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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:29 PM

I somehow wound up with it, so I guess I have to post pics of it. lol

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John Pierce's Lava Machine 2, with some added lettering, after its "incident", at the 1988 Seattle Slugfest. LOL.

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The back end, with the slightly-deformed rear spoiler from the heat of the Estes engine.

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The bottom, with the covering, I presume, to protect the track.

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The body, with its added "heat shielding."

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Charred and rusty, but the nicely designed and built chassis.
 
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Super-nice job on the double pillow block, split axle, rear end.
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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:49 PM

Did this actually run on a king? Years ago at Fishkill Raceway one of my friends and a couple of locals did this will a drag car. It clocked 125 mph on a 1/4 mile.

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 07:31 PM

Yes, at least twice.
 
The first time, it was Jerry Kulich's King at a Midwest USRA points race.
 
With a "small" engine, it was very unimpressive.
 
The original Lava Machine, a Camaro or Firebird, was much more impressive, obliterating a G7 powered, Raisin built rail, on the the drag strip at Andy Smith's Family Hobby and Cones, at a Midwest or Tri-State, points race.
 
At the 1988 Slugfest, John Pierce, after having a rough 3rd heat in one of the Pro Semi's, had it on the start of the straight, intending to start the 4th heat with it.
 
I was marshaling the lead-on, and just before the power came on, I pulled it off the track and gave it the owner of WSS & H, Steve Hosford.
 
So I ruined what would of been the greatest moment in slot racing, a racer running an Estes-powered car in a G7 race. :dash2:
 
Hosford was all for seeing it run, so as soon as the Semi was over, John took a "pass" with it.
 
It obviously had a much more powerful engine than at Jerry's, a month or two, earlier.
 
It made it about a third of the way around the bank, launched, bounced off the back wall, and buzzed Tom Hansen and his girlfriend, who were walking by, and I'm pretty sure, unaware of the goings-on.

It hit her, or at least got close enough, that it sparked a minor physical confrontation physical confrontation between Tom and John.
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Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:01 PM

Thanks, Mike,
 
That description was good for a solid belly laugh.
 
I wasn't there but wish I was.
 
I tell ya, us slot racers can be some pretty motley geniuses! :laugh2:
 
Happy New Year!
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Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:58 PM

I can still remember, standing there in the lead-on, watching as Hosford, sort of ignored his race director duties, while marveling at it.

Mike Swiss
 
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Two-time G7 World Champion (1988, 1990)
Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:51 PM

See!!! Slot racing can be fun.







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