Wednesday, September 19, 2018

I wanted to let you all know about the passing of Bob Haines of REH Distributing last night in Cincy. Bob was one of the first slot car distributors in the US. He supported the hobby over his entire adult life. He supported racing in the 60's going so far as to let the factory teams (who raced on a shoestring budget) regularly stay at his own home during race events in the city. He and REH have distributed most of the slot car brands that have ever been made, they have sold here and around the world. He was one of the people that helped the hobby get a start in the US, in a very real way we have lost one of the founders of the hobby here. I just talked to Kim Fields (his daughter) just now on the phone to express my deep sadness to hear this. Bob was one of those people in our business that I looked to as a model to be emulated. He knew the business and he understood the importance how small this hobby is and how to treat people. I remember one evening during the Hobbytown Convention a few years ago we talked for hours over many, many drinks and it became clear to me how much the hobby of slot racing owes a debt to him... and how much I now am really glad to have known him. That easy smile and warm, gravely voice were just a pleasure to be around... There will be no services. -Dave Kennedy, Publisher-Slot Car News Hornby US Brand Manager

Friday, August 31, 2018

Friesner Wins First Annual NASRA Group 7 Title

August 26, 2018 was the date of the first ever North American Slot Racing Association (NASRA) Group 7 wing car national championship race sponsored by Stupidfast Thunder Rubber held at "Slotcars R Us" raceway in White House, TN.


Group 7 race winner Brad Friesner posted his impressions of the event on the NASRA Facebook page:

The 1st Annual NASRA Nationals is over and it was a great success!! The race had more entries than I have seen at a US slot race in many years - it was truly incredible! Thank you to William Skinner, Joseph Salzman, Boyt Johnson, Luiz Bernardino and James Sproviero for all the work you did to make the event run smoothly. Looking forward to next years...!!

A huge thanks to the host of the race, Tracy Brown and Slot Cars R Us, the Track. WOW! The facility, hospitality, and track was truly top notch! You put on a great show and I can't wait to come back in November!

Speaking of hospitality, the dinner (that I didn't remember was happening) that Richard Curnutte and Tracy hosted on Wednesday night was simply amazing - thank so much for your generosity!
I am very pleased with the results that I achieved at this race and it would not have been possible without the help and support of the following people:

Lee Roberts of CRP for the perfect balancing!! Thanks for taking care of me dude - you are the best!
William Skinner of Stupidfast for the absolute best tires and rubber - also providing great support with anything that I need. I truly appreciate everything you do for me!
Stuart Koford for continued support and access to the best slotcar parts. As Chubby said, we wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for you!
Jim Hahn for the amazing Speed Spurs! You do perfect work and they have made me faster - thanks! I will be sending more soon...
Thanks to my great friend James Stevens for the motivation and innovation! You are a crazy thinker (what box?) and our discussions (and your success) have allowed me to continue to get faster because of your ideas. Thanks for helping me in both races with braid cleaning - I can see that this will be ending soon (which is awesome) because we will be racing against each other in the near future!!
Thanks to Rob Garland and Merrell Todd for your help in both races and getting me to and from the track when Melissa was resting in preparation for shopping! Rob, thanks for "gluing" the track for me (I think that is called un-gluing the track) but you had me dialed in! I'm sorry you got taken out in the semi!
Last but not least, my amazing Wife Melissa! The many weeks leading up to the Nats, spent in the basement, winging bodies, only seeing me for 20 minutes at dinner! Coming down to visit me on occasion, just so you could confirm how much shopping money you would be getting from all my work :) . Thank you for the support, I love you, you are the best!!!

Sincerely, Brad Friesner

After the event, it was announced that Port Jefferson Raceway was chosen to host the 2019 NASRA National Championship Races. When the schedule is announced, we will publish it here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New ISRA "Production" class body from Betta & Classic


Betta & Classic have begun shipping their revised BMW M3 DTM 1/24 clear lexan body. The rear wing on this body is now extended to a full width of 83mm with a vertical end-plate and large side fins for rigidity. This body sports a low shovel nose and smooth straight flexible sides.

This bodystyle is popular for use in ISRA "Production" and "Team Enduro" racing.

Available to order in .020", .010", .007" or .005" Lexan; a lightweight unpainted saloon style racing interior is included with each body. A die-cut window mask to help with painting is available for use with this body for a small additional charge.

Betta & Classic have a limited amount of pre-painted bodies similar to the style shown below:





For consumer or dealer enquiries about this product or any in the Betta & Classic line, kindly email sales@bettaandclassic.com or check with your local raceway.

Friday, August 10, 2018

AWRA Tech Tips


Parts Update: Here's what the AWRA Racers are running as of 8/10/2018
Chassis: 
Despite the trend towards the Riggen 5003, the Parma steel and brass chassis remain the most used chassis. Here is how they stand. 
1. Parma steel
2. Parma brass
3. Champion Thumper
4. Riggen 5003
5. LVJ Charger steel
6. LVJ Charger brass
7. K&G Brute
The R-GEO Raven and the Mid America Stomp are both recently legal and have not yet been used. 
Motors:
1. JK Mini Brute
2. JK Hawk 7
3. JK Hawk 25 *
4. Parma 501 Deathstar
5. Kelly Bullet
6. ProSlot 4000
7. ProSlot 4001
8. JK Retro Hawk
9. H&R Crusher
* The JK Hawk 25 has never been used in an AWRA event, but it is a popular motor in weekly series racing. 
Bodies:
1. Parma Kremer Porsche
2. Caveman Late Model Wedge
3. Champion 37 Chevy Coupe
4. Parma 33 Ford Coupe
5. Caveman Thunderbird
6. Caveman Lumina
7. Parma 37 Ford Coupe
8. Caveman Kramer
9. Caveman Monte Carlo
Gears:
The most popular setup was the 9/30 pinion crown combo, but that has been overtaken by the 9/28 combination. Gearing runs the gamut, but the best starting spot for most any track is the 9/28 with a steel pinion and a quality crown.