Just the other day my slot racing buddy Stewart(old23) sent this pic around to the guys in our club. I just love it! It captures a time and era that evokes great memories and slot cars are involved. The pic is from a BRDC meeting in 1965. Its a veritable whose who of heros. Clark , Hill, Chapman.....the web page link is here
Its from Australia and this is from just one section. Have a walk about and enjoy . I have.
The suggestion was that when the "kats" gather for the annual Christmas Run Offs at the Autodrome we wear tux or formal attire...we'll see.....
Recently on epay listed by electricgaragesale in Caledon On I spied (through rose tinted glasses of 50 years past nostalgia) the original Eldon slot car set that started me on my way to a hobby I still enjoy today.
Missed winning the bid by $1.00...damn...but it was fun to see the original box and gear. Probably means nothing to anyone but me, but it is my blog so put up with the memory lane twadle.
Now I return to the way back machine......hehehe!
Thanks for the pics from Caledon and the epay sight.
Back in May I thought I had a McKee but was promptly corrected by a large contingent of slot car aficionados that I had a McLaren. My bad. I have since got hold of the real thing. It's a Strombecker body. The pictures tell the story. I had two Mrrc chassis purchased earlier so one has gone to good use. Its shortened a bit, new screws used to hold it together, bushings and motor siliconed in place. The old body mounting posts were cut of and I used blocks of styrene. System works very well on two centrally located screws. Touch of paint, decals, coat of Future wax and there we go. The car is an extraordinarily smooth runner and stable. Wow! Another CanAm car in the collection.
Thanks for some history by racecars.com
This is the 6th sports racer and 1st CAN-AM car designed and built by (Bob) McKee Engineering Corp. of Palatine, Illinois. The car possesses the original tube frame and fiberglass body as built by Bob McKee Engineering in 1965/66. It is fitted with a full race prepared Olds big block (455 c.I.) as originally fitted to the car.
The car is described in ROAD & TRACK's series on America's Race Car Builders - Feb 1967 issue.
Bob Mckee began his career as one of Chicago's better known speed shops, catering to the dragster and stock car market. He had built a Chevy and a Pontiac for Tiny Lund and then joined the Pontiac stock car team. He then became interested in Indy cars and was Dick Rathman's crew chief for two seasons. Roger Ward decided to go road racing, purchased a Cooper chassis and Bob Mckee was given the job of building the car. Installing an aluminum block Buick, McKee determined that existing transaxles weren't man enough for the job and designed the McKee transaxle. He continued to provide race preparation and fabrication for customers like Augie Pabst and Charlie Hayes while also working on Indy cars.
As his reputation developed he was commissioned to build specials to order and by late 1965 had produced 5 such cars, all different, including the Chevettes of Dick Doane and Jerry Hansen featuring Chevy power. He also produced the LMD, powered by a Ford 427 stock car engine, and a Plymouth hemi special. All of the cars featured tube frames and aluminum bodies.
Beginning with the sixth car McKee switched to fibreglass bodywork and series production, embarking on a run of three cars, of which this car is the first. The McKee Mk VI was introduced at the 1966 SCCA National Convention. This car is the show car. The car was originally owned and raced by Budd Clusserath on the Cro-Sal Racing team w/Gene Crowe as mechanic. It competed in SCCA events in the Midwest from 1966 through 1968, driven by Budd Clusserath and Dr. DeJarld. The car appeared in CAN-AM competition in 1969 (as #64) and 1970 (as #33) driven by Chuck Frederick, at venues including Edmonton, Elkhart Lake, Laguna Seca, Riverside (Texas), and Donnybrook.
The cars were known in their time for a very high quality of craftsmanship and extensive use of domestically sourced parts, to minimize the problem of foreign parts replacement. The only non-U.S. source parts on the car are the steering rack, dampers, and hydraulic master cylinders.
There were only four marques which won points in the 1966 USRRC series, two British; McLaren and Lola, and two American, Genie and McKee.
There you have it.
This past weekend I made the trek back to Southern Ontario to visit my son and his wife, crash at a long time slot buddies place and visit the Huttonville Slot Car show. I think this was the 23rd show at the Embleton Road school house in Brampton Ontario, as Huttonville is swallowed up by urban sprawl. The school gym was packed with all scales and all ages of cars and enthusiasts. My friend Dr.Vanski was selling off his collection and I scored a nice Fly Porsche livery I like and the LeMans Miniatures Pink Pig I have always coveted, along with a hand built fiberglass bodied Mercedes. Thank you Van for the deals, the hobby was better for you. Race at my place anytime. The red 512M rounds out yellow, blue and red liveries by Spirit so when its time for IROC style racing one Ferrari for each colour of lane. Drew, so you swore you wouldn't negotiate a deal on the yellow Shell Porsche...droped $5 for the begger I am!.. Sean what a bargain on the Scaley box Williams and McLaren...thanks dude.
My son and I visited Dundas Valley Hobbies the evening before the show for old times sake and I scooped the Ferrari 458 by Carrera. All the cars are being or have been tweaked and tuned, slightly regeared or blue printed and run fine to great. The Porsche Pink Pig lived up to its name...a pig...never have seen an axle so bent out of shape at the rear...never the less after great effort the here to fore shelf queen can now keep up with a well tuned Fly car. Chris, Brant, John and daughter, Jim, Bill and the rest of the old crew great to see ya.
Art of D'Art hobbies was my host Saturday evening and what great projects are in the works in the 'skunk works...can't tell ya... but he has great BWA and D'Art product at http://www.darthobbies.com/index.htm
A lovely visit with all. Thanks Matt, Kristina and Art for places to sleep..cats and gerbils and all!
Years ago when I started this blog I mentioned that my first taste of slot racing as a young lad was with Eldon products. No they were not of the greatest quality nor was the detail anything to write home about. Scale was very roughly 1/32 or somewhat larger and chassis were crude and adjustable to fit many body styles. Still the product holds a bit of a soft spot in my heart and though very toy like I recently purchased two examples cheaply on "epay" and decided to dress them up a tad.
So this is what I started out with,gathering possible donor parts from various bins.
I decided to replace the rear axle with a threaded 1/8' EJ's unit and Revel vintage gear. I threaded the original plastic wheels on and used a nut to hold them in place. One of the wheels was slipping so a dab of "Crazy glue" did the trick.
Hit the bodies with Krylon spray paint I had rattling around the "skunk works" and as you can see cleaned up the chassis.
I kept the original motors as they worked well at ten volts, siliconed the motor in place, siliconed the expandable chassis so it was more rigid, replaced the guide with a Strombecker EJ's repop after I reamed the post holder a bit with a file so things were loose but firmly in place with a collar on the post.
A bit of detail work with Tamiya paints and EJ'S decals out of the "left overs" file. and things where looking good. I failed to mention that I stretched a pair of my own cast urethane tires on the rear but found them disproportionately narrow so took a chance and cast the dry hard original Eldon tires and luckily was able to come up with a couple of decent usable pairs.
The "Indy Lotus" and I use the description with poetic license and...
the Indy roadster came out rather well and are charming to race around, at a surprisingly brisk clip for such old "toys"
On August 11 a friend and fellow slot racer passed away after a courages battle with cancer. Paddy and I met in 1989, I as a newly minted vice principal and he as a tour bus operator. The man could cram a Grey Hound between two others with an inch to spare and navigate the narrow streets of the old walled city of Quebec like a rally driver on a moped. We laughed and talked on that school trip and found our common interest cars and F1. He was the proud owner of a pair of Schekter's gloves caught after they were thrown into the crowd at the Canadian Grand Prix. Trip over, see you some time soon. A decade and a half later who shows up at a slot car club meet but the old Irish nome. What a blast. Like no time had passed. Paddy had a big heart and a great crooked smile. He sold at great discount many of his AutoCourses to complete my collection and gave me several of his videos of F1, knowing I would enjoy them. In the end he took his last lap knowing what was coming. God Bless you chum.
Ya I'm goofin a few years back and Paddy on the left has already shot me down with a fast quip.
"Don’t think of him as gone away
his journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much."
Thanks for for the pic Van and for finding it Kevin.
Here is a mix of cars , old and new, for a series of once a month races with an avid group of racers in Montreal.
The classes are LMP from 2000 on open, Group 5 open, NSR vintage LeMans and NSR modern GT.
My current Group 5 car is an MRRC Toyota, NSR can, BWA wheels, slot.it gearing, Ortman tires and slot.it guide. The chassis is weighted and the edges are filed so the body floats. Great runner but can it keep up to the Racer Sideways cars? First run indicates yes but the driver needs to learn the track
My LMP entry is a race version Spirit Reynard powered by an MBSlot DoDo, slot.it running gear and guide. Class is somewhat unlimited except for motor rpm hence the F1 rubber by Ortman. Runs like a rocket, unimaginable breaking, handles very well.
The NSR classes do not allow any mods but truing tires, blue printing, a bit of weight inside the chassis. Both cars were painted by Glen Norris, a newbie slotter to our WIMMc&C group who has a propencity for orange colours and certain livery. He is a master modeler with many awards for static models to his credit. The paint job makes these cars extra fast. Honest. The cars sport my famous race number . Never having run NSR cars I lucked out with set up and both run silently with no sign of chatter and no tape on the bottom of the chassis.
So its of to the races and a new experience. It will take a while to get used to new tracks, crash and burn with one forgive, and two new cars but its all fun.
Wish me luck.....now to figure out my slot.it controller after all these years....hmmmmmm
Has it been three months. Good Lord I've been so negligent at blog posting. Now that autumn has arrived I'll try to post more often. Of course with the summer over comes slot car season. With that two cars are off to two different proxy races.
The little TR2 variant I built some time ago is in the mail to the Last Open Road Proxy, featuring sports cars in two classes, from the fifties.Lindberg body, D'Arts and BWA bits and pieces including the motor. A neat brass rail chassis that I picked up from Al Penrose years ago. Its a happy little car and hopefully more competative than last years MG.
Resplendent in Polish racing colours this years Lotus 24 is entered in the Vintage Race Across America. This is the fourth consecutive year I've entered this proxy and we shall see how things go. This is the bulbous Penelope Pitlane kit with detail added...exhaust made of bezels from paint brushes, wire trailing arms, D"ART hobbies head, slot.it gears, BWA wheels and inserts, Ortman rears....TSRF guide.
Many of the entrants build their own chassis for this series but I lack the confidence and previous cars were not too successful so I depend on PPL chassis, however as you can see the motor has been lowered and centered by simply cutting the cross member and creating tabs to hold things up. All cars this year must be powered by the BWA/D'ARTs ff can so we shall see. Last years Lotus 18 did so so service in the VRAA but almost won the Tasman Proxy 'downunder" so it remains to be seen if this years fiddling is enough to finally produce a charger.
Later in the season both the VRAA and TLOR come to the Autodrome here so stay tuned.
Feels good to start posting in the blog again. Enjoy!
The Autodrome's usual cast of characters eagerly anticipated hosting the CanAm for the fourth time. Twice at its inception by Doc V in Oakville and now twice in the 'drome's new home in Cornwall, on the shores of the mighty St. Lawrence, as we like to call it, Riviera Larry. Having been informed that the "box" had left Edmonton and was tracking by Canada Post, as we call it "%^$^@# joke", the parcel headed north to the North West Passage , south through Hudson's Bay, into the Great Lakes system by canoe, through lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario, into a large bottle at Kingston and floated down the majestic St. Larry. But alas where is the "box"?
Dawn broke a fine spring day with warm temperatures and the squirrels were happy keeping their nuts warm.
Preparations at the Autodrome were about to begin, no magic here.
Look outs were posted around the famous venue but no sign of the cars yet.
Apprehension was in the air, for till now the CanAm was running well ahead of schedule.
Roof top meetings were quietly held to discuss the issue.
Where could Canada Post have dropped off the "box" of precious CanAm cars?
This years CanAm will again be covered by our crack reporting team of Sir Nige, Jack E. Stewart and myself having used the "shrink-o-later" ray to reduce myself to track size.
The Our Lady Princess Fridgidaire Guard, as is tradition leads off the ceremonies while marching behind their mascot the bejewelled turtle, never passing it as is regimental tradition, so we started a couple of days before the race so we could at least get the guard and their new tank around the first bend and out of the way please.
A big wave to all the contestants from me. Sir Nige is at the side, still a bit choked up from all the petrol fumes from the tank. Cars were run by car number order. Here are the top 3 GT class qualifiers. Each car had 5 timed laps in the middle lane, with the best one lap time recorded. Race day all cars will race against only cars in their own class, 4 minutes in each lane, 10 volts, PM controllers, Trackmate timing. Results are tabulated by chief statistician old23, on the official CanAm spread sheet. Thank you to all. Jack E. Stewart did all the quali runs.
The GTU quali was run second, as qualification was run by class, starting with the least entered to the most. Old23's pit crew came out to greet his driver.
Sir Nige do you wish to say anything about the P class top 3 qualifiers?
" Well ..mmm..yas...thank Q veddy much...bloody track must be built for those Eyetallions as the Ferrari qualied first...hmmmph..oh I say who is lurking by the Porches?...team manager wot?..sinister chap..ha!"
Here is a shot of the results for qualifying .Race should take place by mid week. Jack E. any sage comments about the cars and handling?
" Well therrrres nay a Scot's car amoung the lot so they'rrre alll crrrap! Top 11 are P...ha...they' rrrre ugly tew! Wot are ya lukin' at , me sporn..git away with ye ye great git"
Thank yo Jack E. Stewart.
Sir Nige here...lovely day for races yesterday. As is tradition Ferrari's of days gone by paraded past the main street as crowds gathered. Festive, wot?
...Aye Nige..and the wee old twentee three was upset ta see his "pit crrrrew" coverting with the drrriverrrs at the rrrefrrreshment stand....and the wee Renault of sum lad Scottt...still nay a Scot...bloody Frenchy!...its carp!
...hmmm...yas...well a rather august group by the motorcycle shop enjoying the day...I say..rowdy..
Thank you gents...well racing was indeed close and very exciting...especially as we worked out some typos in the Trakmate drivers list...but I digress....always a squeeze in the narrows...
..the old23 Porsche startles the mearcats at the first bend...he was reported to PETA and forced to bring a vegy tray for sustenance later in the day.....
The local Cornwallites gathered at the local Tim's to watch and took a break from shopping at Walmart...their pictures often appear on YouTube.
Congratulations to all the racers for a fascinating array of cars. Trakmate timed events are run in such a manner that each car is rotated through each lane, the car is moved on to the next lane where it stopped, a running total is held, hence only the last lane indicates a fraction of a lap carefully recorded by the race officials. Fastest laps in the race or on a lane were not tabulated as a partial run to the timing tower after rotation would not give accurate results. So we have the results
GTU was a bit of a romp for top honours but 2nd and 3rd were a battle as were 4th and 5th.
GT produced a grand duel for first finally settled by less than half a lap!
The top three P class cars were covered by a blanket of barely a lap! After quallifying so well Enzo passed out in shock as his car just failed to make the podium!
And overall Prototypes dominated the results filling the top 16 slots.
Thus as the cars from the first race ever run at the "drome , as we like to call it, paraded past to end festivities, let we Canadians remember Queen Victoria this May weekend, inventer of fireworks and the case of twenty four beers....ya have to be Canajun, eh!
To fellow members of the WIMMSCC&C..."hwim-see"...Big Bri..chief cook..Sparky..or little Bri...Old23..statistician extraordinaire....Peter McG...bagpipe virtu oh so bad....PeterA...King of Portugese wontons and my multiple personalities...thank you again for a wonderful race and great day!
Good day, eh!
This little charmer was on my list of hard to find for a long time. I always thought it was a neat body done by Stombecker that epitomized the early CanAm efforts.
All I needed to do to the car was wash and clean the body, a little paint detail, decals and a coat of "Future" floor finish.
Runs on a modified EJ's Monogram repop chassis with a Scalextric FF can for motifation. Front bracket was bent to make things fit and silocone was used to hold things tight. Its a bit of a recycled job but works extraordinarilly well. Running gear is EJ's so things have an old school feel.
Simple, neat and nice runner.
Looks good with the other later McKee also offered by Strombecker so long ago.WRONG....turns out I have a McLaren..also rare..McKeeMkVI still eludes me. Thanks to ChrisW and BWA for schooling me...dang!
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I've been racing slot cars since I was 12. Started with Eldon, routed my own track, raced H.O. and since 1999 back to 1/32. Had built a road course and oval at my school in H.O. four lanes for the kids to race. Now I'm retired since 2007 after 34 years of teaching and administration. Enjoy a variety of 1/32 makes and scratch builts. Tinker with the cars constantly. Have expanded to a 65' three lane routed MDF layout and its great fun adding to the scenery and racing.A bit of a collector (425+ and growing) , club racer and proxy racer. Add stuff costantly! Building and tweaking is as much fun as racing. Enjoy writing my blog. Good day, eh!