CFA Committee News - Dec 2022
Another update on a couple of things:
Next year’s Vintage Contest Calendar has been confirmed. Here it is in full:
April 2nd Buckminster Vintage (Saturday 1st for Pleasure/practice)
April 16th Bristol Gala
May 14th Old warden Oliver
May 28th Albermarle TBC
June 11th Buckminster Vintage (Saturday 10th for Pleasure/practice)
July 2nd Basildon Vintage ( Confirmed)
July 16th Buckminster Vintage (Saturday 15th for Pleasure/practice)
July 22nd and 23rd Old warden Vintage ( Confirmed)
August 13th Buckminster Vintage (Saturday 12th for Pleasure/practice)
August 26th 2th 28th Nats Hopefully
September 17th Old warden Oliver ( Confirmed)
September 23rd Buckminster Vintage ( this one is a Saturday )
October 8th Buckminster Vintage (Saturday 8th for Pleasure/practice)
October 21st and 22nd Buckminster Nats reserve
Thats it folks, sorry there is no Manchester comp, we’ll try for next year. We won’t have confirmation for Albermarle till February because it’s operational.
You can’t but help noticing that gear for our hobby has been getting harder to source. Especially new motorsDue to the situation in the Ukraine, home to two of main biggest producers of competitive motors, the engine situation is particularly critical. Additionally the situation is compounded by the fact that there are no spare parts available for the existing motor stock either. There have been a few people showing interest in starting combat recently and one of their first questions is usually, “where can I buy a couple of motors?” Not great for the future is it?. It won’t do Clarice, it won’t do.
The CFA recognised this and we’ve been arguing discussing possible solutions.
And thankfully we found one...
Tony Eifflander has agreed to produce a new CT ( Combat Tuned) Twin Ballrace .19 Combat motor for us. It will be called the CT5, It is basically a continuation of the “Combat Tuned PAW’s” that have served us so well over the years. They have always been a nice handling, powerful motor, that have a similar weight to motors currently in use but more importantly, they will be freely available in the UK, the spares and repair backup service will be second to none and they are available to everyone.
The price of these motors will be £160.00 plus Vat ( £193.00) plus postage. A very good price I think. They will come in a nice yellow box, complete with instructions. Ideal Xmas pressie.
The first CT5’s will be delivered just after Xmas, I’ve ordered one and so have the rest of the CFA committee members. I’ll ask Richard Herbert to share his thoughts on his own example when he gets it.
Tony has also agreed to make a Combat Tuned 2.5cc motor for the Oliver Class, again, pretty much a continuation of the 2.5cc CT models of the past, again, nice handling, powerful motors, fully legal for Oliver combat, price is the same as the .19.
Initially you will need to order the CT motors direct from PAW.
Tony’s email email@example.com
Phone No 01625 423891
PAW Website Progress Aero Works - Precision Engineering - Home of Eifflaender's PAW diesel engines
I think that we should realise, that we are very fortunate to have a UK based manufacturer who fully understands our branch of the sport, and who is willing to devote some of his production time to supporting it. I urge people to get behind it and show their support in return.
All the rule amendments voted for at the Nats have now been approved by the CLTC. The first centre circle rule amendment, you may remember, was rejected by the CLTC on health and safety grounds. Our (CFA) amended amendment (!) has now been approved. It will appear in the new rule book when its published.
Control Line Technical Committee, Cooko has drawn the short been good enough to volunteer as the new CFA/ CLTC Rep, so he will attend all CLTC meetings on our behalf. At the last one, on Saturday, Vernon stepped down as Chairman and Mervyn Jones has taken over as the new chairman. This bodes well I think, Merv was good enough to give us a day at Buckminster for this year’s calendar. It was previously booked for an F2B competition. Credit where it’s due.
So how are you all getting on with building for next year? Yes, I know it’s raining so the glue takes ages to set and the dope blooms and yes I know it’s cold and draughty in the shed, but if you don’t buckle down and build some new stuff, you’re going to be stuck with this year’s crappy old fuel soaked repaired models next season. Get on with it.
Now there was something really important I was going to tell you.........
No, its gone again..
So From the CFA Committee
Have a very happy Christmas and a lucky new year.
CFA Comp Sec