Race Tracks

My home track is one I built myself, from scratch, over a period of 14 months (August 2008 to OCtober 2009). I could only work weekends, with my travel schedule, and of course at times there was other slot racing to do as well!

I documented the whole process in a long thread on the Slot Car Illustrated forum, it’s still available there: http://slotcarillustrated.com/portal/forums/showthread.php?t=25813&referrerid=84

There are also photos on my Photobucket site, just follow the link on the right side of this page.

The track footprint is 16 feet by 6 feet, and I managed to squeeze in 60 feet of lap length for each of the three lanes. I have a Trackmate timing and scoring system (the best for home tracks in my opinion), and a Pyramid PS26KX power supply for the whole track, set at 12 Volts. My loaner controllers are the Professor motor diode type, simple and reliable, but visitors are welcome to bring their own as long as they hook up via alligator clips. THe pickup is copper braid recessed about l010″ below the surface, which is painted with UMA paint and run dry – no spray traction. A nice racing line has built up and the surface is very tolerant of rubber, urethane and silicone tires, and we can even run foam tires for short periods.

This is a very fun track, easy to drive, but harder to drive fast.

 

 

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2 Responses to Race Tracks

  1. Lionel van de Waal says:

    What a shock when I went to Other slot tracks. The first two photos are of a track that I helped build every day after school. It was located at the Municipals Club in Bulawayo,
    Rhodesia. Can you tell me where you obtained these photos ?

    • Dennis Samson says:

      Lionel,

      I took those pictures myself – I raced on that track back in the late 1970’s, I don;t remember the exact years now. Rob Pigott and Des Dunsire were the big names at the time. I am still in touch with both of them to this day. Rob lives in Durban right now, and Des is in Perth in Australia. I used to race at Pretoria Model Car Club up to 1989 when I stopped.

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