How many F1's do you need?
20 January 2013
Obviously this is a trick question. You can never have too many F1's! :) We look at the collections of a couple of good keen blokes including Drew in Michigan (USA) and gaze admiringly at his 40 F1 RC cars!!!
How many F1 cars do most of us have? 1, 2 or if we get special permission from the wife perhaps 3? If we sell one of the kids might there be room for 4?
Tim Donoghue in Melbourne, Australia has 12 and I believe that's an impressive effort. That's his collection above and below.
But a man who is seriously committed to his F1 is Andrew Seltmann (Drew) from Michigan, USA and we caught up with him earlier today.
Over to you Drew ...
I began racing in '93 with some buddies and have [held] a championship every year. What was once a 20 event championship has been reduced to 3 rounds as of late. [In the early days] we bought a KO Propo timing system for 20 cars and things became a bit more legit. We changed the race format from 5 minute mains to a set distance of 7.2 miles in length and 5000 mah max power allowed through two batteries (2500 + 2500 or 3000 + 2000). You had to make a mandatory 80 second pitstop to change batteries. It makes for some fun strategy as it was always close on making the distance with the capacity allowed. We used the real F1 points to score our championships, as well as setting up actual circuits that they ran on, that's if we could configure them on our parking lot. Jerez, Barcelona, Estoril are some of my favorites.
I have never raced at a hobby shop track before, I have always organized the races and prepared all the cars to race, the drivers would pay for parts and batteries, they nicknamed me Andy Ecclestone. I live in South West Michigan and we race at my friend Masons business, a nice sized asphalt parking lot, we also have run on large driveway circuits, these tend to be Monaco esque.
We have never had a web page, but I have box loads of VHS tapes with races on them, we used video to score our races before we purchased the timing system. I began building custom chassis plates out of carbon fibre, the goal being to seal the underside of the body, these proved to handle very well. Now that all these new chassis are out I'm hoping to add to the collection. Im still running brushed ROAR stock motors, and NiMh batteries. Today I shopped for my first lipo systems, looking to run the UF1 Midwest tour with a converted F103, of course the battery does not fit in the car!!
I have followed F1 since Gilles Villenuve and Jody Scheckter raced at Ferrari and this love for the sport was made better when the F101 came out. [See a History of Tamiya F1 cars to see all the Tamiya F1 models].
Heres a list of rolling chassis I've collected:
- 4 x Tamiya F101
- 3 x Tamiya F102
- 9 x F103 RX RS RM
- 1 x F104W
- 3 x Kyosho sr-5
- 3 x Kyosho Impress
- 4 x HPI Super F1
- 1 x HPI F10
- 1 x 3Racing F109
- 2 x Duratrax Indy
- 4 x Cross FF01
- 3 x Corally F1
- 1 x Callandra and
- 1 x what I think is called a K&S which I bought off ebay. It is the nicest chassis as far as engineering goes but the worst on track.
I counted 40 rollers today, recently I haven't been organizing races as often but still collecting off ebay and such.
Drew we salute your passion!!