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  • #34588

    andy-graham
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    classic example of too many chiefs and not enough Indians…the whole shake up with IAME didnt help either, which caught long time IAME distributor and dealer TS Racing in FL off guard and scrambling…seems like there’s a united front now to shut out IAME and stock moto from FL, hence MaxSpeed buying FWT and killing both those birds with the same stone, and then turning around and buying Rok Cup USA to fill the now extinct Formula weekends of the FWT, the weekends that Leopards, X30s and stock motos ran….still seems strange to me that MaxSpeed would buy a series that would promote a competitor’s engine package……all just food for thought…who knows what’s really going on…I’ve heard so many “in the know” rumors lately I dont know what to believe and at this point I really dont care anymore….we’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out…my opinion — focus on increasing the #s at the local level first, then move on the regional development.

    #34059

    andy-graham
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    email sent

    #32361

    andy-graham
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    here’s something that I’ve been wondering out loud about for the past few months, but havent found a solid answer to yet…consider this…..

    motocross, especially amongst youngsters (12 and under), is BOOMING in the state of FL and has been for a number of years.  One track near Tampa regularly draws 500+ entrants for it monthly local series races, most being kids under the age of 15.

    I’ve been wondering, why does MX, with all its known dangers draw so many while karting struggles to keep its head above water in the same state/area.  Would be interested to hear some thoughts on this.

    #31158

    andy-graham
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    email sent

    #27286

    andy-graham
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    I’ll take it if Gary doesnt.

    #26722

    andy-graham
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    try this Brian, and let me know what you find out….

    http://buccaneerregion.org/

     

    Andy

    #23191

    andy-graham
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    OGP is right down the road, Alex has worked with my son a few times…problem is they’re so buried in racing right now they wont have time to come up for air until next month…they’re gonna dial it in, just have to wait until next month when some of this racing craziness calms down around here.

    #23156

    andy-graham
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    TJ — you have any experience with the OTK 1020mm jrs chassis?  I acquired one for my son and have been looking for a good base set up as you described above.  Appreciate it.

    #20980

    andy-graham
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    You can see the rules with pics at gorotax.com, it shows the casting # location in a pic….and it is right behind the oil fill/vent.

    #20711

    andy-graham
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    can someone post the RMax rule that requires the newer style (`09+) cylinders…all I can find with regard to “legal” cylinders in the rules speaks to casting #s, cant find anything that addresses year of production….maybe it was an update that I can’t find.  Here’s what I did find in the RMC Rules 2013 Bulletin 1….

    “9.1.5) Cylinder:
    a) Light-alloy-cylinder with GILNISIL-plating. Any re-plating of cylinder is not allowed.
    b) Cylinder with one main exhaust port.
    c) Maximum bore of cylinder = 54,035 mm (measured 10 mm above the exhaust port).
    d) Cylinder has to be marked with the “ROTAX” logo (see pictures below).
    e) 125 Junior MAX: Cylinder without pneumatic timed exhaust valve. Cylinder has to be marked either with identification code 223 999, 223 998 or 223 994

    f) 125 MAX: Cylinder with pneumatic timed exhaust valve. Cylinder has to be marked either identification code 223 997, 223 996 or 223 993

    #18940

    andy-graham
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    Awesome  Joe, ya’ll come on!  I heard there’s a track similar to 103rd in Jackson, MS, city owned and free to the public.  Brian you left out Monticello, that’s the one I really want to check out.  I saw FKCS is running there the first week of March, too bad because I’m pretty sure that’s the end of bike week and the Speedway races are the same days….doh!

    #18908

    andy-graham
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    some people like going to the same place every time — thats fine…some like to venture out and try as many as possible — thats good too.  Bottom line is anywhere gets “boring” if you frequent it too often.  As a parent, 103rd particularly nice to have in town, easy on the wallet.  we can decide at the spur of the moment on a sunday afternoon to go make some laps, and, if someone breaks, well at least we didnt spend $100 for track time that we didnt get to use.

    I’d like to see the City take a more active role in the maintenance of the track itsself, as it needs some work and its nearly impossible for the club to keep it in top shape with the budget constraints they have.  All that said, they do a good enough job with what they can do and the facility is very user friendly.

    I watched the FKCS racing this past August at 103rd, particularly the shifter class.  The racing was great.  in the final, I got to see two of the best gearbox drivers in the country (Neri and Askew) battle it out at super high speeds with Nick showing the younger Askew “the move” in turn one on the last lap, had everyone on the edge of their seat.  Speed, horsepower, Balls and a drafting partner — thats what 103rd is all about from a racing point of view.

    Used to be back in the 80s and 90s 103rd was a regular stop on all the big karting tours — STARS of Karting, SKUSA, WKA even the CIK World Finals were held there in `86.  I took my son to the Rolex last year and he had on a karting shirt.  There were a few drivers that asked him if he drove, when he told them he was a 103rd local, all of them lit up and talked about racing there in years past.  Best story Ive heard was Danika going thru turn one (end of the 1000′ straight) on the gas, never lifted, lost control and literally launched off the top  of turn one, flew about 40′ through the air, landed and kept going towards the road, the only thing that stopped her was the fence caught her steering wheel as she was going under it.  I’ve seen and done similar, but not that crazy…

     

    Another great 103rd story is the legend of Scott $peed…it was either a SKUSA or STARS race, and he was turning sub :30 lap times.  Thats the track record that has never been even approached, he was driving a heavily modifyed CR125, more like an RS125 his brother says.  Just for reference, Neri and Askew were turning 32s in the stock moto final of the FKCS….

    All that pom pom shaking for the place and we havent been out there in months.   Just got the kid a new chassis and went in on a lease at OKC so hopefully we’ll be inspired to go get some more track time soon…

    #18718

    andy-graham
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    I know that’s kinda old, but we’re just getting started. ;-)

    #18716

    andy-graham
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    your thoughts, Jim? ;-)

    #18696

    andy-graham
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    didnt look like they had the best turn out this year…..at least for the sprint races

     

    #18349

    andy-graham
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    Sorry, it’s sold

    #17852

    andy-graham
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    there used to be an engine builder in FL years ago that built motorcycle racing engines.  He sat me down one day a long time ago when I was racing MX and explained how jetting and premixed fuel work/burn.  Basically, the more oil you run, the less gas there is to burn, so you may think you’re mixture is rich, but actually you’re lean due to less gas in the mix.  Something to keep in mind, and we always ran our mx bikes somewhere between 40 and 50 to 1, and they ran really well.  WKR, Woody Kyle Racing……

    #17813

    andy-graham
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    bump ttt….open to any reasonable offer, need to move this package

    #17193

    andy-graham
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    team events, different track configs for practice, qualifying and finals, enduro with allowed hot pitting, moms race on mothers day, dads race on fathers day, raffle/giveaways entry with race entry, kids/jrs only events, sr/mstr only events, coverd dish cookouts free for everyone.

    #16974

    andy-graham
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    make a big deal for the kids racing — introductions before the race on the grid, medals for all participants, separate race director for kids events, specific kids events, novice classes for newbies, welcoming and helpful staff for racers and parents, big deal presentation of trophies or checks for winners…….

    #16972

    andy-graham
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    well put Jim, that’s about what I had figured out — asking about service intervals is kinda like asking how much does a car cost?…..it depends….the whole reason I started this thread was because I’ve been trying to “thin the heard” and came across some REALLY OLD RMax stuff as well as some non-functional parts…the trade in deal for the X30, IAME will take any TAG engine, running or not, as long as it’s complete on trade.  So I was able to sell off some of my stuff but cant see that these old rotax parts would be of much value with some being now illegal to use in Rmax comp.   I was thinking of reinvesting the money I’d made from selling some parts, couple that with the old rotax parts and bingo!, a new X30!

    I currently run rotax and its getting to be time for service.  I like the rotax’s relatively low maintenance and dependability, but would like something that is a bit more responsive than what I currently have….if that makes sense.

    As for service —   The thought of having similar service intervals as the Max is attractive, even more so knowing that I could preform nearly any service the engine would need with the exception of crank work.  Not to say that I’d dump the Max, but it might not get as much track time as an x30 if both are in the garage.  Furthermore, being relatively new to karting, I think I’d be closer to the 15-20 hr service than the 10 hr service, no way I could push one to its limits with me behind the wheel, not at 45 and six coronary stents.

    I plan on trying out some local racing with my son for the fun of it this winter and spring here in FL, so the thought of having a few HP at the same weight as my buddies that I would run TAG Master with is attractive also.  So, there’s my story….I appreciate all the input on the thread, this thread and the Leopard v. x30 thread are two of the best Ive read on the new site yet….very, very honest and on topic….thanks guys, I’ll let you know how it ends up.

     

     

    #16936

    andy-graham
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    pm sent

    #16666

    andy-graham
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    I’ve got a Speed Products selective programmable ignition cdi box….connectors for a 1999 ignition though…might work other years, not sure….$200 obo

    #16516

    andy-graham
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    DAMN look at all the FL drivers!!!   What a showing for OGP driver especially.

    S1 — 2nd place, Nick Neri

    S2 — Oliver Askew leads race until lap 17 or so and broken chain; shouldve/wouldve won

    S5 — Kyle Kirkwood stands on top of the podium

    This is their first trip out to Vegas as a team, looks like the concentration on gearbox karting has paid off for them this past year.  All this Vegas termoil/drama came right on the heels of the team being at NOLA the previous week for the Rotax event.  A big congrats to Nate Grindell, OGP Race Team Manager, for keeping everyone calm and focused through some very long and stressful weeks of racing.  Real proud and happy for the OGP gang and all the other FL drivers that showed well during the washout of a week….we get plenty of opportunity to practice in the rain here in FL. :-)

     

     

    #16356

    andy-graham
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    had a good conversation with tj about the x30…he’s a good guy, and honest and gave me some good feedback, however he’s at a much higher level of competitive driving than I am  so gotta take that into account, his required service  would be different than mine

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