Post by Alexis Gaitanis on Jun 14, 2012 8:33:46 GMT -5
I am Alexis Gaitanis,the idea behind alexisingreece was that it would make me visible to someone looking slot car enthusiasts in Greece as,back in 2002 i was searching in vain.I was born and spent all my life in Athens.My first set , a figure of 8 with Cooper and Lotus Fj,was a present from my father, bought in Italy(no Scalextric dealer in Athens at the time) in 65, which i still have today ,minus the box.Later on Mercedes 190 SL,Vanwall, P4,Miura,Mirage,3L and F1 156 were added.Then came military service(32 months) , work , marriage , everything was stored carefully though.When my son turned 7 in 2002,i reopened the box and searched the web to check if that hoppy still existed.A milestone was 2007 when i met Graham Windle,very dangerous person by the way,he convinced me to attend Early Birds 2008 for the first time,never missed a race since, then he had me build a car(my first ever brass chassis) and participate in Dave Jones' proxy. The rest of the story is an easy guess.
Hello, I am Jay Hardy, aka jhardy33 on the other boards. I reside just north of Atlanta, GA and I live close to enough to Chris Wright to bug him for advice or the occasional spare part.
Tons of projects in the works but I recently sold my plastic Ninco track (to an interested party in MT--admin. clarification) and apparently I have to have a new routed track completed by September 1st to host some proxy race (Yes you do.. admin clarification) so while I may be quiet on the building front, I'll certainly be here checking out the fantastic builds of the talented members here.
Last Edit: Jun 14, 2012 10:48:32 GMT -5 by Mark Huber
Hello my name is Moose or mmmoose1 on the other boards or you can call me Ken. I am a retired mechanic for light to heavy road vehicles and construction equipment. I got to see my first home slot car track when I was 6 but the bigger brothers never let me play with it. I got an HO track when I was 10 and have been playing with motorized toy cars ever since. I spent quite a few years in RC both on and off road and did very well as an amateur making the top 20 in several races that had over 300 entrants in my class. I got back into slot cars when my boys were growing up with a track in their room. Started racing HO cars seriously and won a series championship or two. A local RC track built a 1/32 track in my hometown so rather than traveling a 200 mile round trip to race HO cars I started racing locally in 2003. I got more and more interested in 1/32 and have had a long love for early GP cars and started building them. I entered the first VRAA for 1.5 liter GP cars as my first proxy race and won the championship the first year. I took over the series the next year and am on my fourth year of heading that series. I am working towards starting an online shop to sell 1/32 GP parts and bodies here in the US. I make custom wire chassis's and with my trusty lathe I can convert wheels to the early drum brake styles from the 30's and 40's. I am honored to be asked to join this site and enjoy seeing the work that you guys make look so easy.
Hi, my name is Stewart Harding, though I fly the Old23 flag on this and other forums. I live in a (mostly) quiet and leafy (in summer) suburb of Montreal, Canada.
The alias refers to the early (1966) 911 I owned and raced in the 80's with race number 23. I sold it in '95 and I'm still suffering from seller's remorse.
My first slot car experience started with that ubiquitous Scalextric Formula Junior set under the tree at Christmas 1964, and lasted through the 60's before falling into a long, dark sleep until 2004. Hard to believe I've now been playing with these things longer as an adult than I did in my youth!
I've been a fan of motor racing since the early 60's as well and have special fondness for the cars of that period.
My real name is Danny Vanstraelen. I've studied as a graphic designer, but my job now has turned out to be something very different. Now I'm Train driver at the Belgian national train company NMBS. Although I'm certified, to drive passenger and freight trains, I'm the most specialized in freight trains. I drive mostly on the lines from Genk, Antwerp, Zeebrugge or Liege into the Netherlands or Germany. My passion in cars go specially to Alfa Romeo, I'm what the Italians call an Alfisti. This is the virus I've got
My main passion in slot cars are pre war cars. And the scratch building it self, is what I enjoy the most. I always love to break my own boundary's, by trying to do something new. Sometime it's a susses, other times it's a failure, but it's always a joy. Most scratch building happens during winter, in the summer most of my spear time goes to beekeeping. I'm always pleased to meet other scratch builders whit a passion for the hobby and if some one want to meet me here in Belgium, you're always welcome.
My name is Hans-Peter Ulrich, I am 49 years old and I´m living in a small village in the Rhine valley in Germany called Königswinter. I started virtual racing (Grand Prix Legends) and slot racing in 2000. The virtual racing people called me Taffy in memoriam Graf Trips, who was also named "count crash". You might imagine my driving skills... My favourites are the 60´s formula cars, but I like pre-war racing cars and 50´s formula- and sportcars too. Together with my friend Peter Hartmann, I am organizer of the "Classic Formula Days", a 1:24-clubracing series located in the western parts of Germany for people who like the 1960´s formula cars (Pictures from the last event)
Post by Phil Kalbfell on Jun 16, 2012 18:35:28 GMT -5
My name is Phil Kalbfell. I started in Slot cars with a rubber Scalex track in the very early sixties after seeing rail cars run at a local model exhibition. Graduated to 1/24 when commercial tracks started to appear. Race in local clubs and endurance races during the sixties. I was lucky enough to see some great drivers racing at Longford Tasman Series, and this is probably why I like cars from that period so much. My job as a print engineer, my family and building a few real race cars took over and slots racing was confined to home sets until the 90's when most of the family become involved again with 1/24 racing. Entering the Daytona West Proxy race and the advent of the Internet has allowed my to " meet" many of you guys. Thanks .
Hello Folks, My name is Chris Walker, and I would like to start by thanking Chris and Mark for this forum......and for inviting me to join.
I grew up around motor racing, my father raced/autocrossed in England, before his professional career had him move to Canada......still wanting to be involved in racing, he got involved with the scrutineering group at Mosport, and from 1961(age 6), I was lucky enough to spend most every summer weekend getting towed to tracks (Mosport, Watkins, Harewood acres, St Jovite, etc.) in the area.
I attended my first GP in 1961 at Watkins and have been to every Canadian GP, and more than a dozen international F1 events.
In 1962 I received a VIP set for Christmas, and the rest is history..........I have raced HO, 1/32, and 1/24, and was fortunate enough to have part time jobs in local commercial raceways as a kid/teen.
My professional career unfortunately got in the way of toy cars for a while, but it did provide me the opportunity to pack it in at a very early age, and over the last few years I have been back to racing/building. I have also been helping out in a few local shops..MiniGrid, Raceworld, and RaceHaven on a part time basis over the fall and winter months.
Summers are primarily for golf, and sailing at the cottage, so I will not be a "regular" until the fall.
Hello to you all. My name is Peter Farrell and I live almost as far south in England as you can go. My main interest in Slot cars is the immedeate Post war period up to and including the 60's early 70's
Post by harvwallbanger3 on Jun 21, 2012 14:17:38 GMT -5
Hello, My name is Barney Poynor. I guess I started racing slot cars in 1963 when a friends parents bought him a slot car set for Christmas. It was not until Christmas 1964-65?? when I got my first set. Raced when I could as I was young and had to catch rides into the next town to race there or when we visited family in the San Diego/ LA area.
When our commercial track when out my only racing was when we went to visit family/ friends. So I started racing HO cars all thru Jr. High and High School. I started a HO club through a hobby shop in town and we raced HO road racing on my California Orange Rwy./ Racing Team (Team CORT) and a 15' HO drag strip. Once a month the hobby shop would rent the Grange Hall for us to run races at and we would race all day both road and drag racing HO's. The hobby shop went out and a few years later he wanted to start a commercial track in my town and I helped him with that.
I started Front Line Products in 1985 and my first products were Pre-Mount winged bodies for USRA style glue racing. I later designed my own wing kits and sold more than anyone else in the business for many years. I also designed I-15 magnets that won many National Championships and set many records and firsts in the I-15 USRA class. I sold Front Line in 1996 to my friend and I-15 USRA National Champion Keith Keeler. He still runs it today.
I Stayed out of slot for many years and in 2008? I walked in to Buena Park Raceway just to see after 12 years what was going on and here was many old friends racing the "new" Retro style racing that used spray glue only and more scale looking cars. The glue mess was one reason I got out of the business and started racing again. .....Then Dennis (Gascarnut) invite me to his home/ club track and I got hooked on 1/32 racing and hope to start my own club track build soon! I started Team CORT and got back into the slot car business again. I'm selling 2 body mount plates to help people mount their vac formed bodies flat to their chassis using 6 super strong N42 NEO magnets to hold the chassis down tight.
I'm into Old Classic 1966-1977 Early Broncos and that's where "Bronco" Barney comes from.
Hi all, I'm Martin Field. I've been a modelmaker all my working life with a few breaks to be a technical illustrator. That led to airbrush and cutaways and even technical writing. I ended up a clay modeller for the full size car industry, mainly in Germany. Alas that and illustrating is now all done by computer, so life retired me onto an Historic canal boat for five years. Now I'm back on the bank and keeping my hand in with pattern making.
I rediscovered modern day slot racing whilst researching 1/32nd scale model railways. I foolishly claimed that if somebody on slot forum would mould 'em I'd make the masters and the rest is history. I started FF Models with Steve Francis and that transformed into FPF Models when Graham Poulton did a new website for us. I subsequently sold most of the FPF masters to Dave Capelen who is slowly getting SMK going to produce the stuff we did at FPF. In all, I think I have done more F1 patterns than anyone else! I'm not even a big F1 fan, I much prefer vintage and sports cars, but I'm working on a new Ferrari 126 pattern for Jon Grainger and a BT19 pattern for my own Guild Master Models range, when I get a few minutes to myself!
My son and I have built a 65' per lap Hardboard track in his loft and make pretty much anything we like from 43rds to 24ths, but all scale. We don't do RTR at all, except for a few very old Scalex and Airfix cars bought for 99p off ebay!