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#1 anarot

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 10:58 PM

Can anyone tell me if there are any slot car tracks that are easy to find and to get to in these cities? Going over that way in a couple of weeks so I thought I would try and get a bit of slot car racing in.  

 

Can you hire cars and controllers or should I bring my own? Any links to them would be appreciated. 

 

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:09 PM

Trevor, 

 

There's a reason I torture myself trying to keep an accurate US Raceway List here at Slotblog: so questions like this don't need to be posted.

 

California

 

Nevada

 

The underlined link in each raceway's entry goes either to the raceway's website or Facebook page.

 

For California, enter the city names in a map application like Google or Apple Maps and you can find how close they are to San Francisco.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:26 PM

Thanks for that. I didn't know that Las Vegas was in Nevada LOL. Pretty close to were we are going to stay by the looks of things.

 

The California one is too far away from San Francisco so I will give that one a miss.

 

Do most places hire out cars/controllers or should I bring my own?

 

Thanks.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:35 PM

I would bring my own. The rental cars and controllers in most raceways are awful, though that may in fact not be the case at Slot Car City. No easy way to tell...


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:00 AM

Slot Car Raceway in Rohnert Park is 45 min -1 hour North of San Francisco and well worth the drive. Their rental cars are wing cars so unless you like these bring your own cars.

 

It's not too far...


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:21 AM

Won't have a car so too far to walk LOL.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:31 AM

Trevor,

 

Pack the controller in checked baggage if you can. Otherwise, you waste too much time with the TSA debating what that device is - they just don't believe you when you tell them something that sophisticated device is used to drive a slot car around the track; I've actually heard them guess that it's a remote trigger device for incendiary purposes. It's good to have a magazine that shows modern slot cars and controllers - can save some time. I can't estimate what the time delay might be if you are traveling internationally and what do you do if they won't let it on the plane?

 

Keep it in the slot,

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:48 AM

If you are interested in flat track racing, the finest flat track on the west coast can be found in Vallejo. Bring cars and controllers since rentals are wings and Parmas.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:59 AM

 

 I've actually heard them guess that it's a remote trigger device for incendiary purposes.

Keep it in the slot,

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:06 PM

Someone forgot Foster's Raceway in Santa Maria, CA. Home of the very popular 100 ft Paperclip track. We're right in between the LA and SF areas on the Coast. We race Thursday nights.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:13 PM

If 45 minutes-1 hour is too far for the OP, I'm guessing four hours is really too far. LOL.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:43 PM

Seems a number of posters didn't comprehend that the OP is not going to have a car while in Vegas and SF...

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:03 PM

In Las Vegas the tracks have a lever with a coin slot. You put a coin in the slot, then pull the lever, and the cars all run for about ten seconds. The car leading at the end is deemed the winner of that heat. You then put another coin in the slot and pull the lever again. The cars all run for about ten seconds, and like before the leading car is called the winner of that heat. This is repeated for a total of eight times, and the car with the most wins gets the jackpot.

 

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