The field for the 1st D3 Coupe race of 2008. This is a new class for 2008. Although anglewinders/sidewinders are allowed, these entries were running their Can Am inline chassis with a coupe body.
D3 Coupe racers, L-R, Paul Sterrett, Lee Hines, Scott Corwin, Keith Tanaka, Kyle Matthes, Doug Matthes
D3 Coupe race results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on his win with Paul Sterrett 2nd and Kyle Matthes 3rd.
D3 Coupe podium, L-R, Paul Sterrett 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Kyle Matthes 3rd
D3 Coupe race podium cars, L-R, Paul Sterrett, Doug Matthes, Kyle Matthes
D3 Coupe race podium cars
Paul Sterrett's 2nd place car. This is the same chassis which Paul raced in the recent Can Am race on the BPR Gerding King track.
The following photos of Paul's chassis were taken from the previous week's LeMans coupe race. Paul's latest chassis is different from most of his other cars. The wider motor bracket along with rearward mounted motor with 64 pitch gears is different from his regular cars.
The front "pincher" protects the chassis from wall blasts.
A closer look at the front end on Paul's car.
A closer look at the wider motor bracket and 64 pitch gears.
Notice the vertical tubing on the rear portion of the motor bracket. Do you know what they are used for? Hmmmmm
Doug Matthes' winning car is the same chassis Doug raced in the last Can Am race two weeks ago.
The following photos of Doug's car were taken during this month's Can Am race. Doug used the same chassis for this month's new Coupe race.
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.
Kyles Matthes' 3rd place car is also the same chassis Kyle raced in the recent Can Am race. This Gorski chassis is the basis for Doug's recent new chassis (see previous slides).
Although we did not have concours for this coupe race, here's Paul Sterrett's entry, a True Scale Mirage M2
The Mirage M2 body is a new body from Victor Ferguson (True Scale).
Lee Hines entry was this True Scale Porsche 908 Coupe painted by "Noose" (Joe Neumeister).
Another great looking car painted by Noose.
The field for the Retro Pro Modified race lines up. This is a new class for 2008. This class allows an "open" (no limitation on armature winding) motor.
D3 Retro Pro Modified racers, L-R, Doug Matthes, Kyle Matthes, Adam Kirchhofer, Dennis "Foamy" Hill, Paul Sterrett and Ron Kiyomura
D3 Retro Pro Modified race results. Congrats to "Foamy" for his win with Doug Matthes 2nd and Kyle Matthes 3rd. Paul Sterrett set fast race lap but encountered a slowing motor in heat 7.
D3 Retro Pro Modified podium, L-R, Doug Matthes 2nd, Dennis "Foamy" Hill 1st, Kyle Matthes 3rd
D3 Retro Pro Modified podium cars, L-R, Doug Matthes, Dennis Hill, Kyle Matthes
Doug Matthes' 2nd place car (Alan Low chassis)
Doug's Allen Low chassis continues to be a fast race car. Allen built this chassis in 2006.
Bottom view of Doug's Allen Low chassis. Small inner floppies are unique.
The Allen Low chassis has held up very well over the last 18 months.
Closer look at the mini inner floppies and Pro Slot motor mounting.
Doug's Low chassis has been a consistently fast car on the BPR Gerding King track.
Dennis "Foamy" Hill's latest Retro Pro chassis
Foamy's latest chassis design is a slight variation from the last chassis Dennis built for this class.
Again, Foamy's superb design/workmanship is apparent (sorry for the blurry photo!).
Front tire width kept intact while inside half is turned down to reduce contact area of tire. Notice the floating body mounts.
Foamy uses the "plumber" style floppies with a cross bar to tie together the side pans.
Sonic wheels front and rear. 72 pitch gears.
Kyle Matthes' 3rd place car. This is another Allen Low chassis similar to Doug's entry.
Doug and Kyles' Low chassis are the same design.
Cars line up for Retro Pro Big Dog Race. The Big Dog motor is a 55T 30 wire american arm Pro Slot motor.
Retro Pro Big Dog racers, L-R, Eddie Shorer, Gil Gunderson, Mike Boemker, Ron Kiyomura and Paul Sterrett
Congrats to Paul Sterrett on his win with Mike Boemker 2nd and "Fast" Eddie Shorer 3rd.
D3 Retro Pro Big Dog podium, L-R, Mike Boemker 2nd, Paul Sterrett 1st, Eddie Shorer 3rd. A special congrats to Eddie Shorer on his first podium in D3 (only his 2nd D3 Race, watch out D3 racers, here comes "Fast" Eddie)
D3 Retro Pro Big Dog podium cars, L-R, Mike Boemker, Paul Sterrett, Eddie Shorer
Mike Boemker's 2nd place car was built by Greg Gilbert
Greg's design uses the front Plumber hinge for the side pans.
Close up of Mike's Gilbert chassis shows Plumber hinge. Note the downstop for the drop arm. Drop Arm?
Yes, drop arm. Greg must have raced this chassis on a bumpy track at one time.
Paul Sterrett's winning car was built by Ron Kiyomura.
Ron built quite a few of this particular chassis design.
Simple, yet efficient design. One of the few designs we've seen with a rigid body mount.
No matter what type of body mount, this chassis is fast!
Paul's entry was powered by a Falcon 7 motor.
Rear view again shows the simple yet effective Kiyomura design.
Eddie Shorer's 3rd place car was also built by Ron Kiyomura
Simplicity is often sought for, but difficult to find a design that works. This design works!
Lightweight (94 grams) chassis helps in the speed department.
Close up of front end on Eddie's entry.
Again, Eddie's entry uses a Falcon 7 motor for this Big Dog motor class.
Rear view of the Kiyomura chassis
Here's a "Back to the Future" car. This is another Ron Kiyomura chassis. It was built in 1976!
And here's a controller Ron used in 1976.
.8 ohm resistor controller. Remember these?
Top view of Ron's 1976 chassis shows our current Retro Pro chassis designs are similar.
The large pan area is the obvious distinction of the '76 design from today's lightweights.
Close up of front end on Ron's 1976 chassis.
The only part that's not 1976 is the motor, gears and tires.
Another sign of the times is the use of a full width axle tubing. Thanks Ron for letting us take photos of this '76 chassis! Retro lives on!