race calendar

A Calendar of Meccano Races and Contests being held around the world. To include such events as 'Walking'; 'Tug o' War'; 'Climbing' and 'Robot Wars'. For Contact; Time; Venue; Rules and other matters follow the link to the club web site.

Rules for WLMS Model Challenge 2002 (Falling Weight Vehicle)


1) Motive power for the vehicle will be a falling weight of not more than one pound (454g)

2) All parts used in the construction, including the weight, but with the exception of a cord or line suspeding the weight, must be of Meccano or replica Meccano. "Replica" for these purposes means a part of identical size and shape to an official part, and of essentially similar physical properties.

3) There is no limit to the distance the weight may fall but secondary mechanisms designed to reset or winch back the weight are forbidden.

4) The winner will be the machine that travels the furthest distance in a straight line on a single fall of the weight.

5) The weight and all other structures provided by a contestant are held to be part of "the machine".

6) Contestants may have two attempts at setting a best distance, may adjust their machines for a short period between attempts, the length of the adjustment period being determined by mutual agreement on the day.

7) The challenge will be decided at the November 2002 meeting, and a prize will be provided.

Photos of some Falling Weight models