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How old is the oldest active slot racer in the US?


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#1 dc dynamo

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 10:53 AM

I got curious about this question... as there is an old group of racers in Oregon some of whom started racing slots in 1962. The oldest among them is a guy who has raced almost continuously mostly on custom built club tracks... and is pushing 83 years old!  Surprisingly, he has not lost his racing touch and is very competitive and usually the man to beat if you want to win. And he builds top level custom scratchbuilt race cars capable of setting single lap and lap total records. Impressive.

 

Anyone out there know of any active racers older than that? If not... Gearloose in Oregon sets the record as the oldest slot racer in the USA. Local racers call him Gearloose but his real name is Jerry Pallenier.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 11:07 AM

83 + a couple of weeks here.

 

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 03:02 PM

Does how old I feel count?  :D


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 03:47 PM

Does how old I feel count?  :D

We all know that our biological and chronological clocks are not necessarily ticking in unison. Some are 60 ... going on 75 and others are 60 going on 45.    :)


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 04:03 PM

Chuck Donald, shown in the below link, is 3 months short of 91.

 

He doesn't compete in races, but comes in, almost every week, and dices with his 66 year old some, Jim.

 

Using a Parma Turbo, that purposely has the brake wire removed, he's a terrific driver.

 

I'll occasionally stop, to watch him go wheel to wheel, on adjacent lanes, with Jim, using a timer to signal when to switch to different body style.

 

Most impressive, is, he moves better than about 1/2 of my Saturday night hardbody racers.

 

http://slotblog.net/...lot car racer


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 05:23 PM

Well,  after reading the replies ... I realize that 82 isn't the oldest like I thought but it's worth honorable mention.

 

Oregon Jerry P. wins most of the season points championships and trust me .... the competition level over there is real high. Walk in to race hard body Nascar or Early Sportsman and prepare to get lapped.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 05:33 PM

M&M Raceway (club track in a basement) in MI has a routine racer who is 95!  "Brownie" isn't required to marshal (they routinely get 12-16 racers), but he does his racing!


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:26 PM

For those interested in this topic for whatever the reason, I offer the following observation, supported by many years of data points:

 

Aging is typically described as a process of decline.  That is incorrect.  Aging is a series of plateaus, interrupted at unpredictable intervals by precipitous drops of equally unpredictable depths.

 

Been there, done that

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 12:22 AM

I'm all smiles.

 

I've got years to go :D 


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 05:22 PM

First wife growled as I was leaving  with my toys to race at MESAC one evening in 1968, "Why don't you act your age?"(30)   2nd wife commented as I was leaving  with my toys for Pelican Park racing last week, "I'm sure glad you don't act your age!" (81)


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