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Where have you raced slot cars and the memories of doing so?


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#26 NHBandit

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Posted 18 October 2019 - 09:13 AM

Portsmouth NH there was a track in the mid 60s where I first got the bug. Like many of us old timers I started with a Cox Chaparral kit. I thought I was fast until my best friend bought a Classic Manta Ray and was beating everyone else with that odd looking thing that didn't resemble any real cars I had ever seen. Also raced at the Hampton Beach Casino in NH. Moved to Chicopee Mass in the late 60s and raced at Richie's Speed City for a bit and then took a break from it for many years. Moved back to New Hampshire when I got out of the Air Force . Back in the late 90s there was a track in Pembroke NH where Ricky Craven's old Nascar shop was but it never really got much use and they quickly closed that part of the store. These days it's a go-kart track. Now I'm in North East Tennessee and pretty much just mess around on my old Revell 4 lane track I set up in my basement although there is a track that's opened up in Greeneville TN and another down in Pigeon Forge. I'll have to check them out soon.


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 04:38 PM

In 1963 first saw 1/24th slot cars racing on a landscaped track at Polk's Hobbies in N Y City. In 1964 living in Los Angeles where as illustrated in this thread were slot car tracks everywhere. In Studio City across the Republic Studios was located a  4 lane track. Monza Hobbies while appearing as a club track with its narrow but long footprint was  really a landscaped commercial track with the emphasis  among the local racers most of whom were involved one way or another with SCCA was the building and racing scratch built 1/24th authentic appearing model slot cars. By '68 Monza Hobbies  expired so I became active at MESAC in Inglewood where scale authenticity was its hallmark. Last  25 years still building and racing 1/24th scale appearing cars. Though I've built many, still occasionally race my old MESAC cars.

 

Mesac zine piece.jpg

 

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photo of Lotus 47 clear body from mold by Roger Moon of Pasadena, CA

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same car at Pelican Park Speedway, 2018.

MESAC Lotus 2004.jpg

 

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 05:35 PM

Thanks Todd, I never get tired of hearing about MESAC and scale racing.   I believe that is the first diagram I've seen of the full MESAC track.


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:15 PM

Interesting pic of the pit box, with diagram of different track configurations inside the lid.

 

Great cars...


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Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:16 PM

Hi Matt and Steve, 

With switches and other swap out sections here are MESAC's various courses.

With the ability to race either direction and with 3 different drivers' positions each

with its own perspective we could lay out almost 48 different courses. 

Mesac 8 courses.jpg

Great driving challenges with all the elevation changes and when going up the 

long straight had to deal with a decreasing radius turn.

 

Took this with a 60's era Kodak Instamatic

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Memories; what I remember most and still practice today at Pelican Park is the attention

to scale appearances and detail. Our F1 cars had to carry suspension detail enough to 

cover 1/8" axles. I built this Lotus 25/33 in 1965 using thin piano wire for A arms, sway

bars  and radius rods and springs from Pittman 706 motors.

64 Mesac lotus 25.jpg

 

50 years later, still running

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:03 AM

Great cars, Todd. I think I have been having more fun lately putting the old cars I built back together. Amazing how many I

did in the not quite four years slot racing was the center of my life. During the summer months I would often build two cars

per week. I had a large wooden packing box full of old chassis and parts, which is finally dwindling down to a few really

terrible attempts that are probably not worth fixing.







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