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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.
I introduced slot car racing to my kids and now to all my grandkids.
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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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Posted 19 January 2019 - 10:01 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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I moved to chino California from Cleveland in 1970, first pro race at speed and sport and my box was stolen. Didn’t race for a year, went to chino raceway for a weeknight race, ran into a guy Gil Gunderson who helped me get back into it. I bought a Monty Ohren Chassis and was racing weekly races with a group 20 motors. Hung out with Gil and then started racing semi-pro in LA, Gil built me some motors and he introduced me Two of the nicest guys I ever met Herb Wade and Don Aspenson. Team Boola. Ran into Gil at last years R4 in Columbus, haven’t seen him since 1972. Nicest slot racer I’ve ever met. They helped me out at the next few races and I ended up winning the semi-pro race at speed and sport. At the weekly move up meeting they moved me up to pro. But I never got to race pro as my father was killed by a drunk driver and we moved back to Elyria Ohio. But that’s another story.

Started back racing at Marks Model World in Canton and am meeting some great guys who are helping me in getting my car set-up.

Met my fair share of jerks but so many genuinely nice people in slot racing.
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Posted Yesterday, 04:25 PM

Gary, the guys you mention were all fun to race and hang out with. Gil I see on FB is doing well as is Bob Greene, I have no idea what happened to Herb, most likely passed by now but a great guy. Asp died young in my opinion but then they say the good die young.

 

I hope you get to have some fun racing again.

 

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Posted Today, 09:51 AM

Yes, Don Aspenson was ill and died young. Herb passed away from old age years ago. Gil Gunderson was the originator of Team Boola, and was the person winding armatures and balancing them for John Thorp in Pomona. He raced for many years, then moved back East in Tennessee if I recall. One of the nicest guys in slot racing, ever. Bob Green is in Oklahoma and still talks slot cars and Mura on various forums and FB. One of the best armature winders ever.
Gary, I am so sorry about your dad, I never knew what happened, I remember you winning a semi pro race at S&S if I recall. Fun days they were, lots of great racing.
Good to see that you are still around.



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Posted Today, 03:08 PM

Thanks PDL, Gil is still racing, he was at last years R4 in Columbus,Ohio running retro. If my feeble memory serves me right, after I won the semi-pro main race at S/S you took me for a ride in your Honda NS600 Sedan. Think we went to Jack in the Box. 


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