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#1 Ron Hershman

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:59 PM

Retro racing... over 70 entries at the Zimmerman, over 40 at Retro East, over 30 at GRRR, 89 at Penn-Ohio over this past weekend.

Throw in the 198 entries or so at the R4 a couple weekends ago... plus the 30 over at Mason-Dixon last weekend.

What a great month for Retro racing!!!




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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:09 PM

Yeah... not too shabby!
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:11 PM

Awesome!

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:15 PM

It's impressive!

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:26 PM

BEST thing going in slot car racing!

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:31 PM

Retro Is a great, but the people involved make even better!
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:36 PM

:D :clapping: I'm building (for others) and saving my pennies for Da Sano. :good: :sun_bespectacled:

Retro is very cool!!! :D

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:36 PM

I agree 100% with all the above statements,

WTG to all us Retro racers throughout the USA. And the world, because our racing brothers in Tokyo had their race this past weekend, too
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

Ron,

You asked can it get any better?

I say YES! I saw a couple of new retreads last Saturday. Looks like it is still growing...

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#10 Ron Hershman

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:02 PM

So you seen a couple guys retreading their old wheels with new rubber? ;) LOL.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:05 PM

Noooo, one racer new to Retro after 40 years off comes to mind.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:02 PM

Last weekend while fiddling a bit with Retro cars out at our local track tuning up for the Zipper, a racer who doesn't own a Retro car yet but has raced every race we have had, asked "These Retro cars are pretty reliable aren't they?". I replied, "Yup"

Now the context of the question - This was right after a 1/24 Eurosport race during which probably several thousand dollars worth of equipment was wasted while racing for track bucks. :dash2:

The cost per racing lap completed plays so strong to Retro cars that I see the growth continuing, at a cost to other programs a bit. The skill sets involved are appealing to many of the other era(s) of racers. The level of competition, the closeness, is appealing to a wide audience, too.

Yup, good stuff.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:05 PM

Great news. :good:
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:28 AM

On March 25, Sunday, we had our Tokyo D3 Race #3 of this year with thirteen entries for Can-Am and twelve for F1. I thought we were going to have at least five more racers but they were not able to make it, but that is OK.

This year, our goal is 24 entries at each of our monthly race.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:36 AM

Noooo, one racer new to retro after 40 years off, comes to mind.


I think there were two, Rick: Gil, Buddy's friend, and Mike Peskar who ran a really great race in F1. Great turn-out and lots of fun.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:42 AM

Just for the record!

This was the first F1 race Mike Peskar has entered. I loaned him a car on Friday during practice and he had a heck of a good time. :)

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:05 AM

Last weekend while fiddling a bit with Retro cars out at our local track tuning up for the Zipper, a racer who doesn't own a Retro car yet but has raced every race we have had, asked "These Retro cars are pretty reliable aren't they?". I replied, "Yup".

Now the context of the question - This was right after a 1/24 Eurosport race during which probably several thousand dollars worth of equipment was wasted while racing for track bucks.

The cost per racing lap completed plays so strong to Retro cars that I see the growth continuing, at a cost to other programs a bit. The skill sets involved are appealing to many of the other era(s) of racers. The level of competition, the closeness, is appealing to a wide audience, too.

Yup, good stuff.


And besides that Mr Hansen did a great "giving back" this past Saturday.

While in between races, we were BS'ing when a young kid (I believe Chris was his name) came up to us with his Flexi not working, and asked, "Can you help me? It ain't working". :wacko2:

Well, ol' Tom removed the body to inspect the reason it wasn't, the whole motor /gear combo had been "hammered" pretty bad... and had come unsoldered.

To make a long story short, Tom heated up his iron and put the entire car back together... for a kid we have no idea who he was... but he was a happy kid again.

That's giving back! :good:

Because some old guy probably did the same for us 45-50 yrs ago... :victory:

Thanks, Tom, you be Da Man for helping a kid AND GIVING BACK!! :sun_bespectacled:
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:44 AM

Can it get any better?

Two words: FREE BEER!
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:54 AM

I'm with Bill on this one! :D

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:30 AM

Mike, Bill,

The next race we're all at, the first three rounds for you guys are on me!
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:39 AM

Retro racing's growth is very pleasing to me, too.

And I am absolutely certain we've only just begun to grow the Retro genre, primarily because all the pieces for a efficiently-functioning Retro racing "landscape" are in place and hitting on all cylinders. I've said for a long time that the racing organization is a more important factor than the specific details of the car rules and IRRA™'s success illustrates just what I meant.

It's only going to get better!
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

The next race we're all at, the first three rounds for you guys are on me!


Don't you worry about getting a DUI from the track owner?? :laugh2: :laugh2:
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:56 AM

Takes more than three beers to get my fat ass drunk. Dunno about Mike and Bill... LOL!
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:01 PM

Let me be the first to say, cheater, you are NOT fat!!! :laugh2: :laugh2:

Sorry, couldn't resist... :crazy: :bomb: :sarcastic_hand:

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:04 PM

OK, what do you want now? You gotta want something to be fibbing like that...
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:10 PM

You don't get it, do you...

Never mind... :laugh2:

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:24 PM

I got it right away, Pablo. Greg must be a little slow today. :laugh2: :laugh2:
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:26 PM

I've said for a long time that the racing organization is a more important factor than the specific details of the car rules and IRRA™'s success illustrates just what I meant.


I smell an attempt at World Domination here... :shok: :D
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:40 PM

Vic, Greg is NOT slow, he's just challenged.

By his job, that is. :laugh2:

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

Yeah, I guess we'll have to keep him, even if he is challenged :mosking: :mosking: by his job that is. :wink3: :wink3:
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:55 PM

See... Even I got Greg thinking about a Blue Moon. LOL.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:23 PM

The success of Retro is definitely a good thing and gosh knows we need some positive things in our hobby these days.

A suggestion... stop counting entries and start counting human beings. I think it would be a far better measure of participation.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:30 PM

Penn-Ohio Retro Series had 28-racers at REM in Mentor, OH, this past Saturday...

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:37 PM

We had 23 racers and that was just fine for the place we were at. Our next one should yield at least 35.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:13 PM

Like I said.. good news!

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:57 PM

If i may add to this whole take over of slot car racing known as Retro? My dad 1st got me started into slot cars when i was around 10yrs old i'm gunna be 36 this April 23rd and ive raced it all....... Dad would only let me run Womps with all the other kids while he got to run flexi stuff i always remember him telling me, " U get good enough at driving these womps and winning, you'll be able to drive any other form of slot cars" and that i did. After enlisting in the Navy at 18 and being stationed in San Diego i moved to a town called El Cajon and their was a billiards and slot cars buisness in the town and I got started racing in So Cal USRA racing with some of the best, Monty Ohren (r.i.p) Duran Trajillo(sp) sorry,The Forsyth's etc...etc... My accomplishments were fair and i was always pleased with my driving skills and the cars i built, I moved back to CT in June of 2000 and started in CT where i left off in CA winning a couple NECC championships in outlaw and GTP and finding myself usually finishing in the top 5, My accomplishments would fair a little better now as my skills were getting better and learning some things from other greats Like Dick Pelletier, Ray Lee, Jay Kisling etc...etc... My dad and I would decide to drive down to the Div 2 scale nats in Anderson SC where i would decide to build my GT1 car that morning with a brand new turbo flex from off the wall and win my 1st amature national championship, if that wasnt enough i would also decide to drive out to Ohio and try my luck and the Parma challange cup where i would win not 1, not 2 but all 3 races in the amature division and inturn getting my self on the cover of Slot car Bulletin i believe the caption read ( Clinton sweeps Challage Cup) Where am i going with all this? Well i have now maybe 5 retro races under my belt and only 1 of them being an actual retro east event a couple weeks ago at Port Jeff, and with all the scale racing i have done over the years this has been some of the most fun ive had racing with some great guys. The turn out was great to see, the racing was even better i only raced Can Am with a descent motor that Doug let me borrow cuz my off the wall motor PD was not up to par, my chassis was CAP Henry built, and i felt i did pretty good racing against some tough competition, my only draw back rite now is I havent the know how, or even where to start when it comes to building these chassis or the time it takes to master this art of building like Tony P, CAP, Manta Ray etc...etc... I know this was long and drawn out but i just wanted to express where ive been,what ive done and now where i'm trying to go in slot car racing. Thanks to some great fellow drivers that have been showing me the ropes in Retro east..... Dom,Ray Duran,Larry Cyr,Rapid Rick etc.... etc.... i'm loving this Retro phenomena and cant wait till Retropalloza 3 to race with and meet some great ppl ive been reading so much about on this site.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:01 PM

Dad would only let me run Womps with all the other kids while he got to run flexi stuff i always remember him telling me, " U get good enough at driving these womps and winning, you'll be able to drive any other form of slot cars" and that i did.


Your father is a smart man and gave you wise words :)

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:08 PM

Your father is a smart man and gave you wise words :)

HAHA!! Thanks Ron..
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:52 PM

You guys are so right about retro racing being BIG time. This is exactly what got me re-started after 41 years off the circuit.
After more or less stumbling across this site and others, I found myself at BPR taking in the action, and had three racers wanting to loan me a Can-Am car to race the first time I was there! This was Bela, Terry Schmid, and John Cukras! Needless to say, I'm running whenever I can at BPR at the S.C.R.R.A. races with my own car, and am building a new Warmack chassis kit[Can-Am] as this is being typed. Do I like and appreciate retro racing, and the come back it has made? YES! And I plan on having another car for the Western States in July. Thanks ALL for your help and advice to get me back in.
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