Well, it was just a matter of time before the boss insist I take down the track. One day I was at the big orange box (for another project) and thought to myself, self, it sure wouldn't cost that much to build a quick and easy test track to hold me over. So I just tucked this cost into the project I was really there for, and bingo, test track paid for! The track ended up being ~32 ft.
Track turned out really much better than I expected. Although I have no plans on putting a timer on this one, it does allow me to benchmark against another car...and it it fairly straight too...
Post by Parrot Racing on Feb 19, 2008 21:34:32 GMT -6
Nice track BigTex, what kind of materials did you use? I actually talked the wife into purchasing a single lane besttrack, price was reasonable, but the timer would bring me over my budget (set by wife of course). Seems you could add a timer fairly easily.
I just bought one 1/4" 4x8 sheet of oak and some standard lattice strips. Also applied a couple coats of polyurethane to protect it and fill in the wood grains for smoothness. My grand plan is to get a 32' or 40' aluminum two lane track sometime this year. The timer will be a different story since it's quite expensive, but we'll see..
Post by Parrot Racing on Mar 14, 2008 7:40:36 GMT -6
Toofast, I made one very similar to the one above. The strips on the back/bottoms help to keep the track somewhat level and they also are where I drilled thru the center rails and screwed thru center rail and track and into the crossbars.
Post by Smokinjoesracing on Mar 14, 2008 13:51:13 GMT -6
You are not too far from buildind a hinged frame to hold up your start section. A 1x2 a dowell, a rubber band and a couple small hinges and you have a starting gate. A timer would also help you "tune" your cars to the track in the alignment process. Great job! here is a free site with info on how to "finish" your track www.rahul.net/mcgrew/derby/track/ Hang on to the wooden test track. It will serve you well if you have to prepare for a race on wood.
Post by kirbybritton on Sept 27, 2008 13:31:35 GMT -6
AWESOME TRACK!!! HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING OUT FOR YOU? IM LOOKING TO BUILD A 32FT 2 LANE TEST TRACK ALSO. HOW WIDE IS THE TRACK? HOW WIDE AND TALL IS THE CENTER PIECE? HOW LONG ARE THE SCREWS? IS THE OAK FOR THE BOTTOM SUPPORTS?
Do you still have the track? My son just won his the first derby we competed in now we are hooked. I was thinking of how to build a track for us to run on but if yours is still for sale let me know. Thanks