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#1 brucefl

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 07:51 PM

Ready, set, go!!!
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 08:23 PM

The person with the largest collection right now. :)
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 08:39 PM

Roy Crawley.
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 08:49 PM

Right off the top... John Cukras, Mike Steube, Terry Schmid, Bob Emmot, Howie Ursaner and Sandy Gross. I know there any number of others. Lee Hines, Doug Henline, Brady, Tore Anderson. I know, old school, but, hey, they got it done.

I should include Bryan Warmack and Duran Turjillo also. I really don't know the guys back east well enough to include, so, easy fellas.
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:22 PM

Tonyp, von Ahrens, Hochdorf, Greenaway, Faas, Boltizar, Sohl, Montague, Kiel, Cotton, Tango, Emott, Wong, Cressi, Kean, Andy Crotty (he was handicapped and in a wheelchair, his hands weren't totally functional but could he race with Greenaway cars; he's gotta be in), me, too.

There are so many more that need to be listed. I'm thinking of having my friend who's a web developer maybe put this together as a virtual Hall of fame and maybe Doc would give me advice to post their photos and build their career history and photos of some of their cars and races. A big undertaking but it'll be a labor of love and for us all, and any contributions of photos and written info as a calaborative effort can make this happen.

As I go through the golden years these shared reminiscences will unite us and brings that child's vitality back to me and hopefully you all.
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:26 PM

We best include Jersey John, lest he sends some "friends" to talk to us! :shok:


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:28 PM

Wasn't Crawley last in Florida? I lived there near a raceway, and old man Crawley was there and always took time to talk with me. His sons were avid racers who were intense competitors.

That's what sparked my renewed interest in 2006, and I started taking my nephew, to. That was it, I was hooked again, until I moved to where there were no tracks but I've just been collecting memorabilia.
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:33 PM

John still owes me $8 from 1970 he ordered from me two rolls of ML winding wire, delivered to Nutley.

That's OK, John, the $8 million dollars in compounded interest of the $8. From 47 years ago, LOL.
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:03 PM

Matt Bruce, Willy Custer, Edsel, Bud Bartos, and GVP for his innovations.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:25 PM

Early '70s I raced every week at Crawley's track in Farmingdale. I still have some of the cars. :)
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 12:01 AM

The American driver with probably more national and International titles than any other at any time, Paul Gawronski.

 

Next would be Paul "Beuf" Pedersen and finally Greg Gilbert.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 12:11 AM

If you are looking for modern racers you can't forget Paul Ciccarello!!

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:34 AM

Roy Crawley I believe passed away.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:42 AM

Bob Cozine, Chris Vittuci, Ed Hochdorf, Phil Rubin, Walt Lantern, Tom Conlon, Rick Boyington. Noose, Kovacs, Dave Bloom, Mike Staskie, Wayne Williams, Bill Thurwell, Ray Gardner, Bruce Erickson, Jerry Cowan, Jack Garcia, Lee Hines, and a cast of others.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:51 AM

John Cauthen.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:52 AM

If it's ever done it should be by eras.

Original pros.
The Camen era.
The Swiss era.
Etc.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:03 AM

John Cauthen :sarcastic_hand:


He would also be eligible for the Tennis Hall of Fame. :laugh2:
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:13 AM

He would also be eligible for the Tennis Hall of Fame. :laugh2:


Yes, truly one of the immortals! :)


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:21 AM

Matt Bruce, Willy Custer, Edsel, Bud Bartos, and GVP for his innovations.

 

Although he is certainly one of the greats, I feel Matt has to wait a while until he at least goes grey, bald, or complains his knees hurt too much to marshal the deadman.

 

An AARP card should be a minimum requirement. :D


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:24 AM

Bob Cozine, Chris Vittuci, Ed Hochdorf, Phil Rubin, Walt Lantern, Tom Conlon, Rick Boyington. Noose, Kovacs, Dave Bloom, Mike Statski, Wayne Williams, Bill Thurwell, Ray Gardner, Bruce Erickson, Jerry Cowan, Jack Garcia, Lee Hines, and a cast of others.

 

And some geek named Tony!


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:51 AM

John Ford already did this.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:58 AM

I thought he just made John Wayne movies. :sun_bespectacled:
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 09:17 AM

John Ford already did this.


But it is no longer online as best I can tell.

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 09:46 AM

This Hall of fame must live and breathe, since it's ongoing, and don't forget HO, 1/32, 1/43, right, plus it would be nice if it inspire all of us to add facts to it.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:31 AM

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:31 AM

I don't know about any Hall of Fame stuff, I'll leave that to others who know a lot more about this than I do, but Roy Crawley was a heck of a character, and I had as much or more fun just hanging and jaw-flappin' with him as I did actually running cars.

 

He had a quarter epoxied to his countertop and would get a kick out of people trying to pocket their "find."


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 12:22 PM

P.A. Watson, Mike Swiss, Paul Pfeiffer, Stu Koford, Bob Rule...


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 12:33 PM

Maybe I missed it but I did not see one of the "godfathers" of design, development and all-around "curmudgeoness."

 

Yes, PdL.

 

Too many to remember, Lee Gilbert, Howard Kilgore, Pete H., Jose Rodriquez, Bill Sippell, and on and on and on. 

 

And don't forget Donna in the bathtub with the bubbles.   :shok:  Va-Va-Voom.   :laugh2:


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 12:51 PM

Keep them coming! I want as complete a list as possible to compile and do my research to get photos of the people and of as many accomplishments as possible and written info about from various sources and written by them from wherever, making it comprehensive, finally bringing our sport out from the shadows. And maybe taking our collective memories and create a living picture for all to see through our eyes.

A virtual collective brain transfer to complete the picture for us all and for those who haven't had that fortune of living in all the era's.

Wow, what an undertaking what am I up against (yeah and ideally with our supreme leader's permission PdL combined virtual tour of the museum.

Or will I have to wait for Phillipe to release the movie into theatres, LOL.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 12:54 PM

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The endless slot car voyage
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 01:29 PM

Jan Limpach.

 

Jan certainly has to be near the top of the list.

 

The problem with this, I think there will be too many obvious omissions.

 

Certainly, the Camen guys need to be mentioned.

 

Montague, Laster, Csaba, Hansen, and Strachen.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 01:40 PM

Yes, Noose, John Ford did it but is it living and breathing like the sport is (besides it can't be found) it should be interactive and be evolving and maybe even show the youth the evolution of the technology and they can select whatever era they like and learn from tutorials how to build those style cars and and not be limited to present styles only, and perhaps a virtual race course that you interact with and build skills, bringing the computer age children into the fold. Show all the pillars of our sport and their contributions and how and why they designed what they designed and teach them the critical thinking to arrive at design ideas and test and prove them.

 

This should be a hall of fame for everyone who was apart of the sport,we are all pillars, even the kid who inspired a pro to help and support a wheelchair-bound youth to excell. So all of us are pillars that need to be named, and our stories need to be told to inspire.

But what made the pro a pro or innovator was his customer and his challengers,who all went on to relative levels of success in the sport but also life. Roy Wong from slots to engineering, these are the goal. I may have been unsuccessful at a high level but ran a race where the pros rallied to my aid as my pit crew but that inspired me to build and push and also race HO  competitively (since I didn't have to compete with the factory teams), and eventually this brought me to my success in my profession. And back to slot cars,the cycle is complete.

You may disagree but this is what I would make it if it's part of my mission and I can find the wherewithal.

Moving forward.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 02:16 PM

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 02:29 PM

Hundreds of thousands of kids that went to the track on their bicycle and ran their Cox Ford GTs. They made this hobby as big as it was back in the early days.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 03:35 PM

These were the original Slot Car Hall of Fame inductees from John Ford Hall of Fame

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 03:35 PM

I will say it since no one else will.

Ron Hershman!
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 03:48 PM

John still owes me $8 from 1970 he ordered from me two rolls of ML winding wire, delivered to Nutley.

That's OK, John, the $8 million dollars in compounded interest of the $8. From 47 years ago, LOL.

Bruce why does that sound familiar. For a while Me and Anthony Paterno where winding arms, Tony was the money I did the La Gank LOL Mura did the balancing. Timing was way to hot !!!!!! real smokers, But is was so much fun.

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 03:53 PM

If we are including contemporary guys then Beuf and Chubby should also be on the list

 

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 04:09 PM

lets not forget  JOHN GORSKI , RICK BERNARDO, GUGU, JK, ALPHA, Radish, Chubby, McMasters, Doug Baur , Barry Deshong.

TEAM NUTLEY, Geek squad , John Molnar , Tony Paterno, Jim Beltz, Billy Mack and Wayne Bozinski. ONLY KIDDING.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 04:31 PM

With Retro East in it's 10th year, which is longer than the original "Golden years", I nominate the paint meister himself

   Joe "Noose" Neumeister. 


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 04:34 PM

Yeah john,I had just started coming to nutley,since I was 13 going to nutley from Glen oaks area was a lot on public transportation going alone so I didn't go often,but I had gone there for the first time,there was a race where Joel set a world record qualifying lap,it was great,so I went back a few more times,1 of the times I met you and Paterno and we got into a discussion about winding I think you said you had a problem getting the high temp wire or I started feeling like I had a source that would be interesting (since at Glen oaks an older racer near retirement age and I were friends and he was winding his own arms,he told me he could get me the best winding wire from his work cheap so I bought some and started winding,so either you get you someheard me talking about it or I offered to get you some,or you told me to get you or you'll steal my lunch money one or the other,what's $8. Between wise guys anyway,lol.so I let you slide,right mugsy.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 06:13 PM

Whether you liked him or not, I think nobody on anyone's list had actually done more for slot racing than Ken MacDowell.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 06:41 PM

I think any Slot Car Commercial establishment that has been in business for more than 20 years deserves a nod.  Without them, there is no slot car racing.  We'd just be racers with cars with no place to play.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:00 PM

For that matter any track that ever existed.

I stumble onto tracks in the middle of nowhere which kept my interest going except 1 track in Tampa area that had thousands of dollars worth of my equipment to build me cars and closed up shop and never returned my things.they had a king cobra track around 2007.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:03 PM

Frank "Buzz" Perri and wife Dolores top the list with over 50 years at Buzz-A-Rama.

 

http://slotblog.net/topic/59409-congrats-to-frank-buzz-perri/ 


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:20 PM

Yeah I raced at buzzys,I never could understand how he could survive so long,even though they say he owns the building,he must have been one of those guys who bought home Depot stock when it started and cashed out,in the millions.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 07:25 PM

He should start a school.

 

Buzz University


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:52 PM

At 92year young.

Slot car enteprenuer school.
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Posted 02 April 2017 - 09:49 PM

Ron Granlee, owner of Speed and Sport" in Lynwood, Ca., a mecca for slot racers in the "hey day's". If you knew Ron, and I did, you would know why. A very inspirational man to say the least. I will put him at the top of the "Hall". Other racers or former racer's can comment on this. If they had met or knew the man, they'll know.


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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:54 PM

I used to read his column in car model magazine,I thought he was handicapped I had read if I'm not mistaken and I felt for him to do all that I read he had done for the sport it was an extra special effort,plus I belive he was a very spiritual man which I read and that too was amazing to me especially at those times of decadence.

Correct me if I'm wrong,I agree he certainly left a special imprint.
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