Slot cars ready to race on Stephen Farr’s track in Glendale. The FarrOut Slot Car Club brings slot car fans together for regular group races.
Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News.
By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
Posted:   05/28/2010

GLENDALE — It was a 24-hour “battle of the titans” as Porsche howled past Ferrari in a 1970 Le Mans race immortalized by Steve McQueen in film the next year.Now the auto-racing legends are back. Only instead of ripping ’round the famous French circuit, they are slot cars hurtling around an electric track.

And in the lead of the miniature slot-car comeback are baby boomers from the San Fernando Valley, who will re-create the historic Le Mans race this summer in what’s billed as the biggest slot-car event in the West.

By: Nika Rolczewski

Terry Dalton has been a competitive racer for years and this weekend he chases a world championship. But he won’t do it from a driver’s seat.

Instead, Dalton will stand outside the circuit with a remote control, watching as his No. 12 Ferrari 430 circles a track inside a 6,000-square-foot grey building in Concord, Ont.

The track is miniature – 45 meters long – and so is Dalton’s car, a petite replica of one that races in the Ferrari Challenge North America Series. Dalton competes with a model that’s 1/24th the size of the original.

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AUTO RACING – ALMS: Scaling The Heights In A Slot Car.

Montgomery, Ill.

JUNE 4, 2009

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Herman James, Indy-car champ. – Photo by Roger Schmitt

Last Sunday afternoon, Indy car racers Herman James, Roy Hood and George Russell were busy preparing their cars after qualifying 1-2-3. If you don’t recognize them as drivers who regularly compete alongside Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves or racing babe Danica Patrick, don’t fret. Messrs. James, Hood and Russell race on a much smaller scale: 1/24th to be exact.

The three men are part of the shrinking world of slot-car racing, which is gathered this week at Mid-America Raceway and Hobbies (www.slotcar1.com) in this leafy suburb west of Chicago. The event is the United Slot Racers Association’s Scale Division National Championships (the Wing-Car Division Nationals will be in Farmingville, N.Y., in late July).

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Gentlemen, Slot Your Engines – WSJ.com.

Paul Gawronski and Tracy Chin are best of pals, but that friendship means little once they line up on the racetrack.

At one of the Pacific Coast Nationals races held at Rohnert Park earlier this month, Gawronski’s pace-setting car violently flew off the track. Race director Frank Sarkella halted proceedings until it was returned safely to the field of seven racers. Chin balked, complaining that turn marshals, situated beside the track, first needed to call timeout before Sarkella could stop the race. Sarkella overruled him.

So much for the buddy system. In the surprisingly fierce and competitive world of slot car racing, Petaluma’s Gawronski is the hunted man. He is the country’s top racer, with 15 national titles since 1994 and a 1997 world championship. Everybody wants to knock him off, probably no one more than his buddy Chin of San Francisco.

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Little cars, big thrills / Pride drives rivalry between S.F., Petaluma slot car champs.