassis)
Jay Henry's car (Gorski chassis)
Chris Yamashita's car on the left (Dale Yamashita chassis), Roger Uusitalo's car on the right (Mike Steube chassis)
Dale Yamashita's car on the left (Yamashita chassis), Ryan Miller's car on the right (Miller chassis)
Mike Chavez' car on the left (Chavez chassis), Philippe de Lespinay's car on the right (Mike Steube chassis)
D3 F1 Concours podium cars, L-R, Jay Henry 2nd, Ken Bryan 1st, Dale Yamashita 3rd
Each of these cars displayed a different feature which stood out from the other entries
Although this photo is out of focus, you can still see the nice detail on this driver. This is Ken Bryan's winning concours car. The driver was painted by Paul Dwyer.
It's "Fast Eddie" Shorer during his F1 qualifying run (loaner car from Gil Gunderson). Welcome to D3 Fast Eddie! We hope you become a regular at our races. Gil Gunderson on the left and Chris Yamashita (on deck) look on.
D3 F1 Qualifying results. Congrats to Mike Steube on his TQ of 4.338 sec. That's very fast for an F1 car on the BPR Gerding King track. The new D3 TSR motor proves again to be an excellent low cost performer.
The field for the D3 F1 "B" Main is ready to go on the BPR Gerding King track.
This is a fast crowd for the D3 F1 "B" Main race, L-R, Jay Henry, Oscar Morales, Eddie Shorer, Jim Watterson, Ken Bryan (Spokane, Wash.), Roger Uusitalo, John Wakamatsu, Mike Chavez, Paul Sterrett and Yoshi Akiyama.
The F1 "B" Main in progress.
Racers in action during F1 "B" Main, L-R, Roger Uusitalo, Ken Bryan, Jim Watterson, Eddie Shorer, with Ryan Miller, Kyle Matthes, Jay Henry and Doug Matthes looking on. Adam Kirchhofer at the race director station and Ron Kiyomura turn marshalling the deadman turn.
More racers in action during F1 "B" Main, L-R, Yoshi Akiyama, Paul Sterrett, Mike Chavez and John Wakamatsu.
D3 F1 "B" Main race results. Congrats to the podium winners: Jay Henry 1st, Oscar Morales 2nd, Jim Watterson 3rd
D3 F1 "B" Main podium, L-R, Oscar Morales 2nd, Jay Henry (with his pit crew, daughter Jaelin) 1st, Jim Watterson 3rd
D3 F1 "A" Main cars ready to try out the D3 TSR motors for the first time on the BPR Gerding King
D3 F1 "A" Main racers, L-R, Chris Yamashita, Ryan Miller, Jay Henry, Keith Tanaka, Philippe de Lespinay, Kyle Matthes, Mike Steube, Pete Zimmerman, John Cukras, Dale Yamashita, Doug Matthes
F1 "A" Main racing in progress, L-R, Pete Zimmerman (standing on step stool to get a better view of the donut on black lane), Mike Steube, Doug Matthes and John Cukras
Dale Yamashita, Philippe de Lespinay, Kyle Matthes and Jay Henry in a fast, tight F1 race.
Meanwhile, Lee Hines displays his new wide body slotcar. Actually, its a new hand launch glider built by Lee recently. Lee is still a champion model airplane modeler after all these years! L-R, Dennis Foamy Hill, Lee, Bryan Warmack, Bob Johannis and Mike Boemker in the background
Back to the racing. "A" Main racing continues while Roger Uusitalo and Oscar Morales turn marshall the lead on turn.
Mike Chavez turn marshalls the deadman turn while the "A" Main racers battle it out.
Fast Eddie Shorer (the 90 turn) and Ken Bryan turn marshalls the donut. I think Ken was getting bored since very few cars were deslotting during this heat.
D3 F1 "A" Main race results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on his win. Philippe and Mike were on the same lap as Doug at the finish. The top 4 finishers had a best lap time only 1 thousandth of a second apart. Now that's close racing!
F1 post race discussion. The 4 top finishers (Doug Matthes, Philippe de Lespinay, Mike Steube and John Cukras) best race lap times were less than one thousandths apart! The 3 podium finishers were on the same lap (304 laps)!
D3 F1 "A" Main podium, L-R, Philippe de Lespinay 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Mike Steube 3rd
D3 F1 "A" Main podium cars, L-R, Philippe de Lespinay 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Mike Steube 3rd. All 3 of these cars are battle scarred after many F1 races over the last 6 months.
Philippe's Steube chassis on the left is quite ancient by slotcar racing standards. Doug's car is also growing old while Mike's latest car is a new chassis.
Philippe's 2nd place car is a well worn Steube chassis. This particular car has won many F1 races in the past, but is getting a bit old. The body damage is evidence of this.
Just because this chassis is old doesn't mean it's slow. On the contrary, this Steube chassis is still a jet!
Typical simple Steube chassis has been durable and yet very competitive over a very long period (for slotcars).
A closer view of Philippe's Steube chassis shows the small piano wire brace which gives the side body mounts some flex movement.
Press on motor clips eliminates the need to solder the motor wires. This helps prevent the internal motor brushes from being affected by soldering heat. Be careful when using motor clips, they can accidentally come off during a race if not secured tightly.
Philippe, Doug and Mike all use the same gearing for the King track. Typically 9/26 is used.
Doug Matthes' winning car is also beginning to show some age. The body also shows signs of old age.
Doug removed some lead weight from this chassis which he used last month to race on the Flat track at BPR.
Doug's Gorski chassis has also been very consistent over an extended period of time.
Doug uses a Parma guide flag up front.
The D3 TSR motor has been significantly faster on the King track compared to the Falcon V previously used 3 months ago on the King track.
The added horsepower has made the cars faster, but also creates more crashes than before.
Mike Steube's latest F1 chassis for the King track.
This design is a departure from Mike's previous F1 cars. Piano wire has replaced the Bronze rod rails.
Bottom view of Steube chassis again looks quite a bit different from past Steube designs. Regardless of the design, Mike's cars are always fast!
The center section body mount floats providing some body movement.
The motor bracket is much thicker than past brackets used by Mike.
The new thicker bracket also moves the motor closer to the rear axle.
Doug Matthes provided a great buffet lunch for all the D3 racers. Thanks for the good food Doug!
D3 rule for spoiler height is .500" from the "base" of the body spoiler. The combination of the body spoiler and the added spoiler not to exceed .500"
22 of the 27 D3 Can Am cars line up for tech inspection. 5 others would join this group prior to qualifying.
As you can see, SoCal D3 chassis design is in full swing. Once you learn to scratchbuild, chassis design is wide open!
John Cukras' car on the left (Cukras chassis), Bryan Warmack's kit car (slightly modified) on the right (Warmack chassis)
Mark Wampler's car on the left (Wampler chassis), Whose chassis is this on the right? Beautiful design/craftsmanship!
Philippe de Lespinay's car on the left (Steube chassis), Doug Matthes' car on the right (Matthes chassis)
Mike Steube's car on the left (Steube chassis), Albert Cruz' car on the right (Cruz chassis)
Gil Gunderson's car on the left (? chassis), Lee Hines' car on the right (Steube chassis)
Chris Yamashita's car on the left (Dale Yamashita chassis), Adam Kirchhofer's car on the right (kirchhofer chassis?)
Roger Uusitalo's car on the left (Mike Steube chassis), Paul Sterrett's car on the right (Sterrett chassis)
Ron Kiyomura's car on the left (Kiyomura chassis), Yoshi Akiyama's car on the right (I believe Yoshi's chassis was built by a racer in Tokyo).
Dale Yamashita's car on the left (Yamashita chassis), John Tore Anderson's car on the right (Bryan Warmack chassis - this is the scratchbuilt chassis which is the basis for the new Warmack kit chassis).
Kyle Matthes' car on the left (Gorski chassis), John Wakamatsu's car on the right (Cukras chassis)
Pete Zimmerman's car on the left (Zimmerman chassis), Oscar Morales' car on the right (Cukras chassis)
Jay Henry's car on the left (Gorski chassis), Keith Tanaka's car on the right (Steube "DVD" chassis)
A side by side comparison of Bryan Warmack's car on the left (which is very close to the new Warmack kit car in design), and Tore Anderson's entry on the right (Bryan Warmack chassis which is the fore runner to the new Warmack kit car design).
D3 Can Am Concours podium, L-R, Dale Yamashita's car 2nd, John Tore Anderson's 1st place car, John Wakamatsu's car 3rd
Tore Anderson's winning concours entry. This is not a new body as you can see the clear plastic reinforcing tape. Still looks great anyway!
Tore, that looks like a Warmack painted driver? Either that or you're detailing is getting better with old age!
D3 Can Am qualifying results. Congrats to Tore Anderson on a new D3 King Track TQ record of 4.144 sec. Tore used a Bryan Warmack chassis which is similar to the new Kit car chassis to set fast lap time.
The field for the D3 Can Am "C" Main is lined up ready to start
D3 Can Am "C" Main racers, L-R, Mark Wampler, Lee Hines, Jay Henry, Ron Kiyomura, Ryan Miller, Albert Cruz, PdL (substitute driver for Rick Salvino's entry), Roger Uusitalo, Ken Bryan and John Wakamatsu
Another view of the "C" Main racers before the start of the race. L-R, Mark, Lee, Jay, Ron, Ryan, Albert, Dokk and Roger await the start with Bryan Warmack turn marshalling the lead on turn.
And their off! Albert Cruz, Dokk and Roger Uusitalo watch their cars whiz by at the start. Bryan stands ready to marshall the lead on turn while Paul Sterrett calls the race
Early action during the Can Am "C" Main
This view shows most of the Buena Park Raceway "Gerding" King track layout.
This is Ryan Millers' entry. Ryan was working on his car right up to qualifying and missed out on the concours judging. I'd say Ryan's car would probably have won concours but it wasn't available during the judging. Beautiful work Ryan!
More race action in "C" Main, L-R, John Wakamatsu, Jay Henry (Chula Vista), Ken Bryan (from Spokane Wash.), Mark Wampler (Santa Maria). Jay traveled 100 miles, Mark 200 miles and Ken (1,000 miles?) to race at BPR. D3 Can Am racing brings racers from afar to enjoy the racing and camaraderie.
Rick "Philippe" Salvino takes the checkered flag in the Can Am "C" Main with John Wakamatsu 2nd and Mark Wampler 3rd. Philippe was filling in for Rick Salvino who was "drag racing" at the same time as the Can Am race!
Can Am "C" Main podium, L-R, John Wakamatsu 2nd, Philippe (driving Rick Salvino's entry) shows off his "economy" priced controller 1st, Mark Wampler 3rd
D3 Can Am "B" Main cars ready to go. Sure a lot of green cars here. Since they're electric powered, green is an appropriate color!
D3 Can Am "B" Main racers, L-R, Rick "drag racer" Salvino, Oscar Morales, Dale Yamashita, Keith Tanaka, Kyle Matthes, Gil Gunderson, John Cukras and Chris Yamashita
D3 Can Am "B" Main results. Congrats to Philippe on his win with Kyle 2nd and John 3rd
Can Am "B" Main podium, L-R, Kyle Matthes 2nd, Philippe de Lespinay 1st, John Cukras 3rd
D3 Can Am "A" Main cars ready to jet.
D3 Can Am "A" Main racers, L-R, Adam (new Prez) Kirchhofer, Paul (Benevolent Dictator) Sterrett, Philippe (Dokk, PdL) de Lespinay, Yoshi "Japanese Racer" Akiyama, Bryan "kit car" Warmack, Pete "horsepower" Zimmerman, Mike "DVD" Steube, Tore "T-Shirt Brute" Anderson, Doug "New Kid on the Block" Matthes
D3 Can Am "A" Main in progress. Tore standing on the foot stool to get a clear view of the entire track.
D3 Can Am "A" Main race results. Congrats to the podium winners: John Tore Anderson 1st, Paul Sterrett 2nd, Doug Matthes 3rd. Steube had a damaged gear in the 2nd heat and could not continue. Note the small difference in best lap times for the top 8, only 11 hundredths of a second separates the 1st and 8th racers.
D3 Can Am "A" Main podium, L-R, Paul Sterrett 2nd, Tore Anderson 1st, Doug Matthes 3rd
The "A" Main podium cars, L-R, Paul Sterrett, Tore Anderson, Doug Matthes
Paul Sterrett's new King Track car. What are those on the front corners Paul? They look like crab pinchers.
Paul's new chassis features a wide motor bracket and 64 pitch gears.
Paul's chassis designs are always unique, but very fast.
Watch out for the front pinchers!
Paul's car handles very well on the fast BPR Gerding King.
64 pitch crown gear is a departure from the standard Parma Pink crown gear used by most.
John Tore Anderson's winning car
I believe this is first time a Can Am entry has won both the concours and "A" main. Congrats Tore!
Tore's car is a Bryan Warmack chassis. This design is the "basis" for the new Warmack kit car. The new kit should be available soon. Ask your local raceway to contact Buena Park Raceway for availability of the new kit.
Tore added some weight to the basic chassis up front and on the side pans.
This Warmack chassis design varies somewhat from the new kit car. The kit car chassis side rails are a simple "U" shape which forms the rear motor brace as well as the side rails.
Tore uses ball bearings for the rear bushings. Although it's hard to tell in this view, Tore uses a "hypoid" pinion gear location (bottom of motor is flush with bottom of chassis). The GT-1 bevel pinion gear makes this gear setup possible.
Doug Matthes' 3rd place car.
Doug's car is based on a Gorski design.
Doug has been building his own chassis' lately. He's learned fast, but it helps to emulate a successful chassis builder such as Gorski.
Some damage to the right front protective bar. That's what it's there for, to protect the rest of the chassis from wall blasts!
Doug uses JK Chem rear tires (as do most D3 racers).
Typical gear setup with GT-1 9T pinion and Parma 26T pink crown gear.