The Fan Belt Toss - A Corvair Owners Dream!

 

So, what is a "Fan Belt Toss", and how is the game played?    The Fan Belt Toss has been around as long as the Corvair, but this is the owner's chance to throw a couple belts of their own, without fear of being stranded on the side of the road without a 9/16" wrench.

 

The game is simple;  In teams of two, each opponent stands at one end of the "Pit".  At one end, each player takes three fan belts (preferably all the same size), and alternately proceeds to toss them towards a "Stake Plate", located at the other end of the pit.  The team with their fan belts securing the most amount of points, after all six have been thrown, gets their respective points.

 

The Pits:

1.      Stake Plates are placed 40 feet apart.

2.      Each "Stake" will extend 15 inches above the pit surface (that's "above the surface of the plywood base", for our Engineering types).

3.      Stakes Plates will consist of three wooden dowels each,  with each dowel 1 inch in diameter, secured to a plywood base, painted in any approved GM color marketed between 1960 and 1969.

4.      Pits will be marked 36 inches wide.

5.      A "Foul Line" is marked 3 feet in front of each stake. Thus, the resulting throwing distance (foul line to opposite stake plate) is 37 feet.  For elderly contestants, the foul line would normally be 27 feet from the opposite stake, but that would represent more than 95% of the Corvair Club membership, so we're not going to do that!

 

 

 

The Fan Belt

  1. It shall be the size of a normal Corvair fan belt.
  2. It shall not be a Corvair Air Conditioning belt  (they're way too big and floppy).
  3. It shall be appropriately greasy, or dirty, to best represent the environment from which it has come.  There will be diaper wipes available for those who wish to cleanse themselves, after each round.

 

 

 

 

The Rules

  1. This is a team competition, so half the team (one person) will throw from one end of the pit, and the other half (the other person) will throw from the other end of the pit.
  2. To determine the team which goes first, the referee will select one end of the pit, and each player at that end of the pit will throw one belt at the opposing stakes.  Closest belt to the stake plate, without throwing a belt on a stake, is the team that throws first in the ensuing game.
  3. Each player pitches a single fan belt, followed by the opponent's single fan belt.  The players will alternate turns until each has thrown their three belts.
  4. In pitching a belt, the player may not cross the foul line.  If they do, they will be severely beaten, I mean , reprimanded, by the referee!
  5. Games will be played until one of the teams reach 21 points.  The winning team must win by 2 points, for example the end score would be "21-19", not "21-20".  Alternatley, a "Shut-Out" win would be a score of "11-0", cuz if you can't play, you just need to sit down and have a soda J

 

 

 

The Scoring

  1. There are three stakes on each stake plate.  To be considered for points, any single belt must be fully looped around at least one of the three stakes.
  2. If the belt is around 1 stake, the team gets 1 point for that belt.
  3. If the belt is around 2 stakes, the team gets 2 points for that belt.
  4. If the belt is around all 3 stakes, that's a "Ringer" and the team gets 3 points for that belt.
  5.  If your opponent throws a ringer on top of yours, they cancel your ringer and no points are scored for those two belts.  All other points accrued would apply for scoring of that round.
  6. If any single belt does not loop around an individual stake, that belt does not receive any points.
  7. If a belt is leaning against a stake, but does not encircle a single stake, it receives no points (Come on, this isn't horseshoes!).