Ronnie Spencer Jr, ?-2013
Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:55 AM
Ronnie Spencer Jr, who was a well-known 1/24 King track racer at Tottenham Model Raceway (Tottenham, London) in the late '60s and '70s, has died of complications post dialysis. His funeral service is this Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013, at 2 PM in North London, at Waltham Abbey itself.
Not many know that his father had been heavily involved in supporting slot racing in the the mid-'60s, too - he had found a venue for the first UK King track in Shepherd's Bush after its original lease in Hammersmith (155 King Street, Hammersmith - West London) had expired.
Although I'd read much about Ronnie in Model Cars magazine in the day, I only had the pleasure of meeting Ronnie in person earlier this year at Millstream, Ringwood, at the Wing races there. He was making a comeback into slot racing in both scale and wing classes. Unfortunately he was already ill at that time.
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:38 AM
This is very sad. I always recall his first win at the pro race at Tottenham Raceway, over all the hot thumbs over there. It was well-celebrated in an issue of Model Cars.
RIP, Ronnie, make sure that you keep racing those great cars wherever your soul is now.
Philippe de Lespinay
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 12:05 PM
So sad to hear of another top notch slot racer going to his slot car heaven!
As mentioned Ronnie Spencer had recently caught up with many of his slot racing friends, after forty years in exile, in particular Bob Hallums.
I never had the pleasure of meeting him but he was a prominent racer at the Tottenham King track and was a regular finalist and gave Bob Hallums and Barry Magee regular competition.
In the late '60s-early '70s UK racing was divided between 1/24 and 1/32 with most clubs outside of the Home Counties supporting 1/32 racing. Only Bob Hallums turned to 1/32 when the raceways closed and he was very successful winning a couple of national titles.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:54 AM
Quite a few of the Tottenham racers have surfaced and will be in attendance. Period Tottenham rules cars will be raced on the 205' Daytona Speedway track which should be quite a sight!