On Saturday, July 28, 2012 NJ Nostalgia Hobby played host to the 8th annual Riggen Brass Wars race. The afternoon produced many close races and a bonanza of first places for Brass Wars guru Tony Kurdkuk. Tony was kind enough to offer a workshop on tuning Tyco Pro and other brass era HO chassis on Thursday July 26th Those in attendance definitely benefitted from the tuning tips and hands on tuning offered by Tony with at least one attendee (Scott ‘Kid Racer’ Beyer) making a podium appearance in a Kurdzuk tuned Riggen.
The afternoon offered three different ‘Brass Wars’ races. The first race was limited to modern Riggen HO cars in series 4000 trim. When the smoke cleared Tony took the top podium position with Kid Racer in second and Brian Corea third. (see pics)
The second race featured vintage brass era chassied cars. Among the entrants were original and Galya Riggen chassied cars, brass panned non magnatraction AFX and Tyco Pros. The podium was again topped by Tony K, with Brian Corea taking second and a tie for third between John Falzarano and Glenn Orban.
The final race of the afternoon produced the most interesting field of entrants. This race featured both modern and vintage ‘Scratch Built’ brass chassis. Taking the top position was, once again, Tony K with a modified Riggen Gayla chassis fitted with a monstrously fast Tomy Turbo can motor, this arrangement offered more speed and a small amount of magnetic downforce. This was more speed than the super handling Al Thurman chassied Land Shark Driven by Brian Corea (second) or the Doug Morris Lead Sled driven by John Falzarano could handle. Check out the pictures for more information.