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Was this the first transistorized controller in slot racing?


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#1 don.siegel

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 01:10 PM

Starting from a discussion about an electronic controller on Facebook, I looked through the literature to see the first reference, and this seems to be it! 

 

Gentlemen, the Posi-trol HC100 transistorized electric hand control from Stern Electronics of LA, CA., in the preview section of the September 1963 issue of Car Model. 

 

Stern Posi-trol transistorized controller-CM0963.JPG

 

Along with a photo in the first Car Model Handbook this was the only mention of the controller - very expensive for the time, obviously. 

 

After this come the "Hot Slot" from Downey Enterprises (California), with an ad in the July-Aug issue of Model Car & Track, and the Slot Master from Sedco, an ad in the June 65 issue of Car Model. Both were listed as "transistorized". The Hot Slot was $15.95 to $17.95 and the Slot Master $9.95 or $11.95. The Thoric "solid-state" model was listed in January 68 (MCS). 

 

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 07:54 PM

Hi Don,

 

That is so cool to see this!

 

It doesn't look very comfortable though for prolonged use  . . . . more than a short track session! LOL

 

Thanks for sharing Don!

 

Ernie


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Posted 21 November 2020 - 10:56 PM

I like how the corner of the controller gouges into the palm. NOT intended for enduro racing!  :-)

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