This is the proposed route for the cars starting at my location in the Pacific Northwest corner of the United States. Then they will progress south to California (which has the 4th largest gdp in the world, qualifying as a country by itself) to take part in the Buena Park "Legends" race were past slot car racing champions will drive the cars.
From there it goes to the only two southern hemisphere tracks in our series in Sydney and Melbourne Australia.
After that they wing their way to the Castle Lair of the Kingie of Thingies in Lugano Switzerland. Then on to Minerva in Germany, France and the UK (visit the Queen) before returning back to the "New World" for two last races on the biggest Blue Kings still operating. This should provide those entries with "legs" to show their stuff after being mechanically perfected over the course of the previous months journeys.
The whole event should take about 10 months (+/-) and if problems arise, some re-scheduling might take place. So this timetable is just the most logical progression regarding shipping of the cars. (Quite a logistical challenge I assure you!)
A quick count of the tracks below shows only 9 races scheduled. I am still looking for one in France or Spain. If anyone wants to plan for it I would be glad to talk to you.
Repairs on any entries, if need be, will be preformed by race directors on the spot. If any repairs ARE required, the car owner will be notified. Any entry lagging behind for one reason or another we will endeavor to fix, adjust or repair if possible. Sending a car home is the last resort.
We want an exciting race again just as in years past so feel free to comment, suggest, trash talk or whatever and let the best entry win!
First Race, THE KICK OFF FOR THE 5TH ANNUAL THINGIE PROXY RACE!
May 8th, Salem, Oregon USA
Length: 75' (23m) 4 lane 12 volt battery power
Race director: Jairus Watson
Comments: While the track seems smallish… it is a fun challenge to drive and provides an advantage to the hand-full of heavy cars we have this year. The surface is routed wood with a smooth painted surface, flush copper strip and plenty of traction is available using only zip-grip!
Second Race, THE LEGENDS RACE!
Mid-June, Buena Park Raceway, Buena Park, California USA
Length: 155' (47m) Blue King 8 lane
Comments: This swoopy Blue King will provide a chance for some of the lighter cars to stretch their legs. It has a painted surface with flush braids on a routed wood surface.
Race director: HarV Wallbanger III
Third Race, THE DOWNUNDER CHALLENGE!
Sometime in July or Aug at the Sydney Society of Model Engineers Inc., Sydney Australia.
Length: 115' (35m) 6 lane
Comments: Sydney was one of the stops in the "Sunchaser Race" and it is a very fast track. Routed wood with two donuts and a painted smooth surface.
Race director: Steven Corneille
Forth Race, I CAN SEE TASMANIA RACE!
Most likely take place with-in weeks after Sydney. Melbourne Model Raceway, Melbourne Australia.
Length: unknown 5 lane
Comments: The Melbourne round will be run at the Melbourne Model Raceway, located about 8 Kms (5 Mi) North of the CBD. Behind an anonymous factory facade lies this Aladdin's cave full of treasure. The Melbourne vintage slot car racing scene has been based around this store and its track for a couple of decades, fostered by raceway owner Ged. The raceway has had several tracks come and go over the last 15 years. The current track is a 5 lane custom built to suit the space. With so much stock a large track takes too much floor space, yet with a four lane there were often people waiting for a lane. A 5th lane was a good compromise. I think the current track is here to stay. The track surface is ferodor, a high friction paint. We normally race on natural rubber tyres, with NOS Uniques or AMRs the best performers. We allow untreated foam tyres on Cox Cucs and Russkits and they work very well. The foam tyres on the Sunchaser proxy cars worked very well last year.
Race director: Steve fzr
Fifth Race, A WEEKEND WITH THE KINGIE!
September, or there abouts at the royal lodgings of the "Kingie of Thingies" private track in Lugano Switzerland.
Length: 98.5' (30m) 3 lane
Comments: No proxy would be with-out a stop at this very challenging, routed wood track. Other legends of the hobby will be taking part in the driving duties just like last year. I am sure Edo will be planning on a nice wine and cheese repast following the race just as before.
Race director: Edo
Stay tuned for more…