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#1 Bully93


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Posted 08 May 2019 - 06:46 AM

Hi all,
I was wondering how other commercial raceway handle handicap access? How far is other's track off wall that has driver's stand against wall.The driver's panel of my track is along a wall. I have used my daughter's chair as a guided, but not sure if I have left enough room.
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Posted 08 May 2019 - 08:00 AM

Get in touch with Randy at The Slot Car Track in Concord, NC. He installed a second set of drivers stations for folks with mobility issues

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:31 AM

Officially, the ADA would govern this, but I'm not going into that can of worms other than to say, start here:



Unofficially, you need to leave about a 3' wide clear lane pretty much anywhere, and to allow for turning, a 5' diameter circle. You would also have to not have any steps, differences in height of greater than 1/2", and ramps have to have 1:12 slope or less. Local laws may be more stringent than this, but cannot be less stringent.


We have a gentleman who comes in with his grandson to the local raceway. He is in a wheelchair, and I believe has one leg sticking straight forward  - making him a little larger dimensionally. There is enough room for him to get to the panels without issue. But he does have to go all the way past one end of the track or the other to turn around, and he has to face either up or down the straightaway. The 2 other tracks in the local raceway have more room by their driver panels than the king track, so they are not an issue.


From a racer's perspective, I would recommend customizing their controller (if they own it) with longer lead wires - or basically rigging up a "slot car controller extension cord" just to make it a little easier.

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 12:21 PM

At "Slots of Fun" in Abbeville, SC (before he closed) we made an extension cord to get from the driver's station to beyond where the other drivers stood.  Kept the chair out of the way of the other drivers at lane change time and didn't require any "special" government layout.  Worked well.....



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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:29 PM

From a racer's perspective, I would recommend customizing their controller (if they own it) with longer lead wires - or basically rigging up a "slot car controller extension cord" just to make it a little easier.

That's what Martin Gramann was doing for years in Europe and even in USA. He drove from his wheelchair from the finger straight, a long extension lead was needed! And he was really succesful, driving mostly with his wrist as his fingers were stiff!

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:34 PM

Yep, longer extension cord and a special place for our guy to sit, as not enough clearance at the drivers stand

Also we built a moveable modular ramp and elevated platform we would wheel him up...H&S would have a fit, but it worked

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:41 PM

One year we stacked wooden pallets to make a platform and provided a very long extension cord for his hand controller :)

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:54 PM

MANY cities and Counties use the ADA rules to approve the floor layouts of ALL commercial store start-ups before you can have an occupancy permit..  The 3 - 4 ft aisle rule is very common as is a 5 ft aisleway from the front door to an emergency exit at the other end of the building that the Fire Marshall likes to see as well as the proper extinguisher placement.

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 11:34 PM

I remember a RC transmitter controlling a slot car controller but in those days there was a latency problem.

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