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#1 Dennis David

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 03:48 PM

If you had to list the top five races of the '60s, what would they be and what year?


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 04:10 PM

The first big race held by Car Model magazine in Los Angeles in 1967.  I think that was the first time I read an article on pro slot car racing.  I was only 12 at the time.  The race was won by John Cukras.


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 04:39 PM

The HemisFair race in San Antonio, Texas .  It was won by John Cukrus with Parma modified Russkit controller the first big win for that trigger style controller and the rest as they say his history. The late Ken MacDowell of Parma told me many times that was the race that "made" Parma.



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 04:40 PM

Hinsdale, Illinois ARCO Race which I think was 1968.  Don't know any details.



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Posted 17 October 2017 - 04:55 PM

All work on the details. I need the advice of the experts. Keep it coming.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 05:24 PM

Not sure of exact dates I’ll have to check

Hemisphere race in Texas
Cobra Mura race at buzzarama

ARCO nats in Atlanta. The first real big meeting of east vs west

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 05:25 PM

All ARCO races were big events


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 05:49 PM

I have not heard of the Nutley Nationals.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:17 PM

Car Model Magazine sponsored race in Framingham Ma. 1969 because I won it!!


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:29 PM

It was a pretty big east coast race with several west coasters attending each year like John Cukras. It also had the largest turn out entry wise of the east coast races.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:40 PM

The one in Farmingham?

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:55 PM

This one was big;
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69 Hinsdale Manufacturers Race, held in conjunction with the big Chicago Hobby Show.

Next year's was bigger, with 160 entries, with everyone getting to race,but it was a month into the 70's.

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As Steve D mentioned, the 68 Hinsdale Arco was big, with Howie making the cover of the Chicago Tribune, after getting caught up in the Grant Park Riots, during the Democratic Convention.

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:27 PM

The one in Farmingham?

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 07:29 PM

Thanks Mike. I'll have to ask Howie for his memory of the event and it's aftermath.


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:56 AM

This is the list that I have so far:
1st Car Model All-Scale Drag Race (1964)
Rod & Custom Road Race (1966)
Arco Nationals (1967)
HemisFair Slot Car Race (1968)
Hinsdale Manufacturer’s Race (1969)
Tottenham 1/24 Open (1969)
NCC National Championship (1970
UES World Cup (ISRA Worlds) (1992) 
 
I would like to include a couple of races from the 70s and 80s and have a final list limited to 10 races I can report on.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 12:51 PM

#1 RACE 1967 Atlanta Arco Nats. 4 races over 4 days. 2 tracks, EVERY SINGLE GREAT PRO DRIVER WAS THERE. All Teams were there.


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 12:56 PM

Howie, this was 1967?

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 02:35 PM

Howie, this was 1967?

yes. you need to read about these races in car model and model racing journal. 


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 03:52 PM

Dennis, there was also the Western States Championship from early 66 or late 65, that seems to have been pretty big, and had a real car as a prize! 

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Also, look up the Potato Chip Grand Prix here, for a look at an early major race meeting that didn't pan out...


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 11:04 AM

Check the IMCA races, I think there once was a Ferrari as first prize. (searching..) http://www.slotforum...showtopic=66548


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 01:11 PM

The HemisFair race in San Antonio, Texas .  It was won by John Cukrus with Parma modified Russkit controller the first big win for that trigger style controller and the rest as they say his history. The late Ken MacDowell of Parma told me many times that was the race that "made" Parma.

 

If this is the race I'm thinking of, I was there as an amateur. It was a hotel race with the track naturally in a ground floor ballroom. IIRC, the story goes that Cukras showed up pretty late in the evening a night or two before. He ran a few laps on a couple lanes, then quietly packed up and left. Middle of the next day, I was lapping and Mike Steube came up and asked if he could hack a few laps to check a gear mesh or something. While I watched Mike blister the paint off the lane, he casually asked....."hey have you seen Cukras yet?" I hadn't but had heard the story so I told Mike. He said....."Yeah, that's what I heard too" The story goes that John ran a few laps, knew he had a winner and just disappeared. I think Morissey may have even written it up that way.

 

I had traveled to the race with TJ Albu, another guy whose name I've forgotten, and a fellow named Bill Caudle. Bill had designed a stamped steel chassis with movements etc much like a current 3 pc flexi. I had been the crash test dummy for the design work. At the race, I worked on mine for most of a day and finally cut a lengthwise slot down the main frame rail and suddenly I was hooked up. I went and woke up John Thorp and begged an arm 'cuz mine were dogs. He came to the door of his room in his PJs, handed me (I think) a 27/28 and said "knock 'em dead" I qualified for a sitout for the Am main. I remember that I chipped a tooth on the spur early on but elected to stay out and just "drive soft" rather than risking losing time to fix it. I think I was fourth in the main as well. On the drive back to L.A. we stopped at every raceway we knew of and sold kits. IIRC we sold enough to pay for the trip.

 

Bill named his chassis El Rojo Grande and tried to sell 'em for a while. He had a real job though, and I was very soon to dump slot cars for ski racing so I don't know the upshot. I do think that I was very possibly the first to run a manufactured stamped steel chassis in any major race anywhere.

 

Uhhhhhhh......................I think.................. :crazy:


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:50 PM

For info on the 1988-89 IMCA Worlds, The Model Car International Magazine covered everything.  It was published by Andy Smith aka Prof Motor.  JP commissioned 5 identical MTT flat tracks.  Two were in America, one at the Proslot Factory and one in the Chicago suburbs with JK Jerry Kulich.  I ended up servicing the Chicago MTT over the years and did a general cleanup of it about five years ago before it was sold to Peter Lentros in Massachusetts.  Still in storage?

 

Race prize at one of the 88-89 worlds was a Pontiac Fiero.  Many things were introduced then. I still use the 1/32 and 1/24 Eurotoy stamped cars from those races and keep a CSBG spring steel with brass pans running in the museum stable.  I also have the French built lapcounter/computer that preceded the SRT system from that track.

 

I advocate a 30th reunion MTT race using ISRA and FRNS rules.....it could be done.


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 11:45 AM

Dennis David has apparently grown up quite rapidly (Judging his avatar picture) :shok: :)

 

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 07:13 PM

This past year has aged many of us. :wacko2:


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 09:45 AM

Haha, thats my FB Avatar. I thought I would present one universal truth. LOL

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