i never know how to start this thing, but good news is the board has started, after freaking out and stressing that i had measured my board wrong and couldn't fix it my good mate Phil Champion came over to help finalize the board design, Phil also makes streetluge boards and has been doing so for a good number of years, so if you see a "Man of war" board or sticker you know it's a good one, any way back to the story. I was freaking out and worried that i had the wrong measurements, as all my measurements were taken off an indy 215 style truck, but after double checking and setting in place the actual trucks i will be using we worked out that it will be a perfect fit, this board will in no way be made for turning corners, it will be a strait line board ONLY, i also got some interesting news for those of you following this, if you read in the info section on the board, you may have noticed that the board will be around 940mm wide with both turbines, this is a very important width as i have been informed by Joel King himself of some of the rules and regulations that Guinness world records expect the board to adhere to:
Powered Street Luge Rules and Regulations
This record is for the highest speed reached on a Street Luge using a power source.
The Street Luge should meet the following specifications:
• Chassis: No part of the Street Luge may enclose the rider or hinder their ability to brake. Nothing may protrude between the rider’s legs.
• Length: The overall length of the Street Luge may not exceed 3,000mm.
• Width: The overall width of the Street Luge may not exceed 610mm.
• Wheels: There must be a minimum of 4 wheels in contact with the ground. Wheels may not be greater than 130mm in diameter.
• Steering: The street luge must be steered by leaning, using skateboard style trucks.
• Brakes: Braking must be done using the rider’s feet making contact with the ground. No other form of braking is allowed.
• Rider: The Street Luge must be ridden in the supine position, i.e. the rider must be lying on their back with their feet pointing forward.
• Power Source: The power source and all fuel must be attached to the luge. No towing, pushing or detachable power sources are allowed.
Record Qualification: The average speed of two recorded runs will be taken as the record. The two runs must be made within one hour of each other. The runs may be made in the same direction* and refuelling is allowed.
*A Street Luge is normally a gravity-powered vehicle and so a record attempt may take place on a hill.
If you notice the OVERALL width aloud is 610mm, well my width is roughly 940mm..............do you see the problem?
i actually don't as allot of you don't know i am actually building two boards at the same time, and will be looking to not only take the streetluge record but creating and setting a JETLUGE record, two records with two boards, my only problem was i couldn't afford three motors, i know as if one board wasn't a big enough undertaking huh :) well mehh, the second board will be a single engine board and will meet all these criteria.
also i did a little handy craft work for you guys to, i mocked up a cardboard version of one of the motors just to give you a feeling of the size of the motors, these aren't your little hobby engines you see sitting in the shop window hehe.
you can see all the photos in the Gallery.
just on a separate note, i got a call the other week about an event that this place is having called "Meet You Up The Street" they want me and some others to head out there and speak about streetluge and do a little demo, i think this is awesome! for a council to actually invite gravity racers to their community to educate people on our sport, that's the first time i have heard of it being done in this country and i hope it happens more often, so this weekend i'll be heading out there and doing that, HEY! also i got my magnets in for my Van that to will be in the Gallery, stay tuned for more as i'm sure things from here on in will be getting interesting, as i am still sponsor-less and almost broke haha :)