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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:31 PM

The mirror image thing is the norm in Spain and Italy when running enduros with large numbers of teams. Four such tracks is usual. I believe you rotate across all tracks. Sometimes with two tracks the layout is arranged so that the long straight runs along one edge and then the two are laid adjacent such that they form a 16-lane straight!

 

We had a track here on long island in the '60s called, IIRC, Hobbytrack in Levittown. They had twin, mirror imaged Englemans with the two straights against each other. Made for lots of fun trying to watch your car among 16!


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:12 PM

Snagged from Facebook, a track said to be in Mendoza, which we assume is in Argentina.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:01 AM

This picture was taken in Rockdale, Texas during the summer of 1982 when I built the track pictured, and ran my own raceway for six months.  I was not a very good raceway owner, and my location sucked, but life goes on.
 
At 135 feet, "The Farm" was designed to fit the space available, and incorporated several design elements that I personally like in a good slot car track.  The turn at the end of the main straight (the window turn) has a dual radius, the second being shorter than the first so the turn becomes tighter.  The lower straight disappears under the upper level esse turn, into a blind left hander.  And there are split driver stations, something you don't see every day.
 
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Does it still exist? I don't think so... I understand that after a short stay in San Antonio, it was returned to use in the Dallas area in the early 90's and disappeared shortly thereafter.


I raced on one just like that but it was in Las Vegas in '66-67...


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:28 AM

Here's a couple of pics I lifted from Steph Slotandgo's Facebook page:

 

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There was no info on where this track is or was, but I'm thinking this was located near Hickory, NC. Does anyone recognize it or have any further info?

 

I'm absolutely certain that this was a "horsepower" track... LOL!


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:54 AM

Several other track pics from Steph's Facebook page. No info was provided for any of these images.

 

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Clearly a rally track (notice the snow section), but I can't tell if this is a home/club track or located in a commercial facility. My guess would be the former due to the decorations.

 

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Got to be a home or club track, due to the copper tape and the scenery. Not too many places where passing can be accomplished. Bet this would be a blast to race on.

 

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Without a doubt a basement track and congrats to the builder for shoehorning a four-lane sectional tracks of that size into that space. Don't even want to think about marshaling this track...

 

 


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:58 AM

Regarding that "oval" in the black-and-white pics above, I'm sure we've seen that before. It was shown with some big (1/12 scale?) NASCARs on it.
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:19 AM

The middle pic above is "Master" slot track builder Dave Beatty!  He's built custom tracks for Jay Leno, Bobby Rahal and many more of OUTSTANDING appearance!! This is his home basement track with an AC2C system to run cars on AC---you can get 2 cars per lane controlled individually.  That's why there's so many lanes beside each other.  I think he can get 6 or 8 cars racing on his track at the same time!!  His companies name is "Slot Mods"---check it out. 


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:23 AM

Tex,

Yeah, I'm remembering something like that as well, but recall that the 1/12 cars where R/C cars with guides on them, run on alternate lanes.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:02 PM

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 I think that track is in St. Paul, MN, in the basement at a hobby shop. I was there three or four years ago and it sure looks the same.
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:16 PM

It's at Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul. It's listed under slot car tracks here on Slotblog. It looks bigger in person!
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:34 PM

Thanks, Allan!

I assume you mean this sparce ENTRY in the Raceway List.

 

Sure would be nice if someone in the area could snap some decent pics of their tracks and find out how long they are so I can update their listing...


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:28 PM

Here's a couple of tracks I actually know something about...

The Club ICAR, in Barcelona, Spain, started in 1976, was all outdoor R/C until 2011, when the ICAR club emabrked on the INDOOR ICAR project and added slot racing to their activities.

 

Here's their 64 meter (210 foot) 1/24 track:

 

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And here's their 47 meter (154 foot) 1/32 track.

 

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The indoor facility also contains a track for 1/12 and 1/18 electric R/C cars and Mini Z cars.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 03:57 PM

I like the idea of the elevated drivers stations. I think that's something that should be done for a lot of tracks, since it always seems you need to stand on a box when you're on the gutter lanes.
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:09 PM

I have got to learn to speak Spanish.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:57 PM

I have got to learn to speak Spanish.

 

Lesson #1: Una mas cerveza, por favor!

 

Lesson #2: Donde esta el bano?


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:32 AM

Sam,

 

Give Google Translate a try. It isn't perfect, but it does well enough for you to know what is being said.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:53 AM

Dos, tres cervezas... (not a beginner anymore...)

 

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:15 PM

A couple of my contributions, with help from Monty Ohren and Gary Gerding.

The square track was commissioned in 1999 by Paul Kalemkiarian for the Unkle Kal's Underground Raceway 1999-2005. It was designed by myself and master track builder Monty Ohren and built by the entire Ohren family and myself. Custom made to fit in a basement space. We put as much track in the space available. It was 92' but we called it 95'. It is currently in use in Modesto, CA.

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The little "bowl of spaghetti" track is the Nightmare designed by myself and Gary Gerding. Gary and I exchanged 16 drawings getting as much track in a small space as possible and making it challenging without being impossible for beginners. Gary Gerding built it in his shop in Omaha, NE, and trucked it down here.

It is used in my club, Slot Car Club of South Alabama.
 
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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:23 PM

Cool tracks!


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Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:03 AM

Here's another track spotted on Facebook.

 

Seems there is a slot car club in Igualada, Barcelona, Spain, called Tim Comarca Slot Racing Team and if I understand the Google Translate of the info correctly, this is the longer of two tracks at their facility. It's listed as 67 meters (220') long. The website also lists a 30 meter (98') track but I didn't find any pictures of it.

 

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:28 AM

Here's a track that is about as unqiue as they come and it's for sale. You see, it's built into the basement of a house in Australia, in the Blue Mountains, near Katoomba, about 100km west of Sydney, and can't be moved. 

 

The owner has titled it "Pretzel Logic, since he's a huge Steely Dan fan and well, the name sure fits, doesn't it?

 

The World's Most Expensive Slot Car Track For Sale

 

The asking price is a rather dear A$695,000, but it does include a free house! LOL!

 

It's real hard to get a good overview of this crazy track, but here's some pics and a video anyway.

 

This seemingly was the original three-lane, 45 meter "Speedway" track design:

 

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And after it was finished and operational, the owner decided to add a two-lane, 48 meter "Hillclimb section.

 

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 (This pre-build plan may not exactly match the Hillclimb section as constructed, but does give an idea about the addition.)

 

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You can read the track build thread, which began in October 2007, over on the Auslot forum HERE.

 

Note that most of the pics shown above show the track in partically finished states. Eventually the track was scenic'd and lighted, but I couldn't locate any overall pics showing the track in its final form.


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:49 AM

That's the way they used to make tracks in the '60s. Now how many marshals would you need to marshal that track? :laugh2:


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 09:06 AM

Four-lane 1/32 club track at Llinars Del Valles Slot Car Club in Llinars, Cataluna, Spain.

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Where's the marshals?!?!

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:05 AM

Where's the marshals?!?!

 

Well, there's two responses: (1) you don't need 'em if you don't fall off, and  (2) maybe it's just casual practice.

 

From what little I've read/heard about European slot car racing, they are much more in tune with the concept of no deslotting = more laps than many American slot racers are (myself included... LOL ).


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:33 AM

Here's one that blows my mind.

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This track is located at Mobile Raceways Slot Car and Hobby Centre in Dandenong, Australia, and if I understand their Facebook post correctly, it is a temporary joining of two tracks that will soon be split apart into their original formats. The info is that this track is 83 meters (272 feet) in length, so they're terming it the "2K Black".

(I attempted to contact Mobile to confirm this info and to confirm their info in Slotblog's Raceway List, but the contact email address on their website bounces and there has not yet been a response to my inquiry via Facebook. Unfortunately having email addresses on websites bounce is not at all uncommon...)

Wonder how mnay marshals would be needed for this giant? LOL!
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:54 AM

I LIKE it! Better have some Focus Factor on hand.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:57 AM

I think you'd also need a set of binoculars...


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 03:32 PM

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

Three lanes and four lanes are just the right widths IMO.


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 11:43 PM

Raised drivers platforms... hmmmm... that would eliminate the "leaner" problem!
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Posted 05 October 2013 - 02:39 PM

In reply to your post #75, re: the 2K Black track at Mobile Raceways.

I can confirm to you that the track is split into two separate tracks under normal operating conditions. The tighter part of the track near the counter is used for 1/32 racing and the more open, free-flowing part of the track is used for 1/24 racing. The two tracks will be combined for major scale racing events (mainly enduros) in the future.

I am a regular racer at this venue and we have the fastest drag strip in Australia as well as the fastest blue King. I have had a drive on the combined track and have found it to be a real challenge to drive on but the more laps I did the more enjoyable it was to drive on. A drivers platform is going to be built to help with easing visibility problems that were found at the recent test session.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 03:51 PM

I started out thinking about how this track (the 2K Black as shown in the photo, post #75) could possibly be shorter than a Mr. Raceways 300 footer, which I have driven on. There was one in Brooklyn, New York, on Hamilton Ave. near Buzzy's - Sandy Gross would remember it; he won the 2nd NY Car Model there in April 1968  - anglewinder GP F1 cars. The 2K Black track just doesn't look "right" to me.
 
Please don't get me wrong - it's a beautiful track and I'd LOVE to drive on it - I'm just trying to figure out why it seems oddly out of proportion in the photo.
 
Then I noticed the folding-table legs holding it all up, and thought they looked too large (do they make folding-table legs bigger in Australia?)
 
It occurred to me to count the lanes... Aha! This is a six lane track! At four inch lane spacing the track surface is only about 30 (or maybe 32) inches wide. That's why it looks out of proportion.
 
But it's still a beautiful track!  :wub:

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 03:35 AM

Hi Steve,

 

The folding table legs were used because the track is modular and has adjustable feet which helps with making sure that it sits level and can also adjust the height which is important in the transition from the 1/32 track through the esses in the middle of the pic to join onto the 1/24 track.

 

To separate the tracks a hairpin is installed as the last corner on the 1/32 track and the first part of the ess bend is reversed to form a long sweeper off the front straight.


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 04:04 PM

Cheater, don't know how but I missed this thread when you first started it. I am really loving looking at the pics of all the large flat tracks. This is something that the Europeans have that I wish we had more of over here.
 
Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with King tracks, but I've always loved running on a flat track more than anything. Some of the most fun, technical racing that you can ever do and it makes you work your mind on chassis setup and driving rather than punch and gun.
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Posted 13 October 2013 - 05:56 AM

A couple of my contributions, with help from Monty Ohren and Gary Gerding.
The square track was commissioned in 1999 by Paul Kalemkiarian for the Unkle Kal's Underground Raceway 1999-2005. It was designed by myself and master track builder Monty Ohren and built by the entire Ohren family and myself. Custom made to fit in a basement space. We put as much track in the space available. It was 92' but we called it 95'. It is currently in use in Modesto, CA.


The I-32 races we had on the flat 95 were barn-burners. Most of the time less than five laps difference separated first to last...
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Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:30 PM

I don't have any info on this track at all, but felt it was worth posting. Anyone recognize it?

Nice set-up for sure!

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 04:12 PM

Here's a track that seems to be located at a club in Le Roncole, Italy. It was noted on Facebook as a Slot Up track, but there doesn't seem to be much info on Slot Up, even on their Facebook page.
 
No lap length was given, but there was a note that the power is arranged so that the track can be run in either direction!
 
I know we have a number of Slotblog members in Italy; can someone there give us more info on this amazing track? Like how many marshals are normally employed when racing on it?

 
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Posted 13 October 2013 - 04:43 PM

Miguel Fortes runs a company called Slotcircuits in Spain which produced the tracks shown below. Slotcircuits claims to be able to make tracks from one to 24 lanes! Most of their output seems to be in 1/32 scale for home and basement use, but as the pics below prove, not all of their production fits into that category.

 

Slotcircuits shows some of the most original track layouts anywhere on their webpage; just watch the slideshow on the home page.

 

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The above track is a replica of the F1 Valenica street circuit. Lap length is given as 42 meters (138 feet).

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 07:28 PM

Cheater,

 

This is a Ninco plastic track which is laid onto boards without any fixing; they regularly change the track layout and even type of track. For the Turin vintage meetings held there for the past few years they lay an eight-lane Carrera track, it is even known for them to lay tracks which incorporate certain corners found at other club tracks so the home members can get to learn them for when they visit! They also have a large permanent eight-lane routed track next door for metal racing.

 

SlotUp organise and run a lot of events around Italy for various manufacturers championships, such as NSR's endurance events. They have several complete tracks for this purpose. A very well-run outfit indeed.

 

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 12:02 PM

Thanks for the info, John!


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 05:36 PM

Anybody have a picture of a track called an "Indy 300"?
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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:23 PM

Here's a couple of pics I lifted from Steph Slotandgo's Facebook page:

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There was no info on where this track is or was, but I'm thinking this was located near Hickory, NC. Does anyone recognize it or have any further info?

I'm absolutely certain that this was a "horsepower" track... LOL!

 

Regarding that "oval" in the black-and-white pics above, I'm sure we've seen that before. It was shown with some big (1/12 scale?) NASCARs on it.

 

Tex,
Yeah, I'm remembering something like that as well, but recall that the 1/12 cars where R/C cars with guides on them, run on alternate lanes.

 

Cheater, Tex.
I think that track is in St. Paul, MN, in the basement at a hobby shop. I was there three or four years ago and it sure looks the same.

 

It's at Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul. It's listed under slot car tracks here on Slotblog. It looks bigger in person!

 

Thanks, Allan!
I assume you mean this sparce ENTRY in the Raceway List.

Sure would be nice if someone in the area could snap some decent pics of their tracks and find out how long they are so I can update their listing...

 

Old hat above, but maybe better late than never to try to clear things up a bit, as info seems to go around and around again around here, getting more confusing for each round:

 

Check this link for info of the Steph Slotandgo origin in the above. It's neither Hickory or St. Paul.

It's Tri County Hobby Racing Club in Hildebran, NC.

http://slotblog.net/...-112-slot-cars/

 

Steph Slotandgo has probably also got his info from an old posting here on Slotblog already back in 2007...

http://slotblog.net/...-biggest-track/

 

And here's the video again:

 


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:35 AM

Here's another track pic that appeared today on Steph Slotandgo's Facebook page:

 

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The unreadable text caption in the lower lefthand corner suggests this is scan from a magazine or book. Anyone recognize the track?

 

It's a big sucker and seems to be a six-laner.


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:15 PM

Anybody have a picture of a track called an "Indy 300"?


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:21 PM

That's a cool track!


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 03:54 AM

Thanks for the pic, Edwardo!

Yeah, Al, it was great fun, best track except for Englemans. PVA turned me onto the track when I lived in NJ. There was a Trans-Am (I think might have been NASCAR... anyway some sedans) race and he gave me ideas on car set up. I THINK the shop was in Union, NJ (can't remember for sure). I do remember that it was in the rear of a hobby shop with a King and a couple of other tracks.

All the corners were banked like a modern king and it was FAST! Too fast for me. I was leading that sedan race (my first race there) and got so excited I forgot I was driving a low downforce sedan and didn't lift for the bank! Chips and the car was wrecked. Never got a chance to race there again because the family moved back to CA a couple weeks later...

This is the track they SHOULD be using for modern wing cars... King tracks are too small for G7 cars now.
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Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:45 PM

Wow! That Indy 300 looks an amazing track :D Would love to race some cars round one of those , huge!!!



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:15 PM

Greg,

The track on Facebook is the 475 foot  EMMRA track in East Meadow, Long Island. Which is discussed here in a number of posts and at OWH at this LINK.
 
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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:37 PM

My Dad has been going through some old copies of Model Cars magazine printed during the 60's in the UK and found a small but cool picture of the track that was in a Raceway called "Wonderland" the building as far as I know is still there but been empty for years :( in Southend on Sea on the Southeast coast of England.

 

The original track was a 300Ft monster that was eventually replaced with a King track.

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:01 AM

Holy mackeral! Is that just one track?!


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