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#201 Uncle Fred

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:16 PM

Not in Jan or Feb 1968, must be later.
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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:26 PM

The fifth race was December 2 at Peter Pan. Mini Wheels was the last January 20. We know Glen Oaks was September. I think the other venues were Vic's, where Ed Sohl split the Cobra twins, and Lynbrook? and of course Upper Saddle River.
 
Glen Oaks was Can-Am.
 
Upper Saddle River I am sure was Can-Am.
 
Mini Wheels was F1.
 
That would make USR the fourth race in the series.


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:37 PM

Actually race 2 was in Levittown at Hobby Track.  

Vic's was #3, confirmed by Charlie Harris.
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Posted 27 January 2015 - 05:02 PM

I raced at Hobby Track but not Vic's. Wasn't there a Brooklyn race as well at Hamilton?

 

Wait, you spoke with Charlie Harris?!


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 06:54 PM

Looking through my CM magazines, I found mention of all the races. Glen Oaks, Levittown, Vic's, G.P, Peter Pan, Mini Wheels, in that order. I have a couple of the race reports, but I am missing a couple of issues in that timeframe... still have to sort through all of them and get them in order. 

 

Interesting that they covered the California races in a big way, but the other CM series gets brief mentions either in Racing News or the East section of "Coast to Coast". Also, the Arco races got bigger reports. 


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 08:37 PM

Charlie Harris was a horrible reporter. He had no camera to take pictures. He just did it for all the free stuff he could get for his kid to race with. The east coast reporting absolutely sucked.

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 09:17 PM

The race in Levittown at Hobbytrack I am pretty sure was a stock car race. I remember running a '68 Charger body. Still have it!! :)


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 05:16 AM

Tony - Do you have evidence that Jim D. was in the house. Quite honestly, I was very used to the "clutter". I went to JHS with Jim. 

 

Mike - The boys from Mars must have had a hold on you. Or, too many Playboy magazines. See below:

 

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 06:33 AM

It had to have been a later race. Edsel and I were talking about it recently.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 07:31 AM

Stock car race was the second Car Model series.

Alan, I was kidding about Jim.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:14 AM

Why do I feel that like this is Ancestry.com?


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:43 AM

Because everyone who is posting is an old geezer... LOL!

 

But that's OK, at least you're not discussing your aches, pains, and/or medical issues...


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 11:47 AM

That Hobby Track race was where I got my box stolen. The raceway was packed and my box was near the back door so somebody must have grabbed it and walked out. I had my car with me and my controller around my neck (as was the fashion) but everything else was gone including my latest Magwinder...  :dash2:


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:33 PM

Some recollections from Hobby Track. I remember it being so packed, I never got to take one lap in practice. Was the track a Hillclimb, with crossovers?? I must admit, that throughout the race, I lost my car several times. Between massive amounts of adrenalin, never seeing the track, and no practice, I just couldn't follow the track, nor my car.

 

I do remember, our shop owner, Lou, driving us there. So, the alien takeover was not present, for that day. 

 

Fred...   didn't steal your box. So, that's one down and about 100 to go.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:34 PM

By the second Car Model series we went there to practice for the NASCAR race and the track was horrible. So bad I would not go back on race day.

 

I think Ed Sohl won.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:35 PM

Anyone want to buy a '60s mag wonder?


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:37 PM

It wasn't a Hillclimb but some weird track I never did see before or since, thank god.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:38 PM

Tony,

 

I think the statute of limitations has passed, so you are OK.  :)

 

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:47 PM

I know it wasn't you guys. Al couldn't have lifted the box and Tony couldn't have fit through the back door...

 

Just kidding... you could have worked together! :laugh2:


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:48 PM

We should start a thread on all the **** hole tracks that big races were held on.

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 02:25 PM

Al is right about the track and practice. You had to hope to grab a lane for a few laps and the track was 220 ft with the car dropping out of sight in the bank. As soon as you came off and went to get your car someone else would take your lane. 

 

I did win the NAMRA F1 race there later that year.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 02:56 PM

So, it wasn't a hillclimb... Hmmm, anyone have a picture of the Hobby Track track?? I do remember going into the bank (left to right), but, then, the car disappearing. 

 

Fred... keep it up... You may find a rattlesnake at your doorstep. I know where you live. 


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 03:14 PM

We get copperheads! I just call the police and they shoot them.


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 03:18 PM

NAMRA race at Hobby Track.

 

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 10:28 PM

Hobby Track had three Engleman style tracks.


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Posted 29 January 2015 - 10:40 AM

Mike, I remember three tracks, too...


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Posted 29 January 2015 - 11:45 AM

The tracks were weird. I don't think they were Engleman. 


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Posted 29 January 2015 - 11:48 AM

And they had two of the same crappy track in the same building. LOL...


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Posted 29 January 2015 - 07:39 PM

I know there were three--I think two were the same and the third may have been a mirror image of them.


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Posted 29 February 2016 - 10:16 AM

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!! biggrin.gif

i grew up in Old Bridge and in the mid 80's i went to All American Hobbies @ the corner of Englishtown road and Union Hill road they had two tracks and an rc track in the back. i don't remember any tracks in east winsor on rt 130 where was it?



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 10:20 AM

Was that the place at the E-Town Flea Market on Rt. 527?

All American Hobbies corner of Union Hill Road and rt 527 two tracks and an rc track in the back



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 10:33 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.

 

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the top two pictures look just like the track at speedzonenj.com in burlington, nj



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 11:58 AM

i started at Collinswood auction THE RACE PLACE when i was 8 as rent to race kid. we didn't go to often. then when i was about 13 or 14 all american raceway (i think thats what they called it) on the corner of Englishtown road and Union Hill road down by the Englishtown flea market. then a got a real car and it went to the side until my son turned 6 last year and we go slotin' every weekend now at Speedzone in Mt. Holly. last weekend we went to Zeppelin Hobbies in Wayne , 



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Posted 05 April 2016 - 12:01 PM

Zeppelin Hobbies in Wayne, NJ.

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 12:20 PM

The Zeppelin photo is not the first version of the store with a red Hillclimb, a King, and a large R/C carpet.
 
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Posted 05 April 2016 - 02:29 PM

True, they downsized a number of years ago.


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 07:37 AM

That's were East Coast Retro started.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 07:49 AM

Yup, February 2007 in their second Riverdale location. When the race was over they moved to their current location in Wayne, NJ.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 10:01 PM

Yes, current is their third location.

First was the huge place with the King, Hillclimb, and the green figure eight show in the above pics (the only track left from the original store).  

When they moved to a smaller shop across the shopping center, the took the eight and chopped the King to fit the new store, which was a disaster, it was unraceable. They replaced that with the current Grandstand/Hillclimber.  

I also talked them into building an HO track prior to holding the 1996 UFHORA Nats in the first store, and they had that at the second shop.
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Posted 29 December 2016 - 12:54 PM

Here is what the building looks like now where Sebring Raceway used to be in Irvington, NJ. It's where I met Tony P.

 

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And this is what the building looks like now where Tom Thumb Raceway in Union, NJ, used to be. It's where I met Sandy Gross and Jose Rodriguez Jr.

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:10 PM

Tom Thumb was the first track I ever went to. My friend that I played with 1/32 cars told me about this place with big tracks you could rent track time on. My response was, "Why would anyone want to pay to race on a track when you could do it at home for free".
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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:27 PM

Well, I guss you answered your own question after visiting, huh?
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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:29 PM

Looks like Noose is on a virtual nostalgia tour, See also the Team Nutley race thread.

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:30 PM

Greg, I was mesmerized.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:50 PM

Tony,

That's exactly the way I felt when I stumbled into Harding Mall Grand Prix about 1966, especially since they had a Purple Mile!

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 02:14 PM

My first experience was at a place called Tiny Tots in Greenbrook, NJ. Actually stopped to buy a model and heard this buzzing going on. Went to see what it was and all I remember saying was forget the model I want one of those!  There were guys running slot cars on a small track.

Tiny Tots remains as a juvenile/baby furniture store.  No more hobby stuff for many years.

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 08:39 PM

I remember Hobbytrack too! They had three identical tracks, all were mirror image of something. Yeah, the place and the lanes were always crowded. The counter was stuffed with merchandise that covered the waterfront! The latest stuff and the oldest stuff that had gone obsolete and they couldn't move. Tools, materials, controllers, old kits, old RTRs, new kits, new RTRs and the latest Pro cars the guys were trading in as they built the latest hot stuff! My guess it was about 1965 before batpan chassis and angle-winders. I bought my first fast car over the counter. It was a beautiful open wheel F1 "springie thingie" with the latest high power 16D motor. I crashed that baby right there on my first lap in the most dramatic style! Off the bank, though the net barrier and into the wall with a loud bang! Nobody even looked up. My lane was reoccupied before I found the remains. Lost a wheel and bent the threaded axle. Done for the day..... actually weeks before my dad bought me an axle and tires. I was hooked for life!  


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:18 PM

The first track I ever raced on was the race place at the collingswood auction and then 2 years later American Hobbies in Englishtown opened up with this track !!

I raced at american hobbies also but they had a smaller track and i think it was yellow for some reason. and he also dod remote control cars out back. Why did he close the doors? He was in a very high flood zone. It was located on the corner of Union Hill road and Englishtown road. This picture you posted was from before the fire at collingwood correct? Did the tracks get hit buy the fire? I was a kid back then, now play @ Speedzonenj.com



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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:26 PM

Zeppelin Hobbies in Wayne, NJ.

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I toke these pictures less then a year ago. probably in march or April of 2016



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 09:07 AM

American hobbies was sold a few times. When slots slowed down they pulled the slot track for a 1/12th carpet track. A few years later they had issues with outdoor tracks the area they were on were declared protective wetlands or some such nonsense. So the closed.


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