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What's Proxy Racing?
«Proxy Racing» is getting more and more attention these days, for good reasons. For those of you who don't really know what it's all about, here's some information about those proxy races.

First of all, proxy racing is all about tuning and building cars. Those cars are then driven by a variety of drivers on a variety of tracks, usually for a fixed amount of time on each track. The car that travelled the longest total distance after all those rounds is crowned as the winner of the proxy race. That's an overly simplified way of describing proxy racing but that's all there is to it.

Proxy Cars
Participants have a fixed set of rules to go by and they build and/or tune a car for this particular race. Then, before the race begins, they ship their cars to the organizer of the race, who then makes sure the cars are "legal" before sending them to the first host.



Proxy Hosts

A host is someone who gets to run all the participating cars on his track. For most proxy races, a minimum running time is mandatory for each car. This time is divided by the number of lanes and the car rotates to each lane, giving each car equal treatment. Of course, part of the fun of hosting is having slot racing friends to drive the cars and have a real race. The total number of laps is then recorded for each car and is usually multiplied by the length of the track to get a total distance travelled for each car for this particular round.

The cars are then shipped to the next host, who does the same thing (usually, with different results!) and after a pre-determined number of rounds, cumulative totals for each car are used to declare a winner. The variety of tracks usually makes for interesting results as some cars are better on technical tracks and others excel on faster tracks. The track surfaces and the tire compounds also play a role in the results on each track. Most proxy races have a mandatory tire compound, to make racing closer.

Proxy Benefits
For a lot of slot racing enthusiasts who don't have the opportunity to have club racing nearby, proxy racing is the only way to compete against other real racers, instead of just going against the clock at home. Participating in proxy races also WILL make you a better car tuner. By looking at what other participants are doing, and how they're doing it, you'll surely learn new tuning tricks. Also, knowing your car is traveling all over the continent, and even the world, will surely make you smile. Anticipating the results is part of the fun, seeing your car going up (or down!) the cumulative standings after each round and trying to understand why.

If your track is up to the task, hosting a proxy race round is also a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. Driving all those cars, built by different racers with a variety of parts and techniques, is a wonderful learning experience. When a proxy car is very good, you can take a peek inside to see what makes it go fast and then apply the same tricks to your next proxy car.

Proxy Races
There are a lot of proxy races out there. Most of them have a home on the Slot Car Illustrated forums and you can read the particular rules of each race to see which ones would be the most fun for you to participate in. Are you into fast and modern cars? Are you more of a classic kind of guy? Or maybe you prefer a proxy where only Slot.it cars and parts are allowed? It's your choice. If you haven't participated yet in a proxy race, make it a goal to do it before the end of the year. You won't regret it.