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I never thought to video anything I was doing at the time, so I've put together photos I took while building my second track. There were some missing so I put it together best I could. Photobucket was where they were all hosted back in the day so they are all gone now (I think) I thought as it seems a lot of people are using tiktok to make videos I'd give it a try, not as easy as I thought, iMovie seems easier! Anyway, hard thing was what to put over the silence

I'll make one of my first track build and Col's Suzuka when I get time


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Just getting involved with my son. We have quite a bit of scalextric track. Going to look to build a more permanent set up rather than on the floor!

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I have a body I'm contemplating a second repaint on.  The main colour is acrylic, but there are small details I have done in enamel.

Normally I dip the body in isopropanol, but will this get the enamel off?  .....Or will I need to attack the existing enamel with the correct thinner first?

Thanks in advance,

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For anybody that is interested in the history of motorsport, then Historic Racing have both a website and a facebook page which have some interesting content.

Their website looks a little uncared for, but it has some good articles...

Their facebook page posts more frequently, but it could just be old content from the website...

I wouldn't normally scrape other people's content, but since I'm promoting them here I hope they won't mind, and I thought this was QI. Not my usual area of interest, but there you go.


Quote:There were 24 boardtracks built between 1910 and 1928. The 21 years of boardtrack racing is probably the most fascinating period in American racing history.
The first was the Los Angeles Coliseum Motordome at Playa-Del-Rey in Venice, California. It opened on April 8, 1910 and was based on the French velodromes used for bicycle racing. The track and others that followed were built using 2x4 inch (51x100 mm) boards with banked corners.

From the 68 tons of nails used to build the 1.25 mile oval at Cotati, California, on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, to the fastest track of the lot, the 1.5 mile 45 degree banked oval in Atlantic City, NJ, each had many unique stories in their all too short history.

Miller, turned in a lap of 147.299 mph. To put this in perspective, this was ten years and only 24 mph short of the 171.78 mph race lap set by Bernd Rosemeyer on the Avus banking in 1937 and was not exceeded at Indianapolis until Jim Hurtubise's lap of 149.056 in 1960.
Barney Oldfield and a sideways Jim Parsons, Venice, Calif., March 17, 1915.

Lockhart was good but the King of the Boards was evenly divided between Jimmy Murphy and Tommy Milton. Murphy turned out 50 times and won 18 of them, Tommy raced 85 times on the oil soaked timber tracks but only won 17, though he did have 43 top three finishes. No one else came close on the boards, Peter DePaolo ranked third in wins, but Peter could only claim nine wins in 48 starts. Tommy's 17 wins between 1916 and 1926 netted him a total of $134,185 and he covered a total of 10,988 miles.

The one-mile oval at Fresno, California, had the honour of lasting the longest. It opened on October 2nd 1920 and closed its doors on October 2nd 1926. Seven years of sun, rain and lack of upkeep had finally made the surface to dangerous to race on.

The shortest lifespan was Carl Fisher's 1.25 mile oval at Fulford-by-the-Sea (now known as North Miami Beach), Florida. The first race and, although no one knew it at the time, the last was held on February 22nd 1926. The race was a great success but a hurricane turned the venue to matchsticks on September 19th that year. Fulford had the dubious honour of having the steepest banking at 50 degrees. It took a speed of 110 mph just to stay on the track.
The track at Beverly Hills, California, holds the record for the closest race in the history of boardtrack racing. After 100 miles at speeds of between 110 and 115 mph Jimmy Murphy edged Benny Hill (no not that Benny Hill) by just .06 second, which equated to about 10 feet.

Whereas the largest margin of victory went to Louie Meyer when he beat Fred Frams to the finish line by eight minutes, on the 1.25 mile oval at Altoona in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and it's 4,000,000 board feet of lumber. The track was destroyed by fire on 19th May 1936, and the site is now playing fields and a parking lot.
Altoona's turns were banked at 32 degrees and were responsible for the fatal crashes of Howard Wilcox (4th April 1923); Joe Boyer (1st September 1924, the same year that he won the Indy 500); and Ray Keech (15th June 1929, just seventeen days after winning the Indy 500).

Another notable driver that failed to meet his wellness potential was Gaston Chevrolet, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1920 and who also perished that same year, on November 25, at a Thanksgiving Day race at the Beverly Hills Speedway.

As the angle of the banking increased so did cornering speeds. As fans sat on the outside of the track looking down at the action, any excursion outside the bounds of the circuit would often result in spectators playing a more direct role in the proceedings. On September 8th, 1912, Eddie Hasha was killed at the New Jersey Motordrome near Atlantic City. The accident killed 4 boys and injured 10 more people. The story made the front page of the New York Times and the press started calling boardtracks "murderdromes".

The last of the 24 tracks to be built was in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in 1927 but was replaced by a dirt track in 1933 due to the high cost of maintaining the boards. Tracks needed new 2x4 boards every five years and during the last decade of racing, carpenters would often have to repair the track from below as holes appeared during races.
This high cost coupled with the high cost to 'chaps' spelled the end of this era of American Motorsport.

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Special USB cable for connection between Ninco Digital power base and computer. Allow race management, lapcounter, etc...

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New production chip, compatible with Ninco N Digital, suitable for installation in almost all existing slot car models (including F1); decidedly smaller dimensions than the smallest original chip (mm. 22 x mm. 13) and thickness of a few mm. (about 5mm) see photos. Connections with overthickened silicone sheathed wires for better conductivity. Cables for connecting lights. Factory welded harnesses.
Location Italy
Shipping worldwide 
If interested, don't esitate to contact for details.

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New episode out now - links here: Talking Utter Slot Podcast

While Fly's release of a tiny Tom Cruise might be satire, is the model of the late Queen Elizabeth standing by a 911 treason? For one thing, where's the Corgi? Fortunately, Scott has a solution.

Nick, fresh back from the Wye Valley Club slot rally in Abergavenny, reports on how the bargain bucket Scalextric Subarus got on and asserts, quite assertively, that a NSR Porsche 911 is NOT a rally car no matter how many co-drivers you add to it.

There's also talk of Super Bonkers Skinny Motors, Tungsten putty and overheated tyres: all news to Scott who probably should get out more.

Available via the link above, on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.

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I have noticed a bit of an influx to free shared chassis/pod files on Thingieverse latley.
For me, with my very poor CAD abilities, being able to download files and just tweak to my needs is a major help.
So I thank you all that have shared, I know @chappyman66 recently shared a SW Pod which helps me make a negative to stamp out the required shape for a chassis, and also gives me a route to make low cost pods  Thumbup

So thank you anyone here who has both free and paid shared files available on Thingieverse or Cults 3D  Cool

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Our final action of the year at the Barn is the second of a pair of Tin Top Saturdays on 16 December. By the end of the day, we'll have crowned our 2023 WHO BTCC champion and - hopefully - had a cracking six and a half hours of saloon car racing, mince pie eating and Christmas jumper wearing.

The plan for 2024 is to streamline the November and December Saturdays to make them a little more laid-back. After a hectic November, we've changed the schedule to something like this...


That's a full 90 minutes of free practice, no club car rotation and a Carrera Classic Nascar demonstration. The competitive action starts with the Group A team race. I suspect we'll all enjoy it and - fingers crossed - we will have our new Saturday format sorted.

Racing on  Mike's NerdBarnRing layout has become a bit of a pre-Christmas tradition. It's a great Scalextric digital track with lots of overtaking opportunities...


Shame we don't have room for the Nördschleife.

Anyone planning on a trip to the Barn for the first time, do let us know so we can get you up to speed. All the 2023 regs are in a pdf at: http://www.whoracing.org.uk/who_digital.html

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