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#1 Jesse Gonzales

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 03:14 AM

One of my daughters recently told me about a guy she ran into a a gaming shop that said he was going to be opening a slot car track just down the road from me, she was excited to tell me about it. I checked on it twice now and was dismayed the first time seeing as how it was going in a shop that had been a Tanning Salon, kind of small but had checkered flag wallpaper etc. This morning I swung by and looked in and saw two lane plastic tracks on tables and a lot of Carrera cars and accessories in the sales cases. This track will open in the 4900 block of west Thunderbird in Phoenix soon. Does anyone know if this is something being done elsewhere with any success?

 

I keep hoping someone will put up a "real" track, like an Orange (with or without launching ramps) in Phoenix that catered to road course and not drag racers.

 

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 08:02 AM

I do recall off the top of my head a rather large shop in Cincinnati that had a huge four lane Carrera track and dealt primarily in 1/32nd scale cars and was doing quite well. I raced there when the Ohio Scale Racing League was touring and it was a tough track to get a handle on.  



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Posted 31 July 2019 - 02:05 PM

Slot Car Raceway in Rohnert Park used to have a plastic (either Carrera or SCX) track. As far as I am aware it was rarely if ever used. I do believe I have read (here) that there is a commercial plastic track in SoCal somewhere that is successful.



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Posted 31 July 2019 - 08:54 PM

I seem to recall Nomad Raceway in San Diego had a brick and mortar facility, as well as portable tracks, made of plastic track.


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 09:21 PM

There was a very large plastic track located in a mall in the Atlanta area but I'm not sure if it's still in operation.  Cheater may have more info on that track.


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Posted 31 July 2019 - 09:55 PM

That is Slingshot, and yes still operating in a mall, selling time to passers-by on a HUGE Ninco track!  I took a trip down and it's impressive.  Also a pretty loyal group of racers running NSR cars on a smaller track, and on the monster.

 

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 01:24 AM

Guys, this guy put two lane plastic track on tables with black & white checker plastic film around the edges. The tracks in the posts are pretty snazzy, I'd buy a car and see if any of my controllers would work if that's what he was doing.

 

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 08:51 PM

The track I wrote about is called "Total Control Slot Car Racing", the owner is Keith Baum track phone is 623-4552169. 

 

4920 W. Thunderbird Rd.

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Phoenix AZ 85306

 

www.TCSlotRacing.com



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:20 PM

OK, I swung by the track after picking up a sack of Arby's "Sick Food" yesterday and saw a young guy and his girl running cars on the smaller of the two tracks. They both looked like they were having fun. I guess showing up with some opens and Koford 24 singles in Camen setups to break in would be too weird so I may have to buy some toys.

 

Can this track be added to the tracks list for AZ?

 

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:26 PM

Jess, could the track be digital? If so they can run up to 6 cars on two lanes.


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:28 PM

I do recall off the top of my head a rather large shop in Cincinnati that had a huge four lane Carrera track and dealt primarily in 1/32nd scale cars and was doing quite well. I raced there when the Ohio Scale Racing League was touring and it was a tough track to get a handle on.  

Justin, I believe that would have been Fast Lanes run by a guy named Ray. He operated in different locations for a few years and then finally quit.

 

Clover Leaf has a plastic track along with a small four lane wood track.

 

Cincy Slots has a two lane Carrera track that he alternates running analog and digital on. 


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 01:01 AM

Jim, it sure looks like digital. It's not something that an old NCC, USRA racer would get excited over but might be fun anyway. I'll try to get in next week and spend some money and tell the owner about slotblog.

 

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 06:28 AM

I seem to recall Nomad Raceway in San Diego had a brick and mortar facility, as well as portable tracks, made of plastic track.


The NOMAD Q track was 1/24 Carrera four lane design of about 60 ft lap length. It was open as a commercial raceway for about 10 years in Vista CA (between San Diego and Oceanside). In addition to 1/32 and 1/24 plastic car races we raved Womps, 4” and 4.5” flexis and had a handicap/btrakout racing series for 1960s era vintage 1/24 cars.

Jim moved to Arkansas a a few years ago but the Nomad track still rents out for parties on SoCal.

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 06:33 AM

VT raceway is also in North San Diego and is a 4 lane Carrera layout with a 65 ft lap length. They race on Sundays (I think) Look up the number in the slotblog track list.

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our LHS here in Aurora, Colorado has a 4 lane Carrera track that's commercial. It's also the main club track for two slot clubs, the Rocky Mountain Slot Car Club (we race there every other week) and the Front Range Vintage Slot Car Club.

 

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Posted 03 September 2019 - 09:57 PM

I raced at Nomad a few times. It was a challenge and the racers were having fun. With the empty spots in malls, assuming you could get a decent rent(big assumption) I think you could have a business based on home track technology. sell cars and time for use at the track and for home. Possibly add some of the smaller RC cars like the Rock Crawler I just bought.


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:27 PM

Big Lou's Toys & Collectibles in Culver City, CA has a huge flat plastic track, and holds weekly races on Wednesdays with a group of regulars. Very competitive, mostly (but not all) magnet racing of everything from Scalextric, NSR, Carrera, Slot.it, and mixes of all of them.

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