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    I'm squirreling away the carbon. If you decide to try it, let me know. It's near exactly the same as fiberglass.
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    OK, I have to brag a little more... April 27th was the big annual race at Pensacola Five Flags Speedway. The hastily repaired USF #48 car won again! Cars and teams come to this race from all over the southeast and the competition is intense. Here's where I get to brag - (1) Florida cars took the top 4 spots and (2) I built 3 of those cars!

    We ran the last race of the 2018-2019 season at the Florida Solar Energy Center this past Saturday, May 4. Only three cars signed in to compete in the Open Class. Then there is good news and bad news. The bad news is the rough track broke a bolt in my front suspension, causing the left front suspension to collapse, and I only completed 13 laps in the first race. The good news is I won anyway! The second place car broke a wheel after only 11 laps and the third car failed to start because of an electrical glitch.
    The #48 USF car won the Advanced Battery Class again and the #35 Simmons Career Center car took the High School Class.

    Season results were also announced and awarded Saturday. The #48 USF car (Tampa, FL) is season champion in Advanced Battery Class. Tiger Racing car #4 (Hialeah, FL) is season champ in Open Class. Mulberry High School car #38 (Mulberry, FL) is champion in High School Class. All three of these cars turned well over a thousand laps in competition this season, proving their durability and consistency and showing their team's determination.
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    Congratulations!
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    Ditto.. Congrats Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Robinson View Post
    OK, I have to brag a little more... Here's where I get to brag - (1) Florida cars took the top 4 spots and (2) I built 3 of those cars!

    Then there is good news and bad news. The bad news is the rough track broke a bolt in my front suspension, causing the left front suspension to collapse, and I only completed 13 laps in the first race. The good news is I won anyway! The second place car broke a wheel after only 11 laps and the third car failed to start because of an electrical glitch.
    All three of these cars turned well over a thousand laps in competition this season, proving their durability and consistency and showing their team's determination.
    We have a different definition of durability than you folks...

    Just funnin' with ya Jim. Congrats on all the success this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J. Robinson View Post
    OK, I have to brag a little more... April 27th was the big annual race at Pensacola Five Flags Speedway. The hastily repaired USF #48 car won again! Cars and teams come to this race from all over the southeast and the competition is intense. Here's where I get to brag - (1) Florida cars took the top 4 spots and (2) I built 3 of those cars!
    ...and I built the other one! (Got 2nd place)
    Jim, I have been racing Electrathon for four years now and while I have only raced against you personally once, I have been chasing (and sometimes been chased by) your cars the whole time. I'm pretty sure that every race I have been in has had a Robinson car in the top five finishers. I have definitely learned a lot from your build chronicles and have included several of your tips and techniques into my cars.
    Thanks for the education!

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    Welcome to Club Hotrod, Steve. Lots of great "car people" and "gear heads" here. Congratulations on your performance at Pensacola. Everybody likes pictures; maybe you can post some pics of your car here when you get time?

    I'm getting old and don't know how much longer I'll be racing, but maybe we'll get to race each other again before I quit. Thanks for the compliments and, if I can pass on any useful info to you, just ask.

    It looks like you may be competing against some of my cars for some time to come. On the weekend of June 29-30 I have six people coming to learn what I do, how I do it, and why I do it that way! I don't really have any secrets, but some folks seem puzzled by my methods. Or maybe they just lack confidence to try on their own. Regardless, I'm going to teach six people the basics of how to build an Electrathon car. I know it's short notice, but we'd love to have you here if you could come. If so, contact Charlie Harrison about accommodations, etc.

    If you've been following this thread (or looked back at some of the recent posts), you are aware that I have experimented with 3-wheel independent suspension on my last few cars. I can now report my findings (opinion)…

    I originally built the blue flame car because the previous season (at the Cocoa race you attended) I got so beat up on the course at the Solar Energy Center in the first race that I quit the second race at 16 minutes while leading my class! The blue flame car worked great at keeping me from getting beat up on that same rough track the following year and I was leading with 3 minutes to go when I popped a tire... Then, last September, one of the schools needed a car quickly so they could make the first race of the season and it was all I had available, so I sold it. I built another one of my "Silver Bullet" design cars but with that same suspension. It performed perfectly at its first three races this past season and won my class all three times, but broke at the last race (the rough Cocoa track again). I have repaired and improved the part that broke, but I have determined that in future builds suspension will be limited to the rear wheel only. Why? Because it's the rear wheel that beats up the driver! You can dodge the big bumps with the front wheels, but the rear wheel is right behind and under your head and upper body and it has the greatest effect on your comfort.

    Electrathon has been and continues to be a learning experience, but most of all it's fun! Keep in touch.
    Jim

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    I'm amassing a nice stock pile of carbon fiber cloth. I'm sure at least one roll is destined for your electrathon car.
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