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#1 Steve Deiters

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:18 AM

Attached you will find a picture of at least most of the A Main from the famous Coca-Cola race in Springfield, OH, in the early '70s. It is virtually a "Murderer's Row" of "who was who" in slot racing back then. Joel Montague (back then known as "Monte") told me latter that it was the race that "made" Pooch Armatures and by default I guess made purple the color of the hobby by default. Don't know I would go that far, but I would say it helped.
 
I'll post others as time goes on. They are of varying quality since the original negatives were damaged in the developing process. Most of the pictures (all the good ones) were taken by Ken Macdowell of Parma International. Preserving a race that did a lot for slot racing by a guy who did the same.
 
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I'll leave the names of the drivers not listed and leave it to the slotbog readers give their best shot.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:33 AM

What was the name of the track? Does it live on anywhere else? 

I may have raced against some of those guys at Mini Motor Speedway in Beavercreek, OH.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:48 AM

Tom,

I don't think you raced against these guys. They are all from out of state.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

I remember the hotel next to the track where Lee Gilbert and I stayed, the worst fleabag I have ever been in. The cockroaches were the largest I have seen in north America!

The raceway was filthy, crowded, and the track was awful. Joel did a great job, helped by the Team Pooch-Camen boys. It was a riot!

Lee and I drove my N600 Honda mini car there, something I would never do today...  :dash2:

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

Well let's see. I recognize Joel Montague, Mitch Kiel, Bob Cotton, Mike Steube, Lee Gilbert for sure. Maybe Steve Bogut just over Mike Steube's right shoulder?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:44 PM

The raceway was a complete **** hole. Closed the next day.
 
That is Rick Boltizar Team Greenaway next to Steube.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

Is that the track that had the railroad tracks real close by it where guys were putting their cars on the train track right before the train passed by?
 
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

Yup.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:16 PM

Ed "Edsel" Sohl was talking about this I race just this past weekend. I believe he said it was the race Joel won with his car and that it was the day he quit running for Camen.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

:shok:
 
Bad blood there? I only remember that we (Left Coast dudes) ate it from lack of sleep, lack of will, lack of good preparation, and we were more interested in chasing skirts around the town...

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:54 PM

we were more interested in chasing skirts around the town...

They didn't have girls in California back then?

What the heck were the Beach Boys singing about? LOL

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

We were lost in Ohio, far away from the comfortable arms of California tootsies...

Besides our slot cars sucked! :laugh2:

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

And they were California boys which then meant a bit more to the local girls in these "remote" places then than now.

And yes, that is Bogut.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:58 AM

Overhead "Where's Waldo?" shot #1 from the Coca Cola race. It was certainly the "gathering of the clans"?
 
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

"Where's Waldo?", view #2.
 
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

"Race Queens". They just happened to be two girls walking by and were wondering what was going on. The Coke sign they are holding was the trophy and you can see Joel Montague holding his check for $1,000 which was first prize.
 
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L to R Joel Montague, Mitch Keil, Rick Boltizar, Steve Bogut, unknown.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

I see that I was wearing my lucky shirt, my favorite, the one my wife threw away a mere 8 years later for crimes against good taste!  :laugh2:



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:46 PM

Lucky shirt? Check out those drawers Joel is sporting, LOL............................


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:21 PM

Rick,

Don't let Phillippe fool you. He probaly still has a Nehru jacket.

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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

Never had one of those... and if I did, the wife would have used it for fireplace fuel!  :laugh2:

I can't get out of the house without matching socks, hey!



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:11 PM

You still wear socks in Cali ey?  Old school. LOL


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:40 PM

They don't wear socks above Sunset Blvd, but below it we still show some class...  :)



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:49 PM

Picture of the Pro Main drivers.

 

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L to R:  "K" (unknown), Lee Gilbert, Steve Bogut (Tony P behind him), Rick Boltizar, two unknowns, Mike Steube, Bob Cotton, Mitch Keil, Joel Montague.



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

What's the one glaring difference from that picture and today?


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:24 PM

Color?


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

Sorry, no color.  It was the early '70s and the publications needed B&W photos.



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:32 PM

The size of Tony P.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

The participants were all kids, LOL.

 

Our entire industry, as we have it today, was built by kids...


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Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:50 AM

"One glaring difference"  Hmmm... there is way more then one. Probably the most defining was innovation.

 

There were many others, some listed below:

 

No stickers on those guys' motors.

 

No chassis poured from a bag here.

 

Racer cut and modified bodies, i.e straw snorkels, chassis parts exposed.

 

No lines on the floor to stand behind so you could get in a comfortable driving position and see around other racers' stomachs.

 

'Spec' was the mark a bug left on your windshield.

 

And the beat goes on...

 

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:22 AM

True to say that for that race,

-all the chassis were hand built by the racers using them, and very few were bought.

-all the motors were hand built by at least 10 different motor builders from parts that had to be machined, ground, twisted to submission in one form or another.

-few of the tires were purchased over the counter, most racers mounted and ground their own donuts.

-most racers painted their own bodies.

-most racers built their own controllers from Parma parts, while a few used pre-built Gorski or Cotton specialty controllers.

-most racers did not have a penny to rub against another and most wore funny clothes.

Those were the days... :laugh2:


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Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:23 PM

P.

Was in attendence but lost some details.

Were the motor can O.D.s being ground or were the cans being run still of the stock diameter at this race ?

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

This was 1971 and I am not sure if Joel was already turning down his Champion C-cans or not. It is likely that he did... The Left Coast guys were using the then-new Mura C-cans with Bob Green or other arms, and Mike Steube was using his dad's cut-down D-size cans using the Arco mags with no shims. No need to turn those down but they were a pain to get race ready, no buss bars yet, alignment was approximate, bronze bushings used by all, no ball bearings yet, and for several years.

I can't remember what car I raced but it was likely a chassis loaned to me by Lee Gilbert. Possibly the same car with which I won the amateur main at the Nutley Nats earlier in 1971. At the Springfield race, I ate it in some dark consy, I was still too green to do any good (like making the main!) in unfamiliar territory... :D



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Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

A lot of us ate it. Lol....

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

A lot of us ate it. Lol....

Somebodys (always) got to eat it!

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:23 AM

Me 3.
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:19 AM

Far out man, 1971.

Should  have raced slotcars.


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:22 AM

Coca Cola Racing shot-12.24.12.png

 

Photo of the main.-

L to R:  unknown, Mitch Keil, Millard Lykins (Ohio Tri-State Racer), Joel Montague, PDL, "K" racer (?)



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:34 AM

Coca-Cola Race Springfield, Ohio Pro Main #2-12.22.12.png

 

Photo of the Main #2- 

 

L to R: PDL, Terry Schmid(?), Lee Gilbert,  unknown, Steve Bogut, Dave Simerka, Rick Boltizar, Mike Steube (partial)



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:42 AM

Coca-Cola Race Springfield, Ohio Pro Main Starting Field-12.22.12.png

 

I'm pretty sure, but not 100%, that this is the starting field for the main.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

Are you sure it's a main pic? I do not believe that the "K" racer was in it... I need to check the race report.

 

 

He was in the group shot of the main racers outside the raceway.  See earlier post. For the life of me I can't remember who that is.  Any ideas PDL or anyone else?  I seem to remember there was a "ringer" racer in the main who I had never heard of before.  It was an era where some guy would come from out of the blue and the next thing you knew they were in the main.  Great racing.......



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:54 AM

What was the name of the track? Does it live on anywhere else? 

I may have raced against some of those guys at Mini Motor Speedway in Beavercreek, OH.

It was known as Paul's Raceway and was owned by Paul Duckett.  Despite comments to the contrary the track did not close the very next day.  It was open for another year or so.  The reports of it being in a rundown part of downtown were however accurate....very much so.

 

Paul was active in the original Tri-State Series in the midwest.  He was a pretty good racer and I seem to remeber that he won a few Tri-States.  Paul was a policeman on the Springfield Police Dept. and achieved the rank of detective.  A subsequent search  seems to indicate that he passed away in October of 2011 at the age of 63.



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

The "K" racer is Eddie Majcher from, I believe, Florida. He was driving a Carbonell chassis with a Pooch arm in a Pooch-Champion C-can, and his car had a Kirby Ferrari 612 body. He drove well to make the main and finished in 5th in that very bizarre race.
A real hero in that race was Mike Steube who had terrible problems with his car in qualifying because of the silly amount of glue used on the track (I got bogged the same!). He won THREE consies AND the semi, but his motor was quite tired in the main and he finished 4th there.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

The "K" racer is Eddie Majcher from, I believe, Florida.....

At the end of the day it was a very diverse field.   Two guys from the Virgina/Maryland/DC area (Montague, Cotton, & Keil), New Jersey (Boltizar), California (Steube and Gilbert), Florida (Majcher), and Steve Bogut who was from the east coast somewhere, but I don't remember exactly.  He joined the Air Force shortly thereafter and was from almost everywhere from that point forward!



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

I always thought Steve Bogut was from the west coast. When he raced for Joel, I believe he was in the Navy, stationed in the DC area. :)


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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

Bogut was originally an LA racer. He went into the Air Force in Dec '69 and raced the east coast events for about 3 years while stationed in Dover, Delaware. After returning from overseas and being free again, he hung with the Camen Gang for awhile longer in the east. He was one of the Orange County, Ca. racers that teamed up with me, prior to joining Checkpoint, in Our Gang Racing back in the day

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

I always thought Steve Bogut was from the west coast. When he raced for Joel, I believe he was in the Navy, stationed in the DC area. :)

You may be right. It certianly needs some clarification



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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

Steve was west coast. When he got out of military he moved east to work for Joel..

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Steve,

 

Thank you for starting this thread. This is some of the best stuff I've read lately. The pictures are GREAT!!!


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Posted 13 March 2017 - 09:00 AM

Does anybody have photos of the Glen oaks raceway,if so please post,I'm in need reminiscent.
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Posted 13 March 2017 - 11:03 AM

Sad there are so few photographs of east coast tracks.

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