SCA gets third truck

A third truck will make things interesting in SCA.

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September 14 2018

Stock Cars Australia will soon have another Truck in its ranks

If the truck runs this year, it will be the third truck in the series and it will be interesting to see if it can challenge the Coulter family who dominate SCA in their trucks

SCA are still calling on NASCAR and AUSCAR owners to come out and have a go in the series, an incentive for AUSCAR owners is that any who enter the series will have the honour of being the first to compete in SCA.

The series had 6 NASCAR or GTA cars and two Trucks at its race at Wakefield Park and if the numbers hold it will be 9 at either Sydney Motorsport Park or Winton.

These are exciting times Stock Car fans, a great effort is being made in SCA and hopefully car owners will reward the series with participation.

Stock Cars at Wakefield Park

SCA brought eight vehicles to the action at Wakefield Park.

September 1 2018

Stock Cars Australia raced at Wakefield Park last week in a field that also comprised of Super Sixes, V8 Utes and Outlaw V8’s.

The cars faced a weekend of varying weather conditions including rain which made the track greasy especially for the three races on Sunday.

The OzTrucks are the dominant vehicles of the category and they taken out all the races, though we have seen the GTA’s able to close up on them as a race goes on.

The field was kept busy through the weekend as the cars of the other categories put up a challenge ensuring that there was plenty of passing.

Car numbers appear to be healthy with six NASCAR and GTA cars and two OzTrucks racing throughout the weekend.

Three of the four races can be watched on YouTube allowing fans and the generally curious to have a look at the action.

October 26 to 28th will be the next round at Sydney Motorsport Park, if you have a GTA, a NASCAR, OzTruck/CWTS or an AUSCAR and you want to race contact Stock Cars Australia Australia to find out details on how you can participate.

The history challenge

It is a massive challenge trying to get as much Australian stock car racing history together as possible.

May 28 2018

It is a battle to try and get as much information as possible on AUSCAR, NASCAR, Sportsman, HQ, Power Tour, Stock Cars Australia and more.

There are a few pages of reports on Trove and you pick up the odd bit of information on pictures that people post but there is a shortage of information.

For some reason, races when broadcast largely focused on the top 6 or so positions, so you didn’t know where people were running.

There were instances that broadcasts shown where drivers were after a certain lap, one example is shown at the four minute mark of the video below

But we’re getting there, more and more drivers names are being found and pictures are online to link and we’ll soon go through videos, screenshot cars and then post the images to make the list more complete.

The Little Game – Update

Work continues on the AUSCAR/NASCAR game.

May 12 2018

Work continues into trying to make an AUSCAR/NASCAR game.

A big problem is trying to make round corners, you see Game Maker art is made up of pixels (squares) so a corner is not a true corner.

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As you see, the corners are angled, the two red strips are checkpoints but you don’t see them in the game, the strip at the bottom hides the finish line which is visible in the game.

Cars

The cars above are version 2, these are one pixel wider on the sides, the roof is smaller as well and you can now see a bonnet.

More work will likely needed to be done on these cars but the pixel issue is the major sticking point as it doesn’t give us a lot to work with.

So far there is #27, #11 and #17 with #55 and #5 still being worked on as they were built as version 1 vehicles.

It is an easy game, keep holding the up key and then turn when needed but we’ve kept the opposition cars on a line so tight around the track you only got openings with quick reflexes mostly around the sharp corners.

That’s it for now.

The little game

A little game honoring AUSCAR/NASCAR

April 13 2018

World of AUSCAR is a hobby and so is game designing and so while making an open wheel top/down game, some NASCAR’s were made for amusement and put into the game and they didn’t turn out too bad.

The game premise is simple, a person gets to drive the #27 at least at the moment and they get to take on the #5 and #55 in separate races.

The opposition is not AI so the car is run on a path but it is designed to make passing difficult over the five lap race.

One of the difficult parts of making even such a small game is that everything you see is made up of pixels so it is harder coming up with the perfect car etc and so concessions have to be made.

As you’ll see in the first two pictures, the numbers are the right way up but on oval tracks they are actually upside down so the third picture reflects the change.

To have them upside down, you draw the numbers and words the right way up then rotate the image so it is upside down.

Maybe in the future, coding will improve to allow AI racers and more cars on the track making it a more enjoyable game.

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Stock Cars – Round 1

Round 1 of the Australian Stock Cars Championship (aka SCA) kicked off this weekend.

March 11 2018

Stock Cars paired up with Extreme TT in their first round of the season as part of the AMRS series at Winton.

Sunday’s races were streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

Michael Coulter was on Pole for the first of the two streamed races, Zac Ohara in the #27 unfortunately had a diff problem on Saturday that taken him out for the weekend robbing the field of a NASCAR.

OzTrucks, NASCAR and GTA cars made up the Stock Car category and Michael Coulter charged out to a lead, Steve Coulter got past the #19 to make it a Coulter 1-2 and it stayed that way for the rest of the race.

Shane Harris stayed in touch with the two OzTruck’s in third position for the entire race and finished on the bumper of the Steve Coulter with 1.9 seconds separating the three.

Brian Walden and Trevor Crisp battled each other for fourth position in the early going before the Extreme TT cars joined in the fun and passed them.

Trevor’s race went from good to bad in a hurry after getting his right side tyres on the grass on Lap 8 resulting in a spin and he retired from the race.

Brian Walden finished in sixth position, fourth out of the Stock Cars.

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Race 3 got underway about 25 minutes later than the scheduled time of 4:10pm but only the Extreme TT cars lined up for the race, disappointing Stock Car viewers who hung around for the race.

It was reported that the field was down to just three cars (two trucks and one GTA) and so withdrawal was the best idea.

Overall the Stock Cars racing was a good introduction with around 80 viewers checking out the race on YouTube and the others who saw the action on Facebook.

ASCC – Round 1 – 8 days to go

8 days to go until Round 1 of the ASCC.

March 2 2018

In just over one week’s time we will see Round 1 of the Australia Stock Car Championship.

Round 1 is at Winton and the good news is that Sunday’s action will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube thanks to Blend Line TV. (click for YouTube channel).

ASSC is hoping for a great 2018 and hopefully the online streams will get plenty of viewers.

This is a great opportunity for the sport with every second day of competition being streamed means people will know what is going on in terms of who is driving and more.

Hopefully a successful Round 1 will ensure that owners of AUSCAR’s and NASCAR’s that aren’t in Round 1 will be interested in joining future rounds of the competition.