NASTE News for March

NASTE Race #8 - The Loose Wheel Gathers No Laps
Friday February 27, 2015

An exceptional crowd of twenty-one racers came out to race at Bryan & Sherry’s WFO Speedway for the 9th race of the NASTE season.  And the action was, well frankly wild, frantic, and outrageous! 

Bryan had two sets of four T-jets for us to race. 

The first set of cars were the ’55 Chevys. The ’55 s are my personal favorites, they maintain that NASTE heritage. The racing in the first round with the ‘55s was exciting to say the least. The cars performed flawlessly until the last couple of heats. One of the cars experienced a loose rear wheel.  Since loose wheels only stay loose for so long it was soon to be so long wheel.  After a little time out for some automotive repairs the car was back and running like never before. , and not too long after lost it entirely. 


New Rules on tap for next season
Monday February 23, 2015

Yes, we've hammered out some new rules for the NASTE Championship Season that will go into effect next year.  You can review them here.


New Over 50 Class Debuts at TooBad Motorplex
Friday January 30, 2015

The new Over 50 Class took to the track for its first official race on the night January 29th.

The field was comprised of a diverse group of long gone manufacturers. Cox, Monogram, Classic, Strombecker, and Revell were all well represented.

It was great to see the old cars on the track racing again! The racing was close and there were some excellent on track battles! If you have an old 1/24 car sitting around, bring it out and get it on the track. You'll be glad you did!


NASTE Race #8 - The Enduro
Wednesday January 21, 2015

A new track, a new challenge, and another exciting evening of racing!  As you’ve probably all heard by now Monte and Victoria replaced their SCX Digital track with a new Carrera Digital track and it was a hit.

The new track is smooth as silk and the layout easy enough that after a few minutes most were driving like experts.  The Carrera Can Am cars Monte had prepared by removing the magnets and adding Paul Gage tires performed flawlessly, the system operated without a hitch.  The drivers?  Well, it is a NASTE event after all.

Once the sixteen racers in attendance had some practice time, we let the ladies – and Thomas – divide up the racers into four teams and it was Enduro time.

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NASTE Race #7 - The HO Master Returns
Tuesday January 06, 2015

The seventh race of the NASTE 2015 Point Series Championship, HO style, was held at WFO Speedway this past Saturday.  Sixteen racers evenly divided into the expert division and the NASTE Challenge division were in attendance.  

The racing was intense and very close!  There were some spectacular crashes in both divisions, pretty much equally divided between the AC Cobras raced in the first round, and the '55 Chevys raced in the second round.

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NASTE Race #6 - First Race at The Gorge
Tuesday December 23, 2014

A new track, a new challenge, what an exciting evening of racing! 

Bob Nakamura provided the NASTE racers with the honor of the first official race on his big Scalextric four lane track. And true to NASTE racing, we broke that baby in right! 22 racers put the track and computer system to the test. To Bob’s credit we did not experience one problem with the track. 

The night’s racing consisted of two rounds of three minute heats. Fly Classics were the cars of choice for the IROC style format. Racers found the car and track combination quite challenging, but all adapted quickly and the racing was actually quite close.

In the Challenge Race Thomas Flood posted his third consecutive win, and fourth of the season. John Fisher was a few tenths behind in second with Perry Petrequin third, his best finish to date. The Challenge racers made up over half of the field of racers for this event, and we even saw some new faces including Eugene Jung who traveled all the way from Southern California to race with us.


NASTE Race #5 - More Fickle FIAT's of Fate!
Wednesday December 10, 2014

Sunday December 7th was the day for racing in the hills. Rico and Kelly Locati hosted the fifth race in the NASTE 2015 Point Series Championship. Racing at the Hills is a special treat as Kelly lays out a food spread equivalent to anything you might see at a Greek wedding! After we had all filled our stomachs we got serious about racing. Ok, maybe semi-serious.

Rico had brought out some old favorites for us to maneuver around the tight and twisty Autumn Hills course. For the first round of two minute heats we raced Nincco Mercedes. The Mercedes were somewhat loose in the traction department, so fast laps required a fair amount of judicious applied throttle!  Even at that the racing was extremely close, with Rico taking the overall lead after the first round.


BRM Group C Race at Rapid Raceway
Monday December 01, 2014

At approximately 1:30 PST yesterday the flag dropped on the opening heat. Sixteen racers were in attendance to fling BRM Porsche's around Rapid Raceway in Portland, Oregon. And did they ever.

We had expected some of the Washington area racers but with early morning pictures from up north showing snow on the ground I guess they decided it was better to stay home than come take their beating. Heck, we were looking forward to a little payback from the Tacoma 24 Hour Enduro. We'll just have to wait until next time.

Howie had the shop warmed up for us and the cars seemed well matched to the surface and temperature. With the exception of a lead wire parting company from a guide and a Parma gear loosening on the axle, all ran perfectly well- or at least well enough. The important thing though was for smiles all around and a good time for all.

Heats were 5 minutes with two times through the rotation for 40 minutes of track time for each racer.

Lots of racing and some good battles on the track- 3rd and 4th just 2 laps apart, just 3 laps between 5th thru 7th, and one lap between 12th and 13th!

Here now the results:

1. Howie Howard - 352 laps
2. Bill Bostic - 349
3. Monte Saager - 342
4. Rico Locati - 340
5. Tracy Flood - 327
6. John Fisher - 326
7. Chris Kouba - 324
8. Thomas Flood - 304
9. Mitch Brooks - 295
10. Todd Flood - 270
11. Victoria Saager - 265
12. Michael - 235
13. Jimmy Jones - 234
14. Aidan - 223
15. Lisa - 214
16. John Bostic - 182

Fast lap of the day was set by Howie with a 6.19. Chris was just behind that at 6.20.

Big thanks to Howie for opening his track to us and to Chris Kouba for heading up the event. Thanks to both Chris and Bill Bostic for supplying many of us with rides for the day.  We'll hope to see more events like this in Portland in the future.


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