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#1 Dennis David

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:08 PM

OK I know that not all slot cars race with four wheels but work with me here.  :D

 

I am just now starting work on my magnum opus on slot car racing around the world. The article will be on actual competitive racing and no, racing your brother on the carpet in your underwear does not count. We're talking 1/32 and 1/24, sorry HO.

 

Any Information on organizations, clubs, big races are most welcome. I already know about US racing and ISRA but what other big events are out there? I am also familiar with BSCRA which is holding their 53rd National Championship.

 

Thanks in advance.


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:23 PM

Dennis Samson has some great info about the South African Model Car Association. He posted a nice thread with pics from their tracks in the past some time ago. 

 

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:38 PM

Yes as does Russell on the current scene. The slot car world is so vast. How many people are aware of the North European Championship in Malmo, Sweden?


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:24 AM

Zippity could help out about New Zealand racing, I'm thinking.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:37 AM

Yes I hope to get help from some of our international members.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:15 AM

Ok, I am not exactly sure what you are looking for.

 

However as far a Danish racing is converned, most clubs are a member of DMRU  = "Dansk Mini Racing Union".

It means that a fine vector to racing in Denmark is http://www.dmru.dk

 

This includes this very fine map of tracks and contacts: http://dmru.dk/klubb...ru-klubber.html

 

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:07 AM

This includes this very fine map of tracks and contacts: http://dmru.dk/klubb...ru-klubber.html

 
Wow! All I can think is "road trip!!!" Looks like no shortage of racing opportunities.
 
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:08 AM

Carsten, that's exactly what I am looking for! Thanks. I'm interested in groups that hold regular events that cross clubs as well as national boundaries.

Where racers would travel out of their immediate area to compete.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:22 AM

Eddie,

 

That could well be a side effect of my article. I will be sure to include an index of the info I receive.

 

Many of our international members also live in these silos and are unaware of the global nature of our hobby. It's not only us who are ignorant LOL.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:24 AM

Two areas I am curious about as well are Eastern Europe and Latin America.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:27 AM

Plus besides Haruki's group there is another major club in Japan that holds the Carerra Cup.

I'm also looking to see if there are any Plafit events. I know Scaleauto, BRM, NSR, MB Slot, and Slot.it sponsor major events.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 11:25 AM

The Viking Cup on the 29th is a good example where one club in Germany host racers from Denmark. There used to be a Gotthard Cup but I am not sure it's run any longer. In the Czech Republic they have a series called the Honda Cup.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:35 PM

Here in Australia we have just had the Wing Car Nationals over the Easter weekend and on the June Queens Birthday weekend is the Australian Model Car Nationals.In mid July is the Australian BRM Championship and late September is the Australian Plafit Championship
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:41 PM

Does the Australian Plafit championship have a regular series as well? I assume it's not just a single race ir do the various clubs hold their hands own Plafit races.

How much involvement is there by the Japanese company?

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:47 PM

Hi Dennis,

 

The various commercial centres hold regular Plafit races. The Australian Plafit Championship is promoted by the Australian distributor Ace Hobbies and apart from the usual trophies for the placegetters there are also prizes given out for concours and TQ. This year's event is the 10th Anniversary for the titles


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:49 PM

Does the Japanese company get involved in any way? I assume they do though their distributor.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:12 PM

Yes, Plafit through the Australian distributor Ace Hobbies sponsor the event and provide the prizes and hand-out motors.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 04:03 PM

Hi Dennis,

 

in Germany we have countless regional competitions between clubs. A good starting point for the series raced in West Germany is here:

 

http://rennserien-west.de/

 

All buttons under "Rennserien" lead to competitions. In the upper right corner under "Regionen" you will find links to similar pages from other German regions.

 

If you need help with translations, just let me know.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 05:08 PM

Sadly, there are no commercial raceways remaining in New Zealand.

 

1/32 and 1/24 scale cars are raced on club racetracks around the country.

 

Some clubs race both scales in soft and hard body formats.

 

Annual “Nationals” are held for all classes and formats.

 

My club with it’s six-lane track and being centrally located in the country, hosts both the 1/32 and 1/24 National events.

 

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 03:52 PM

Thanks for the info. I find that most clubs get support from the government with reduced rent. Is that also the case with New Zealand?

Can a club earn extra income renting to other groups?

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 04:09 PM

No way, Jose.  :(

 

The monthly rental is met by the club members' race fees.



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Posted 16 May 2017 - 03:33 PM

Just returned from Europe where I had the pleasure of visiting the legendary slot car shop Cric Crac and the well known club ICAR Indoor Slot Racing both in Igualada just outside of Barcelona, Spain. I'll post the results of my visit. Imagine six places to race within 30 kilometers.

 

A couple of observations that I have seen while doing research for my article is one, besides United States and Australia there are few if any commercial raceways that operate on the retail walk-in model. A few commercial raceways exist that are event driven where the owner may or may not own a facility with one or more tracks that they make available for clubs, organizations and parties. 

 

Rents overall are much lower then in the United States and are sometimes reduced by the local municipality. This happens mostly in Northern Europe. I have seen more than one club where the rent is $300-500 a month, something that we in the States would drool over. The result is while most club tracks in the US are small and in private homes, clubs overseas have tracks that are much larger. Large plastic tracks, while still common, are being replaced by wood tracks. Most of the wood tracks are flat and quite large by any standard. 

 

The types of cars that are raced run the gamut. While Eurosport and Wing cars have their fans; mostly in Eastern Europe it seems, Flexi-Chassis with 16D motors are raced. Scaleauto 1/24 is popular and for scale racers that want more speed LMP racing using sophisticated metal chassis and GFK bodies offer scale and speed. One thing that is quite different is that there seems to be a lot less crashes in these races compared to what you would see in a normal flexi race. Slot.it and to a lesser extent NSR 1/32 are also raced.

 

Two recent trends I find very interesting is the Danish F1 Retro with scale Lexan bodies and the 1/24 Klasse 1 series for Formula 1 cars. I recently purchased examples of each and will be building cars with some differences. Slightly faster motors and in the case of Danish Retro I will attempt to use more scale wheels.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:12 AM

Another thing thing that seems to be the case is that slot car racing will not disappear regardless of what happens in the United States and that our influence on the hobby is actually limited. The hobby is multi-polar and that there are developments taking place all over the world. 


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:26 PM

For two weeks I go to the UK every year to visit my son, daughter in law, and 2 grand kids at their village home in West Horsely near Guildford . We attend the Goodwood Revival, the most fantastical vintage auto racing celebration anywhere (and where one is encouraged to wear '50's era country tweeds- coat & tie necessary at some pavillions). When not at Goodwood have traveled throughout London, Surrey,  Essex, Kent, Dorset (by steam train from Victoria Station to Weymouth- a marvelous travel story itself).  Though I don't have time to seek out slot car tracks, clubs, etc, many hobby shops and toy stores  carry enormous inventories of 1/32 cars which, along with slot car forums indicate 1/32 racing is very alive, well, and active in the South of UK.

 

 If anyone is interested in UK's active main line steam railrway activities, and my 9 hour ride on '30's era railway carriages pulled by a large, high stepping steam locomotive, the Oliver Cromwell, I'll be happy to post my trip photos here.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:38 PM

Another thing thing that seems to be the case is that slot car racing will not disappear regardless of what happens in the United States and that our influence on the hobby is actually limited. The hobby is multi-polar and that there are developments taking place all over the world. 

Where has anyone suggested that might happen?

 

Or that the U.S. is the only driving force in slot racing?

 

That said, "that our influence on the hobby is actually limited", IMO, is really a stretch.


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