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#1 rewinder

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:43 AM

When I lived in Dallas back in 1967 there ws a track I believe it was Action Speedway owned by an elderly gentleman can't recall his name. Most of his tracks were home built plywood flat road racing courses did use braid as I recall.


Any body recall another track was in University City close by SMU if I remember, it had a Red American track...anybody recall that one? As I recall it was off Love Blvd... any one recall?

 Another was a track in shopping center.

Sullivan’s track; almost won a race but my magnets cracked due to using the aerosol spray for circuit boards- worked great in cooling a motor but you took your chances.

Do you remember taking a lighter on a Cox 48 tooth 48 pitch to warm it up and running your motor while the gear shaped to the angle of the pinion???
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What about that track in Grapevine 1968/69 Texas. A Mrs., Davis had a combat Strombecker wooden track. Great racing on Saturday night Dean Wolf so you recall that one?????

I remember it was the bus station for Continental bus company in conjunction. Mrs Davis was a go-getter,
 any one recall out there...anybody???


Anybody recall the track down in Houston called Sportscity? Gallaria Shopping Center took over that land,

Way back when in Houston Texas sport city built a lot of the Houston area tracks Broadway Raceways was a flat brass taped Sports City track anyone recall what Loyd Drews did with that track????

Any recall Houstonians??
 Anyone recall the Col's Pasadena racetrack???? Remember his explosive fast 1/32 Cheetah that bud Frazier built for him???

Any one recall??
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:54 AM

Clay- this may be off topic to your Texas memories but there were a few tracks here and there that were converted to coin-op in the middle to late 70's. There was a coin op track in Cincinnati (bowling alley basement) that I remember racing at.

The coin op worked slick- if a lane was open you dropped your coins and went at it. Wonder why more raceways weren't set up that way?

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

Clay- this may be off topic to your Texas memories but there were a few tracks here and there that were converted to coin-op in the middle to late 70's. There was a coin op track in Cincinnati (bowling alley basement) that I remember racing at.

The coin op worked slick- if a lane was open you dropped your coins and went at it. Wonder why more raceways weren't set up that way?


Mick, I can tell you why I didn't do that because I also thought it was a real good idea. In Pa when you have any coin op machine, the city charges you $325/yr for the license to operate it and that would have been a $2600 extra expense. I opted to turn the timer, LOL...........
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

That's robbery Rick.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:45 PM

Clay,

Go here http://excoboard.com/TexasSlotCars and look for posts by "tnt2", Tony Griffin; he may be able to tell you about Action Speedway back then. Currently, in the Ft. Worth suburb of Lake Worth, we race at a track that was once run in one of the iterations of Action Speedway by a guy named Travis; here is a link to their track forum http://excoboard.com...SlotCars/148713 and here is a link to that track's website http://www.fatcatrac....com/index.html .

I raced at Grapevine once, around 1970. Grapevine is in the MIDDLE of the DFW metroplex now but, back in the day, it was in the STICKS! I remember as I was coming into Grapevine on the highway that day, there was an old dilapidated, abandoned drive-in theater that had painted on the back of it's "large" screen... "You are Entering a Growing Grapevine"! LOL I remember the locals looking askance at us pseudo-hippies back then; the track was on one of the main streets in the "downtown" area.

I raced at Sullivan's only once, again around '70 or '71. It was supposed to be a "big" race but only the Champion pros showed up. As usual, I was nowhere down in the whatever consi. I couldn't even legally drown my sorrows in drink back then.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

One of the tracks that I raced at was the 'Miniature Grand Prix' of Wheaton, Illinois in the early 1960's. That track had coin timers on it - dime and quarter options -maybe 15 and 30 minutes. I recovered that SAME track in storage in 1992 to start my first raceway - Ramcat Raceway. Took all coin-op boxes off and also never used them on the dragstrip to avoid the 'coin-op tax'.

A lighter/flame trick has always been SOP to quiet the occasional 'bad mesh' of some plastic gears - especially if the pinion is of poor quality.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

John Ford can tell u all about Dallas racing in the'60s. We had a coin op drag strip in the early '90s when John was selling his c-64 race hard & software.
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Posted 19 July 2017 - 07:06 AM

Action Raceway. Run by Mr. Klink?


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