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#1 Cheater

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 05:14 PM

I've tried to embed the Vimeo video here, but have failed miserably. I simply cannot find it on Vimeo and that surprises me. So all I can post here is a link.
 
But this is a very important message: the connection between 1:1 racing and model car racing has never been promoted or 'leveraged' in the way it should have been... IMO. How many racers sitting in a cheap hobby or street stock, or even the spectators in the stands, could have been attracted to slot car racing, with its much cheaper costs and far less danger? No one really knows, because the 'industry,' if I can term it that, has never tried to promote that angle.
 
I wonder how many here are aware how many former 1:1 racers now practice this hobby? I could mention many names...

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 05:25 PM

Great vid...   
 
Listed as 'private' on Vimeo... I was able to 'like' it, but could not save it to my slot car album... Strange...
 
Maybe they will release it later in the month...  
 
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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:02 PM

Nice video.

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 07:18 PM

The guy I learned how to build motors from, Roland Lapierre Jr, was a prominent Modified racer here in New England and on the east coast in general.
 
One of the local short track legends, "Radical" Rick Martin currently has a small four-lane oval in his race shop in Massachusetts. He has four or five different classes (mostly open wheel, modifieds/super modifieds, etc.) and has races two nights a week during the racing off-season.

Most of the people who go there are current racers or former racers.
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Posted 01 March 2017 - 05:46 PM

Cool video and cool slot car track. I got involved with "commercial" slot cars in 1965-66, but then the hobby died off, in my area (Rochester, NY). It revived again, in the early 1980s, for a couple of years, then tapered off again. And yes, like some of the guys that were spoken to in the video, I was also involved with a couple of "real" oval track cars, during my life.


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:11 PM

Awesome video and slot racing promo.

Really enjoyed it! 


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:46 PM

Cool video and cool slot car track. I got involved with "commercial" slot cars in 1965-66, but then the hobby died off, in my area (Rochester, NY). It revived again, in the early 1980s, for a couple of years, then tapered off again. And yes, like some of the guys that were spoken to in the video, I was also involved with a couple of "real" oval track cars, during my life.

 

There's still a track open in Rochester, NY. I take my kids there and they have several classes of racing.



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:14 PM

"But this is a very important message: the connection between 1:1 racing and model car racing has never been promoted or 'leveraged' in the way it should have been..."
 
Agreed, Greg, very important!
 
"... because the 'industry,' if I can term it that, has never tried to promote that angle."
 
Has there ever really been an industry? As best I can tell the TOA was a bust. Pfeiffer, DeBella, Koford, Gerding, and a few others have had longstanding slotcar businesses but I never sensed there was an "industry."

 

The only thing I ever saw that seemed to remotely suggest an industry was the material that American Model Raceways published those many years ago that spoke about how to se tup and run a commercial raceway.


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 09:21 AM

"... because the 'industry,' if I can term it that, has never tried to promote that angle."
 
]Has there ever really been an industry? As best I can tell the TOA was a bust.

 

I agree the TOA never got a lot of traction, which was usually blamed on the fact that less than half the raceway owners in the US joined as they seemingly didn't see any value coming their way from the membership fee ($60 I vaguely recall).

But the TOA's mission, as I understand it, was to support the raceway owners with info on lower-cost liability insurance, free email, etc., and to foster communication and the sharing of ideas within the raceway owner community. As far as I know, the TOA did not attempt to position, promote, market, advocate for slot car racing outside of the raceway ownership fraternity.

As I have maintained for quite a long time, I believe the notable lack of any organization or body advocating for the activity itself (without having as a primary goal the of moving product) is the fatal gene in slot racing's DNA. All one has to do is to look at other hobbies and activities, competitive or not, to see this.


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 07:04 PM

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