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#533974 A sponsor clarification...

Posted by Matt Bruce on 09 March 2014 - 11:33 AM

The problem, like with so many other things in this world, is social media. Facebook, Internet, it's all the same. Things get out of control in cyberspace, people say things a lot of times out of context. I see it in business everyday, emails and texts instead of picking up the phone or setting a meeting. A Ping pong match of 20 emails that could have all been avoided with one phone call.


While I can't comment really on Ron, I have never hid behind the fact that I as well as others want everyone racing together. That's not to say I disagree with multiple organizations because I do not. I have had conversations with Ron on the PHONE and on social media. Maybe he is lying to me, I don't think so, but he wants the same. There is no reason why organizations can't get along as long as they sit down and come up with a solution for working together. Honestly, the majority of racers, myself included, would and do race in both.


Dividing Retro is just so silly. Believing the BS that goes on social media creates its own roadblocks which both sides seem to listen to. Airing dirty laundry never helps any situation. Each one exploits each other's rules like some presidential campaign to really what end? Ron is a very prideful person as are the BoD. It does not surprise me with what is said over social media that neither wanna move off their mountains. For the sake of argument, if I were Ron I would have felt I was not welcome to sponsor or race either.


But on the other hand, reading social media and the non-constructive comments of the minions I can see why no one would have asked him. Either way, I personally have found in both business and life to get back to the basics. Look both in the eye, get back to shaking hands and using today's technology as a tool and not as something to hide behind. I think the time is passed for who said what and who thinks they are right and who thinks who is wrong. Some people just wanna watch the world burn. It's very easy to see who those people are watching social media.


Are we really that different that no common ground can be had? I think not. I see both sides and I understand very clearly how we got to this point. In the end it's about I was right and you are wrong meanwhile racers are left in the middle just really wanting to race together. We have all been friends for a long time and know the slot car landscape.


History tends to repeat itself. Retro is a chance to change that.

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#516574 The eternal "What's best for Retro" discussion

Posted by Matt Bruce on 07 December 2013 - 08:25 AM

There is no doubt that Retro has become a kit-based form of racing. It is what it is. The variations of frames that have come from said kits is just astonishing.

You will never please everyone 100% of the time. Having scratchbuilders talk smack on kit frames is all good. Without that, racing in any form never pushes forward. Pride or ego, whichever you prefer, keep things fresh and keep those engineering minds searching endlessly for the better mousetrap.

In reality we are talking about a guide hole, a piece to hold a front axle, a bracket to hold a rear axle, and something to pin the body too. That's it. However you come up with those things it's all good.

Nobody invented any of this stuff. Guys just arrange them differently. If a kit helps a guy do that quicker and cheaper so be it. Racing is close and that's the key. They all look the same on the line from the top. Retro is such a photocopy hobby anyway. People see a chassis win on Sunday and Monday morning there are 100 copies. And that is from scratch or a kit.

Just realize the big picture, in that there are 100 guys who care enough to spend the time to copy it. That's why it's popular and why you always have plenty of marshals in Retro. LOL.
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#512755 Slotcars will be the new household word

Posted by momma on 12 November 2013 - 02:51 PM

Route 93 Raceways is going to the sky to advertise!!!


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#502321 The confessional

Posted by Matt Bruce on 08 September 2013 - 08:08 AM

A turd is a turd, but it may not be at another venue. The problem with most of you guys is that you think that because of your advanced knowledge and years of experience that you put in what you think is your best motor, that it will be. And if someone is god forbid faster than you, that guy is doin something he shouldn't be. 2 years ago at Retropalooza Port Jeff CanAm, I was practicing and changing motors. I had, believe me, cycled thru some of my best engines from past races, some with multiple wins. I had a engine which was one of the first I'd bought 5 years ago, never ran anywhere. Refurbed it twice over the years, still a turd and never put a race on it. But that day, that track, that power it was a missile. Dominated the race. Fast Ones seal, still had an oilite bearing in the can. Do not confuse the fact that a motor is a turd cause it isn't fast at a specific racetrack. Matching the motor to the conditions is. That's why most of us have lots of engines. These motors are great out of the bag. They are great after getting refurbed. Are they all great at every track, no. So when most of you guys whining on here about guys blue printing motors, how do you explain someone like myself, who has never blueprinted a PD but still wins races? Obviously due to the amount of races I've run I'm sure I've ran against a few blueprinted engines in my time by now. Result has been the same. As with most BS on this blog, the majority of guys should start listening more to what guys who travel alot, race alot, and win alot are saying. But you won't, and the same thing will come up again and again and the same hard headed guys who never seem to walk thru the doors of any racetrack will dictate to the rest of us what a bunch of idiots we all are. Sorry, but if you are gonna talk the talk you better walk the walk. Funny how most who do, never seem to post much on these subjects. Maybe that would be a better topic to waste time on.
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#517857 The eternal "What's best for Retro" discussion

Posted by JerseyJohn on 13 December 2013 - 12:27 PM

From my crib in Jersey, like I see it.
This blog is a great source of information regarding all forms of scale racing. It has connected us from around the world to share and discuss  almost every aspect of our hobby-sport. We should count ourselves fortunate we have such a forum.
That being said, I also find it damn entertaining. All the bickering and squabbling sounds like an Italian holiday dinner LMAO. 
There is something to be learned from everything, even the squabbling. So on the interpersonal relationship, human front I have learned that:
Some bloggers just don't like other people or organizations, and no matter how right they might be, they will argue against whatever that person/group says. Sound familiar, right?
Some just want to be heard, start trouble, are jealous, or are just plain miserable. 
An old friend of mine told me this when I became a supervisor.
Like it or not, this is Greg's sandbox, like it or not, his rules, his say. Disagree? Don't go away mad, just go away.
Retro East, both IRRAs, SCRRA, etc., all have people that run it. In the end if you are unhappy with the rules or you dislike the people running them voice your opinion, and if still unhappy don't go away mad, just go away. Don't try and ruin it for the rest. Nothing is perfect guys...
What I've found as a boss is those that support you will tell you one-on-one but usually not in a group. 
The ones that disagree usually do it in a group setting and some will go behind your back. They like the attention and it makes them feel relevant. Understanding their motivation in what and when they say things is as important as the content of their words. 
What's it all mean? Well, for starters admit there are people you just never will like or agree with. We all know it, so just stop it. Be relevant or be quiet... there comes a point when enough is enough.
There are many of you that are having a hard time in health, finances, or life in general. Lets remember what's really important and have fun racing.
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#537483 IRRA™ rules comments & discussion

Posted by Chewy on 26 March 2014 - 03:51 PM

Motors, motors, motors, PD, RH, etc. I'm just too tired of all the BS.

So here is how we do it at Retro East™. It's called "FUN" and nobody racing in RE™ cares what motor is run in whose car. When JJ and I run side by side in a heat we shake and hug and say, "Man that was great". Same goes for George, Phil, and all the other guys. When Matt, Ed, Ray or whoever breaks a record, we say, "Great run, way to go".

We all have a fun day until next race when we look forward to having fun again. We race what ever we feel is best for the day.

Stop with the motor BS already, those that run what they run it's their choice whether it be cost, performance, reliability, etc. The board-approved motors are for the racers choice to use. Leave the fun to those that want to follow the rules and race.

Enough is enough. I'm not going to defend my post; I spoke my piece.
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#534517 A sponsor clarification...

Posted by JerseyJohn on 11 March 2014 - 12:04 PM

To all of my friends,

Very few are involved in this turmoil. Most Retro racers don't care. They just want to have fun and race. The splitting of orgs is like a divorce where the friends of both are put in an awkward position to chose which one they support. NO ONE WINS as everyone is left with discord and bad feelings. He said, she said, it's there fault blah, blah , blah. What we have is hurt feelings acting out on the internet.

I don't know what the answer is but I think everyone should take a break from posting about this BS. Have a drink, smoke a bone, get laid. Whatever calms you down. To quote the Tina Turner song, "I don't care who is right or wrong, I don't want to fight any more."


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#516293 The eternal "What's best for Retro" discussion

Posted by JerseyJohn on 05 December 2013 - 04:32 PM

In spite of a few different opinions by some, the vast majority of Retro racers just want to race, have fun, and be somewhat competitive. Those that want to build can, and those that can't or don't want to build have a whole lot of options in kits or buying RTR. 


Retro racing is enjoying large turn-outs all over the country, Japan, and the UK. 


While I do enjoy the bantering, most racers really dont give two sh*ts about this stuff.







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#512780 Fall Brawl thank you!

Posted by Matt Bruce on 12 November 2013 - 04:58 PM

Thanks to Mike Isles for organizing and putting on this event yet again. He loves this hobby and has sacrificed both his time, and more importantly his money in trying to bring us the premier slot race in the East.

Thanks to Frank and Mark for taking the reigns of managing SpeedZone and helping make the Brawl run smooth.

Brandon was outstanding in the directors chair and deserves a huge thanks from every racer in attendance. He is a great kid, willing to help with anything.

It was great to have Cap and Brad back to the Brawl along with Tom Hansen, Mike Kravitz, and of course Howie.

John Miller was in the house again, along with the Conn and New York contingent led by the Clinton's and Preston Meyer.

The Brantley family was back and strong.

I got a new friend in Jason Holmes and getting to race with Duran again after all these years was just awesome. I was so happy to get a podium shot with him this weekend. He is the real deal, and did an outstanding job. I told Ryan to watch him and learn, cause that's the racer you wanna be like. Smooth, calculating, and respectful on and off the track.

Thanks to Greg Wells and Jay Guard for making the trip up and experience the Fall Brawl atmosphere.

Thanks to Noose for his never-ending commitment to Retro.

Personally I wanna thank my good friend Ed Sohl. It was Ed that kept me pumped about racing slots when I wanted to step away. He and Sano Dave are my heroes. Great men who do all their talkin with the controller.

Thanks to Greg Van Peenen for his endless work building cars so I can run up front.

To R-Geo, Rick Davis, Steve L, Fast Ones, Pro Slot, and Parma for all their products and help this weekend.

Mostly I need to thank my wife Sharon and my son Ryan. All the late nights and time away dedicated to this hobby especially on big race weekends is their time, too.

Thanks again everyone for coming and supporting SpeedZone.
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#529797 New crown gears by Red Fox coming soon

Posted by Matt Bruce on 18 February 2014 - 02:13 PM

Gugu Bernardino of Red Fox has produced tooling for manufacturing of a new crown gear for Retro racing.

I have completed the testing on these new gears and I am very pleased with the final product. They will be produced in a black polymer in three sizes - 27t, 28t, and 29t in 48 pitch using a 3/32" hub. They run very true, are light, and mesh very nicely.

Now that testing is completed, Red Fox will begin producing them to get them out to distributors soon. I do not know what the retail cost will be. The product is very good and I'm sure all the racers who try them will be very pleased.

Thanks to Gugu and Red Fox Racing Products for investing their time and money in such a way to benefit Retro and its racers. Look for them very soon.


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#469176 Blondie builds...

Posted by John Streisguth on 14 March 2013 - 11:43 AM

Retro East regulars are familiar with Nicole "Blondie" Walters from Slot Racing Revival. She has really gotten the slot racing bug, venturing out to OCR and Port Jeff this year after our home track SRR closed. She had mentioned that she would like to learn how to build a car from scratch, so I volunteered to walk her through building a chassis kit. 

Thanks to Joe "Noose" Neumeister, who donated a JK X25R kit (plus a bunch of other parts!) to the cause, last night we sat down and got to work.

The first thing was the basics of soldering. After some pointers and a trial on some scrap, we were ready to get to it.
Her first solder joints; bracket, axle, tube, and rear brass section:

Moving on through the build:




As you can see, by the time the front axle was going in, she could actually smile!  :-)
The finished product:

The happy builder:

The next step is showing her how to build it into a complete car. We have six weeks until the finale at SpeedZone, where hopefully she will debut her new ride.
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#541298 The same Retro Hawk story over and over again...

Posted by JerseyJohn on 19 April 2014 - 07:47 PM

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