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MANUKAU MODEL POWER BOAT CLUB Inc

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HTTP://homepages.paradise.net.nz/nickbree/mmpbc/

Venue: Wattle Farm Rd Pond Manurewa

2nd & 4th Sunday of each month from about 10.30 am

President: Malcolm Miller Editor Chris Breen

93 Sykes Rd 12 Sunset Rd

Manurewa Glenfield

Ph 268 2742 Ph 4445 482 December 2003

HOT NEWS

The access road has been upgraded with some extra metal. Thanks to Dean and Merv for their efforts.

Dave Burns is off to the Phillipines and will bring back a few hats and tee shirts. These will be available on a first come, first served basis at about $20. The shirts will probably be a blue, with "Manukau Model Power Boat Club" across the back.

To tighten up on discipline we will be enforcing a $5 fine for launching and running without a pitman assisting.

TECH NOTES

(Editor’s Note – Cannot recall where I found this article so don’t ask me for any explanations)

Fuel Feed

Most people today use a float chamber system to regulate the fuel supply to the carburettor, with the float chamber positioned at the front of the boat, a small reservoir of fuel at a constant pressure is always available close to the carb.

The float chamber is best positioned in front of the carb, if also fitted as centrally as possible, it will help to minimise surge or starvation when the boat is cornering. One problem that can arise when the tuned pipe is connected directly to the main tank is that with a full fuel load, when you throttle back the pressure in the main tank can blow fuel back into the tuned pipe. This is wasteful of fuel and can bog the engine down. A simple method to stop blow-back fuel from reaching the tuned pipe is to fit another expansion tank between the main fuel tank and the pipe. Blow-back fuel collects in the bottom of the expansion tank and as the race progresses it is pushed back into the main tank and is not wasted. A useful extra benefit is that if your boat is upside down after an accident, fuel will not be able to drain out of the main tank into the tuned pipe. (The pickup in the upside down expansion tank is now at the highest point)

Editor’s note: I suspect the "float chamber" is NOT quite the same as the header tank many of us locals use. The second chamber between fuel tank & pipe might also help avoid water contaminating the fuel after a capsize.

Point for Discussion

If the pressure feed comes off the underside of the pipe; oil, gunge and goo will get blow into the tank but when the boat goes upside down, chances of water getting into the fuel tank are reduced. If the feed comes off the upper side of the pipe; less goo is likely to be pumped into the fuel but more chance of water whilst upside-down ?? VOTES??

Club Racing November 9th

What a nice surprise to see so many turn up early and have all the course set out, pits organised and boats scrutineered by 9.30. The weather also worked in our favour, been overcast with a slight breeze and very good race-able water.

THE 1/8TH SCALE HYDROPLANES were on the water first and Jason showed everyone that he meant business with his newly rebuilt DeWalt Tools which is powered by a new Mac 67. Jason did a couple of very fast laps in tune-up time which made everyone take note but unfortunately this came to a premature end when he screwed off his flex shaft and lost the stub-shaft and prop. DeWalt Tools shows it has the pace and will be a top contender.

Dean now is the proud owner of Jason’s old boat Winston Eagle and has been re-powered with Malcolm’s trusty OS max 65. Dean was proud as punch as he pulled of a win in heat 2. Unfortunately, his smile did not last to long as he lost radio at the end of heat 3 and Winston did an excursion to the other side of the pond. Luckily, though buried deep into the bank, there was not much damage.

Malcolm with Miller High Life and Merv with Miss Budweiser had some very close starts and the racing was neck to neck for the first lap or so with the Miller High Life being the victim on every heat with some sort of gremlin that would shut his motor down. The Bud finished five heats and took out the honours with 49 pts. Winston was second on 28 pts, Miller High Life and DeWalt Tools 0 pts.

CLASS I had nine entries and the two leading Hi-points contenders had their winning edge taken away from them. There were 10 heats overall with every boat competing in five races.

Tony Belle in his new A90 Powered Cat Mean Machine took the honours in Heat 1, followed by Ballistics. Hyperactive, Express and Skulduggery failed to finish. Heat 2 was a good win for L&P followed byScarab and Victory. Ohio Steel did not finish. Heat 3 saw Hyperactive take the win followed by Ohio Steel. Ballistics, Skulduggery and Victory never finished though if Victory had a full tank would have won this heat, stopping with the finish line in sight. Heat 4 was another win for L&P with Mean Machine, Express and Scarab not finishing. Scarab withdrew after this heat with a mechanical failure. Heat 5 was the only heat that every boat finished and what an awesome sight with five boats in line at the start and nothing but roster tails in the first corner. A few boats spun during the race but they kept going and Ballistics took out the honours. Mean Machine was second, followed by Skulduggery. Hyperactive was 4th followed by Express in 5th place. A Great race Guys. Heat 6 was Ballistics’s race followed by Ohio Steel and Victory was 3rd. L&P rode a rooster tail in the first corner and ended upside down. Heat 7 saw Hyperactive back into its winning form followed by Skulduggery and Ohio Steel. Victory never finished. Heat 8 gave Express his first heat win for the day. Mean Machine did not finish and L&P had a meeting with the rocks on the far side of the ponds pushing in one of its sponsons. Heat 9 had Express 1st, Mean Machine 2nd and Skulduggery 3rd. Hyperactive flipped and did not finish. Heat 10 only had two boats in it with Ohio Steel taken the honours. Victory failed to finish.

What a great days racing and news is there are still 2 or 3 more fast Class I boats that will be making the scene next Club Race Day….Wow that will be exciting to say the least.

Results: Ballistics 38pts, Ohio Steel 36pts, Mean Machine 28pts, Hyperactive 27pts, Express 26pts, Skulduggery 25 pts, L&P 20pts, Victory 16 pts, Scarab 9pts

CLASS II Sprint racing saw Malcolm with his newly acquired ex Peter Wright CMB powered cat Obsession. Bruce had his MAC re-powered Cat Here’s Trouble, Jason had trusty OS powered Coca Cola and Tony had his CMB powered Terminator. Jason clocked in 4 wins out of 4 races, Bruce was having engine trouble with his top on and ran the last two heats with the top off the boat and picked up a 2nd and a 3rd. Malcolm was still sorting out his new boat and picked up a second on the last heat. Tony just could not get his motor to run.

CLASS I gave us six boats for the enduro and this consisted of two heats with three boats in each heat. The race was run clockwise on the "M" course. In the first heat, Hyperactive clocked up 39 laps, Ohio Steel 31 laps and Skulduggery finished with 12 laps. The second heat was quite a thriller with Ballistics equalling the same laps as Hyperactive, though I am sure Brent tried very hard to beat 39 laps. Equalizer did 30 laps and Mean Machine finished with 18laps.

CLASS II endurance again had Coca Cola take out top honours with 29 laps. Second was a close tussle between Malcolm and Bruce with Malcolm bringing Obsession home on 19 laps and Bruce driving Here’s Trouble to 18 laps.

A great days racing and thanks to Members that helped setup and take down the pits, course etc. and of course thanks for the BBQ sausages Mrs Burns.

Diamond Cup

Some of our Club members participated at the SUHA Diamond Cup hosted by the Taranaki Model Boat Club.

Saturday Morning as we arrived at Lake Coweley we were greeted with a slight breeze and flat water. The Scale 45’s were the first onto the water. After tune-up, the 1-lap sprints were started just as the wind increased which made the water quite bumpy. When the first round was completed, it was decided to let the placings stand and move to the alternative course at the other end of the lake. This was sheltered from the wind and gave us flat water more to our liking. Results of the 1-lap sprints went to Paul Flett with Miss Renault followed by John Nicholls’s new Lady Bug. Merv’s Radical Rat finished third while Jason succumbed to the lumpy water with Poseidon. Paul Garner was having radio problems with Annihilator and found his receiver had burnt out. Brian Dougan had to withdraw Outlaw as he was on callout from work and yes, he was called out!

Heat Racing for the Scale 45s was intense and all the boats ended up with at least one heat win under to their credit. John has Lady Bug really singing now though he said there were a few more improvements that could be done. Lady Bug took out the heat racing followed by Poseidon in second and Miss Renault and Radical Rat tying for third. The Final came down to just two boats, Lady Bug and Miss Renault. Lady Bug was sure to get first place, leading down the back straight on the last lap it did the unexpected and tripped over something in the water and submerged. This left Miss Renault for the win but for a gust of wind picking her up and flipping over backwards.

This left us with no winners in the final.

Class I sprint racing was exciting with very close racing between Hyperactive, Express Video and Jason’s new boat, Romper Stomper. In the end, Hyperactive took the honours with 40 pts from Express Video on 36 pts and Romper Stomper on 32 pts.

The rest of the afternoon was open water for the 1/8ths to tune-up.

Sunday morning everybody was down at the Lake bright and early as the wind was again forecasted later in the day. Earlier on Paul Flett had bought Smokin Joe’s for us to peruse our weary eye over and this is a very nice looking boat and will not be long before it is race ready. Mr Pringles had withdrawn from the days racing.

The first heat started on flat water but like yesterday it did not take to long to get to bumpy to race on. After the first heat finished we moved to the alternative site that again gave us some nice flat racing water. Jason with DeWalt Tools showed he was a top contender after winning the first heat but then found water in his radio box and took the rest of the heats to remedy the problem. Dean with his Winston Eagle and Merv’s Miss Budweiser had two heat wins and a second to their name. John was having problems keeping Captran Resort up the right way while in the mean time Miss Speedy Printing taking a while to tune in (someone called it a Tug Boat) started to find its legs in the later heats.

The final take all heat was a thriller with only three boats making the water before the 30 sec cut-off time elapsed. Miss Budweiser just edged out a fast charging DeWalt Tools while Miss Speedy Printing caught a gust of wind and reached for the skies.

The Auckland guys had a great time and a big thanks to the Taranaki Guys for the BBQ, running the events, rescuing the boats, putting us up for the night etc.

BURNS RUM RALLY

The Weather did not help us much. The rain was on and off all day with gusty wind. The Scale 45’s were first on the water and with only two boats present and the weather not looking to good it was decided to race the 1/8th Scale Hydros first. Jason had DeWalt Tools really humming and now seems to be the boat to beat. It showed it had the speed over Miss Budweiser and Merv only pulled off two wins by being at the start on the button and had only just enough lead to hold off the fast charging DeWalt.

Dean is still coming to gripes with Winston Eagle and is trying to wring the extra bit of power out of his OS to keep up with the MAC’s of Jason and Merv’s but by doing so has ran into inconsistencies. When Winston is going, it would be one of the fastest stock OS powered 1/8th Scale Hydros around. At the end of the day Winston still ended up with one win, DeWalt and Budweiser had two wins and a second each.

Next was the feature of the day, "The Burns Rum Rally". The Burn’s Family again kindly donating a nice supply of the liquid spirits that I am sure most of the competitors were keen to get their hands on.

The Rum Rally is a handicap race and every boat had five races each over our normal club 100m circuit. One-lap times were recorded and each contestant nominated a time so a 6-lap race time could be calculated for that boat. Boats were split into two groups and handicaps were worked out with the slowest boat in the group on go. There were penalties given if your boat broke your handicap by deducting 5 points per second on your broken time. The way to get the most points is to run as close as possible to your official time and win the race. There were seven boats entered and the first couple of heats saw a couple of penalties being served out. All the racing was very exciting and there were a couple of close finishes. With the races completed and as the competitors packed up, the results were worked out. As you can see, the results were quite close and showed that most of the competitors / pit-persons had their handicaps sorted out.

1st Skulduggery Malcolm 1331 pts

2nd Hyperactive Dean 1326 pts

3rd Drambuie Graham 1322 pts

4th Scarab Wayne 1308 pts

5th Ballistics II Brent 1047 pts

6th Rompa Stompa Jason 520 pts

7th Here’s Trouble Bruce 201 pts

A big thanks to The Burn’ Family for their kind sponsorship of prizes and again Thanks to Margaret for supplying us with lunch.

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

A hearty welcome to Paul Lindberd from Brisbane Australia, and Rob Binnie from Christchurch.

Club Hi- Points Standings (after 9th November Meeting)

1/8TH Scale Hydroplane

 

40.83

Glenn Sayers

 

YORK

40.81

Merv Sowden

118

MISS BUDWEISER

29.925

Chris Breen

 

LLUMAR FILM

27.045

Malcolm Miller

28

MILLER HIGH LIFE U00

40.685

Terry Wilson

 

ULTRA BOLD & DASH

40.97

Jason Lester

17

WINSTONE EAGLE

7

Jason Lester

29

DeWALT TOOLS

8

Peter Olsen

 

MR PRINGLES

9

Dean Harris

29

WINSTONE EAGLE

Class I Sprint Racing

 

40.85

Malcolm Miller

35

SKULDUGGERY

40.71

Brett Harrison

38

BALLISTICS

29.925

Chris Breen

66

L & P

40.985

Adrian Milanesi

 

LAMBORGHINI

27.145

Graham Doggett

36

OHIO STEEL

40.83

Glen Sayers

 

BLUE DEALER

29.985

Wayne Lester

62

SCARAB

27.175

Phillip Leach 1

 

PSL CONSTRUCTION

40.79

Tony Belle

28

MEAN MACHINE

27.225

Bruce Burns

25

VICTORY

40.97

Jason Lester

 

COCA COLA

27.255

Brian Nesbit

 

PUSSY CAT

27.095

Peter Wright

 

OBSESSION

26.975

Dean Harris Hyper

142

HYPERACTIVE

40.915

Tony Cockett

 

SPYDER

40.81

Merv Sowden

135

EXPRESS

27.195

Dean Harris Rompa

 

ROMPER STOMPER

27.175

Phillip Leach 2

 

TWIN

Class I Endurance

 

 

40.85

Malcolm Miller

5

SKULDUGGERY

40.71

Brett Harrison

10

BALLISTICS

29.925

Chris Breen

10

L & P

40.985

Adrian Milanesi

 

LAMBORGHINI

27.145

Graham Doggett

8

OHIO STEEL

40.83

Glen Sayers

 

BLUE DEALER

29.985

Wayne Lester

10

SCARAB

27.175

Phillip Leach 1

 

PSL CONSTRUCTION

40.79

Tony Belle

6

MEAN MACHINE

27.225

Bruce Burns

8

VICTORY

40.97

Jason Lester

 

COCA COLA

27.255

Brian Nesbit

 

PUSSY CAT

26.975

Dean Harris Hyper

38

HYPERACTIVE

40.915

Tont Kockett

 

SPYDER

27.195

Dean Harris 2

 

ROMPER STOMPER

27.175

Phillip Leach 2

 

TWIN

40.81

Merv Sowden

31

EQUALIZER

Class II Sprint Racing

 

27.095

Malcolm Miller

9

OBSESSION

29.865

Glen Sayers

 

STEVES MODEL SHOP

29.825

Bruce Burns Red

 

RED DEVIL

29.825

Bruce Burns Ally

 

ALLY

29.985

Jason Lester Coca

110

COCA COLA

29.985

Jason Lester Bud

 

BUD DRY

29.745

Bruce Burns

17

HERE'S TROUBLE

40.915

Tony Cockett

 

SPYDER

40.67

Tony Belle

 

TERMINATOR

Class II Enduro Racing

 

27.095

Malcolm Miller

9

OBSESSION

29.865

Glen Sayers

 

STEVES MODEL SHOP

29.825

Bruce Burns

8

HERE'S TROUBLE

29.985

Jason Lester Coca

40

COCA COLA

29.985

Jason Lester Bud

 

BUD LIGHT

40.67

Tony Belle

9

TERMINATOR

That’s all for this month folks.

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS

Chris Breen – Editor

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