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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:36 PM

I've been meaning to start this thread for a while and am finally getting around to it.

Everyone knows the various AMRC track designs and many are familiar with track designs from makers like Engleman and others, but there have been over the year some very interesting one-of-a-kind track designs created by individuals and clubs.

This thread is a place to post pictures of these relatively unknown designs here.

Here's one I snagged from Facebook. It's a four-lane club track that was in Aintree in the UK IIRC. Perhaps some of our UK members can provide more info.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:52 PM

OK, I'll go again.

This is the track where the 2012 ISRA Worlds were held at the Malmö Slot Racing Club in Sweden a few months ago. It was built in 2011 and is 45 meters (a more than than 147 feet) in length.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:35 AM

Good topic, Greg!

That last one in Sweden looks a bit like Roger's near Chicago, non?

Here are a couple period pieces from my photo archives...

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:46 AM

And maybe the most impressive, and least practical commercial raceway I've ever seen...

 

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

Wow, cool and weird all at once!
 
Some years back I posted photos of a bunch of South African club tracks, you can find them here:
 
Southern African 1/32 Tracks
 
Thanks to Greg for opening up the thread so I could edit the picture links.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:57 PM

I see a number of people have followed the link to the old SA tracks, thanks for looking.

 

One of those tracks was upgraded recently:

 

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And, to add another club-type track to this collection, here's one that resides in a special building set up by a friend of mine on his property just outside of Brisbane, Australia. The track was built by Arie Thoenes, the premier South African track builder these days.

 

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:09 PM

Man I LOVE those tracks!!! A track that truly has to be DRIVEN--and horsepower is NOT at a premium to race with competitively!! Ya gotta BUIILD a good chassis and DRIVE it well to compete!  That's what seperates the men from the boys--in all forms of racing.

Nice tracks Dennis--thanks for posting.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:05 PM

All these tracks are awesome. I would love to try them out.

 

Great topic here. I look forward to seeing more of these cool tracks.

 

Thanks to everyone that has posted pics.


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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

Was the Motorama Pikes Peak track in Denver? I had heard rumors of a very large three-level track there through John Ford...


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 05:45 PM

Nope, Van Nuys, California. 

 

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

New Zealand's "version" of the Malmo track - 175.5 feet in length :)

 


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

Schwing!!!


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

I am not sure if Minks Memorial Raceway in Bloomington, IL still has this track but its certainly interesting.

 

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I wish I had some technical details about the track but these photos are all that I have.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

That's a cool track!


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:52 AM

Looks like a great track, Mick - how long is that straight???

 

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:57 AM

On the track in Bloomington in the summer you could get tangled with a car i the back and go out the window and fall to the sidewalk, and this was on the second floor.


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

How long is that straight???

 

Don,

This raceway is re-opening as Ted's Raceway in a few days and in some of their posted material they indicate the longest straight is 90 feet. Lap length is given as 288 feet!


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:18 PM

This is Slot Car Corner's store track, which oddly enough is not shown on their website, but only on their Facebook page. Their doesn't seem to be any indication that SCC holds any organized racing on the track.
 
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

This track was at what has been described as the best slot car shop in Barcelona, Spain, where there are evidently a lot of slot car shops (or were).

 

The store is called Cric Crac and I am unable to bring up their website, so don't know if it is still in operation or not. Perhaps one of our European members can advise.

 

No info on the track itself.

 

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:31 PM

I don't recall where I snagged the picture of this track but saved it for inclusion in this thread. Perhaps someone will recognize it.

 

Note the old-school humps.

 

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

Not a track you see every day. This home track was / is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. I think it really captures the feel of speedway racing. 

 

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

Now that looks very cool!  The way I see it, you make three laps before you return to a lane you've run previously. 

 

Passing on that track would take a lot of planning!


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

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One of the most unique custom tracks back in the '60s was this one. Don't know who built it.

Ray's Chequered Flag raceways in Inglewood (Arbor Vitae St.). The site of the 1967 Car Model race and the first-ever

Western States race in 1968.

This flat track had nine turns with very short straights, two drivers panels (four drivers each).

 

The picture shows Lee Hines in the near turn with John Cukras behind Lee. Ken (Fred) Larimer stands by the turn on the left.

One of the drivers panels has four famous racers of the day: Mike Morrissey, Doug Henline, Terry Schmid, and Bryan Warmack.

John (Tore) Anderson sits near the donut while my old Team Rolling Hills teammate Roger Uusitalo stands in the race director's perch to the right. 

 

This was a very difficult track to learn. In the beginning, most of the pro drivers hated it, but by the time they learned how to drive it, they loved it.

 

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

One of the most difficult track I have ever drive. Eight lane 35 meter Scalextric track of local autosport club. 

 

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

OMG!!! That is fiendishly & symmetrically marvelous; but I would hate to have to learn it :crazy:


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:56 PM

I wouldn't want to run that track on a full stomach.


 
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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:52 AM

One of the most unique custom tracks back in the '60s was this one. Don't know who built it.

 
Interesting factoid about this track...
 
Originally, the driver's panel was intended to be along the "main" straight to the right of the pic as we view it. This was right up against the outside wall. However, once laid out in the store, it didn't fit. Thus the final layout was settled with the split panels one being straight ahead as viewed in this pic and one to the left of the pic but out of the frame. Thus, the track was very close to the wall at the right of the pic but left a reasonable bypass distance between the track and the showcases/counters.

Aside from the nine turns, the track also had some additional "character" spots. One being the exit of the bank at the end of the main straight and another being the exit of the turn to Lee's left. Among others...
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Posted 02 March 2013 - 11:46 AM

This was a Hasse build from the mid-'80s which I was associated for about nine months while it was in John Ford's factory showroom as a demonstrator and raceway for the locals. With 4.5" lane spacing and expanded corner diameters as well as a bank equivalent to an American orange, this was a fun road course with good rhythm but not extremely technical.

The track also ran the opposite direction a black traditionally runs.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:59 PM

Hey 'Zip'!!

That blue track in post #12 is fantastic... What a 'hoot' of a track!!

You could certainly live with that!!!

Retros and Scale cars would be a blast. :)

Thanks for posting that.

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