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It's time that Thunder Road in Gordonsville, VA had a thread of it's own on this forum! Ernie is busting his A_ _ (and his wallet) getting T-Road up to snuff and making improvements.

Check out http://www.thunderroadrc.com/ for the race flyer and entry form for their December race. BIG BUCKS!!
 

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Well, I would have to agree, Lin. In the interim, you guys have a great race at Coopers. FWIW, I will always do anything I can to support another RC track. Fighting over who has the biggest slice of the RC pie isn't nearly as important as making the pie bigger. And that will take cooperation from all of us. Take care; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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Thunder Road Rehab

Just a reminder that the rehab of Thunder Road will begin next Staurday and Sunday. Volunteer help is solicited. We'll have the track open at 9:00 A.M.; and will start on clearing out the track and doing the heavy cleaning and paint prep. For those who have, for years, been saying "You need to...", this is your chance to have it your way. The world is run by those who attend the meetings; and next weekend is the first meeting. Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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Thunder Road (temporarily) closed!

Just as a reminder, guys; Thunder Road is now closed until we have completed the rehab. We hope to be open for business by November 6th, possibly sooner; and I'll keep you posted. Thanks for all your past support, and we look forward to seeing all of you at Thunder Road in November; practicing and getting your setups tuned for the 2004 Virginia Oval Championships on Decenber 4th. Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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Thanks

I want to thank the racers who showed up at Thunder Road this weekend, to help with the rehab. Your help was greatly appreciated. We made a lot of progress; and I think the rest of you will be pleased when you see what we have done. Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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Okay, guys; I have arranged for a Verified Paypal Account for Thunder Road. You can now pay for your advance entry via Paypal; by logging into paypal.com, and making payment to "[email protected]". Why enter in advance? Because pit positions will be assigned as entries are received. IOW, the permanent, and newly refurbished, pit positions will be assigned as entries are received. If you choose to enter on the day, you may wind up pitting in a temporary pit position. So enter early, if you want to be assured of a better pit position. Thanks; Ernie P.
 

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Can't wait for the re openning, and the state chapionship race. when i oppened the door this saturday, the apperance was 100% better. i think the past racers would be pleasantly surprised with the renovation now and we're not even finished. I think the new look will be appealing to the new crowds also. c-ya for the Big Money Race December 4th.
 

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Response to Jesse Bean

Jesse; just wait until we're finished. The number of manhours going into rehabing ThunderRoad is incredible! I think every one will be pleased with the results. See you at The 2004 Virginia Oval Championships. Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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I will see everyone at the track Saturday for some more renovations. We're getting closer. Don't forget about the 2004 VA Oval Championship money race on Dec. 4th!!!
 

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2004 Virginia Oval Championships Concours

Guys; just to get the word out, there will be a Concours event at the 2004 Virginia Oval Championships on December 4th, at Thunder Road RC Speedway, in Gordonsville, VA. Rules follow:

(1) Concours will be judged prior to the first heat.

(2) Concours entries will be limited to those cars and bodies actually participating in the race. Any entry in Concours which fails to compete will be disqualified. Any damage resulting from practice will be ignored.

(3) All Classes will be judged together. Plaques will be presented to the winner in each Category.

(4) Cars will be judged in three Categories:
(A) Best NASCAR Replica. The entry should be an exact replice of a given current or past NASCAR entry. Photos or representations of the actual NASCAR entry are allowed and encouraged.
(B) Best in Appearance. The entry will be judged solely on appearance; and need not be a representation of an actual past or current NASCAR entry; but must be a NASCAR Theme.
(C) Racers Choice. The entry will be judged by the voice or hand vote of the assembled throng; with no discernable criteria beyond whatever seems to motivate the masses.

(5) All decisions of the judge are final; with no protest allowed.

(6) Ernie P. will be, or will appoint, the sole judge; and may/may not seek counsel from any person or resource available.

Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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As a result of the proposed ARCOR rules for the Min-T's, the following rules will be used for Mini-T Stock And Mini-T Modified for the 2004 Virginia Oval Championships. Specific questions should be addressed to me at thunderroadrc.com or [email protected] hotmail.com. Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:

MINI-T STOCK

Mini-T Stock Class will be run as a box stock class. The *ONLY* option we will allow is (in the interest of economy) a rechargeable battery pack, rather than four individual cells. The optional battery pack offered for the Mini-T's is a *five-cell* 1200 mAh pack. We'll allow that mod; just to keep people from having to buy individual, non-rechargeable, cells; or to purchase a special purpose charging setup.

MINI-T OPEN MODIFIED

The Mini-T Open modified class will have no limitations on motors, electronics, or replacement parts, to include any after-market part designed for the Mini-T. Motor approval for the Mini-T Open Modified class is not necessary. Batteries will be limited to a maximum 6 cells for the Mini-T Open Modified Class.

1. CHASSIS: Modifications and/or hop up chassis replacement chassis allowed. Graphite chassis are allowed.
2. STEERING: Titanium or steel turnbuckles, end balls may be changed from the original as supplied with the Mini-T RTR. Original equipment servo saver may be changed from that supplied with the Mini-T RTR
3. Ball bearings may be used on the front and rear axles.
4. RADIO/ELECTRONICS: May be changed from original equipment.
5. SHOCKS: Replacement oil shocks may be used, that are specifically manufactured for the Mini-T RTR
6. ELECTRONIC CONNECTORS: Motor or battery plugs are not required, direct soldering is allowed.
7. BODIES: Original truck body or any body designed specifically for Oval racing to include sprint cars, EDM cars Coupes or Sedans associated with Legends type racing. No changes allowed from the trim lines, except for 1/8” tolerance around wheel openings. Body must be painted and all windows clear. Bodies may not be excessively trimmed. All windows will be clear and remain intact. Tracks may allow different body styles to run together.
8. No roll over or stiff antennas are allowed. Antenna may be mounted under the body.
9. TIRES and WHEELS: Any tire or wheel specifically designed for the Mini-T will be allowed.
10. MOTORS Any after-market motor allowed, including the brushless motor system.
11. BATTERIES: Maximum 6C ONLY AA size batteries, these may be Alkaline, Ni-Cad or NiMh rechargeable.
12. GEARS: Any gearing
13. REVERSE: Not normally allowed, it should not be required, but can be a track option.
14. RACE LENGTH: 4 minute races.
15. DRIVE TRAIN: Any replacement parts allowed.
 

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Well, the rehab is now complete. Thunder Road will be open for racing, starting this Saturday, the 6th of November. We will open at 9:00 A.M. for practice; with racing beginning promptly at 3:00 P.M.

You have exactly four weekends to practice before The 2004 Virginia Oval Championships on December 4th; so start working on your setups now.

Many thanks to those who worked so hard, and long, to make the rehab a go. Thunder Road's facelift goes 'way beyond simple cleaning and painting. We think you'll like the new look; the new pit facilities and the new electrical system. Come see and judge for yourselves. Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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open this weekend

this saturday Thunder Road in Gordonsville, VA will be open for the first time since the facilities renovation is now complete. Please stop buy and start setting up for the 2004 VA Oval Championships witch will be held on December 4th. Racing this weekend will start at 3pm, shop opens at 9am. We will be racing 1/10 stock and 19 Turn and Spec. 1/12 road cars are also encouraged to come out and try out our new roadcourse. c-ya this saturday :thumbsup:
 

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Local Accomodations for 12/4

The Orange, VA Holiday Inn Express is offering a special discount to racers attending The 2004 Virginia Oval Championships. Their rate will be $69.00 vs the normal $80.00/night. Contact info is:

Orange Holiday Inn Express
750 Round Hill Drive
Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-6691

The Holiday Inn is located just North of Orange, Virginia; about ten miles from Thunder Road RC Speedway. Just tell them you are racing in The 2004 Virginia Oval Championships; and they will apply the discount. All the normal fast food establishments are near the Holiday Inn; as well as some full service restaurants. We are trying to work a discount with a very good local restaurant near the track. More later; Ernie P. :cool:
 

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11/13/04 Race Results

The Stock Class racing was enjoyable; but Jessie Bean seemed to be having more fun that everyone else combined. After sweeping all three heat races he ran, Jessie finished up the evening by cruising to an easy victory in the A Main; finishing over a lap in front of Lin Vaughan, who chased Jessie all evening. Jessie ran a torid 63 lap pace in driving to an all but uncontested victory. Harold Ruckle ran third; with Kritter (can't spell the last name by memory, Kritter. Sorry) bringing up the rear. Harold and Kritter seemed to have quick, and closely matched, cars, but they had trouble staying with Lin; and Jessie was in a class of his own.

In the B main, two new racers squared off. Kevin Randolph, a road racing transplant, had an easy time of it; besting Johnny Barnett, who fought an evil handling car all evening and finally had to drop out. Johnny is more used to banked oval racing; and the transition to a flat oval was giving him fits. But, Johnny vowed to return with a better handling car next time.

Big Clay didn't race; but he watched closely all evening. He seemed to be taking notes as he watched Jessie whiz around. After the racing was finished, Big Clay hit the track with a barn stormer of his own. When last seen, he was muttering something about "having something ready for the youngster, next week". We'll see.

All in all, a solid performance by several drivers; a learning experience by some new talent; but no one had anything to offer Jesse; who was grinning all evening. He kept muttering something about "new batteries", every time I got near him. Hint: Jesse was running a brand new battery pack, folks.

I hope to see all of you next weekend. Hopefully, some one will come up with a way to keep Jesse Bean from turning the Main into a cake walk next time. But that remains to be seen. And thats the racing news from Thunder Road, folks. Thanks; Ernie P. :cool:
 
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