JANUARY 12 2012 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, Gamma Ray & Stinger.  The work in process unpainted body in the back of the field is a "Tarantula" - hope to see that running in the next "thingie" event !  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". 

 

 

 

        

Wild brass chassis with "floppy" pans and a dynamically balanced 

endbell drive motor with magnet shims.  High tech high performance

thinking from the 1960's era.

 

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

were present for this club event.  There were an number of Cucaracha cars including a rare blue color car and 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 competition with 8 of the the "thingies" all logged over 30 laps in 4 minutes 

although contamination in the red lane sensor prevented the laps from showing.

(Red finished in 2nd place with 38 laps).  The cars ran extremely well and the

racing was far less carnage then what I remembered from back "in the day".

  

THE TROPHY WINNER

 

Mr. Bill McIntire (L) won the "Vintage Champion" trophy with a great showing in

the racing - assists for Bill provided from Nick (C) and Wayno (R).

 

OTHER NOTABLE SIGHTINGS

         

Gorgeous 1/24 Chaparrals were staged on the 3 Lane "Sebring" track and

Cox / Monogram cars were lurking in the slot car boxes as well as an

ultra rare Nichimo 1/24 Manta Ray in the original box, other beauties !

 

Thanks to the Kalamazoo Vintage Slot Car Association for pictures that were snagged from their Facebook page.  More info can be had for those on Facebook : link

 

NEXT VINTAGE CLUB SHINDIG FEBRUARY 9TH

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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