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Rules and Regulations:
Please read the rules CAREFULLY. Penalty points will be deducted for non-conforming cars!
We have now installed a HOTLINE for you to ask questions and post messages, just go back to the home page and click on the Proxy Hotline link at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of Chris and Lenore Gallegos, these races for 1/32 slot racing cars were run on the new 6-lane, 1/32-scale track at Buena Park Raceway in Buena Park, California, USA October 27-28, 2001.

The Marconi Foundation for Disadvantaged Kids is the beneficiary of the donation-entry fee, which is tax-deductible.
Controllers are Parma "Econo" 45 Ohms with dynamic brakes.

1/ Classes:
-Class A: USRRC and Can-Am cars from 1960 to 1974 included.
-Class B1: Indianapolis and Formula One cars from 1935 to 1965 included.
-Class B2: Indianapolis and Formula One cars from 1967 to 2001 included.
-Class C: FIA sports-racing cars and GT cars from 1965 to 2000.

2/ Classes A-B rules:

-Car must be a true scale representation of original prototype including exacting decor and detailing. Submit photographic and/or blueprint proof with your entry if car is of obscure/unknown type. Length, wheelbase and width will be checked. No low-riders allowed.
Maximum width measured at edges of tires must not exceed 2.5" at any point when front wheels are pointing straight.
Maximum body width can exceed 2.5" but be sure to submit acceptable proof.
-Three-dimensional driver must be detailed, full driver compartment encouraged.
-Ground clearance for class B2 3/32" except for guide flag and tires.
-Ground clearance for classes A-B1 1/8" except for guide flag and tires.

-Guide flag, any part of it or of Guide or guide pin: maximum dimension for either guide or plate, not to exceed a total surface when seen from bottom, of 1 square inch. Guide or pin plate must be made of non-conductive material. Chassis, gear or any part of it cannot be seen when car is viewed from the top. Gear must clear 1/32" above track.
-Body, motor and chassis materials and specification free.
-Wheels and tires must be a diameter and width, conform to the original prototype. NOTE: A PENALTY will be applied to cars not conforming on wheel and tires width and diameter. Better have documentation...Because the Tech Inspector WILL!
-Maximum tire width in any case is .55", as it is the widest tire ever used in racing on F1's and F5000.
To keep things fair, points will be added to cars of which tire width and track width will be below the maximum allowed. A formula will be set to compute this as fairly as possible to encourage the construction of pre-war models in class B1. Please see Handicap Rules below.
-Except for motor operation, no magnets can be used. A maximum of two, ceramic, non-cobalt magnets are allowed inside motor. Only one motor per car is allowed, including in cars that historically had two, such as the Alfa "Bimotore" or the Porsche-Porsche Indy car.

3/ Class C rules:

Car must represent a real prototype. Decoration is to the choice of the entrant but MUST be of a realistic nature. Please keep it in good taste. Documentation must be supplied if prototype is of obscure/unknown origin. NO added air control devices not in conformity with real prototype can be added.
Minimal ground clearance: 1/16".
-3-dimensional driver figure must be present and realistically detailed. Maximum overall width 2.5" except if proof of wider body is submitted.
Regardless, maximum width measured at front and/or rear wheels is 2.5".
-ANY chassis, body material and motor, but remember the power supply/controller situation. Traction magnets may be used, BUT clearance rule remains. ANY CAR that will PULL the railing off the track because of excessive magnet pull will be disqualified and smashed. Remains will be sent back inside little coffin to owner.

HANDICAP RULES (for all classes):
To give a break and an incentive to contestants wishing to enter narrower cars with narrower tires, a handicap system is now in place:
-From the maximum width at the edges of tires of 2.5", representing 100% of the allowable width, 1 point will be added to the score of any car UNDER this width, for every percentage point under the maximum allowable. Each percentage point represents .050". There will be no sub-fraction of this basic number.
-From the maximum allowable tire width of .55, representing 100% of allowable width, the same rule will apply, I.E. 1 point will be added for every .010" UNDER the maximum width. There will be no sub-fraction under this basic number.
NOTE: All racing tires have sidewalls representing about 20% of the total tire width. In case someone enters a car with straight-up sidewall on the OUTSIDE face (inside is exempt as we understand the limitations of casting silicone tires) 10% will automatically be deducted from the measurement for the actual thread width. A magnifying glass and serious measuring instruments will be used to check this out.
NOTE: The reverse will apply. If a car is found to exceed the maximum allowable width at the edge of tires of 2.5", it will be deducted DOUBLE the number of points as per the formula described above.

4/ Packaging of cars

Cars must be sent, ready-to-race, in two-way containers with return self-addressed sticker, to arrive prior to October 17, 2001.
They must be shipped, insured for full value or registered, by any means to:

Marconi Proxy Races 2001 c/o Electric Dreams
3190-H Airport Loop Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 USA
Tel: USA (714) 540 7141

The fee being charged by the issuing Post Office must be added to the entry fee for return postage, including insurance.
A donation of USD 25.00 per entry for the first car, USD 20.00 for each additional car(s), plus return postage as described in the Official Entry form, will be made on behalf of each entrant to the Marconi Foundation. This is payable in US Money Order, personal check (allow 2 weeks to clear) Visa or MasterCard for US entrants.
Only acceptable forms of payment for foreign entries are International Money Order, Visa or MasterCard.
Checks and Money Orders must be made to "Marconi Foundation Proxy 2001, C/O Electric Dreams".
This is fully tax-deductible as you are making a donation to a worthwhile charity.

Packing suggestions:
-Use a very strong outer box (triplex) suitable for 2-way trip.
-pack the car by blocking it with foam, styrene peanuts, bubble pack or whatever you find suitable so as to avoid any shifting inside box.
-Make sure that box has at least 50mm clearance between car and aouter box in any direction.
-If the box is tricky to open, please mark where it must be open!
-Put all relevant instructions inside. We will do our best to treat your prized car with the utmost respect.

Electric Dreams will supply all operational labor at no charge to entrants, but no labor except as required by an infraction to the rules (penalized with 5 points removed from the final score) will be performed on any car to equalize chances. Electric Dreams personnel will keep neutral on any occupation susceptible to influence the outcome of the races.

5/ Point system
A scorecard for Concours points has been established and is now posted on this site.
-25% of the total scoring points will apply to body accuracy and overall appearance, finish and detailing.

NOTE: Stock bodies from FLY, Ninco, Scalextric, Pro-Slot and other current or past production cars made after the year 1970 will be applied a DEDUCTION of 15 points.
-25% of the total scoring points will apply to the engineering and quality of construction of the car.
(The total points on the Concours Scoring Sheet will be adjusted to represent 50% of the total combined points between Concours and Racing)
-50% of the total scoring points will apply to qualifying and racing results in the following manner:
-20% for qualifying speed (number of entries as a maximum of points, later divided by the points percentage allowed for this category)
-80% for actual racing result, in which points will be added for track-tire dimensions as per the above rule, to be defined within 30 days.
The winner of each heat will earn 6 points. 2nd to 6th earn 5 to 1 point digressive, for a maximum possible of 36 total points. This will then be combined with the qualifying points.

The overall winner will be the car with the greater number of points.

6/ Concours judging

-A panel (TBA) of four well-known slot racing and other personalities will judge finish, detail & engineering.

7/ Qualifying

-Each car in each class will be timed after a 3-lap practice on a 5-lap run, driven by one selected driver for each class.
The addition of the 5-lap time will provide the total qualifying time, which will be converted to points.

8/ Racing

-Each of six selected drivers will be assigned one lane. Each car will run 5-minute segments. Then, car rotation will follow so that all the cars will be driven by all the
drivers. The top twelve qualified cars in each class will run two semi-final 5-minute heats on every lane. All six drivers will drive all the cars.
-Consolation races will be organized for the cars not qualified in the top twelve in each class.

9/ Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to all successful entrants for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each class, for concours, engineering and race results.
A top prize will be awarded for the most outstanding performer/looker all classes combined.
Other prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the Race Director for outstanding performance or feature.

10/ Publications:

The Marconi Foundation Proxy Races will be followed in timely manner on various web sites including the Old Weird Herald, the Slots DL, the Scale Auto Racing News and the Slot Car Bulletin sites. Detailed pictures and comments of each entry will be posted, and as much detail will be made available to participants and observers alike. No one will be forgotten.

11/ Law

All entries are submitted under the following conditions:
-Race director has the option to accept or refuse any entry solely based on his discretion and the letter of the rules.
-Electric Dreams is not responsible for any lost or damaged entry by any shipper, and limits its liability to the amount of insurance contracted for return shipping.
-Race director decisions are final.
-Entrant accepts the decision of race director and will not contest legally or in any other form. The shipping of a car(s) to this event signifies full acceptance of these terms.
-The race management is not responsible for any loss of shipped items in the mail or other forms of transportation, on the way to or from the Marconi Museum.

For any information, please contact Electric Dreams at or FAX at (714) 540 7141

This is the form that will be used by judges to determine the Concours d'Elegance winning entries:

Marconi Foundation Proxy Races 2001
Concours Scoring Sheet

Points available
1/ Body
General appearance (realism) 20
Stock body from RTR? -15
Hand-built/hand-decorated body +15
Accuracy (compared to 1/1 car) 10
Paint quality & finish 15*
D√ƒ∆’√‚¬©cor quality (decals, details) 10
Drivers compartment 15
Engine detail (under hood) 15
Car stance 15

2/ Chassis
General appearance 10
Engineering quality (function) 10
Construction quality 10
Wheels 15
Tires 10
Body fastening system 10
Functional steering 15
Functional suspension 5

Extra Bonus Points:

Originality 25
Degree of difficulty 25
* Not applicable to RTR stock bodies

Total Possible Scoring: 250

The Buena Park track where the event will take place.

The Bridge of Faith...

The top of the track.

Back to the front straight...

Testing, testing...