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#1 Wizard Of Iz

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 06:22 AM

I've learned that Roy Crawley (father of Peter and Adam Crawley) passed away this past weekend.

The Crawley's have been involved in slot car racing from the "heyday" to today as track owners and for a number of years as Crawley Distributing.

Please keep Peter, Adam, and their families in your prayers.

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#2 Marty Stanley

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 06:54 AM

Rollin,

Thanks for the update.

I certainly will be thinking of Pete and Adam.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 07:47 AM

Sad to hear and the best to the family.

Wasn't it Roy that started the Cobra line around New York?
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:00 AM

I had a helluva lot of fun with Roy at his place in Farmingdale during my second round of running slot cars around my late teens. I used to spend time there just gabbing with him and sometimes forgot to put my cars on the track. He had a quarter epoxied to the glass counter and had fun watching people trying to swipe it while "no one was looking".

Condolences to Peter and Adam.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:21 AM

My condolences to the Crawley family.

Roy was a great person. He and Peter ran a great raceway.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:26 AM

While I did not know Roy, I did deal with Crawley Distributing many years ago when I had Front Line Products.

Prayers and thoughts go out to all the family. R.I.P., Roy.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 11:54 AM

:mellow: My condolences to the Crawley family.

I too spent many nights in the early seventies racing in Farmingdale at, I think it was called, Phase III Raceway. Pete and Adam were pretty young at the time.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 12:02 PM

Also, my condolences to Peter & Adam.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 12:05 PM

Hi,

My condolences to the Crawley family.

Roy was quite a character. As I recall, he and Lou Graziano were partners in the original Cobra and then split up. I can still remember and visualize the time Roy visited my apartment in Brooklyn to try to convince me to leave Team Russkit and join Howie at Cobra. Clearly he was a major and important figure in and contributor to the history of slot car racing.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 03:56 PM

My condolences to all the Crawley family.

I raced with Adam and Pete in the FSRA Div. 2 races in '95 to '98 and raced at Adam's track, too. It was well run and fun.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 04:36 PM

I will also miss Roy...

When I was starting BIR Raceway, I did not have enough money to buy enough stock to really have enough to operate. Roy gave me credit to buy my opening inventory and gave me months to pay him back. When he wanted to spruce up his raceway, I built a race director stand for him and cleaned and epoxyed the track (after many years of full glue racing) and Roy paid more than I asked for when the job was over. Ernie Provetti bought his first armature balancer from Roy and that was one of the first steps to Ernie and Trinity's entrance to the high tech end of slot racing...

He was a good and fair man and slot racing has lost a good friend.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 04:42 PM

He was a good and fair man and slot racing has lost a good friend.

Roy was quite a character.

 

Both Robert and Sandy's statements pretty much sum up Roy for me. Hearing of his passing really got me to remembering those days, the look on his face and that drawl of his.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 08:27 PM

I knew him well... He was a very generous and kind man... I haven't seen him in many years but I will miss him much...

R. I. P.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 04:13 PM

All of us at Parma send our condolences to the Crawley family on their loss.

The slot car industry has lost a number of well-known names in the recent past and Roy joins that list as an important pioneer.

Hopefully they are all having a good time, reunited and shootin' the bull like the old days.

RIP, Roy.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:53 PM


I've learned that Roy Crawley (father of Peter and Adam Crawley) passed away this past weekend.

The Crawley's have been involved in slot car racing from the "heyday" to today as track owners and for a number of years as Crawley Distributing.

Please keep Peter, Adam, and their families in your prayers.


I was talking to some fellow racers recently and telling them of all the fun we used to have at Phase III raceway in Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y. That was in the early to mid-'70s. Roy called a great race, in the style of the original slot car 'palaces' of the '60s. He had to be the best slot track live announcer that I've ever had the pleasure of being involved with. He really made you feel like you were part of a big event, even if it was just a weekly racing series.

 

The boys where young then, I was in my mid-20s, and we had about eight or ten of my friends racing there with the other locals a few nights a week, everything from Womps to wings. We even ran a hardbody modified series every Friday night!

Later on in life, I was able to have my own raceway, and Roy was the first person I dealt with as my distributor. By then, of course, Pete had become heavily involved with the business, and I very much enjoyed my weekly visits to their place to personally pick up my order and talk about the old days for a few minutes. This was in the late '80s.

My deepest sympathies to the family. My brother Tom and I will never forget about the times we had at PhaZe III, and we'll never forget Roy and the races he provided for us on his American "Hillclimb" track.

Rest in peace, old friend...

 

Ernie Finamore



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Posted 19 April 2011 - 07:17 PM

My deepest condolences to Roy's family. Will always rember racing at there raceway on the Island.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 09:25 PM

Yes, it's sad when one of our slot car men goes to the other side, and I will miss Roy and everyone else that goes to the other side. Maybe it's a good place I don't know yet! unsure.gif

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:06 PM

I am late dropping information on Roy's passing.

I raced at Phaze III from the late '60s to about 1974 and had a lot of fun. Crazy nights in Farmingdale. I remember Roy with his drawl and long patience with all the customers and racers. He did a very professional job at Phaze III, ultimately keeping slot racing going for many of us through the energy crisis and beyond. Other NY tracks have survived but only a few. The success of a track lies in the owner's willingness to support a clientele and Roy did that well.

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