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#1 idare2bdul

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 10:44 PM

I bet a lot of you are like me in having this experience. I'm driving down a street and I think if I turn here I will go by (insert name of track here) and I can go in a drive or race or just hang out. The thought passes because the places are gone and so are many of the friends. It isn't a place, it has become a memory in time. I'm lucky right now to still be able to race and the guys are the nicest bunch I have raced with. I'm glad I can drive down that street, turn in and hang out, build cars and maybe even race. Next month I move closer, cutting the drive in half and being pretty close to a second track that even has a drag strip. The new place is also pretty close to a RC flying field, this retirement thing may work out OK with me making new memories.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 03:49 AM

Mike, guys like us sure help each other remember our youth and some good times racing with the friends of our youth. Keep the old and new memories coming. Same goes to Mark Wampler and others that have had good memories from previous years come back So many of our buds are gone now so lets tell their stories.

 

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:37 AM

Mike, belated Happy Birthday wishes! :)


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 09:42 AM

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan
Memory

Yeah, I do pass places in town where I have fond memories. Old hobby shops, slot car tracks, houses I once owned or lived in, etc.  
Can't pass too close to some due to court ordered restrictions... ;-)   

It's the benefit of living in one place for 59 years.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:17 PM

I had some really good memories of a guy that was always willing to help me out in the olden days, Don Aspenson. My racing buddy Dave Fortner would get hogged by Monty "Big O" for pit & glue duty leaving me to do it on my own, one day Don offered to help me out. From that day on we would help each other out when the other needed a pit & glue man. I had hoped to find more of the good guys like Don still racing while trying to make a comeback, instead I've found the egotistical jerks that were around way back still taking up space.

 

More good guys to follow.

 

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:46 PM

I still live close where I grew up. I still pass by at least once a week the landmarks I remember. Santa Ana Raceway, Cox Mfg, Dan Gurneys AAR, Westminster Raceway just to name a few. In fact I still eat pizza biweekly next to where the Monaco track used to be in Buena Park. And racing again with a few from back in the day.
Yes, memories still come back each time I pass these places. Maybe because they were all good memories.
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Posted 20 February 2018 - 06:36 PM

. I had hoped to find more of the good guys like Don still racing while trying to make a comeback, instead I've found the egotistical jerks that were around way back still taking up space.

 

More good guys to follow.

 

Jesse,

 

You got to do more Retro racing.


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:28 PM

I agree.



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Posted 28 February 2018 - 11:25 PM

Thank you, Sam. I would love to race anything except there isn't a track in AZ that I find to my liking. The track in Apache Junction caters mostly to drag racers. I do have some old long john type open C-can arms that I used to wind with Bill Ussery for orange tracks that would be killer drag arms if I leaned that way.

 

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