HO SpringNats history
Back in the early 90s, HO racing was big out here in So. Cal. John Cukras was running the SCHOR (Southern California HO Racers) club, and I had a small HO slot car hobby shop (Apex Hobbies) in Torrance. So what better than to have a large profile event, thus John and I got together and created the HO SpringNats.
The SpringNats ran from 1993 to 95 at my shop, 1996 to 98 at Pete Santini’s custom auto paint shop, and a couple years after that at a lodge location (not too sure about this, as I lost track of the event after the Santini events). The six events between 1993 to 98 were the highlight of the HO magnet racing out here in So. Cal. Two days of HO craziness where 50 HO racers would come and race the event. There were four to five classes, and all I remember was “I was glad it was done“ but “can't wait for the next one”.
The event was always run on two tracks, the Buck Scorpion (4' by 16’), and the Ken Oard monster track which Ken built for us (Nick Toma and I, for our shop). The “Oard” track was 6’ by 24’, six lanes of Tomy plastic track, 90’ lap length, and it was just a “speedway”. Great for the fastest of the HO cars, Neo class and Unlimited class.
The premier race at the SpringNats was the Neo class on the “Oard” track, everyone wanted to win this one! Here is the list of champions from 1993 to 1998:
1993 Dale Yamashita
1994 Dale Yamashita
1995 John Cukras
1996 Pete Santini
1997 Roger Courtois
1998 Dale Yamashita
Here are some race reports of the event: http://slotcarspeeds...bel/Newsletters
So it’s back again in 2016!!!, “can't wait for the next one”