The carpet test day was a great success even if it turned into more of a normal race day, in fact it was so popular that we are going to run another one on 15th July - book in now via Facebook.
There was a good turn out with 8 of the new Tamiya trucks and the promise of more to come. Jason Lovely seemed to have his set up better than the rest of the trucks and romped home
for a decisive win. There was much checking out of his truck to see what his setup was, but other than having his dampers on upside down and inserts in the tyres it looked absolutely box standard.
The racing in the other classes was close and looking at the results you can see just how close it was. We still need to master the rolling up of the carpet at the end of the day as this seems to take
forever to get it right and its not for the lack of people trying. Thanks for those that stayed to help, it seems we just need a team of carpet fitters to come racing with us!
New class for 2018/19 carpet series, have added a class for Tamiya TT01E trucks, the aim for this class is low cost and close racing with all trucks to the same specification.
The only modifications permitted are for reliability, so ball bearings are permitted throughout the truck, an alloy prop shaft is permitted. To enable the use
of the standard LiPo batteries that everyone has, the fitting of a Hobbywing 1060 speed controller is permitted. We want these trucks to look like the real ones
and hence the kit wheels and tyres are complusory, additive is permitted to improve grip. These kits are available online for less than £130, bearing kits are around £10
and the Hobbywing ESC is less than £20. Alloy hop-ups such as wishbones, driveshafts, dampers etc are expressly prohibited. A non-Tamiya bodyshell is permitted, but not recommended as the quality of the
ones we have seen leaves a lot to be desired. You are allowed to build the car to the best possible using shims, oil, grease etc. The kit dampers can have grease or thick diff oil applied to give
some damping effect and can be fitted upside down, but must retain all the kit parts. Springs can be changed if you have some you want to experiment with and the alternative damper mounting hole
on the shock tower can be used if desired. Basically you can tweak and adjust the kit parts to get the best performance from them but cannot go and buy all the expensive hop-up parts available and bolt them
on the truck as this defeats the object of the class.
As could be seen on the first race day for these trucks the racing was very close, no one was much faster down the straight, clean driving and good corner lines paid dividends as power was limited so
you need to be smooth! Additive on the tyres seemed to be beneficial as did mounting the dampers upside down with a couple of drops of very thick diff oil or grease in them. Overall it was good close
racing with the odd bit of contact till the trucks got spread out a bit on the track.
The Volksworld Series is almost complete with one round left to run, numbers have been lower than previous series. Chris Lovely has leapt into the lead ahead of Andrew Green who was the early leader.
With 23 drivers we are just breaking even on the hall hire costs, but if the numbers drop we may have to consider using just half the hall to
save costs, but even half a hall is much bigger than many other tracks. We have a load of new track courtesy of MB Models and need a work session to sort out the old track, binning the badly damaged
sections and adding the new track. Watch out for a notice asking for volunters to help with this in the coming weeks.
2018 has got off to a great start at our new venue, the Meridian Centre in Louth. The Schumacher Carpet Series is going from strength to strength with more drivers at each meeting, thanks to all those who have
travelled to race with us and to those members who have given up their Saturday evening before the race to lay the carpet and track. For round 5 we had a total of 54 drivers and cars entered in a variety of heats.
Top qualifiers were Mitch Fiddling in both 2WD and 4WD buggies, Jason Lovely in 17.5 saloon class, James Hart in 13.5 Blinky saloon and Jordon Leavis in GT12. The finals were closely contested over two rounds
with Mitch Fiddling using his pole positions to claim the win in 4WD buggy class and Jason Lovely winning the 2WD class. The Danny Cohen took the second place in 4WD and JK in 2WD.
Andrew Babb had a good battle with Jason Lovely for 17.5 class honours with Jason eventually taking two wins in a car borowed from brother Chris Lovely. Kev Bishop took the final podium place.
The 13.5 class was again closely fought in each of the finals, The "C" final was won by Jordan Swaby followed home by Peter Covell and JK, the "B" final was won by Nathan Winyard with Louths Dan Burks and
Andrew Green taking 2nd and 3rd respectively
The 13.5 Blinky "A" finals were again great to watch with really close racing throughout. The win went James Hart who had been flying all day, with Alex Brocklebank taking a good second place.
Mikey Mansell had a good day and took third overall. LRCCC's Chris Lovely was off the pace and could only manage 4th overall in this company.
GT12's were flying and were almost on the pace of the top 17.5 cars with Jordan Leavis taking overall victory followed by Jaco Van Der Sterren and Matt Cook. All in all a great day, a special thanks to those who stayed behind
to do battle with the carpet to get it rolled up and into the trailer, it went much better this week.
On 20th October we were presented with Sponsorship cheques by Louth Volksworld and Interskill, thanks to both these companies for supporting our club and we look forward to their sponsored
race series in 2018.
The first round of the LRCCC Schumacher Carpet Series was held at the Meridian Centre in Louth and was well attended with 55 cars entered in the various classes. There was close racing in all
classes with fractions of a second separating the top drivers in each class. 13.5 Blinky "A" Final was the top class and was eventually won by James Hart closely followed by Jimmy Maddison, LRCCC's own
Chris Lovely was third, ending up less than a second behind Jimmy Maddison. 13.5 Blinky "B" final was won by Andrew Green closely followed by Mikey Mansell and Pete Covell taking third position.
17.5 Club Class "A" final was won by Andrew Babb with Oliver Toothill less than half a second behind in second place with Alan Smith a lap down in third. The 17.5 "B" final was won by Paul Toothill
with Brian Peall and Jerry Boothe in 2nd and 3rd respectively. GT12 was closely fought with Matt Cook eventually taking the win from Bob Harley and Mark Hulme. Only two F1's were entered and Mick Lammiman
took the honours from Brian Peall.
The buggies had a series of jumps put into the track which provided quite a bit of "air time" especially if taken too enthusiasically! Mitch Fiddling was top 2WD followed by Jason Lovely and Russell Gardner and in the
2WD "B" final it was Tom Penn followed home by Trevor Burrows and Nigel Parker. In 4WD Buggies James Beckett ran out a clear first followed by Rick Howells and Simon Babb.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the racing on the new carpet, we have lessons to learn on taping the carpet down as it needed repeated re-taping in some places during the day. The new start / finish gantry worked fine
and there seemed plenty of room for everyone to pit. Thanks to all those who attended especially all the visitors, some of whom had very early starts and long journeys to race with us, we hope to see you all at round 2.
Thanks to our main sponsors Schumacher and everyone else who either provided banners, raffle prizes or just helped lay out the track and clear it away. Plenty of photos were taken and will be added in due course, see them also on our Facebook page.
The Brock Autos Series finished on 6th October with some really close racing through all the heats. The "A" heat was particularly close with the top 4 drivers separated by just over a second.
The Lovely brothers claimed the top two positions with Chris coming out on top, third was Andrew Green with Mitch Fiddling taking fourth. This is the last of the Brock Autos series as there will
be a new sponsor next year for this series. The first round of the new LRCCC Schumacher Carpet series is next weekend on the 15th. We are looking forward to a good turn out in our new venue
with our new carpet. There will be classes for saloons, GT12's, F1's and both 2WD & 4WD buggies. We will be laying the carpet out on Saturday evening (14th) at around 6.30pm so help would be welcome from any members
who can make it, the more there are the quicker it will be done, and the more we get done in the evening means more time for practice and racing on Sunday.
The carpet test day at Meridian on 10th September went well, set-up of the carpet and track took around 2 hours this first time but in future should be much quicker now that we know what is required and the best way to do it.
Racing on the new carpet was good, grip levels were much higher and more consistant than on our old carpet and with the bigger layout possible in the Meridian hall a nice open sweeping track layout was possible and the
large gym mats were available to use to make a series of jumps for the buggies which worked well. We managed 3 rounds of qualifying heats followed by one round of finals as we started packing up early as we needed to trim
some of the carpets to length before packing them into the trailer. There was a good turnout with 30 cars entered, the 13.5 blinky saloons proved to be the fastest but there was close racing in all classes. Hopefully we will now attract
more racers from further afield now that we have the new hall and carpet, the track looked really good with the sponsors banners around the track and quite a few visitors to the Meridian Centre came to watch the racing for the first time.
There are a series of pictures of the track on the LRCCC Facebook page.
Lots of work has been going on in the background. Chris Lovely has been using his contacts to get us sponsors for our various race series, the first one is Schumacher for the Carpet Series starting on 10th September at the Meridian Centre.
As the Meridian centre has a bigger hall, we have bought and made up another 50m of new track and thanks to Ben Appleby we now have a second trailer full of new top quality carpet to race on. For our first carpet race event we will need to
cut and fit the carpet so it will take longer to set everything up, once the track is complete we will have a series of heats for the remainder of the morning and some races in the afternoon. This first event will not count towards the Schumacher Carpet Series Championship.
We also have some advertising banners and should soon have a smart new start finish ganrty. Next job is to look at refurbishing or replacing the rostrum which is getting rather worn now. Chris has also got us a load of prizes to raffle or auction,
these include signed bodyshells and other goodies.
The King of Cordeaux Series has now finished with all the places closely fought. Chris Lovely secured the series with a storming drive on the last week, putting in the only 29 lap race, Andrew Green took second place with Jason Lovely in third. Next week is the last week
of the Brock series then its the start of Pete's Championship the following week. Remember that for the next two Sundays we are also racing at the Meridian Centre, first week on the wooden floor and the second week on carpet. We now have all the new carpet and also
another 50 metres of new track ready for this larger hall. Have a look at the clubs Facebook page where Chris Lovely has a walk round video tour of the Meridian Centre if you haven't been there before.
The AGM was held on Monday 7th August at the Town & Country Club in Louth and was well attended. The accounts were briefly covered and accepted, as the outgoing secretary was not at the meeting we did not get a report on any correspondance or meetings
held during the year. Jerry Clarke confirmed that due to pressure of work he was standing down as chairman and was given a round of thanks for all his work over the last few years. Rick Helleman was elected as the new chairman with Chris Lovely as Vice Chairman.
John Lewis agreed to continue as Treasurer for another year and Brian Peall volunteered to take on the role of Secretary. Simon Babb remained on the committee as webmaster and Scott West, Ben Appleby and Matt Cook joined the committee for the forthcoming year.
The main discussion centred on the venue for races after the end of August this year as it is uncertain if we can remain at Cordeaux. The secretary has now written officially to the manager at Toll Bar Academy for clarification on this ASAP, in the meantime we have secured
the hall at Meridian Centre for racing on a Sunday and there are races scheduled for 3rd September on the wooden floor and on 10th September on carpet. Thanks were given to Ben Appleby who drove to Chippenham to collect another trailer and three rolls of new top quality carpet and to
Essex to get two more rolls of carpet. Until we get any news we should assume that races are going ahead as per the Events Calendar as shown on this website, if things change we will publish it here and on our Facebook page.
We are in the process of getting sponsors for the various race series and Louth Mens Shed are going to help us with a new start/finish loop. The other item we are looking at is the rostrum, we need either new or refurbished legs and a new bottom step, the carpet on the platform then needs sticking down again.
Race and membership fees were discussed and it was generally argreed that race fees should rise to £5 a night from the £3 that we have had for over 10 years, similarly the Sunday fees would increase to cover the increased cost of Meridian over Cordeaux. It was noted that we would not be able to have
our tuckshop at Meridian as they already have a cafe / shop.
The Winter Series for 2017 is now complete, it was a close series with the result only decided at the last round. Chris Lovely needed to win the last round to beat Mitch Fiddling for the series and just managed it.
The BRCA provide our insurance cover in case of any accidents. They will only cover new drivers for 3 weeks after that you must either join
the BRCA or not race. Existing BRCA members must renew their membership before they can race in 2017. The LRCCC committee have to enforce this rule to maintain our BRCA membership and insurance cover.
Any driver turning up to race after this 3 week period will not be permitted to drive at the club until they have joined the BRCA. If you have not joined through
LRCCC, please make sure you have your BRCA membership card with you as proof of membership.
Tyre additive - the committee agreed to allow tyre additive for the carpet races in 2015 and this continues for 2017. The additives permitted are as detailed on the BRCA 1/12th scale website, these are not oil based and hence
should not damage the carpet. You will be allowed to add it on the day but will be required to demonstrate that your tyres are "dry" with no excess on them before you race. It is recommended that you have an old towel or
similar to dry the tyres before each race. See the Carpet Rules page for more details on the permitted additives.
For the new website I'd like some nice new photos of your latest cars or recent LRCCC events. E-mail them to me - the address is on the home page. I'll get them loaded over the next few weeks. Thanks
to those who have sent me photos, I'm working on updating the relevant pages, more pictures always welcome.