Sunday, January 23, 2011

slots

Not Vegas slots, but slot cars. There's this page one of my former high school classmates created on Facebook called Asian Retro - check it out if you grew up around my time (60's-70's) in the Asian American community as people posted a bunch of memories there.

I thought about how I used to be crazy about racing slot cars and going to Revell Raceway on La Tijera in Westchester back in my growing-up days.

Now that was FUN. That, and going to eat at McDonalds next door, too.

Here's a picture of the place that I ran across today:

It became the rage for a couple of years and then just as quickly as it grew, it died out. This was big business for a while - raceways opened up, hobby stores stocked the latest slot car kits and parts to "scratch build" them, and the manufacturers sponsored teams to go around the country to promote and race their products.

Us true fanatics used to carry our cars, spare parts and tools in a fishing tackle box and we'd never be caught dead racing "stock" equipment, haha. Especially ones that came already assembled. At least if you were going to race something stock, it was supposed to be built from a kit so you had a hand in making it.

Yup, those were the days..


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