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Growing up in the 50's and 60's I was introduced to Slot Cars as a junior hot rodder in 1962. I was twelve years old. It was great until the late 60's when the slot tracks started closing down.

I bought a 1/32nd slot car set so I didn't have to give up my hobby. Later in the 70's I bought HO sets and still race them today.

Commercial tracks are now opening again with Ohio being a hotbed . Glad I'm an Ohio'n. Tracks range from ovals, to road courses and of course drag strips. All of these come in the form of HO , 1/43rd , 1/32nd and 1/24th scale.

I'm curious to know how many other slot car racers we have on board here.

Gonzo

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Growing up in the 50's and 60's I was introduced to Slot Cars as a junior hot rodder in 1962. I was twelve years old. It was great until the late 60's when the slot tracks started closing down.

I bought a 1/32nd slot car set so I didn't have to give up my hobby. Later in the 70's I bought HO sets and still race them today.

Commercial tracks are now opening again with Ohio being a hotbed . Glad I'm an Ohio'n. Tracks range from ovals, to road courses and of course drag strips. All of these come in the form of HO , 1/43rd , 1/32nd and 1/24th scale.

I'm curious to know how many other slot car racers we have on board here.

Gonzo
Welcome to the board, Gonzo.

There are a few slot racers here, at least folks who fondly remember it from the earlier days. I posted a while back on the same subject and there were some good responses.

Glad to hear Ohio is still active. Koford is still located there- I've used thousands of dollars of Stew's parts over the years!

I was in Central FL during the 90's, at one time the USRA had about a dozen tracks across the state (Jacksonville to Port St. Lucie) that we raced our series at (different track every other week times two races at each track was that year's "series").

I've seen that the tracks that have endured, have done it by keeping costs down. But as you know, floor space costs money, and a couple slot tracks takes up some major square footage- so that's always a concern for the track operators. Some of the best tracks I've been to were run in flea markets, of all places!

I keep saying I'm going to get a home track up and running some day, but that may take a while.
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