Contact: John Lacko at JALacko@aol.com
4 Lane Scalextric Sport- Landscaped
Contact John for Club hours and Current types of cars being raced.
Photos provided by John Lacko - I will attempt to gather more information and photos as soon as I can.
John provided this narrative about Goodspeed:
My friend Josh Willson and I decided to build the track in the basement of a downtown Kalamazoo building that he bought for a residence and for a retail store for his wife. We tried to make it as scale realistic as possible. Both Josh and I have busy schedules, so we have not been able to complete as much of it as we would have liked. The track is not a commercial venture and so not open to the public.
The track is named after Leland F. Goodspeed, who set six speed records over distances from one kilometer to five miles by driving 104.36 mph in a Roamer at Daytona Beach in 1921. He was also the VP of Engineering at Roamer, which was built here in Kalamazoo. Besides we like the name Goodwood and thought Goodspeed would be close enough and appropriate. We have plenty of trees already installed and plan for lots more. In fact, we will have so many trees along the track, we are going to have a special racing event each year to be called "The Goodspeed Festival of Wood."
The track is Scalextric Sport. It is four lanes and about 118 feet in length. There is an elevation range of about a foot. The table is 32' long and 10' wide.
We do not have a formal club. Instead, we have a group of about 20 guys who race RTR cars in 37 classes. We stress scale and accuracy. The classes are set up for 1/32 replicas of cars that actually raced against one another from 1950's GP to contemporary LMP. We allow very little modification and virtually no motor swaps. We have strict magnet "pull" limits on each class to restrict "downforce." Magnet Marshalls are used to enforce the limit during tech inspection before racing.