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#1 papineau

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 03:14 AM

So recently I have been remembering all the fun times I had racing slot cars and working at the Elmsford Raceway.
 
The other day I wanted to know what happened to the tracks. It turns out that after 50 years in the business that the tracks were thrown out by a crappy landlord.
 
My hope is to have the Novolari rebuilt. For those who may not know the Novolari was a 220' lap modified Engelman track. This equals one scale mile (at 1/24 of course). Since it's such a large track, there aren't many people who are still willing and able to build it, so it will cost a lot. All who donate will be rewarded!!

Please at least check out (and hopefully share) the Gofundme page.
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Posted 30 June 2019 - 06:51 AM

Sometimes it’s better to honour and remember the past rather than try to recreate it. What would you do with this track in the event you ever got it completed?
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Posted 30 June 2019 - 07:44 AM

Where are you going to put it? Who is going to operate it and who is going to come and race on it?


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#4 Bill from NH

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 02:18 PM

Peter is in San Diego, you could probably put it in a tent there. :clapping:


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Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:18 PM

if you want to build it and buy a building in central Wyoming to house it, we would have a few guys to come over and help you race on it.

Nothing sounds as nice as vintage C-can opens and 27s wound out on that long straight.
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Posted 02 July 2019 - 08:07 AM

It will be cheaper for you to travel to Trains and Lanes in Easton, PA, and run their 220 Alltech.
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Posted 02 July 2019 - 10:49 AM

... or come to Speedzone NJ and run a non-squashed Engleman.

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:22 AM

As my home raceway I certainly miss the Nuvolari, but like the Beatles said, I think you should "Let It Be." I really wanted a piece of the track when I knew it was just sitting there. One of the plexiglass hook-up panels or even a piece of the track so I could frame it and hang it on my shop wall. Paul Gelman did manage to get my hall of fame picture and inscription off the wall for me. Of course its been a few years and he still has not shipped it to me yet! That's a hint, Paul.
 
The Nuvolari was built to fit into the basement of the original location, a basement below a bowling alley. An Engelman with the corners pinched tight. Coming out from under the bridge a structural support pole for the basement was sandwiched between the bridge and the last turn.
 
When I get time I will post a couple pictures of some old memorabilia from the raceway.
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