Hello. I have been participating in the Slot Cars Illustrated forum for a year and a month, now, and decided to branch out. This forum got my attention because of the erudition of the posters.
I started slot racing in 1963, when scratch and kit building was the only way. Racing was on a Scalextric hard rubber four laner, 84 feet around, and a big hobby shop track of routed particle board, with a twenty foot straight, and flat curves. Fell in love with GT cars of the early to mid sixties, which love has never died. Formed a club, raced through the summer of '65, and off and on through '66, with Aintree rules (unlimited mechanicals, my favorite way to race). "Box-Stock" was unheard of. Soon the commercial tracks introduced an element of non-scaleism (tiny tires, non scale bodies, then glue and wings) that turned me away, plus my friends stopped racing. Spent the next few decades setting up the occasional floor track, and buying old parts and cars for next to nothing. Always built models, it is in my blood: cars, trucks, aircraft, WWII armor, model railroading (HO and O scale). Rejoined slot car racing June '03, when nephew Dave (13DaveK) decided to take up the hobby; thought I would spend a few days setting up a Revell sectional track, but have not passed one day without slot car activity since then. I have built several cars, with relative performance matching their prototypes, using those old parts I accumulated, and I keep buying more parts. Built one routed track so far, a 22' three laner, and maintain a 49' Revell two lane track in the basement. I never race with magnets, and try to use scale size tires. I am looking forward to getting to know you all.
--- Robert Livingston