DECEMBER 13 2014 VINTAGE SLOT CAR CLUB

LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY®

1960'S "THINGIES" 

"Thingies" from back in the 1960's were absolute flights of fancy which did not represent any scale representation of a real car.  These cars were in many cases outrageous designs with at times a strong focus on design for speed with light weight and low slung chassis.  As outrageous as these designs were, the names given to the cars were also dramatic such as La Cucaracha (Spanish for cockroach), Sonic Needle, Assassin, Renegade, Snake, Manta Ray, Phantom, Ocelot, Blue Monster, Bandit, Banshee, BatRay, Gamma Ray & Stinger.  There was a very heated debate at the time that played out in the pages of the slot car magazines concerning the lack of scale appearance of the "thingies", some of that talk lingers even today regarding the 1/24 "wing" cars raced in some commercial raceways that have been said to resemble "foil wrapped wedges of space cheese" - today's incarnation of the "thingies". 

 

 

  

 

 

 

A fabulous assortment of ultra rare and unique "thingie" theme cars 

were present for this club event.  There were an number of Cucaracha cars and a very rare Shinoda bodied scratch built car.  Several of those cars were fitted with the ball bearing 26D size taller motor that was a popular performance upgrade back in the 60's.

 

"LAGUNA SECA" 8 LANE TRACK - THE RACING VENUE

 

 

Final "time trial" racing competition with 11 of the the "thingies" logged over 30 laps in 3 minutes.

These cars ran extremely well and the racing was far less carnage then what I remembered from back "in the day".

  BEST OF THE CONCORS JUDGING

These cars were picked as the best 11 and then raced 

 

The BZ Banshee of Tony Tocco was the Top Dog in 

Concors giving him pick of when to race

 

Top 3 in Racing - Dynamic Bandit Cars Ran 

a best of 4.992 Seconds / Lap !  WOW !

 

THE TROPHY WINNER

 

Mr. Greg Cornelius won the "Vintage Champion" trophy with a great showing in

the racing

 

OTHER NOTABLE SIGHTINGS

   

 

  

 

 

 

NEXT VINTAGE CLUB SHINDIG FEBRUARY 7TH

UPDATED FLYER WITH SCHEDULE : PDF

Theme for this next event : 1/24 Scratch Built - Trophy for best 1/24 scratch built car including racing &

Concors judging - Remember workmanship is key in Concors for a scratch built car !

 

Be there or be square !!!

 

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