From James Whitlow regarding adult race leagues:
"In addition to the leagues you mentioned in the last edition, we also run derby races with a point system championship. We are in our 5th year. Check us out at www.sapcar.com
From Stan Pope regarding "Credibility of the Race" in Volume 7, Issue 4:
"This article should be required reading for everyone who wants to (or has to) run a PWD race! Lots of really great points in there! A couple of observations:
Since heat reruns really slow the race progress and add unfair additional wear on the graphite, I like to combine these two observations as follows: For most of the racing, every judges' determination is honored! If the three judges (two human and one mechanical) disagree, each of their choices is treated as though he won the heat! This works very well with uncharted multiple elimination! The cost is that sometimes an additional round of heats is required, depending on the number of cars running. The extra round affects everyone's lubrication equally."
- When participants stage their own cars, multiple elimination without charts is easier to run than any charted methods. And it produces higher heats per hour with less bother than charted methods. Accuracy is good. For instance, a quintuple elimination race gives high probability of correctly awarding the first 5 place trophies.
- Electronic finish lines malfunction at times. It is really bad when the organizer allows the mechanically recorded result to stand while the entire audience saw that it was wrong! Even with the best electronics, there should be two finish line judges on duty to confirm or overrule the finish line electronics. But what should be done about disagreements?
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