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#26 Matt Sheldon

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 10:04 PM

Matt, are you involved in relocating the former Greeley King to whatever town it's going to? :)


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Posted 17 July 2015 - 10:27 PM

A national Track Owners Group.
 
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 12:14 AM

How expensive is to Ustream? I think it would be a good idea to Ustream every race in commercial raceways.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:50 AM

I'm pretty sure Sano 2 was the first race U-Streamed, but I can take it or leave it.

Some people get offended by the salty language, which I've been guilty of, and regret, but if there aren't any kids around, it's hard for me to deny adults enjoying themselves.

That all said, my biggest problem with U-Stream, is the eavesdropping aspect of it.

I've heard too many things that were private conversations that the participants had no idea was being heard.
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 02:42 AM

U-Stream and service like that would be really cool, but I don't think it will have much of an affect on the amount of racers at commercial tracks. However, TV commercials, newspaper ads, heck, even facebook ads would definitely bring at least a few people. However, with TV commercials, I have only seen maybe one or two ads that do look very well done, but another idea is to ask a local news station to do a short "snip it" on the raceway. But nowadays, people want cheaper things that they can just buy and play with.

Friendliness is also a huge factor when people first walk into raceways. People should always be friendly, offer help to newbies if they need it, or at the very least, don't try to be a show off. There may be some times where it is appropriate to show off your prestigious car collection, or stunning laps times, but not every time.
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:35 AM

A national Track Owners Group.

 

We had the TOAA & TOA..


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:54 AM

Unless one person takes the bull by the horns to promote slot car racing on a national level it ain't never going to happen. 

 

I nominate "Cheater".  :clapping:  :clapping:  :clapping:  :good:


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 08:42 AM

We had the TOAA & TOA...


What happened to them and why?
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 08:57 AM

The TOA - http://www.gofastest.com/toa

 

No idea what happened to it.

 

Someone said "reality tv".  If you could find a track with an interesting racing program that the public could relate to, that is a great idea.

 

I'm not sure the commercial track model is the thing to focus on.  We are in a very sparsely populated area.  There is never going to be enough "on track" business to support a track.  We know this because I wasn't the first one to open a commercial track here,and all failed.  Hybrid club/commercial ventures (like us) allow you to scale your cost and labor to something manageable.

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 09:12 AM

I'll weigh in, Im following several Tracks/groups overseas and it appears that they arent having any problems attracting public to watch and or participate.

 

Also arent home tracks/groups surviving well  here? Again, if you bother to  track things on Facebook just type in "slot car" or any variant and start see who/what/where pops up ! Also setting up ant public events such as car shows, fairs etc will also stimulates interest but it takes  much dedicated follow through to birth more . 


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 11:12 AM

Unless one person takes the bull by the horns to promote slot car racing on a national level it ain't never going to happen. 

 

I nominate "Cheater".  :clapping:  :clapping:  :clapping:  :good:

 

He's already doing it, isn't he? :)


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 12:02 PM

At the risk of not suggesting the right idea; get it on i-phones in some manner. If that gets figured out, you'll have MILLION'S of a new generation at least checking it out. Just a thought.

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:08 PM

What happened to them and why?

 

The TOAA became the TOA. It died a slow death from the lack of interest & participation as the quantities of distributers, manufacturers, & trackowners decreased. Maybe something similar to them could be resurrected within the IRRA.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:32 PM

Interesting enough just this morning on the History channel was a program called 60's tech, and the second item in was a short piece on slot car racing. It had Jim Cunningham of Nomad Slotcar Racing expressing views on the commercial era and Ed Harris for home hobby racing, not sure when this was recorded or first aired but it did a decent  effort and representation in a short clip I think. Nice old footage and some current footage. The only downside wasnt showing current racing (home or hobby or commercial).


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:41 PM

Slot cars need a PR consultant. Slot cars needs an advertising consultant. The large manufacturing firms will not pay for what is needed. Slot cars will stay as it is. 

 

If somehow the military installs tracks at some bases, that could be a big step toward greater interest in younger folks. 


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:42 PM

Two words:  bumper stickers!

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 01:47 PM

If somehow the military installs tracks at some bases, that could be a big step toward greater interest in younger folks. 

Now thats a solid idea ,  how  could we get the manufacturers (heck of a way to promote product) supply military facilities with set ups or even any of the custom builders ?


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 02:25 PM

Back in the late 60's & 70's a good many US military bases had one or more commercial grade tracks on it. There was even an article in one of the slot car magazines about a track that had been built & installed onboard a Navy ship. Where did they all go? My guess is that as military personnel got moved around, interest in them waned. I know that's what happened to the track at The Brunswick Navel Airstation in Maine. A few Navy stragglers who remained, came & raced with us at the Lemans Raceway commercial track.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 03:08 PM

Maybe we should investigate what Scalextric is doing in the UK. Seems everyone knows about slot cars. In Europe slots and R/C races were considered part of auto racing, not just toy cars. They would get sports section coverage in the newspapers at least for R/C.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 03:23 PM

Track owners .. Offer to host a party for the students of mechanical engineering at your local schools.

 

Advertise on engineering trade sites and blogs ... Precision construction competitions.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 03:24 PM

Slot cars protects us from terrorism. We need funding. Let's buy some Congressman and make the commercial media tell that lie over and over again until the masses believe it.  Bam... $550,000,000.00! 


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 04:18 PM

Hot celebrity Hollywood babes to promote slot cars. Get Brad and Anjolie and the kids into BPR and you're there.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 06:24 PM

A great combination would be a pizza/sub shop with a slot car track. Have the two joined by an door way/arch way. People have to eat which will then bring visibility to slot cars. Also while the kids get introduced to slot cars, mom and dad can enjoy a meal together even if only for 15 minutes.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:24 PM

Maybe we should investigate what Scalextric is doing in the UK. Seems everyone knows about slot cars. In Europe slots and R/C races were considered part of auto racing, not just toy cars. They would get sports section coverage in the newspapers, at least for R/C.


That's the approach that that's been neglected.

Paul Pfanner at Racer magazine is using this tagline: "Slot racing is real racing."

The connection between model car racing and 1:1 racing has never been exploited properly.
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:42 PM

When I refer to 1:1 or  full scale cars I never use the term "real cars". This reinforces the idea that slot cars are "real cars".


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