Monday, November 30, 2015

Goodspeed: Under the lights Thanksgiving Enduro

November 28th, 2015

Goodspeed Raceway
LMP Thanksgiving Enduro 

12 Mins X 4 lanes per driver.

Modern LMP-1 third, second and first place finishers

C20 Modern LMP1 (Bar Magnet) 200 gram magnet limit

       Laps per Lane 1 2 3 4
1. Jack, 294 laps, Peugeot 908 #9, 100 g. weight, 193 g. magnet, Super Tires 75 76 72 71
2. John H., 290 laps, Lister Storm LMP #20, 81 g. weight, 192 g. magnet, Super Tires 71 73 75 71
3. Denny, 289 laps, Porsche RS Spyder #6, 79 g. weight, 193 g. magnet, Super Tires 72 74 73 70
4. Harlan, 288 laps, Peugeot 908 #8, 86 g. weight, 193 g. magnet, Super Tires 73 73 75 67
5. Ken, 283 laps, Aston Martin LMP #007, 80 g. weight, 177 g. magnet, Super Tires 73 77 72 61
6. John L., 282 laps, Aston Martin LMP #007, 89 g. weight, 191 g. magnet, Super Tires 73 72 69 67
7. Craig, 278 laps, Porsche RS Spyder #34, 93 g. weight, 200 g. magnet, Super Tires 69 71 72 65
8. Mark, 273 laps, Peugeot 908 #6, 105 g. weight, 185 g. magnet, Super Tires 67 72 70 64
9. Kurt, 269 laps, Aston Martin LMP #007, 100 g. weight, 194 g. magnet, Super Tires 65 72 66 66
10. Kevin, 267 laps, Audi R10 #18, 83 g. weight, 177 g. magnet, Super Tires 65 66 67 69
11. Tom, 260 laps, Porsche RS Spyder #6, 96 g. weight, 200 g. magnet, Maxx Trac tires 69 67 63 61
12. M. G., 235 laps, Audi R10 #7, 80 g. weight, 148 g. magnet, Quick Slicks tires 59 64 60 52

Fastest Times Per Lane:

#1 John H. 8.884, Jack 8.981, Ken 9.163, Harlan 9.256, John L. 9.293, Kevin 9.496, Denny 9.507, Kurt 9.616, Tom 9.962, Mark 9.981, Craig 10.105, M. G. 11.344

#2 Ken 8.854, Jack 8.953, Denny 9.075, John H. 9.115, Mark 9.289, Craig 9.408, John L. 9.430, Harlan 9.448, M. G. 10.005, Kevin 10.020, Tom 10.040 (Kurt no time)

#3 Jack 8.570, Ken 8.958, Harlan 8.962, John H. 9.005, John L. 9.066, Denny 9.395, Mark 9.402, Craig 9.483, Kurt 9.717, Kevin 10.346, M. G. 10.350, Tom 10.598

#4 Jack 9.174, John H. 9.515, Denny 9.634, Craig 9.664, Kevin 9.990, John L. 10.079, Harlan 10.104, Mark 10.121, Kurt 10.201, Tom 10.632, M. G. 12.447 (Ken no time)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Super Tires 100 at Goodspeed Raceway

28 November 2015

Goodspeed and the West Michigan Scale Slot Car Racing Group hosted a pair of hard hitting, two fisted competitive show downs Saturday; the Super Tires 100 for Grand National Monogram cars sponsored by Super Tires and a Brights in the Night LMP1 race under the lights.  

The races attracted four racers from Chicago as well as a strong contingent of the regulars.  Racers competing included; M. G. Brown, Jack Dastoli, John Hansen, Harlan Jones, John Lacko, Denny Moscatelli, Kurt Nank, Tom Ryfiak, Craig Salisbury, Ken Swanson, Mark Welch and Kevin Yonkers.

The Super Tires 100 consisted of 5 minute heats to insure the top cars completed 100 laps.  The race was limited to only the Monogram NASCARS in the class.  Nick of Super Tires provided their 1700 tires for every entrant and the podium finishers won their choice of six pair of Super Tires.

The LMP1 race was an enduro with 12 minute heats that tested both man and machine.  The only eligible cars were Scalextric LMP1 cars with both head and tail lights.  Back up cars were pressed into action by John L. and Ken due to mechanical issues during the extended LMP1 race.

Due to a cold track, no new track records were set.

Super Tires 100 Grand National third, second and first place finishers.

Class 9 Grand National Stock Cars (NASCAR 1960-1968)
THE SUPER TIRES 100  150 gram magnet limit   Laps Per Lane 1 2 3 4

1. John L., 101 laps, Plymouth #43, 110 g. weight, 148 g. magnet, Super Tires 25 26 26 24
2. John H., 101 laps, Fairlane #29, 105 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, Super Tires 24 27 25 25
3. Harlan, 97 laps, Fairlane #34, 91 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, Super Tires 25 23 26 23
4. Jack, 97 laps, Dodge #38, 108 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, Super Tires 24 25 25 23
5. Kevin, 92 laps, Fairlane #115, 101 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, Super Tires 23 22 25 22
6. Denny, 92 laps, Charger #6, 118 g. weight, 130 g. magnet, Super Tires 23 25 21 23
7. Ken, 92 laps, Plymouth #43, 111 g. weight, 142 g. magnet, Super Tires 25 24 22 21
8. Craig, 90 laps, Charger #9, 103 g. weight, 139 g. magnet, Super Tires 23 23 23 21
9. Kurt, 80 laps, Galaxie #121, 135 g. weight, 140 g. magnet, Super Tires 20 20 20 20
10. M. G., 79 laps, Plymouth #43, 99 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, Super Tires 18 20 21 20
11. Tom, 78 laps, Galaxie #21, 116 g. weight, 150 g. magnet, Super Tires 20 21 15 22

Fastest Times Per Lane
#1 Harlan 10.949, Ken 11.040, Kevin 11.334, John H. 11.430, John L. 11.606, Jack 11.631, Craig 11.948, Kurt 12.088, Denny 12.111, Tom 12.280, M. G. 13.444
#2 John H. 10.677, Harlan 10.719, John L. 10.913, Ken 11.201, Kevin 11.248, Jack 11.504, Craig 11.578, Kurt 11.780, Denny 11.959, Tom 12.348, M. G. 12.348
#3 Harlan 10.622, John H. 10.916, John L. 11.008, Ken 11.136, Kevin 11.310, Denny 11.556, Jack 11.658, Craig 11.775, Tom 11.811, Kurt 11.924, M. G. 13.798
#4 John H. 11.642, Kevin 11.718, John L. 11.748, Jack 11.868, Harlan 11.886, Ken 11.954, Denny 12.052, M. G. 12.239, Kurt 12.248,  Craig 12.794, Tom 13.162

Photos by John Lacko

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bass Pro Shops Holiday 2015 NASCAR Slot Car Set Now Available.

Bass Pro Shops has continued their tradition of offering a 1:32 ready to run slot car racing set in 2015. This year's set is manufactured by Carrera and features the NASCAR "Gen 6" racing cars of Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick.

The following photos taken in the area around the demonstration racing set in the "Santa's Workshop" area of the Bass Pro Shop store in Gurnee Mills, Gurnee, IL. These photos were taken before the Christmas display area was opened to the public.


This is the description of the above set from the Bass Pro Shops website:

Enjoy the thrill of the race with this Bass Pro Shops® Carrera® NASCAR® 1:32 Slot Car Set. With its 3 molded high-bank curves and 2 crossing sections, this high-speed track pits 3-time Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart in the #14 Bass Pro Shops car against defending Sprint Cup champ Kevin Harvick in the #4 Jimmy John's car. This Bass Pro Shops Carrera NASCAR Slot Car Set is easy to set up, and includes a #14 Tony Stewart Impala, a #4 Kevin Harvick Impala, 9 standard straights, 1 connecting section, 12 curves, 2 lane change sections, 2 mechanical speed controllers, 1 transformer, and guardrails. Track Length: 24.7'. Layout: 8.53' triangle. Ages 3 and up. Imported.

- 3 molded high-band curves
- 2 crossing sections
- Easy to set up
- Includes #14 Tony Stewart and #4 Kevin Harvick cars
- Ages 3 and up
- Makes a great gift

Friday, August 14, 2015

New Stamped Steel 1/24 Chassis from Mossetti Racing

Here we see the first blanks of the new Mossetti Racing stamped steel chassis, these are the pieces ready for forming. 

There will ultimately be four versions of this chassis:

Patriot Sport - this chassis will be available in two versions. Just bolt in your favorite FK motor; either the full metal can version or the ProSlot version. No soldering is required. The chassis sets up perfectly for 8:28 Gear Ratio (48 Pitch). 

This could become the new standard for entry level racing - as the unique design eliminates the tedious task of soldering in the motor by the beginning racer or raceway owner.

Patriot Striker - Two piece Chassis - C can solder in version. Motor brace not shown.

Patriot Trio - Three piece Chassis - C can solder in version. Motor brace not shown.

The chassis material is 410 Stainless (1mm Thick) and weighs 1.3 grams lighter than JK. The chassis is hardened to over 40 Rockwell (JK is softer). All chassis will be nickel plated for ease of soldering.

The pin tube locations and rear axle position will be identical to the JK to make swapping out bodies simple.

More technical and ordering information will be posted as soon as it is available. 

Friday, August 07, 2015

Carrera Joins in the Anniversary Celebration for National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY

Carrera of America will be at the 21st Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky September 3-5, 2015 and will display the upcoming Carrera Corvette Race set. 

The new Corvette Race set will be shown and you can race on the track during the 3 day Anniversary event! 

There will be giveaways of Carrera hats and stickers and other gifts... and the Museum Gift Shop will be taking pre-orders on this set during the event. 

Check the National Corvette Museum website for directions. The Covette museum anniversary event will be open the 3rd-5th September from 8am-5pm daily. 

Carrera of America also plans to attend the annual April event at the National Corvette Museum and NCM Motorsports Park.

Sample Corvette C7.R slot cars are planned to be on display, but will be subject to availability.

Information and photos provided by Carrera of America.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Lola T-600 IMSA From SRC

The Lola T600 designed by Eric Broadley was introduced in 1981 for the IMSA Championship and FIA Group 6 competition. The first two cars built were purchased by the Cooke-Woods Racing team, which equipped them with the 5.7-liter Chevrolet V-8 engine. The Lola T600 was originally designed to be equipped with a choice of Porsche, Ford, BMW or Chevrolet engines.

The first North American race in which Lola T600 competed was the 100 miles of Laguna Seca, California. Brian Redman driving chassis HU-1 took the pole and ran to a dominant victory. Wins by the team were repeated at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, Portland and Road Atlanta.

This new 1:32 scale version by SRC reproduces driver Brian Redman's debut at Laguna Seca. It comes with the new fully transparent SRC display box.

SRC plans to offer the "T-Bird Swap Shop" IMSA Lola T600 HU4 of John Paul Jr. and the "Budweiser" IMSA Lola HU5 of Chris Cord/Jim Adams later in 2015.

Monday, July 06, 2015

MIRPA and GLSCC Restore Famous Scale Replica of Chicago's Meadowdale Raceway

After 3 months of intense labor by volunteers from Great Lakes Slot Car Club and support from Meadowdale International Raceway Preservation Association, the track donated to MIRPA by Bob Dunkle was finally ready for racing on July 4th, 2015.

One of the races held July 4th was a "Trans-Am" race commemorating the SCCA Trans-Am race held at Chicago's Meadowdale International Raceway July 1968.

Here are some photos of the completed 1/32nd scale track and the racing action.

Congratulations and thanks to GLSCC and MIRPA for restoring and preserving this historic slot car track.

Questions should be directed to GLSCC and MIRPA (

Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 RETRO National Championship Series # 5

The 2015 RETRO Race of Champions "The Race for the Ring" will be held July 17-18, 2015 at Real Speed Raceway in Fort Wayne, Indiana on their 155' Ogilvie King track.

Real Speed Raceway
3404 Land Dr
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809
(260) 341-0199

A couple of changes this year....... NOT a Hand Out Motor Race in any of the classes. WSC Coupe will use PS-FK motors. All races "one and done" format. Can Am and F1/Indy races ONLY count towards the "Race for the Ring" Championship.

The Schedule of Events and Classes to be run........

Friday July 17

Track Opens at 12:00 PM Noon. All Day Pit Pass $ 10.00

WSC FK Coupe - will tech at 6:00 PM. Qualifying and racing to follow. Race Format "one and done" overall lap totals determine overall finish. This race WILL NOT count towards the ROC Ring Championship. This is a "warm up" type race the night before the Can Am and F1 events. Entry Fee $ 10.00

Rules here using Motor Option 2 Pro Slot 4002 FK:

WSC Coupe, Can Am, F1/Indy Body List here:

Track closes at 11 PM

Saturday July 18

Track Opens at 8 AM Tech at 9:30 AM Qualifying and Racing to follow.

Can Am FK - NOT a Handout Motor Race. One and Done format. Entry Fee 15.00

Rules here:

F1/Indy FK - NOT a Handout Motor Race. One and Done format.
Entry Fee 15.00

Rules here:

See the RETRO website for all other rules and info:

Monday, June 15, 2015

Building the B&E Crusader - Part 1

How-To build a 1/24th hard-body racer with the new B&E Slotsport "Crusader" stamped brass chassis. Photos and text by Brian Meharry. Please click on any photo for a larger view.

The first step is to choose your body.
In this example I am using the 1970 Ford Torino.

Next let's test fit the body to the chassis.
The Crusader chassis gives you the option of 4.375 and 4.5 wheelbase.
The Eliminator frame is infinitely adjustable over 4-1/8"

At this point, I go ahead and put the tires on axles so that I can mark the wheel wells in the right spot.
You can use some round lane stickers for a perfect circle template,
but on my own cars I like to freehand draw with a fine-line marker.
This gives a rough short track look.

Here's how the body looks after the fenders are cut.
I always take my time doing this and double check clearance around the tire.

I tape body parts together and use "Shoe goo" to secure everything together.
I lay generous amounts of it inside the front and rear fenders to provide a little extra strength in a crash.

The front fascia needed a little tape to hold it in place while the glue dries.

The same taping job is done with the rear.

After taking some time to make sure everything is flat and square,
I use a jig and jig wheels to solder the rear bushings in.
This set is sold by Precision Slot Cars.
In the front on this car I'm going to use a Bud Bartos threaded front axle.
I soldered it in, but you can use Loctite or epoxy if you desire.

The Torino is a fairly narrow body, so the mounts will need to be moved inward on the frame.
Very gently bend down the mounts, and cut them off at the line that is provided.
Here the body mounts are soldered in the new position. You can use epoxy to secure them if you want.
The motor tab holes are a little higher than I wanted, so I just took a Dremel and opened the holes up until I liked how the pinion would be centered upon the axle.
Once I was happy with the way the motor sat, I soldered an .055 music wire hoop along the back uprights and motor bracket.
Not only will it provide some strength in a crash, but it keeps the vibration from that torque-y little neo motor in check.

Velcro mounts still work OK for hard-body racing, but I prefer to float some brass pin tube through the body, and then I bend some .025 wire to hold the body in place; more on that later.

After soldering is completed I cleaned the chassis in the sink with some Comet and a toothbrush. I might throw it in the tumbler for a few hours later.

Here is the bottom side of the chassis after being scrubbed with a Scotchbrite pad.

Next I painted the body a mean looking purple; I use Tamiya or Model Master Lacquer paints because they are generally dry within an hour.
All the work that you see up to this point took just over an hour to complete.

Here's the 1/16th inch brass tubing poking through the body.
I'll bend some .025" wire to make the retaining clips.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this build.

More information on the products mentioned can be found on the B&E Slotsport web page: