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TEST VENUES

Post by DON NOBLE » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:49 am

Starting this topic to group ideas on test run venues . In this huge country there has got to be somewhere that we can run cars for test runs .
The people in Victoria have just had a test day at Mangalore airport .
AIRPORTS seem like a good alternative if you can get access .
I have been doing a bit of research on airports within a few hundred kilometres Brisbane and in northern NSW . Most seem to be around a 1 mile in length .
DRAGSTRIP
Willowbank has a total lenght of approx 800 mtrs ( 1/2 mile )
RACETRACKS
Queensland Raceways longest straight ( the long back one ) is approx 600 mtrs , plus you can get a run up into it from the sweeping entry corner .

One way to search is using Google Earth , you can click the icon to show all airports , and you can also measure lengths using the ruler icon on top of screen . Another way I found was using my Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 Game which has all world airports listed , including length of all runways and type of surface ( paved , gravel or dirt )

If you think you have any ideas on places to run a test event , please add your comments .
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1/4 mile ( drags ) @ Willowbank 14.15 @ 97.61 mph August 2006

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Post by PJQ2 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:38 pm

Little birdie told me, Dirty Dave just got a 91 acre block of Mallee scrub. I'm thinkin' a salt paved driveway (might cost us a couple of slabs to convince him). Same landscape, we'd feel right at home. How many K's fit into 91 Acres?

Salt was the only thing missing at the airport. Apart from track length. Yes, there were flies.
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Post by DON NOBLE » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:13 pm

[quote="PJQ2"]Little birdie told me, Dirty Dave just got a 91 acre block of Mallee scrub......
Well just hope its 1 acre wide x 91 acres long
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2002 F/PRO 125.4 MPH RECORD
2003 F/PRO 140.2 MPH RECORD
2005 F/GC 137.9 MPH RECORD
2006 F/GC 141.1 MPH RECORD
1/4 mile ( drags ) @ Willowbank 14.15 @ 97.61 mph August 2006

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Post by PJQ2 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:40 pm

Did a handful of flying lessons about three lifetimes ago. There are maps of all airports. Did a Goog's, they're called a "Visual Terminal Chart".

Anybody got mates that do a bit of flying. They'll probably have access to these.

They're for sale here:
http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/store/avcharts.asp
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Post by DON NOBLE » Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:08 pm

[quote="DLRA"]Here's a list of airstrips in NSW.


Thanks for that Greg , gees is that all there is :lol:
That works out at about 4 runways for each person that races .
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Post by hawkwind racing » Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:57 pm

location central NSW ,perfect if available ,I posted this two times before but there was little interest for any follow up , maybe enough now to persue further
http://www.temora.nsw.gov.au/community/3856/3857.html
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Post by DON NOBLE » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:19 pm

hawkwind racing wrote:location central NSW ,perfect if available ,I posted this two times before but there was little interest for any follow up , maybe enough now to persue further
http://www.temora.nsw.gov.au/community/3856/3857.html
Gary

Ah good one Gary . Me just did a quik google and as the crow flies heres some figures from Temora to .
Canberra 170 km
Sydney 340 km
Melbourne 440 km
Adelaide 820 km
Brisbane 940 km
Perth ( sorry you lose out ) 3000 km .

I guess it would really be 1100- 1200 kms from Brisbane but would figure most up here would be keen .

I will make make contact with Temora council . No harm in trying they can only say no
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Post by Cookey » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:37 pm

Looking at the "Dirtington Estate" on Google Earth I think that the resident wombats may have some impact on potential terminal velocity speeds that may be achieved in the driveway up to the mansion :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Post by swozzie » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:51 pm

Cheers hawk,

Would Temora be available for a day's testing, how long are the runs and what kindoff bumpiness???

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Post by Greg Watters » Thu Nov 01, 2007 10:14 pm

New runway 100ft wide and smooth, only worry is the gutter that goes underneath mid track, bit hard to see how close it is to the runway
Bones once mentioned Casino as an option, worth checking out too.

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Post by David Leikvold » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:00 am

That aeroclub website can also find QLD airstrips, 17 pages of them. Most at a quick glance seem to be station airstrips for light aircraft and RFDS and would be short and unsealed and full of emus. Couldn't find much info on lengths either. Will have to get Google Earth and keep looking.
Found some other websites where people have tried drag racing on the local country airstrip (with police support to reduce street racing), only to be told that CAA rules spoil most of their fun. Apparently at Narrandera all racing had to be over two hours(!) before any scheduled flights. I wonder if that ever applied at Mangalore?
Maybe we need to find a shire council with an unregulated strip or a nice long straight flat bit of back road they could close off for a day.
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Post by DON NOBLE » Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:39 am

swozzie wrote:Cheers hawk,

Would Temora be available for a day's testing, how long are the runs and what kindoff bumpiness???

Cheers, Ev

Gday EV
Am going to contact the ppl at Temora today , 1 runway is 2000 mtrs and the other is 1500 mtrs , and i dont know how bumpy it is , will ask when i phone them
NOW LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND
RED NISSAN WAGON 1986 # 281
2002 F/PRO 125.4 MPH RECORD
2003 F/PRO 140.2 MPH RECORD
2005 F/GC 137.9 MPH RECORD
2006 F/GC 141.1 MPH RECORD
1/4 mile ( drags ) @ Willowbank 14.15 @ 97.61 mph August 2006

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Post by DON NOBLE » Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:23 am

TEMORA is NO . I phoned the Temora council airport guy , and he said no , eventho they do allow some testing of cars for motor magazines on the airport .
He suggested I try Narrandera , which i will later .
NOW LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND
RED NISSAN WAGON 1986 # 281
2002 F/PRO 125.4 MPH RECORD
2003 F/PRO 140.2 MPH RECORD
2005 F/GC 137.9 MPH RECORD
2006 F/GC 141.1 MPH RECORD
1/4 mile ( drags ) @ Willowbank 14.15 @ 97.61 mph August 2006

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Post by DON NOBLE » Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:42 am

NARRANDERA . I just phoned Carlo Luisi who is president of the Riverina Drag Racing association . They used to conduct drag racing on the airstrip there . The drags stopped about a month ago because they now have to be off the airstrip by around midday . Previously they used to run the drags from 6 am and be off the runway and cleaned up by 3 pm . He also said they initially had a lot of probs getting use of the airport , but I will sound them out .
How does 6am until midday sound to you all ?
What do you think of the location ?
NOW LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND
RED NISSAN WAGON 1986 # 281
2002 F/PRO 125.4 MPH RECORD
2003 F/PRO 140.2 MPH RECORD
2005 F/GC 137.9 MPH RECORD
2006 F/GC 141.1 MPH RECORD
1/4 mile ( drags ) @ Willowbank 14.15 @ 97.61 mph August 2006

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