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The engines have been started and racers from around the world are running their cars at the St. Maarten Speedway on the Great Bay Promenade. The group is preparing for the second annual SXM International Model Car Championships June 22 to 28. The racers from as far away as Germany to Australia will practice Monday and Tuesday from 1:00 to 10:00pm. The first race is set for Wednesday at 5:00pm. The first race is the G12 class and will include several Friendly Island drivers.

PLAINVILLE — To the state’s dedicated handful of slot car racing enthusiasts, Plainville has become a sort of mecca.

They pack into Rapid Raceways on Woodford Avenue every Friday night, racing handmade cars on eight-slot tracks. The hobby, which peaked in popularity in the 1950s and ’60s, attracts people of all ages.

“This is the last place in Connecticut that does weekly racing,” said Rich Goucher, a Bristol resident who races several times a week.

He was among a small group that held a swap meet and tag sale at the center Sunday.

VIDEO: Jacob Chandler

Competitors from Auckland to Dunedin flocked to Tony Cooks shed today to take part in the largest slot car competition in the country.

Tony Cook has always had a passion for slot car racing, it started back in 1967 when he stumbled across a commercial raceway in Bolt Road, Tahunanui. From that moment on he was hooked and used to bike down to the raceway and pay fifty cents to race cars all afternoon. Over the years, time and family commitments got in the way, but the love of racing never left him.

Once a very popular hobby and sport, sadly, there are no commercial race tracks in New Zealand nowadays, however, Tony says the sport is making a resurgence.

Indiana Public Media

May 21, 2015

Even though they are only 1/24th the scale of an automobile, slot cars can reach speeds of over 100mph; racers must master hair-trigger maneuvering for the win.

Read full article here:  Fast Eddie’s World of Speed

Kitsap Sun

by: Ed Friedrich  

Copyright 2015 Journal Media Group. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. At the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Rosemary Cissna, 9, of Kenmore, races cars on the slot car track in the “Speed Zone”. The museum is right off I-5 next to the Tacoma Dome. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

At the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Rosemary Cissna, 9, of Kenmore, races cars on the slot car track in the “Speed Zone”. The museum is right off I-5 next to the Tacoma Dome. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

 

TACOMA — Everybody has car memories, and LeMay-America’s Car Museum shakes them loose.

“That’s the first car we ever had. It had push-button gears.”

“Dad drove an old pickup like that. It was light green with three on the tree.”

“Why’d I ever sell that GTO?”

Three hundred cars, trucks and motorcycles are displayed in the four-story, 165,000-square-foot building that looks like a giant chrome hood spoiler. It opened beside the Tacoma Dome in June 2012 to celebrate America’s love affair with automobiles.

Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2015 7:43 am

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP – When Guy Griffin gave up dirt-track racing after 25 years, he wasn’t ready to give up racing altogether. He just needed something that wasn’t so hard on his body.

So, Griffin turned a garage at his Delaware Township home into a racetrack.

Mind you, the cars are 1/24th scale, electric powered and operated by a single hand controller.

Sky Sports have created the greatest Scalextric circuit ever

Mark Bryans
Irish Examiner
March 04, 2015

Sky Sports have created the greatest Scalextric circuit ever

Press Association reporter Mark Bryans got the chance to take on some former F1 drivers at their own game. Sort of.

Having been a fan of Formula One since I was a child, the opportunity to cover the odd race for a living has been amazing – but the offer to actually race against actual drivers was something else.

Okay, so it might only be Scalextric but it still counts. Having only ever been involved in first-corner pile-ups on the slot cars, I was carrying some nerves when I travelled to the event. But nerves are good. You’re nothing without nerves.

Sky Sports F1 have launched their new season in style as Martin Brundle came up with his ‘dream circuit’ using at least one corner from all of the tracks on the calender for the 2015 F1 season. It took two weeks for a team from Scalextric working 12-hour shifts to craft the masterpiece across 40 metres.

Read full article here:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/sky-sports-have-created-the-greatest-scalextric-circuit-ever-664809.html

Sentinel Tribune

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 9:07 am

The Racing Shop

Photo by J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune Karl Hoffheins of Race O’Rama in North Baltimore, leans on the new 75-foot drag strip. The other slot car tracks in the facility can be seen in the background.

 

NORTH BALTIMORE — Train cars are not the only vehicles on track in North Baltimore.

Race O’Rama Hobbies and Raceways offers slot car racing on four separate tracks.

Business and life partners Karl Hoffheins and Alice Johnson were forced to move after the Fremont building where they previously operated was sold.

“We looked within a 60-mile radius of Fremont and felt this was the best place,” Hoffheins said of the North Baltimore site, 127 N. Main St.

By Zack Burgess

PHOTO COURTESY OF SLOT MODS USA Slot car tracks were a hobby for David Beattie — and then he lost his job during the last recession. Lo and behold, the 170-foot race course in his basement inspired a new career track: Slot Mods USA.

After losing his office job five years ago, David Beattie made a life-changing decision to pursue his passion for the racetrack — specifically, the miniature racetrack.

He found his true calling: slot car racing. What began as a hobby when he built models in his garage became a company: Slot Mods USA.

Slot Mods has developed a reputation for the elaborate installations produced at its 5,500-square-foot plant in Clinton Township. Think of them as the ultimate prize for car junkies who want the best and are willing to pay for it.