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  • "Crashtown Raceway" the beginnings of the Show-Me

    In another post about lane spacing for the Legends, I brought this up about our old track.

    Now it started in our old hobby shop and then when we moved home, I built the table where the wood track sits today.

    I made about 5' 3" wide. I wanted a "cushion" of space between the outside edge of the borders and the table wall. When it came down, I just cut the MDF to fit that space which is why the oval today is kinda an odd size.

    The FIRST edition was a 8 foot table in our old hobby shop. The short track racing was fun and boy did we tear them up...hence the name at the time.

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    When we moved, here is what I came up with. Built the table to hold it.

    Notice the borders outside and in.

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    Table built. Now you see the sections here. There were 4 sections. The curves and the straights which were built in two equal halves.
    Each section was built with wire jumpers installed for increased conductivity.
    You may notice the color. I took each section and used masking tape to cover the rails and then just used cheap Wal-Mart gray primer to give it the visual effect I wanted.

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    This is not true banking, but unlike what others might say, it worked. I did not want drastic degrees here. Some sponge foam of on the outside and screws on the inside border to "pin it" down.

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    Then drilled holes and screwed the inside down.

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    For walls I used screen cap and then behind it I used plastic gutter guard. Secured with hot glue. Worked great and guess what? used the same method on the wood track today.

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    My buddy Tom shown testing the flat track before the banking.

    So there it are small because? Because back when it was built, not everyone had " fast internet". Some were still on dial up and a 56K modem So made them small for faster loading.

    Anyway...nice walk down memory lane. Maybe if you are thinking of an oval...this might help. There is NOTHING you can't do.

  • #2
    Harry - when you said "our old hobby shop" above does that mean a hobby shop you owned or managed? I remember when hobby shops would have a working slot car track to cultivate interest. There's one in southern Maine that still does this. Buy a car and use the track and join weekly races. Of course they only sell Slot.It. NSR, and Thunderslot cars ranging from $80 - $120. I was invited to join the racing, but it's a 2 hour drive each way so I haven't done it.


    • #3
      Its good to see the old track again. I keep thinking about that pipe overhead (that pipe), later on, that led you to the great two tracks you have now that have been host to so many great events. Maybe it couldn't hurt to show your recovery from disaster? What do you think?


      • #4
        LOL yeah Rob, I will dig those up.

        Yes Sir Slothead, we had a hobby shop. We owned it. We had 3 tracks, Artin was our main course with a side of Carrera. Also a small side dish of HO scale.

        Just did not work out as my 1:1 job changed and The General had a new career opportunity.

        And I stunk as a sales guy. Took away the FUN the hobby is for me. So, shut'r down and moves back home. Best thing I have done since buying my last smoker.


        • WB2
          WB2 commented
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          And there’s that Ramo Stott Superbird that was discussed in the Carrera Classics thread.

        • HomeRacingWorld
          HomeRacingWorld commented
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          Ahhh yes, sure is

      • #5
        Makes sense. In psychology there's the overjustification effect which says "being rewarded for doing something actually diminishes intrinsic motivation to perform that action". An example is having a kid who loves to read and to reinforce it you offer to pay them for each book they read. Research shows this takes the fun out of reading and over time they tend to read less with less enjoyment. If I had to turn a profit from my love of slot cars I think I'd take up shoveling out horse stalls as a new hobby. Hopefully, HRW is a good compromise for you. It certainly is a blessing for the rest of us enthusiasts.


        • #6
          HRW (both the main website and forum) are more than enough for me

          And to be brutally honest, the new cloud based forum has made things 10 times the fun it used to be. Instead of constantly coding in native HTML, keeping up with security patches, PHP updates, etc...I have more time for articles/videos and modeling projects. Just had some fresh silicone and resin delivered and working o two new molds for the Showdown. Been almost two years since I made one.

          Wish I had more room for a larger plastic track for testing, but I might have a small "tabletop" style that is easy to take up and down built soon.


          • #7
            Wow, that was a long time ago. I was racing RC cars but was tired of driving 2 hours one way to race and found your site. I bought my Artin set and it's still going strong today. Now, instead of driving 2 hours I just walk down my basement steps to race.
            Go fast, turn left. Now in tiny HO size..


            • #8
              For a lot of cars, Legends, Midgets, Indy cars, Dirt cars, a nice oval is where they are at home. The banking on that Carrera may not be extreme, but it sure makes a difference in cornering.
              All the Carrera tracks I've set up, had that minimal lifting of the outside edge.

              There is one thing that should be taken away from seeing Harry's original oval. You may not have track building skills or tools. You may not have a big space. You may not have a lot of bucks. Most anyone can buy some used Carrera, Revell, Monogram or Artin track and build a small oval and have a 2 lane or 4 lane home track. Carrera is no doubt the best so you have room to power slide thru those corners. 2 guys can have a lot of fun going around in circles. You get some cars set up and most anyone can find a friend or co-worker that will want to try it.
              Next thing you know you have somebody to race with and maybe one or two more. Now you not only build cars, you have the fun of racing slot cars!!!!
              Matt B
              So. In


              • #9
                Here is the Crashtown Raceway debut, it was actually one of our first events around 2004 I think.

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                Not that these celebs need any intro...but from left to right: The infamous champion Dave Dobner, of course the legendary Kurt Moser, Mary and Rich McMahon (Esquire)

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                Gathering around the computer to see the "new" HRW website

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                Our 4 lane ARTIN oval. 4x20 feet. Here again is Dave Dobner, Locoracer Tom, The Great Mark Thomas and that "new kid" Kurt Moser


                • #10
                  Don't you think its weird how Kurt (El Secundo), never ages? I see him twice a year in normal years, its been going on for a long time, and he never ages at all. Some day, Jenny may look like she married a boy toy. Maybe that's the secret of his driving skills. Hundreds of years of practice because he never ages...


                  • #11
                    Ha! Yeah he is like the Dick Clark of slot cars. Always the same.


                    • Scatman
                      Scatman commented
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                      Great pictures Harry. Man does that bring back memories. I remember the store and of course the start of HRW website/forum.

                  • #12
                    That might not have been a true banked turn , but I bet it worked


                    • #13
                      It did the job. Over time with the inside being pinned, it actually shaped itself into a bank. But yeah, more of just elevation than banking.


                      • #14
                        WOW !!! .. Great memories in this thread! I had to grab a couple of those photos Harry, hope you all are doing great!

                        The infamous champion ..
                        DAVE - MI, USA


                        • #15
                          That’s some oldies but goodies!
                          Scott.....War Eagle River......Tampa, Florida, USA