On Saturday, March 19th the third digital event in NASTE history was held at Monte and Victoria's Jacquelin Park Speedway - a three hour team Enduro. Seventeen racers to put the cars and track to the test. After an hour or so of getting used to the track, teams were arranged as fairly as possible.
Handi-Cats: Monte, Bill, Dorothy "the Hammer", Isaac* and Scott*
Half-Gassed: Terry, Jake, Allen and the other Terry*
Handy Men: Rico, Jeff, Catrinus and Aden*
Victoria's Secret: Victoria, AJ, Robert and Jimmy*
For the race a set of 4 SCX Digital cars had been specially prepared by Monte. They were a pair of 550 Ferrari's, A 360 Ferrari and a Seat Cupra. All had been upgraded with Slot.It aluminum rear wheels and SCX Pro gears. Each team was also provided a stock backup car just in case their main car became disabled. (As fortune would have it none did, though Rico did manage to toss a front wheel. "Leave it alone, it's running better now than it was!")
After a few minutes to come up with some clever team names, driver order was established, teams took to the track, the cars were placed on the starting grid and the flag was dropped.
For the next 3 hours, mayhem would reign supreme.
Teams learned that "kinking" a car too fast into a corner would pull the guide blade out. Soon, drivers were getting the idea and problems were fewer.
And in typically NASTE spirit: "It's the guide!" "We ran it that way so we're not fixing it now!"
Since the cars need to "re-fuel" about every 40 laps, we used that for driver swaps and it led to a veritable flurry of activity around the table. And on the track, the lead changed hands after each section. As it turned out, every lap would count.
The final results:
1st Place: Victoria's Secret - 1038 laps
2nd Place: Handi-Cats - 1026 laps
3rd Place: Half-Gassed - 1025 laps
4th Place: Handy Men - 1018 laps
In the end, it was the Victoria's Secret team leading the way but it was a close race all the way to the finish. A mere 20 laps separated the field.
And how about that, another victory for the track owner. (Well, one of 'em...)
A giant thanks from Monte and Victoria to all the racers that came out to join us in the fun. And we'd also like to thank all those that contributed to the success of the evening by bringing tasty treats and for fixing our sliding glass door. You know who you are and so do we!