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  • The Great HRW Intro Contest 2019!

    To celebrate the successful launch of the new forum, we will have a little contest.

    All YOU need to do is to reply here and introduce yourself.

    It would be great for you to also
    share with all of us YOUR slot car story.

    How you got started in this great hobby, where you are located, your favorite classes/cars, etc.

    Your name will go into the Ye Olde Hat.

    We will draw the winners on 1 NOVEMBER.


    1st: Scalextric "Stars and Stripes" Mercedes AMG GT3

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    2nd: Scalextric Ford GTE "GULF EDITION"

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    3rd: Scalextric Thunderbird "Painters Edition"

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    Many thanks to SLOT CAR CORNER, Quick Slicks, Paul Gage, and Scalextric USA for sponsoring this event!

    So please reply RIGHT HERE and we will get in the hunt!

  • #2
    My name is Kip from Georgia. I don't have an unlimited budget, so I only buy some of what I see. Most of that has to do with my Carrera Digital track: Autodromo Seminterrato. As a child, I pretty much lived in my basement playing with my Aurora Model Motoring / HO train layout. Now as an adult, I pretty much live in the basement working on and playing with my Carrera track.
    Kip - Kennesaw, GA USA, Home Track: Corsa Autodromo Seminterrato


    • Hangtime
      Hangtime commented
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      That track is a beauty. Very interesting.

  • #3
    My name is Paul from MN, outside Minneapolis. I have a wife instead of an unlimited budget. But she does let me buy things.
    My track, Timberline Trace is a 2 lane 45 ft routed MDF with latex paint and copper tape, IR sensors and SlotTrak timing and scoring, adjustable power at each drivers station. It's an homage to Road America. Yep, if I can do it anyone can.
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    One thing I bought was an Ender3 3D now I make a lot of things that way......
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    My favorites are sports cars, endurance, and CanAm/ Group 7 cars.
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    I got started in the 60s by my dad on a 1/24 Marx set, and still have those vintage cars too.
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    Come Race at The Trace!
    Timberline Trace International Raceway - SW of Mpls, MN


    • #4
      I was aware of slot racing from reading a story in Popular Mechanics before I got my first car in 1961. A local (Norwich, CT) department store had a track for the original Aurora vibrator cars. I bought a car but I was not all that impressed with how they ran or with the steering wheel controllers. I ran there and at my cousin's place a few times. In 1962 I got an AC Gilbert set with two Corvettes. The scale was the same as their trains, "O" gauge I guess. The cars had Pittman type motors with worm gear drive. They were not super fast but they had great brakes because worm gears do not allow any coast. I expanded the track and bought more cars. Later I bought a track and cars from a classmate. I ordered extra AC Gilbert frames and put faster motors in them and I also scratch built cars with Pittman DC196A and DC196B motors. I used toy car bodies from the local oval track and also Pyro and Aurora bodies to supplement the meager offerings from AC Gilbert. At the same time I acquired a Marx HO track and its rather slow cars. When the Aurora T-jets came out I bought one and found it to be a huge improvement over the Marx cars. I teamed up with a friend and built a 72 foot HO track at his house. We alternated racing on that track and on another friend's track. In 1965 the first commercial raceway opened in my area and I raced 1/24th cars for the next three years until I went into the Army. I actually managed to find a track in Vietnam and I did run on it a few times with cars that were sent from home. When I got out of the Army I found that commercial raceways had nearly disappeared. I was only able to race a few times before it became too difficult to get to a track. I did run HO cars with my old friends for a couple of years, but it was almost twenty years before I got back into 1/24th racing. Once I had my own house the old HO track came out of storage and was set up on the basement floor. We ran on that track for quite a while before a new 1/24th commercial raceway opened up in a nearby town. I raced there and at many other tracks for about seven years until commercial tracks fizzled out again. Several years before that I had bought my MaxTrax HO track and had started to move beyond boxstock cars. After 40 years I was finally able to actually race HO cars with the HOCOC group here in the Northeast. The Fall Sizzler race at my place has been on the HOCOC schedule for eighteen years in a row. Some of the former customers of TurboTrax in Branford, Ct had started a club to do 1/32nd racing. I became aware of Shoreline Model Raceways through one of the slot BBs and I have been racing with them for a number of years.


      • Hangtime
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        Great story & nice Maxtrax

    • #5
      My name is Mike. I'm an American who has been living in Germany the last 12 years. I'm a retired pro musician and have a track in my attic. It's a Carrera Evolution and I love it. I've built a table and race every day. I also run the /r/slotcars reddit. I used to have the screenname MikeyAutobahn, but changed it to my more-used online moniker.

      I started as a kid on HO, getting a new kit every xmas from my mother. It was a lot of fun racing my brother in the old days. Now I have a track for when/if he ever comes over.

      I have six cars and love 'em like they were my kids.


      • #6
        My name is Zack, and I have a problem. I can't seem to race slot cars enough.

        I got into it after finding a local club NASTE (northwest association of slot track enthusiasts). We have many local tracks and race a couple times a month.

        This forum and the people on it are an asset to the community, I am glad to be a part of it!



        • #7
          Facing your addiction is the first step to recovery

          Or just just the next new car...hehe!

          Thanks guys! Looking good!


          • #8
            I am Ken from York, PA.

            I raced as a kid on a Revell 1/24 home set my Dad had. I remember breaking his Cox Cheetah one day in a terrible crash..............

            About 6-8 years ago or so I was helping a friend move and carried box after box marked "slot cars" up in to his attic. I asked a few questions and ended up having a new/old hobby.

            I race and collect Carrera digital in 1/32 and 1/24. I like the modeling aspect of things and have built numerous model kits in to slot cars.

            I also own a small maker space with some antique equipment that lets me get really off the rails on some projects. The current project is working to build most of the range of stock cars that raced around 1971-1973. This is my favorite era of cars and one not readily available in 1/32 scale. Street muscle cars are also a big favorite to build and for some reason the lights on the cars add a neat element.

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            • #9
              Bill, "williamg" on forums I visit
              I've been in and out of the slot car hobby for years.
              Also took turns with N scale, HO, and O scale trains, plus R/C trucks for a long time. Used to run and own

              Favorites are American muscle, but also like 60's sports cars, jags Ferrari and Aston
              Funding is low, so I tend to sell one to then buy another

              Like to build, but hand dexterity is gone downhill bad, I still try on my good days.

              Having fun, and not taking anything crazy serious is my trend

              currently working on a tyrell
              man the wheels are terrible, car hops everywhere

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ID:	1598 My name is Robert I live in Conn. I got my first set for Christmas in the 60's. It was a Aurora Model Motoring. I still have the track and the cars. I have added a lot of track and cars over the years. When I got older and could drive, I then raced 1/24. Now I race 1/24 and 1/32. I have 2 tracks, one is a 6 lane oval made with Carrera track and the other is a 4 lane routed road course. they both use Track Mate timing system. I belong to the Shoreline Model Raceways club. Click image for larger version

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                • #11
                  My name is Scott and I am a slot car addict. OK, maybe addict is a bit too strong. I have been know to NOT buy a slot car I have seen. It must be because I do not have an unlimited budget. But that is not why I am here. I am here because I like to race slot cars. I like to tinker, build, fuss with, paint and sometimes the little cars even work. And as far as scale goes, I like then all!

                  Why doesn't my car run like that?



                  • #12
                    Hello, I'm Jamie from Cincinnati, Ohio. I started into slot cars around 5 years ago when my wife bought a box of Eldon and Strombecker cars and track at a yard sale. From there I bought an analog Scalextric set, then a digital SCX set. I also started 1:24 drag racing for a year or so. Then I discovered a group of guys here in town who race digital Carrera and from there the hook was set for good. I currently have a 62 foot digital Carrera track and mostly d124 cars with a handful of d132s as well. My interest in analog racing has been growing as of late and might start racing with a local analog group in 2020.
                    Jamie B
                    Cincinnati, Ohio


                    • #13
                      Hello all David from sunny Queensland, Australia. My dad had a Scalextric set which we (me and my 3 brothers) would occasionally setup and run cars on. The cars weren't the best runners. Around the mid 70s I saved up and bought an AFX Jacki Stewart Pitstop challenge set. A few more cars and trucks were added and we used to race them until the pickups wore out.
                      Maybe 10 + years ago or so I rediscovered slot cars when my brother found a slot shop local to us. I couldn't get over how realistic the cars were (Fly) and slowly started to buy and then build cars. I am currently mostly into building resin kits or model kits into slot cars. I love the 1/24 cars but still buy too many 1/32 as well. I race with a group twice a month which is good fun. We have six tracks at the moment so lots of variety.
                      Dangermouse to the rescue.


                      • #14
                        Hi I am Randy and I live in Kaukauna Wisconsin and I have a Carrera digital layout in my basement. I came back to Slot car racing in 2009.

                        I received my first slot car set when I was very young as a Christmas gift. I really don't remember much about it, but had the cars from the set for a long time. They were die-cast Corvairs. I had more sets as a kid, a HO Tyco set from '75 that had red white and blue cars for the Bicentennial, a used 1/32 Eldon set that also had 2 Extra cars and 2 snowmobiles, TCR by Ideal slotless sets.

                        Then sometime after high school I bought a really big AFX set from a hobby store, bought more AFX sets, cars and track and it evloved into a four lane Track. With a couple of local guys we had a small racing club that raced weekly. At the peak there were 6 or 7 tracks and about 10-15 people racing. This track was in the basement at my apartment and when we bought a house it was packed up, never to be set up again.

                        So in late 2008 I started thinking about the slot car fun I was missing, and begin checking into what was out there for sets. And with not to much research I bought an AFX 4 lane international set and I planned on building another big ho 4 lane track. Then looking online I stumbled on something new to me, digital slot car sets. So the new AFX set and the old AFX track were sold for money for the Digital set I was planning on buying. I am a Mopar fan and Carrera at the time had some neat Road Runners and Chargers in their line-up then and I went with Carrera D132.
                        Last winter I tore up the layout and started on new track, the last two pictures are of the progress on the new layout.
                        First two pics are the 4 lane AfX track, next is the first D132 layout and 4th is a pic of the track that was tore down 2018.

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                        • #15
                          My name is Mark. I’m a kiwi currently living in Devonport, Tasmania Australia.
                          We had a slot car set in the early 70s. It was broken most of the time but it seeded my passion for slotcars which was only rekindled about 5 years ago when I decided I was going to build a mdf routed track in my garage while living in Melbourne.
                          I moved to Tasmania about 4 yrs ago and soon started to build track #2.
                          Started with a couple of Scalextric, then found 1/24 flexis. Experimented with different motors / gear ratios etc. Current track record 3.974 secs with Flexi - 16d.
                          I take a mould of every body I purchase and have learnt to vacuum mould from sheet lexan.
                          The kids love painting the bodies hence some really creative cars.
                          My current focus is scratch building chassis from sheet brass, tube & box section. Looking to build a collection of 60s - 70s classics. The mini & ford escort is the start. Currently working on a 61 VW beetle.
                          I have a dream of opening a public track, club with a view to getting kids build something from scratch and enjoy racing it rather than racing on an iPad or Xbox.