Regulations for The Whitstone Grand Prix
Whilst these rules are almost the same as our club regulations for this class there are some important differences, so please read them carefully. Please keep within the spirit of the rules and not try to bend them. Most importantly...enjoy yourself! We hope to make it an annual event.
Only cars from the Lexan for Racers! range by NonnoSlot may be used. The cars all have identical chassis and wheelbase with a selection of bodyshells as used in the 1982 Grand Prix season. Fast, evenly matched and fairly realistic, they are, in our opinion, the most exciting class we race.
If you have any questions about the following regulations please ask. We reserve the right to change these rules without notice at any time.
The chassis must be flat and not bent in any way from its standard form. No part of the chassis may be removed. Ballast weight may be added to the upper surface of the chassis. The chassis may be strengthened at the two points that we have found to be slightly weak in the event of a crash. That is:
1. The part behind the rear axle which is bent upwards to form the diffuser on which the rear wing is mounted. This may be strengthened with a fillet of solder or a small brass rod or plate soldered over the join.
2. The join between the guide mounting plate and the main chassis plate. This may be strengthened with a modest amount of brass plate soldered in place.
The guide, braids and motor feed wires are free choice.
The feed wires may be soldered to the motor terminals but they must not be soldered to the braids. They may be fixed together or to the chassis with duct tape, glue or mastic, provided that these materials have no other purpose but to hold them in place. They must be sufficiently insulated to avoid, in any situation, short circuits and not be uncovered for more than one centimetre from the guide terminals.
The only motor allowed is the Slot.it Flat 6R 22,000 rpm. The motor must not be opened or tampered with in any way and must retain its covering label. However, the section of label on the lower side may be removed if desired. The motor shaft may be shortened at the pinion end. The motor may be fastened to the chassis with glue or screws of free choice.
Standard crown and pinion only, as supplied by the manufacturer.
BEARINGS AND AXLES
Standard bearings only. These may be glued to the chassis but without modifications to the housings. Axle spacers and/or stoppers may be used. Solid steel axles only with uniform diameter for the entire length. Independent front axles are not allowed.
Standard, as supplied by the manufacturer.
The front tyres must be standard rubber as supplied by the manufacturer. They may be glued and trued but must not be glazed or treated in any way. Minimum diameter 16 mm and they must cover the entire width of the rims.
The rear tyres of standard rubber will be supplied and fitted immediately prior to parc ferme. They must not be glued or trued. They may be cleaned with adhesive duct tape only during races. Prior to a race they may be cleaned with lighter fluid but MUST be dry to the touch before being placed on the track. Note that the track is lightly sprayed with traction treatment.
All four wheels must touch and roll when placed on the track.
Track (overall width) Front max 68 mm min 64mm. Rear max 72 mm min 68mm. Wheelbase must remain as standard.
BODY AND DRIVER
Both body, rear wing and driver must remain complete as supplied by the manufacturer. The body must not be excessively trimmed and must cover the guide when viewed from above. The body must be entirely painted at the commencement of the event other than clear screen, if the full-size car had a clear screen.. The rear wing must be painted and firmly attached with glue or double-sided tape in its correct location at the start of each race. Bodyshell must be attached with the thin velcro as supplied.
Spare bodyshells are available fully painted from the manufacturer provided they are ordered sufficiently in advance of the event.
Please note that drivers are supplied unpainted. At a minimum, the helmet and seat belts must be painted. The driver must be firmly attached to the chassis in the correct position.
In order to avoid duplication of cars on the grid and make the race more interesting we will allow only one of each of the following list of cars available. As entries are confirmed we will add the drivers names to the list below. So please let us know in good time so you get your desired choice.
Alfa Romeo 179 Andrea de Cesaris (Alan Tadd and Marc Rigden)
Alfa Romeo 179 Bruno Giacomelli
Ferrari 126 C2 Didier Peroni
Ferrari 126 C2 Gilles Villeneuve (Danny Condon and Tony Condon of Shepton Slot Car Club)
McLaren MP4/1 John Watson
McLaren MP4/1 Niki Lauda
Ligier JS11 Jaques Laffite
Ligier JS11 Jackie Ickx
Brabham BT50 Ricciardo Patrese
Brabham BT50 Nelson Piquet
Lotus 91 Nigell Mansell
Lotus 91 Elio de Angelis
Tyrell 011 Michele Alboreto
Tyrell 011 Brian Henton/Slim Borgood
Williams FW08 No5 Carlos Reutemann/Mario Andretti/Derek Daly
Williams FW08 No6 Keke Rosberg (Graham Lane of Shepton Slot Car Club and Allan Wakefield of Switzerland)
Osella FA 1C Riccardo Paletti
Osella FA 1C Jean-Pierre Jarier
Renault RE32 René Arnoux
Renault RE32 Alain Prost (Ian Furey-King and Graham Fryer)
No fantasy liveries are allowed for this event except during practice.