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#1 oldcars

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 04:33 PM

Last weekend I was driving down the street here in the Springs where I live and there was this large yellow sign with a larger arrow on it that said"slot car track. The last time I was in a track was 1971. Had to check it out. Oh baby! It was a four lane 32nd scale track, but was it nice and big. All the old tracks back in the 60s had some pretty cool banks on them, but this one was flat. The really nice cars were 40 some dollars. The motors we used to build cost more than that. I sat there and watched and talked for awhile. Got my heart pumping like it has not for a long time. Ithink it is time to see if my trigger fingure still works. Vroom, Vroom.. there it goes now. :) :) any body elses town have a track in it?

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Posted 25 May 2006 - 05:24 PM

That's the fever alright! There is no cure except spending all you got on cars, controllers and faster motors....
We have two tracks within an hour away... no make that three... but nothing in town.
I have never left slot cars totally. Just put them away for a while when models and art, kids and life got in the way.
Yes, I have the fever. Had it since 1969 actually.
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Here's one I recently finished...
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Posted 26 May 2006 - 07:27 AM

nice...would be nicer with black tires though! :shock:

man i wish there was a 1/32 scale track around here...there is a 1/24 scale one a few miles away but they mostly race blobs. i like models myself.

im currently re-building a maserati birdcage i got on ebay in a lot. never seen this body, its hard plastic and not the russkit one. i had to strip about 1/8th inch of funky flourescent orange paint off to even see what kind of body it was, and the brass chassis that came with it has 4 wheel ball bearings (scratch built chassis, not the cleanest in the world but servicable). got it painted and detailed now fitting the windshield which will require a lot of finessing. and i got some russkit spoke wire wheels (remember those?) for front and rear. should look nice when done. will photo it and post them here first but then its onto the (small, home) track and after that its a race car!

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 01:53 PM

There's a track in the basement of a hobby shop in the greater metro area (Salt Lake City, Utah) where I live. Years ago, they had an HO train layout...it seems to have been replaced by the slot track.

I haven't done any slot car racing since before my army daze...and that was a lotta years ago...since I'm considered to be a "VietNam era veteran." (I served in Texas and Europe...fortunately.)

I spose I otta find out when they race and just go check the whole deal out. Thanks for bringing this up and giving me the thoughts about it.

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 03:18 PM

I don't do slot cars, but I know we have a track here in Winnemucca NV. There is an oval and a scale 1/4 mile, I think in 1/24.

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 03:42 PM

We used to have a track in Morris, with a high speed road course, (redundancy in action :P) and a more skillful road course. They raced 1/32 and 1/24th and honestly if you haven't raced the 1/24th you are really missing some fun. The track moved over time and closed about 3 or so years ago. I was in Reno Nevada last year and the one mall out there has a track and yea you don't ever lose the fever. I had bought and hour and when some kids came in I let them try my car. Of course they loved racing :)

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 10:58 AM

Those orange tires are the ones we were using in 1970 the last time I ran. We had them in varios colors(even black) You would soak them over night in different liquids to give them better grip. Your car is a thing of beauty. The only thing it needs from whwt I see is a set of anglewinder gears. You would be amazed at how much smooter it would make it run and go. Ah for the old days. :) :D :D

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 04:36 PM

There is no track around home, but in Calhoun Ga there is a hobby shop that I trade with (They are the source for my Model Car fix). They have three tracks; Two roundy-rounds and a drag strip. Sometimes a few folks will come in in the middle of the day when I am by there. Man those cars can fly. makes me wanr to open those Carrea's that I bought to collect.

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 01:10 PM

Went back to the track and found out that they have open wheel races on friday night, stock car races on saturday afternoon, and trying to have truck racing on sundays. Also heard they are trying to get sportscar races going. That is my cup of tea. :D :) 1/24th is what I used to run but this new generation 1/32nd cars are really detailed. :D

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 03:05 PM

Jairus, nice car.

The orange tires and straight cut gears are straight out of the best slot car era, late 60's ~ early 70's, and that what the pro's used.

Unfortunately, commercial slot cars has almost died out here in Sydney, as there is only 2 traditional commercial tracks left.

There are a few retail outlets that have plastic tracks for 1/32 cars, and there is a stack of local groups in home garages and clubs running 1/32 cars.

Our little group prefers to run hard body, kit bashed cars in 1/24,1/25 scale like these;
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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:36 PM

Nice cars Slotbaker. Back in 1968 we had beveled gears here. Do you have any V8 Supercar bodies to make slotcars out of? :D :D

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:37 PM

Back in 1968 we had beveled gears here. Do you have any V8 Supercar bodies to make slotcars out of?

Yeah, we had beveled gears for the in-liners, but not sidewinders.

There are a couple of 1/24 resin Falcons and Commodores that could be used for V8 Supercars, and some vac forms, but not a real great range.

There is better selection in 1/32, with Scalextric covering the last 2 seasons.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 03:10 PM

Don't have one of those digital cameras but would like to see some of the other tracks out there(hint, hint slotbaker). Favorite driver is Marcus Ambrose by the way. :lol:

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 04:10 PM

I'll try and get some pics of the track over here for ya.

Marcus Ambrose in the USA this year trying to get into the big time, but we don't hear much about him.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:29 PM

They opened one in our town in '93 , my then 11 year old wanted to show me this cool place , Slotcars!!! oh boy I bought every thing over the next 4 years that was slotcars . Now its 2006 I have slotcars packed away in boxes new clear bodies , unused new engines, outlaw frames and the only one I built for myself on display in my model case , oh well I had fun until he grew up and found other things to do, fun while it lasted..

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 04:23 PM

Hey Bigtruck, It is time to get the good stuff out of storage and go RACIN', if the track is still there. :lol:

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 04:26 PM

My son & I race at OK Slotcars in Clarktown OH, outside of Portsmouth, OH. They have a 1/4 mile track, cars are a mixture of Lexan & Hardbodies [ models bodies].
We've only been racing for just over a year, & we both love it.
If anyone wants any info about this great track pm me & I'll send along the info. Ed Billing

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 03:23 PM

Hi oldcars,
I finally got around to getting some pics of a couple of tracks.

We race monthly on this one with 1:24 Scale cars of both hard body, and vacuum form at Hornsby. http://www.hornsbyslotcars.com.au/
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More pics here; http://slotcar.freepgs.com/pics.html

This one is Ninco track, and is in slot car retailer (Armchairracer) http://www.armchairracer.com.au/
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Under construction in the background, is an 8 lane Carrera track.

I'll post more when I can.
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 04:43 PM

Where is that hobby shoplacated at?, since I'm considering the next year's GSL.

Simón




There's a track in the basement of a hobby shop in the greater metro area (Salt Lake City, Utah) where I live. Years ago, they had an HO train layout...it seems to have been replaced by the slot track.

I haven't done any slot car racing since before my army daze...and that was a lotta years ago...since I'm considered to be a "VietNam era veteran." (I served in Texas and Europe...fortunately.)

I spose I otta find out when they race and just go check the whole deal out. Thanks for bringing this up and giving me the thoughts about it.



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Posted 15 August 2006 - 12:14 PM

wow! i would consider flying over to sydney just to race on those!