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#1 leadfoot4

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

One my old friends, who I used to slot race with, and who now has retired to sunny Florida, stumbled on this picture, on a Facebook page. The picture was taken at Mt. Hope Speedway, in Rochester, NY.

 

What I'm curious about, is the manufacturer of the track. I do know that it isn't an American Raceways track, and I do know that the lap length was 220 feet. In other discussions on this site, I've heard the name 'Ascot' mentioned, as a commercial track builder, but I just don't remember who the builder of this track was. Not a really serious question, but just trying to jog my memory...

 

Slot Car Track, Mt.Hope.jpg

 

 


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 04:49 PM

An Altech maybe?

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 06:25 PM

Or maybe an Engleman

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 06:59 PM

As Tony said.
 
The color coding looks like maybe the outside lane is a light color.
Engleman coding as was originally on my track used yellow on the high lane, instead of red, and white on the inside, instead of black. (YPBuOGRBkW).
 
The bank and the transitions in and out are certainly Stan Engleman's style.
 
Fancy sidewalls though, like a Formica-sided AMCR track so maybe produced when Engleman was working for Altech.
 
 
I don't remember whether Altech tracks had that sort of finished thick sidewall. My Engleman is rubber-capped.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 07:23 PM

The walls look like the Engleman tracks we had here on the east coast.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:43 AM

I probably should have been more specific, with what I remembered about this particular track. The track was installed around 1965-66, and the inside lane was definitely color-coded black, and I seem to recall the outside lane was color-coded orange. I participated in two-three "eight hour enduros" on that track, and probably completed a couple of thousand laps on it. Later on, a "retaining screen" was placed around the banking, as a car got "airborne" once, and crashed into the window behind the track, and broke the window.

 

If it helps at all, in identifying the maker of this track, the store also had another track which I'm pretty sure was gotten from the same builder. This second track somewhat resembled what is now known as the "King 150" track, but I think the lap length was only about 120 feet. The major difference between this second track and the current King, is that while the Kings and American Model Raceway tracks dropped the track elevation into a "tunnel," at the crossover point, this track had a raised "hump" that took the lanes over the crossover point (if that makes any sense).



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 06:47 AM

The track with hump over bridge was probably a Revell.


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 07:41 AM

One look at that track and you know it's cool. How can anyone see that track and not want to use it (except for moms)?  


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 08:32 AM

Definitely would love to have a race on that beauty. :D

Would love someone to be able to recreate all of the monster tracks pictured on here and in the magazine race reports!

All the Rod & Custom '66 series tracks for starters. :heart:





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