A group of folks used to regularly play "Advanced" Speed Circuit in the Detroit, Michigan area in the 1980s into the 1990s. In early 2017, some of the same folks (and some new folks) started a new series of boardgame races using the Championship Formula Racing game.
When we played in the 1980s, we quickly discovered that using a small board-game size track didn't work too well when you had a dozen or more drivers trying to race. So, we expanded the tracks to fit on bed sheets, and we modified 1:64 scale Hot Wheels cars to use on the tracks. In our new campaign we continue to use the large tracks and 1:64 scale cars. In the 1980s, we used to regularly draw an average of between 12 and 13 drivers per race, and racing board games are lots more fun with more players. For the eight races of the 2017 racing season, we averaged 10.3 drivers per race. For our eight races in 2018, we averaged 12.8 drivers per race. We had a high of 15 drivers twice, and a low of 11 drivers twice. After ten races in 2019, we averaged 12.5 drivers per race, with a high of 14 drivers (twice) and a low of 9 drivers.
In the campaigns of the 1980s, we raced a series of races (usually 16 races per year), awarding points to the top finishers as did the real Formula One. At the end of the year, the driver with the most points was the "Speed Circuit Champion" and was awarded a small engraved trophy. We also awarded a team championship, as well as elected a driver as the recipient of the "Tom Kane Memorial Award" to the most sportsmanlike driver of the year. We had only an individual champion and the most sportsmanlike driver awards for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, but beginning in 2019 we will also awarded a team championship award.
For our current CFR-Detroit races, we hold official races about once per month, with 10 races in the series leading to the championship (drivers can count their seven best finishes towards the championship). The regular game night was originally the 2nd Friday evening of each month, but now most of the races are on Saturday afternoons as, with the large number of racers competing, we were having difficulty completing some races before the game stores closed at 11:00 pm on Friday evenings.
Want to check out the CFR rules before coming to a race? Download the CFR rules from the designer's website. If you ever played our old Advanced Speed Circuit rules, you will find the CFR rules very similar. If you have never played either racing game, the basic idea is that you plot how fast you want your car to go on each turn. For each multiple of 20 mph, your car moves one space on the track. So, if you plotted a speed of 120 mph, your car would move 6 spaces on the track. You of course want to go as fast as possible on the straight parts of the track, but your car is constrained by its acceleration and top speed ratings. There are also speed limits in the corners, so you must either slow down (also constrained by your car's deceleration rating) to the speed limit, or else use "wear points" (which simulate using up your brakes and tires) and/or roll dice to take a chance of possibly spinning or else crashing out of the race. The basic system is very easy to learn, although you will need to learn the nuances of the game to get really good at it.
Rank Driver Car Points 1 Bill Worrel Ferrari 89 2 Richard White Marlboro McLaren 78* 3 Garry Kaluzny Marlboro McLaren 68* 4 Mickey Akins Renault 53 5 Mike Cook Camel Lotus 49 6 Aric Parr McLaren 40 7 Mark Moellering Tyrrell 34 8 Gary Sturgeon Camel Lotus 31 9 Jim Robinson Williams 28 10 Jack Beckman Ferrari 24 11 Mike St. Peter McLaren 15 12T Greg Lim Williams 12 12T Bob Siegle HSBC Jaguar 12 14 Jim Landis Benetton 9 15T Joel Lauder Tyrrell 6 15T Robert Siegle HSBC Jaguar 6 17 Brian Robinson Benetton 3
Points are awarded to the top 8 finishers in each race, as 15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 points (15 points to 1st place, 12 points to 2nd place, etc). Drivers can only count their best 7 finishes out of 10 races.
* Richard White scored a total of 94 points, but had to forfeit 16 points. Garry Kaluzny scored 74 points, but had to forfeit 6 points.
Beginning in 2019, CFR-Detroit awarded a team championship to the team with the most points. Teams score points like individuals, with each team only able to score points for its top two cars in any particular race.After 10 of 10 races:
Rank Team Points 1 Marlboro McLaren 168 2 Ferrari 113 3 Camel Lotus 81 4 McLaren 55 5T Tyrrell 40 5T Williams 40 7 Fiat Ferrari 15 8 Renault 38 9 HSBC Jaguar 18 10 Fiat Ferrari 15 11 Benetton 12
Everyone is welcome to join us to play CFR. There is no fee to play most races, as we plan on rotating races amongst local game stores. We will probably also run CFR at local game cons (especially of the Metro Detroit Gamers), but as there is a fee to play at game cons, the CFR races at cons will be demos, and will not count towards the points championship. If you are thinking about joining our campaign, come and race at one of the demo races to learn the rules! Or just show up at a points race!
It is sad to note that Imperium Games (formerly in Wixom, Michigan) has gone out of business. Our CFR league, and other gamers, have lost a great place to gather and play games. The former owner, Adam, still maintains the webpage so folks can contact him, and he will try to organize some gaming sessions at other locations in the future.
(Clicking record links will download PDF files.)
Pictures of the Championship Formula Racing game.
Championship Formula Racing was designed by Douglas Schulz, and published by Ultra PRO Entertainment/Jolly Roger Games. Copyright by Ultra PRO Entertainment.
Speed Circuit was a product of the old Avalon Hill game company, which is now owned by Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro. Sadly, Speed Circuit was discontinued when Hasbro bought Avalon Hill in the late 1990s.
Latest update: February 14, 2020