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Survey Says: Do your part for safety

You may have noticed (or completely missed) that CAMS recently sent members a request to participate in a survey. Road safety has improved a lot over the years in part from better car design, better roads and arguably through speed reduction strategies. This improvement has tapered off (and in some states become worse) and if road safety is to improve it is probably going to be through the third aspect of driving – the driver.

The Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) needs your help to understand how driver training and motor sport involvement relate to driving on public roads.


Digital Issues now available!

Great news everyone!
Race Magazine has joined the digital age!
As of Issue 45 (the current issue) and as many back issues as I can upload over the next few weeks, Race Magazine is now available in digital format.
iPhone/iPad users: search for Race Magazine or try HERE
Android users: HERE

Kindle users: HERE

Internet/web browser version is on Pocketmags HERE.

The app itself is free as you only pay for the issues you want to download.

We previously tried hosting PDF versions from this site but even minor web traffic quickly rendered that option unsustainable very quickly.


Issue 45 – Out Now!

Here it is. Due on shelves at the end of January, Issue 45 has been an enormous amount of fun to put together and has some fantastic feature cars and technical articles.

In this issue you will be able to read about Denver Parker’s wild R33 sedan Targa West car, the 2016 Queensland Sports Car Championship, part two of Danny Mishok’s gorgeous Ford Escort, a pair of Ford Capri Peranas owned by Simon Gunson and brilliant tech articles by Pat Clark.

Alan Wheeley has written some more on his motorkhana special (complete with post crash suspension and drivetrain damage), and Peter Murray talks about preparing the most important nut in any race car – the one on our shoulders.  Having a well prepared car is only part of what is needed to do well in competition and he kindly talks about the worst event he has had, at one of the best run events around.


Subscriptions are now open for 2017!

Annual subscriptions are now open!  The next issue is due out on the 19th of January! Don’t miss a thing.

A 12 month subscription will get you a year’s worth of magazines ( 4 per year aka quarterly).

In issue 45, you will be able to read about Denver Parker’s wild R33 sedan Targa West car, the 2016 Queensland Sports Car Championship, part two of Danny Mishok’s gorgeous Ford Escort, a pair of Ford Capri Peranas owned by Simon Gunson and brilliant tech articles by Pat Clark.

Newsagents already sold out?  Subscribe now and never miss out again!

https://racemagazine.com.au/product-category/subscription

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CAMS fines competitor for Competing

CAMS has handed a $5k suspended fine to a competitor for competing in an AASA Formula Ford event at Winton on 24 September, 2016.  The competitor, Paul Zsidy, is a CAMS state council member and by competing in the non-CAMS sanctioned event he breached the CAMS constitution.

CAMS released a statement last week that stated:

“The Board of CAMS met on November 4 2016 to determine a charge against Mr Paul Zsidy of Bentleigh East, Victoria. It was alleged that as a member of the Victorian State Council Executive of CAMS, Mr Zsidy breached his obligations pursuant to clause 14(b) of the CAMS Constitution by competing at a non CAMS event”


Air Ducts with William Toet – A Down to Earth Explanation

I have been following William’s posts for a while now as they are amazingly insightful and deeply technical.

Here is his fantastically easy to read explanation of duct design, and the magic number you need to aim for when working out expansion angles.

William explains; “Ducts are there to capture air from, ideally, a clean, high energy source and conduct it to the place it needs to be used (usually for cooling of some sort, or for “feeding” an engine).

Expanding the air gently is the right thing to do.  Often there isn’t the space to do this realistically but here’s an example of a duct that benefitted from making space.”


Formula Drone the Next Step after Formula E?

Formula E appears to be a rapidly growing category (though no events Down Under – presumably electricity is expensive here), and love it or not, electric cars are going to be a massive presence in the future automotive landscape.  Formula E has a love-it-or-hate-it sound, and the end of a race can be painful to watch in a way one could only imagine it would be like if every car in the field suddenly ran out of petrol on the last lap.  Having said that, the racing is close, and it is exciting, and the technology has far reaching applications.

A recent announcement of the Roborace car release is an obvious next step in the evolution of electric vehicles, drone racing and remote operated or autonomous equipment.


Awesome Retro Weber Style Carby for Hidden EFI

Awesome Retro Weber Style Carby for Hidden EFI!

Jenvey in the UK are known for making some pretty interesting induction systems. One downside on older cars is losing the classic ‘look’, let alone the distinctive sound of side draught carbies.

So when some pictures of new DCOE style carbs floated across my screen, I had to do a double take.  Hidden inside the float bowl area is two neatly installed fuel injectors!


Mammoth Entry List Confirmed for 40th Anniversary Historics

More than 200 pre-1961 historic cars and motorcycles will compete in the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCCA) 40th anniversary of Australia’s first all-historic race meeting, to be held at Wakefield Park on 17-18 September.

The entry list for the commemorative race meeting was confirmed at yesterday’s official event launch at the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre yesterday, with event organisers and a couple of historic vehicles in attendance.

Wakefield Park operations manager Matt Baragwanath said the mammoth entry list includes a large number of interstate competitors.

“We have drivers and cars travelling from South Australia, Victoria and Northern NSW, as well as Queensland,” Mr Baragwanath said.

“We’re very impressed with the number of entries, especially considering we restricted it to pre-1961 cars.”


A Quick Announcement

Hi all, it’s Jim here with a quick update.
I am now the new owner of Race Magazine, and have some grand plans for the future!

The first of which is to get the magazine back into print, hopefully in the first few months of next year.
With that in mind, I need plenty of content particularly on grassroots builds, technical articles and feature cars. I’ll put a more specific call-out soon.

The digital issues on the website have worked well, but it is killing the server, so unfortunately they will no longer be offered in the current format, and current subscribers will be refunded in full as soon as possible. An alternative method is being developed as we speak!

Neil is still involved and will be providing articles, though not at the volume he is famous for. Neil has done an amazing job over the last 12 years and the driver’s seat has a distinct shape that will take a very long time to fit into, if ever.

Thanks again to everyone for your support over the years, and rest assured that Race Magazine lives on, and will be bigger and better than ever.

Jim


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