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Posted 16 November 2015 - 02:32 PM

Item on Bullitt Raceway posted today by Louisville's WDRB Channel 41:
 
Slot Car Racing fans hope to attract a younger crowd to take up the hobby

 

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By David Schuh

 

Slot Car Racing is alive and well at the Bullitt Raceway in Bullitt County, 4150 East Blue Lick Road.

 

1/24 scale Slot Car Racing was a popular fad in the 1960s, with many public tracks. Even though the hobby faded in the early 1970s, some fans have kept it going. Skip Bennett, owner of Bullitt Raceway, has never lost that passion for racing. He bought the place in 1992 and has been providing a place for hobbyists to race.

You can find weekly challenges on the four different tracks. A 1/4 mile scale drag strip, a figure 8 track, a road course, and a NASCAR style oval course. The unofficial actual speed record on the drag strip is 130 MPH. In scale speed, that would be 3,120 MPH. 

 

They are looking for a new generation to take up the hobby. Bullitt Raceway encourages baby boomers to get off the couch, grab the grandkids, and get racing. It's a fairly inexpensive hobby to get into. Slot cars can cost as low as $75 and a controller around $40. You can find model car bodies at hobby shops or get set up at Bullitt Raceway.

 

Bullitt Raceway hosts the Santa Showdown on December 5. More than 1,000 slot car [entries] from around the country will converge on Blue Lick Road for the special event."

 

Click HERE to view the multiple videos that accompany the article.


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 08:02 AM

Nice track!


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 08:43 AM

What kind of track is the road course? King or ?


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 09:55 AM

The road course is a blue King, origin unknown. It is the track we run our H&R and Pro-Track cars on that I have posted about previously. One note, there are no young people in the videos as they taped the segments on a Thursday morning and only a few of old retired guys were able to come in.

Skip runs all his races with a break-out rule. It varies on the style of car being run. He has started the fall series on the other tracks and they run a series on the figure 8 with a crossover, besides road course racing and drag racing.

With summer winding down and interest back up, he says the regular drag racing guys are coming back in force. The last week there were over 100 drag racers for the Sunday drags. This number will continue to go up. A lot of these guys drag race full size cars in the summer and don't get back into slot cars until that season is over.

I will take pictures of his other tracks and post them next week. Skip runs a friendly place and it is more like a group of friends playing together than a serious business. It is a successful plan as shown by his longevity.


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Posted 17 November 2015 - 10:02 AM

According to the Slotblog Raceway List, Bullitt has a Chris Dadds King


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