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Posted 23 May 2015 - 09:28 AM

Here's the rarest of all media coverage of slot racing: an interview with a track builder, Chris Dadds.
 

 
WTIU is a PBS television station owned and operated by Indiana University, and serves over 587,525 households in 29 counties in West and South Central Indiana. This video was aired on the station's The Weekly Special, a cultural affairs program that explores the people, places, and events that make Indiana such a unique place to live and work.


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 09:53 AM

Probably to answer the question, "What the heck is slot racing?", The Weekly Special also aired this nice profile of Fast Eddie's World of Speed in Richmond, IN.

 

 

Of course, in Indiana in May racing and speed is what it's all about...


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 11:33 AM

I love those Chris Dadd's tracks!!!

 

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 12:09 PM

Chris is still building along with home re-modeling. He emailed me several weeks ago. Still going strong and in the midwest!
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Posted 23 May 2015 - 12:45 PM

I met Chris Dadds last winter when he was in North Baltimore, OH, building the dragstrip and re-habbing the Paperclip at Race-O-Rama.

Interesting guy. Nice fellow.

Glad to have met him and the tracks turned out fantastic!


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 03:53 PM

Great interview! He really captured the spirit, challenge, and emotions most of us slot car racers feel.


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 04:25 PM

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 05:04 PM

Excellent documenteries; thanks, Greg.

 

Chris seems like a great guy. 

 

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Posted 23 May 2015 - 06:29 PM

In those videos the green flat track was built by Chris. It's a great track, very smooth and a lot of fun to race on.  

 

The yellow tri-oval was built by Hasse for Scott Dick, the guy who flies his helicopter to my house to race slot cars. Then I owed it for awhile and sold it to Fast Eddie years ago. He's been in business for a long time and really works at it.

 

The track he has that I like the best is the orange Grandstand that you see in the background a couple of times. It's a first class operation and a great place to race.


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 07:27 PM

Thanks for picking this up, Greg.  

 

And thanks to all the racers and shop owners past and present who give me a chance to create these tracks. I really do enjoy it!


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 08:01 PM

Pappy, that Grandstand at Eddie's is one I built sometime in the '90s.  When I walked in Eddie's the first time and saw it, I couldn't remember building it but it's obviously mine.  

 

And you're right, Ed is a hardworking guy.


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 09:52 PM

GREAT piece!!! Thanks for posting it, Greg. And thanks to WTIU for documenting it.


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 10:30 PM

Chris,

 

That Grandstand is my all time favorite track. You did a hell of a job building it.  :good:


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 04:02 PM

Chris, great piece on you! Congrats.

 

I'm curious... who was the guy in SC who commissioned the first track, and do you know if he's still around?

 

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:10 PM

I'm curious... who was the guy in SC who commissioned the first track, and do you know if he's still around?

 
That was John Cauthen. And it was a John-designed track to fit a particular space he had picked out. It was a fun running track with a left turning decreasing radius-increasing bank turn followed by a hard right turn.  I see him post every now and then so I suppose he's still around.  

I noticed that the track made it into Dave Mader's shop at some point, I don't know if it's still up and running though.
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Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:37 PM

WTG, Chris, you ARE a cool dude!

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 08:11 AM

Chris is The Man. A very well done video. You can tell from just that short clip how much care Chris puts into his work. Very impressive.


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 09:05 AM

Chris,

 

If John Cauthen's contribution to slots was inspiring you to build slot car tracks then he has truly made his mark. All his other hairbrained wacko ideas aside, he should be thanked for this one brilliant spark.

 

He was most recently posting on an old, weird blog site I no longer visit. Up to his usual antics of attempting to reinvent the guide flag. Maybe he'll come here and enlighten us all and tell us what we've been doing wrong all these years.

 

Thanks, Chris, for using just a fraction of your talents to contribute to our sport/hobby.


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 03:15 PM

Chris:  :clapping:  :good:   :yes:  

 

Michael: :thank_you2:  :excl:


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