Yes, I could well be, because it's only MY opinion, which I base strictly on MY observations from traveling all over the world. But how do you know that YOU are right and I am wrong?
QUOTE Interesting info on Terry Schmid.
Any info on whereabouts of other
old "Slot Heroes" from the past?
E.G. Mike Morrissey, Mike Steube,
Sandy Gross, Howie Ursaner, Doug
Henline, Bob Emott, PvA et al.
Not to mention John Cukras...
Mike Morrissey is still around and lives in Long Beach. He has been working for McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) for many years. Mike was of course the publisher of Model Car racing and Model Car Journal, and built his own Taurus R/C car that failed in the market place.
Mike and Billy Steube are salesmen in a Volvo dealership in Long Beach. Mike has been seen in slot car raceways here and there but is only mildly interested.
Sandy Gross, half of the Cobra "Gold Dust Twins", is and has been for many years the president of a speaker company and makes tons of money.
Gentle Bob Emott is completely out of slot car racing and is now a limousine driver. Bob never really profited from his slot car racing knowledge because he is too nice of a guy.
Pete Von Ahrens and Dave Bloom both unfortunately died of cancer in the past few years, probably poisoned by the paint chemicals they used without much concern for so long. Dave was one of the finest painters of the 1960's, rivalling the talent of Von Dutch.
My buddy John Cukras (SpeedyWeenie and Jeff would hate him, we think exactly alike!
) is very involved in HO cars. He designed a lot of them for Racemasters and runs the SoCal HO club. Together we have been planning the World's Revolution for years. So far no luck.
Howie Ursaner visited us a couple of years ago at the Marconi Foundation for Kids Proxy races where he was Grand Marshal. he had not touched a controller in over 30 years and it took him only 10 minutes to be the best driver there. He is still...Howie, meaning a free-spirit with little attachment to material things and a great enthusiasm for life in spite of very adverse conditions at time. My kind of guy. Howie's best friend is John Cukras.
Doug Henline is into go-karting and has (had?) a kart school. I have not spoken to him in a long time.
Two original members of Team Russkit, Len Vucci and Ken Larimer, are right around the corner from our shop and are professionals in PR and lab testing. Len had a difficult time in Viet Nam, then a difficult marriage that left him broke and living in an old VW. He is having better days now. Ken is the nicest guy and works for an automotive PR firm.
Bryan Warmack and John Anderson work right out of our shop and we often have very spirited discussions debating world issues. Bryan is a fabricator of the caliber of a Phil Remington, John is the only pro racer on the planet to have won a major open-class pro race in FIVE decades! John is a machinist and drives a Subaru WRC.
And of course Bruce Paschal, who was the president of the giant Standard Fruit Corporation (often associated with ITT, the Coca Cola Corp and the CIA for plotting to conspire against South American governments for monetary gains, and Bruce has a good laugh every time there are such assertions in the media) was the sponsor of so many of the aforementioned pro racers in the 1960's and 1970's. He is now retired and lives in Palm Springs. He visits me time to time and we have long and very interesting conversations about his fantastic experiences over the whole planet. He is still a true lover of slot cars and a genuine kind and nice man. We owe him a lot, because some of the most important events in our little world could never have happened without his sponsorship.
When the NY Times ran an ad on two pages to promote the Concorde in the USA, Bruce was the man chosen as a spokeperson because of his world stature and his honesty. He also gave lectures to many organisations and has been a sponsor of many organisations fighting poverty in under-developed countries.