From today's Hemmings Daily:
Concours-level slot car class created for International Scale Vehicle Championship
Photo by Kurt Ernst.
Whatever you do, don’t call them “thingies.” Now that concours-level slot cars have earned a spot among other handcrafted small-scale vehicles at one of the country’s largest shows for model and scale cars, enthusiasts who built the high-end racers have made it a point to distance themselves from that term.
“There are a good number of builders who are constructing highly-detailed scale slot cars and that was enough to pique our interest in such models,” said Mark Gustavson of the GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention, which for 2017 will add a class dedicated to concours slot cars.
“Thingies,” on the other hand, refers to about the opposite of a concours-level scale car: stripped-down, beefed-up slot cars without bodies and sometimes without front wheels. As Gustavson discovered early on in planning for the new class, some slot car builders view “thingies” as a pejorative term “and probably offensive to those deeply interested in competitive slot car racing.”
So to make sure the class only applies to non-thingie slot cars, the rules for the class stipulate four rolling tires, full body work, and a full interior that may or may not include a driver figure. In addition, the class entrants must also run, so the class organizers will have a sample slot car track on hand for the cars to run on. Beyond those basic rules, the concours slot cars can represent any production or non-production car or truck, can use commercially available pieces, and can be two- or four-wheel drive.
Other classes at the event include Box Plus, Common Kit, Light Duty Commercial and Military vehicles, Heavy Duty Commercial and Military vehicles, Straightline Competition vehicles, Circle Track or Road Course Competition vehicles, Custom vehicles, Factory Stock vehicles, Custom vehicles, Street Rods, Street Machines, Motorcycles, 1/43 Scale vehicles, Replicas, and Dioramas.
Founded in 1979, the GSL International Scale Vehicle Championship and Convention includes competitive classes, seminars, tours of the International Model Car Builders’ Museum, and a trade show, all geared toward scale vehicle modelers. Next year’s event takes place April 27-30 in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit GSLChampionship.org.