Jump to content




Photo

Where did you race as a kid?


340 replies to this topic

#326 MSwiss

MSwiss

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Advertiser
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 23,183 posts
  • Joined: 16-April 06
  • Gender:Male

Posted 08 January 2019 - 02:55 PM

Laying in bed, sick, I was able to find this iconic picture.

It included the huge vertical Chicago Theatre sign, the Marshall Field's clock, and the "Smoking Man". LOL

The entrance to the raceway is out of frame, maybe another 20-30 ft., to the right, on Randolph.

This pic gives perspective of the jaunt racers had to make, down a medium long, 2nd floor hallway, past other businesses, down a flight of stairs, and around the corner, to hopefully find their car, after it launched in the bank, and out the open window, on a summer day.

Billboard_at_State_St_n_Randolph_in_Chicago_03.jpg
  • hiline2, Mark Mattei, Peter Horvath and 1 other like this

Mike Swiss
 
Inventor of the Low CG guide flag 4/20/18
IRRA® Components Committee Chairman
Five-time USRA National Champion (two G7, one G27, two G7 Senior)
Two-time G7 World Champion (1988, 1990), eight G7 main appearances
Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder

17B West Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL 60559, (708) 203-8003, mikeswiss86@hotmail.com (also my PayPal address)

Note: Send all USPS packages and mail to: 5858 Chase Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60516





#327 ThunderThumb

ThunderThumb

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 313 posts
  • Joined: 05-March 19
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Orange County

Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:53 PM

ThunderThumb raceway on the Redondo Beach Pier Redondo Beach CA , Don's Raceway Downey CA , Rosecrans Raceway Compton CA , Speed Sport Long Beach Blvd and Imperial Hwy , I think it was Lynwood CA , Three G's raceway Los Angeles , like South Central LA , Bellflower Raceway Bellflower CA , all mentioned are all gone


Earl Anderson

#328 MattD

MattD

    Posting Leader

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,870 posts
  • Joined: 13-August 11
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:IN

Posted 04 June 2019 - 08:32 AM

The summer of 65 was when I raced the most at the small track in  front of the local bowling alley.   Daisy Lanes and Daisy Raceway.  . A 10 minute ride from home on my bike.  Long forgotten, I have only found 2-3 guys that remember it well from being there so much.   Yesterday, I got this picture in the mail from the original track owners son, who is now retired and living in Fla, next door to his 94 year old father (one owner/partner).   I had inquired about pix from the other partner 8-10 years ago, but he had none and is now passed.    I assumed he forwarded my inquiry to Ted, the owner.   Turned out the son, now 67 is still slotting some and bought a car from me on Ebay, in his wife's name.   He remembered me and out of the blue decided to send me this picture and see if I had any memorabilia.   I did send him pix of my trophies with the raceways name on them and pix I took after the center closed and again after it caught fire 2 years ago.  He remembered the name of an older racer, Mr Hall,  that owned an electronics company and mentioned that he brought in a camera,  8mm, Betamax, not sure which, but he videoed racing and the place one nite.   This guys daughter was always with him, and she married another of the local guys.   Now I am on a quest to locate them and see if they have any of Mr Hall's stuff and maybe an old video.

 

This was the second track they installed

daisy 4).jpg

 

 

After the bowling center closed a few years ago, the slot track was in the front right, a 600 sq. ft. "L" shaped shop.   The building  caught fire shortly after and is now bulldozed waiting for a new fast food place, I guess.

 

daisy 3.jpg


Matt Bishop

Vintage Cox Slot Cars

#329 don.siegel

don.siegel

    Posting Leader

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,857 posts
  • Joined: 17-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Paris, France

Posted 04 June 2019 - 08:49 AM

Thanks for the memories Matt. Funny to see that track - do you remember the manufacturer? I don't recognize it at all. 

 

I have the feeling that a lot of smaller companies made tracks and never put ads in any of the national publications. My local track in Chicago had an 8-lane formica surfaced track with a steep bank and the usual somewhat distorted figure 8 layout. I worked there, but never thought about asking who had made the track... and don't think I've heard of another one with the formica surface! 

 

Don 



#330 MSwiss

MSwiss

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Advertiser
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 23,183 posts
  • Joined: 16-April 06
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:22 AM

I've probably posted this already in this thread, but I thought Motorama, in Forest Park, had Formica surfaced tracks.

I remember large yellow and red, 8 lane tracks, that sat along side each other.

While I very well may be thinking of the sides, I do recall how impressed I was by how smooth the yellow and red surfaces were, so I don't think I would have been that knocked out, if it was just the sides, and not the running surface, itself.

I did find this blurb, from the archives of their local paper.

It's from April of 65, about 3 -4 years before I ever got there.

I had heard from people over the years, that they had more than 2 track originally.

7340 MADISON ST. FOREST PARK Miniature Car Racing Opens Model car racing, the latest sport to sweep the country, has opened In Forest Park at Madison and Circle. Featuring 30 lanes of minature roadways, the Motorama Race Ways opened Saturday when Mayor Mohr (center left) peformed the ribbon-cutting ceremony. With the Mayor are Chief Elmer Schnurstein and Motorama manager Tom Pappas.

20190604_093633.jpg
  • Tex likes this

Mike Swiss
 
Inventor of the Low CG guide flag 4/20/18
IRRA® Components Committee Chairman
Five-time USRA National Champion (two G7, one G27, two G7 Senior)
Two-time G7 World Champion (1988, 1990), eight G7 main appearances
Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder

17B West Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL 60559, (708) 203-8003, mikeswiss86@hotmail.com (also my PayPal address)

Note: Send all USPS packages and mail to: 5858 Chase Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60516


#331 MattD

MattD

    Posting Leader

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,870 posts
  • Joined: 13-August 11
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:IN

Posted 04 June 2019 - 04:31 PM

Don that track and the track it replaced were both built by local craftsmen.     They  were built to specs for the space the shop had.  It was a "L" shaped  room and the long part of the "L" was probably only  12-15  feet wide and  probably 40 foot long,   The small side of the "L" was probably 16 wide and 26 long.    

 

I took these pictures about 2 weeks before it burned.

 

Short part of the L from the front door

 

2077.JPG

 

The original long part of the "L" was between the purple poles and the back wall on left.   There was a barber shop in the corner of the "L" and its back wall was at these poles back in 65.   

2081.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 


Matt Bishop

Vintage Cox Slot Cars

#332 ThunderThumb

ThunderThumb

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 313 posts
  • Joined: 05-March 19
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Orange County

Posted 22 July 2019 - 05:10 PM

Thunder Thumb Raceway on the Redondo Beach Pier , thd Famous Speed Sport in Lynwood CA , Roescrans Raceway in Compton CA , sometimes Dons Raceway in Downey CA , Downey Archery Lanes in Downey CA , then Bellflower Raceway in Bellflower CA these were older probably original tracks from when slot cars were popular
Earl Anderson

#333 Bill from NH

Bill from NH

    Age scrubs away speed!

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11,322 posts
  • Joined: 02-August 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:New Boston, NH

Posted 22 July 2019 - 06:26 PM

I had an AMT Model Turnpike set in 1963, then later planned to build a wooden home track. Commercial slot car raceways came to Maine in 1967, so I never did build a home track. My first local raceway was the Lemans Raceway, Brunswick, ME. They started with a new Mr. Raceways Lemans track & added a used AMR "Orange" the following year. I think they installed a short drag strip too. The last I knew, that building was a new furniture store, still owned by the former raceway owner Jack Burch.


Bill Fernald
 

I intend to live forever!  So far, so good.  :laugh2:  :laugh2: 


#334 NHBandit

NHBandit

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 131 posts
  • Joined: 12-December 16
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:East TN

Posted 17 October 2019 - 11:53 AM

Growing up on the New Hampshire seacoast I raced at the Hampton Beach Casino up on the second floor. Last I knew it was still there but badly neglected. Also a place in downtown Portsmouth NH that I can't remember the name of at the moment. Moved to Chicopee Mass in 1967 and raced at a place called Richie's Speed City. In the 90s there was a track in Pembroke NH where Rickie Craven's old racecar shop used to be also. It never really took off and now they race go-karts there. Big 8 lane commercial track. They offered it to me at one point for 1000 bucks but I had no place to put it. Probably ended up in the landfill..


Mark Sturtevant  


#335 Dave Buchholz

Dave Buchholz

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 120 posts
  • Joined: 13-June 19
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Rochester, NY

Posted 17 October 2019 - 02:58 PM

For me, I grew up in suburbs of Buffalo NY. My home track was Grells Hobbies on Main St in Williamsville. Four tracks, American Red, orange, yellow and black. In the next burb over was Brighton Speedway in Tonawanda. Across town was in West Seneca, above a skating rink.

#336 Tim Neja

Tim Neja

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,185 posts
  • Joined: 11-June 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Paso Robles

Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:26 PM

1961 - 1963  Costa Mesa Hobby Shop and Raceway on 17th street

1963 - 1966  Miniature Freeways  on Newport Blvd

1995 - 1998  Uncle Jack's Track in Lake Forest and Buena Park Raceway with Chris Gallegos

2010 - Present  Buena Park Raceway--and The Cave in Yorba Linda   and Foster's Raceway in Santa Maria --  


She's real fine, my 409!!!

#337 gatormark

gatormark

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 423 posts
  • Joined: 15-November 16
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:FL

Posted 22 October 2019 - 08:19 PM

Sad thing is tracks are going away as the old guard dies off. Kids today just don't seem to care about building things with theyre hands. I guess I should be thankfull my daughter is an athelete, she could be stuck on a phone playing some stupid game.
Mark Conner

#338 orangecrate

orangecrate

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 41 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Monroe Twp, NJ

Posted 23 October 2019 - 07:34 PM

I started out at Polk's hobby shop in ny city 1963. I raced in Brooklyn ny at champion raceway on ralph ave off of flatlands ave and at Thunderbird hobbies in the bensonhurst section of brooklyn ny.


David Schneider
Nothing like slot cars

#339 Rich Joslin

Rich Joslin

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPip
  • 102 posts
  • Joined: 10-November 19
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Rochester, NY

Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:32 PM

B.J.Baker's Bicycle Shop in Ashtabula Ohio.

Baker's had a 1/24 scale track upstairs where the "men" raced, at least according to my Dad. I was okay with that though because there was also a large HO track downstairs. To a little kid like me the track looked huge. We had a lot of fun and as it held our interest Dad bought us a home HO track. The starter track eventually grew into a nice track on a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood in the basement with buildings, landscaping etc. There were 4 or 5 kids in the neighborhood who joined in the fun on a regular basis. We had racing "teams" and spent hours and hours enjoying ourselves. Great memories.


  • NSwanberg likes this

#340 Vay Jonynas

Vay Jonynas

    Race Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 638 posts
  • Joined: 29-August 07
  • Gender:Male

Posted 07 September 2020 - 06:18 PM


This pic gives perspective of the jaunt racers had to make, down a medium long, 2nd floor hallway, past other businesses, down a flight of stairs, and around the corner, to hopefully find their car, after it launched in the bank, and out the open window, on a summer day.

attachicon.gifBillboard_at_State_St_n_Randolph_in_Chicago_03.jpg

 

Did any cars ever survive such a launch?

 

:shok:


flathead_t_shirts_3.gif


#341 MSwiss

MSwiss

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Advertiser
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 23,183 posts
  • Joined: 16-April 06
  • Gender:Male

Posted 07 September 2020 - 08:27 PM

I never witnessed one in person.

By the time I started going there, and eventually got hired, the track was gone.

I just heard stories of it from the GM, who became a good friend, and years later, from people coming into my raceway, who had raced there.

Mike Swiss
 
Inventor of the Low CG guide flag 4/20/18
IRRA® Components Committee Chairman
Five-time USRA National Champion (two G7, one G27, two G7 Senior)
Two-time G7 World Champion (1988, 1990), eight G7 main appearances
Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder

17B West Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL 60559, (708) 203-8003, mikeswiss86@hotmail.com (also my PayPal address)

Note: Send all USPS packages and mail to: 5858 Chase Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60516






Electric Dreams Online Shop