Chez Pebblestone
July 31, 2010
Slot Car Racing - SoCal  > Chez Pebblestone
 
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Dennis Samson's Pebblestone Model Car Circuit


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Pit area


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Dennis Samson's Chez Pebblestone track is ready for another fun day of racing.


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L-R, Nesta Szabo, Craig Correia, Bryan Warmack, Phil Nyland take some practice laps.


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Albert Cruz (right), Jim Gonsalves observe the practice session


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A Burt truck and a Chaparral during practice.


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Mike Kravitz (left) and Dennis Samson take some laps


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Bryan Warmack and Craig Correia join Dennis Samson for the start of the Burt truck race.


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These high CG trucks actually are a lot of fun to race.


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Video clip of the Burt truck race.


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Jim Gonsalves and Mike Kravitz check the race monitor along with Dennis just as the race countdown begins.


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And their off!


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The fellow by the doorway and his son met Dennis at the recent Petersen Museum Charity Slot Car event. I believe he's from South Africa, just like Dennis.


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Nesta and Phil take their turns along with Jim


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Gary Donahoe starts his first of 3 heats.


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Albert Cruz and Barney Poynor join Gary for the final heats of the Burt truck race.


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Next up are the sports cars. L-R, Slot-it Alfa, Slot-it Chaparral, Nesta's Slot-it Alfa (painted purple and gold). These Slot-in cars were fun to race and handle good for stock 1/32 race cars.


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In this view, you can see the high wing on the Chaparral. It stayed intact thru out the days races.


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Coupes are next.


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Keith Tanaka takes his first ever race laps on the Pebblestone track.


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Mill Conroy joins in the fun racing with Barney Poynor and Phil Nyland


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Race results of the Slot-it Coupe race


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Fastest lap times


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The 4th and final race of the day is for scratchbuilt cars. No glue is allowed. The tires are conditioned (Barney's Potion) and wiped clean prior to racing.


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No glue used for racing on Pebblestone.


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The foam tires work very well once the track has some tire rubber on the surface.


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These scratchbuilt 1/32 cars using foam tires (no glue) are fast and require good driving skills to maximize their potential. Barney's car is an F1 inline. Mill is driving Dennis' modified Slot-it sidewinder with lexan Ti-22 body. It was competitive with these scratchbuilt cars.


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Who says you can't go fast on a small, routed 1/32 track without using glue or magnets? Barney's F1 inline on the yellow lane, Dennis' old inline Porsche 917 on blue and Mill driving Dennis' modified Slot-it chassis with a lexan Outisight Ti-22 body.


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1/32 scratchbuilts and modified Slot-it sidewinders with lexan body are very fast even without using glue or magnets.


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Dennis' wife Adie observes the racing action. Thanks Adie for the very nice lunch. It was delicious.


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Scratchbuilt 1/32 race results. Congrats to Phil on his win driving Dennis' '74 UOP Shadow anglewinder. Mill finished 5th with Dennis' modified Slot-It sidewinder chassis and lexan body.


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Here's Dennis Samson's 1/32 lexan (Outisight body) T1-22 car. It uses a Slot-it sidewinder chassis. This car was very competiitive against the scratchbuilt cars. It doesn't take much to make these stock 1/32 cars much quicker and more drivable (which equates to more fun).


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Here's the Slot-it sidewinder chassis with some minor modifications. Lead weight added. Foam rear tires (untreated JK foam tires).


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Magnetic spring suspension mod makes a significant improvement to this cars handling.


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The foam rear tires, lead weight and motor bracket/frame suspension mods turned this stock Slot-it chassis into a much faster, better handling car.