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#1 idare2bdul

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:54 PM

One of my retirement fantasies was to buy one of those RV's that had a garage in the back set up a workbench and enjoy both RC flying and slot car racing. I imagined I would drive to the tracks I had been hearing about and go race at the one closest to where my RV would be on race day.

 

OK, I don't have an RV but that is a minor problem compared to the fact that almost every Raceway in existence takes one look at the National rules and diverges from them. I have met the enemy and he is us. This Saturday I was planning on racing a MidSouth USRA race. I would have had some legal bodies for there except they(Mid South) changed the rules. The local track was closed over the previous weekend so they could go to a race in Virginia( they were trying to support the AWRA Kudo's for that). They had one legal body in stock I could have bought before that weekend if I didn't mind a 90 mile round trip. As it turned out I got the 2nd cold I had caught in 7 years and had to turn down a kind offer from Guy Spaulding to use his loaners.

 

These companies that support our hobby make the cars, bodies and all the other stuff just to see some track/ racing organization ban their products for no good reason, must have way more patience than me because I would find a better way to make money.


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 06:40 AM

Who was it that said ISRA's one body per class makes a lot of sense....... :wacko2:


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 12:17 PM

Forget slot racing and GO FLYING!! World rules are followed-- consistant throughout America and Europe!!  Slot racing is TOO dis-jointed / fractured with way too many class's and deviations from any national rule set!! A simple example is SoCal and NorCal along with Foster's in the middle Central Coast!!! MOST of the class's are similar---but ALL have different rule sets that force me to change my cars no matter where I go to race!! Sad, really.  I like ALL the places I race-- but it keeps people from being able to travel and enjoy racing at all the venues unless they want to have a dozen or more cars.  I can do that--but it is a PIA and some could not afford it.  It's just ONE of the reasons our little hobby does NOT grow!!  IMHO


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 01:24 PM

A good point - Our local group races 1/32 scale cars on members tracks in the DC/MD/ WV/ south central PA area.  We run 4 classes and the rules for all 4 will fit on a single page.  I have looked, out of curiosity, at the rules for some of the regional commercial track classes.  Not only do they differ but, in some cases, I think I could build a chassis in less time than it would take to read and absorb the rules!

 

While I understand the desire to achieve parity, I would offer two observations.  The late Larry Shepherd remarked that more rules = more opportunity to cheat and NASCAR has contributed heavily to its own decline by nearly obliterating the difference between makes.

 

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:13 PM

Most Raceways that survive survive by doing what their local customers want them to do.

 

Traveling racers don't pay the bills...actually, mostly, racers don't pay the bills, they just help out until they move on to lawn darts or whatever.

 

In this day of internet sales setting up race programs using standardized national rules means the customer can price shop elsewhere.

 

Want to race under your rules, bring along seven friends.


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 04:30 PM

Slot racing fantasy..................there is a commercial raceway in your hometown!


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 06:07 PM

Slot racing fantasy..................there is a commercial raceway in your hometown!

 

There is a raceway in EVERY HOME TOWN!!!

 

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 07:36 PM

unfortunately, certainly not a commercial one within almost a couple hours of me any more, anyway. not sure how you can say that, Rotor.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:00 PM

That's what I meant Jeff, every guys home town.    

 

Steve  you're missing the title of this thread   "slot racing fantasy".


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 08:13 PM

unfortunately, certainly not a commercial one within almost a couple hours of me any more, anyway. not sure how you can say that, Rotor.

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It's a fantasy Speedy!

 

Just like having a desert in every state. For us dirt bike riders.

 

Maybe I should use this for my campaign for President next election!!!

 

Vote for me. I guarantee a desert in every state, and a slot car track in every city!

 

 

Rotor For President!!!

 

Rotor


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:03 PM

Rotor, ever hear of the Desert of Maine? Not a true desert, it's located in Freeport, a glacial silt deposit eroded by a family not rotating potato crops in late 1700's & their over-grazing sheep. .It spreads miles annually into several neighboring towns by the wind. The core sightseeing area is about 40 or so acres,but its sands extend 10-15 miles through the pine woods. I was raised in this area as a kid.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:01 AM

oops, sorry. i'll try to keep it in the slot.  

in that case, i'll take two! i'll even help run one.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:13 AM

my folks took me to see that desert when I was a kid.  it was a very fine sand, not at all like the deserts in the western & SW US, where I occasionally find myself working these days.

 

regarding fantasy, mine is if someone could perfect a slot car equivalent of a dirt track (other than just rolling your tires on the floor), I'd be in 7th. I'd want a cushion to build up and some rubber to go down, too.

 


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 10:35 AM

There might be a Lottery ticket out there somewhere with my name on it that will afford me to buy many of the retired video rental store properties and set up a leasing business of Slot Car Raceway FRANCHISES.  Tracks could be leased and changed out as needed.  Used tracks rebuilt and available for sale or lease.  Rotating MONTHLY races with MAJOR rules organizations within 1/32 and 1/24 scale slot cars.

 

But then, first I need to buy a ticket now and then...…..


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