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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:50 PM

Here are some photos of Goodspeed Slot Car Club in central Michigan.

 

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For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact John Lacko <jalacko@aol.com>.


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 07:35 PM

Sadly the club lost their lease on the building that they were using as of September 2017.

 

The track has recently been moved to the Gilmore Automobile Museum in Hickory Corners, MI.

 

The below photos show the progress in building the new "Red Barns Raceway".

 

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:42 PM

Hope they can keep the new setup going strong. That's a twisty looking, hard to drive track, but if it's what they like, good for them.  
 
Anybody in that club have any info or relationship to any of the guys that were in the initial rail track in Kalamazoo? I think it is generally regarded as the first club rail track in the US.
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Posted 06 March 2018 - 12:31 PM

03 March 2018  

 

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The new Red Barns Raceway at the Gilmore Car Museum has four lanes with very little competitive difference proven once again by the number of race laps turned.  

 

Apparently the cross over has equalized the lanes.  

 

A glitch with the timing system caused a 45 minute delay during the GT-3 race at the Red Barns Raceway.  

 

After some careful cleaning and clear thinking the system was back in operation during the twelfth heat of seventeen.  

 

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Seventeen 3 minute heats because seventeen racers turned out for the race.  Unfortunately, lap times were lost during the timing problem.  

 

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The next event at Red Barns will be on March 18 for Test & Tune and hosting interested attendees from the GCM Speaker Series event that same day at 3 PM.   The Slot Cars and the Kalamazoo Connection presentation will begin with a discussion centered around Kalamazoo being the location of the first slot car track in the U. S. of A. in 1956 and a brief history of slot cars up to Red Barns Raceway.  

 

Different types of slot cars will be explained as well.  

 

Finally 1:32 scale road racing will be explored with an explanation of our rules and classes.  

 

Then interested audience members will be invited to walk over to the RBR to see slot cars in action and talk to participants to learn more.

 


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