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#1 Barry Boor

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:13

Not your average electronic racing simulation, which accounts for 99% of the threads on this forum, but my own, one-man slot race championship has thrown up the same 1959 Monaco Grand Prix winner that triumphed way back then.

To those who have not come across this before (lucky you!) but for those who may be even slightly interested in a different type of simulation, have a quick look here.

Although the cars run one at a time, because I run the race in ten lap sections, I am able to translate this into an ongoing race and thus record it on my website like any race would be reported.

So far I have not received a knock on my door from men in white coats but I suspect it's coming!


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#2 Costaz

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:53

Not your average electronic racing simulation, which accounts for 99% of the threads on this forum, but my own, one-man slot race championship has thrown up the same 1959 Monaco Grand Prix winner that triumphed way back then.

To those who have not come across this before (lucky you!) but for those who may be even slightly interested in a different type of simulation, have a quick look here.

Although the cars run one at a time, because I run the race in ten lap sections, I am able to translate this into an ongoing race and thus record it on my website like any race would be reported.

So far I have not received a knock on my door from men in white coats but I suspect it's coming!


Just went over your site, cars and circuits look awesome! I wouldn't have the patience to do even part of what you've done, but it does look like great fun! :clap:

#3 UPRC

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 02:45

That looks like a lot of fun! I'd probably do the same thing if I had access to all that stuff too, haha.

#4 Chezrome

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 18:22

That looks like a lot of fun! I'd probably do the same thing if I had access to all that stuff too, haha.


How do you do the timing, Barry? Must take a lot of time!



#5 Barry Boor

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 21:27

I have an electronic beam timer that records each car's fastest three laps on each of its runs, this to 1/1000th of a second. However, I use a digital stopwatch to time each run that each car makes (to 1/100th). If a car spins, I stop the watch as soon as I can and get up to replace the car but if the guide pin comes out of the groove the car is out of the race.

A race like the Monaco Grand Prix I mentioned in post #1 would take around 5-6 hours, plus a few hours for practice - three sessions at Monaco - but not all done at the same sitting. I usual split a race as long as that into three separate chunks.

As I am running a 1950-51 series as well as 1959, it so happened that I ran two Monaco Grands Prix, one after the other. I worked out that I completed a total of just about 3,680 laps.

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 22:32

I have an electronic beam timer that records each car's fastest three laps on each of its runs, this to 1/1000th of a second. However, I use a digital stopwatch to time each run that each car makes (to 1/100th). If a car spins, I stop the watch as soon as I can and get up to replace the car but if the guide pin comes out of the groove the car is out of the race.

A race like the Monaco Grand Prix I mentioned in post #1 would take around 5-6 hours, plus a few hours for practice - three sessions at Monaco - but not all done at the same sitting. I usual split a race as long as that into three separate chunks.

As I am running a 1950-51 series as well as 1959, it so happened that I ran two Monaco Grands Prix, one after the other. I worked out that I completed a total of just about 3,680 laps.


Fantastic... Actually, I do much the same with rFactor. I am running the 1991 and 1992 F1 seasons simultaneously. The last year I re-raced the 2007, the 2009, the 1979 (twice!) and the 2009 season. I don't dare to count the laps I've did. My wife and daughter think I am crazy... you've got a family, Barry?

(By the way: about hobby imitating life. In my 1998 season a certain Chezrome was leading the championship with 64 points, against Hakkinen (60), and Mr. Schumacher (58 points). As fate might have it, Hakkinen won the last race ahead of the Schumacher. The right worldchampion at last!

#7 elmwood

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:50

Excellent stuff.........

Now i need to get my shed track finished, before the white coats take me away..............

Mike.