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    I could have put this on several places on this Forum, but, as this section gets the most viewers, I am putting here, as it is worthy of lots of eyeballs !!........a good bit of Slot History.

    I found this old pic. in my picture library..............it is the track at the "Oakland Speedway" a 10 lane track built in the early/mid 60's, and like many, it has long since disappeared.

    It is an old pic. and not all that clear, but, in the upper right side you can see the main straight (90+ ft.) ending in a monster bank at the far end.......it also had a 75ft and a 60ft straight,............clearly a "big motor" track

    Cheers
    Chris Walker

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    And for you "Oval" fans, a pic. of a fairly massive one !!!...........I am not sure of the location of this (I think it was on the US east coast), and, was apparently running until very recently...............It looks like they should have used some sort of fence when routing the straights

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    Here’s another! It was a bit big! 457ft six lane Ninco, 75ft main straight with 29 bends and a total area of over 1800 square ft. Slingshot Speedway, Atlanta, Georgia



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    Last edited by War Eagle River; October 12, 2020, 02:04 PM.
    Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA

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    • Pappy
      Pappy commented
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      I ran on this track for 15 minutes. That was enough.

    • War Eagle River
      War Eagle River commented
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      I ran on it for about 2 hours on my way to PA, and another 2 hours on my way back! And ended up coming home with another suitcase!

    • WB2
      WB2 commented
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      This guy migrated to Atlanta from St. Louis. That track wasn’t quite as big. Racers got tired of the long walks when they deslotted.

  • #3
    When I restored a 1965 AMCR Imperial (150' grandfather of the King track), I found that the slot in old commercial tracks used to be larger (and deeper). At first I thought it was wear, since this track was home to the Nationals many times and had not been disassembled since it was new, but researching it proved that they were cut that way, and when home tracks became popular, a little wiggle in the straights didn't matter because the guide would lose contact with the slot anyway. Later, I inherited a very old home track that was entirely freehand routed with straights that had more wiggle than the one in the photo above. Sure enough, even with the standard 1/8" slot, it made no difference at all.

    Here's a plastic track from Australia and incredibly, it is strictly a home track.

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    • #4
      Here's a very long home track that is in Maryland:

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      • #5
        Originally posted by waaytoomuchintothis View Post
        Here's a very long home track that is in Maryland:
        There is Hellenback. Actually it is West Virginia, not far from my place. Raced on it back in February


        IMG_3597 by starfighterace, on Flickr


        IMG_3595 by starfighterace, on Flickr
        I get paid to build models, race slot cars, and travel to museums.

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        • waaytoomuchintothis
          waaytoomuchintothis commented
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          Imagine me forgetting where Larry lives. I was there to buy his old routed track that used to be on the other side of the basement, but it was a long time ago. The present track wasn't finished and we ran his cars on it long enough to still be talking about that track many years later. Good catch, thanks.

      • #6
        Wow Chris that is an absolutely huge oval it looks like you could run it like a real NASCAR race Flat out all the way around I imagine it could get boring pretty quickly unless you had someone to race door to door with

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        • #7
          Chris, thanks for that pic. I read a thread on another forum from the guy that said he raced on a track that went for the first floor to the second. Now we can kind of see how that would be.

          Those routed tracks look fantastic.
          Matt B
          So. In
          Crashers

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          • #8
            Here is video of the oval in the first post......

            1/12 scale slot cars ,how cool is that!
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrDAQs69KvE

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            • WB2
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              That track needs plexiglass walls like a hockey rink. Those things would hurt if you got hit by one flying through the air.
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