NOVEMBER 14 2015 VINTAGE SLOT CAR CLUB

LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY® SALINE, MI

1960'S "THINGIES" 

"Thingies" from back in the 1960's were absolute fantasy cars that were commonly far from scale real car appearance and often super low and far better handling then the more typical "scale" cars.  The mere existence of these cars created intense controversy and debates in the editorial columns of the slot car magazines of the day.  It seemed that each racer and slot car enthusiast was in either  the "scale nut" camp or was a "speed crazed moron" loving the bizarre & ultra fast "thingies", a very intense rivalry back in the day.  Some of that same 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 1960's "thingies". 

 

A fabulous assortment of ultra rare and unique "thingie" theme cars were present for this club event and entered in the Concors judging.

 

Concors winners all judged equally well placing the big empahsis for the trophy run on the 2 minute racing.

 

 

"LAGUNA SECA" 8 LANE TRACK - THE RACING VENUE

 

 

Final racing competition with the the "thingies" was a tight one with 1st up Cox Super Cuch and the Classic Stingers both logging 18 laps in the 2 minutes.  Next up was Greg Cornelisson with the AMT Fantom and WOW ! ULTRA Smooth & fast hitting 20 laps .. everyone thought that was for sure the winner ... but last up Dave Roberts with a Dynamic Renegade also hit 20 laps with a better best lap time of 5.551 seconds as the tie breaker !  All these cars ran extremely well and the racing had far less carnage then what I remembered from back "in the day".

  

THE TROPHY WINNER

 

Dave Roberts with winning Dynamic "Renegade" -

best time of 5.551 seconds tied with 20 laps 

 

OTHER NOTABLE SIGHTINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous 50+ Year Old GarVics, Classic, Cox, BZ, Monogram, Dynamic and other "thingies" in the house !

 

NEXT VINTAGE CLUB SHINDIG SATURDAY DEC 12TH

UPDATED FLYER WITH SCHEDULE : PDF

Theme for this next event : 1/24 COX - Trophy for best 1/24 Cox Brand car.

 

Be there or be square !!!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL :

LIGHTNING SPEEDWAY®  1235 Industrial Drive STE #10  Saline MI 48176-1742  (734) 316-2177