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Bolwextric Charity Endurance Marathon

2012

11th Match 2012 saw 4 teams battling all day for charity


Four teams clocked a total of 13,449 laps (around 300 miles).  £168 was raised and donated to The Ian Rook Memorial Fund and The Make A Wish Foundation UK.

Many thanks to all who took part especially to Peter Solari who provided and prepared the magnificent set of new cars (see below).

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Event report by Nick49


Yes, it was that time of year again when the Bolwextric club racers gave up their regular sprint racing for the long one, the really long one, the Bolwextric 12 Hours. This year we managed to put together four teams, two of four racers and two of three racers including the visiting "NSCC" team.

The teams were:-


Saga Sport of Nick, PJ, Will


NSCC of Peter Solari, Peter Simpson, Paul Yates


Wacky Racers of Jim, Richard, Kevin, Wes


Numpties of Andy, DaveL, Keith, Alan

Picture from the Bolwextric Charity Endurance 12 hour slot car race. Click to enlarge, click pop-up to close. Picture from the Bolwextric Charity Endurance 12 hour slot car race. Click to enlarge, click pop-up to close.

Above is a short video from near the start of the 12 hours, so the cars were still getting up to speed. The good hearted banter was there from the start until the end.

Picture from the Bolwextric Charity Endurance 12 hour slot car race. Click to enlarge, click pop-up to close.

As ever it's far too much to give a blow by blow account so I will hopefully try and capture the highlights.

Peter Solari had provided the cars in the shape of Ninco anglewinder Porsche 997 GT3s complete with an additional Ninco lighting system fitted in.


The cars turned out to be surpringly quick and drivable barring accident damage. By the third hour Saga Sport had decided to hot-glue the motor in and this really seemed to improve the car for us. So much so that in the fourth hour we (Saga) were the first team to break the 300 lap mark when we recorded 303.1 laps.


With the addition of the lighting system in the cars we ran four hours (hours 5 to 8) in darkness or near enough darkness. After an initial 'getting use to it' phase, which for Jim lasted for as long as it took to getting off the start line, everyone pretty much got back up to the same speed as before. I'm please to report that Saga Sport also won the 6th hour segment with 302.9 laps.

At the six hour mark the positions were:


Wacky Racers - 1777.6 laps


Saga Sport - 1747.0 laps


Numpties - 1741.9 laps


NSCC - 1397.1 laps

ABOVE - There was time for a bit of a laugh before the draw for the cars.


BELOW - Tension mounts as the teams prepare to receive there allotted cars just moments before the start.

Picture from the Bolwextric Charity Endurance 12 hour slot car race. Click to enlarge, click pop-up to close.

ABOVE - The cars on the line ready to start. At this stage they were in out of the box condition save for the hurriedly applied coloured tape.

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This reflects the fact that Wacky Racers hadn't stopped at all for adjustment/repairs of any kind. Numpties had stopped for a lighting installation problem, Saga Sport had stopped for the above mentioned motor 'hot-glue' and NSCC had never raced on the track before.


All these are just excuses of course because Wacky Racers just got on with the job of piling on the laps.

They continued to pile on the laps with "Rosie" (their name for their car!) in the second half as well which was just as well because Numpties put in some really hot, consistent lappery, which saw them over-haul Saga Sport and get to within 20 laps of the leaders by the end of the 12 hours.


That sort of lappery saw both DaveL and Keith consistently putting in sub 10 second laps. In the end Keith set the fastest lap and therefore the record for the race of 9.89 seconds. As for Saga Sport, our fortunes changed after one too many collisions with crashed cars on our lane upset our lighting system which we were slow to rectify and didn't properly sort out in a pit-stop. It needed another one to glue it in place but the car never felt the same again (HONEST CHAPS!). We even took the route of fitting the option tyre (Ortmanns) in the 10th hour which we soon realised didn't offer any real improvement. In fact we lost the slide-ability of the Ninco tyres and the handling was never really as comfortable as it had been.

Picture from the Bolwextric Charity Endurance 12 hour slot car race. Click to enlarge, click pop-up to close. Picture from the Bolwextric Charity Endurance 12 hour slot car race. Click to enlarge, click pop-up to close.

LEFT - PJ and Nick get the first look at their car, Keith is looking to, it’s not his car he is just being nosey.


BELOW - Teams rush to get ready, it’s time to start.

Final results:


Wacky Racers - 3587.4 laps


Numpties - 3567.2 laps


Saga Sport - 3472.1 laps


NSCC - 2822.7 laps

Picture from the Bolwextric Charity Endurance 12 hour slot car race. Click to enlarge, click pop-up to close.

RIGHT - The winning team.

BELOW - All the scores were collated on our magnificent electronic display.