Friday, December 02, 2016

Long time Slot Car Enthusiast and Wife Purchase ProSlot Ltd.





Dec 1, 2016
Lowell, MI – Another West Michigan husband and wife will continue the path of the longtime owners of the niche manufacturer ProSlot, Ltd. John and Angela Miller of Hartford, purchased the 44 year old company from Dan and Cheryl DeBella of Lowell after the ProSlot founders decided to retire.
“I’ve been a slot car fan and enthusiast for most of my life,” said John Miller. “Turning my hobby into a profession for me and my wife is a dream come true.”
Miller said they are committed to maintaining the same principals and high quality manufacturing practices that have contributed to ProSlot’s strong success over the years. To help ease the ownership transition, the Millers retained 24 year employees Joe and Roger Chiechi, who have played an integral role in the manufacturing process at the company. In addition, the DeBellas will mentor the Millers throughout the transition period. 
“We are pleased that ProSlot will be in great hands,” says company owner Dan DeBella, “It is comforting knowing our business will continue to be run by people as enthusiastic about slot cars as Cheryl and I.”
“We want to assure our distributors that ProSlot products will have the same superior quality they have come to expect,” says John Miller, “We are doing everything we can to make the transition in ownership as smooth as possible.”
ProSlot Ltd. is currently located in Lowell, MI but will soon relocate operations to Hartford, MI. 
ProSLot Ltd. manufactures slot car parts, including armatures, chassis and motor parts for slot car markets in the U.S. and around the world. There are three employees besides the new owners.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

B&E Slotsport Introduces New "Eliminator Deuce" Hardbody Chassis Kit

Designed and produced for hardbody 1/24 racing on "commercial style" routed tracks, the B&E Slotsport Eliminator "Deuce" 1/24 chassis kits are now available to order and also available for sale at Mid-America Raceway and Hobbies in Naperville, IL. 















Contact B&E Slotsport for information and pricing on RTR cars and built up chassis.




















Eliminator "Deuce" Specifications:
  • .042 nickel plated spring steel. Improved plating .
  • 4.5" fixed wheelbase, but can be customized to your needs.
  • Motor opening to allow that motor to breathe.
  • Easier to assemble back half with optional motor mounting plate.
  • Works with a wide variety of tire sizes to suit your needs.
For More Information:
 

Website and Online Ordering - http://www.beslotsport.com

Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/groups/303991896418243/

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Host of the 2017 USRA National Championships Announced

Slot Car Raceway LLC of Rohnert Park California has been chosen to host the United Slot Racers Association National Championship August 14-20 2017.


























All races will be contested on their 155' Ogilvie "King" track.


















For more information, contact owner Frank Sarkella at:

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AutoArt Porsche 997 GT3 RS (13211 & 13212)

AutoArt surprised me with a package a little while back: a pair of their new Porsche 997 GT3 RS road cars.




In terms of appearance, AutoArt has done a great job capturing the shape and details of this car:






While adding some nice details like the roll bar and working headlights and tail lights, AutoArt has taken the easy way out when it comes to the marker lights - using silver paint instead of coloured translucent plastic. This was probably done to keep the cost and complexity of this model within reason. Paint and finish on my test cars is very good.


Underneath, AutoArt has gone with a rear engined chassis which makes sense given that AutoArt seems to take pride in how their cars are modelled, and this is how Porsche chose to build the 1:1 version of this car. Laying out the drivetrain in a similar fashion to the prototype allows for a half tray interior and lots of interior detail while leaving room for the model's motor and drivetrain.


The metal spring guide contacts on my test cars required a bit of tweaking to get these cars running smoothly. The rear end on one of my cars was a little tight and also needed a bit of work to get the rear axle spinning freely. Out of the box, these cars are mag missiles. Ditch the traction magnets and add some weight up front and these cars become very interesting to drive to say the least - in a fun way. The semi-tray interior leaves lots of room for weight placement on the chassis. The rear engined powertrain makes for some slidey driving on my Scalextric Sport test track. If you're racing this Porsche against other AutoArt cars I'm sure it will be in the zone. I wouldn't choose this model for my weekly club racing, but AutoArt isn't pretending to take on the pro Porsche 997s from the likes of NSR, NINCO, and SCX. If you're into street cars then these models are a good choice.

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