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#301 High octane

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:03 PM

Mike, I remember going to Al's Hobby Shop in the early 60's as I rode my bike from Chicago to my aunt's house in Northlake, and then to Al's. And don't forget Hamburger Heaven on North and York Aves. The hobby shop has changed quite a bit since then.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:18 AM

N.W. Suburbs here also. Been going to Al's hobby shop since I was a kid. Raced RC cars for many years all around the midwest. I remember all of the old school local H.S. we used to have around these parts and miss all of them deeply.

It's nice to know that other folks also got into RC cars.  I started racing rc cars at Stanton with my son.  Back then we had a pair of RC10-DS's then we graduated to HPI RS4 Pros. Went out to Leisure Hours to attend the HPI Challenge and managed to win the Concourse Challenge.  Started building and detailing Tamiya's and went to Trackside (Wisconsin) several times to attend the Tamiya TCS races.  Also managed several "Best of Shows".  I still a have an unfinished project sitting in the closet :lol:  Anyway, it's good to talk about RC again.  Had so much fun.  Wish we had a sub forum for it.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:45 AM

While I didn't do R/C cars, I did do R/C boats back in the 90's and at the races the nitro smells reminded me of the drag strip. Al's Hobby Shop was a sponsor, and Al himself would stop by at the races, since his sons were racing as well.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:24 AM

It's nice to know that other folks also got into RC cars.  I started racing rc cars at Stanton with my son.  Back then we had a pair of RC10-DS's then we graduated to HPI RS4 Pros. Went out to Leisure Hours to attend the HPI Challenge and managed to win the Concourse Challenge.  Started building and detailing Tamiya's and went to Trackside (Wisconsin) several times to attend the Tamiya TCS races.  Also managed several "Best of Shows".  I still a have an unfinished project sitting in the closet :lol:  Anyway, it's good to talk about RC again.  Had so much fun.  Wish we had a sub forum for it.

I still have this box in my garage....... I wont say what kind of old VHS tapes are currently kept in there. But I loved the car and could not get rid of the box when I sold the car.

 

I have spent so much time at L.H. over the years.... I do miss it.

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 08:15 AM

Crystal Lake, in not so crooked McHenry county.  and I do my best to steer clear of crook county and I hate when I slip up and end up paying 10 or 11 bucks for a pack of smokes...any body know what clubs and shows might be out in this area?



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 09:31 AM

Nick, I thought that I had told you previously that there is a model car club that meets in Crystal Lake on the second Saturday ofd each month, no?



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 10:39 AM

you did and I accidently deleted the message can you send the info to me again... sorry



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 11:00 AM

Don't be sorry Nick, I replied to your PM with the info.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 07:15 AM

I still have this box in my garage....... I wont say what kind of old VHS tapes are currently kept in there. But I loved the car and could not get rid of the box when I sold the car.

 

I have spent so much time at L.H. over the years.... I do miss it.

Haha...nice one Mike.  I think those are pretty rare.  Funny thing is I managed to hang onto my electric DS:

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It was an absolute pile of understeering junk and easily the worst RC car chassis I've ever owned.  Stanton used to have a parking lot series and I used it for a couple of seasons until we switched to the RS4. 



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:19 PM

Hate to be the bearer of awful news but.......heard today that Als hobbys is biting the dust tomorrow (5-3)  went there tonight but they closed early.  Im gonna try to stop by tomorrow (was told they will be open 9:30-5:30)



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:37 AM

There's gonna be an NNL style model car show and an outdoor swap meet in the parking lot of the Algonquin Township Office at 3702 US Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake, Illinois on August 3rd, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The swap meet is free to all, vendors included as you'll be selling out of your car trunk, pickup bed, or "easy up." Check it out.



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Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:38 AM

DANG IT!! My wife is home after surgery and is a handful to take care of at the moment. Or I would be heading out there to check it out........ maybe I can still try..... <_<



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Posted 02 August 2014 - 08:15 AM

Take care of your wife Mike as there'll be other shows. On Sept. 28th I believe is the DuPage Swap meet in Wheaton.



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Posted 02 August 2014 - 10:06 AM

Take care of your wife Mike as there'll be other shows. On Sept. 28th I believe is the DuPage Swap meet in Wheaton.

 This is just minutes from my house. I need to make sure I make this one.



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Posted 01 November 2014 - 09:28 PM

After all the years I have been on here kinda surprised I never made it on here. 

Born in the city, raised out Hoffman Estates, Cary, and Elgin. I now live back in Cary. My dad had a factory on the far south side and I would spend a lot of time there and my grandfather had his factory on Belmont. Both now long gone.

I moved to Wyoming for school and down state for college, fell in love with the small town feel. I would like to move down south, really liked the people down there when I worked down on the Gulf. People were VARY easy going and it was weird to see not one 4x4 truck with a plow around Christmas time.



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Posted 01 November 2014 - 09:49 PM

Born and raised in Bolingbrook, then transplanted to the Aurora/Naperville border. Lived in Joliet for a short while then joined the Army. Been in OK,TX, and currently in WA

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 01:42 PM

Tomorrow Tues. Nov. 4th is Election Day, so be sure to exercise your right to vote as it is a privilege that not everybody in the world has. Also it would be a good day to fly the flag as well.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:32 PM

Tomorrow Tues. Nov. 4th is Election Day, so be sure to exercise your right to vote as it is a privilege that not everybody in the world has.

 

Like they say in Crook County... vote early and vote often!  :lol:



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 07:16 PM

I know Harry, as I'm a Chicago "native." However where I'm at now they fail to see the humor in that statement.



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:31 AM

But do the deceased vote in the Windy city?

 

A few years back it was noticed that some of the prominent founding fathers of St Louis voted in the elections.Pierre Laclede, Augustus Chouteau, even Adolphous Bush voted.

 

Laclede's been dead for nearly 150 years........................

 

Ah the joys of city living.

 

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