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...racing 1/25 models,
Posted by DAYTONA on Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:18 AM

...flashback, mid 1960s

...in the summer for 3 years, we would scavenge 3 or 4  1x12 boards, concrete blocks, free yard sticks for side walls and lane divider from a local hardware store who gave them away and build a 32’ long gravity powered dragstrip..... oil was allowed, wheel hubs broke, lowering blocks popped out, cars sometimes tumbled down the track, Testors glue was always on hand for major repairs......the older AMT kits with the large axels were obviously the most durable, but to win, the wheels had to track as straight as possible and the car be as solid as a rock, any wheel wobble would shake the car apart .....losing parts on the way down would be grounds for disqualification.....sunshine, youth and a 1960 Pontiac with flames was a winning formula for me.....easily had a dozen or more kids on Saturday, track set up took 2 minutes, raced till dark or when the street lights came on....had a blast

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:15 AM

Now, that sounds cool! If that was going on in my neighbourhood, I'd have been all over it. I can just picture it, sounds like serious fun.

How high was the starting line end?

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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Posted by DAYTONA on Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:35 PM

...chest high on a 12 year old LOL, probably 4’ high or so.....we tried to make the connections from section to section as smooth as possible, but by the time the cars hit the third and fourth boards, they sometimes “got air”......some cars would complete the races over and over, others, one race and they were down for repairs.....front inner wheel hubs were the weak spot (I still have a small bag of heavy duty axels and matching wheel hubs left over from back then, LOL).....hoods were optional (engine mandatory), most were glued down.......imagine a few dozen early AMT kits, transported by bike, crudely brush painted, or no paint, a few decals (well worn), paint and chrome scuffed and scratched, roof scratched, bottoms of front bumpers ground off from numerous landings, lined up in a back yard and ready to run............my best runner was a white 1960 Pontiac, no paint, red brush painted interior, red wheels, white walls and some well worn flame decals.....couple of tricks, used softer tires from newer kits and several quarters heavily glued under the interior tub and a touch of graphite on the axels.....many of the losing cars were often set on fire, or stuffed with fire crackers.......fun times, and no elecricity involved,

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:35 PM

haha laughing out loud as I read that. Must have been a bag full of fun.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy

Trevor

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  • From: West Bloomfield, MI
Posted by steveracer on Thursday, June 18, 2020 8:51 PM

Set on fire....boy when we discovered lawn mowers and gasoline, my buddy and I would head for the big rock in the field and set em ablaze.  What idiots we were.  I lost my 1/8 Jaguar E type coupe to flame.  I can see it to this day, the front half must have had a fuel line leak at the carb or maybe an electrical fire, yea, that's it, Lucas came to town.  Then the fire spread to the interior and then the whole back end from B pillar rearward slid off the rock to the ground a few feet below.  Black smoke poured into the air and we were scared we would be found out.  I think Mom knew something was up. 

 

What idiots we were.  :) 

steelies, dog dishes and poker chips

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Posted by DAYTONA on Friday, June 19, 2020 11:00 AM

...the smell of burning model cars was unlike anything before or since, and the black smoke was unreal,

 

...firecrackers would do moderate damage, so called M-80s would leave small unidentifiable plastic splinters and a hole in the yard, LOL....we did drag them behind our Stingray bikes on occasion, tied to the Sissy Bar, not much to see, just the final ride for some of them.....string broke, car was abandoned by a curb,

 

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Posted by Papajohn on Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:16 AM

Thanks Daytona for shaking up my decrepit memory banks! Your stories made me recall a number of CO2 cartridge powered balsa wood LSR car derbys on the street I grew up on. Anyone remember those craxy dangerous "Jetex" solid fuel rocket engines that you install into balsa racers or model planes? Sometimes we would just secure them to a vise and let 'em rip! Anyone ever take their  battleship models over to the rich kid's house with the swimming pool and recreate Pearl Harbor with tube glue and matches? How about the super-long tied rubber band catapult tied between two lamp posts for launching model airplanes into the air and down the street? Oh what fun to be a middle class kid in America in the 50's -60's....

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  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Sunday, June 21, 2020 8:26 PM

Thanx for the laughs, fellas, after reading these posts I can easily see the scenes in my mind.  Cheers.

Steve

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