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#1 MSwiss

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 01:17 PM

This (I assume, local) guy is doing some interesting stuff on Facebook, including some humorous text.

"Trying for authentic concrete deck support columns for Lake Shore Drive – typical Illinois budget problems leading to infrastructure failure."

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#2 Mike K

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 03:23 PM

Nice. I can hear the engines echoing down the river......


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 03:32 PM

I'd like to see pics of the whole track. I like  tracks with scenery.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 03:59 PM

It's a work in progress.

 

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Inventor of the Low CG guide flag 4/20/18
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Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:03 PM

I enjoyed lower Wacker drive with my hotrod MGB many years ago.....

Hope to see this one in person sometime if it does not turn out to be digital 1/32.


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 02:58 PM

Mike is this being made so track pieces can be interchanged?


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 03:07 PM

That appears to be the case.

 

The builder contacted me earlier today, on FB, and along with him living and working, very nearby, it looks like he will join Slotblog.

 

Hopefully he will also start posting here, and will answer questions.

 

Especially with more people being leery of FB, these days.


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Posted 23 April 2019 - 04:49 PM

All it needs is a 74 Dodge and 97 cop cars! 

 

And a Pinto fuel of Nazi's!

 

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 12:14 AM

In the depths of Chicago not even google maps works.


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Posted 13 July 2019 - 06:13 PM

Not finished yet, but I saw that they are racing tonight.

 

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Posted 13 July 2019 - 06:31 PM

I doubt I could make a lap. but it is a nice layout.   Looks like good workmanship.


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Posted 01 April 2020 - 06:40 AM

If ONLY the streets were that smooth!


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Posted 05 April 2020 - 01:36 AM

Scott, the man behind Chicago River North Raceway, has really got it looking terrific.

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 06:08 AM

Wow, that is very nice Mike. Is this a private or club track? Where is he located? 

 

Funny idea trying to duplicate the lower Drive, but like this it looks as good as Monaco... wonder if any mayor ever considered a Grand Prix race along and under the Drive... Everytime I took the S curve (or didn't make it..), I thought about that! 

 

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Posted 05 April 2020 - 09:30 AM

It's a basement/privately owned track, in the Western suburbs.

The person behind it is a design engineer, a few minutes from my home, for a prominent area business.

Prominent enough, the owner of the business he works for, owns 400+ cars, including a $70 million Ferrari GTO.
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Posted 05 April 2020 - 01:11 PM

Companies like that, run by car guys with pockets of that depth should be supporting all the local racetracks.. kids become mechanical become engieeers, would probably be good for business long term.

Awesome track! Love the over/under -I had ideas like that for a NYC themed track.. love the table that integrates car storage.
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Posted 05 April 2020 - 04:47 PM

It finished up really nice.   He's done a great job.


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 07:26 PM

Wow, that is very nice Mike. Is this a private or club track? Where is he located? 

 

Funny idea trying to duplicate the lower Drive, but like this it looks as good as Monaco... wonder if any mayor ever considered a Grand Prix race along and under the Drive... Everytime I took the S curve (or didn't make it..), I thought about that! 

 

Don 

Since they straightened out the "S" curve that might not be a bad idea, but this mayor is too busy playing "boss".


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Posted 06 June 2020 - 09:32 AM

Chicago River North Raceway continues to get more and more amazing.

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Posted 06 June 2020 - 11:30 AM

No boarded up windows? LOL The buildings are amazing, obviously a true scale craftsman.



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Posted 06 June 2020 - 11:49 AM

Not sure I would even call it a "racetrack" but the scenery and the workmanship is just outstanding.  


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Posted 06 June 2020 - 12:46 PM

Think of it as a street circuit.

 

It runs like a basement Hillclimb.

 

The owner has posted video's of racing / running on it.

 

Slot-it Group C cars really whip around.


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Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder

17B West Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL 60559, (708) 203-8003, mikeswiss86@hotmail.com (also my PayPal address)

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 04:54 PM

I'm usually not a super big fan of in-car videos of slot racing, but this one, with the great scenery, OK audio, and not too crazy fast, F1 cars, is pretty cool.

I'm not sure if this link will work for all.

https://www.facebook...46753532571675/
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Inventor of the Low CG guide flag 4/20/18
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Two-time G7 World Champion (1988, 1990), eight G7 main appearances
Eight-time G7 King track single lap world record holder

17B West Ogden Ave., Westmont, IL 60559, (708) 203-8003, mikeswiss86@hotmail.com (also my PayPal address)

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Posted 22 June 2020 - 05:46 PM

Fantastic, I'd like to get in the car!


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 11:43 AM

As good as any in-car slot racing footage I've seen!







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