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Nori Ono - "Mr. Plafit", ?-2015


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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 10:22 AM

(From the Slot.it company page on Facebook)

 

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"It is with great sadness that we announce that Nori Ono-san has passed away. 
Ono-san was the genius inventor and driving force behind Plafit. He was our distributor in Japan for many years, a business gentleman. He will be missed."

 

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The photo above shows Ono-san (right) with all of the drivers entered in the 2008 Plafit Pan-Am Championships. Ono-san was the honorary race director for the event.

 

The below photo shows him being honored. One of the very few (possibly only) times I have seen him not wearing a hat.

 

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 10:36 AM

Seems he was the distributor/marketing force behind Plafit while his brother was their inventor.

But nonetheless he was Mr. Plafit to those that used his chassis around the world. An important figure in our hobby.

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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:04 PM

RIP, Ono-san.
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Posted 11 December 2015 - 12:25 PM

RIP, Nori Ono-san. Thank you for your contributions to our hobby.
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Posted 11 December 2015 - 02:06 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting him at the race in this photo. He will be missed. I marvel at the detail of his work.


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 07:20 PM

Almost forgot about that photo, Ausforce did very well.

Yes, Nori Ono was indeed a gentleman. At an event in Japan he was the most hospitable host anyone could have imagined. His driving force behind Plafit development and enjoyment in Australia (and the rest of the world) will be missed and I doubt repeated any time soon.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 11:16 AM

From slotcar-today.com:

 

The news spread quickly among the slo tcar world. Whenever a appreciated character disappears, the clearing story is associated with the speed of communication.

Nori Ono, Plafit San, died Friday, leaving behind an important legacy in the world of slot cars, the Plafit system, evolution of words Play and Fit.
Both metallic chassis to 1:32 scale 1:24 revolutionized the way we understand the slot car competition and were quickly adapted by all great slot car fans.
Also through his Beaver Corporation company became the distributor of most European slot car brands for Japan. It is permanently in the memory of those who attended promptly at the Nuremberg Toy Fair the discreet presence of Ono San. A memory that inevitably is linked to his inseparable Borsalino hat, that he touched slightly accompanied by a nod greeting. The same discretion is that, despite digging through thousands of images of more than twenty years of fair, unfortunately I could not find any pictures of him. RIP Nori Ono San. Arigatou gozaimasu.


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 11:31 AM

i believe he also brought the first FK motors to commercial racing. I ran Plafit Cheetahs several years before the Falcon was thought of. It was their running out of the original Plafit Cheetahs that lead to the development of the Falcon.


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 05:02 PM

I wanted to expand on what Bill posted - there were other Plafit motors that were also popular around the world named the Rabbit, Bison (II), Pointer, and Fox (II, III and IV). I don't have the specifications in front of me but I believe that these were milder motors than the Cheetah.

 

These were FK form factor motors that predated the FK motors popular in Retro racing today.


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 05:09 PM

Almost forgot about that photo, Ausforce did very well.

 

Team Australia car shot - the luxury of having spare and practice cars!!!!

 

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 04:03 PM

He honored us with a visit (at the shop) not too long ago. What a nice man. We ran some laps with different cars. He brought several very nice cars for us to try. He ran some of our personal cars.  


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