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#101 SlotStox#53

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:58 AM

Holy mackeral! Is that just one track?!


From what I've been told/heard and looking at the picture it is indeed one track !

My one and only visit they had the King track with really terrible club cars that required coin payment at the drivers console to run them round!






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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:55 AM

This is the track I pretty much grew up at in the '70s, Tom Thumb Raceway in Box Hill, Victoria here in Australia. It's long gone, but there are a couple of us still racing who remember it fondly. I worked there part time from the age of 13 to 16.
 
It was originally a kind of eight lane "double Figure 8", but the "Hillclimb" section was added in the late '60s and it became two four-lane tracks. It was tight and twisty. There was a sharp set of esses at the bottom of the hillclimb that lead into a 90 degree left turn, then into a tight slightly-banked 210° corner, onto a humped straight that ended at the notorious "Dunny Dip", an extremely tight, blind 210° corner that dropped away suddenly and went under the other four-lane track.
 
Visiting racers absolutely hated it, but the locals loved it!!! Once you mastered it, you could drive anywhere!
 
Looking at these pics, it's hard to believe we ran G12, G20, and Open State level races on it.
 
There aren't too many photos of the track, and because it was set up in two adjoining shops, it's hard to find a pic that captures the whole track.
 
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The "Hillclimb" extension.

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The view towards "Dunny Dip".

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The "Hillclimb" under construction.

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BTW: A "dunny" is Aussie slang for an outhouse. Dunny Dip was the corner nearest the toilets.
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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:43 PM

:shok: Holy carp!! :laugh2: It looks amazing, they weren't kidding naming the "hillclimb" part... It really is a CLIMB!!! Wouldn't want to be standing there if a car came shooting off. :shok:

As for Dunny Dip, just evil going underneath the other track!

Thanks for posting a really cool piece of slot track history. :good:

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:03 PM

Paul,

The King track you drove on at Wonderland was probably the Tottenham track which was moved to Southend when TMR shut down in 1974-75.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 05:16 PM

Now you come to mention it, John, I remember hearing that it was the TMR King track, also that it was in someone's basement (guy called Mike Wall I think) before ending up at Wonderland.

Dad and his friends from the Hornchurch club often went to race at TMR on Saturday mornings!

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:31 AM

Here's another track pic snagged from Facebook. I think this track is located in at a raceway in Argentina, but am not certain.

The weird cropping is because the picture was taken at an odd angle and I rotated it.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:25 PM

Was it easy to launch from the Wonderland (or Tom Thumb?) humps?


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 09:13 PM

If it was an un-modified American track with humps... you betcha! You couldn't just punch it out of the lead-on. You had to "time" your trigger finger with the humps. That's what "drop arms" were for... to say "in touch" with the track while your car was semi-airborne.


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 01:26 PM

Hi Cheater,

The four-lane track is located in Hannover here in Germany. They have five tracks:

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I think this is the Klein small Monaco.
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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:18 PM

Thank you, Christian.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 09:46 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 04 November 2013 - 07:17 AM



Clip from French TV (I think). Looks like a temporary track set up for a large racing event.

PdL or Don Siegel, can you provide more info for us monolingual 'Murricans?

Edit: This seems to be the Les 24 Heures de Cognin event held this past weekend, Nov 2-3, by one of the main French slot racing clubs.

Here's a overall view of the track as it was being set up:

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As mentioned earlier in this thread, these are two mirror image tracks. Can any of our European members speak to how this came to be a common practice? I don't I've ever even heard of this sort of arrangement being used in the US.
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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:29 AM

The last time I was in Bloomington, IN for my follow-up for my brain tumor they did not exist any more... about two years ago.

 

It actually is Bloomington, IL - and yes it does still exist and they have races on it every week.


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 04:41 PM

Another interesting track layout, lifted from the Facebok page of Pistaslotcars Vittorio Pesa, in Italy. Dunno if this a club or a commercial facility; the former I'd bet. 

 

Any of out Italian members have more info to add?

 

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 06:22 AM

I love seeing big tracks with four or six lanes. Seems closer to realistic scale track width, and fewer neighbors to de-slot and take you out.

 

With a cheaper buy-in for commercial raceway owners, maybe upfront track costs, electricity bills, and floor-space economics would have been a bit better. Almost never saw all eight lanes in use except on once-a-week race nights or the day after Christmas. Might have created more excitement if people had to wait more often (and maybe buy more stuff while waiting).


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:14 PM

I think the space savings of 4 lanes and one track might have allowed for a smaller building and more hobby inventory.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

Here's another Facebook snag, Dave Maddock's track in the UK. And a twisty devil it is. Hard to see but there's a crossover on the curve before the bridge.

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:39 PM

But... where is the 'other' crossover? :laugh2:


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:57 PM

Guess there isn't one, making one full circuit equal two laps essentially, no?


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:12 PM

???

 

Is it just me... I see two crossovers(?).


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:13 PM

Then why have a "squeeze" track at the end of the 'backstretch".  Could it be the ice and snow conditions?

 

That is a much nicer track than the one I don't have.


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:40 PM

One interesting fact about the track builder is that he has worked at Bentley since 1976!


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:44 PM

Here's another Facebook snag, unidentified, but it's gotta be a temporary track at a European event, possibly in Italy based on the Slot.it signage.

 

Two mirror-image tracks that abut along a straight. Looks like paired pickle-buckets for supports, too. How about those bridges so the marshals can get inside the tracks?

 

Can anyone tell us when and where this track was set-up?

 

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 09:02 PM

How many 127' foot HO tracks do you see? Not many...

And how many self-built HO tracks looks as good as this four-laner made by Ken Sheperd? Nice work, for sure...

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:37 AM

A Slotblog member has corrected my misinterpretation of the ownership of the track above, which was a Facebook find.

It was constructed and is owned by Ken Sheperd and I have made that correction to the above post. Track is located in Troy, MI.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:19 AM

I love that Indy 300, wish there was one around somewhere!

 

I believe that it was manufactured by Mr. Raceways.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:41 AM

Wow, that is one huge HO track! :shok: :D



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:56 AM

Here's another Facebook snag, unidentified, but it's gotta be a temporary track at a European event, possibly in Italy based on the Slot.it signage.

 

Two mirror-image tracks that abut along a straight. Looks like paired pickle-buckets for supports, too. How about those bridges so the marshals can get inside the tracks?

 

Can anyone tell us when and where this track was set-up?

 

Pickle-buckets :laugh2: ...

 

I don't think I could win on that track :pardon: ... or even complete a lap at speed without a 25+ohm  :blush:


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:31 PM

I like the workmanship but i don't really get the squiggles.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 12:05 AM

LOL about the squiggles if you think they would be tough to master?? You can only see part of the chicane which is just pass the bridge and Ken used to have two chicanes in the layout.

 

This track is fun for T-Jets to G3s. The club runs five classes: T-Jets, Fray, Magnatraction, Life-Like, G3 and their variants.


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Posted 06 January 2014 - 10:16 AM

I remember racing on the chicane some years ago as a guest of Nelson and the HOCWNN. Ken is quite the craftsman and had made a staggered set of 5 inch (very tight even for HO) radius right-left-right chicanes, if memory serves (I was traumatized so that might affect the memory). They were staggered because the whole of the chicane turn was 5 inch radius ALL the way through for ALL the lanes! I think this was the biggest challenge I have ever faced racing on ANY track. Talk about a "home field advantage" for Ken!

 

This track required immense concentration just to know which end of the track you were racing on because you race from one end of the track to the other twice in one lap! Just follow it in the picture (if you can!) Knowing that there is a big end turn that goes around to the chicane, then under the bridge!

 

I think he had swapped that tight chicane out some time ago because it was just too much! One of the most fun days of racing, ever!

 

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:31 AM

Here's a couple of sectional tracks snagged from Ryan Hirashiki's Facebook timeline. No further info provided, so I have no idea where these two tracks are located.

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Unusual to see a 1/32 sectional track with this much bank. Lots of racing in what seems to be a compact footprint.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:38 AM

Here's the two six-lane slot car tracks at iCar Indoor club in Igualada, Barcelnoa, Spain, a "social club" founded in 1976 that races both slot cars (1/24 and 1/32) and R/C cars (1/10, 1/12, 1/18 scales, and Mini Z).
 
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This is the 1/24 track and is 64 meters (210') in length.
 
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And this is the 1/32 track, which is 54 meters (177') long.
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:14 PM

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The tracks in post #132 are at Nomad Raceway in San Diego!! Jim Cunningham's designs and doings!! They race Womps and 1/32 plastic cars on those babies!! Fun racing program!! :)


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:55 PM

Tim,

 

Thanks for that info.

 

Having met Jim and having seen a bunch of his cars, I know he's simply one of the most creative builders in the slot car world.

 

Doesn't surprise me one bit that his tracks would be that cool, too.


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 06:13 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.


Mink's is now Ted's raceway. Track is still there, it is 288' total lap and 90' straight. Was built in the '60s by Ray Mink.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:25 PM

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Wing racers need to be represented here also, so I am including the Hotshot, from SRC-Pforzheim in Germany, their description (computer translation) follows, 
 
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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:50 PM

I saw this on Daily Lister. Ad says it just needs to be finished.

 

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 03:14 AM

And like many of the European club tracks, a bar in the background... Maybe that is what we need in the US club tracks...


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:56 AM

Here's a small but very interesting 1/32 rally track snagged from a Portuguese website, Garagem dos Slotcars.

 

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To my eye, there just two places to pass on this track.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:02 AM

This is the track at the Christchurch Slot Car Club in New Zealand:

 

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Hey, Zippity, do you ever race here? Any more info on the track?


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:14 AM

Greg,

 

I am in the dark as to any details relating to this track.

 

Alas, I have not raced on it.  :(

 

I have emailed the 'locals' and have asked that someone post some updated information on Slotblog.  :)



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:04 AM

Here's proof that slot car tracks can be as diverse as anything else on the planet!

 


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 02:31 AM

Mobile Raceways in Melbourne, Australia, has just celebrated 20 years of bringing joy to thousands of people and have celebrated the achievement by building a new track which will be called "The Anniversary track". Pictures of this track can be seen on their Facebook page.
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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:55 AM

Dennis David, I just spotted your post #22 dated Feb. 5, 2013. I've run on that track, it was built by a guy named Kirk and he still has it. Kirk is really a talented guy and use to build Woody's for a living. Some of his cars were on the fronts of hot rod magazines. He also has a small oval track in his basement that is fun to race on.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:37 PM

Here's a race report about that 11-lane formica track in Texas in post #35:

 

11lane.jpg

 

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:46 PM

Thanks for posting, John :good:

 

That is one huge and awesome-looking track!



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:05 AM

wonder.jpg

 

Hope no one minds me posting what I hope is a better copy of the Wonderland Raceways tracks.

 

The photo shows two tracks which I believe were built by Laurie Simmonds who ran the Model Racing and Drag Centre in Westcliff-on-Sea which had a massive track which I ran on (but never raced on) when I was about thirteen years old.

 

The photo above shows two tracks. The right hand track was known as the blue track. The banking in the foreground had a raised driving position but even then the banking came up to about chest level. The cars passed left to right of the picture when on the banking. The banking was very steep (if you had a low car it would fall to the bottom) and very fast. It was followed by a right hand hairpin. Once you had gone over the hills running towards the window and crossed th bridge there was another fairly tight 180 degree lefthander followed by a steep drop about the height of a computer desk which put you onto the straight running up to the banking. Everyone I knew jumped the drop and staying in the slot was a bit of a lottery. I believe the hills were smoothed out later.

 

The track at left was known as the yellow track. The elevated part at the far end was about five feet off the ground and very hard to marshal. Everyone I saw practising jumped the climbs but again, staying in the slot was very hit and miss.

 

I believe both tracks could be joined but others tell me it was a rare occurence.

 

Both tracks were dismantled and replaced by the King from Tottenham Model Raceways and for a while there was also a second track made up from bits of the blue and yellow tracks. I thought the Tottenham King came straight to Wonderland from Tottenham.

 

The fate of the TMR King is a mystery. I was involved in a plan to rescue it in 1988-89 when I had a model shop in the Southend. We thought the deal was done at the owner's asking price but suddenly someone had made a hgher offer and I walked away. The track was pretty poor and needed lots of work as R/C cars had torn the braid and someone had tried to walk on the track and had gone through the boarding.

 

After I walked away the track was advertised in Exchange and Mart. It was allegedly sold and disappeared a short time later never to be seen again.


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:30 AM

Thanks for the details!

From what I've heard the TMR blue King went from TMR to a guy called Mike Walls place before ending up at Wonderland on South end seafront.

Had gone to Southend to see the track and found the building still open and the track still upstairs, but in as you say bad condition with the damage done by someone's foot going through it!! :shok:

Next time we went to see if it was there/repaired the building was all shut up and presume the track has already gone.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:45 AM

Not sure exactly when the King left Wonderland. I opened my model shop about a mile or so away in June 1988 and it was shortly after I opened that I got involved in the rescue attempt. I reckon the track was gone by the end of 1988, maybe early 1989 - certainly no later.

 

Unfortunately I only ever got to run on the blue track three or four times for a few laps with borrowed cars and never did see the King running. In those days everyone was running Group 20s, usually with exotic armatures and my paper round money simply didn't stretch to buying a competitive car plus the seafront had a reputation for fights, etc., so my parents virtually banned me from going there in the evenings which was when most racing took place.


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