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#21 BMC Tackle

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 01:55 AM

Boy those tracks sure bring some back some memories! Back in the mid to early 70s we had several Hobby Shops that had slot tracks. My favorite was Orange Blossom Hobbies in Miami, where I grew up. I had several cars. My favorite the Cox Chapparel with the high WORKING spoiler! Cool, way cool, this is one of those slot cars that you have to see if you have never seen one. I also had a few others. I have always been a huge fan of Lemans race cars, I build a lot of these models, particularly the Porsche 917, 917K, and others. I had the whole 917 collection from the movie Lemans with Steve McQueen.

These tracks disappeared here in Florida back in the early 70s. They made a brief appearance in the latter 80s, but not for long. There were a few franchised stores by the name of "The Hobby Box", these opened, but closed soon after. In 1980 I was in Puerto Rico and visited a hobby shop with a very nice slot track that was located in Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, never got to spend any time there but it was very nice. Today I don't think that we have any tracks anywhere in South Florida, better yet, I think there may be 3 hobby shops in this huge area. Parents are too busy to show kids the fun of racing slots and building models, so I gather this is why things are the way they are, at least here in South Florida.

I have a Revell Rebel 400 1/32 scale track. Currently I do not have any space in my home to use the track. My garage is where I run my fishing business from so my space is zip. I am planning to build a home in South Carolina. My plans are to build a 2 story barn, the 1st floor will be the business, the 2nd floor my hobby area. I want to purchase a couple of the larger Scaletric tracks to combine them into one huge track, then spend a ton of cash on those Fly Cars. Those cars are totally AWESOME! I love them. They have so many Porches and Ferraris, both current and vintage, all very nice, superb detailing, very nice to look at. I am very anxious to get some of these for myself.

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 07:05 AM

any tracks or clubs in the Denver area? Looking for more 1/25 scale

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 07:41 AM

Go see Tom at Colpar Hobbies in Aurora.
He would know.
Saw him a month or so ago when I was in town.
Wish I had more time to spend there.

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 12:38 PM

.... I had several cars. My favorite the Cox Chapparel with the high WORKING spoiler! Cool, way cool, this is one of those slot cars that you have to see if you have never seen one....


Yep those COX Chaparral 2Es are considered by many as the Holly Grail of U.S. slotcars.
I've seen many mint in box ones sell on ebay for $3k ++ up to $10k for one a few years ago. :shock:
Good usable ones go for $500.00 ++
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Posted 18 September 2006 - 10:29 AM

WOW, I can't believe that. I still have the original chasis for the Cox Winged Chapparel.

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 02:43 PM

WOW, I can't believe that. I still have the original chasis for the Cox Winged Chapparel.

Here's a pretty crappy Chappie on ebay

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 01:16 PM

hey louis when you build that track be sure to post here. i will come all the way out from cali just to race you!

oh and yeah fly etc cars are nice but theres nothing like building up vintage ones. and you soon get tired of the magnet business and want to build and race cars that require skill to drive...but i have to admit a fondness for occasionally throwing a mega magnet monster on the track and letting it go all out!

ps: when you build that track be sure to include lots of right *and* left turns, and some decreasing radius ones (using inside and outside curves)!

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 04:15 AM

WOW, I can't believe that. I still have the original chasis for the Cox Winged Chapparel.

Here's a pretty crappy Chappie on ebay


Slotbaker,

My chassis is totally different than that one, doesn't look anything like it, and I am 100% sure the chassis is from the Chap 2E. Did Cox make 2 different models of this car?

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 11:29 AM

hey louis when you build that track be sure to post here. i will come all the way out from cali just to race you!

oh and yeah fly etc cars are nice but theres nothing like building up vintage ones. and you soon get tired of the magnet business and want to build and race cars that require skill to drive...but i have to admit a fondness for occasionally throwing a mega magnet monster on the track and letting it go all out!

ps: when you build that track be sure to include lots of right *and* left turns, and some decreasing radius ones (using inside and outside curves)!

one love
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Bill,

Funny you mention the magnet thing. I have never used a magnet car. I have to tell you though, I just LOVE those Fly Cars!!!! I don't even go to the website, the last time I played with that shopping cart, I was up to about 1300 bucks, and there were plenty of pages left!!!

I am looking forward to putting a track together. I miss this hobby a lot. It's just funny that I stopped building models and racing slots when I was 12 or 13, can't remember when exactly, now I am 48 and I can't wait to get a track! Oh well, I guess getting older is not such a bad thing. One good thing though, I now have the cash to drop on some really kewl stuff!!!!

He who dies with the MOST toys wins!

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 03:45 PM

My chassis is totally different than that one, doesn't look anything like it, and I am 100% sure the chassis is from the Chap 2E. Did Cox make 2 different models of this car?


Yep, you're right.

That one on ebay is a mongrel, and it still fetched good money.

There were 2 chassis for the COX 2E, 1 in diecast magnesium;
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and the Iso-fulcrum one in pressed aluminium. (unfortunately don't have pic at hand of the Iso)
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Posted 14 October 2006 - 08:35 AM

No commercial tracks in Eugene, OR- in past 10 years 4 have been started; 4 have failed and disappeared.

However for the dedicated model car racer Pelican Park Speedway ( www.pelicanparkspeedway.com )offers hobbyists an opportunity to build and race authentic appearing 1/24th scale cars.

PPS members have been racing every week without interruption since 1976

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 02:30 PM

Tried the website. It did not work. Are those lexan bodies on the audi's? Nice looking track. 8)

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 04:38 PM

Hi Richard,

Ooops, incomplete address- should be:
www.pelicanparkspeedway.com

The Courage C60 is a 1/24th TSRF resin body, and the Audi R8 is a 1/24 Carrera body converted and mounted on a scratch built brass chassis.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:57 AM

Thanks. The Monza class looks pretty cool. 8)

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 03:47 PM

Tha 1/24th-1/25th slot track at Phil's Hobby Shop closed last year. Phil (an independent owner) said it was a money drain on his business.

Last slot race winner I had was a modified AMT brass pan chassis (was tha '66 Ford Galaxie slotcar) w/ a '66 Olds Toronado lexan body ( wider wheel base on tha front and rear axles). Ran ball bearings on rear axle and both ends of my rewound and balanced can motor into brass bevel gears. Used to epoxy tha rubber tires to tha wheels then soak them in mineral spirits until they swelled up, then chucked them into a Dremel tool to cut and true them.

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 06:42 AM

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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Wonderful paint and chassis work Jairus :lol:

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:09 AM

I've got a track in Costa Mesa, CA. It's for 1/32 Scalextric Digital racing. A lot of people call it "scale model racing" because realism is stressed over top speed. Typically the cars are accurately shaped and finely detailed. One of the great features of digital is it allows six cars to run on two lanes, with lane switching in designated areas. This means you can pass slower traffic or just choose which lane gives you the fastest racing line. A lot of cars come with lights so we do some night racing laps too. Most 1/32 cars are compatible if they are retrofitted with a "chip" from Scalextric. These are usually under $20 and shouldn't affect running on traditional analog tracks. My track is about 66 feet with eleven lane switchers and includes a pit lane. Scale Model Racing Magazine is a good source of info and you can find out a lot about the hobby on the internet. You can see pictures and get directions at http://www.nhdclub.com under "Slot Cars" heading. If you are in SoCal and want to try it out, just let me know.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 12:43 PM

Last year used to be 3 about a hour away. One is temporarily closed as the mall shut down. Another has just vanished without word? The last one still open I took the kids to and they had a blast running the cars off of the track! LOL. I have bought a Giant raceway and a drag strip in HO for the kids (and I) to run in our family room once it is done! Jody

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 03:22 PM

fellas,

Down the street half mile away is the Race Place II THREE 8 lane tracks, 1/2 mile the other way race Place I at the Collingwood Auction, been there since 1966.
About three or four miles east is the new Slot Spot THREE 8 lane tracks AND a FULL SCALE Drag Strip.
A half an hour west, we have Dom's raceway an eight lane HILLCLIMB in a private residence cellar but a commercial track with regularly scheduled race as do the others.
And about 45 minute south we have Sonny's FAST LANE fast King with an oval as well as a Drag Strip ! The above tracks are located in New Jersey, as I said they ALL have regularly scheduled races.

There's a few more, but that's it for now

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 09:25 AM

we just got a track about two months ago... place is great... I race the drag cars and we all use model bodies these days and it awesome... cars look great.... its great to be racing again... heres some pics

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201 Pine Street - Mt. Holly, NJ 08060 - Phone: 609-702-0146

1/24 scale 1/4 mile Dragstrip

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other tracks... if thats your thing

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