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#1 idare2bdul

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 10:39 PM

Rehabbing from a hip replacement has given me way too much time to reflect on things and get bored while enduring slot car withdrawal. I got to thinking about what it is like to grow up today with all the tech toys and comparing them to slot cars and the toys of my youth. I graduated high school in 1965 so I'm older than the 'name," racers of the late 60's. My need for speed started with Schuco wind up cars and progressed to screaming 049 powered tether cars until I walked into my first slot car track as a kid. My brain said I was hooked, my budget often disagreed. There was a simple joy in just driving around the track, beating others in impromptu races just added to the enjoyment. Full size cars, motorcycles and the fairer sex, contributed to a long hiatus from slots till I walked into Monty Ohren's Crash and Burn in late1975. I started racing in actual competitions and Monty talked me into trying USRA in 1976. Along the way I have met a wide variety of people who I enjoyed racing with and a few I really enjoyed racing against. I suspect most slotbloggers have similar stories adjusted for when they started, their level of success and how they enjoy our hobby today.

 

I'd like to thank the people that run the tracks, the distributors and manufacturers that let us continue to enjoy our hobby. Special thanks to Cheater for giving us this forum for our addiction.


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 04:36 AM

Very well said, I have often thought the same, wish kids now could have experienced my growing years, I think the kids would be better prepaired for lifeknowing how to fix things and how to entertain yourself with little to nothing in hand. Hope you heal fast from the hip surgery. ...Kim



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Posted 15 March 2016 - 06:47 AM

You dull bastard; you'll never grow up. PLEASE don't!


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 08:37 AM

Well said



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Posted 15 March 2016 - 11:03 AM

In the 50's I was too young to do but old enough to awe. In the 60's I was too poor to play but rich enough to read. In the 70's too married with too many kids and a real car/bike habit that was way too expensive. In the 80's I was too isolated becoming a big fish is a very small pond. El Paso was a small market and very isolated from the main stream but I did well locally.  In the 90's I became consumed in personal losses. In the new millennium I get to enjoy. In it's second decade the thing I enjoy greatly is the chance to catch up on the things I missed doing by reading the old threads and the remembrances of those of the period that still are sharing theirs today. Thankful for a place to do it. Roy Wong?!?! Really? WOW!!!


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 12:00 PM

Get healed up Mike! Keep on Keep'in On!


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 12:47 PM

A similar story as the others.  I was first introduced to slots as a kid with an HO set as a birthday gift in the 60's.  I graduated to 1/24 and 1/32 due to seeking parts for my HO cars at a commercial track in the mid 60's.  In 69 I went to middle school, GIRLS!!!!!!!  My pit box went into storage in my mom's attic until recently.  Following 2 shoulder surgeries, slots were the answer to my boredom, and an answer to my daily rehab.  I also discovered that I could build my own routed track to provide a place to run/race my cars ( which I will have to complete due to the fact that Rt. 93 has gone out of business)!!!


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 01:06 PM

We have to really appreciate the "era" we grew up in!! Certainly the "golden age" of ALL motor sports!! From bikes and cars to airplanes, we saw the best of the best and lot's of emphasis on these in our lives that helped fuel our passion for racing!!! It was the best of times for these hobbies/activities. Lot's of factory support in all areas---just plain FUN!! Great times---and hopefully, many more years to enjoy them yet!! Get healed up Mike--lets go racing!! :)


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 03:18 PM

Speedy recovery for a good guy - get well Mike!


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#10 Marty N

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Posted 15 March 2016 - 03:48 PM

Come on guys. Mike wants your stories. Help a brother whose on the mend out. Give'm up.


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 04:00 PM

Yeah I grew up in the good days, born in 52 and had a blast, Lionel train set when I was 6, then when I hit 8 I got a ho slot set, I WAS HOOKED, then around 1964 there was a slot track opened up in the area, I WAS HOOKED again with treble hooks, never left the hobby accept when I moved to Ga then there was a track opened up there after a while,always took my cars on vacation to visit other tracks, nothing but fun and great fellowship. I am now almost 64 and still love the hobby, just dont have a track here in middle Ga. Would love for anpther to open up again. Yeah folks...we may be getting old but we have seen all the great bands and had the greatest hobby of all....."SlotCar" racing.....KimLander


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Posted 15 March 2016 - 07:11 PM

I am a little younger than some of you ( OLD Guys ) 12/9/60 ( 55)..... :victory:

But my older brother ( 8 years ) Did all the COOL stuff & I tagged along...........

I inherited his HO track when he went 1/24 racing......

He raced Go Karts I got his old ones........

We took a family vacation in 1966 , To DIZZY Land .......Cali.....!!!!!

We All went to Dizzy Land..... but when my Dad & bro got to check out the slot car shops...... I had to stay with Grandma . :shok:

When we got home.... Dad made my Bro build me a car to run at our local shop......It was a PIG......

A brass chassis ,with a plastic model body (Nova ? ) , 36D powered ( my bro bought a BOX of em @ radio shack)..

He coated the inside of the body with BONDO ... and declared it un breakable....... ( TURD )

If you stopped in the  bank on the old Orange ..... It would just roll down side wise.... Sounding like someone just dropped a brick in the bank...... Every body LOOK !! new kid on the track .......

But looking back it was the best time to grow up ( sort of ) .....!!!

 

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 01:25 PM

If I live long enough to tell my 19 month old grandson what it was like to grow up he probably won't understand why I had to learn how to drive a car. He might think that I could have been allowed to put any part on my car's engine I could afford or build for myself. Driving off road for hours in the desert or in the foothills of Southern California with no legal problems will be hard to explain the feeling that you got from being with friends along for the ride.

 

I didn't have the ideal parents but they allowed me to build in the house or the garage first model airplanes, armor and ships, then cars. I wonder how many parents today would feel comfortable with clutter, screaming Dremel tools, soldering irons, spray cans and eventually compressors and airbrushes. I bikcycled to slot car tracks and bowling alleys often having to ride hands off the handlebars balancing a slot box or a bowling bag till I reached my goal 2 to 8 miles away. When I left the house I was on my own, no electronic tether to text or call me back or find out what I was doing. I had a time to be home and a mandate not to get hurt and don't do anything stupid. I wasn't always compliant with that mandate but I learned what lines I could cross and which ones had consequences, I had hero's that were usually modest, that taught hard work and practice paid off and that success was earned. I was lucky enough as a little kid to catch passes on brisk mornings when Bill Wade the Ram's quarterback would come over from his apartment to our school and we would run pass routes and he would throw to us. We learned you had to catch the ball trapping it with your body because he threw too hard to just catch in your hands. The bruise on your chest signaled your willingness to pay the price for those catches.

 

All these things molded my generation into who we became, who I became and why I still enjoy playing with toy cars in the Rodney Dangerfield of hobbies because it's still fun.


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