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#1 Bob Kurkowski

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 06:37 AM

Here's some photos from the 2017 Shinoda Reunion at Downriver Speedway in Michigan.

 

Good event with good people who enjoy cool looking slot cars just for the fun of it. Sure brought back a lot of memories and was good to meet some of the guys from Slotblog like Eliot, Gene/ZRI, Brad Blohm, and to see old friends like Rick Davis, Bob Appelle, Mike Nivetta to name a few.

 

Will post some more photos later.

 

Bob K.

 

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 07:27 AM

Got more pictures (and captions)?

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 07:55 AM

I am having a smelling the wintergreen flashback!! :)


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:12 AM

Thank  you for the AWESOME photos, Bob Kurkowski!!


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:14 AM

Wintergreen......dude, it was more like incense and peppermint. :D

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:45 AM

Thanks for posting these pictures. I had a BLAST at this race. The cars were beyond cool!


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:22 AM

OH MY!    I just about passed out when I opened this thread...... :heat:

 

 

TOO Kewl.. :dirol:


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 10:12 AM

Great day!  I'll add some info for a couple of the pictures:

 

The pictures with the two oldie moldie slot car boxes:

 

The box on the right is Jerry Mrlik's racing box, and on the left is Jeff Mrlik's racing box.  Jerry was a guy at the GM Tech Center who helped Jim Hall with several issues on the Chaparrals over the years.  He was also an avid slot car racer and traveled with Larry Shinoda, Dave Corben, and the Dyna-Rewind guys Bud Stordahl and Ted Lech, also all GM Tech Center guys.  You talk about old smell of oil of wintergreen, throw in some must and mildew and a pinch of stale-air and well, you could smell these from 20 feet away!  In Jerry's box in the tray on the lowest level there is a perimeter chassis.  What I was told by Jeff when I met him, and phone calls with Dave, is that they liked running multiple hour enduros.  This chassis was made in 1967/early 1968 and features a loop to keep the nose of the car from flexing down on the front wheels, a quick connect lead for faster motor changes, and brass strips connected to the brush tubes to wick away heat: elephant ears years before Mura elephant ears!  In Jeff's box were several old controllers with plugs common in the day, and if you look closely, all with Dyna-Rewind stickers!  Everything I got from Jeff is covered with Dyna-Rewind stickers!  Love it!!!

 

Several pictures down the guy with the flannel shirt:

 

Southeastern Michigan slot car legend Rick Davis.  I didn't get a chance to talk with him, but, the tall guy behind him...  I hate that I've already forgotten his name (memories going, I'm now getting old too), but he also raced with Jerry, and Dave, and talked about them picking him up when he was 15 and driving to Parma Ohio for a lengthy enduro.  He actually recognized Jerry's box!

 

Be there next near!

 

P.S.  Thanks JB at Downriver Speedway for hosting another fun time!  Support your local raceway!


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 10:22 AM

Here's a picture of the endurance car Brad is talking about.

 

Remember that a lot of those 4-hour enduros were on Figure-8 tracks so a ton of laps were run and a lot of motors were needed. Man, I getting dizzy just writing about it.

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 10:31 AM


Great stuff gents...keep 'em coming!

Where's Gene Adams? I am sure his great quality Shinoda bodies enabled many to participate!


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 10:47 AM

Here you go Dave.

 

Gene brought down a ton of bodies for sale and I think Gene took home a few awards also.

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 10:47 AM

Gene is not visible in any of these pictures, but Rick Davis is standing at his table which was full of awesome bodies for sale.

 

Edit:  Oops, there he is, in the middle!


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 11:10 AM


Did you know?

That one of the Unlimited racers had Larry Shinoda himself driving in the cockpit!

Sssshhh! It was a secret...


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 11:41 AM

David\Maximo

 

Here's you car and award trophy, 

Great car.

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 12:17 PM


That Unlimited Class car is WATSON BILT! Jarius is the Man!

Thank you Gene!


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 04:21 PM

Great photos guys, was very happy to see this and know my car was in very good company.

 

Funny you should talk about that perimeter chassis: I picked one up on ebay in the early years, before anybody talked about these - and it was only when I met Gene on the forum that he explained what these were about: they were run with hardbody stock cars, lightened on the inside until you could almost see light shining through the body!

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:09 PM

Heres a few shots of the boxes and cars of Jerry and Jeff Mrlik that Brad Blohm [on right] brought that he was showing Rob Voska. I believe these cars were 'perimeter' cars also, Brad can correct me if I'm wrong. Those boxes are well traveled as evident by all of the Parma race stickers on them where some of the biggest stock car races were held back in the day.

 

Yep, those are N.O.S. Dyna Rewinds. :man_in_love:

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:44 PM

That's actually Brad on the right in that photo - great guy! Met him years ago in Chicago when we did an early ebay or other exchange in a deserted parking lot in downtown Chicago - good thing we didn't get busted!

 

Since then he's come to every one of our Bordo vintage races, and many more in Europe besides, with a few Le Mans 24 Hour races in between!

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:48 PM

Your fault, you keep feeding me, and serving me wine, that is when you can get me out of the Irish bar!  Already looking for flights...


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 05:54 PM

Gents,

 

Sorry for the typo. I should know better, I brought Voska with me. :shok: 

 

Adjustments made.

 

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 07:57 PM

No worries!  I'm just doing what I do best: talk, and talk, and talk, and talk, and...  I do listen sometimes!

 

Brad

 

P.S.  Also thanks to Eliot for organizing and promoting!  Really great to meet others who enjoy our little niche of a niche hobby!


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:03 PM

Brad it was nice meeting you & smelling your boxes from 5 ft away.  LOL.  Seriously COOL stuff.



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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:07 PM

Brad it was nice meeting you & smelling your boxes from 5 ft away.  LOL.  Seriously COOL stuff.

 

It would be a good test for a Fabreeze commercial  "wew!"  :laugh2:


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 09:15 PM

Great turn out and some great looking cars.
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Posted 17 December 2017 - 10:20 PM

 

It would be a good test for a Fabreeze commercial  "wew!"  :laugh2:

Don't you DARE try and extinguish that aroma!!!!  That smell is automotive history my friend!  :) VERY distinctive. Just like the vintage interior of a 1960's Mopar or Chevrolet. 

 

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