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Posted 26 May 2014 - 02:59 PM

Well, we are in the process of bringing slot cars back to Cleveland, TN.

I have purchased a project 135' Hillclimb originally from TX by way of NC. Our store is located in historic downtown Cleveland, TN, only a few blocks from Bart Merriman's old location.

The store was a jewelry store for years wirh a "remodel" in the '70s. Very solid cabinets to remove. The walls are now stripped awaiting their new coverings. The floor will need epoxy, pit benches built, party room finished, lighting updated, Hillclimb restored (and improved), drag strip built, display cases, and of course inventory.

With the economy of the last few years, funds are limited but doing all of the remodel ourselves will help. We are talking to several local, regional, and national corporation about sponsorship/advertising and have a couple firm prospects. We have also started a GoFundMe campaign to help speed up the process

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Cleveland Hot Slots Raceway and Hobby
263 N Ocoee St
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 308-9924

More info soon
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Posted 26 May 2014 - 05:35 PM

That's great news, Alan. Cleveland, TN, is a great town. I spent about six months altogether working there at the Duracell Battery plant on Paul Huff Highway about five years ago.
 
Good luck and if you see Bart Merriman tell him I said hi.
 
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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:38 PM

Thanks.

Bart and others have graciously offered their help in getting this thing off the ground. I will be taking them up on the offers once track assembly starts. Especially when it comes to the drag strip.


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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:10 PM

Yes, we all wish you luck!


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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:59 PM

This sounds awesome. Look forward to racing there.
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:42 AM

Great news, Alan. Just keep us informed. We have slotboxes and will travel...



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:43 AM

Here's a link to Alan's GoFundMe entry:

 

Family Entertainment Center

 

If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about chipping in to help open a new raceway?


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:48 AM

Great news, Alan. Just keep us informed. We have slotboxes and will travel...


Thanks, JC.

The plan is to host a variety of races. Look forward to seeing you at the track.


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:08 PM

So I guess this is the old Alice, TX, hillclimb... Good luck with it. John Ford says it is a fast one.


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:56 PM

It looks like it should be... Not much banking though and the switchback is a pretty tight radius.

I think GT12 will actually work on it and I don't see .025" Cheetah 11s bottoming out.


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:59 PM

Tomorrow we will be picking out epoxy for the floors and paint for the walls. Once that's done the track will come in and the real work starts.

 

I am thinking about doing what PSCR did with theirs... upgrade it to tongue and grove and sectional braid. We will see.


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:23 AM

For those that haven't seen pics here are a couple of it in NC as they were setting it up.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:33 AM

Here are a few more pics of track, storefront, proximity to center of town, and our intro posters.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:49 AM

Things are moving slowly, but we should have some very visible results by the end of the week.

The goal is to have the hillclimb in the building by next weekend. The drag strip will go up first and should allow us to "soft" open sooner than later.

We had a nice visit from Cheater last night on his way back home. Hope you made it home safely!
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Posted 15 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

Alan,

I rolled in to Slotblog world headquarters about 1:15 AM, after a long day. Pretty tired but no problem.

It was great finally to meet you and to see your location in Cleveland, but the highlight of my entire four-day trip was your off-the-chart cute three year old son!

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:16 PM

He wasn't as cute at 1 AM when he was still awake. :)
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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:22 PM

Looks like a nice location with some foot traffic I would suspect.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:17 PM

Looks like a nice location with some foot traffic I would suspect.


We will get some foot traffic, but mostly the location makes it easy to drive business to it.
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Posted 15 June 2014 - 02:17 PM

He wasn't as cute at 1 AM when he was still awake. :)


LOL! No, I suspect not...

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 08:42 AM

It's amazing how much longer it takes to get things done than you plan for... The store needed/needs alot more work than we originally had hoped/planned. One wall was solid cabinets built in the '70s. That took a bit of work. The previous tenant was putting up pallet wood for siding and had an elaborate framework behind it. Once all that was off we had to make a decision on what our walls would look like. At the back of the store were a couple of pegboard panels, but they had a nice custom pattern. We decided to replicate it. They are finally up!

Picked up an old display case and just about have it refurbished. Painted another cabinet and have to get a glass top for another. After the walls get their final color we will be finishing the floor this week. Then we can bring the track in to start all the work. 

We still have lots of work to do so we have a new timetable. 

Hopefully we will have the dragstrip done by July 26/27 and Hillclimb Aug 23.

Pictures tonight.


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Posted 22 June 2014 - 09:04 AM

Glad to hear you're making progress, Alan. When I stopped by last weekend, I could see you had a lot of work still to do...


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Posted 22 June 2014 - 10:20 AM

You got to see it completely torn apart and visibly probably the worst. Amazing how different it looks with the walls up and painted.
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:24 PM

Here's the little guy Cheater was talking about helping paint.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 09:10 PM

Next step in the "journey" this weekend. Picked up a Dadds pinched King from VA. Don't have room for the track, but it has all the pieces I need to get the Hillclimb running - drivers panels, power, boards, wiring harness, timing system. These will be "borrowed" from the King for now.

Wish I had the room, the King is in great shape.
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Posted 13 July 2014 - 10:41 AM

You can with a little cutting... take the finger out of the King and reconnect just at the bridge, basically making it a long orange configuration or Windsor style...

Pinched kings are harder to turn marshal at the 90 under the bridge... bodies don't fit there...



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 03:09 PM

I've thought about that...

When we unloaded today noticed that 2-3 sections will need re decking as some moisture got to them, two straights and possibly the 180 of the finger. Not a big deal, I bought this one for the electric parts anyway. The rest is in very good condition. Might set it up to work on in my garage, which is where I was originally going to set up the Hillclimb.

Getting anxious to be up and running. Hoping you and the Central Tn racers will come help me break it in.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:13 PM

We will for sure. Just waiting on a date.

 

Thank you for putting the effort into giving us a place to race.


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:59 PM

This month is passing so fast...

With the purchase of the extra King from Thunder Mountain last week we are keeping our plans pretty "fluid".

We were originally going to focus our funds on getting the drag strip up and going first. We have shifted back to the Hillclimb.

We are doing all of this on a shoestring budget and with work being so busy I haven't had time to get out and drum up the sponsorships that we are promoting.

With the King purchase we got everything we needed to get the Hillclimb up and running; two detachable drivers stations, a Bulldog 90A with 3 fared cap and digital display, two 8D batteries, SRT system complete, and a very nice relay board and wire harness.

I think I am going to rework the joints so it can be easily disassembled and reassembled and switch to sectional braid.
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Posted 20 July 2014 - 08:57 AM

Great idea, because the braid in the turns always wears out first.. then it comes up and gets re-glued over and over until it's higher than the surface of the track.

Sounds like you got it going on... be there soon...

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:21 AM

Alan,

 

I was in Cleveland yesterday and stopped by the shop hoping to meet you in person, no luck, work must be crazy.

 

The place looks great and great storefront. I don't get to race/play much but I'm looking forward to the grand opening!

 

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:15 PM

I actually had to work in Soddy yesterday afternoon...

Shoot me a call anytime, be happy to show you around.


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 08:53 AM

OK that is funny... I live in Soddy Daisy!
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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:32 AM

I know.

Lately I've had work there two-three nights a week.
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Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:54 AM

Soddy Daisy... in the shadow of "the nuclear plant"??!! 
 
I used to live in Chattanooga, and made frequent visits to the Cleveland area. Next time I shoot up I-75 I'll have to make a stop. It's always good to see new tracks opening.
 
Best of luck!

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:10 AM

We are finally getting ready to paint the floor!

Maybe we can get the track in the building next weekend.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:49 PM

Looking good, Alan!

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:22 AM

Looks good...

 

Anything I can do to help you, shoot me a message...


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 09:21 PM

FINALLY!

We have paint on the floor!

Now in 72 hours we can bring the Hillclimb in. We are going to try our hardest to have it up and running before the end of month.

 

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:07 PM

Work has been crazy; even had to work today, but the track comes in tonight!

Putting finishing touches on cabinets, counters, and displays.

Any locals or just in the area feel free to stop by tomorrow after 2ish.

Hopefully I'll have the energy to post pics tomorrow night.


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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:11 PM

Good news, Alan!


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Posted 16 August 2014 - 07:13 PM

Obviously not ready for business, but getting much closer.
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Posted 16 August 2014 - 10:56 PM

It's here!!!

 

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And it will fit as planned. The "real" work starts tomorrow. Going to have to make drivers panels, but I've got the stations. Other than that, lot's of sanding, repair, and prep work.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 08:32 AM

Looking good!!

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 02:00 PM

Must have stressed my knee last night so laying low today, but if you're in the area and want a look around, just call. I live upstairs and will gladly show the place off.

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 03:19 PM

Alan, 

 

How's the raceway coming?


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Posted 14 September 2014 - 06:51 AM

Unfortunately we have not been able to do anything since bringing the track in. My job has been extremely busy and I picked up a side job that will fund our initial inventory.

The good news is that the phone is ringing as people are anxiously waiting for us to open.
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Posted 02 January 2015 - 12:42 PM

Hi Alan,

 

It's been awhile and I haven't heard anymore on the progress of your raceway. 

 

Any updates?

 

Butch


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 03:37 PM

Slooow...

 

But making progress.


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 05:01 PM

Thanks, Alan.

 

I have a friend in Cleveland that I know will want to come to your track.

 

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 12:15 AM

Work has been all consuming...
 
Finally took some time at the beginning of Dec. The bottom layer is together and close to being level... quite a bit of adjustment needed. Just a note to those taking tracks down for storage... don't take the sides off if you don't have to.
 
Hopefully work will be slow enogh these next couple of months to get this thing up and going.
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