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#1 Jesse Gonzales

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 12:59 AM

It has been 40 years since Joel Montague won the very first World Championship in Sweden slotracing.se - World Championship 1978, at this link your see photos of a lot of young guys having fun and racing cars that I could relate to. 

 

Take a few moments to check it out, in the olden days many of the racers went with what cash they had in pocket not knowing how they were going to get home or how they were going to eat. I know I had some of those times when Dave Fortner and I made forays into the SoCal or NorCal races, good thing one or both made it in the chips.

 

Congratulations once again to a great slot car racer and a good friend to many of us, Joel Montague, my pick for the most influential man in slot car racing.

 

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 06:49 AM

Wow!  I remember reading about this race as a kid hanging out at our local track.   Big Trinity fan back then!


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 07:20 AM

Jesse, thanks for posting this link. There is a wealth of information & photos there. I raced cars very similar to these. I've "hot-listed" it for future reference.


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 09:28 PM

What Bill said.


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 09:56 PM

Nice reference sheet on the Worlds.

 

I got to go back and see how others and I did.

 

While I got back into racing in late 81, to witness quite a bit of Paul Pfeiffer's domination of Pro G7, from 80 to mid 84, I never realized he romped so convincingly in Uden, in 1982.

 

He won by 61 laps, in a race where only 626 won it.

 

IOW, he ran 10%+ more laps, than 2nd place.

 

I didn't remember the 2004 PJ race at all, and apparently I was there. LOL

 

If you would of asked me where it was run, I would of guessed wrong.

 

I did see I finished every position in the Main except 4th and 8th.


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Posted 04 July 2018 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for posting this link Jesse.  It's a great reference for us wing car history buffs. Unlike Mike I do remember the 2004 Worlds and my tepid performance in Amateur 27.  I fondly recall the 2001 Worlds where I ran G7  and had a satisfying showing against the best in the world even though I was running a quad motor with lots of choke......


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Posted 07 July 2018 - 08:08 AM

also Ohio racers John Strachen and Dan Bloodworth in the Main


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Posted 07 July 2018 - 11:23 AM

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 04:01 PM

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:10 PM

How many of you remember the lap counters like the one shown in the shot you see Ernie Provetti in? the only thing worse were the ones with the trip levers. These guys I'm sure have very fond memories of winning so far from home, winning in that they went, raced and made the main.

 

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:48 PM

I recall the Modelville Hobby Orange (Monarch) & Sovereign tracks both having photo-cell light bars in the early 70's. The electro-mechanical  counter itself was mounted on a dollied cart that was wheeled & connected to either track. One Saturday night in 1973 when I was race-directing, I forgot to reach around back of the counter & reset the rotary switch that carried everyone's laps over to their next segment. This was before the days of computer printers, so I had to restart the race over about half way through the 2nd. segment. I never forgot that switch a second time. My major complaint with photo-cell lapcounters  was trying to figure out what lanes had been tripped by deslotted cars that slid through under the lapcounter.


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