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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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.

A new music video by the band “Jaust” of their song “We Need a New Life” features a look at slot car racing at a local LA home / club track.

Throughout the music video, the video follows a night of 1/32 scale club racing on a 4 lane track that appears to be Scalextric. The footage includes racing scenes and in-car camera views. It also includes brief excerpts of interviews with the racers, telling about their involvement and enjoyment of the hobby, as well as showing some of the “behind the scenes” of building and preparation by the racers in the pits. All this takes place alongside the band’s song, “We Need a New Life”.

From the video’s description:

We’ve got the premiere of Jaust’s “We Need a New Life,” a tune about instant gratification eking it’s way into every aspect of our lives and the inevitable fallout that follows.

The video is a curveball, though, a peek into the lives of slot car racers in the Los Angeles underground. We don’t really know how they made the connection, but in some understated way, it works. It doesn’t hurt that the tune is absolutely ace and the subject matter of the video could be a documentary within itself.

Official Video on YouTube:
Jaust – “We Need a New Life” (Official Video)

There is also a write-up about the video on Gizmodo:
Jaust’s New Music Video Will Make You Miss Your Slot Cars

Slot car racing sees a local revival

Star-Herald – Scottsbluff, Nebraska

http://www.starherald.com

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014 12:00 am

Slot car racing had its heyday in the 1960s, but it’s slowly coming back.

The powered miniature cars are guided by grooves, or slots, in the track that they run on. Slot car racing became a popular fad in the 1960s, with sales reaching $500 million annually. At one time there were 3,000 public courses in the United States alone, with one in Scottsbluff at the Elks Lodge. The fad then seemed to fade away by the 1970s. The hobby is making a comeback with the baby boomers who started the trend nearly 50 years ago.

Scottsbluff resident Daryl Payne has a 91-foot track that resembles a full scale race track, complete with computerized timers.

Along the Front Range of Colorado, the hobby is alive and well among members of the Front Range Vintage Slot Car and Historical Racing Club.

Each member of the club has a one-of-a-kind track that the club races on every month from the fall through spring racing season. Club members commute all along the Front Range to race at the tracks and keep time of their races. Payne said he has been part of the hobby for the past 14 years and got interested after the first issue of Model Car Racing magazine came out and discovered that people are still into the hobby.

Read full story with pics here…

For more information on the Front Range Vintage Slot Car and Historical Racing Club, visit http://monovell.proboards.com.

Slot-cars-race-like-real-cars-using-Nordic-2.4GHz-transceivers-to-support-up-to-24-over-taking-cars-on-any-number-of-lanes-ghost-cars-and-over-the-air-updates_full_articleAustralian slot-car specialist, Scorpius Wireless, has developed what it claims is the world’s most technologically advanced slot-car racing platform that supports up to 24 cars on any number of lanes, pit-stops, virtual fuel tanks, adjustable brakes, automatic flag and timed penalties (e.g. for pit-stop lane speeding), PC-controlled race management, driverless ‘ghost’ cars to race against, and over-the-air product and firmware updates.