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    This is from Steven Fraley on the Slot Racing OldSchool Club page on Facebook.

    My dad passed recently and while going through family stuff my sister found this poem by my older brother. He wrote it for English class in March of 1966. I hope you enjoy it. He was 13 at the time.
    A Tribute to the Slot Racer
    by Terry Waltz March 1966

    You may get the fever
    While reading the book
    And in your eye
    Is a funny look

    You may dream of racing
    in a miniature Grand Prix
    But it hurts in the wallet
    'Cause it's not just for free

    But you've decided to get one
    never the less
    But what kind
    You'll just have to guess

    A super stock, scratch built
    Or a Ford GT
    Do you want to drag
    or race Grand Prix?

    You've got a dragster
    Slicks and all
    Now put it together
    and have a ball

    You'll race Huber and Strand
    and all the rest
    And hope and pray
    that yours is the best

    It's pretty expensive
    as no doubt you've found
    But boy, is it worth it to
    watch your car tear the ground

    You have to have 3 out of 5
    to be the best
    You're 2 out of 4
    Better hold your breath

    Give her the power
    and watch her go
    Now your ahead
    by a length or so

    Your ahead by two lengths
    you'll win by a lot
    Oh no what's this
    your car left the slot!

    You catch it
    and fumble
    there's a crash
    then a rumble

    Your car is in pieces
    all over the floor
    And now you'll race
    never more

    You've wasted your time
    Your money and tools
    But are all slot racers
    just plain old fools?

    Maybe you'll be more careful
    next time with the pin
    and race them again
    and, maybe you'll win!
    Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA

  • #2
    Really nice. Sorry for your loss.
    Matt B
    So. In


    • #3
      Sorry for your loss Scott. The poem is real good.
      Robert- Shoreline Model Raceways Club
      Connecticut, U.S.A.


      • War Eagle River
        War Eagle River commented
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        Not my personal loss. This came from a post on FB.

    • #4
      Not my personal loss. This came from a post on FB.
      Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA


      • #5
        That's great to hear Scott.
        Robert- Shoreline Model Raceways Club
        Connecticut, U.S.A.


        • #6
          That is a very well written funny poem...thanks for sharing WER!!!! SLOT ON BROTHERS!!!
          TOM...HOME RACING GOO GOO!!!
          Warren, Ohio


          • #7
            Gotta love it! Stay safe and keep it in the slot... Ernie


            • #8
              Takes me back to a more care-free time. Ahh, to be 10 again! Thanks for posting it Scott.
              Team SCANC
              Woodland Trace Raceway - SlotZuka - Bent Tree Raceway
              OFI - Buena Vista Motorsports Park - Slotkins Glen
              Leadfinger Raceway


              • #9
                Doesn't the poem make you wish an English teacher had assigned something like that on a regular basis that were placed in a binder and given to your parents or grand parents? You might have hated it at the time but the memories now would be sweet. I could have written many poems or short essays about slot cars or electric football that I would cherish now.


                • Gascarnut
                  Gascarnut commented
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                  I had an English teacher who said to me one day, "Can you write about nothing but cars, boy?" I said "Yes, Sir". He said, "Then please do!". I never got a failing grade on an essay, though...

                • Mickey thumbs
                  Mickey thumbs commented
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                  More like cringe than cherish anything I wrote at that

              • #10
                I really liked that poem. Sounds like their Dad made quite the impression on them, and they in turn had fun with it too.
                Scott C.
                Amherst, WI
                Just "a simple kind of man".