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#1 nicky 65

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 04:27 AM

It is with a saddened heart that I report the passing of Frank "Buzz" Perri… he could not deal with the loss of his beloved wife Dolores to COVID. The slot car world has lost two icons in less than two weeks.

 

Buzzy has touched so many lives. For the past 56 years thousands of parents and kids have passed through the doors of Buzz-A-Rama. I myself raced there in the late '60s and early '70s. Only to move away and then return to BAR 14 years ago.

 

As Buzzy and Dolores aged and I got closer to them. I started to help in any way I could. At first Buzzy was reluctant, but over time we built a trust and friendship that I will remember for the rest of my life.

 

Nothing was off limits for me in BAR... except the basement... LOL.

 

He taught me and thousands of other people the world of slot cars. Buzzy and Dolores were the King and Queen of the slot car kingdom. They will surely be missed by all who knew them.

 

Somewhere in Heaven, Buzzy is telling God... that car is not for sale... LOL.

 

Rest in eternal peace.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 04:50 AM

Prayers go with all.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 05:31 AM

Sad day for slot car racing. RIP.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 05:50 AM

Very sad indeed. May they both rest In peace together.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 06:11 AM

So tragic... very sad.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 07:32 AM

Two slot racing industry icons, American success story, and a love story for the ages. A greater legacy than that can’t be found.

Thank you to both and their family for all you gave to so many for so long.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:44 AM

I lack the words. Rest in peace, Frank and Dolores.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 10:43 AM

So sad.  :heart: :heart:

 

This is a true love story.

 


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 10:56 AM

Buzzy is back with Dolores. The slot car heaven just got a new boss and they will keep it going. Rest in peace.

 

Modelville Hobby's hope that NY does not lose another raceway.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 11:03 AM

Thanks, Martin, a fitting tribute and well put. 

 

RIP, Buzzy and Dolores. 

 

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 11:20 AM

This video made me smile and choke up at the same time. 

 

Remembering Frank and Dolores.

 


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 11:55 AM

Just a month ago Buzzy and I dickered over the cost of that RTR Womp and NOS Parma S16... they become treasures which will remain NFS in his honor.

 

I am so glad to have shared the last two races at BAR with the king of slot car racing as the Director (and marshalling, too!).

 

Thank you sincerely, Nick Traina... you made his last days wonderful and kept Dolores busy as well. 

 

RIP, Buzzy and Delores.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 01:12 PM

The "first family" of slot car tracks is gone, we are all poorer for that.

 

Peace and eternal rest, Buzzy and Dolores.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 07:19 PM

The end of era, RIP.
 
I will miss them both.
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Posted 13 May 2021 - 08:17 PM

That’s too bad. RIP to both of them and thoughts and prayers to their family.


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Posted 13 May 2021 - 08:39 PM

Buzz-A-Rama was on my bucket list. So sad, perhaps the family will keep it going. 

 

May God bless both of them



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Posted 13 May 2021 - 10:21 PM

Never met them but I always wanted to. As another “lifer” in the slot car biz I can appreciate the passion and dedication they had for our little niche hobby. From all the stories I’ve read about them I am deeply saddened that we never got a chance meet.

 

Even so I feel the sense of loss of two incredible people. But we should be happy in the knowledge that he is now reunited with his wife for all eternity.


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Posted 14 May 2021 - 05:54 AM

I made a special trip to Brooklyn a few years back to visit Buzz-A-Rama and to meet Buzz and Dolores and am so glad I did. 

 

The future of Buzz-A-Rama is the huge question mark. And what will be found in the secret basement?


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Posted 14 May 2021 - 12:32 PM

They will be missed.

 

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 12:34 PM

Buzz.

 

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 03:32 PM

I am sorry to hear Buzz's passing has been confirmed. Godspeed brother.

 

It is not at all unusual for couples to die within days of one another. Perhaps the most high-profile example is June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash.

This article provides some insight.

https://www.theguard...e-broken-hearts


That's thirty minutes away. I'll be there in ten.
 

 


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Posted 15 May 2021 - 02:02 AM

Lots of great memories and one not so great.

 

RIP, Buzz and Dolores.



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Posted 15 May 2021 - 06:10 AM

I am a native New Yorker, from the Bronx and raced at Buzzys as a kid.

 

He kept many off the streets in all the 5 boroughs from going the wrong way which wasn’t easy.

 

His place was near the church street station in Brooklyn, when the subway was .15 cents back in the day.

 

it was slot car heaven back then, they saved a lot of lives back then when a kid could go bad in a heartbeat there aren’t many safe havens for kids nowadays but I knew of one, back in the day it was in Brooklyn Buzz A Rama

 

Rest In Peace 

you did good Boss 

you did good

 

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Posted 15 May 2021 - 07:04 AM

Some shots from Buzz A Rama when I went back in 2016

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funny story about the Black track

some of you know a I own a slot car track  in the Atlanta area

some of us were talking about old tracks back in the day and I said you know we raced on a black track and the steering wheels and such

this guy said there was no such thing as one

I took out my phone and showed him!

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This place needs to be  a shrine to slot car racers world wide

it encompasses what we old guys all knew as a slot car track with the wind up timers and the smell of wintergreen 

as soon as you entered the place

you could spend a whole day at a track like this

make new friends, learn something and have loads of fun no matter what the weather was outside

glad I was around to experience this place 

at one time there were 48 active tracks in the New York City area

if you research WABC News in New York there is a piece on Buzzy place it might be in the CNN archives as well.

 

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Posted 29 May 2021 - 06:30 AM

Buzz's obituary:

 

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It is with profound sadness that the family of Buzz Perri announce his peaceful passing. 

He is pre-deceased by his beloved wife and soulmate Dolores, married 61 years. 

His daughter Julia and son Frank, along with their significant partners Mark and Nancy, grandchildren Kristina, Montana, Nicole, Lauren, and Lele, as well as his great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and extended family are all mourning the loss of this great man. 

Buzz was a legend. He will be remembered as a loyal family man that loved his wife, children, and family with every ounce of his being. 

Extremely smart, educated and talented, he could build anything with his hands. He completed 14 NYC marathons and was dedicated to his business Buzz-A-Rama for over 56 years! He was known by so many who grew up in the tri-state area and was often stopped and asked, “Are you Buzzy from Buzz-A-Rama?” He would smile and humbly say... “Yes, that’s me”. 

He left a memorable impression with anyone who touched his life. 

The family finds solace in knowing that Buzz and Dolores are together in paradise, holding hands.

May he rest in eternal peace.

In remembrance of Buzz Perri’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the ASPCA or the Wounded Warrior Project in his name.


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