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#1 Dan Bremer

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 04:55 PM

There's a really neat TV news story..."Taking A Look at Slot Car Racing, WTHI TV News." The news clip is three minutes long and is really well done! 

 

It's a four-lane routed 1/32 track.

 


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 07:44 PM

Pretty cool video.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:07 PM

It's a real nice piece.


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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:28 PM

That is a good piece. I hope it brings them some new members.


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 08:29 AM

That's the kind of cars and track I like to race. We run on silicone tires which don't dry out in a month, you don't need four different compounds to find out which one is going to work on that track on that day. You can run a 24-hour race on one set of tires. You can easily overpower the car so it doesn't matter what motor you use. There are a lot of things you can do to the car to make it faster.

 

As you can see in the video, the cars run and handle great.


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 11:50 AM

Pappy, whose silicones do you use? Can you run different brands together on the same track without problems? When I first started commercial racing 1967-68 in Maine, we had to run silicones because the track owners were told sponge tires made their tracks dirty. Back then, we experienced a lot of them "chunking." A tube of GE silicone was a quick fix. As i recall, the Cox and Candies were the softest, so they provided the best traction.

The group I sometimes race with today uses urethanes exclusively. I never really understood the differences between silicones and urethanes.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 12:00 PM

Interesting history of how this slot racing track and series evolved. It just goes to show. A small footprint track can generate lots of interest, followers, and fun. 

This may be the future of the hobby, if not the present.

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 12:45 PM

We run silicones exclusively and make them ourselves. We coat Pro Track sponge tires with Permatex flowable windshield sealer. Lots of ways to coat them fingers, lathe, drill, doesn't matter they all come out great and if they're not real smooth a sanding block fixes them.   

The final product is no different than the Pro Track silicone-coated tires. When silicone wears through, it is easy to re-coat. This islicone dries thoroughly in 3-4 hours all the way through. It is not like a silicone caulk.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 12:54 PM

Pappy, whose silicones do you use? 

The group I sometimes race with today uses urethanes exclusively. I never really understood the differences between silicones and urethanes.


Bill, we use silicone Super Tires and Quick Slicks. I can't tell much difference in the performance. We glue them on with either silicone gasket material or they have a super glue for silicone. I true them on my Hudy tire truer with a diamond coated wheel. It still takes hours to true a set.
 
I'm like you in that I have a hard time telling the difference between urethane and silicone just looking at them but I put urethanes on a proxy car that required urethane tires and I don't get much traction on my track. I put some silicones on the same car and it runs great.
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 04:08 PM

Very nice!
 
I always liked the tracks with converging lanes in the turns. Forces you to pay attention and properly set up a pass :victory:
 
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:26 PM

I think this aired about three or four years ago at Christmas time. This is what got me interested it this club. It resulted in at least three new members, myself included.

Of those three new members, one built a track that we currently race on and I built a room into my garage addition that now houses one of the clubs oldest tracks and is in the weekly rotation.

Our club is still growing and is made up of a great bunch of guys. We can usually average 12 guys on any given Wednesday night and have had as many as 24 at a Saturday special event.

We do consider ourselves blessed...
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Posted 27 February 2018 - 06:11 PM

The YouTube video was posted on Christmas eve in 2012, so it must have first aired over five years ago.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 01:46 PM

There are a lot of these basement and garage tracks around. The 1/32nd scale plastic cars caused the boom. You

can see them on Home Racing World.







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