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#151 eshorer

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 02:27 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.

 

Gil Gundersen reminded me of this one: The four original Team Boola members, Gil, Dave Gallichio, Bill Gosma, and myself, were on our way to a race out in Colton, a good hour away from our home track, Fast Wheels, in Covina, CA, in Gil’s ’53 or ’54 Buick. We ran out or gas on the freeway, and while walking and talking in the darkness, we turned around and… NO GIL! He had stepped into an open manhole, and fallen out of sight! A Highway Patrol car came by and helped us get gas, and we called the raceway who held up the race till we got there. And, like all good yarns should end, we walked away with the first four places in the race, and nobody fell into any manholes on the way home.

*Stay tuned: I’ll post the song I sang for Gil’s going-away party that mentions the incident soon.


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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:04 PM

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

 

Here tis:

Ode to Gil Gundersen
by Eddie Shorer

I had a friend, when I was a teen
Always a helping hand, he was never mean
Drove us around, from track to track,
Fell in a manhole, that’s a fact!

Go see the Gunner
He’ll do you no harm
He’ll straighten your frame for you
And wind you an arm......ature.
That’s for sure.

We had a team, Boola was the name
All the people changed, but it’s still the same
Racing around, all over town
Picks you up when you’re feeling down

Now I’m a man, and I still have a friend
Always a helping hand, seems to never end
He gave me some tools, and he built me a car,
Now he’s moving, moving so far

(I’ll have to ) Go see the Gunner
He’ll do me no harm
He’ll straighten my frame for me
And wind me an arm......ature.
That’s for sure.


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Posted 13 January 2009 - 07:03 PM

The weekly G27s at Monaco Raceway were 25s or 25-1/2s.


I remember this, I had a couple of the 25-1/2 arms Jim wound for me but didn't know it until some time later. I memory serves me correct, you (Dennis) pointed that out to me. :laugh2:
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 11:04 AM

Here is another Magnet Zapper Nats story. We stayed at a hotel at PA's nats in Houston 85'?? There was a bunch of racers staying there and I forgot who .... Joel or Stu?? had a zapper and blew out the floor they were on with it and then had to find a very long construction grade cord to run from a lower floor to power the stuff after they blew it. It was late so nobody noticed I guess.

We came back after pratice and everybody was still keyed up and could not sleep so we went down to the pool to sit and have a beer. LOCKED! Darn! So Joel went back to his room and got some tools and took the hinge side off the gate and we went in and sat for about 1/2 hr. The the manager came out because we got to loud bench racing and BS'in and kicked us out..... Joel had to put back together.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 02:30 AM

Ron Hershman'
A car launcher???

Humm could work for that---

A lane shorting-out device???

That could work too---

A paddle to spank the driver in the car when deslotting too much???

Haaaaa

A guide breaker??? Put that in a slot under the bridge and that could cause some damage.

A slate block works much better for that -OBMs favorite method.

The answer? It was a lap adding device. The old lap counters worked when the car completed the circuit.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 02:49 AM

The double 27 that Don Campbell ran at Crash & Burn had a tag that said BJ27. Even with only 5 degrees timing, that thing just knocked the bank down...

The weekly G27s at Monaco Raceway were 25s or 25-1/2s.



The fun part was what happened AFTER the arm was protested..
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Posted 30 June 2009 - 10:14 PM

well, not really an urban legend but i think a funny story anyway. i was at a buddies house one day and he was all excited wanted to show me what he found on ebay... 5 complete years of slotcar magazines dating from 66-70 (don't remember what magazines i remember 3years of one and 2 of another) anyhow he was dead set on winning them and was watching closlely (but not close enough....lol) so the auction ends and he calls me all mad that he was out bid in the last few seconds "sorry man keep looking i guess" so for the next week everytime i talked to him he mentioned how bummed he was. then comes the next saturday i come walking into his house with a box and set it on his table and tell him "happy birthday man" (his b-day was that week) there they were all 5 years his jaw about hit the floor "you outbid me? but that wasn't your screen name!" thing he didn't know was when he was busy talking to his wife for a minute i created a new ebay account in his living room...

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 09:24 PM

If that's a real story that's KILL-er! :laugh2: :good:
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Posted 01 July 2009 - 09:30 PM

Yer a good friend, Justin!
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 12:15 AM

Yer a good friend, Justin!



so is he :D
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:36 AM

The legend of Al "OWL" Chuck's Appetite:

There are many stories of Al's capacity for eating, if you don't know Al, he is a skinny, not that tall racer ( something like 5'6") , who you would not expect such a ferocious appetite.

One Story, of many takes place at a Reno ( Or maybe it was Carson City) Casino Buffet.

Al and a number of racers went to the buffet after the slot car race, when big Dave Pyle ( big 6'5"+ and well over 250Lb man) challenged Al to eating contest.

They both went to the Buffet, Big Dave filling up his plates, and Al matching him plate for plate.
They went once, twice, three times, four times, five times, six times, seven times..... Legend has it... eight times to the buffet returning with full plates of different types of food!

The two guys ate and ate, until the table was full of empty plates. Everybody, stuffed were just watching them eat... Then suddenly... Pyle threw in the towel and said to Al .... OK!!! OK!!! I give up!! Al you win!

Al said in a casual, matter-a-fact voice ..... OK, but I still want to try some more things... and continued to make a couple of more trips to the buffet, bringing back more full plates of items he had missed...

After they finished, everybody stuffed , they see a McDonald's on the way out. So ... Al says " Hey guys, I'm hungry, Let's go to the McDonald's over there and get some Ice Cream!" :shok:


If you ever go to a buffet with Al, you will believe the legend!

So!

Never ! Never!! challenge Al to an eating contest!

And it is well known in these parts of Northern California, where you can find Al in the wild!

that when Al is around, we usually refer to Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner as "Al Time" :laugh2:

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 06:43 AM

Fun with technology

A well known racer staying in a multi story hotel in San Diego gets bored and starts firing lit M-80s with a Wrist-Rocket at unsuspecting people on the sidewalk below...

At the world race in 1980 another well known racer decided that his chassis was no longer viable and blew it up (with another M-80) in the parking lot just as Boemker and I were exiting the shop. The shrapnel sounded like 10,000 bees flying by but amazingly neither of us got hit... I thought Boemker would strangle him.

At Monaco someone crawled under the track and crazy glued another racers shoes to the floor DURING THE HEAT...

Motorcycle burnouts inside the raceway with a Kawasaki 900.
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Posted 06 July 2009 - 09:16 AM

The '60s East Coast crew returned from a race and were waiting in the airline terminal for their luggage. Phil Rubin's slot box was coming down the chute with the top open and everything spilling out all over. Phil jumped up on the carousel and rode it around with all the luggage, picking up the parts and putting them back in his slot box.


I was there for this one.....

The terminal had an overhead baggage convayer system and Phil had checked his plywood Hoffman slotbox as luggage.... We were waiting at the bottom of the convayer coming down from the overhead belt when a slot car tire came bouncing down the ramp.... Then a couple of tools and a car.... And then the front of a Hoffman slot car box.... And then Phil realized it was his stuff.... So 5 foot tall, bald, decheveled Phil jumped on the carosel and started riding the carosel and kicking passengers bags off the carosel so he could grab his parts that were under proples bags and sticking the patrs in his pockets and yelling to the rest of us to grab his cars and tossing parts to the rest of us to put in our pockets and finally the rest of his box came down...... Needless to say. the other passangers were not happy to have their bags treated that way but Phil looked and sounded so insane that none of them did anything about it.....

It was funny as heck then, but, he never checked his slot car box again.... A valuable lesson to all of us.... A good idea is to allways carry a small box with you on the plane with your cars and controller and parts and basic toools required to race.... Flying to a race and arriving with no "stuff" to play with is not too much fun.....
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Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:11 PM

Lucky the 1/8" axles and other small hardware did not lock up the carousel when they fell into the cracks! :laugh2:

Nowadays, I personally use a cardboard box of the nearly exacting size to stick the wooden box in, tape it, stick it in a cheap suitcase and check it in. Never had them open it yet, despite that EVERY TIME I find the TSA inspection sticker. It might have something to do with what I write on the cardboard box as a message to the TSA:

"This box contains small electric racing cars, controllers to drive them, tools and parts to keep them running. Please try not to break any part of them as you usually do when trying to figure out in your shrunk brains what this stuff is, I would really appreciate it." :laugh2:

It works so far... :)

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 09:56 PM

Yup, its a true story, no, more of a true life adventure. But your a little off on the details...................

Post all your Slot Car Urban Legends here.

The Legend. In the '60s a bunch of the West Coast crew were driving to the Midwest for a big race. They got a flat in the desert. After unloading the car and changing the tire they proceeded to their destination, minus one guy's box that was left behind by mistake.

Anyone know if this actually happened and whose box it was?



..................................................as it was the Ozarks and it was a pit stop to tighten the head on the flat head 6 in the $50 1960 Rambler American. What a ride that baby was!

Yeah, the 1st awareness of that faithful point of the journey was as I dreamily awoke at a gas stop, hearing the exchange between Pete Zimmerman and Terry Schmidt. It went something like this....


"Hey, Terry, where's Tom's box?"


"I don't know, I thought you put it back...."

back into blissful sleepland I slid to ignore a very bad dream.

So yes, I made it to Parma with just a cigar box full of wire, brass bits and a soldering iron for the Cleveland Gran Prix, another stop on the 1970 NCC championship trail :dance3:

Now if I can keep concentrating I'll weave quite the adventure ;)


We checked into undoubtably one of Cleveland's finest 4 Star hotels.....Walt's Pearl Motel. Ahhh, such a fine place, our room with a view on the 2nd floor. All was fine until Pete started zapping magnets...... :o

Yup, Pete managed to blow all power out of the 2nd floor, not once, not twice , but three times and we were then abruptly ejected from the 4 star Walt's Pearl. Performing the ejection honors was none other than Mr. Walt himself, who made it quite evident that English was a distant 2nd to his native language! For some unfathomable reason Mr. Walt had decided he needed Terry's suitcase as colateral for what I'm not sure of.

OK, game on, we are now challenged! We make the "Great-get-a-way-and-recover-the-suit-case-also-plan". Pete did what he did best- Raise a big stink and get in Walt's face creating a great diversion while Terry snuck around back and into the office to grad the afore mentioned suitcase. Meanwhile, I have the Rambler slowly rolling out towards the street approaching the office end of the "complex" awaiting Terry's dive into the back seat with the suitcase while Pete keeps Walt very distracted. Terry scores and executes the perfect dive into the back seat as I start yelling at Pete to "Jump In, Damn It!"

Next chapter- prepping for the race while staying in Ken Mcdowell's basement, practice, qualifying , and the wait for our heat or semi ( :D ) After all, it was the largest USRA race up to that time....it even had a "Q" Consey![size="5"]

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 12:57 PM

Chapter 2-Abandoned Pit Box Legend
The second part of the story was that after the race the $50 American Rambler (I thought it was a Nash) was driven south to Cincinnati where Tom Hansen, John Cukras, and Pete Zimmerman were going to visit REH Distributing and drive back to California in the same Rambler American after the visit. The unfortunate thing was that when they were driving down from Cleveland they blew I believe the head gasket on the engine. As they pulled up to the front of my house the car was rocking, rolling, and knocking in its death throes. The were able to track down a used engine in a local boneyard for something like $35, rented a portable engine hoist, and changed it in the front of my house on the street. What was supposed to be an overnight stay wound up being almost a week. In the end the engine got changed and Hansen and Zimmerman headed west, while Cukras had flown back earlier.
Everytime I see an American Rambler of that type either at a car show or in a hot rod magazine I can't help but smile as I do when I ride by Schulhoff Tool Rental where I took them to rent the engine hoist. Just one of those experiences that add texture to one's life I guess.
I must say the big race at Parma and the experience of having world famous, west coast slot racers change an engine in their only means of transporation in my front yard helped to make for a very memorable senior summer after graduation from high school! Tom, I thought I was the only one that remembered the story.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:11 PM

Hi, The story about changing the engine brought a similar one to mind. It was 1968 and we were in San Antonio for the Arco Race. After the race the plan was for Bob Emott, Chris Vitucci and myself to head west to LA (to spend the rest of the summer and prepare for an upcoming Car Model Race) along with John Street in his vintage (1956?) Chevy wagon. The only problem was the engine seemed to be giving up the ghost. So, with the help of the track owner we set up shop and replaced the engine with one we similarly bought in a local junkyard. Delayed us about a week but then we headed West. The drive was eventful for several reasons including a near death experience when I was driving the wagon in the middle of the night in a South Texas downpour. I dozed off at the wheel and opened my eyes to find ourselves in the wrong lane with a semi barreling down the road at us. I still remember jerking the wheel to get back into our lane and the wild fishtailing that ensued. After all, the wagon was no Porsche. Anyway luck was with us and we drove on to spend the summer in Long Beach. Sandy
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:48 PM

The Vegas trip:

We were going to Vegas for a SoCal USRA race (On the low power bumpy reverse king Revell track-I don't remember the name of the raceway.)

We were going to use Crush's Mazda (Rx2 I think). It was his wife's car and it was a beater but we would save on gas costs (yes but...). Some time in the past the rotary had blown and been replaced (not well) with a pinto 4cyl. (mistake 1)

Crush was a busy guy and left most of the Mazda's car care to his wife, after all, it was her car. (mistake 2)

I got to his house friday after work at about 6:30 PM and loaded the slot stuff into the car. His wife was going with us to play the slots while we raced so as we started to pull away Crush noticed that there was no gas in the car and said "honey, I thought you were going to get the car taken care of since I didn't have time?" WIFE: "Oh yeah, I forgot"
CRUSH: "OK, no problem: (Mistake 3)

We are heading down the street to the gas station and the car is pulling to the right and Crush says to her: "DEAR, how long since you put air in the tires?"

Mrs Crush: "I don't remember" (Mistake 4)

Me: "Lets just go back and get my station wagon"

Crush: No, it will be fine" (mistake 5)

We get to the gas station and not only is the tire out of air but it's worn out from running low for so long. Crush is now getting pissed at Mrs. Crush.

The service area is already closed so we start calling around to find a tire store that's open. We air up the tire, add gas, oil and water that she has also neglected and drive a few miles to the open tire store and the fun starts:

(The car has mag wheels with lug nut locks)
Crush: "Honey, where is the wheel lock key?"

Mrs Crush: "OH I lost that a while ago and I forgot to tell you"

Me: Let's go get my station wagon and you can fix this when you get home"

Crush: No, it will be fine" (mistake 6)

So--Crush coughs up the cash to have the tire guy cut off the lug lock, replace the bad tire and we hit the road
(FINAL MISTAKE)

We are motoring along about 2/3 of the way from LA to Vegas out in the middle of nowhere desert land when there is a little bump and the generator idiot light comes on....We deside to turn off the lights and everything else except the motor and run on the battery---we maybe can make it on the battery alone.

So we are driving with traffic, lights out trying to see where we are going and Mrs Crush wakes up in the back and looks arround and says "Honey, the lights are out"

Crush and I turn at the same time and say the same thing: "NO SH*T"

So we make it to Vegas--Go to the track first 'cause they will maybe know a close place to get auto parts--They do, we fix the car.

OK I'm gonna skip ahead we got a hotel, she played slots, we played slot cars and now it's Sunday and we're gonna head home and the fun starts again.

We head out into the hot landscape headed back to LA--no problem we pull into the gas station in Baker CA (at 11 AM) to gas up and I say to Crush--"I've got a bad feeling, let's keep the motor running while we gas up"

Crush: No, It'll be fine"

With that he shuts the car off and we hear: clunk, clunk, clunk CRACK

And the starter motor drops out under the car and breaks the mounting bracket. Now we have to buy car parts in Baker. Anybody who has ever had to buy car parts in Baker is now cringing. The Auto parts places in Baker all fly the skull and crossbones.

We push the car over to the car parts place (And they see us coming out the window and double the already high price)
We buy the closest available starter that looks kinda like the one we need and with hours of dremel and duct tape and bailing wire work we make it fit and get the car started about 8:30pm

It's now dark and getting cold and starting to rain and we are about 60 miles from home, we turn on the windshield wipers and they DON'T WORK!

Mrs Crush: I forgot to tell you about that too...

Crush and Me: "No sh*t"

Me: "Crush, gimme your shoelaces"

I take my shoelaces and his, and some wire and tie them to the wipers. I work the shoelaces back and forth to sweep the blades for an hour so Crush can see and we make it back to LA---pull up and shut off the car.

I unload my slot boxes into my car and turn to Crush and say:

"If I had my .45 I'd shoot that thing and put it out of it's pain"

Crush: Me too...
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:34 PM

Mike
I'm glad you lived to tell that story. :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:37 AM

Nesta I've got LOTS of Crush and Mrs Crush stories. I could write a sitcom for FOX, kinda like Married with children.

Married with slotcars. :laugh2:
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 11:28 AM

Now that is funny!

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:04 PM

Adding to Mike Brannian's Vegas woes was his first wedding. Since our cars were so over horspowered they didn't come close to working so Mike decided to get married.

Rumor has it that the brides bouquet was purchased with embezzeled USRA funds. Crusher, the best man had undergone a recent weight gain and his bright orange T shirt missed covering his belly by a good two inches. Combined with a oversized cowboy hat it made for an intersting sight.

The organist was pushing 80 years old and had been drinking adult beverages and was missing about every 20th note. When she did she would say, "SH**," under her breath but the microphone picked it up.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:39 PM

Naah Mike: while you have all the facts on that trip, the wedding weekend--that was the FIRST cursed Vegas trip, The Mazda sponsored slot racing death march was the SECOND trip. ---the #1 wedding Vegas trip was the one where Crush crashed Mrs Crush's NEW TOYOTA-landing IN the bed of some poor woman's pickup (the crash was 100% Crush's fault, he was driving much too fast for conditions and hydroplaned down the off ramp.), Howard totaled his VW (In exactly the same spot and the same way as the Toyota about two hours earlier) and you blew up the "clothes horse" Pinto at state line and they didn't have enough RTV in Nevada to fix it.. All the car problems happened BEFORE I got married....I have trouble with hints OK?

We all ended up flying home.

It was Crush's first flight and he was afraid to fly. Crush's "discomfort" made the trip even more entertaining. I kept telling him "If you hadn't crashed the car we could be DRIVING home now" and when the pilot would move the throttles or change the attitude or when the gear or flaps were going up or down I'd say "WHAT WAS THAT?". I think the airline may have had to replace the armrests on Crush's seat after the flight.

Mrs Crush was so mad at Crush that she took a different plane.

As stupid as my wedding and marriage was, the crap*y slot track and load of a car I was racing made the wedding seem like a good idea at the time...

And you wonder why I don't like Vegas trips?

At least the organist didn't fall down.

(About the flowers I don't know who it was but I had no access to USRA funds---was not me.)
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 03:28 AM

A little late for this thread and not really an urban legend but I have always wondered how long it stayed on the wall at Joel's?

It must have been the Bicentennial Race? I can not imagine going out there for anything else and I was only there one time. It is all a little fuzzy. We had a Michigan contingent.

There on the wall behind the parts counter Joel had a collection of nice Joel's Race Place frisbees. For some reason we had one of Rick Davis' 3 D Bike and Hobby Frisbees with us.

Well it seemed like the natural thing to do. I ran a diversion with the parts counter girl and AJ Hoyt snuck behind the counter and "traded" one of the Race Place frisbees for the 3 D Bike and Hobby frisbee. It stayed up the rest of the weekend and was there when we left Sunday evening. No one noticed. I still have it buried in my basement some where??

I wonder how long that 3 D Bike and Hobby frisbee stayed on the wall? Only the Purple Geezer knows?

This was a great thread. We should keep it going for posterity. Later I might have to review the late night treks after HO racing to the derelect Maybury TB Sanitarium in Northville Michigan. Talk about urban splunking? Spooky stuff there!
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 04:29 PM

In the Pro main of the 1993 Nats in Reseda, CA, someone left an aluminum tech tool (used as a lane marker) in Craig Landry's slot at the end of the straight. On "Power" his car proceeded to punch the tool field goal style upstairs into diving race fans. The impact split his diaplane and guide. The race director ruled a delayed restart so Craig could make repairs.


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Posted 11 March 2011 - 03:04 AM

Arlington Hobbies, weekly boxstock, several spectators, one, let's call him 'Jack,' standing directly at the end of the back straight of Dan's King Cobra.

 

Dan: "Jack, don't stand there."
Jack: "I'm alright'.

Drivers and marshalls, (in unison) "Jack, don't stand there."

Jack: "I'm alright.'
Just then (perfect comedic timing) a car from green deslots, flips umop apisdn, the air control now being upforce it hits Jack squarely in the 'nads.'
Jack (knees buckling): "From now on, if anybody says "don't stand there," I'm moving!

Not necessarily urban legend, but...


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 10:06 AM

We had a very annoying individual in the Cleveland area with so little driving skills that he constantly crashed into people at several races putting them out of a race..This went on so long that one would pick a worse lane rather than be next to or close to him...

 

At a race on the Parma King he put me out of the race... so I calmly walked over to the drivers station, removed my shoe, waited, and smacked his car when it came around... picked it up and threw it at the Coke machine...

 

I got a huge round of applause and only Ken was upset as he worried about his Coke machine...

 

i heard about that for years!


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:00 PM

Yes, please contribute to this under-utilized thread! I know there are other stories out there that would cause anyone new to slot racing or Slotblog to wish they had lived these experiences and slot racing would take off (maybe...).

 

A recent one was this past year when I went with Nelson Swanberg to a home basement club race (very well-attended with an awesome group of individuals, some of whom Nelson, Raisin, and I raced with as kids). 

 

The heat races were about to start, Nelson and I were marshaling and stunned that one of the faster racers remarkably chose not to use his one minute warm-up and just left his car on the middle of the straight just ahead of the lap counter drawing many comments about trying to psych everyone out by implication that he was so "ready" that he did not need the practice. Nelson and I were paying rapt attention to that first lap.

 

When the power went on, his car went backward across the lap counter so he scored the fastest lap of the day in any class! We could not stop laughing for the rest of the day!

 

Others might not get it (had to be there) but many will. We still talk and laugh about it.

 

I (and many others) wish they could have been John the "shoe guy" in post #177 (just above) on many occasions.

 

Raisin, you need to offer your "HO track magnet" story to this thread - it's hilarious and served HOPRA right for ever allowing traction magnets in HO. You'll never make better friends than the ones you share slot car racing experiences with!

 

Keep it in the slot (magnets help when you are going backward!), 

 

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:36 PM

There is an ugly rumor that Scott Mclaughlin (might be misspelled ) was staying with my wife and I in our hotel room in a roll-away bed and complaining about it being uncomfortable in the morning. I folded him up in the bed so that only a small amount of each arm and leg was visible and there was some muffled screaming as he could not get the leverage to get out by himself; eventually I let him out.

 

Watching a racer at Western States scratch his privates through a large hole in his pants, just before the power went on for his qualifying run. In a low voice my wife saying, "I can't believe I ever had a crush on that guy."

 

John Geddes at Monaco looking at the racers hooked up at the panel and commenting that we looked like the Special Olympics. He had a point.

 

Three of us at Revtech had 1,000cc modified Kawasakis with Big Jim Greenamyer's being the fastest. The industrial street we were on would clear out and be an effective 1/8 mile drag strip that would lead to a fast food place we liked. Big Jim did not notice his seat had been treated with Armor All and was very slick. He did manage to stay on the motorcycle when he accelerated. That prank could have gone badly wrong.

 

... And lastly darn near any story with Monty in it, like sleeping through his Semi at the Monaco Nats. I miss my friends that died so young and feel for those that are now dealing with major health problems.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:40 AM

"John Geddes at Monaco looking at the racers hooked up at the panel and commenting that we looked like the Special Olympics. He had a point."

 

Why is this so funny? 


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:03 AM

Nobody ever discovered who Crazy-glued Jerry Brady's motor at the Arco?


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:06 AM

Zip Marra, Michael Marra's dad.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:06 AM

It was an NCC race, not Arco.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:23 AM

Why? What was the back story?


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:42 AM

It was an NCC race, not Arco.

 

**Brain fart**

 

:crazy:


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 08:47 AM

When the pro guys would come to the big races at Nutley, Zip would put them up at his house and every once in a while would ask someone like Cukras for a motor for his kid. Never a problem.

 

Brady stayed a few times and for a big race when Zip asked to help his son Jerry basically told him to punch off. Zip was pissed and said he would get even one day.


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"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

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:31 PM

My contribution to this great thread:

 

In 1992 many armature tags on Muras were tiny pieces of paper with the group number written in pencil.

 

At Zeppelin Hobbies in NJ an enterprising local racer decided his Box Stock needed more oomph so he glued  home made "15" tags over the tags on some of his group 20 arms.

 

The USRA Nats were at Zeps that year and our boy entered Box Stock with one of his funny motors and made it through Tech. During qualifications his car took off like a rocket down the straight on the Hillclimb. One of the people from Mura was watching the qualifications and immediately stated yelling "I want to see that motor". He looked at it and saw it was really a 20 arm and and our boy was DQ'ed on the spot. He left immediately with his tail between his legs.

 

Later I asked the guy what was he thinking? He said he mixed up his re-tagged arms with the legal ones. :D

 

Cheers


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 07:25 PM

I was traveling back from the Nats at Centerville OH in my VW Scirocco. We were lamenting how we had our heads handed to us in G27. Big Jerry was driving at 90 mph and I was asleep in the passenger seat. Not many passed us. There was this loud wack that woke me up with a "huh what was that?" mumble that tumbled out. About this time there were feathers everywhere and they were coming out to the AC vent like rain. We are talking a lot of feathers. Jerry says that a chicken flew out of no where right in front of the car across the interstate and that there was no place to go at that speed. We laughed for hours over this for the rest of the trip. I had feathers coming out of the AC for the next year, always at random times, reminding me of the hit.
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Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:08 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...

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I heard a story that back in the padlock motor days a lot of people were dousing the comms with various cleaners between heats. As a joke (I was not there to see this) one of my friends substituted the comm cleaner dispenser of another friend for one filled with gasolene. Both of them were banned from the raceway. It hardly seems fair to the guy who's car caught fire but sometimes the innocent get punnished with the guilty.
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Posted 26 August 2017 - 05:33 PM

i haven't read much here about a track on the east coast called "the nuvolari"  around 1974 or so i was with the Cleveland crew (Jan L. Jim Bandes) and i know it was some type of fairly big east coast race...i built several cars and me or the cars weren't right..i qualified low and moved up several consi's..but not the main (don't think)...

 

anyway the race announcer kept saying i won the "rookie of the nuvolari award"....the track had turns so far away that my depth perception didn't pick up the actual good braking points and every lap seemed like i was just feeling my way around that corner....Jan kidded me for months by saying here's the rookie.....

 

jim bandes being a photographer took a picture of me sound asleep with my eyes open (at the motel) and apparently he first thought i was dead...

 

that track needed way more practice to master than just blowing into town and racing and i still don't know if they were kidding or moving up a few consi's was good!


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