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Endurance Charity Event: 2005 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 .

Bolwextric Charity Endurance Marathon

2014

The 2014 Nine Hours Endurance

on Sunday 16th November.

Slot Forum thread about this event.


Six teams completed an amazing 15,460 laps and raised £160 for Charity.

Slot Forum thread about this event.

A BIG THANK YOU to:


•  Matt and all at GaugeMaster for the fabulous cars.


•  Tony for, yet again, handing over his venue to us.


•  Team members who raced so hard in good humour.

Bolwextric Endurance 2014 - Result

Pos.

Name

Members

Laps run.

1st

Pit Stop Pansies

Steve  Chris

2716.9

2nd

Reigning Chumps

Jim  Kev  Wes

2699.3

3rd

Team Epic

PJ  Will  Sandy

2607.2

4th

Team Chang

Dave  Mick  Keith

2578.8

5th

GuageMaster

Terry  Roger  Matt

2499.1

6th

Tonies Boys

Bob  Mark Tony

2358.3

£160 raised for CHILDREN IN NEED !

15459.6

GaugeMaster Models supplied the cars used for this endurance event.

Brief report by Will of Team Epic

Bang on time the cars raced off the line at the start of 9 hours of racing. Each team had been allotted their brand new car by ballot. After the start teams decided if work was needed on their car, just a couple of teams went for an early trip to the pits for a bit of tuning.


It was soon clear who was in line for a win as we all got used to being passed by Chris and Steve’s relentless YELLOW PERIL.


I was racing with Team Epic, which was the previous Team Saga Sport with Sandy replacing Nick. Our car seemed fit enough to race as from the box. We changed drivers after around 14 minutes while other teams went for longer driver sessions. This strategy and some luck soon had us doing better than expected and we settled into the middle order.


The Teams of Reigning Chumps and Team Chang also made steady progress. First time visitors Terry and Roger of GaugeMaster team soon got their heads around the delights of The MFR.


Tony made up a team with beginners Mark and Bob, considering they had little or no slot car experience, they did a remarkable job as long distant slot car racing is testing even for the experienced. And there was no sign of Tony doing most of the driving so this meant team Tonies Boys soon fell behind.


The cars, all near identical NINCO ONE CORVETTES, performed better than expected with a good turn of speed, being easy to drive and very reliable. I think three teams changed tyres around halfway and a couple of wing mirrors went astray, but that was it. We found our tyres still good at the end, even though inspections sometimes found small lumps missing.

The cars are drawn. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

The cars are drawn

Team Epic show off their new car. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Team Epic with their new car

The car lined up at the start. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

The cars lined up ready to start

The first set of drivers on task. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Drivers on task

With rain outside Jim keeps an eye out for landslips. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Jim keeps an eye open for landslips

Matt and Wes marshalling the biscuit corner like koiled kats. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Matt and Wes marshalling like coiled cats

Chris seemed to enjoy his marshalling, but don't let that smiloe disarm you  - he was out to win.. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Chris with his winning smile

High tech is very good but you can't beat a good ole white board. Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

The trusty white board hard at work

A new bigger HD screen was streching its self on Biscuit Corner shelf.  Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

The laptop was enjoying its newHD wide screen

Team Epics' car gets some frantic surgery as they fought to hold 3rd place.  Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Desperate work in the pits

Laps, time and food all came and went, all to soon it was the last round. That put my team in the White Lane which was proving the fastest. We were nestled nicely in 3rd place and everything was clicking along with PJ at the controls. But disaster struck - our car just stopped dead, and we were in the pits.


No fault could be found we were none the wiser. Things were desperate as other cars whizzed on by while we were slipping into a podium losing situation.


After what seemed ages we found the track lane was dead. Plugs were checked, transformers fiddled with, but our lane was kaput. But then Wes just happened to move a magic wire and we were off.


PJ did a few laps to make sure the car had survived the pits, all seemed well apart from those vital lost laps.

While Team Epic languished in the pits the other cars kept going.  Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

While the other cars went on by.

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And by.

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And by.

Sandy suggested I should go next at the controls and very soon I found the car better than ever but I could not make up laps. In fact we all seemed equal. For around fifteen minutes we all just got faster, I went past no one and no one came past me, it was nip & tuck to the final whistle.


The final result was surprisingly close with around just 350 laps separating first to last. Team Pitstop Pansies were the deserved winners by 17 laps.


Tony just got the lap record for the day with 10.109 seconds, many were not far behind.


The cars travelled a total distance of over

380 actual miles - WOW !


• Thanks to all involved we raised £160 for •

• CHILDREN IN NEED •

Nearly 9 hours gone and the boys were still on it!  Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

The race to the end

Only the winners got to walk the Bolwextric wall of fame.  Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Smiling winners show off their silver

That YELLOW PERIL was first across the line.  Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

The cars placed in winning order

Kev and Jim find time for a chat while the sic cars sped onwards.  Click to enlarge, to close click pop up.

Kev and Jim with all six cars in the frame