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#1 eshorer

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 12:22 PM

A few months ago an LA Times reporter came by one of our races at the Farrout Slot Car Club and talked to some of us about racing.
 
This is the result, posted online today: 

 

Slot car racing fad of the 1960s is popular again — with men in their 60s
 
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#2 Tom Eatherly

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 09:05 PM

Eddie, 

 

Nice article. We don't see much coverage of our hobby. Mostly, just us older guys piddling around like the story mentions. Good to see some home tracks doing well. Probably the way things are headed.

 

See ya in Dec, Eddie.


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 11:37 AM

It's nice to see an article on slot cars in a major newspaper where many people will see it. I agree with Tom that clubs are the way slot racing is headed. This article may get a few more people interested in participating.


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 12:04 PM

The video isn't in the print version.

Gentlemen, start your tiny electric engines!
 
It's quite a track!
 
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Posted 25 November 2017 - 05:24 PM

Today's LA Times newspaper (Sat. Nov. 25, 2017 printed version) has the article on the front page of the Business section. It includes three photos not included in the online version.

 

Nice article and photos.

 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 02:34 PM

Very nice article on a great slot club. Good to see you guys still having fun and getting in plenty of racing!! I wish I lived a little closer,  although I am 25 miles closer than I was. I may have to get up there a couple of dates with you!!

 

Have fun – Happy Thanksgiving to the club!!


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 06:01 PM

From the Nov 24, 2017, LA Times, story by Charles Fleming.

 

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"When he was 14, Ed Shorer loved nothing as much as slot car racing.

All his free time and spare change were spent at the track, where he and his buddies, gripping hand-held electric controllers, raced their tiny cars whipping around curves and corners.

That was half a century ago. But on a hot August afternoon in Glendale, Shorer, now 66, was a boy again, reliving his adolescence.

The retired schoolteacher and about 30 other enthusiasts had gathered for an invitation-only slot car race in a friend’s garage — one of 11 private tracks owned by members of the select group.

Piloting cars built at 1/32 the size of the vintage Grand Prix racers on which they are modeled, the graying racers ran laps for hours, earning points and bragging rights as they competed for top racing honors.

The action is faster, more intimate and more visceral, they say, than video game competition or RC racing.

“There’s nothing like experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of such a wide range of cars that you can race on a track and then hold in your hand,” Shorer said.

He and his cohort have driven a revival of interest in the once-popular hobby, which at points during the 1960s was called the most valuable niche of the massive U.S. toy market.

But it may be only a temporary resurgence. While the slot car scene in Europe is booming, most of the current American hobbyists are Shorer’s age or older. As they age out of the hobby, they are not being replaced by younger racers.

“The hobby in the U. is based entirely on nostalgia,” said motorsports historian and slot car aficionado Dennis David. “So, I see it dying.”

Read the complete story HERE.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 06:12 PM

Wasn't this recently posted?

 

http://slotblog.net/...e-on-slot-cars/


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 08:36 PM

Yes--Eddie Shorer posted the information!  :)


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 09:22 AM

Getting old sucks.... I really did look to see if it had been posted before I made that post. I know no one here harbors the tiniest delusion that I am perfect and here's proof I am not.

 

I'll merge the two posts. It's not the same as doctors burying their mistakes but it's the best I can do! LOL.


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 12:53 PM

I thought you were simply trying to extend my 15 minutes of fame to maybe 18 minutes.   :laugh2:

 

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 01:32 PM

Good one, Eddie. I like that. Funny!


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:39 PM

Thank you for posting the video.

 

Very nice!

 

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