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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:29 AM

Slot Cars and the Kalamazoo Connection

 

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March 18 at 3 PM

Gilmore Automotive Heritage Center

(269) 671-5089

info@gilmorecarmuseum.org

 

Presented by John Lacko, Racing Photographer and Historian.

 

Slot cars exploded into a major hobby during the sixties that almost every car nut enjoyed. One of the first slot car tracks in the US was built here in Kalamazoo.

 

In the last twenty years, slot cars have enjoyed a major comeback. Now there is a variety of new slot cars that are attracting many former racers, so we will explore all the different types and scales, Ready to Run, Womp Womps, Thingies, road racing, oval, drag racing, HO, 1/32, 1/24.

 

The session will end up at the new Gilmore Car Museum 1/32 Red Barns Raceway (private track).

 

If you have some 1/32 slot cars, bring them along and give the RBR a try!

 

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year!

 

Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics.

 

Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or free with general admission or museum membership card.


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#2 Dennis David

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:13 PM

I think thats a vintage picture of Oaklands Park in the UK. In fact thats Mac Pinches in the picture smiling on the left.

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#3 Dennis David

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:25 PM

Here is Kalamazoo.

 

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:27 PM

Not sure if that's Mac, but it certainly looks British. 

 

Kalamazoo was in fact the first rail racing track in the United States, at least that's been proven. 

 

Sounds like an excellent initiative in any case, and thanks for posting, MG! 

 

Don 

 

PS: Thanks, Dennis! You can see the difference between central heating and no central heating... Pretty sure that's the head guy Tom Cook in the lower left.. 



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:24 PM

1st photo right to left, Tony Whitbread, in the hole is Sid, I forget his surname, cant tell who is leaning on the track,Tom Tropman who you knew, A very youthful, good looking, handsome, fellow, Oh dear its yours truly !! and finally Stan Whitbread having problems with his controller, you can see the concern on my face.

Mac P

P.S. I stayed at Macs house while I was at Wolves. Mac was a member when the club at the last rail race in England before the switch to slots. The last club to do so.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:26 PM

Where is John Morris today?


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:35 PM

The photo posted was used in the publicity for this event. I did not see anywhere on the event posting where it claimed to be anything other than a generic photo of slot car racing.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:02 PM

The photo in post #1 is an iconic British slot racing photo, made more famous by the inclusion of Jerry Mathers, while on holiday from filming Leave it to Beaver, in the upper right hand corner, helping with marshaling duties.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:11 PM

It would be nice to have this lecture or session recorded for all of us.    Anybody associated with the original Kalamazoo rail club   could sure fill in the history of that group.   All we get in any recorded info available is usually a couple sentences about the track.    Since it is the first in America, it is sure important in the history of slot racing.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:53 PM

Not sure if it was him or not but someone recently called me about the Kalamazoo club.

Gilmore Car Museum
6865 W Hickory Rd. Hickory Corners, MI

Anybody is within driving distance needs to visit this event. They will have a 1/32 track set up!

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