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#151 MSwiss

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Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:10 AM

On my last post in that auction thread, when I typed in "idler", even with the lower case "i", it decided I meant "Isler", the last name of a local racer and friend.

When Tony mentioned Greg Walker has lousy luck also, with the real race crowd, I somehow felt good it's just not Chicago. LOL.


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:19 AM

Was zero response in my area, too...


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Posted 22 August 2015 - 10:08 AM

Has anyone used an outdoor inflatable tube shaped dancing man to attract attention to the shop? 

 

Paint one of these guys like the Stig and see what happens.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 01:13 AM

On my last post in that auction thread, when I typed in "idler", even with the lower case "i", it decided I meant "Isler", the last name of a local racer and friend.

When Tony mentioned Greg Walker has lousy luck also, with the real race crowd, I somehow felt good it's just not Chicago. LOL.


Mike, does Neal Isler still come around to race any more? Back in 1990 when I picked the hobby up at Jerry's track on Roosevelt Rd., Neal Isler and Rich DeMondo we both very helpful to me getting back in the slot racing "saddle" so to speak. Great guys, and great racers. In fact, if I remember right, I think Neal as a kid competed in the big race at Hinsdale, didn't he? All I remember is I was totally outclassed and finished somewhere in the Q consy at that race. What an eye-opener!

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 08:37 AM

Visibility isn't the problem, participation is. There aren't too many people that don't know what a slot car track is even if there's none around them.

Having a cheap $5 car anyone can buy and race doesn't work either. Nothing works really...slot cars didn't change with the times really. They're really not a lot different than what people in the 60s sat down with. They don't look that well now either.

Make fun of hard bodies all you want, they at least resemble cars unlike the Saran Wrap blobs now... no paint job makes them desirable, just costlier.

I think it'll remain what it is now... an obscure hobby
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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:21 AM

Mike, does Neal Isler still come around to race any more?


Neal is back racing.
 
He's one of the guys usually on the podium at our 21-25 entrant Hardbody points races.

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