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#1 Alchemist

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 03:43 PM

I enjoy wearing T-shirts, especially motorsport related T-shirts.

 

With commercial slot car raceways closing and very few still in operational existence, what are your thoughts on wearing "defunct" raceway T-shirts of another track at the current one you patronize?

 

I mean no insult/disrespect in doing so;  my perspective is that it is "in memory" of that track which closed and also bringing attention to the slot car hobby when I'm out and about!

 

I just enjoy wearing slot car T-shirts of all the tracks I had the opportunity to acquire.

 

Your thoughts please.

 

Thank you for looking.

 

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:17 PM

I wear "defunct raceway" t-shirts to a home/club group & to other places as well. All there is around here are "defunct raceways," but I have a shirt from a defunct Las Vegas raceway too. If someone is offended by what I wear, let them look elsewhere, because I'm not bothered. :laugh2:  :dance3: The only t-shirts I own that I don't wear is one for Tom Brady & another for Dale Earnhardt Sr..


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:19 PM

Hi Ernie

 

I love wearing my old slot gear..... It shows you have ben around a turn or two.....!

 

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:23 PM

i don't care what kind of shirt you wear in my shop.

if you are here, you are spending money with me


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:41 PM

I have various raceway stickers on my slot car boxes, and as I noted in a conversation recently, they're all from raceways that no longer exist, except for Buzz-A-Rama. The funny part is my current regular raceway is derived from one that I have stickers for..... long story.


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 04:44 PM

Any track owner should be glad you show up at his shop and not care what kind of shirt you have on.    Owner needs to worry about appropriate behavior, but should be glad somebody is in his business.


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 07:29 PM

When someone starts paying for my shirts I might consider some advice on what to wear. Until then, forgetaboutit. :sarcastic_hand:


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 09:02 PM

Bingo 


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 10:20 PM

I don’t own any slot car raceway t-shirts because back in the 60 and early  70ss when I raced didn’t have any money. 
 

Nowadays I wear my old punk t-shirts from the late 70s and 80s. 


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Posted 25 November 2019 - 11:43 PM

Try buying a shirt from the raceway's you race at. 


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 07:28 AM

I don’t own any slot car raceway t-shirts because back in the 60 and early  70ss when I raced didn’t have any money. 

I was born in 1951 and my T shirts from the 60's and 70's don't fit me any more, I think they shrunk.  :crazy:


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:51 AM

Anyone who would be insulted is way too sensitive. Plus they need to mind their own business. 

 

On the other hand, I have noticed that certain shirts can bring good or bad luck. Just sayin'


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:41 PM

I wear a Florida Gator shirt...
.Go Gators lol
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:18 PM

Almost all my 1:1 race wins I had my lucky underwear.

 

Once I was taking my drivers suit off after a win, and a pair of my wife's panties fell out of the leg of the suit.

 

My buddy, pitted next to me, asked to borrow them for his race!

 

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:32 PM

I doubt many raceway owners care what you wear in their shop (within limits of decency) as long as you spend some money or lend a hand.


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 07:28 AM

Putting way too much thought into it.... it's a t-shirt.... wear it!


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:06 PM

Hi Tex!

 

 

 

Putting way too much thought into it.... it's a t-shirt.... wear it!

 

I was asking due to an experience I once had.

 

As you mention - "its a t-shirt . . . wear it!", which I did, and did not notice it was a slot car track T-shirt.

 

So, I walk into the slot car track establishment I "use to frequent", and as soon as I walked in, I was greeted with aggression.  (I won't go into detail about the profanity thrown at me).

 

I was scolded for wearing another slot car track T-shirt at this location, as I responded "I like slot cars - I like T-shirts - at least it is promoting the hobby!".

 

I was "told to leave" and I haven't been back.

 

So, this is the reason I asked, because it was an unpleasant experience and was curious if anyone else had a similar situation!

 

It was a sincere inquiry.

 

Thank you.

 

Ernie


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:41 PM

Whoever told you that is unlikely to be in business long if he is antagonizing his customer base.
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Posted 06 December 2019 - 12:53 PM

Ernie let me offer my very sincere empathy for the situation that you found yourself in. You're right that no one should be treated that way.

 

I wear slot car shirts to 1:1 races, cruise ins, car shows, stick and ball sporting events, etc. as you say "to promote the hobby". I usually have a few business cards for my favorite raceways with me too. If anyone asks- I give them a card and ask them to check it out. I've also had field trips to the raceway with friends.

 

It's a shame in what is admittedly a small hobby with a small customer base that this happens some times. Having said that, I can understand where some owners are coming from- long hours with little or no pay and not a lot of (what I would call) "appreciation" gets an older human being somewhat grouchy.

 

I am not defending the behavior but I do feel that I understand it.


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 05:09 PM

Thanks MG!

 

Dave,

 

Whoever told you that is unlikely to be in business long if he is antagonizing his customer base.

 

This incident happened over 5  years ago, and surprisingly they are still open?!?!?!

 

The sad part, is that my experience was not  the worst that I, and other slot car enthusiasts had been witness too!

 

Anyways, I'm always happy to wear my Slot Car T-shirts because it seems to stir up wonderful conversations, with people saying "I use to have a home slot car track, or I remember how awesome it was to race slot cars etc.," .

 

That always brings joy to me whenever I get to share.

 

Thank you gentlemen!

 

Ernie


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 05:12 PM

Oh, I do have a another inquiry please!

 

If you were to design your own Slot Car T-Shirt using a slot car on the front, what car would you favor?

 

Thank you.

 

Ernie


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Posted 06 December 2019 - 08:52 PM

...I can understand where some owners are coming from- long hours with little or no pay and not a lot of (what I would call) "appreciation" gets an older human being somewhat grouchy.

 

I am not defending the behavior but I do feel that I understand it.

 

That's a good point I hadn't considered while reading this thread. The track owner may have been having a bad day and misinterpreted the situation and took it personally.


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