Unnamed Board Track.

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SprintRacer92

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You feel the boards cracking under your tires....
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Hello all, and welcome to another track development thread! Yay! This time its gonna be a late 1910s - early 1920s style Motordrome, or more commonly known as Murder Dromes. Yes, thats actually what 1920s media dubbed them. What is a motordrome you ask? Well, its a velodrome on roids to keep it simple. Way back when motorcycles came out, a man name Jack Prince, described as "being innocent of any engineering knowledge" set out to build a bigger badder velodrome just for bikes. His first creation was the Los Angeles Motordrome. These tracks would commonly push out speeds faster than Indianapolis at the time, clock in anywhere from 80-110mph on the boards.

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Brighton Beach Motordrome

Tracks measured anywhere from 2 miles to 1/6 of a mile, with every track using the Searle Spiral Easement Curve principal to determine banking height, with St. Louis Motordrome clocking it at a astounding 62 degrees of tilt. Prince built about 28-30 of these monsters all across the states. Races were ran on both Wednesdays and Fridays usually, and crowd turnout was generally overcapacity for most tracks. Tracks would also host anything from hot air balloon races, to Steam Train Jousting, where two trains would collide head on for show. While most races consisted of Motorbikes, Cars would run on the big tracks and Midgets on the smaller ones.

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Early 1920s Propaganda

So what happened? Well, it was deadly. So deadly that there was a National Death count on just these tracks alone. Journalists and Newspapers alike would dub them "Murderdromes", a name that would spell the demise of the style clear as day. Even driving on these doom-like creations lead to injury, with the track leaving shards of wood so deep it touched bone, and drivers complained of their kidneys cracking under the force, and that was just par for the course. For those that crashed or fell it was even worse. Downed drivers would be greeted to being shredded alive from the splinters, decapitation and burns from the open lantern flames used to light the tracks at night, or breaking through the wooden barriers and taking spectators with them.

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St. Louis MotorDrome, 62deg of banking

As you can imagine by this pre-prepared history lesson, I'm expecting none of you to know what these things are. Every single track has been lost to time, with the only known remains of the boards being used as flooring for a local bar in Cotati, site of the former Cotati Board Track. There is only a handful of photos, maybe 3 of the 28 tracks have Arial shots all of which are hand drawn, I found two total track plans, many newspaper clipping are either lost or just about the death, and the rest are driver photographs which don't help much. Finding information for this track was a grueling task I've spent 2-3 weeks on alone. And I'm sad to say this resulted in an unfortunate realization: It would be impossible to recreate one of these in any capacity due to the lack of solid information.

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Data Sheet from my Excel document

So I'm taking a different approach with this track. Above you is all I've managed to compile about distance and banking for these tracks. While this track wont be a real Motordrome, its gonna be the most grounded fictional possible. I will be combining data and photos from all known sources and Motordromes, to create a historically accurate rendition of one. I feel this route is the better one to take, as it also provides some creative leeway, and the ability to give it some historical flare while retaining realism. As it stands, the track is 0.39 miles in length, and using my chart I put it at 53 degrees of banking, just above the line of best fit and on par with Murderdromes of the day. The Track will also be Saucer in shape, as most of the smaller tracks used that design as opposed to the larger safer pill design. Think Caketin, but actually realistic for referance.

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Still shot video

Thank you for enduring the classic first post essay, and I hope you enjoy the progress and eventual track.
 

Jonny683

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Interesting. There was Board Track in Atlantic City here in New Jersey

 

CAkin24

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One of the things I always thought was missing from the game. I had a friend that was willing to teach me how to make tracks, and we were going to attempt a board track but I just never had the time to put into it. Thanks so much for taking the time to make one!
 

SprintRacer92

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Fast Progress, AI, Nr2003 limitations, and Early Troubles.
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Hello All! Coming to with a quick update

Good news is that we now know the AI's banking limit! Bad news is that its lower than the planned 53 degrees. This became extremely apparent when i ran the AI for a test run, and they started violently jittering. So to remedy this, I slowly lowered the banking by 1 degree until they behaved, leading to the new banking of 45 degrees. You know the track is crazy when your running up to nr2003 limits mid-development haha.

As for the Banking vs Distance realism Chart, 45 degrees of banking on a track this size is still realistic thankfully, in fact Coney Island Motordrome was listed at exactly 45 degrees! Yay for not having to redo the length! While it sucks we wont have comical amounts of banking, it is good to know that the track will still be realistic, heck, it may even add even more challenge. The only other design change is that dual pit roads are now in the plans. I realized it would be hell to have all the AI coming in and out of one entrance, so I'm splitting them for the sake of driving sanity. Oh yea, and check out that period accurate catch fence, I'm sure that will stop a stock car no problem...

Edit before someone asks - The busses and rv's are temporary and used for measuring. Each bus is exactly 2 car length, so I use them for getting a grip on scale when building.
 

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