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#1 TSR

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:23 PM

After restoring Howie's famous Lola originally built for him by Bob Emott, I just found this fun tidbit in a rather obscure American booklet about slot cars, dated from 1966:

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The picture is that of none other but Howie, holding that very Lola! Quite a find.

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I love this kind of stuff... :)




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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:44 PM

Hi Philippe,

Very interesting early article and pic of Howie. Had a nice talk with Howie on my drive to the Gaithersburg race today. Trials and tribulations of a concerned dad. We are all praying that Stephanie makes it through the maelstrom and comes out OK on the other end. I think she will.

Anyway, wow, what a beautiful Frank O'Connor body. I have one put away that has never been raced.
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:42 PM

What was the name of the obscure booklet? Collectors of obscure literature want to know! :wub: :D
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 04:59 AM

Same question here, Gary! It may not be that obscure, but PdL didn't exist in 1966 (American-wise), so it may be obscure to him! I like to think I have all this obscure '60s literature, but something new always pops up!

Would love to see the chassis under that Lola, too...

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:20 AM

Hi Don!

I think THIS is the thread showing what's under that beautiful body.

HTH...
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 07:53 AM

Thanks, Joe - should have recognized that body!

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 08:28 AM

Not only was the Lola race car interesting in the photos and booklet, but check out the Towerstat controller Howie U. has draped around his neck. Hard to believe they were actually used in a racing environment.

We used to call them toasters because they looked like one, with the two rheostat boards and the twin wipers. Sometimes they ran so hot the louvered sides would melt or at the very least make your hand very uncomfortable.

Controllers as well as cars have certainly come a long way over the decades.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:55 AM

Steve, you still have those burn marks in your right palm? :laugh2:

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 10:25 AM

So what's the booklet, Philippe?

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:42 AM

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:53 AM

Oh, that old thing... nothing too obscure, although this is the best issue of the three they put out, written mostly by Louis "why aren't slot cars slot trains?" Hertz.

Wonder what ever happened to the Slot Racing Hall of Fame in Cooperstown?

Merci, Philippe,

Don

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 12:26 PM

My pleasure. The guy on the cover, who is also all over the inside, LOOKS LIKE but IS NOT Terry Schmid... :)

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:01 PM

Every photo on this thread seems to bring out the obscure. Note that the Terry Schmid look-a-like is using a LaGanke "crank" for rewinding an armature. It's not like there was one of those in everybody's pit box!

Note to Philippe: I never owned a Towerstat contoller, but a buddy of mine did. The button on the top of the controller tended to come off and get lost and you could burn your thumb or punch a hole in it. No third degree burns on my hands.

My first controller was an MRRC, a small blue cylinder with the resistor coil being a paper tube. I think it cost $2 or $3. One of the wires would always burn out on those things, which mine did after about an hour of running. The raceway owner (Bob Haines of REH fame) repaired it because I didn't know how to solder and I resumed racing from there. If it wasn't for that repair I would have probably given up on slot racing because at the time to a little kid it seemed like an overwhelming thing... and the rest they say is history. (The next contoller I owned was a Cox, and then a Parma.)

One last thing. Are you ever going to post those chassis photos I sent to you a couple of months ago? I have found the mother lode of the negatives I have from my writing days. I just have to get them scanned onto a disc and then send them into the blog.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 02:35 PM

Yes, I will... but I had problems with my Photoshop program. I should have it sorted out soon.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 02:45 PM

Wow, this is a great. I am having a good time with this one.

In the early days I was running my own cars and cars built by Steve Vogel, who was a good friend of Jose Rodriguez. This all started at Polks Hobbies on 5th Ave in Manhattan.

Steve was working closely with the guy who built the Towerstats and we used them. They were good for Pittmans but when the rewinds came, the heat, smoke, and melted plastic weren't so great. Jose documented this in an article where I won a big race pulling the plunger up and down when the spring melted and gave me blisters.

This is the Lola body and car that the museum has now. It is the Emott car that won many races as an F1, including the M.I.N.R.A. Nats in Lime Rock, the huge race at Cliffhurst (carrying a Cobra body), and a trip to LeMans in the 24 hour race on Long Island (with the Lola body sporting headlight and taillights).

I am shown with some of my trophies which I used to sell to the kids at school for 10 bucks each.

When Sandy and I joined Team Russkit, we switched over to the trigger controllers and never looked back.
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Posted 19 June 2008 - 03:01 PM

Howie,

I was very honored to be the one restoring this important car in the history oif the hobby. And guess what? The lights are back on the car and DO work! :)

I will soon be attacking the restoration of a couple more of your old cars, especially your Team Russkit orange Ferrari F1.

The museum is slowly filling with the best of the best...

Lotsa work left to do. I probably will die on the job from old age...! ;)

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 06:47 AM

Dokk,

But what a way to go!! Lucky Bast***! :laugh2:
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In practice there is.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 11:01 PM

I AM a lucky bastard, am I not? :)

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 11:15 PM

I want your job after you pass. :)

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 11:17 PM

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There was a copy of this magazine floating around Ebay a couple days ago. Don't know if it still is. :)

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:08 PM

I just stumbled onto this awesome thread and actually had the opportunity to race with Howie for the first time ever at Mike Swiss' Chicagoland last month.

 

This post is cool as all get-out.  I tried to to no avail to open the link to see the booklet; so I can try to find / keep an eye out for a copy on eBay.

 

Can someone tell me what I should run a search for on eBay?

 

Thanks; Guys ~

 

Ricky V.


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Posted 30 December 2014 - 03:45 PM

It's in this Ricky: 

 

ModelRacingBuyersGuidefall66_zps01760b3b

 

in an article called, "What you should know about hand controllers". But there's nothing else about Howie, they just used that photo. There were three of these buyers' guides, all from 1966! and they do come up on ebay occasionally. 

 

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 05:40 PM

These were/are probably two of my favorite threads, this and the restoration. To hear directly from Howie and Bob, well it could't get any batter than that. Like hearing from Clark and Chapman as we discussed the Lotus 33.


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Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:24 PM

I really enjoyed rereading it............as well as living it!


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Posted 31 December 2014 - 11:03 AM

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction; Al ~ much appreciated!

 

You couldn't have said it better; Dennis.  This thread is a rare gem.


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Posted 31 December 2014 - 03:53 PM

We who love slot cars are really blessed, and i mean it to have so many of the greats of the past still involved in our hobby. It just doesn't get any better than this.
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