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Punching the Donut: the 2005 USRA Nats video

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#1 Cheater


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Posted 15 February 2024 - 06:55 PM

This video was posted to another thread here a few days ago, and then the video was deleted from YouTube, killing the link.

Here's another YouTube upload of the same video and I think it's worth reposting here. Hopefully, this one won't get deleted.
I'd love to credit the people who produced this great video, but I don't know who they were. Can anyone tell us?

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 10:04 AM

Haha its the name punching the donut that bots see as bad.
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Posted 16 February 2024 - 11:15 AM

At the time the video was made, word was that it was produced by a group of ex-Disney employees that went under the name "Traveling Light Video." The name is now being used by another company so I can only assume that the people who produced this video are no longer in business.

"PDT" was available for purchase after the Nats on DVD, somewhat along the lines of John Ford's Nats videos of the past.


I was trying to add subtitles to the video, and because of that, it had to be re-loaded.

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 12:05 PM

I'd love to credit the people who produced this great video, but I don't know who they were. Can anyone tell us?


Along with MG's above info, I'm 98% sure I was interviewed by Greg Gilbert. 


With moving fairly recently and digging through some boxes looking for something, I did come across the hard copy of the DVD.

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 01:34 PM

What a great production of those Nats!! Lots of good interviews and seeing an awful lot of people that have passed in these 19 years since that race!! Very fun watch.


Thanks for posting!

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 01:37 PM

Nice bunch of racing friends - with more hair perhaps and not grey like today.   :laugh2:

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 04:52 PM

Outstanding video... lots of familiar faces... thanks.

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 06:51 PM

Thanks, Cheater. That's fantastic beyond words.   :heart:  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:

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Posted 16 February 2024 - 10:16 PM

That is a really cool video, Neat to see Swiss back then.

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Posted 17 February 2024 - 01:34 AM

WOW!! This video is phenomenal!! Thanks for posting, Greg,


Really cool to see you as a racer too, Mike Swiss.


This video captures how slot racing is like no other hobby. I've rotated through a lot of hobbies over the decades and the camaraderie of slot racing is second to none.


Case in point. I move to Smyrna, TN. I hear they're racing hard bodies at Apex Hobbies in Murfreesboro. i know absolutely no one.


Now, I'm three weeks in. Gil Gunderson AKA Boola just finished a car for me that's pure jewelry. J.C. Martin is showing me the all the ropes. Will Brinkley pits across from me and shares his expertise. The guys have let me borrow loaners so I can race, too. 


I could not feel more welcome. That's exactly how it was when I started racing at Mike's and Roger's in the Chicago burbs.


And at my first races at Thazer and At The Track in IN. The world would be a better place if more people raced slot cars... LOL.   

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Posted 17 February 2024 - 07:14 AM

Great video. A "who's who" of slot car greats.

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Posted 17 February 2024 - 09:12 AM

I was in Iraq in 2005 during the surge of troops during the Bush administration.


They definitely had more fun at that Nats than I was having! 

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