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Posted 16 March 2019 - 07:51 AM

I'm told this is a popular feature, I suspect because of the incredible variety and creativity these boxes exhibit. So here it goes again...
 
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Jerry 'Boogie Man' Wyant's impressive two-box pit set-up was built by Robert 'Sawdust Man' Manzitti about 1991, and was patterned after a old Fuller Brush serviceman's box.
 
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Colorado's Rowdy Walling works from one of Boogie's earlier boxes. He says this is the first slot car box Sawdust Man ever made.
 
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Here's proof the yellow box is Boogie's and not Rowdy's.
 
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Old man Rick Bennardo's been racing for a few years, as the box plaques prove.
 
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And as usual with kids, Ricky Jr. just had to have a bigger box than the old man's...
 
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Jim 'Tater' Leezer seemingly hasn't figured out that a neat pit is the sign of a slow racer. Tater, you'll probably go faster if you'll get a bit messier.
 
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I must have snapped this pic right after Taylor Davis set his pit up. His pit never looks this clean and neat if he's been working in it.
 
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Thom Greene's well-organized pit. He's the exception to the 'messier is faster' dictum, as his pic spot is almost always pretty sano.
 
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Willy Custer's two-tier set-up contains any item a winning slot racer would need and he's not afraid to use them!
 
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Rick Starkey's solder-encrusted towel in front of his pretty blue boxes attests to the fact that he races a lot.
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Posted 16 March 2019 - 09:07 AM

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Lean and green: Bud Bartos don't need no giant box to be a frequent giant-killer.
 
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Alabama's Bobby Robinson's nicely-organized double stack box set-up, replete with nicely-embroidered towel for a work surface.
 
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In Cap Henry's box, lots of fast cars slumber there until needed to blow somebody's doors off...
 
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Steve Davidson's box seems to be a classic machinist box, rather than a purpose-built slot car box like most racers use.
 
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Earl Graybill's shelf and two-box tower is one of the taller box stacks at the race.
 
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PA trackowner Lester Lucas (who actually lives in NY) travels with this two-box arrangement, a traditional horizontal plastic toolbox and an unusual tower o' cars and drawers.
 
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Florida's Brian Ambrose's single box seems to efficiently house everything a competitive slot racer would need.
 
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George Katzakis, who only races the hand-out GT Coupe class, has single box with what would seem to be the large compartments that most slot boxes lack.
 
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Greg Fox's two-box stack doesn't have too much unused space, so he probably doesn't have to borrow many tools or parts from his friends.
 
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Frankie Schaffer's nicely-finished single box seems to be just the right size, not too big and not too small, although I suspect the soldering station atop the box is carried separately,
 
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Matt Bruce's single pit box is another one that seems efficiently stocked with the stuff one needs to be an accomplished slot racer.
 
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Tennessee's Andrew Ford stack is a bit unusual in the it doesn't feature matching boxes. Bottom box has two half-width opening doors and the top box a single door the same width as the box itself.
 
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Ohio's Eric Shirey, who is a HMS Speedways regular, uses a fairly compact box set atop a large shelf, which likely is a very handy arrangement.
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Posted 16 March 2019 - 12:12 PM

I like Earl Graybill's motor break-in container.


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 05:05 PM

Nobody made a picture  of their hand trucks and wheelbarrows. 


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Posted 16 March 2019 - 05:33 PM

We need a picture of Jimmy Williams new box set up that I saw in the picture of him in the coverage post.
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Posted 16 March 2019 - 06:06 PM

I've got it, Eric. Just haven't had time to post it yet, along with a few others.
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 04:40 AM

Greg,
 
Thanks for posting the "parade of boxes."
 
Love looking at everyone's set-ups!
 
By the way for the record, Boogie Man's yellow Pro Box from the early 90s was not the first box I made. Although it was built during the early days of box building, I would guess both of his boxes (the yellow Pro and the Fuller Brush Special) were within the first 100 or so I built.
 
Boogie Man was a great supporter of my boxes and sold many of them. Thanks, Boogie Man!!!
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 09:32 AM

A couple of later arrivals...

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Another local racer is Joe Elliot and here his compact pit area along the back wall of the raceway.

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Noted Ohio racer Al 'Wild Man' Rutti obviously doesn't go in for anything fancy in terms of pit boxes. Sunday morning he toted in his stuff in a typical small plastic shopping basket probably purloined from the local grocery store.

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 09:36 AM

Here's a most unusual pit box I missed earlier.

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This is Jimmy Williams' pit box, which is really a tower of tires, with a few slot cars and tools crammed into the space that isn't filled with tire tubes.
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Posted 17 March 2019 - 12:19 PM

And here's another pit box I almost missed. It would have been a real shame not to show Jeremy Wyant's super-cool hi-tech box, which feature a holder for an iPad mini, two really nice LED mini light arrays, top-of-box speakers, and color-coded power supply and soldering station. A complete departure from dad Boogie's side-by-side two-box set-up seen earlier.

 

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 06:16 AM

I like Earl Graybill's motor break-in container.


If you're referring to the red, white and blue thing with alligator clips. I made them for the local racers for an R4 a few years ago.

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 09:02 AM

Yes, Eric, that's what caught my eye. :)
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Posted 18 March 2019 - 08:04 PM

Nicely done, Greg.
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