July 12, 2008
It's 15 minutes before the official opening time (9 am) at BPR - quite a crowd already!
Slotcar boxes occupy every bench workspace
Even the workbenches near the Kingleman are filled
Seems the D3 racers arrive earlier each month for the F1/Can Am races
Even before 9 am, D3 racers are busy preparing their cars for the F1 practice session. That's Duran Trujillo on the right. He's new to D3, but it won't take him long to make his presence felt among the top racers.
SoCal's D3 "benevolent" dictator Paul Sterrett is always present to lend a helping hand to other racers. Paul has been supporting the "scratchbuilding" at BP for quite some time. He's also supports all the other types of racing at BP as well. He's one busy guy and we all appreciate his efforts.
Someone new to SoCal D3 racing. Why, it's none other than John Gorski! Hey, where did you get the T-Shirt John?
It turns out that John designed and had this T-Shirt made himself. He even provided the artwork. NIce T-Shirt John.
Another "surfer word" from the 60's which slotracers used back in the day.
John met Doug Matthes for the first time. Doug started racing D3 using some of John's chassis. Doug and Gorski chassis have been a winning combo!
F1 practice session after the track was cleaned. It's a little slippery at first, but the track gradually gets some grip before qualifying begins.
24 of the 29 F1 entries in tech inspection
The variety of chassis design is rampant in SoCal D3 racing!
Pete Zimmerman is always making his presence felt during Tech Inspection with Mike Steube. Just some old time banter between Pete and Mike. Paul Sterrett and Barney Poynor look on.
John Gorski enjoying the tech inspection process for his first ever SoCal D3 race.
Dokk is reinspecting the tires on his F1 car. Can't seem to get the right measurement.
Hey Dokk, maybe it's the calipers that are a problem. Are these calibrated?
Top: Ken Bryan's car (Bryan chassis). Bottom: Jerry Johnson's car (Johnson chassis)
Top: Paul Sterrett's car (Sterrett chassis). Bottom: Mill Conroy's car (Bryan Warmack chassis).
Top, Jay Henry's car (chassis by ?). Bottom, Pete Zimmerman's TQ car (Zimmerman chassis).
Top: Craig Williamson's car (Williamson chassis). Bottom: Mike Boemker's car (Foamy chassis)
Top: Phil Nyland's car (Warmack chassis?). Gary Donahoe's car (Donahoe chassis)
Top: Paul Smith's car (Smith chassis?). Oscar Morales' car (Cukras chassis)
Top: John Sinz' car (Sinz chassis). Bottom: Oscar Morales' car (Cukras chassis).
Top: Keith Tanaka's car (Tanaka chassis). Bottom: Chris Radisich's car (chassis by ?).
Top: Tim Neja's car (Neja chassis). Bottom: Mike Steube's car (Steube chassis)
Top: Ryan Miller's car (Miller chassis). Bottom car, TJ Albu drove this lightweight (less than 90 grams) "jairus" designed/built chassis
Top: John Cukras' car (Cukras chassis). Bottom: John Gorski's car (Gorski chassis)
Top: MIke Kravitz' car (Chassis by ?). Bottom: Bob Crane's car (Crane chassis).
Top: Barney Poynor's car (Poynor chassis). Bottom: Mark Wampler's car (Wampler chassis).
John Gorski's F1 entry. Body painted by Noose.
John specifically designed and built this F1 for the SoCal D3 rules (1 3/8" max. chassis width).
Another interesting F1 chassis. This one was designed and built by Jairus Watson. This is TJ Albu's entry for today's F1 race. This is a very lightweight chassis (84 grams?).
Philippe de Lespinay's car (Steube chassis).
PdL helps Doug Matthes modify his F1 car so it meets the front wheel/chassis width requirement. Dokk used a dremel to reduce the width down to 1/4"
Here's the modified chassis showing the reduced external front chassis width.
Here's an example of an F1 chassis with an external front chassis width which exceeds the maximum allowed. Although it looks legal, it does exceed the maximum width allowed at the point where the lower portion of the chassis meets the front wheel.
Here's an example of a tapered exterior front axle support which meets meets the maximum dimensions allowed.
Lenore Gallegos conducts F1 qualifying. Thanks for your help Lenore!
Craig Williamson begins the F1 qualifying session.
John Cukras during his qualifying run. John set an early qualifying time of 4.445 seconds which ended up being 5th fastest qualifying time.
John Gorski ready to start his first ever SoCal D3 qualifying run. Welcome to SoCal D3 John!
John congratulated by Mike Steube on his very quick qualifying time of 4.297 seconds which ended up being 2nd fastest qualifying time.
Mike Steube, John Cukras talking with John Gorski about qualifying.
Jerry Johnson from Phoenix, Arizona during his first ever SoCal D3 qualifying run. Welcome to SoCal D3 Jerry!
SoCal D3 doesn't race for money or prizes. However, Concours is a different story. Some guys will pay anything to win Concours......................................... Of course we're just kidding. I should have taken the money when no one was watching!
Here's the real Concours podium cars. L-R, PdL 2nd, Craig Williamson 1st, Phil Nyland 3rd
Philippe's 2nd place Concours car ("realistic" category).
Craig Williamson's winning Concours entry ("Realistic" category).
Phil Nyland's 3rd place Concours entry ("Realistic" category).
Dennis "Foamy" Hill is presented a special car as Lenore Gallegos looks on.
Philippe explains the background on this special car presented to Foamy. Thanks PdL for this very touching moment.
Who says Foamy only shows one type of emotion. Obviously, this car represents a very special memory of Ron Granlee. Thanks Foamy, Ron Granlee will not be forgotten.
In case you didn't know Ron Granlee. Ron owned Speed and Sport Raceway here in SoCal. He was confined to a wheel chair and could not use his arms and hands like the rest of us. He was an amazing guy who loved everything about slotcar building/racing. He was an inspiration to us all in those days.
John Gorski's winning Concours entry ("Presentation" category). This is another great looking car by "Noose".
This is a special car painted by Noose.
Noose even simulated John's long hair!
2nd place Concours ("Presentation" category) - Mill Conroy
3rd place Concours ("Pesentation" category) - Mike Kravitz
SoCal D3 F1 qualifying results. Congrats to Pete Zimmerman on his TQ record of 4.274 seconds. John Gorski was a close 2nd.
SoCal D3 F1 "C" Main cars line up for the start of today's racing.
SoCal D3 F1 "C" Main racers, L-R, Mark Wampler, Oscar Morales, Barney Poynor, Ryan Miller, Ken Bryan, Craig Williamson, Gary Donahoe, Paul Smith, Bob Crane, Keith Tanaka (photog).
SoCal D3 F1 "C" Main in progress.
Oscar Morales wanted to let some of friends know he actually races in D3 here at BPR. They can't believe he races against Legends of slotcar racing from the 60's.
Oscar, Ryan Miller and Ken Bryan during their F1 race.
SoCal D3 F1 "C" Main podium, Ryan Miller 2nd, Oscar Morales 1st, Ken Bryan 3rd
SoCal D3 F1 "C" Main race results. Congrats to Oscar on his victory with Ryan Miller 2nd and Ken Bryan 3rd.
Cars line up for the start of the F1 "B" Main race.
SoCal D3 F1 "B" Main racers, L-R, Oscar Morales, Chris Radisich, John Sinz, Mike Boemker, Mike Kravitz, John Wakamatsu, Mill Conroy, Jerry Johnson, TJ Albu.
Phoenix, Arizona racers TJ Albu on the left and Jerry Johnson on the right had a great day of racing (2 podiums each). Mike Kravitz in the middle.
John and Dan Ruddock meet for the first time. They're probably talking "controllers" and about John's father.
John talks with Lee Hines
SoCal D3 F1 "B" Main podium, L-R, Jerry Johnson 2nd, Paul Sterrett 1st, Mill Conroy 3rd
SoCal D3 F1 "B" Main race results. Congrats to Paul Sterrett on his victory with Jerry Johnson not far behind on the same lap! Mill Conroy bests Chris Radisich and John Sinz for a closely contended 3rd place.
Dokk checking tire sizes between races.
SoCal D3 F1 "A" Main cars ready to jet.
SoCal D3 F1 "A" Main racers, L-R, Paul Sterrett, Jay Henry, John Gorski, Tim Neja, John Cukras, Phil Nyland, Philippe de Lespinay, Mike Steube, Doug Matthes, Pete Zimmerman
"A" Main racers get ready for the start.
F1 "A" Main in progress. John Gorski demonstrating his racing style.
Mike Steube on the right joins in the action.
It doesn't get much better than this. Mike Steube, John Cukras, Doug Matthes, John Gorski, Phil Nyland, Paul Sterrett, Tim Neja and Jay Henry in action.
Pete Zimmerman joins in the fun! Pete had one of his best D3 racing days. Late race bad luck in the Can Am cost him a victory.
John had not seen MIke or Pete since 1968, the last time he did slotracing in SoCal (at Don's Raceway in Downey).
F1 "A" Main racing action was intense at times.
Two great racers from the 60's, early 70's race side by side again 4 decades later.
Pete Zimmerman continues to improve. He almost won the Can Am today, but he will win a D3 race on the King someday.
What's going on? Would you believe a line for racers to get their "handout" Can Am motors.
Everyone is anxious to get their motor(s) and setup their cars for Can Am qualifying. Racers were allowed to buy up to 3 motors (which are specially marked). Although this process took some time, the end result was everyone having a motor which was quite competitive.
John meets Mike Steube again 40 years later. John's last visit to SoCal was in 1968 with Mike Tango. They went to the USRA race at Don's raceway in Downey back in the day.
SoCal D3 F1 "A" Main podium, L-R, John Gorski 2nd, Mike Steube 1st, Paul Sterrett 3rd
SoCal D3 F1 "A" Main race results. Congrats to Mike Steube on his victory. John Gorski was not far behind in 2nd with Paul Sterrett battling Doug Matthes and Phil Nyland for 3rd place.
SoCal D3 F1 "A" Main podium cars, L-R, John Gorski 2nd, Mike Steube 1st, Paul Sterrett 3rd
F1 "A" Main podium cars, L-R, John Gorski, Mike Steube, Paul Sterrett
John Gorski's 2nd place F1 car.
Mike Steube's winning F1 car.
Mike's latest F1 chassis is the one to beat.
Paul Sterrett's 3rd place F1 car.
Paul's F1 car is the same one he has used for every SoCal D3 F1 race. Obviously, this car is well proven, durable and continues to perform well for Paul, all signs of a well designed/built car.
Mike Steube begins Can Am tech inspection. James Grinstead, Adam Kirchhofer, Jeff Bell and Tim Neja look on.
Bryan Warmack's latest Can Am has some surprises. The body is painted with a B29 bomber theme (#82, Enola Gay - WWII bomber). Col. Tibbets was the pilot of this history changing plane.
Bryan Warmack's dual motor entry. Will it be fast enough to compete against the one motor cars? While observing Bryan's car during the race, it was the fastest car down the straight, but seemed to be more difficult to drive consistently fast lap after lap. After the race, Bryan seemed to realize this dual motor car was a lot of work to produce and a handful to race on the King. We'll see if Bryan races it again in the future.
30 of the 36 Can Am entries ready for tech inspection.
Just as in F1, the SoCal D3 chassis designs are a wide variety of creativeness. Bryan Warmack's chassis kit has increased participation while maintaining creative design.
The bottom car is Philippe's new "Cow Catcher" chassis. The front loops scoop up any car in his lane! Top car is Mike Boemker's (Foamy chassis)
Here is another PdL Cow Catcher chassis driven by Mill Conroy. Top car is Jeff Bell's (Jeff Easterly chassis)
Top car is Pete Zimmerman's (Zimmerman chassis). Bottom car is Duran Trujillo's (JK chassis kit).
Top: Tj Albu's car (Jairus Watson chassis). Bottom: Keith Tanaka's car (Mike Steube DVD chassis)
Top: Ken Dylke's car (Dylke chassis). Bottom: Bryan Warmack's car (Warmack chassis)
Top: Eddie Shorer's car (Ron Kiyomura chassis). Bottom: Mark Wampler car (Wampler chassis)
Top: Tim Neja's car (Dennis Samson chassis). Bottom: John Gorski's car (Gorski chassis)
Top: Mike Steube's car (Steube chassis). Bottom: John Wakamatsu's car (John Cukras chassis)
Top: Barney Poynor's car (Poynor chassis). Mike Kravitz' car (Kravitz chassis).
Top: Ken Bryan's car (Bryan chassis). Craig Williamson's car (Williamson chassis).
Top: Jerry Johnson's car (Johnson chassis). Bottom: John Sinz's car (Sinz chassis).
Bob Crane's car (Crane chassis).
Top: Paul Sterrett's car (Sterrett chassis). Bottom: Chris Radisich's car (Monty Ohren chassis).
Top: John Cukras' car (Cukras chassis). Bottom: Oscar Morales' car (Cukras chassis)
Top: Kyle Matthes' car (Doug Matthes chassis). Bottom: Phil Nyland's car (Warmack chassis)
Dan Ruddock's car (Mike Steube loaner chassis)
35 of the 36 Can Am entries now ready for the start of qualifying
SoCal D3 Can Am Concours ("Presentation" category) podium, L-R, Mill Conroy 2nd, PdL 1st, Mike Boemker 3rd - all 3 podium cars painted by "Noose".
Philippe de Lespinay's winning Concours car ("Presentation" category). Another neat looking car from "Noose"
Can Am "Realistic" category podium cars, L-R, Bryan Warmack 2nd, Phil Nyland 1st, Paul Sterrett 3rd
Phil Nyland's winning ("realistic" category) Concours car.
Bryan Warmack based this paint scheme on the "Enola Gay" B29 bomber number 82. Col. Tibbets was the pilot of this very famous WWII Bomber. Col. Sinz and Col. Dylke are for John Sinz and Ken Dylke who have raced their "dual" motor Can Am cars in the recent past.
SoCal D3 Can Am qualifying results. Congrats to Mike Steube on his TQ of 4.261 seconds. Mike Kravitz, Doug Matthes, John Gorski, Bryan Warmack and Pete Zimmerman not far behind.
What is this, "Team Bandana"? Is Doug copying John Gorski's "Bandana" style? Or is John copying Doug? No matter, the head gear doesn't seem to help or hinder their fast racing style!
Cars line up for the first Can Am race of the day, the "D" main.
SoCal D3 Can Am "D" Main racers, L-R, Craig Williamson, Bob Crane, Jeff Bell, James Grinstead, Ken Bryan, Rick Salvino, Mike Boemker, Dan Ruddock, Ken Dylke.
SoCal D3 Can Am "D" Main race in progress.
Dan Ruddock, flanked by Jeff Bell on the left and Ken Bryan on the right experiences his first ever D3 race. Welcome to SoCal D3 racing Dan!
Ken Dylke on the right joins in the "D" Main racing action.
SoCal D3 "D" Main podium, L-R, Ken Dylke 2nd, MIke Boemker 1st, James Grinstead 3rd
SoCal D3 Can Am "D" Main race results. Congrats to Mike Boemker on his win with Ken Dylke and James Grinstead battling for the 2nd spot. Bob Crane and Dan Ruddock also were battling for the 4th spot.
Cars line up for the Can Am "C" Main race.
SoCal D3 Can Am "C" Main racers, L-R, Mark Wampler, Chris Radisich, Eddie Shorer, John Wakamatsu, Jerry Johnson, Zac Grinstead, Barney Poynor, Jay Henry, James Grinstead, TJ Albu
SoCal D3 Can Am "C" Maiin podium, L-R, Jerry Johnson 2nd, TJ Albu 1st, Mark Wampler 3rd
SoCal D3 Can Am "C" Main race results. Congrats to TJ Albu on his win. Jerry Johnson had an excellent first Can Am race and Mark Wampler had quite a duel with Eddie Shorer, Chris Radisich and Jay Henry for 3rd place. Great racing guys!
The Can Am "B" Main cars are lined up, ready to race.
SoCal D3 Can Am "B" Main racers, L-R, TJ Albu, Oscar Morales, John Cukras, Tim Neja, John Sinz, Phil Nyland, Adam Kirchhofer, Mill Conroy, Philippe de Lespinay and Keith Tanaka
SoCal D3 Can Am "B" Main podium, L-R, TJ Albu 2nd, Tim Neja 1st, Oscar Morales 3d. Oscar indicating his 3rd move up of the day, nice going Oscar!
SoCal D3 Can Am "B" Main race results. Congrats to Tim Neja on his win with TJ Albu 2nd and Oscar Morales 3rd.
At last, time for the final race of the day, the Can Am "A" Main.
SoCal D3 "A" Main racers, L-R, Tim Neja, Paul Sterrett, John Gorski, Duran Trujillo, Bryan Warmack, Pete Zimmerman, Mike Steube, Doug Matthes, Mike Kravitz and Kyle "attitude" Matthes.
SoCal D3 Can Am "A" Main podium, L-R, Pete Zimmerman 2nd, John Gorski 1st, Doug Mattes 3rd
SoCal D3 Can Am "A" Main race results. Congrats to John Gorski on his win. Pete Zimmerman had bad luck in the final moments of the race while leading by 4 laps while Doug Matthes also with some bad luck late in the race managed a very close 3rd. The top 7 finishers were within 8 laps of each other!
SoCal D3 Can Am "A" Main podium cars, L-R, Pete Zimmerman, John Gorski, Doug Matthes
Can Am "A" Main podium cars, L-R, Pete Zimmerman, John Gorski, Doug Matthes. These cars were among the lightest weight cars in the race. Is this a trend for the King track race?
Pete Zimmerman's 2nd place car was by far the fastest car in the race. Pete had quite a day in F1 and Can Am. Although he had some late race bad luck, Pete had his best racing day yet in D3. Nice racing Pete!
Pete's always complaining he doesn't have enough horsepower, but he sure had plenty with this "handout" motor!
Pete's always a good qualifier, but today he put it all together to post his best D3 racing day ever.
Pete loves to race on the BPR King track. This chassis is lightweight yet handles great.
Pete likes to use motor clips to speed up motor changes without using a soldering iron.
John Gorski's winning Can Am car.
I believe John's car weighs about 104 grams.
A simple, yet very effective lightweight design for the fast BPR Gerding King track.
John prefers to use the "old school" solid front axle/wheel setup with "no independent" rotating wheels. I guess the Legends of the 60's knew something even back then!
The white marks on the front tires are used to indicate tire rotation. This can help determine if the front wheels are always making contact in the turns. John used the "large" hub JKs in the rear.
Rear Body support is another "old school" idea used back in the day. Doesn't matter how old the idea/technology is as long as it works. This design feature prevents the rear of the body curling under the rear tires especially during a crash/collision. Also, it provides a more direct downforce to the chassis from the body/spoiler aerodynamics.
Doug Matthes' 3rd place car.
This is the same car Doug has raced successfully in the past on the king track. This is another lightweight chassis (94 grams?).
Doug's chassis is a modified Gorski design.