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Posted 18 June 2015 - 12:46 PM

Let's update the list of why one cannot attend a race.

 

It's too far of a drive.

The track the race is on is not the kind I like.

 

Ok, go.


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 01:36 PM

The cost to travel...  That's what usually prevents us from making more races...  If the track is far enough away to make it an over-nighter, the expense goes up with the cost of a hotel room, eating out, gas (Or plane ticket(s) ), etc...

 

If it wasn't for the cost, we'd go to many more races...   :)


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 02:01 PM

   Scott,

      Time. Or lack of it. I can only devote 2 Saturdays a month to slot cars and that is taken up with the activities at BPR. However, my wife often goes to Las Vegas with her sister and when this occurs on a weekend you're racing, I plan on organizing a few people and trying to come up and join you! :)


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 02:10 PM

Yes, we should go to races more often, but in my situation, it's tough. :search:

To race a one day event at my "local" track is a 0200 wake up, and return home 2200.

A 20 hour day requires a pet sitter for the dogs, coordination and rendezvous with co-driver friends,

printing lots of money :wink2: the night before, etc.

I'm only a mid pack driver anyway, so I'd rather stay at home building cars and enjoy the air conditioned comfort of my hobby room  :music:


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 02:13 PM

This thread is not about any particular raceway or track. It is a general type list. We have been in operation here for 20 years. We know that people do what they want to do. That is fine. The track in Jacksonville FL that just closed down made me want a fresh list posted. And it may make some folks think about going to that race they may have not been planning on going to.    


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 02:14 PM

 Bryan...

 

     That sounds good. Thank you for that. we always want to have more racers so the fun level goes up.


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 02:17 PM

Scott, if I lived within a hundred miles of Oxnard, I'd be camped outside your door when you opened on Saturday morning :)


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 04:03 PM

Good addition to the list.

 

Raceway it too far to make an easy trip to it.   


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 04:20 PM

Since Jacksonville closed it's doors with no imminent replacement in site, my next closest track to go to is over a 2 hour drive one way...and my failing health takes a toll on me on long trips.  Now I will only travel to select retro races, and am selling off a lot of my scale stuff and motor programs for scale cars.

 

I keep hoping and praying that our raceway will once again rise from the ashes so to speak...but I'm not holding my breath this time.


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 04:24 PM

 If we set up a Logan's run type of city it could be fantastic. All racers that moved to the designated city would all be within a reasonable distance. After they lose 30 races they go to Carrousel.


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 04:27 PM

 Michael Rigby,

 

      This is such a loss to the racing community. Maybe Johnny Banks is planning something. He does like running raceways.


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 05:34 PM

Time!!  I race RC Planes--fly RC planes--Race RC cars and Race 1/32 as well as 1/24 Retro/ Scale/ hardbody and HO slot cars!! Only SOO many days available to play!! And-- Wine trips and beer tastings---and don't forget 1/1 real hot rods!! Attending car shows and swap meets!! Life is FULL and FUN!!! 


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 06:17 PM

This thread is not about any particular raceway or track. It is a general type list. We have been in operation here for 20 years. We know that people do what they want to do. That is fine. The track in Jacksonville FL that just closed down made me want a fresh list posted. And it may make some folks think about going to that race they may have not been planning on going to.    

I wish I would have made more races at Johnny Banks track in Jacksonville.
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Posted 18 June 2015 - 06:36 PM

Lack of participants - Entries breed entries just like posts on a forum breed more posts. This becomes a marshaling issue which breeds yet more frustration.

 

Annoying participants - Too many experts that come across like they want to be helpful, when really all they are doing is trying to be the alpha male at the track. Crap talkers that feed their own insecurities by falsely talking bad about others.

 

Too many classes / too many non uniform rules - Everybody has their own idea of what the best rules and classes should be and 99% of the time it is solely to benefit themselves and the equipment they already own. Less would be more in my opinion (at the local level at least).


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 06:58 PM

In general...................complacency..................and myriads of factors play into that.

 

Among the many already mentioned, there is one that I know is a factor which is........"I don't go there b/c I always get my b*** kicked"


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 07:07 PM

Complicated rules.

Rules changes that make your car or cars unable to be raced without modification.


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 08:33 PM

I need to balance racing , with budget and time with my wife, especially in the summer. We race Saturday evenings in Rohnert Park and I wish we switched to Sunday Mornings or if we do it on Saturdays start at 1:00 PM


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 09:32 PM

Old and always Tired...



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Posted 20 June 2015 - 12:58 AM

Track mostly has lots of races in bad weather. Driving for 3 hours alone in the car, much of it on 2 lane roads crossing bridges with signs that say, "Bridge ices before road."

As you are doing this you realize that you just raced for no trophy, plaque, merchandise or cash and the owner didn't thank you for coming. 


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 12:03 PM

Some racers like myself take breaks from time to time.  I haven’t been to my local track for over a month.  It’s a temporary season or sabbatical.  My work bench has been dark for a while collecting some dust.  I’ll be back soon.  If I know me, I’ll jump back in building, mounting tires and the whole thing.  


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 12:40 PM

Taking a break.

No payout

No trophies.

Raceway owner/manager doesn't thank people for coming.

The drive is risky due to inclement weather.


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 05:01 PM

My cars don't work at that track.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 10:13 AM

Scott, I think that everything that everybody has listed is a completely honest and real reason for not attending as many races as one would like.  A couple of things to remember is that as a group avid slot racers are getting on in years for the most part.  Many of these very dedicated members of the hobby have been hit the hardest by the recession and the stagnant wages for those who do work.  Looking at it from the racers point of view, I can say from my point of view is that we race on a 73 foot oval track and most of the classes we have can be hard on tires.  The result is that to attend a race and be prepared to win will cost the following at my home track.  $6.50 for a one hour track card, $12.00 for a set of tires, about $3.00 for two sets of braid and you must also figure in another $5.00 for potential damage to the car, motor or body.  Add that to the $10.00 to $12.00 entry fee and the $10.00 for gas to get there and you have a total of over $46.00 to attend that local race at a track less than 60 miles from your home.  After the fourth or fifth week of this type of expense many rethink if the $200.00 a month is worth it, along with potential grief from the other half.  If you factor in the price to attend a larger race away from home this total goes up to over $200 per event if you are racing three or four classes and figure on an overnight stay.

 

Another issue is that being in the hobby (on both sides of the counter) for over 50 years on and off.  I do not think that many of us feel we can trust the fact that after we purchase the big box, power supply, com lathe, tire truer, star wars controllers and large variety of cars that we can expect any new track to survive the third summer.  I love this hobby and have since I raced my first Vibs. in the back of a hobby shop in either 1962 or 1963,  however, I have as of late become more involved with club racing in 1/32 scale as I do not have to worry as much about the track having to close because they can not pay the overhead.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 12:34 PM

If half of the raceways gained one more regular racer it would be huge.

 

If the average racer went to two more races in a years time, that would be great.

 

We had run racing yesterday. If only two racers that showed up had instead decided to not attend, we would have had no races at all. 

 

Your attendance matters. You* are fun to be with. We miss you when you don't show up.

 

 

 

 

 

*racers that are fun to be with.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 02:00 PM

Scott, again I agree with much of what you say, however, you seem not to look at it from the point of view for the potential new racer or the racer who might be infrequent at the track.  One of the hardest thing to overcome in the second year of a slot car raceway is the ability to get and retain new people.  Slot racers who have been there since the raceway opened and possibly raced at other raceways that closed tend to be tight knit groups with little if any interest in the new people other than in a strictly superficial way.  Looking from the new person's perspective he proudly brings in his small plastic box that his starter kit came in and brings out his pride and joy that the owner told him was the type of car others were racing that night.  Well, next comes that bewitching hour of about 30 minutes before race time and the local hot shoes bring in their condo stackable boxes complete with power supplies, tools both hand and powered as well as the plethora of back up cars all vastly faster than Mr. Newby's RTR car that just an hour ago he was so very proud of.  Fast forward to the race and if Mr. Newby gets any encouragement it is to not stop on the bank, do not slow up so much in the curves and please stay out of my way as I am racing for the win.  I know that most of us would really like to help him but we are just too much involved into trueing that perfect set of race tires, replacing the braid or using our best trick to get through tech with a car as close to the envelope as possible.  Well, the last part of the night is after the last race when all of the "Regulars" take the pride walk to the counter to pick up the spoils of their labor and talk about what they are going to buy with their racebucks.  Mr. Newby who by now feels like he is a true outsider so far behind the curve closes his once prideful colorful plastic box and heads to the door to ponder the benefits of coming back.  I am not saying that all raceways are like this but many that I have seen do display one if not multiples of the above examples.

 

As far as my attending the one or two more races per year, I really do not see that matters as much as getting and retaining new blood who, if they felt they were treated right, would be that new full time customer who finds ways to purchase all of the items that allows them to come back and compete with the "Stackable Condo boys" who dominate.

 

By the way, I do plan on about 28 races this coming season, 16 at a track/tracks about 60 miles away and 12 at tracks from 150 to 200 miles away.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 04:23 PM

If a track owner represents a "RTR" car as "Ready to Race", then he is not being 100% honest with his customers. Any respectable owner/manager should fully explain the differences between Ready to Run and Ready to Race. And they should also be told that many of the guys he will be racing against have been doing this since the Nixon administration.

 

If he still wants to race after being told the truth then most of the racers will help him. But after a disappointed newbie looks at me after I tell him what needs to be done to be race ready and says "But the  guy told me it was ready to race", what do I say? I can't call the owner/manager a liar. So I help the guy as best I can to get his car correct and tell him to come back next week and we will help him some more. After all,the more entries the larger the pot.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 06:17 PM

Sam, I agree with you but looking at it from the new person's perspective the task is daunting and most see the learning curve as too steep and expensive.  When I was involved behind the counter of a slot track we had two different types of RTR cars, (1) The Basic Parma unit with the cheap controller, and stock car.  The second we had were cars that were put together from parts off of the wall to include the proper tires, gears and the motors and bushings were soldered in, plus they got a proper guide flag and TQ wires complete with the brass tabs with the wires soldered on.  This worked the first year and into the winter of the second year and then came the dreaded knowledge of knowing that we had a core group of 8 to 10 racers who won 90% of the top spots.  Would they help the new person, yes to an extent.  They helped this person to the extent of their having enough knowledge to stay out of the way of the go fasters.  There was an old saying in the shop that the established racers would help you to be 80% competitive and the rest was up to you.  Now, don't get me started on the established racers who would sell their antiquated and bent junk to the new people in the parking lot.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:06 PM

I would only help newbies. I would not build them a new car. That is what the track does. How much more than %80 can a racer give? More than that and you're taking money from the shop. It is up to the track to train/teach newbies. The racers are there to race,compete and win. Not set everyone else's gear mesh and guide depth.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:31 PM

One thing that worked really well when I was racing the local Friday flexi races was the "race bucks" were not given to the top finishers, instead they were given out by raffle, so everyone racing had an equal chance of taking something away at the end of the night.  Nothing discourages repeated participation quite like thinking that you are subsidizing the racing of the few that constantly take the top spots.  This really alowed people to enjoy the competition, knowing that no matter where they places they may get a "bonus" at the end of the night.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:31 PM

And this is NOT expensive. Racing R/C is expensive. Racing 1:1 anything is expensive. This is cheap as chips compared to any other competitive hobby. Including Bingo!
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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:33 PM

Unfortunately, some people just don't have the desire to learn how to set up their cars, no matter how much you may encourage them. These people will not last long.
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Posted 21 June 2015 - 10:05 PM

I did my share of traveling to slot car races in the '70s and '80s. Now that I'm older and all the commercial raceways in this area have closed, I tend to stay close to home and occasionally run with a local hardbody club about 12 miles away.

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 12:01 PM

I've spent most of my life trying to be in a position to race at a local track on a consistent basis. The ongoing volatile state of the hobby, real world job opportunities, family, finances, and all that other "stuff" held that opportunity at arm's length until the last decade ,,and then life stepped back in such that regardless of proximity and finances, time and responsibilities still determine what is possible. When my responsibilities are under control, and time demands allow, I go racing.  It's not what I want, but it is more than I had for 30 years or so.  I go when I can, and do what I can to be competitive ..the results are sadly, not mixed, but I still go to tracks I'm not comfortable with, compete for placement in the second grouping, try not to be last or be embarrassed by 12 year-olds :0)

 

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 12:29 PM

Back in the good old days, more people had disposable income.  :)
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Posted 22 June 2015 - 01:40 PM

I agree with John, that there are some who lack the desire, however sincere their initial interest may appear, to set-up, practice, and achieve a level of competitiveness.

For sure, you won't last long if you have a thin skin. Our politically correct culture is too sensitive with many being so offended. One wall shot is all it takes and the newbie may never show his face again.
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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:06 PM

I've written and tossed several responses since this thread popped up... here's the latest one:
 
A slot car raceway can't survive off of organised racing, but the question always comes up as to how that can be done. Where's the button to push that says "The business model doesn't work"?

 

There's no way to make a long term successful 1/24 scale commercial raceway that has races with huge fast tracks that require expensive fast cars.   :dash2:
 
Be more concerned about how to make money when there are no races. If the place is full of players having fun on the tracks, the racing will take care of itself, if there's time to fit it in.
 
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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:40 PM

The problem is getting people to listen to what you're saying, Jim. To put it bluntly, there are many who simply refuse to believe what you're telling them.
 
Here's a little factoid that might put things in perspective for some.
 
I know a hobby shop that's been around since the '60s that also has a slot car track and they do hold organized racing and a big race or two. Last year the owner shared this bit of info with me...
 
The revenue from his non-slot car sales for the two days before Christmas and the two days after Christmas (i.e. just four days) signficantly exceeded the revenue from the slot car segment of his business during the entire year!
 
As I have posted numerous times, the revenue generated by organized racing activities in a commercial raceway is typically 15-20 percent of sales, and very rarely as much as 25 percent of sales. Yet racers and, more importantly, the raceway owners usually feel that organized racing is what pays the bills at a commercial slot car raceway.
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Posted 22 June 2015 - 04:21 PM

I could not agree more. Most track owners I have known were old slot car racers so it would only be natural that their viewpoint would fall along those lines. Most commercial tracks that call themselves hobby shops don't carry much in the way of hobby merchandise. And the tracks they have are the same inefficient ones they loved to race on.
 
If a hobby shop has a hard time making a go of it what chance would a commercial raceway have, slim and none. Make your place an entertainment center or hobby shop and have one or at most two tracks as one of your revenue streams but not the main one. Organized racing should be your last resort. LOL.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 01:35 AM

At Downriver Speedway JB is getting a lot of walk in traffic and rentals. Seems every day a new family comes in to try the track. The old Parma rental car is serving him well. The Whisper Jet as I call it. No gears, just belts. I am sure it is paying the bills for him.
 
The best racing is on Wednesday RETRO night. The Grandstand track is a fun course and although not new it races well, however, when it has had a full day of rental cars, with the urethane tires, it leaves the track slick for the racers. It takes an entire race on each lane for the track to come back in to shape. I am sure the rental cars are pulling the rubber off of the track. The racers realize we have to put the renters first as they are paying the bills. Still it means lane assignment often determines the winner as if you start low on the track (blue on down) the track is in better shape than orange on up as the rentals prefer the higher lanes for it is easier to reach the cars from the driver station. 
 
I wonder how other tracks handle this seeming conflict between racers and renters?
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Posted 23 June 2015 - 07:23 AM

Dennis and Cheater have hit on a very important factor that hastens the failure of many slot car tracks. 

 

From what I have seen in the past 45 years a large percentage of slot track owners open a business for one of two reasons. 

 

(1) They are fairly long time and avid slot car racers who want to have a local place for himself and other racers to race. 

 

(2) They are fathers or grandfathers of young people who have raced slot cars and love the hobby so they want a place for their kids or grandkids to race in a clean and safe environment. 

 

You might ask as to what these two reasons for opening a slot racing track have in common. For the most point they open their business with the mindset of a racer and not one of a businessman. I really think that the main thought of the slot track owner should and has to be of different types of ways to generate revenue and not just what type of cars will be raced on the typical two or three race nights of the week. As has been stated several times, depending on racers to keep your track open is a plan that will lead to disaster. The second way to give a son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter the place to race is even more likely to fail as we all know the attention span of young people and if providing a place for them to race you had better have that back up plan for when they loose interest.

 

It would be interesting to get a successful business person to look at and attempt to formulate a business plan that could make a commercial slot track a viable business.  My guess is that the only way he could ever see to do it would be to open a business that can generate revenue and then open your slot track as a parasitic business that could survive with the help of the revenue that the first business could generate.


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Posted 23 June 2015 - 07:44 AM

Parties...
 
And not just birthday parties. Scout, club, and business parties, SAL had the crew from LEGO do a party there. They had a blast.
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Posted 23 June 2015 - 09:25 AM

A businessman looks at sales per square foot and that's where large tracks just don't make any sense. The only time all eight lanes are utilized is during a race or party and each can be run on fewer lanes if it meant the survival of the shop. Think of multiple revenue streams with merchandise for every season.

The last thing which maybe hard for some, give priority to the non-racer. So in a sense maybe we've turned this thread inside out. I like racing but frankly I would prefer less races so that I can better fit them into my schedule. I would feel better if the owner wouldn't put the guilt trip on me for not racing every week. It's just not possible for us that have families. I always fear that I'll show up one day and the place will be closed.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 09:46 AM

 If we set up a Logan's run type of city it could be fantastic. All racers that moved to the designated city would all be within a reasonable distance. After they lose 30 races they go to Carrousel.

 

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 10:00 AM

It would be interesting to get a successful business person to look at and attempt to formulate a business plan that could make a commercial slot track a viable business.


What are you calling "a commercial slot track"? I'm guessing you mean a raceway with '60s style eight-lane wooden tracks of any size.

Though there are very, very few of them, there are existing raceways that are viable businesses and generate sufficient income to support their owners.

The basics of retail business are reasonably well-established, Spencer, but the typical raceway owner doesn't follow them well, if at all. If there's a magical plan "that could make a commercial slot track a viable business" for an owner who doesn't advertise and/or promote (even online), doesn't keep his facility clean (especially the restrooms), has little or no stock, isn't open at the listed hours, doesn't have a exterior sign, is located in an area with no foot traffic, etc., I haven't seen it. It's a safe bet that the "very few" mentioned above do these things as a matter of course.

Your question infers you feel that all that's needed for a "more healthy" commercial raceway "industry" is a new raceway business model and I have to disagree.

Having a few more raceways on the list is always good, as there are so few venues where 1/24 wood track enthusiasts can race and play these days.

But having a few more tracks won't do anything for the hobby's invisibility to the general public and the miniscule level of participation.

Ballpark US numbers: 150 commercial raceways, averaging 25 active racers = 3,750. Averaging 50 active racers = 7,500. Averaging 100 active racers = 15,000.

As I've said, commercial slot racing can't be "fixed" from the bottom up. Only a top-down approach would have worked, and I think it's too late now.


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Posted 23 June 2015 - 06:42 PM

It is too late. In the future we'll be left with clubs and home tracks so you better start building if you want to continue to race slot cars. Model railroads for the most part are either based upon home or club layouts. The only this they have that's different is modular layouts like NTrak which would be an interesting concept for the US.
 
Don't shoot me but I don't think we need commercial tracks to still have a fun hobby. How many commercial tracks are there in England and on the Continent? Maybe a handful and that doesn't stop them.

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 11:55 PM

Bang! :shok:


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 12:20 AM

I know it's a horrible thing to say but I just don't see the long term prospects getting any better.


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 01:48 AM

Greg,
 
It is never too late owners just have to change their mindset and be very active and treat every customer as they are the only one it is not easy, but if they remember the personal touch is always the best.

Get to know your customers on a first name basis, make them feel at home, etc. It is a long list and maybe if a new thread on this particular subject (I'm sorry I got off topic) should come up I can share how we do things at our place.

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Posted 24 June 2015 - 05:33 AM

Cheater,

What I mean by a commercial slot track is any slot track located in a store front in an area zoned for commercial use. Phase II slot track would qualify for that and it is in a very small (historic slot car bize) building with no track greater than six lanes and both tracks are first class tracks built by the owners. They, at this time, cater to the plastic chasses racing groups that are mostly seen raced in a basement or garage. This business is mostly run by a very nice lady who keeps the place as clean and pleasant as any retail business you will ever see. 

You are also correct on the fact that a NEW business model is not needed because most slot car tracks never opened with any business model other than racers. 

I, also, think that the future of slot car racing lies in the basements and garages where club type racing will survive. You talked about Out Back Motor Speedway being a role model for success and I agree. However, there are other tracks in that area such as Portsmouth Motor Speedway (The Beast of the East) as well as Scale Speed Raceway in Dover, PA, that all have great programs aimed at local interest. 

To be honest if you live in Pennsylvania or along I-81 from Bentonville, VA, to PA and like to race simple oval dirt track cars, you might not be aware that slot car racing is having any problems.


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 08:23 AM

I have been hearing about the complete demise of commercial slot racing for around twenty years now. I've also heard people talking about the advanced age of most racers. Both statements are complete bunk. Raceways open and close just like any other business. And check out the age of many of the racers in Retro racing these days. Young blood in every race. A class that supposedly only old farts race to reminisce the '60s.
 
Support your local raceway. Don't buy from the internet when possible. Get friends to the raceway. Not just for racing but also for parties. Get some buddies with hot rods to park in front of the raceway. Post your slots activities on your Facebook page. There is a lot more to promoting this hobby than just showing up to more races. But it couldn't hurt.
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