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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 07:36 PM

A four-page publication from my neck of the woods.
 
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 08:17 PM

The first post is all fixed.

 

I was trying to post between heats, while race directing.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 08:11 PM

6 E. Randolph, used to go there on the second floor with the killer straightaway drop off! Ran Pittman 196a powered 1/32 scale cars.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:03 AM

I noticed the publishing was out of the same address as Hobby Service & Supply.

I started going there in about 1968, to buy slot car parts and Estes rockets.

By that time, the track was already gone.

I started working there on Saturdays, and three days after school, in late '70, or early '71, when I was 15.

I heard when they had the track, in the summer, when the (second floor) window was open, cars sometimes launched out of the bank, and on to the sidewalk on State Street.

The racer would have to run out the door, down the hallway, down the stairs, around the corner, and hope their car was still there, on probably the heaviest pedestrian traveled sidewalk, in Chicago. LOL.

BTW, I never heard of the two guys that were listed as the publishers.

They were neither the owner, Jules Lurie, or the manager, Ron Burgett, whom I still exchange Christmas cards with.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:47 PM

I went there in winter of '64-65. Moved to Barrington in summer of '65 and built my first basement track. Had one ever since.
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:56 PM

Great stories, thanks!

Was there ever issue #2?   :)

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:00 PM

I noticed the publishing was out of the same address as Hobby Service & Supply.


I'm thinking Hobby Service & Supply was where Mark Mattei acquired a lot of his unbuilt kit and poromo materials collection in the late '70s. At least, that's what I am recalling he told me a few years ago when I was able to visit his massive collection.

If it wasn't Hobby Service, it was another distributor who just held on to their new inventory after the hobby crashed in the late '60s, rather than dumping it as so many of them did.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:09 PM

He can comment, but that was probably Trost.

 

I was there in about '72, picking out general hobby stuff for Hobby Service & Supply, and came across dusty cases of Cox kits.

 

I inquired about them, and got about six-ten of them, for $3 or $4 each, but leaving many behind.

 

We used three or four of them for an unsuccessful attempt at a stock Cox race, on the American Orange at Tom Thumb in Evanston.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:23 PM

You're probably right...

 

Maybe Mark will see this and confirm. He's often logged in in the mornings.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:28 PM

There was an old hobby shop off the Kennedy where the cranky guy would bring out a few things at a time. People went there all through the mid-late '80s.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:29 PM

Trost was it!


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:32 PM

There was an old hobby shop off the Kennedy where the cranky guy would bring out a few things at a time. People went there all through the mid-late '80s.

 

Probably Pilot Paint & Hobby, on Belmont.

 

Mark definitely talks about "pickin" there.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:22 PM

That rings a dulled bell! LOL.
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 04:15 PM

Great stuff Mike, absolutely never heard of that one... and given the quality, I kind of doubt there was a second issue! 

 

Maybe it was an attempt by the guys on Randolph to do a little promotion? 

 

I went there once or twice, probably in 1966 when I was 14, but downtown was a long way away - on the Jeffrey 5! 

 

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