Jump to content




Photo

Slot car urban legends


  • Please log in to reply
189 replies to this topic

#101 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 17 July 2008 - 05:34 PM

Either. LOL. I am pretty good on the old stuff, it's the new stuff I cannot remember. I tell all the new secretary and office personal we hire that It takes me about two months to finally remember their names.

Quit being mean to them and they might stick around longer then they have been doing. :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:




#102 Gil Aubin

Gil Aubin

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 179 posts
  • Joined: 17-July 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:C and C Raceway

Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:20 AM

Odds and ends of unusual happenings:

Gunther Faas car sitting on a fan for a full heat in Schenectady and he never noticed - then demanded to have laps added.

First visit to Modelville Hobby in MA, huge signs for miles saying Welcome Race Fans - I'm thinking, wow this is a big deal. Turns out it was Patriots Day weekend and the start line for the Boston Marathon was on the route.

Racing in a warehouse in New Hampshire in a no-track-call series. A car came off and slid into a hole between the wall and floor, ending up in the floor below. First track call of the year.

Driving with Jim Birritta to Nutley for a race, and got there at 1 AM. They were supposed to be open but had closed. The Nutley PD thought we were real trouble-makers trying to sleep in a back parking lot, asked us to open the cases where they prominently saw that Jim used hypodermic needles as oilers. Took a looooong time to explain that one.

Another Birritta story - Jim was even cheaper than me, so when Jim Damerell (sp?) invited us to stay at his place we did. We shouldn't have. Tony can elaborate.

The Rodeo (I think) Scale Nats where the racing went around the clock and at one point was 24 hours BEHIND schedule. That also included the first "Sunrise Track Call" I have seen as the rising sun made it impossible for the racers to see.

In a diner with Jerry Brady and Phil Chin - service was terrible, and when we left Jerry asked the waitress if she could change a nickle as he wanted to leave a tip.

Langley "Big-Time Cannonball" Smith - 'nuff said.

Visiting Russ Boyington and in his basement workshop he used gasoline to clean parts. The smell was overpowering, how he never blew-up the house is a question for the ages.

At the Zeppelin Nats ('92?) I noticed that the "gent" standing at the lead-on was actually lifting the track so that his friend on red lane could get around faster. Ran that way the whole heat.
  • MrWeiler likes this
aka Casinoslotcars

#103 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 20 July 2008 - 08:58 AM

Gunther... I remember him riding on someone else's lane for almost an entire heat and he never figured out he was on the wrong lane. I think that was at Lugnut. I also remember him somewhere watching another car on the track thinking it was his car for the whole heat. Good thing for punched tracks.

Rodeo, CA... yes, the sun was very bright coming up and I remember being so tired it was difficult to race your car let alone deal with the sun coming in through the corner windows. We had a track call to install a dark tarp or something similar. But we still finished the event on time Sunday evening.
  • MrWeiler likes this

#104 idare2bdul

idare2bdul

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,639 posts
  • Joined: 06-March 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Garner, NC

Posted 20 July 2008 - 01:42 PM

A large group of us went to eat after a race in the late '70s and when we went to get seated the waitress told them to sit us in someone else's area. We got a very nice waitress instead.

When we left, we chipped in to leave a tip well over $200. The waitress picked it up thinking we were paying our bill with her instead of at the register. When she figured out it was a tip she was waving it in the air at the other waitress and being real happy.
  • MrWeiler likes this
The light at the end of the tunnel is almost always a train.
Mike Boemker

#105 MantaRay

MantaRay

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,859 posts
  • Joined: 05-March 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Chicagoland

Posted 20 July 2008 - 01:50 PM

Was the bill $1,500? :laugh2: Good story...
Ray Price
11/4/49-1/23/15
Requiescat in Pace

#106 Flash24

Flash24

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 176 posts
  • Joined: 29-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NYC

Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:08 PM

Early Aubin at Nutley. :blink:

aubin316.jpg
Frederic M Strauss AIA

"Somebody's Got To Eat It"

#107 Gil Aubin

Gil Aubin

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 179 posts
  • Joined: 17-July 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:C and C Raceway

Posted 20 July 2008 - 06:39 PM

Wow...

Nothing more I can say but...

Wow...

Thanks, Fred, you made my day. Now I can show my grandson what Pa-Pa used to do. :)
aka Casinoslotcars

#108 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 20 July 2008 - 07:54 PM

Hey Gil...

Don't ya wish ya had all that hair nowadays? ;) :laugh2: :laugh2:

#109 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 21 July 2008 - 11:42 AM

What's with all you old guys and losing hair?

"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


#110 JerseyJohn

JerseyJohn

    Posting Leader

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,855 posts
  • Joined: 05-September 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Northern NJ

Posted 21 July 2008 - 12:34 PM

We don't hide our heads under a lid. LOL. :laugh2:
JJ TRADE MARK BANNER copy.jpg

John Chas Molnar

"Certified Newark Wise Guy since 1984" (retired)
"Certified Tony P Chassis God since 2007"
" Internationally Know Slot Car Racing Celebrity "
https://www.facebook...nchassisworks/#
Email me
 


#111 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 21 July 2008 - 12:46 PM

I have every single hair and it is the same color it was 20 years ago. LOL...

"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


#112 The Number of

The Number of

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,396 posts
  • Joined: 29-February 08
  • Gender:Male

Posted 21 July 2008 - 12:53 PM

I have every single hair and it is the same color it was 20 years ago.

Do you keep it in a box? :D
Bill Fulmer

The lack of any credible evidence is proof the conspiracy is working!

#113 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 21 July 2008 - 01:10 PM

LOL... Nope, it's still all on my head. LOL...

"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


#114 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 21 July 2008 - 02:22 PM

Less hair equals more money in your pocket.

Less hair cuts, less shampoo used, less water used to rinse, no need for combs or brushes, no hair coloring to buy, and women won't be coming after you because you have no hair. Think of the money and hassles that will save you. LOL.

#115 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 21 July 2008 - 02:44 PM

Ron,

As long as that makes you feel better go along with it. LOL...

"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


#116 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 21 July 2008 - 03:08 PM

I don't have the hair loss problem... I get tired of going in every three weeks for a hair cut. ;)

Anyone care to buy some gently used hair??? There is always plenty lying around at the barber shop... I could take orders. LOL.

#117 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 21 July 2008 - 03:44 PM

LOL.

"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


#118 Bill from NH

Bill from NH

    Age scrubs away speed!

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,612 posts
  • Joined: 02-August 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:New Boston, NH

Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:42 PM

Know why it costs a bald-headed man just as much for a haircut as someone with a full head of hair?

It takes the barber longer to find them! :laugh2: :laugh2:

Ron, I had my three-month trim last Thursday. Good to go now until Oct. 15, my 31st wedding anniversary. :)

Bill Fernald
 

My wife says I don't pay enough attention to her, or something like that.  :unknw:


#119 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 21 July 2008 - 07:46 PM

Can you afford both on the same day??? :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:

Sounds expensive to me. ;)

Oh and congrats on 31 years of wedded bliss.

#120 markdshark

markdshark

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 424 posts
  • Joined: 10-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Detroit, MI

Posted 22 July 2008 - 05:36 AM

If she wants you to take her to "someplace expensive", you can always go to the gas station!!!
Mark Parus
7/7/51-8/27/10
Requiescat in Pace

#121 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 22 July 2008 - 06:44 AM

There were two OH racers who went to a USRA type race at Hank's in Milwaukee, WI...

When they returned to the hotel after a hard day of racing, there was a wedding reception going on and they proceeded to enter and then drink like sailors for three hours.

Once it was noticed they were wearing flannel shirts, they were promptly escorted out. :lol: :lol: :lol:

#122 MG Brown

MG Brown

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Administrator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,647 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Land of Lincoln, where governors make the license plates.

Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:32 AM

Wait, flannel shirts aren't the correct attire for weddings in West Allis?

"I'm just here for the entertainment." George Carlin


#123 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:40 AM

It depends if you wear them with bib overalls or not.

"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


#124 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:00 AM

It depends if you wear them with bib overalls or not.


zzzz.jpg

#125 MSwiss

MSwiss

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Advertiser
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 18,681 posts
  • Joined: 16-April 06
  • Gender:Male

Posted 22 July 2008 - 08:12 AM

The groom was the one with the cleanest bowling shirt.

Mike Swiss
 
IRRA® Components Committee Chairman
Five-time USRA National Champion (two G7, one G27, two G7 Senior)
Two-time G7 World Champion (1988, 1990)
Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder
17B West Ogden AveWestmont, IL 60559, ( 708) 203-8003
mikeswiss86@hotmail.com (also my PayPal address) 
Note: Send all USPS packages and mail to: 5858 Chase Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60516
Make checks out to Chicagoland Woodworking, Inc.


#126 markdshark

markdshark

    a dearly-missed departed member

  • Member at Peace
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 424 posts
  • Joined: 10-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Detroit, MI

Posted 22 July 2008 - 11:34 AM

I thought that was the outfit he wore when he took his sister to their prom!!!
Mark Parus
7/7/51-8/27/10
Requiescat in Pace

#127 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:50 PM

Prom date...

xyz.jpg

#128 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 22 July 2008 - 03:50 PM

Hillbilly bride...

xxx.jpg
  • MrWeiler likes this

#129 Flash24

Flash24

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 176 posts
  • Joined: 29-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NYC

Posted 22 July 2008 - 07:56 PM

I have every single hair and it is the same color it was 20 years ago. LOL...

I think Tony may be correct, judge for yourself. :rolleyes:

tonyp.jpg

"That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand." - Bob Dylan, 1981

"Gimme head with hair, long beautiful hair." - Hair (the musical), 1967
Frederic M Strauss AIA

"Somebody's Got To Eat It"

#130 Cheater

Cheater

    Headmaster of the asylum

  • Root Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,424 posts
  • Joined: 14-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Norcross, GA

Posted 23 July 2008 - 10:56 AM

Just letting everyone know we've deleted a couple of posts from this thread for multiple reasons, but suffice it to say that the posts deleted did not qualify under either "Urban Legends" or "Slot Car History". Nuff said...

If anyone wants to discuss this moderation, please PM me rather than posting to this thread.

Now back to the topic at hand...

Gregory Wells

Never forget that first place goes to the racer with the MOST laps, not the racer with the FASTEST lap


#131 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 24 July 2008 - 03:12 PM

I had a friend the worked for one of the big toy companies in the late '70s-early '80s in the model car division. Lots of R&D work was going on for the Christmas season on a new HO racing set. The idea was to have a car that throws sparks out the back like those pinwheel deals you pulled the trigger on and which spun around (old geezers might remember them). The cars were designed, developed, approved, and tested with production getting ready to start in Asia.

The weekend was set to shoot the Christmas commercial with the cars going around the tree. You guessed it, the sparks set the tree and set on fire. When the model car division showed up for work on Monday morning, there was no longer a model car division...
  • MrWeiler likes this

"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


#132 Flash24

Flash24

    Mid-Pack Racer

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 176 posts
  • Joined: 29-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:NYC

Posted 24 July 2008 - 04:12 PM

Any chance it was Tony Porcelli?
Frederic M Strauss AIA

"Somebody's Got To Eat It"

#133 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 24 July 2008 - 04:29 PM

No Bob Bernhard. Mattel, if I remember correctly.

"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


#134 TSR

TSR

    The Dokktor is IN

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 41,518 posts
  • Joined: 02-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Mexifornia

Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:19 PM

Aurora?

#135 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 25 July 2008 - 06:50 AM

If I remember correctly it was Mattel. But it could have been Aurora, as Bob worked for them and actually had his name on a few patents.

"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


#136 HarV Wallbanger III

HarV Wallbanger III

    Racing inta OLD age!

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,023 posts
  • Joined: 19-June 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:"El Rancho en Debto", SoCal!

Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:35 AM

Speaking of rocket cars, Ron, remember the Nats race when someone put a winged rocket car on the lead on of the King and fired it off? It got airborne and almost hit a woman in the face and was still burning when it left the track! LUCKY! :blush: I was standing there with the AE1 on auto fire and when the pics came out it showed the car sitting there and then a HUGE trail of smoke to the bank :laugh2: !

Barney Poynor
"BRONCO" BARNEY
Team CORT!

Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


#137 HarV Wallbanger III

HarV Wallbanger III

    Racing inta OLD age!

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,023 posts
  • Joined: 19-June 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:"El Rancho en Debto", SoCal!

Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:45 AM

Fire! We had a SoCal race in Phoenix back in the '80s and were running the C-can 27 class. I can't remember who was using tranny fluid for oil and dumped in so much it caused huge fireball going down the straight! :laugh2: :laugh2:

Barney Poynor
"BRONCO" BARNEY
Team CORT!

Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


#138 HarV Wallbanger III

HarV Wallbanger III

    Racing inta OLD age!

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 6,023 posts
  • Joined: 19-June 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:"El Rancho en Debto", SoCal!

Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:16 AM

Best one of mine yet!

Years ago (1989??) there was a race on Long Island and Floyd Guernsey of Eagle Dist. and I met in St. Louis to take the same flight out the the Island. With me coming from SoCal and Floyd coming from Oklahoma City. We get there and meet up and get on the plane and it just sat there for I think about 1 hour. It was bad breathing in all the fumes and hot - no A/C! :blink: :blink:

So when Floyd and I meet in the airport before getting on the plane Floyd was cussing up a storm about the OKC airline making him sign a waver because he got to the airport late and his luggage "may" not show up when he gets there. :shok: So he is still cussing and bitchin' and says "I signed their freaking waiver "UNDER PROTEST!" :angry: and that's what he put on it in big letters!

So I turn to look him straight in the eyes and say "MANILLA" and he looks at me and says what? I say "MANILLA" thats where your stuff is going right now! :laugh2: :laugh2:

So we get in at I think JFK and a couple of other racers are there and Floyd is standing at the luggage ramp... I already have my stuff and I can't remember who else was there (David Liebenthal?) but I had told them the story also and we were just watching him and I yell "MANILLA!" and everyone is rolling on the floor and he just puts his hand behind his back and flips me off! :laugh2: :laugh2:

And this was the great "Fuzzy Freakout" weekend, but that's another story!

He had to come out from the Island at 1 AM to get the stuff from the airport that night .. it went to TN! :laugh2:

So anybody that reads this if you see Floyd somewhere yell "MANILLA" AND HE WILL RESPOND!
  • MrWeiler likes this

Barney Poynor
"BRONCO" BARNEY
Team CORT!

Hello my name is Barney and I was... I am addicted to glue, magnets, and wings... I have been clean and sober years now... NOW I'm hooked on 1/32 club track racing! Dang!
 

"Even if you're on the Right Track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"

If you remember
screw-on braid, motors that look like padlocks, that dang fuse wire in Cox controllers, "hand" painted bodies, the very first can motors from Mabuchi, and the smell of wintergreen then you are OLD!... like me!

Enjoy life! Race Slot Cars and read SlotBlog!


#139 idare2bdul

idare2bdul

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,639 posts
  • Joined: 06-March 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Garner, NC

Posted 26 August 2008 - 02:28 AM

A shop teacher at the junior high I was teaching at bugged me for several years to enter a rocket car race he had for his students. Usually the cars went about half track under power then their Estes motor burned out and they coasted the remainder of the track. I finally built a car with a slot car Lexan funny car body and slot wheels and tires. A balsa and PC board chassis and a carbon fibre tube for the motor resulted in a very light car. The motor was still running when it went into the foam at the end of the track setting it on fire. The next year there was a minimum weight rule.

Now for the rest of the story...

Remembering the car I decided to get it back for my display case. The car was no longer in the display case at the school. One of my friends filled me in on why. Seems like the teacher figured out it had to have a power to weight ratio better than one to one, so possibly fueled by one too many margaritas before a Back to School night he and some other teacher put the next bigger (longer) motor in the car and put it on a vertical stick to launch it straight up. The car cleared the stick and then began tumbling causing both the car and the teachers to go in unpredictable directions. They said the car hit the wall of the building about six feet up at about 30 miles per hour and kind of disintigrated, ejecting the still-burning motor.
The light at the end of the tunnel is almost always a train.
Mike Boemker

#140 Phil Irvin

Phil Irvin

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,764 posts
  • Joined: 21-July 08
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Wesley Chapel, FL

Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:41 PM

In '65-66 we were winding our own and building piano wire inline F1 cars.

A friend of mine made a hot wind that screamed but ran very hot. Every five laps he would stop and squirt rubbing alcohol on the motor and take off. This lasted three heats and in the fourth it lit up. Couldn't see the flames but could see the body melting then the smoke from the motor and that SMELL as everything melted. Even scorched the track where it stopped before the fire bottle sprayed it. The pickup was saved...

Phil

#141 Pat Dennis

Pat Dennis

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
  • Joined: 11-September 08

Posted 13 September 2008 - 02:15 PM

I have another Cukras one that I am not sure is for real. John was working for Tyco for awhile. The engineers in the train division were having trouble with their new freight cars tipping over in tight radius corners. John told them to let him look at it. They came back 30 minutes later and the train was zipping around even the tightest turns. They were amazed and when they asked John how it did it so quick he lifted up the car and it had lead glued to the bottom.

This one is false. I was head of R&D at Tyco and the closest Cukras ever got to Tyco (in South NJ) as the race tracks in Mid Jersey.

Actually, my right-hand engineer, Bob Kircher and I were having a lunch and the subject of the Boys Club annual train races came up. We started thinking about how we could "stack the deck" against the race. We went through all sorts of wild discussions and finally determined that using two pancake-style motors with rare-earth magnets, integral gear train driving all wheels, independent pickups, and a vac-formed body would probably work best.

After lunch, Bob hacked out a prototype and we found that it not only was quick, but had several times the drawbar traction and - if the power was cut, would simply coast to a halt instead of locking up the axles and derailing the train. Another plus was that the current draw was much lower than the production train engines. This became the basis for a new traction system used on all Tyco engines.

The only problem was that management decided that it would be cheaper to use only one powered truck - a real compromise. The system lasted several years in production. Moral: Keep management out of the loop!

Pat Dennis

#142 Quickerthanyu

Quickerthanyu

    On The Lead Lap

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 297 posts
  • Joined: 17-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:SoCal

Posted 14 September 2008 - 02:04 PM

Gil Gundersen falling down a manhole while on the way to a race!! LOL.

Where's Fast Eddie??? He can tell the story.

And Eddie!! Where's Gil's song?! I wanted to show my parents the song you performed for Gil.

Thanks!

Josh Bauer
BOOLA RACING


#143 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 14 September 2008 - 06:06 PM

How about a certain East Coast pro racer who would take his cars to his priest for a "blessing" before big races???

#144 tonyp

tonyp

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Subscriber
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 13,704 posts
  • Joined: 12-February 07
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sanford, FL, land of lizards and big roaches

Posted 15 September 2008 - 09:15 AM

Ernie never quite made it to being a priest. LOL...

"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


#145 sportblazer350

sportblazer350

    Checkered Flag in Hand

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,863 posts
  • Joined: 04-July 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:New Jersey

Posted 16 September 2008 - 05:05 PM

I took my son, young at the time (approximately ten years old) with his newly-acquired 1/24 scale dragster to a raceway in nearby Sayreville, NJ, as I was told they had a working drag strip.

The owner was very nice and helpful, letting my son run his car for free, as no one was in the shop at the time. We came back on a weekend evening to watch the serious drag racing, which was too much for him then. I did comment to both my son and the owner about how I thought it was too dangerous to clean the glue from the track surface with the chemical they were using. I forget exactly what it was, but I remember it was highly flammable. During the evening racing, the racers had rags soaked in this stuff, wiping the track, etc., their hands in it...

I told my son and the track owner that I though sparks from the track and the cars could ignite this dangerous stuff, but the owner assured me it was safe. Shortly thereafter, when we were to go back there, we read in the newspaper that a fire from that shop burned it to the ground, along with the building next door, that the owner barely made it out alive.

This was approximately ten years ago.

Glenn Orban
vintage slot car enthusiast
NJ SCALE Racing

Hardbody Racing at The Race Place


#146 Gastrader1

Gastrader1

    Rookie Keyboard Racer

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Joined: 11-November 08

Posted 12 November 2008 - 11:06 AM

Ron Hershman,

Thank you for spelling my name correctly regarding the "suposed questionalble" International 15 motor that I used to TQ at the Nats in Chicago. You are correct, I did refuse to let Jim Hahn or anyone else tear the motor down. Had I not been told, prior to arriving in Chicago that I was going to be torn down, I would have let the world tear the motor the shreads. I guess jealousy is a bad thing for people to have.

If my memory serves me correct, I TQ'ed and won all or the vast majority of the Int. 15 races in the Tri-State series leading up to the Nats that year. I was able to do this for many reasons, none of which was my ability to drive a slot car, I was far from being that good.

I did have the BEST person building and maintaining my car and motors, Gil Goldstein. We used many things to get that fast, none of which were illegal. However, we did go to the extremes to do it. I am fairly confident that nobody else was bending their own motor cans and making their own magnets. Mike Swiss can personally attest on the magnet issue, since I would buy 20+ pairs at a time of the Koford Super Yellow dot magnets and then Gil would cut them and make four and six magnet set-ups.

I also used a Zap Chassis that might have appeared to be the same in appearance, but Gil used stainless steel surgical tubing to add a little additional flex making my chassis work just a little bit better than someone else's.

I also think that I had the best tires available at the time, Pro Slot. As you know Dan and I made tires for a few years and I personally ground each and every one of them. Gunther Faas made our hubs and I cannot remember the guys name in TN that treated the rubber.

Bill Skinner also taught me a little trick about qualifying too that helped me go just a tick faster than most. At the race, I had Gil, Tommy, and Bill Skinner helping to make sure it all worked, too. So yes, I did have an unfair advantage, I guess.

I do find it interesting, that after I refused to let the USRA tear the motor down, that the USRA let Tommy run my car and motors in the race even though he had not entered the Intl 15 event prior to tech closing. I think he almost made the main or did make the main. Did Jimbo Kirby get his money back since I refused to let Jim Hahn take the motor out of the car? Again, jealousy is not a favorable trait to possess.

Sorry for my long rant. This comment was brought to my attention to me by a dear friend of mine whom actually understands loyalty. Don't jump to conclusions, Ron, it is not whom you think that told me about it. I have long since forgot about racing slot cars. All of my free time is spent on my wife and dogs and maintaining my real race car.

I used to have a good times though racing slot cars. You even built some fast Boxstock 15 stuff for me. Pretty sure we were pretty fast back then, too.
Brian Shafranek

#147 TSR

TSR

    The Dokktor is IN

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 41,518 posts
  • Joined: 02-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Mexifornia

Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:27 PM

This one is false. I was head of R&D at Tyco and the closest Cukras ever got to Tyco (in South NJ) as the race tracks in Mid Jersey.

Pat, I never heard of this before but there are so many false legends going round, it is hard to figure out who is telling the truth... Thanks for clarifying this. :)

Thank you for spelling my name correctly regarding the "supposed questionable" International 15 motor that I used to TQ at the Nats in Chicago.

There is a question here of a pot and a kettle... :blink:
Thanks for making things clear there, too. :)

#148 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:49 PM

I do find it interesting, that after I refused to let the USRA tear the motor down, that the USRA let Tommy run my car and motors in the race even though he had not entered the Intl 15 event prior to tech closing. I think he almost made the main or did make the main. Did Jimbo Kirby get his money back since I refused to let Jim Hahn take the motor out of the car? Again, jealousy is not a favorable trait to possess.

Sorry for my long rant. This comment was brought to my attention to me by a dear friend of mine whom actually understands loyalty. Don't jump to conclusions, Ron, it is not whom you think that told me about it. I have long since forgot about racing slot cars. All of my free time is spent on my wife and dogs and maintaining my real race car.

Brian, it makes for a good story. Maybe more facts than legend? Yes, your motor was protested, you refused, the car was allowed to be entered into the race by Tommy, Jim Hahn kept the "questionable mystery motor" in his pocket till the conclusion of the Intl 15 event which then it was returned to you intact.

You had your choice and you made yours not to race. No big deal... again... a good story.

I don't know/remember who protested your motor, so I don't know who it was or what happened to the protest money. I would guess it went back to the protester.

I couldn't care less who told you about this post... makes no difference to me. ;)

#149 TSR

TSR

    The Dokktor is IN

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 41,518 posts
  • Joined: 02-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Mexifornia

Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:09 PM

It's like watching Days of our Lives... :)

#150 Ron Hershman

Ron Hershman

    Grand Champion Poster

  • Full Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22,051 posts
  • Joined: 16-February 06
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Indyanna

Posted 13 November 2008 - 11:28 AM

It's like watching Days of our Lives... :)



"As the Guide Flag Turns" ;) :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:





Electric Dreams Online Shop