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Rule book. January, 2010

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THE RULEBOOK SHOULD BE USED AS A GUIDE ONLY.

A Short Resume of the Club History.
 
Foxhall Foxes was formed in 1984 by a group of people who came
together and in those days the "S.C" stood for supporters club and was
basically stockcar racing fans.  Some of the drivers that raced in that first
season included Kevin Wegg, Dean Cox, Steve Parker, Clive Day, Kevin
Thurlow, Ian Campbell, Mark Banham, Julian Armes, Darren Earrey,
Gavin Heard, Mark Cossey, Steve Baldwin and M. Johnson
 
The Club has in the past raced at various venues in the area with the most
famous probably being "The Pit Bar," at Foxhall Stadium.
 
If we proceed to the year 2000, Noel Whinney along with some Foxhall
friends decided to start up a sister club to run on a different night to Foxhall
and toonly race "slotstox".  These friends who all put money into a kitty to
purchase a track, etc. (in excess of 1000) included Noel, Kevin Whinney,
Aaron Leek, Mark Banham and Jim Glading plus help from various others
(including Chas. Atkinson and Ian Turnbull), and was known as
Blakenham S.C.  Both clubs ran alongside each other with certain members
racing at both clubs each week.  Foxhall from Grundisburgh Village Hall
(having spent a short time at Bucklesham Village Hall) and Blakenham
from Blakenham Village Hall.  However, both clubs suffered from falling
attendance and it was eventually decided to join the resources of both
together and run one club on a Friday night.  It was decided that a venue in
Ipswich was necessary to make this work, and after much searching we
have ended up at Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich.
 
January, 2009.

SLOTSTOX CONSTRUCTION RULES

 

The club follows the National Slotstox Construction Rules and as such is

affiliated to the National Slotstox Association (N.S.A.)

 

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(Copy available upon request)

 

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SALOON CONSTRUCTION RULES

 

All cars must resemble Saloon Stock Cars.

 

MOTORS AND GEARING

1.              16D Parma Home-set motors only.

2.               Plastic or brass back bracket permitted to fix motor to the drive axle.

3.              The only permitted pinion cogs are the plastic MRRC 8, 9 and 10

          tooth types.

4.            The only permitted contrae is the plastic 27 tooth type.

 

AXLES, WHEELS AND TYRES

1.            Wheels must be of the 22mm size.

2.            Wheels must be covered by the bodyshell and must not stick out.

3.            The only type of tyre permitted is rubber and must suit the wheel.

4.            Cars must be two-wheel drive only.  Front wheel drive is permitted 

         provided it is in the correct shell.

 

BODY SHELLS

1.              Cars are to be of the 1:24 scale type only.  

2.              Home-built body shells can be used: provided they resemble saloon

          or hatchback cars and can be made from either plastic or thin

          aluminium sheet. 

3.             No two-seater cars permitted (i.e. no sports cars).

 

CHASSIS CONSTRUCTION

1.             Chassis must be made of plastic only.

 

BUMPERS

1.               All cars must have front and rear bumpers at all times.  The front to

          be  at least 10mm in depth and both front and rear bumpers to have a 

          flat contact surface over their whole length.

2.             Bumpers and straight throughs must be made of plastic.

3.             Bumpers must cover the entire width of the front and rear of the car.

4.             Front/rear bumpers must not be sloped, bevelled or rounded.

5.            The rear bumper must have a flat hitting surface at least 10mm above

         the track. 

 

CHASSIS AND BODYSHELL DIMENSIONS

1.             Maximum length: 190mm.

2.             Maximum width: 80mm.

 

WEIGHT

1.            All cars must weigh over 4oz. but not more than 7oz.

2.            All weight must be disguised.

 

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION

1.             All cars must clearly display your number on both sides by means of

          a fin plate, black on white.

2.             No aerofoils allowed.

3.             Front wheel suspension is allowed but no rear wheel suspension.

4.             All cars must be painted.

5.      The only metal permitted is that which joins the engine to the slot-

         guide or an aluminium body shell.

6.             Body shells are not allowed to drag along or contact the track.

7.      The complete engine sledge and slot guide assembly must extend to

         at least the front axle.

BANGER CONSTRUCTION RULES

 

MOTORS AND GEARING

1.       16D Parma Home-set motors only.

2.       Plastic or brass bracket permitted to fix motor to the drive axle.

3.       The only permitted pinion cogs are the plastic MRRC 8, 9 and 10

          tooth types.

4.       The only permitted contrate is the plastic 27 tooth type.

 

AXLES, WHEELS AND TYRES

1.      The only type of wheels permitted are the scalextric type, the 22mm

         MRRC type or the appropriate aluminium.  Different types may not be

         mixed.

 

BODY SHELLS

1.       The bodyshells are to made from the templates provided by the

          club (saloon or estate).  Anyone who wants to alter the template to

          make a longer or different model may do so but the completed car

          must not be more than 79mm wide and 185mm in length and should

          be approved by the club.  Minimum size to be as the club template.

2.       The bodyshells must be made from the aluminium printing plate

          supplied by the club.

3.       “Printing plate” can be supplied in two thicknesses (at the moment),

          the normally supplied plate is 6.5 thou but plate at 11.5 thou is also

          available.  By using a strip of 6.5 to strengthen the 6.5 along the 

          length of the body above the wheel arch and below the window line

          there should not be too much disadvantage in relation to the two

          when the 11.5 is not available.

 

CHASSIS CONSTRUCTION

1.       Chassis must be made of 5mm box plastic only and must not scrape

          along the track.

2.       Chassis must contain two straight throughs and must not protrude

          beyond the front and rear wheels.

3.       No bumpers allowed.

 

WEIGHT

1.      All cars must weigh less than 10oz.

 

GENERAL CONSTRUCTION

1.       All cars must clearly display your number on both sides by means of

          a fin plate, black on white.

2.       No aerofoils allowed.

3.       No suspension on either axle.  Two wheel drive only.

4.       No tape is allowed in the construction of the car.

5.       The bodyshell may be fixed to the chassis by means of superglue,

          two-sided adhesive tape or small screws (common sense to prevail).

6.       Only one car per member is permitted per meeting (subject to

          scrutineer's discretion).

7.       All cars must be painted.

Foxhall Foxes Racing Rules

 

1.      If your car fails scrutineering you have until the next race meeting to put it right.

2.      If the scrutineer decides your car cannot be raced, then that decision is final.  You

       may correct the problem and have the car re-checked by the scrutineer.

3.      A car may be randomly checked by the scrutineer at any time.

4.      When it is your heat you must line-up straight away, you may drive your car round

       to your grade position but no further. You may only remove your car from that grade

       with the express permission of race control.  Race control will also have the power

       to remove any driver from a race if they continue to violate this rule after having

       been warned.

5.      A driver is allowed TWO minutes to repair a car per heat; if time expires the heat

       will continue with them missing from the lane that they should be competing in but

       they may take up their lane position when ready to do so with the starter's per-

       mission if the heat has not finished but they are not entitled to any further time

       to repair during the duration of that heat.

6.      If a driver false starts he or she will be moved back one grade.  If they false start

       again they are disqualified from that race.  If there is deemed to be a track fault the

       race will be re-run with the offending driver starting from the original grade.

7.      Cars must start each race with four wheels.  If a wheel comes off during a race you

       will be allowed to finish the race, but repairs must be made for the next race.  If the

       same wheel comes off twice in the same heat then the race will be re-run without

       the offending driver.

8.      Any car coming out of its slot during a race will be left in that position until the race

       distance has been run.

9.      Cars that fall into another driver's lane and finish the race will not be awarded any

       points.

10.   Any car that falls into another lane whose car has also come out of the slot, must not

       be driven by the other driver.

11.   A car will be deemed its final race position only if it is in its own lane and under its

       own power.

12.   The whole car must cross the start/finish line to obtain its final race position.

13.   If two cars cross the start/finish line together the positions will be decided by the car

       that reaches the start/finish line first; but the above rules still apply.

14.   Once a race has started your hand controller must not be unplugged until the race is

       deemed to have finished.

15.  You cannot race another car or motor that has already been raced by another driver

       in that meeting.

16.  If you wish to use another car/motor it must be scrutineered before it is raced.

17.   Anybody causing a head-on will be disqualified from that race and the race re-run.

18.   Anybody deliberately stopping so as to cause problems for another driver will also

       be disqualified from that race.  The race will then be re-run without the offending

       driver.

19.   All drivers must complete the required number of laps.

20.   If you encounter an obstruction during a race you many push your way past that

       obstruction but you mush finish all your laps to obtain your finishing position

       points.

21.   If only one car is left racing and the lane is clear, a race result can be declared.

22.   If two cars are left racing and their lanes are clear they can decide to settle.  The race 

       will then be declared at the positions they are in.

23.  Any problems with the race result should be sorted out at the time, if you complain 3

       races later for example, nothing will be done and the result WILL stand.

24.   The start marshall and/or back-up will have the final say on any racing decision.

25.  A Christmas Fun Night will be a feature of the Racing year.

26.   All drivers who qualify for semi-finals and finals should help with clearing the track

       and equipment away after the meeting (this includes tables and chairs, etc., with

       common sense being applied in the enforcement of this rule) and that all

       individuals are responsible for clearing up and disposal of their own mess.

27.  Only the Parma 16D Home Set motor will be allowed.

   

Format

A normal points chart meeting will be run as follows:

1.      Each driver will have three heats with a 6 lap race in each lane.

2.      The top 12 points scorers of the evening will be divided into 2 semi-finals.  The

       semi's will be 6 laps with one race in each lane.  If there is a tie on points in a semi

       the position will be decided by a run-off between the drivers concerned.

3.      The top 3 points scores from the two semi-finals will go through to the final.  The

       final will be 10 laps with one race in each lane.

4.      All "run-offs" will start from yellow grade using lanes 3 and 4 (2 tying); 3, 4 and 5 (3

       tying); 2, 3, 4 and 5 (4 tying); with each driver having one race in each lane.  In the

       event of drivers still being equal the process will be repeated with those drivers

       affected only taking part, if (after three attempts) still equal positions will be

       decided by the start marshall taking the lowest racing number and drawing a

       number from the face-down discs used to decide the final positions: i.e. the lowest

       no. disc will be the winner.  In the event of all six tying the heat will be re-run.

 
Points

Heats: The points in the heats will be as follows: 

       Race win 5 pts., 2nd 4 pts., 3rd 3 pts. , 4th 2 pts., 5th 1 pt. and 6th 0 pt.  

       These points are added to the points chart.
Semi-Finals:  The points for race positions are the same as the heats, but they are added

       up to see who comes 1st., 2nd., 3rd. etc. in that particular semi-final. Points are then

       added to the points chart from the semi-final by way of where you finished in that

       semi. i.e.: 1st 6 pts., 2nd 5 pts., 3rd 4 pts., 4th 3 pts., 5th 2 pts. and 6th 1 pt.

Final: Points from final placings will be added to the points chart as follows: 

       1st 10 pts., 2nd 8 pts., 3rd 6 pts., 4th 4 pts., 5th 2 pts. and 6th 1 pt.

 

The Points Chart

The points chart will operate on a best of 3 from 4 cycle. i.e.: Grades will be determined

by this plus a rolling drade will also operate (an average of your grades).

 

Grades 

Your grade or roof colour dictates where you are to start on the track for each race.  Your

grade is decided by your average score each month (i.e.: your average score last month

decides your grade for this month).  The chart positions will be determined using the

following formula:

       The highest points scorer will start from silver.  The next six positions will start from

       super star.  The remaining positions will be spread equally 25% each between red,

       blue, yellow and white.  Any driver who has been a Champion in the last five years

       cannot go below blue grade.  If you have been on the sleeping chart or are a retired

       driver returning, you start at the grade that you left at or the grade you are at on the

       sleeping chart, you can only be down graded one grade at a time.
Your grade will determine your starting position but all "Champions" will start from

Super Star or above.  Any visiting driver must start from his club grade.  A driver who

does not want to start from his grade may start from gold (with starter's

permission) but must complete the rest of the meeting from gold.

 

Slotstox

The highest average points scorer will start from silver.
The next five top average points scorers will start from super star.
The remaining positions will be spread equally 25% each between red, blue, yellow and

       white.
All major champions i.e. full club level and above (except the World Champion [gold]

       and Points champion [silver]), will start from super star.
Any driver who is a member of another club(s) will be expected to start from the highest

       relevant grade. A driver who does not want to start from their grade may start from

       gold (with starter's permission) but must complete the rest of the meeting from gold.

 

Saloons

The highest points scorer from silver.
The remaining positions will be spread roughly 25% each between red, blue, yellow and

       white.
All major champions i.e. full club level and above, will start from silver.
A driver who does not want to start from their grade may start from silver (with

       starter's permission) but must complete the rest of the meeting from silver.

 

Bangers

The positions will be spread roughly 25% each between red, blue, yellow and white.
All major champions i.e. full club level and above, will start from red.
A driver who does not want to start from their grade may start from red (with starter's

       permission) but must complete the rest of the meeting from red.


General

Drivers can only go down one grade each points chart.
If a driver does not race during a points chart cycle they will retain the grade they
were 

       in the previous chart.
Any driver returning after a long break must return in the grade they were last in.
Any driver who has been red or super star can not go lower than yellow in the points

       chart.
Any driver who does not race in a points chart cycle will be removed and kept
on a

       sleeping chart but if they return to be added to the present chart.

 

Grand Prix Series (Slotstox only)

The Grand Prix Series consists of six rounds.  Approximately one round per point chart

       cycle.  The rounds are run simultaneously with a points chart meeting and therefore 

       follow the same format and scoring system, etc.  All points each driver scores in the

       heats, semi-finals and final are included on the Grand Prix Series points chart.  The

       final round is a double points round.

 

Hand Controllers

Any two wire hand controller is allowed so long as it is made to a commercially available

       resistance between 5 and 15 ohms.

Hand controllers may be subject to random inspection at any time.

 

Behaviour

A good standard of behaviour is insisted upon and the organisers reserve the right

to refuse membership of the club to an individual.  Also members misbehaving,

swearing, fighting, stealing, etc., will be verbally warned, receive a written warning

or banned or a combination of all three depending on their previous record and the

severity of the offence.  It is further more intended that children under the age of 14

years should be supervised by an adult.

 

Start Times

1.      All drivers must be book-in and scrutineered at race control by 7.30 p. m.  

2.    Pre-booking is available via the website or at the previous weeks meeting.

3.      The meeting will start at 8.00 p.m. prompt.

4.      Drivers may practice before 8.00 p.m. provided they are booked-in and

       scrutineered.

5.      No practising during the racing evening.   Practice after the racing  is allowed, time

       permitting.

6.    All drivers are expected to race in semi-finals and finals if they qualify. 

7.      If you leave before the semi-finals please inform race control or a committee

       member.

 

Number of Meetings to be Raced Before Championships

A set number of meetings should be attended to be eligible to enter Championships.

Attendance at the following number of meetings, by Foxhall members in the year, is

required to be eligible to enter each championship:-

   •   Four up to the Suffolk Championship.
   •   Six up to the Foxhall Championship.

   •   Two up to the British Championship.

   •  Two up to the East Anglian Championship

    •  Eight up to the World Championship.
There is no restriction on when these meetings can be attended, i.e.: attendance at the

first eight meetings in the year will automatically make you eligible to enter the World

Championship.  The club will decide, via a secret ballot, if any members who have not

attended the required number of meetings will be allowed to enter the Championship.

 

Championships

Two people are to write the results for championship finals where possible. Any 

       disputes are to be settled on the night.

The club has the ultimate responsibility of paying for the engraving of club trophies if 

       the member does not wish to pay.

 

These Rules

        Have been put together in an attempt to have and maintain harmony within the club.

If you feel you are being unfairly treated by a rule or person(s), you do have the right of

appeal to the club chairman and committee.  It is hoped that common sense will prevail in

all matters.

FORMAT OF CHAMPIONSHIPS

All Championships to be run from grades.

 

Slotstox - BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP:
              Four heats (drawn) from normal club grade over six laps.
              Quarter-finals (drawn) from normal club grade over six laps.

              Semi-finals (drawn) from normal club grade over eight laps with two races in

                             each lane run consecutively.     

              Final (drawn) from normal club grade over ten laps with two races in each lane

                             run consecutively.

              B Final (drawn) from normal club grade over eight laps with two races in each

                             lane run consecutively.

 

Slotstox - FOXHALL CHAMPIONSHIP: (If 15 or less racers - ONE WEEK.)
              Four heats (drawn), from grades, six laps with one race in each lane with top ten

              point scorers qualifying.
              Semi-finals (drawn), as heats but top two from each semi plus highest scoring

              third place to final (normal run-off rules apply). 
              Final (drawn).  
Eight laps with two consecutive races in each lane.

              (If more than 15 racers but less than 35 - TWO WEEKS).

              As above excepting six heats (drawn), four 1st week and two 2nd week.

              (If more than 35 racers - TWO WEEKS).

              As above excepting five heats (drawn), four 1st week and one 2nd week with top

                             twenty point scorers qualifying.

              Quarter finals (drawn), as heats but top two from each quarter final plus the two

              highest third places qualifying for semi-finals (normal run-off rules apply). 
  

Slotstox - SUFFOLK CHAMPIONSHIP: (Five lane straight track)
              Three heats (drawn), six laps with one race in each lane with top twelve point

                             scorers qualifying.
              Semi-finals (normal), as heats but top three from each semi to final (normal 

                             run-off rules apply). 
              Final (normal).  Eight laps with two consecutive races in each lane.

 

Slotstox - EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP:
              Three heats (drawn) from normal club grade over six laps.
              Semi-finals (drawn) from normal club grade over eight laps.     

              "A" Final (drawn) from club grade over ten laps with two races in each lane run

                             consecutively.

              "B" Final (drawn) from club grade over eight laps.

               

Slotstox - UNDER 18's Championship:

              Three heats from normal club grade over six laps.

              Semi-finals from normal club grade over six laps.

              Final from normal club grade over ten laps.

 

Slotstox - Dash for Cash:

              Two heats from normal club grade over six laps with top six points scorers going

                             straight through to the final.

              Final from normal club grade over ten laps.

  

Slotstox - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: 

Three heats from club grades over six laps with top 24 drivers qualifying for quarter

finals using six lane track - five lane track would be top twenty.

Quarter finals as heats but from yellow grade with top three from each qualifying for

semi's. In the event of five lane track top two from each plus two top scoring

thirds - run-offs as below.

Semi-finals over six laps with two races in each lane from yellow. Again top three from

each or top two and highest scoring third if five lane.

A final over 10 laps and B final over eight laps with two races in each lane from yellow.

Any drivers with same number of points to have run-offs to decide positions as follows:

All "run-offs" to be from yellow grade using lanes 3 and 4 (two tying); 3, 4 and 5

(three tying); 2, 3, 4 and 5 (four tying); each driver having one race in each lane.

In the event of drivers still being equal the process will be repeated with those

drivers still tying up to a maximum of three times, if the positions are still tied

then the start marshall shall take the lowest race car number and draw a disc from

the face down numbered discs on the table and repeat this action for all drivers

with the lowest number disc turned over being the winner. In the event of all six

tying a heat would be re-run.

The position that a driver attains shall be their position by right and if the driver then

leaves the meeting for personal reasons he shall be awarded that position and

the lane that they would have occupied in the next race shall remain empty (i.e.

the heat will take place with five drivers), no one shall be moved up a place.

The guidelines above refer to a six lane track and will be adjusted in the case of a five

lane track. In the case of drivers tying with the same number of points where the

top third place goes through (5 lane) then the two drivers shall have a run-off to

determine the outcome.

Scruitineering shall take place for all cars at booking in and the meeting scrutineer may

re-scrutinise any car at any time he feels necessary and all cars will be re-

checked after the final and will not leave the track until the scrutineer agrees.

False Starts: One false start move back one grade; two false starts disqualified from

that lane only (two races in the lane scenario would be back in for second).

Practice to be for visiting drivers only, any host club member with a car problem may

request two or three laps practice at the end of normal practice period and the

granting of this will be at the discretion of host club chairman.

Points will be awarded as:

5 for 1st; 4 for 2nd; 3 for 3rd; 2 for 4th; 1 for 5th and 0 for 6th.

 

 

Saloons - FOXHALL CHAMPIONSHIP:

              Track - Five lane with straight through chicane centre section. 
              Three heats (drawn), from grades, six laps with one race in each lane with top ten

                             point scorers qualifying.
              Semi-finals (normal), as heats but top two from each semi plus highest scoring

                             third place to final.  (Normal run-off rules apply). 
              Final (normal).  White and yellow grades from white.  Blue and above from

                             yellow.  Eight laps with two consecutive races in each lane.

 


Bangers - FOXHALL CHAMPIONSHIP:

              Track - Five lane with straight through chicane centre section. 
              Three heats (drawn) from grades, six laps with one race in each lane with top ten

                             point scorers qualifying.
              Semi-finals (normal), as heats but top two from each semi plus highest scoring

                             third place to final.  (Normal run-off rules apply). 
              Final (normal).  White and yellow grades from white.  Blue and above from

                             yellow.  Eight laps with two consecutive races in each lane.

 

 

Championship Roof Colours:

       World Champion...........................................               Gold

       Points Champion............................................              Silver

       Suffolk Champion...................................... ...               Green and White Chequers

       Foxhall Champion..........................................               Blue and White Chequers

       Under 18's Champion....................................               Blue and White Chequered Cross

       Grand Prix Series Champion.........................               Orange Diagonal Cross

       Points Chart Leader......................................                Silver Stripe

       British Champion..........................................                Black and White Chequers

       East Anglian Champion...............................                Two Gold Stripes

 

Any driver who has won a championship at a different club will be expected to have the

required roof colour.

GENERAL CLUB RULES

 

Those drivers who participate in the final(s) are required to help put the track away after

the meeting.  Failure to do so will result in your points from a meeting being taken away.  Reasons for not being able to stay behind will be considered on a case by case basis.  If

the Chairman agrees to people staying on after the meeting to practice then those that practice will be responsible for putting the track away.

 

A good social standard of behaviour is insisted upon. 

 

Any attendee committing an offence of a general non-social or non-sporting behaviour

shall not be tolerated.

 

Examples of actions that shall not be tolerated include the following:

            Bad language.

            Fighting.

            Arguing.

            Ganging-up on other members during a race or encouraging such behaviour.

            Persistent deemed pot-shotting.

            De-meaning comments towards other members.

 

Any offending individual will be verbally warned, receive a written warning or be banned

or a combination of all three depending on their previous record and the severity of the

offence.  Punishment may be a ban for a race, a heat, a meeting or indefinitely or a points deduction.  There is a right to appeal.

 

If this does not deter members a more formal disciplinary system may be introduced.

 

Drivers are asked to use common sense and be honest at all times.

 

Membership:

Memberships are due during the first six weeks of the season. Any driver who attends

the club during the first six weeks of the season will not be allowed to race after then unless membership has been paid.

 

The due date for any driver attending the club for the first time during the season who

subsequently wishes to become a member will be at the discretion of the secretary.

Commitment to F.F. Slotstox Club Rule.

 

Any member may be elected to serve F.F.S.C. at the A.G.M. if it is the wish

of the majority present and voting.  In doing so the member agrees to the

following conditions:-

 

   1.        That they accept the position and agree that in doing so they

              must attend race nights at least once a month and fully

              understand that they have committed themselves to the club

              until the next A.G.M.  If at any time they feel unable to

              continue this commitment they must inform the Secretary in

              writing.

 

   2.        To promote and serve the club at all times.

 

   3.        To pay their annual membership at the start of next season

              January/February.

            

   4.        To attend Committee Meetings whenever possible or to inform

              Secretary of un-availability as soon as practicable.

 

   5.        In accepting the post they also agree to help in the running of the

              club on race nights in any way possible. i.e.: If help is needed to

              carry out a particular task they are expected to assist in this and

              not feel that it is not their job, it is.

 

   6.        That they also accept that they cannot serve as an official or

              committee member of any other slotstox club during this time.

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