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#1 Keith Tanaka

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 11:14 PM

A trip down memory lane.

Jan.'68 (actually Dec. '67) was the beginning for the USRA (United Slot Racers Association) in SoCal.
I remember attending the initial meeting (Lynwood, CA). There was probably around three dozen racers or so in attendance.
Lynn Fletcher was elected President, Mike Steube - Vice President, Jeff Martinelli - Treasurer, Keith Tanaka - Secretary.
I'm not sure, but I do think Mike was elected V.P. (Hey Mike, is this correct?)

The intent of USRA was for the racers to determine what rules/regulations would be best for the racers. The magazine races in SoCal (Rod & Custom, Car Model, Model Car Science) set the stage, but the racers felt they needed to control what was happening, hence USRA was formed. USRA today is nothing like the original USRA. USRA has survived, but the end result is not what the founding members had in mind.

Below is a copy of the original USRA membership (thanks to John Cukras, by way of Tore Anderson I received this copy).

SoCal D3 will continue to look for and hopefully find the original members to let them know SoCal D3 is here in the spirit of the original vision of USRA. D3 is not associated with USRA. The vision of D3 is not to make the mistake(s) made by USRA in the early '70s (and thereafter). D3's focus is to support the local raceway(s) and provide a fun, low cost, creative (scratchbuilding), and supportive racing environment.

2009 will be the fourth racing season for SoCal D3.

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Keith :rolleyes:

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:52 AM

History is cool; thanks to you all for preserving it.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 10:48 AM

Hi,

That fall, someone came up to Utah and organized here as well. Felt like a union meeting! Hammond's Raceway in the Cottonwood Mall.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 02:31 PM

Hmmm, I don't think we ever had a USRA song. Unions seem fond of having songs. :laugh2:

I noticed Hi Johnson as one of the names. Lee would probably know if this was the same guy that was in model aviation.
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:08 PM

Yup. Same Hi Johnson. Jack Garcia was also a charter member for Team Dynamic and was also a great model airplane flyer.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:40 AM

This was very cool to come across! Sometimes I need proof that I was actually there "back in the day." Thanks much for digging this up.
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Posted 25 November 2008 - 06:32 PM

This was very cool to come across! Sometimes I need proof that I was actually there "back in the day." Thanks much for digging this up.

Dang, three Boola guys in the original USRA?

I'd say we've been around longer then anyone else! LOL!

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