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Old 09-25-2011, 10:38 PM
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Default New start system for Nats go-whoa & drags

I hope this reaches the QLD contingent before you leave, if not it will be part of drivers briefing.

This year, we are introducing start lights for the go-whoa & drag events. They will be similar to a drag racing system in as much as two lights assist the driver to stage the vehicle correctly, then a ‘GO’ light illuminates. It’s not complicated, just thought we would explain it ahead of time to alleviate some of the Chinese whispers. It will also be explained in the drivers briefing. We need the go-whoa in particular to run quick and smooth this year, so this might reduce the questions on the start line.



The procedure is as follows;

1. The marshaller calls up the next vehicle to stage

2. As the driver moves into stage the Amber will illuminate

3. Driver inches forward until RED also illuminates – STOP here and wait for BLUE (go) light

4. Starter activates the BLUE and you leave of your own will. The red and amber lights will extinguish on activation of the blue.


The timer is NOT activated by blue light so don’t feel pressured that you need quick reflexes.

If the RED light is on before you stage please do not move forward – wait for the marshallers instruction.

And yes you read correctly, the go light is blue for now. The light set is a disco light from Jaycar. It was the most cost effective l.e.d light box for the trial.

We should also have ready a digital display mounted near the control tower displaying the current ET for the drags.

See you all there.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:39 AM
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Simple enough....sounds good....well done

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Old 09-26-2011, 05:35 AM
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Thanks Dave,
Appreciate the effort put in by all to make it happen.
See you there

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Old 09-26-2011, 06:01 AM
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Sounds like Need For Speed.... When the blue light flashes, floor it!
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A shame that the Nats are on this weekend as the AFL grand final is on. I am a Geelong supporter and if I can get tickets I will be there else watching on the big screen at home!

Would have flown over to check it out.

Good luck with the event and I hope the weather is great for the event

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:53 PM
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Sounds like you need a priority adjustment there Sean
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Yep, footy is only a couple of hours on Saturday, Nats are 3 days including practice day, I know where I would rather be, infant. I know Where I will be
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:23 PM
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Melbourne weather, fuggin raining now.
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:26 PM
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Hate to be the bearer of bad news........ but goulburn's not looking good for Fri & Sat
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It will be fine.
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Too late for me not to go.
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How many entrants are there??
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Hi Bernie, 83 entries on the last list I've been given. Not as many as in years past, 100-110 used to be the norm.

Not counting duel drivers, it looks like 3 RCR SLR's, 4 GT40, a lone DRB540 and the rest Cobra's.
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Too late for me not to go.
Nah, you wouldn't miss it 'cause of a bit of unsettled weather. Gav's right on the money.

It's not heavy rain forecast, just unsettled and a chance of shower, though it has now shifted from Fri & Sat to Sat & Sun. So make sure you get the most out of Friday
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Yep, footy is only a couple of hours on Saturday, Nats are 3 days including practice day, I know where I would rather be, infant. I know Where I will be
I am but a newbie but I am sure when Geelong start to not compete in finals I may have to change my priorities
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When you smell the fumes and the roar of pipes penetrates your soul..... you wont be able to control your priorities
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David

That is a good number.

I am heading up in the morning. I will drive my Mustang convertible up so want sun sun and more sun. Will stop at Canberra for a prospective buyer to look at the Mustang.

Will be leaving at 0500am, so at Wakefield about 2pm.....

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Hi Bernie, 83 entries on the last list I've been given. Not as many as in years past, 100-110 used to be the norm.

Not counting duel drivers, it looks like 3 RCR SLR's, 4 GT40, a lone DRB540 and the rest Cobra's.
.....forgot to add Stiffy's Daytona
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