Post by xxbowhunterx on Jan 5, 2013 22:05:10 GMT -6
This year I will be doing pre race inspections on the cars. What are some things I should be looking for ? rules are pretty simple. No lathed wheels. No matched wheel sets. Only dry lubes. That's where my big question comes in. Is graphite the only dry lube? Is there others? I was planning on taking the stance of, if I don't see graphite they are probably using oil. but I am not sure. What should I look for in the ways of lube? What should throw up a red flag? Thanks
When I did inspections last year, I could kinda tell which cars were built with "extensive parental help". I figure that the cars that push the rules with lube will also be doing rail riders with the weight balance in the rear and aerodynamic shapes and extended wheelbases and stuff like that. Also see which parents won't let their kids touch their cars. Those cars I looked at much more closely.
The cars shaped like a platypus or Spongebob Squarepants colored with paint pens and stickers are probably not going to be the offenders. I just gave them the cursory dimensional and weight check and sent them through.
We had very few problems, and the few we had were almost entirely due to misunderstanding the rules, not deliberate cheating.
Last year's Wotamalo district race makes people use the district's bottle of graphite on at least 1 wheel. The theory behind that is if it's a wet lube, the graphite will get all mucked up in the oil and foul the wheel.
I don't know how I feel about that really, as it also interferes with those of us who mix our own dry lube with graphite/mol.. Which fits perfectly within the rules.