This is sad news; condolences to his family and family of racing friends.
I only raced with him once, at the Twinn-K HOPRA Championship race at their headquarters, August of '72, I think. He debuted the new (not yet released) Super II in winning fashion as he was the "factory rep" racer for Aurora.
One meeting is enough to get an indelible impression - he was intense in his craft. I recall he had a controller with what looked like 15 adjustment knobs - maybe it was only 8 - and maybe 5 of those did nothing but add a psych-out factor to intimidate the other racers. I recall, at that time, hoping that we would not all need multi-adjustable controllers to be competitive; I guess he was a visionary and way ahead of his time!
My favorite memory is his rather animated response during the Twinn-K Main when he discovered my car "double counting" on the counter section, the first section after a tight turn onto the main straight. Most people rocked so bad there that their car did not count at all on many laps, particularly bad on the inside lanes. I think I may have exploited this when I got my car to make/break the connection several times while on the section.
He proclaimed (in his East Coast manner), "Hey, who's playin' machine gun on the lap countah!".
He was a very competitive racer at the top levels even through recent years so he was one of the very best, ever.
Any other Tony stories out there? He should be remembered for his contributions to the HO world, to be sure.
During my six years of Retro racing, my aspiration to be a mediocre racer has come and gone; my peers now assure me I have peaked (some time ago)!
The only thing I know about slot cars is if I had a good time when I leave the building! I can count the times I didn't on one hand!
Entitlement: The notion that one can have their slot car racing and EAT IT, too!
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