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  • rolltidevet
    started a topic MEET THE MEMBERS of SCI...Old23

    MEET THE MEMBERS of SCI...Old23

    Welcome Old23. You are the next contestant on "Meet the Members".

    1) Door number 1, door number 2, or door number 3?

    2) Ok seriously. You told me you were relatively new. To Slot cars or to SCI?

    3) What is your favorite era of racing that you have to buy slot cars from during this time? Why?

    4) You helped me tremendously in finding pics of the Canadian Rothmans 962 from Le Mans 1987. Have you been involved in 1/1 racing?

    5) Whether or not you were involved in 1/1 racing or just a spectator, what is your fondest memory of 1/1 racing?

    6) You are given a budget of $1000 dollars to spend on slot cars. What are you going to buy? And get very specific!!!!

    7) You have to sell 3 of your cars. Which ones do you pick? And why?

    8) Wood or plastic? Mag or non-mag? Flames, Habs or Maple leafs? LaBatts or Bud or Miller?

    9) And finally, what brought you to SCI?

    Welcome Old23. I owe this gentleman a thank you along with Mick Brown for helping me make the 962 Canadian Rothmans car. Old 23 says he's new, but I'm not so sure he doesn't have a lot of experience with slot cars. Our conversations by PM have been great and it is a great honor to have another slot friend "North" of the border. Thank you Old 23. The floor is yours........

    KIITS ,
    Lawrence

  • ferrari1950
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    Evil Steweee is a friend and fellow racer who just helped out with the VRAA at the 'drome recently.....three or so years ago friendly chap was wandering through the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame...admiring a collection of 1/48 cars.....I was volunteering often then, as I was just retired and keeping busy....jokingly I said I owned over 50 Ferraris, little ones...his response was "You must be ferrari1950"...SCI was the common thread....one thing lead to another...invite to race in Montreal when there visiting family...my wife and I moved to Cornwall (hour away)...the connections for continued slot racing were in place and a group, including the friendly chap race at the 'drome often...thank you so much for you friendship!...now lets race on!


    Marek

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  • dansula
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    Old23

    Great stories. Sounds like a fun life, thank you for sharing.

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  • BigDog
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    What I was missing...

    I had lost the "Meet The Members" section of sight for some time now and catching up on my reading revealed lots of good, funny, entertaining stuff! This here intereview, Old23, was a great read and I thank you for sharing it with us.

    Yo RIR, very nicely put: reminiscences of a not too far past are also big with me - modern racing is a bit "colder" than what the sport used to be. But, as some say, that's called "evolution"...

    Cheerio lads!
    BigDog

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  • Aurora
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    Slot racing is still relatively unknown in Thailand. I came here a few years back and have been trying to get it going. I've had some limited success with sales, but it hasn't yet caught on in a big way. I'm still hopeful. As with many parts of the world, and certainly here in Asia, motorsports are really taking off, so I think the hobby can only grow.

    Right now everyone is racing RTR 1/32 cars. I hope to bring in more goodies - aftermarket parts, kits, accessories, etc. - but it's one small step at a time for right now.

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  • Old23
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    Aurora, thanks for your interest and kind words. I'm all out of stories, but... slot racing in Thailand??? What's that like? How big is the scene there? What are Thai slotters racing?

    Old23

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  • Aurora
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    Wow! Talk about stepping up to the plate and hitting one out of the park! That's a very interesting personal account Old23. Great stories. The pics of your tracks - that's archival stuff. And the Mosport pics. That's history book stuff! As I sit here, I'm looking at my original redline Hotwheels Chapparal No. 66, almost 40 years old, which is based upon the very car in YOUR photo, that is responsible for my prolonged adolesecence to this day.

    Got any more stories? As your compatriot Neil Young would say, "Tell me more, tell me more".

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  • RIR
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    Thanks for the memories.

    I happen to be one of Old 23's "casual slot car buddies" that he refers to in his detailed, informative, and very entertaining post, who would also dearly like to profit from some form of "organized" slot car racing in our neck of the woods - (and also preferably on wood).

    Although I'm certain it would have happened sooner or later, I am grateful that Old 23 has been gracious enough in his profile not to have singled me out for any blame in his rekindling of this, as he mentions, at times costly, hobby. Both Old 23 and myself have long been motorsports aficionados, having been "infected" early on in our young and impressionable lives at opposite ends of the world, literally – himself in North America and myself in the Far East, when my father took me to witness my very first motor race, the 1956 Macau Grand Prix. Clicking away with my very primitive Kodak Brownie Camera at the Austin Healey, Bristol Warrior, Mercedes 190SL, Jaguar XK140, Ferrari Mondial, and I clearly remember that year, a Ford Thunderbird! among others, I was immediately hooked, not only by the spectacle of all this exotic (to me at least) machinery, but more particularly by the intoxicating atmosphere surrounding the whole event, and the ability and privilege to be standing right in the midst of this carnival, rubbing shoulders, or should I say being gently and politely ushered out of the way by good-humoured drivers and their mechanics, as they prepared their cars for combat. That event and a Scalextric set as a Christmas present soon after, and with which I spent countless hours living out my motor racing fantasies, was the beginning of a life long interest and passion for all things automotive.

    That original Scalextric set went the way of the Bristol Warrior, as has the ability to mingle intimately and pass with ease in the paddocks of modern day motor racing venues. Nonetheless, I am pleased that all is not lost. A few years back a local hobby store was closing down and was having an “all-items-marked-down-tremendous-savings-everything-must-go” sale, and the owner, who knew about my passion for things automotive, and who had supplied me at one time with scale model trains for my son, suggested that now would be the ideal time for me to consider getting into slot cars. To be honest, I thought they didn’t even exist anymore, crude and clumsy toys fading away like the Bristol Warrior. It was a shock (a pleasant, and ultimately a somewhat expensive one, I might add) to quickly learn that slot cars never really went away, were now very much in existence, and had in fact enjoyed a renaissance of sorts, and had evolved to a level of sophistication heretofore unheard of by myself. I left his store that very day with two Ninco sets, put them together as one track on the floor of a spare bedroom, gave Old 23 a phone call (whose acquaintance I had made, incidentally, some twenty years earlier while I was waiting to collect my 1:1 Porsche from the same garage he was having his 1:1 911 serviced), and invited him over to check out the remodelling of the spare bedroom.

    Much time, many enjoyable hours in the company of fellow slot car enthusiasts, an expanding collection of cars - the exact number of which I am unable to reveal lest my wife happens upon this post, and a two-lane eighty-odd foot permanent plastic Ninco track in my basement later, and I am convinced life has a sweet and kind way of repeating itself. As for the magic of mingling intimately with my driving heroes past and present, I had the good fortune last year to attend the 2006 edition of the magnificent Goodwood Festival of Speed. I stood right up, close and personal amongst the 1:1 cars, literally rubbing shoulders with the likes of Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, Richard Petty, Mikka Hakkinen, Nigel Mansell, Jackie Stewart, Jensen Button, Nico Rosberg, and many many others, until a good-humoured mechanic asked me to kindly step aside and block my ears as he was preparing to launch the Le Mans-winning Audi R10 with Allan McNish at the wheel.

    There was no sighting of a Bristol Warrior, but indeed, all is not lost. And this is a good thing.

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  • rolltidevet
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    Thanks Stewart! Boy, those old b/w pics were a real treat for ALL of us. Man did those bring back memories. ANd a Firestone Firehawk Driver too boot! Did you know Jim Roberts? He and another driver used to drive FF back in the early 90's.

    Those are great stories. You know what? People can take everything away from you as far as material things go but they can't take those memories. Thanks for sharing those amazing stories.

    I tried to throw in a coupla joke questions as well as serious and you did great! And you said you had trepidations.......hmmmmm. Me thinks you sold yourself well short. You may not have that many posts on SCI but you may be one of the most active slot racers of all of us.

    Thank you once again Stewart. If anyone else has questions, please feel free to continue to ask them. Sounds to me like Stewart has even more stories.

    KIITS ,
    Lawrence

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  • Old23
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    Originally posted by JohnGo View Post
    Do you still have that awesome Indy poster???

    jg
    Sadly, no. It disappeared a long time ago into the same Black Hole as all my comic books and sports cards.

    Old23

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  • Zoom Beedo
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    Old23, thanks for sharing the pictures and memories. I have some of the same slot cars from that era and really enjoyed seeing them again.

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    The real question everyone wants the answer to:

    Do you still have that awesome Indy poster???

    Thanks for sharing both the history and the photos.

    jg

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  • TR3
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    Hey Stewart, (old 23) I did not know I have been in the present of a real race car driver. I do envy you, I too had the same ambitions as a youngster, but the closest I ever got to 1:1 racing was a couple of years of club rallying, and only one time on a closed stage. Anyways good memories. Yes we have to look into finding somewhere to set up a permanent wood track this winter. I am sure the guys would enjoy it also. I wounder if the moderators could set something up so that the names of those that have been interviewed would show up at the top of a thread. This is a great thread but sometimes it drops off the page and we forget about it.

    Brian G.

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  • Old23
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    Originally posted by PeteN95 View Post
    Thanks for sharing the great stories and pics, Old23.
    Thanks. And I very much enjoyed your GTP stories a while back.

    Old23

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  • PeteN95
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    Thanks for sharing the great stories and pics, Old23.

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