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#1 Dennis David

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 12:50 AM

I read recently that all 4 members of Team Russkit were students at Cal State, Long Beach. Anyone else have anything to add about their personal lives?

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:46 AM

 When I moved to AZ I had a job interview with Rick Durkee.  He owns or owned a high end dental lab in Paradise Valley.  Big bucks back in the day before offshore competition and the insurance industries crashed the fees. He may have sold out and retired by now. I hope so. The good days are long gone.

 He was held in very high esteem in the industry and featured in articles in trade magazines.

 It is a shame I was there on a real bad day for him, learning he was about to be divorced. It was actually a bit unpleasant. I was to replace someone who wanted out. I quickly perceived why. Lot of pressure.

 Our meeting was brief and impersonal . He clearly had 10 pounds of **** to go in a 5 pound bag and little time. So I did not bring up slot car racing at all hoping to run into him again in a happier time. That never happened.

 I took a job I could ride my bycycle to instead of driving 30 miles. That was before they got the freeways done.

 

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#3 Dennis David

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 04:06 PM

So Durkee wen into Dentistry, Morrissey went into RC?

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 08:03 PM

Yep and Sandy Gross makes speakers. Expensive ones.  :)


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:18 PM

Sandy used to sold company a few years ago.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 11:27 PM

What about the other Team Russkit members?

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:28 AM

Sandy has new speaker company called Golden Ear Technologies that is doing very well. Doug Henline went on to build Go Karts.
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:39 AM

Howie do you remember the brand name of the Karts Doug built?


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#9 Dennis David

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:14 AM

Ok, I'll make it easy. What did Ron Quintana and Len Vucci do after their Team Russkit years?


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:22 PM

Here's a link to Doug Henline's company, DWT:

 

http://dwtracing.com...e-of-champions/

 

 

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:41 PM

Here's a link to Doug Henline's company, DWT:

 

http://dwtracing.com...e-of-champions/

 

 

Keith :)

Very interesting Thanks Keith.


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 07:00 PM

Ok but im Looking at the original Russkit Team

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 02:22 PM

Mike Morrissey went to work for associated and designed their first 1/8th gas car which revolutionized the sport. He then built his own car the Taurus. He won a couple national championships in R/C then disappeared.


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 03:58 PM

He did pop up on here about 15 years ago, posted a few times, then disappeared. Maybe try a search... 

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 05:14 PM

I thought he had also shown up at a BPR retro race about 5 or 6 years ago. I believe there was a photo or two of him from this time posted on here.


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 05:56 PM

Thats like Manfred von Brauchitsch showing up at the Mercedes Benz factory. What do you say to a driver from the last century?

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:08 AM

 What do you say to a driver from the last century?

 

Hello, most of the guys in Retro East! :)

 

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:11 AM

Mike was the reason I started to scratch build after seeing that first Rod & Custom Road race article. Before that we just played with slot cars.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:21 AM

Ok, I'll make it easy. What did Ron Quintana and Len Vucci do after their Team Russkit years? Did they end up on a deserted island or join the foreign legion?

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 07:52 AM

Do a people search or contact them on Fakebook. If they have passed, contact friends and family. Or hire an ex MI-6 agent.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:22 AM

My mistake, I thought Slotblog was the fountain of all knowledge. LOL
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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

Howie do you remember the brand name of the Karts Doug built?

Doug Henline started producing Proline Karts in the early 80's. They won like 60 National Championships. I bought one from him for my friend Shane new back then.He went on to start Douglas Wheels afterwards. 


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 02:37 PM

Ron Quintana is in AZ and will be a guest at the LASCM Grand Opening sometimes in the first quarter of 2018.

Len Vucci went into motorcycle journalism, then had a divorce, slept in his car for a while, then recovered and worked in a photo lab in Costa Mesa for a while. But I have had no contact with him for several years.
Len donated to me, and I donated to the LASCM, what is believed to be the only surviving Team Russkit original clothing, the pale blue polyester jacket, complete with shirt, tie and pants, as well as the only known survivor of a Team Russkit racing box with all its contents.

Mike Morrissey is part of an architectural company right down the street from Bryan Warmack's shop.

All surviving Team Russkit members as well as a select number of former slot car racing "stars", will receive an invite for the grand opening. Fistfights can them resume where they left off.
 


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#24 Dennis David

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:43 PM

Thanks Philippe, what did Ron do after leaving Russkit?

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:18 PM

I don't remember.







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