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#1 Cheater

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:03 PM

Reposting this depressing news from Facebook:
 
It is with great sadness we have to announce that after nine years of great racing Raceway 81 will close its doors for the last time on the evening of the 10th of June after the UKRRA race as we are unable to reach an amicable agreement for a new lease with the landlords.

As you may be aware the track was built as a monolithic structure and not in sections which is why it is so smooth. This does, however, cause a problem when closing the raceway. We have decided that the track should be offered FREE to anyone who wishes to collect it and it would be cut into sections to make rejoining it fairly simple. This would also mean it would require rebraiding after reassembly. All legs are available and can be numbered to ensure correct re-assembly. IT IS HOWEVER ESSENTIAL THAT ANYONE WHO WISHES TO OBTAIN THIS GREAT TRACK FOR FREE NEEDS TO GUARANTEE COLLECTION BY THE 18TH OF JUNE. The track has a footprint of 5.2Mts x 10.20Mtrs (with on long side against a wall). Total lap length is 43.4 Mtrs. 

The electrical and practical infrastructure for the track is also available;
1) Totally stable race control tower computer running Windows 7 workgroup with Ultramon dual screen feature, sound card and interface for lap master, keyboard, mouse and also separate Wi-Fi keyboard with on-board mouse for remote race control
2) Creative sound system with boom box and three speakers.
3) Lapmaster eight-lane race control system.
4) 5 x computer screens.(four of which have wall brackets).
5) 3 x screen splitters.
6) Projector with wall mount screen and also a stand-alone screen.
7) Dell monochrome laser printer
8) PA System with microphone and dual speakers.
9) 3 X Rapid Electronics 40 amp power supplies (variable voltage or fixed setting of 13.9v)
10) 6 x Professor Motor transistorised, house hand controllers.
11) 7 x 1/24 House cars with AB laser chassis, Hawk 25 motors and 20 thou screen-printed bodies.
12) Selection of long comms cables for screens.
All for the veritable bargain of £600.00. Customer collects.


All serious enquiries please to abslotsport@btinternet.com.
 
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:26 PM

A lesson hard-learned. A track in rented quarters should be built in sections for easy removal.


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:43 PM

Was this a club track? Hopefully, someone will make a go of it.
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 03:06 PM

Yes, the Newcastle Slot Racing Club, founded some decades ago.

Here's some further insight on the UK slot car raceway situation, also reposted from Facebook:

Andrew Brown-Searle: "I would, however, say this should be a lesson in kind for the BSCRA. Despite being affiliated to the RACMSA since 2004, BSCRA has failed to become recognised by Sport England as a sport (despite other modeling sports being recognised) which really puts the mockers on any associated track being able to either register with HMRC for VAT relief or indeed seek funding from numerous lottery funds, despite conducting many events for local organisations. As low-cost premises for tracks become more scarce and clubs are forced (as we were) to find commercial premises, it is essential to be able to access such funding and relief to cover said overheads and maintain the sport in venues which promote the sport for all. I only hope that a club or clubs can benefit from the leftovers detailed in the original post."

Chris Frost: "Indeed the lack of this form of recognition does hurt slot racing. It is far from clear why some modeling sports have been granted this formal recognition, and some (including slot racing) have had their applications for formal recognition rejected. BSCRA has recently been in contact with other modeling sports organizations seeking recognition, and we started yet another attempt to gain formal recognition. Should this eventually prove successful we will certainly let everybody know. BSCRA is only too happy to hear from anybody who might be able to help slot racing achieve formal recognition, please email BSCRA direct." 
 
As has been mentioned here at Slotblog many times, in certain other countries public funds can be available to support non-commercial hobby activities, although virtually nothing of the sorts exists in the US as far as I know.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 06:44 PM

I had already booked a trip some months ago to race in their UKRRA races scheduled for their final weekend (before heading off to explore other parts of the UK). Looks like a fun track, and I feel fortunate to be able to take it in before they close.

 

It's pretty tough to house a track like that without a surplus of funds, or an "angel donor." Our own club tracks (11 of them) are much smaller, but are housed in private backyards, garages, living rooms, patios, and one in a toy collectibles shop.

 

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