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#1 Justin A. Porter

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:21 AM

Thought this would be a fun positive topic.

 

Genuinely, as a question to all the racers/builders/customers out there, what do you feel is the best thing about your local raceway? Give us a glimpse into what keeps you coming back. :)


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#2 Tex

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:35 AM

What I like best is the fact that it is THERE, relatively close(less than an hour away). And I should point out that it has a dragstrip and that it's the drag racers that predominantly keep the doors open and the lights on; because of them, I get to play on the road course.... thanks drag racers!


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:51 AM

Richard pretty well said it all...we are in the same situation. We have a well-maintained track here in town, the place is heated and cooled, well-stocked and the owner listens to all of his racers. The drag program is absolutely essential here, too. 

 

We are pretty lucky.

 

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#4 Mark Wampler

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:39 AM

Our Hasse Paperclip 100ft road coarse at Foster's is King like speedy, but you still have to negotiate the flat turns. We were down in the 3.4's at last nights race.  Visitors who drop in always comment how fun the track is.  We race 4 classes that alternate from week to week.  Unless there are good reasons or emergencies, we race EVERY Thursday night.  You won't find a better place to be on Thursday nights, for five ($5) per entry class. Ten bucks for two races.  Who beats that?!!


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:59 AM

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#6 Tim Wilkins

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:09 PM

It's 2 am and you can't sleep.  What to do?  I was blessed to have the room and the resources to have an "extreme" local track.  Nothing like rolling out of bed, opening the adjoining door, running laps for about 15 minutes and then going back to sleep  :)

 

 

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#7 Brinkley47

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:18 PM

The competition is the best thing about my local track.
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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:21 PM

Nothing about our track is really great, it's just a King.   The really good part is that we do have a track and we have a great  time with good people there.    The friends are what make it great.


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 02:42 PM

I'm not surprised Swiss posted that. I like his flat track because it is so similar to some of the early tracks I went

to, before banked tracks became so popular. I should have spent more time driving them, rather than jumping on

the banked track craze. But Mike also tends to his customers very well. If he can make you faster, he'll work on

that until you are. 


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:17 PM

I like that our track is a club track:

  • No one is going to shut it down if he can't earn money with it.
  • Every member helps to keep the track and room running.
  • Every member tells his friends about our club to gain new members.
  • Every week a race takes place because we meet once a week.
  • However I can go to our club whenever I want to.

So the whole track and club keeps running because many people take care of it, not just one.


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 04:03 PM

If the people aren't fun to be around almost nothing else matters, fortunately the racers at HOB MAX in Durham, North Carolina are really great to be around. The owners treat us well and will order what they don't have in stock. We are attracting racers from other parts of the state as well as out of state. The place is clean, well heated and cooled and not too far from the Mall's food court and a short drive or walk from other food choices.

We race flexi type cars with a variety of motor and body choices. I'm putting a RC car together to play and race on their carpet track so more fun options.


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 08:04 PM

Its  fun to race but the people you meet and share time with is definitely what makes it Happen. Where ever I travel to race its been great sharing time with others and making new Friends.


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Posted 03 December 2017 - 03:18 AM

JB of Downriver Speedway is an easy going owner who has a good time racing himself. Plus he is only 35 minutes away.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 12:58 AM

Mike - the note taped to the front of the shelves says it all. Trust. Good on you. Good on your racers.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 05:30 AM

We have a commercial hot dog roller, popcorn machine, coffee maker, ice cream bars, candy, but those are just things.  What we really have is a great track owner and warm atmosphere.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 07:02 AM

For me it is easy, just go down stairs, power everything up and have fun.

 

The things I like about my track:

1) My wife being wonderful and not giving me any grief about having it 

2) All the help friends gave to build it and the satisfaction of building it from a pile of wood

3) The great times and excellent racing we have had and will have

4) The track races in both directions at the flip of a switch

5) All the great advice from members at Slot Blog and SCT to make it as good as it could be. Thank You 

 

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:01 AM

Mike - the note taped to the front of the shelves says it all. Trust. Good on you. Good on your racers.

Jim,
I always say on the snack money tupperware "jar";

"Nothing in it is going to change my life. And if it did, I need a new life". Lol

PS - awesome job on the new house.

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:17 AM

I have the luxury of a small Ogilvie hill climb in my basement. In 2012 as the local St. Louis Mills Mall was losing stores and foot traffic the NASCAR Speed Park amusement center had decided to also close due to a lack of mall traffic.

To my surprise the track was to be part of the local liquidation sale. Well to be able to purchase such a well built track and a large amount of PARMA rental cars/controllers plus parts for my counter offer of $700, could have been the deal of the century!

I was told by the liquidation crew that when the Toronto location closed, that track was demolished by forklift and put it a dumpster :-(. I was amazed at how well the sections fit together and IMO the double tongue and grove is second to none.

I upgraded the 55 amp power supply to a 90 amp bulldog and installed led light strips under bridge. Added hand bent controller holders and went into the weekly GSRA club rotation.

But my favorite part of having the track is bringing a good group of guys together to compete and have fun!fc031852edca06dfd51d7ec31a29c027.jpg

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:52 PM

Ok, favorite part of my track is when I turn the door knob at the back (I park and go in the back way) the door opens! I can genuinely say I'm not sure week to week if the place is going to remain open. I'm hoping that as long as I don't count on it for sure, it may stay available longer. Through death, health issues or racers being kicked out due to conflicting with the owner, we have lost 7 formerly active participants in the last 6 months. Bowling league, golf and new babies have pruned off a few more. Yikes, getting to be more difficult week to week to put together a racing field.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 07:03 PM

In my past career as a public school teacher, I used to say that I always preferred a hands OFF principal over a hands ON principal. And that's one of the things I like about our local raceway: It serves as a facility for the various "clubs" that race different types of cars and classes to hold their events. And for the most part they stay out of the way. This includes Retro, Hardbody, Flexi, Drag, etc. While it can bring some problems being a bit removed from the racing itself, like I said, I prefer a hands-off approach. We're very lucky it's there.

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#21 Tim Neja

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:25 PM

Yes we're very lucky to have a die hard family slot car track in Buena Park!! The people that race there are what make the track---great competition and good camaraderie!!  Merry Christmas to Jim and Debbie and all the SCRRA Crew!!  Also, to all the drag racers-- here's to a great Holiday Season!  God Bless!


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 02:57 PM

Our track owner, Walt. He pays all the (track) bills so we can all have fun. Basically 3 of us do the work and we have a decent, if small, core group of racers. Races 3 times a month and some open track days. I do have access anytime.
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Posted 01 January 2018 - 12:12 PM

I have to agree with Dave Crevie, Mike Swiss at Chicagoland runs a very nice Raceway.

Over the years I've been to many the owner of the Raceway who was similar to Mike was Mark Mattei, of the Cycle Smithy fame both were very good owners would help you, in any way they could.

I think the sport needs more owners similar to that.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:45 PM

The best thing about my local track has got to be it's ability to have been open for the past 20 years! They may not have the biggest fastest track or have alpt of parts but the doors are open and have been for 20+ years and in this day and time that says alot and trumps any amount of parts on a wall or size of track ..
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