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#1 Insanity Plea

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Posted 01 January 2021 - 02:14 PM

Hey folks, this is my first post to the forum. Until last week, I had not run a slot car in 26 years. My dad just finished building a track in the attic, and I feel like a kid again.

I grew up in this house, and my dad always talked about building a slot car track in the attic. Once he retired, he really ramped up the talk. After several weeks of cleaning out 40 years worth of forgotten treasure (mostly junk), he got to working like a mad scientist, and boom, he was done. Its not very big (mom said he couldnt take up the entire front part), but were already talking about extending the back stretch another 15-20 feet (now mom sees the fun were having and doesnt care).

Where did this all start you might wonder... My dad is a gearhead and speed freak, he has been involved with drag racing since he was 16, and has taken nearly anything with a motor to the extreme. He owned a slot car track back in the '70s, but it fizzled out as they most often do. He showed me a wing car a few days ago that he had back then, a cop buddy of his clocked it at 94 mph. I don't know what todays speeds are, but I imagine 100 MPH is reaching the physical limits for the size of these things. Fast forward to the early '90s and a track opened near us (Hot Slots), and then I was introduced to the fun (age 12-13). You can my imagine my disappointment when they packed up and traveled to the next city in search of an income boost.

Thats my quick story. Mr. Wells encouraged me to share, and thought everyone would like seeing it. I'm sure I'll have a few questions, but have been able to find most of the answers so far by searching and reading.

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Posted 01 January 2021 - 05:11 PM

Who's that 'Mr. Wells' guy?


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Posted 02 January 2021 - 01:32 AM

Great start! Track part is finished and after a bunch of test runs you might want to put up some scenery which makes it more like YOUR  course.  I have to start the scenery on mine after the new year and I think that is the fun part. By the way, well done!


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Posted 02 January 2021 - 08:48 AM

Who's that 'Mr. Wells' guy?

 

It's respect for our elders, sir.


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Posted 02 January 2021 - 12:56 PM

Great use of attic space Scott.  I have a similar space but only have a 22''x16'' trap door to access it.

But its got me thinking.

My son and I did go up there and suck out all the old dusty cellulose insulation. How do you deal with the heat up there in the summer months?

Great that you and your Dad can have an interest together. Enjoy. :)


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Posted 03 January 2021 - 06:51 AM

Great use of attic space Scott.  I have a similar space but only have a 22''x16'' trap door to access it.
But its got me thinking.
My son and I did go up there and suck out all the old dusty cellulose insulation. How do you deal with the heat up there in the summer months?
Great that you and your Dad can have an interest together. Enjoy. :)


Thanks, but I cant take much credit for it except when it came time for the heavy lifting, he did this himself.
The attic had a trap door years ago. When I was a kid, he started the project of finishing it off. He built steps to access it from the living room, followed by putting up wall studs. Then drag racing season started, and nothing else happened to it... He plans to drywall it next, and run HVAC. This is just goof off time, but its fun. The real interest together starts in the garage with the adrenaline of speed and horsepower!
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