Jump to content




Photo

New Jersey raceways


  • Please log in to reply
249 replies to this topic

#101 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 19 March 2009 - 01:52 PM

Ok So I still don't remember you. LOL.

When I would go to Nutley the bus from Irvington, (1 hour ride) would go right down Clinton avenue the heart of the riot zone. I would be the only white person on the bus awaiting an *** kicking. LOL. One time maybe a year later there was trouble again one night and the bus turned around and went back to the station in Nutley. Fortunately I had keys to crash at the raceway.

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip





#102 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 19 March 2009 - 02:18 PM

Yeah, I'm not surprised...I'm the type that stays in the background most of the time anyway. :rolleyes: Those were scary times, that's for sure.
"Whatever..."

#103 Dooner

Dooner

    Race Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 655 posts
  • Joined: 07-February 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Port Charlotte, FL

Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:00 PM

"It would be really cool if someone could put together a history (with pictures) of Nutley."

Checkered flag too. I love to see articles and pictures of old raceways :wub:
Tom Backes

#104 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 19 March 2009 - 07:45 PM

There are so many raceways that should have their history documented. Nutley's not a bad place to start, especially since there were quite a few "top guns" that frequented the place.
"Whatever..."

#105 Bob Chaney

Bob Chaney

    Slot Car Hobbyist

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 265 posts
  • Joined: 08-October 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NorCal

Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:16 AM

Thats the track but backwards.



Guess Stan made 'em both ways then .. or perhaps the track at Broadway was not a true Engleman, but I believe it was and I know the picture to be correctly oriented.

Another mystery to be solved ..

Ô¿Ô bob chaney :: slot car hobbyist

.. how's it going? too early to tell, too late to do anything about it :: Q>
.. it will always be easier to create penalties for violation, than reason for conscience

.. one thing's for certain, nothing's for sure .. everything is possible, nothing is likely
.. (early advice from HT) .. don't just write there, say something!
.. if it wasn't this, it would just be something else .. no good deed goes unpunished
.. we are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us .. damn bukowski


#106 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 20 March 2009 - 07:48 AM

John I for sure know the history but photos would be difficult. Maybe someone out there has some.

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip


#107 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:01 AM

Hmmm...sounds like an interesting project. Would Emmott have any pics?
"Whatever..."

#108 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 20 March 2009 - 08:15 AM

Not sure, I'll have to ask Bob.

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip


#109 Dooner

Dooner

    Race Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 655 posts
  • Joined: 07-February 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Port Charlotte, FL

Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:26 PM

"I know alot of you guys must remember Checkered Flag Raceway "

I remember Checkered Flag Raceway in Clementon, NJ. My dad took my brother and I there. That was before we could drive real cars. We each had a group 12 car. I had a Rob Renninger Chassis. We were the youngest ones there. We raced against Rob and the older guys. I think my brother won a GP 12 motor with older Mura Can once... or maybe it was at the original The Race Place on the way to the shore.The Mura sticker with arrow is still on the outside of the can. My brother gave me his slot car stuff. I still have the cars. The bodies had short air control. I kept them although they are totally beat up. They also ran Pintos and Vegas. 16 years after CF closed I raced an R.S Racing... chassis at Flamingo Raceway in Cape Coral . I came in 2nd with that chassis several times, but there was a guy that always edged me on speed. The chassis still has R.S Racing engraved on it. I had good memories from CF Raceway. Just walking through the door the first time gave me goose bumps. Does anyone have a photo to upload of CF?
100_1507.JPG
Tom Backes

#110 Pumpkin Man

Pumpkin Man

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
  • Joined: 06-April 09

Posted 09 April 2009 - 05:46 AM

Hi Boys & Girls, it's good to see so many familiar people from my "mis-spent" youth still around. I remember the Clementon/Woodbury track well (Had some experience there). The raceway in Clifton (Lemans) was a "MINRA" track and eventually had 3 tracks (Last one was a steeply banked oval by the snack machines in back). The "Lemans" track initially had a banking that was undrivable (the first day they opened the track the only car that I saw that was able to negotiate it was a K&B GT40). They fixed it shortly after. The track was actually closed down by the Town of Clifton one morning since they mistakenly thought that there was betting on the races! I also remember "Felix" almost getting his clock cleaned by an irate father of a boy that had been chased out of the raceway for walking on the track.They also were one of the first tracks to close after the boom. Other tracks I remember:

Center Bowl-Hillside They had a bowling alley in the back, up front on on side I think were 3 or 4 tracks along with the counter, on the other side the Indy 300 track (Originally you had to secure a "Drivers Licence" before they would let you rent track time!)

Daytona-Newark On Springfield Ave, did not survive the riots, also was supposedly owned by a certain Italian/American "Social" orginization
Thomas Lowden

#111 Noose

Noose

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Advertiser
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 20,610 posts
  • Joined: 08-November 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denville, NJ

Posted 09 April 2009 - 06:40 AM

Hey Tom.

Yup the track in Hillside was lovingly referred to as Fun Fair. Raced there plenty of times. Phil Rubin was a regular there.

Joe "Noose" Neumeister
Sometimes known as a serial despoiler of the clear purity of virgin Lexan bodies. Lexan is my canvas!
Noose Custom Painting - Since 1967
Chairman - IRRA® Body Committee - Roving IRRA® Tech Dude - "EVIL BUCKS Painter"

"Team Evil Bucks" Racer - 2016 Caribbean Retro Overall Champion
The only thing bad about Retro is admitting that you remember doing it originally.


#112 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 09 April 2009 - 07:04 AM

There were so many tracks, Daytona was walking distance from My house and Sebring where Noose & I raced we never even bothered to go there.

Johnny's in Morristown was where a lot of the good guys used to race.

My favorite was still JIm's in Jerseycity because they had American tracks... Won a 12 hour enduro there on a red american. Loved his orange american.

Lemans we raced and finished second in a 24 hour enduro sponsored by K&B. Tracks were crap. They did have the first banked oval I ever saw.

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip


#113 Dooner

Dooner

    Race Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 655 posts
  • Joined: 07-February 09
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Port Charlotte, FL

Posted 09 April 2009 - 12:54 PM

Welcome to Slotblog Pumpkin Man Tom. :)
Tom Backes

#114 Pumpkin Man

Pumpkin Man

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
  • Joined: 06-April 09

Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:11 PM

Thanks Dooner!

I have one that I will be surprised if anyone remembers. Eveready Sport & Hobbiy on Broad street in Bloomfield. The two gentlemen that ran the place once or twice had Ford Aurora Championship HO races there (63-64 time frame) and in 65 they decided to install a Scalecetric "Plastic" track. They did not charge for track time, you had to use their controllers, and the slots were too narrow to run anything but the Scalectric cars (needless to say it did not last long). There also was another track in Belleville further up on Washington (near the High School). The name escapes me but it closed after about a year (1966).
Thomas Lowden

#115 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 09 April 2009 - 04:59 PM

Pumpkin man:
I actually do remember that place, athough vaguely as I had only gone in there once. Might have been for one of those races you mentioned. If you're talking HO, did you ever go to Brookdale Cycle? They had a track and held weekly (?) races. That's where I started racing HO's as well as the Pet and Hobby on Valley road in Upper Montclair.
"Whatever..."

#116 Pumpkin Man

Pumpkin Man

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
  • Joined: 06-April 09

Posted 09 April 2009 - 05:47 PM

Hi John,
I didn't go there. I moved around a lot with my Mom in the 60's and prior to that for X-Mass when I was six my Aunt bought a Scalectric figure 8 set (we're talking 58 here!). The set was purchased from a long forgotten hobby shop in Cranford and the cars had to be sent back to England almost monthly (I was never easy on the machinery), after that I has an Ideal "Rail" racing set that never worked (it was short parts) and had a layover till late 62 when I first found Polks in Manhatten (where I first met Bob Emott - before his Nam hitch). They also had an interesting character there named "Deadly Dudley". I was fortunate enough to move to Nutley in 64 and used to be a regular at Drewes every Saturday for the HO races (That HAD to be one of the smallest hobby shops ever). I was walking along Franklin Ave. one day and saw the original signs saying that a slot raceway was coming...
Thomas Lowden

#117 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 09 April 2009 - 09:04 PM

I had a Scalectrix set too, probably around 1961, which was when I also got an HO set with the Aurora vibrator cars. I was in Drewe's once or twice too, but that was a long bike ride for me, so I stuck with Brookdale. I had a pretty big home layout so usually my buddies and I played around at my house.

I don't remember when I started going to Nutley Raceway, but that's where I started finding out what real racing was about.
"Whatever..."

#118 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:13 PM

I also visited a raceway in Sayreville, burned down about 10 years ago, had a tri-oval and a drag strip, a small shop. and a much larger shop on Rt130 in East Windsor, i bought the owner's dragster, after he shut down his drag strip, forget the names of these 2 raceways, both closed in the 90's........

when i race h.o. scale in the early 70's, i raced in the hobby departments of toy stores in a series sponsered by Tyco. guess that makes me a bit younger than you guys that raced in the 60's......so now i race 1960's era cars at The Race Place on Rt 33 with the C.A.R.S. vintage club! All welcome to re-visit their past, race vintage cars, swap stories, etc. We are not a competitive group,. rather an easy going club having fun with 40 year old cars!! :D



-- Speed Zone Raceway - RT-130 -- "thats it !! -
Bob Israelite

#119 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 14 April 2011 - 12:11 AM

Tom:
That does indeed sound like the Collingswood track, which was there in the 60's when I was a kid and was still in existance when I started back in slots around 1988 (the main business was an auction house). I don't recall if they had R/C's upstairs, or even if there was an upstairs. I believe the Aristocrat is now at their Farmingdale NJ location. The other track they had was like a very short Engleman; when I did a race there in '88 they ran it backwards, from the short chute around the bank to the long straight. I guess it prevented launching. And the bank was pretty steep. You could see the wood through the paint, that's how old it was (and not good particle board either, that crap made from wood splinters glued together). I don't think they have that track anymore.

The location was just a bit north of Point Pleasant, in Wall township near the little stock car bullring down there. Don't know if that's as far south as you were talking about.

In any case, it's nice to see an old track still being used.


--------------------------------------
"He Said BullRing" , guess ur allowed ta say dat over on dis chere form......

Yes, Good Call..Collingswood Auction at the krazy cloverleaf - circle combo @ RT33-34 merge/interchange, it was more like a flea market that held weekly (?) auctions, single story at Collingswood and two story (loft) RacePlace building at their RT33 Farmingdale store less then 3 mi. away.

BUT, I can tell you that I had so much more fun racing 1:1 scale at the highbank "little stock car bullring" known as Wall Stadium then at the RacePlace.
In the picture you can see that de-slotting or launching can be costly but most all came back the next Saturday Night for more Full Contact Racing.
Think I yelled "TRACK" for this one but no could hear or knew what the heck I was talking about....lol.... I remember yelling a bunch of stuff that night

Attached Images

  • scan0010.jpg

Bob Israelite

#120 gritz

gritz

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 6 posts
  • Joined: 30-December 11
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denver, CO

Posted 04 February 2012 - 01:59 AM

I realize I'm very late to this thread, but just had to comment as a long-ago Jerseyite :D I lived in Cranford and remember the track downtown. I would have been about 7 and "big" brother was 10.

I don't remember a great deal about the different tracks but I clearly remember the two-level track. It had a pretty short run to rise about 10-15 feet upstairs, and you really had to tromp the car to get up it. You climbed up stairs to sit on a swivel barstool at the top of the track and looked down over the lower track section. It seemed really high up there as a kid. When I hear "hillclimb" referring to certain tracks today I have to chuckle - Cranford's was REALLY a hillclimb. I also vaguely remember the track downstairs that had very steep high banks, and as a young kid it was easier for me to keep the car on the lower track since I had a heavy trigger thumb. The tracks were in an old funky building, but what wasn't old and funky on the edges of Cranford?

My brother had a Cox Chapparal and a LaCucaracha and I had a "Little Red Wagon" wheelie truck. Needless to say, my wheelie truck did not do so well at the Cranford hillclimb track. I remember spending a lot of time chasing down the felled Wagon when it would deslot wheelie-ing on the big hill. But what a blast anyway. It seemed like no time before that green "power" light went out on our lanes, we'd pack up, and head back home.

We moved to Colorado in 1970 along with our slot cars but there was just one track in Colorado (that we knew of at the time) that was pretty far from where we lived. Getting parents to kill a Saturday to let us run the cars wasn't an easy sell. That track closed up in 1972, and we quit commercial slots pretty much for good after that. But myself and some friends picked up again with home A/FX HO sets in the next few years. We'd spend a lot of snowy afternoons putting tracks together, taking apart and rebuilding cars, and having fun. Before very long, dirt bikes, real cars, and girls relegated the slot cars to the dustbin. We all know that story.....

Glad there's a track or two left here in CO and I can still run slots with big brother (and now my son). Thanks for the jog of some nearly-forgotten fond memories from NJ.
  • Shawn Curry likes this
Don Gritzmacher

#121 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:32 AM

Radical Raceway

Rt. 17s  in Lodi.

Owner was Lou Kosco from Paramus

 

2 doors up from The Bada Bing (Satin Dolls) :hi:


Bob Israelite

#122 sub006

sub006

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 106 posts
  • Joined: 23-February 13
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:58 AM

Tony or anyone who remembers,
Years ago I walked into a raceway in South Jersey that had what I think was an original Aristocrat 135 on the first floor on the left as you walked in the building just past the parts counter. As you walked in straight ahead was another track with a very steep bank that looked like it was climbing the wall. Upstairs was an RC track. The owner's son was not very friendly. He was watching the track for his Father whom I believe was a psychiatrist.
Does anyone remember that raceway or have pics?

Here is a pic of an Aristocrat. Maybe this will jog some memories.attachicon.gifAmerican...crat_135.jpg

 

What were the steering wheels for?  Ashtrays?

 

Or was it an attempted large-scale comeback by the designer of the original Aurora HO Model Motoring controllers?  LOL!


Jim Smith

#123 BigR29

BigR29

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 5 posts
  • Joined: 10-September 11
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:IN

Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:37 PM

As a resident of Cranford until I went to college in Indiana, I spent many hours at the Cranford track. The owner was a carpeter and had opened the track with the idea it would be something his son would be interested in. However his son was a very accomplished drummer and music was his first love.

I remember one winter we had a Can-Am series. We raced on each of the tracks three times over the winter. One race on each track was run with the store lights off. You had to equip your cars with light so that you could see them. If you thought racing the two story "Hillclimb" track was weird in the daylight, try running it with the lights off.
  • PCH Parts Express likes this
Bill Ridley

#124 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 02 January 2014 - 01:36 PM

The original Hillclimb at The Race Place in Farmingdale NJ was recently removed and replaced.
  • George Blaha likes this
Bob Israelite

#125 George Blaha

George Blaha

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,155 posts
  • Joined: 07-May 12
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Flushing, NY 11358

Posted 02 January 2014 - 01:44 PM

Hey Bob,
 
Thanks for the new memories.
 
Shakey George

#126 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 02 January 2014 - 02:05 PM

Kinda like NOM?
 
NewOldMemories   :whistle3: 
  • George Blaha likes this
Bob Israelite

#127 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:55 PM

Circa 1990.
 
IMG_2575r2.jpg
Bob Israelite

#128 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 03 January 2014 - 06:21 AM

I remember that place... they had a track with a loop-de-loop, didn't they?? :laugh2:
"Whatever..."

#129 Superbird

Superbird

    Cast your magic spell my way. I promise to go under it.

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 103 posts
  • Joined: 05-January 14
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North AL

Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:46 AM

Hi Guys,

 

I was just telling a friend about visiting relatives in New Jersey in the early '70s and frequenting B&J Raceway, 215 Haddon Ave, Westmont, NJ. They had great big tracks and a multi lane lane 1/24th and HO throw switch drag strip.

 

That's me in the second picture re-slotting one of my hardbody NASCAR Dodge Daytonas on the big track. The track was great for top end speed runs. For fun I've dropped a shot of two of my Daytonas (I had three for different motor classes) on their transporter. In those early college days I was a toolmaker for a car alignment tool company and I was briefly on a NASCAR/USAC Grand National team - George Wiltshire Racing.

 

Cheers!

Superbird

 

B&J Raceway 1 early '70s.jpg

 

B&J Raceway 2 early '70s.jpg

 

B&J Raceway 3 Drag Strip early '70s.jpg

 

Daytona on transporter.jpg


  • Joe Mig, PCH Parts Express, Peter Horvath and 1 other like this
Pete Shreeves

#130 Superbird

Superbird

    Cast your magic spell my way. I promise to go under it.

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 103 posts
  • Joined: 05-January 14
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:North AL

Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:21 AM

Hello Folks,

 

Hurricane Raceway!

 

New Jersey tracks! In the early '70s I raced at Phaze III Raceway, Farmingdale, NY owned by Roy Crawley. One day Roy asked some of us racers to give him a hand on a Sunday. A track over the river in Jersey had closed and Roy had arranged to buy the tracks. So we scrounged up a couple of vans and Roy rented a U-Haul truck and off we went across Manhattan and into the wilds of Jersey.

 

The track was set up in the showroom of an active body shop. The shop owner and the mechanics loved slot racing so much they established a great store and a very active racing venue. It was called Hurricane Raceway. Sadly the owner died of a heart attack and his wife was selling out to the walls. While there I was able to buy a few brand new, in the clear styrene click-boxes, CLASSIC cars. I also bought the wall clock which bears the logo Hurricane Raceway. I still have the CLASSIC cars but the plastic boxes got used and destroyed over the years.

 

We cleaned out the place pretty efficiently and headed out. I happened to end up with Roy in the rental truck on the trip back and we had a nice opportunity to talk without the usual hustle and hurry pressure of a race night. It was probably the only time we actually talked about things other than slot racing. He was a character but was really dedicated to the hobby/sport.

 

Cheers!

 

Superbird Pete

 

Hurricane Raceway Clock.jpg

 

 

 

 


  • Peter Horvath likes this
Pete Shreeves

#131 Noose

Noose

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Advertiser
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 20,610 posts
  • Joined: 08-November 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denville, NJ

Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:27 AM

Raced at that place many times. The owners were great people.


Joe "Noose" Neumeister
Sometimes known as a serial despoiler of the clear purity of virgin Lexan bodies. Lexan is my canvas!
Noose Custom Painting - Since 1967
Chairman - IRRA® Body Committee - Roving IRRA® Tech Dude - "EVIL BUCKS Painter"

"Team Evil Bucks" Racer - 2016 Caribbean Retro Overall Champion
The only thing bad about Retro is admitting that you remember doing it originally.


#132 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:00 PM

Since there has been some mention of tracks during the early 90's (which was when I became active in slots again), here's the ones I remember that opened in Northern NJ circa 1990-1992:

-Zeppelin Hobbies

-Radical Raceway

-Hot Slots

-small place in Boonton NJ that had a hillclimb, was also a sub shop

-Rockaway Raceway

-another slot track in the flea market in Rockaway

-a place in an industrial park in the Ledgewood/Randolph area that had a modern "purple mile", I think built by Hasse

-circa 1996, a shop in Garfield(?) that did wheels and stereos for cars, they had a routed HO track (rare at that time) and a big banked oval that also had an infield road course

 

To my knowledge, all of these with the exception of Zeppelins were closed within 2 years of opening. I'll check my old SARN issues for any I missed.


"Whatever..."

#133 Pete L.

Pete L.

    Posting Leader

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,312 posts
  • Joined: 02-September 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NJ

Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:41 AM

Fellas,
 
If anyone has any photos of Hurricane Raceway could they post them here?
 
Thanks,
Peter J. Linszky

C.A.R.S. Vintage Slot Car Club

#134 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 07 April 2014 - 11:48 AM

I remember that place... they had a track with a loop-de-loop, didn't they?? :laugh2:

 
Yeah :wacko2:  that was a HO/Hotwheels flashback when I saw that. First and only time to see a 1/24 looped-diddy.
 
I remember racing on a red Cobra style track(?).
Dropped in one Sat. night for a G-10 NASCAR race and got a spot on the podium, second if IRC against 9 or 10 of the 'locals' and Nicky raced, too. :D
 
Only went once... Nice place but to far to travel from RiverVale... no, not Riverdale...
Bob Israelite

#135 Peter Horvath

Peter Horvath

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 116 posts
  • Joined: 03-June 10
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Highland Park, NJ - Home of Mini Wheels

Posted 27 April 2014 - 06:04 PM

I wasn't around for Mini Wheels in Highland Park, but I happened across a Highland Park home movie on a Facebook group (of course), and so I took a screenshot...
 
photo(3).JPG
Peter Horvath
My Band
Plays guitar.
Plays with slot cars.
Cooks food.
Hangs out with wife and kids.

#136 Tudo

Tudo

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 5 posts
  • Joined: 19-April 14
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:FL

Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:56 PM

I cried when they closed Cranford Raceways. Was there every weekend, my Mom would drop me off. Had quite a few blue ribbons from there. Loved the "upstairs" track although my fav was the one as soon as you walked in the front door :good:

 

For me this was the last couple of years of little boy fun before getting into all the other fun the era held for us:)


Tom Pilitowski

#137 Paul Kovich

Paul Kovich

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 205 posts
  • Joined: 06-February 10

Posted 27 August 2014 - 10:08 AM

I raced for a brief period at a track in Manville NJ, run by a guy who previously had a track farther south in NJ, Cranford or Cranbury or Fords, not realy sure. This was in 66-68 ?? The last time I had raced at a commercial track was in Huntington WVa in the early 60's. My Dad worked at Johns Manville in Manville and he told me about the track opening. Went there with a friend and started racing some. With the stuff i got there I eventually went to a race at Nutley and did Ok. I think the Manville track had two tracks one was a Kingleman I believe. This was towards the end and he never really made it there and closed down within a year I think.



#138 Gator Bob

Gator Bob

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Banned
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 12,739 posts
  • Joined: 12-April 11
  • Gender:Not Telling
  • Location:.

Posted 16 December 2014 - 01:29 PM

Any of youz go to Radical Raceway in Lodi?

 

Here is one I forgot about from the mid-90s. One of my Salesmen went to school with the owner and we stopped in after looking at a job.

I was not running slots at that time.... too many other Fun Projects... no time for slots then.

 

IMG_3377.JPG

 

 


Bob Israelite

#139 Uncle Fred

Uncle Fred

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,204 posts
  • Joined: 29-September 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Trophy Club, TX

Posted 16 December 2014 - 03:03 PM

I raced there from 1993 till they closed up about 10 yrs later.  Actually the owner died and his brother and sister ran the place. We would run marshall free GR27 races there on Tuesday nights.


Fred Correnti

#140 Uncle Fred

Uncle Fred

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,204 posts
  • Joined: 29-September 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Trophy Club, TX

Posted 16 December 2014 - 03:52 PM

I don't know if anyone has mentioned Majestic Raceway that was in Pt Pleasant and then Brick NJ


Fred Correnti

#141 John Streisguth

John Streisguth

    Johnny VW

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,603 posts
  • Joined: 20-November 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bangor, PA

Posted 16 December 2014 - 04:15 PM

Waas that the hobby shop with a slot track in the middle of downtown Point Pleasant in the 60's?


"Whatever..."

#142 Uncle Fred

Uncle Fred

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,204 posts
  • Joined: 29-September 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Trophy Club, TX

Posted 16 December 2014 - 04:20 PM

No, maybe 94 till 00?  The PP track was a tiny home built road course but the one in Brick had a brand new Tunkle King, an oval and a dragstrip.  They even held a USRA race there.


Fred Correnti

#143 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 16 December 2014 - 05:53 PM

There was one in Plainfield in the 90's. It was 10 minutes from my house in Middlesex. Once I found it, I got to take my nephew twice to play before they closed.

 

Funny thing is I thought the track looked familiar and when I walked around it there was the lettering, Checkered Flog Raceway. It was the same track that was in Clementon, that Ernie, Tom Lowden and I had our way on for quite awhile. I won an ARCO on it battling Joel for all 8 heats...


"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip


#144 Mic Byrd

Mic Byrd
  • Guest
  • Joined: --

Posted 18 December 2014 - 02:21 PM

There was one in Plainfield in the 90's. It was 10 minutes from my house in Middlesex. Once I found it, I got to take my nephew twice to play before they closed.

 

Funny thing is I thought the track looked familiar and when I walked around it there was the lettering, Checkered Flog Raceway. It was the same track that was in Clementon, that Ernie, Tom Lowden and I had our way on for quite awhile. I won an ARCO on it battling Joel for all 8 heats...

It was on the almost the corner of Clinton and seventh race there for a couple of years till it closed then race in Edison at slot of fun. Lived in North Plainfield at the time



#145 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 18 December 2014 - 02:35 PM

The Edison shop was whereBob Emott and myself did some of the slotworks controller/car/motor testing..


"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip


#146 Mic Byrd

Mic Byrd
  • Guest
  • Joined: --

Posted 18 December 2014 - 02:40 PM

Raced with Carl Bookbinder there had a prototype omni controller i think it was the third 1 ever made .



#147 Uncle Fred

Uncle Fred

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,204 posts
  • Joined: 29-September 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Trophy Club, TX

Posted 18 December 2014 - 04:14 PM

There was a track in Freehold in the mid 80's that moved to Englishtown.  They had a purple mile.  The raceway later morphed into an RC only raceway.  In the mid 90's there was a track in the Highlands as well.


Fred Correnti

#148 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 18 December 2014 - 04:18 PM

American hobbies. Larry Weidermier (spelling) was the owner. Closed in the middle of the night, Opened up a smaller raceway with RC right by Englishtown Drag strip. Eventually took out the slot track and built an indoor RC track..


"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip


#149 Uncle Fred

Uncle Fred

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,204 posts
  • Joined: 29-September 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Trophy Club, TX

Posted 18 December 2014 - 04:22 PM

Yes! They had an outdoor off road course as well.


Fred Correnti

#150 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,236 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 18 December 2014 - 05:06 PM

And that turned into a dirt oval or visa versa. It was then removed in place of a pavement on road track and a new off-road track was built behind the on-road one.


"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

1965 "Evil Bucks Racer" Team
Revtech Team Trinity
Noose Painted Bodies
Retro East co-founder
American King track single lap world record holder & 40 minute total lap record
First IM Nationals Champion
Arco Champion
Car Model Magazine Series Amateur Champion
2016 ORS Anglewinder Constructors Championsh
ip






Electric Dreams Online Shop