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Mark Schlussman, 1957-2016

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#1 Chubby



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Posted 27 March 2016 - 09:48 PM

Earlier tonight Mark Schlussman of Prime Racing passed away. Mark was a very good friend of mine and to many others. He will be missed


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 09:57 PM

Sorry to hear about Mark.

May he rest in peace.

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 10:01 PM

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 10:05 PM

This is happening far too often. Mark was always glad to help when we were racing.



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Posted 28 March 2016 - 06:29 AM

Mark was a great guy, RIP.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:00 AM

RIP, Mark.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:56 AM

A 'big man' in a lot of ways.


A slot racer turned supplier when the "need arose," he has helped our little hobby maintain itself.


Look down at the braid you put in your guide flag, if it says Prime on it that's Mark's doing.


RIP, Big Guy.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 11:50 AM

What a terrible loss. RIP, Mark.
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Posted 28 March 2016 - 12:46 PM

Another sad day for the slot racing community.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 03:59 PM

Never met or talked to you, Sir....


But I have always used and recommended a lot of your products. Much respect...


RIP, Sir.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 04:40 PM

RIP, Mark.

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 05:07 PM

RIP, Mark.

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 07:55 AM

Very nice tribute to Mark, posted at OWH by the site owner Paul Kassens:
"It is with great sadness that I received the news yesterday that we have lost another great member of the slot car racing family and community, "Prime" Mark Schlussman.

Mark was the owner of Prime Racing Products, and for many years provided a selection of quality slot car products and motor balancing services. Anyone who ever met Mark knew what a kind, generous, and always positive person he always was. Even though he had not been active in racing slot cars lately, he always kept in touch with his many friends in the hobby. 

He always supported the hobby with his products and services, and was always willing to donate prizes and sponsorship for race events, as well as being a long time sponsor and supporter of the OWH web site and Slot Car Talk forums.

In addition to Prime Racing, Mark owned Prime Air Conditioning Company, providing air conditioning products and installation... a family business serving Long Island NY since 1960.

Besides slot car racing, Mark loved to play poker, having won at large tournaments, and had just posted on Facebook recently that he had a very good weekend at Atlantic City on the poker tables.

Mark's close friend Tim Brennan posted on Facebook: "I just wanted to pass along the news that what took our dear friend was a skin infection that turned into sepsis and that can often quickly get out of control; that is what took him yesterday – he succumbed to septic shock."

I had been working on a new web site for Mark's Prime Air Conditioning, and we had many laughs while discussing ideas for it, and I was waiting to hear back from Mark with info I needed. I hadn't called him this past week, since I saw him post that he was not feeling well. But this comes as a total shock to me.

Mark was always a pleasure to talk to... I don't think I've ever met someone who was always so upbeat. Even his daily Facebook posts were always positive, cheerful, and uplifting.

Mark will be sorely missed among the slot car racing community, as well as all his many friends and family whose lives he has enriched.

- Paul K @ OWH"


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Posted 29 March 2016 - 05:33 PM

Heard a lot of great things about this man.  


Prayers go out to his family and wishes that he Rest in Peace.

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 05:40 PM

I’m shocked to hear this terrible news. I didn’t know Mark well but I knew him well enough to know what a good guy he was.


My condolences to his family and friends.


Rest in peace, Mark.

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 11:11 PM

What a shock that was to see posted. Mark was a super good guy and I had the pleasure to meet him at my raceway, one time.

Cute story, I always got a couple of big boy T-shirts made, 4X, 5X, and 6X. He was so tickled to get a slot shirt in his size. I think he wore it to every slot race for a long time, only one that he could find that would fit and was slot related.
So sorry to hear of his passing. RIP, big boy!...

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 12:00 AM

RIP, Mark. God Bless you and your family.
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