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How Larry Shinoda Changed the World of Slot Car Racing


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Posted 19 January 2020 - 03:11 PM

From roadandtrack.com...
 
How Legendary Car Designer Larry Shinoda Changed the World of Slot Car Racing
 
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"Concept designs often don't make good production vehicles. The more exciting ones tend to ignore regulations and convenience, favoring low-slung, flowing body lines that would be hell to mass-produce. But legendary car designer Larry Shinoda found a new home for some cast-off concept designs of the Sixties: Slot car racing. His hobby became a huge, semi-secret success.

Like many Detroit car industry designers and engineers in the sixties, Shinoda was an obsessive slot car racer. On nights and weekends, you could find all kinds of 'Big Three' employees flocking to slot car tracks, putting their professional skills to use building and modifying their cars, chasing speed and victory at grooved circuits throughout Michigan and beyond.

It turns out, concept designs penned without concern for the realities of road-going vehicles made for excellent slot car bodies. Shinoda, best known for designing the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray and the 1969 Mustang Boss 302 among dozens of influential concept and production cars, found a new home for plenty of those designs in his off-hours racing hobby."

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 03:49 PM

Many designs at car shows never see the light of day. 

 

Here's a futuristic design from the 2006 Los Angeles car show. Slot car body anyone?

 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 06:30 PM

In another thread there is coverage of the 2019 Shinoda Reunion with a photo album of the majority of the cars entered. I think one was missed unfortunately.


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