A reporter for the small local "community" newspaper White House Connection visited SlotCars-R-Us "The Track" during the Hillbilly Nats this month and published this small article in the paper yesterday. As is usually the case with slot racing reportage, there are some inaccuracies (especially in the photo captions) but any publicity for the hobby is always good publicity.
Ready... Set... Race
by Savannah Eller
"At the beginning of the race, the cars line up. The drivers are tense; the crowd in suspense. The finals are on and the competition will be steep; earlier in the day records were broken in the qualifiers. The drivers are the best in the world; they have traveled from as far away as Brazil to be there. Many have raced since they were just boys.
The starting buzzer sounds and they are off, careening around curves at 80 mph. Suddenly, a car on the outer edge starts to smoke. It takes the next curve and – catastrophe – starts to tumble through the air, over the track edge, and into the crowd of bystanders. A sympathetic groan comes up from the crowd. Someone picks it up. The disappointed driver rushes over, intent on making repairs before the next heat.
Such was the scene Saturday before last at "The Track," a slot car racing facility in White House. The Track was hosting its first annual Hillbilly Nationals, a competition that brought in over a hundred of the most avid hobbyists (or professional drivers) from 18 states, Canada, and Brazil to race the most high-tech, expensive slot cars in production."
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