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Re: New Champ option ?

After building and tuning ice oval sleds since the 80's it is obvious to me that the simplest way to slow Champ sleds slightly and make them safer is to reduce front end grip, which is simply done by using shorter carbides. I have had numerous Champ drivers win races with 6 or 8 inch carbides so don...
by jhooper/HRE
March 23rd, 2018, 10:52 am
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: New Champ option ?

The answer to attracting more junior racers is simple. Just copy moto-x or cart example. EASY ACCESS to relatively inexpensive SPEC. TYPE race machines that are relatively simple to drive and tune! Moto-x would never have grown like it did if you had to be a mechanical wizard to build a competitive ...
by jhooper/HRE
March 23rd, 2018, 10:40 am
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: New Champ option ?

TJ, As usual you completely miss my point as you continue to just focus on the few teams that are already in Champ and I am focused on what it will take to get new guys to jump up. Yes, the same teams will likely win regardless of the rules. THAT'S NOT THE ISSUE! The issue is lack of new racers movi...
by jhooper/HRE
March 7th, 2018, 8:54 am
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: New Champ option ?

to me,the obvious solution for a premier class that would have 30+ sleds immediately would be to use the current F-500 chassis and just put a lightly modified 600cc w/small carbs and a hood brand to match the engine. Maybe even go a step further and use a spec. set of inexpensive clutches and only a...
by jhooper/HRE
March 6th, 2018, 7:56 am
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: New Champ option ?

You have hit on some very good points. It is great that at least one of the TLR cup races have been in the east the last few seasons BUT the extra traveling and hotel expenses for the Midwestern racers is substantial. I believe most of your points are "dead on", The risks and expenses vs. ...
by jhooper/HRE
March 5th, 2018, 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: new Hooper chassis

Sabrina Blanchett is the only one finished so far. Nick Lagoy will be driving one next season, Quite a few new ideas on these sleds, I expect he will be a bit faster than he is now. I just fell too far behind and didn't get his finished when expected. John H.
by jhooper/HRE
February 25th, 2018, 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: new Hooper chassis
Replies: 2
Views: 1018

Re: New Champ option ?

I believe a well implemented mentoring program could help, kinda like what I have done with Wanderschieds, Vanstrydonk and Lagoy, where I not only build their engines but I help with every aspect of setup. Typically guys like myself or Mike Houle tend to keep a lot of our best secrets for a select r...
by jhooper/HRE
February 25th, 2018, 9:58 am
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: New Champ option ?

TJ, I would like nothing better than wide open rules but I have not found a single young racer that wants anything to do with a rule package like that. If you talk with some of the better running F-500 guys you will find they all feel Champ is too expensive, too hi-tech and maybe too dangerous as we...
by jhooper/HRE
February 24th, 2018, 4:57 pm
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: New Champ option ?

One thing we agree on is your final statement. It doesn't matter what the rules are, the same teams will run up front. The thing you completely overlook is the fact that if you don't make the competitive equipment affordable AND READILY ACCESIBLE for new racers to enter the upper classes it is doome...
by jhooper/HRE
February 23rd, 2018, 9:23 am
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887

Re: New Champ option ?

TJ, You are probably correct! Just because Champ has lost over 50% of the entries it had during a similar time period that F-500 has seen massive growth doesn't mean anything. If we just leave everything alone we won't need to worry about it much longer, we can just go ice fishing instead! The rules...
by jhooper/HRE
February 22nd, 2018, 9:19 am
 
Forum: Ovals & Enduros
Topic: New Champ option ?
Replies: 78
Views: 16887
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