Today I'm charting an unknown territory for me. It's the pit area for what type of slotcars?
Hey, that's a familiar hat on that slotcar box. Looks like "John the Jet's" hat.
An empty pit area, where are the racers?
Here they are. Busy racing slotcars. HO slotcars!
This HO track is located at John Wakamatsu's home. It's called WakaDome.
90 feet in length. 24 foot straightaway. 6 lane plastic Tomy track by Racemasters.
Slot car racers all look the same no matter what type of slotcars they race.
That's Slotblog's Oscar "The Bugman" Morales calling the race.
HO slotracing requires a different preparation than 1/24 slotracing. Notice the complete rear end setups (wheels, gears, axles).
HO racers are no different than other racers. They always manage somehow to fill their slotcar boxes to the brim.
HO racing in progress. L-R, John Wakamatsu, Jim Williams, Mark Brown, Eddie Torres, Paul Katata, Gary Morgan and Morris ? turn marshall while Oscar Morales race directs.
John "the Jet" Cukras turn marshalls while Ben Vasquez and John Wakamatsu race.
The small size of an HO race car is apparent by the size of the lane sticker.
Being that I'm not famiiar with HO slotcars, I'll try to describe a few cars. Notice the multiple magnets which gives these fast, small cars great track holding power.
The unlimited class of HO cars typically may use about 30T of #32 wire.
The gear ratio used for today's "long" track (90 feet in length) is about 3 to 1 or lower. Notice how the rear axle is a press fit into the chassis. This allows the racer to quickly change the entire rear axle assembly (tires, crown gear). Also notice how the pickup braid is connected directly to the armature brushes.
One of Jim Williams' very nicely painted HO cars. It's not easy painting these very small bodies!
Race results for the "unlimited" race.
SCHOR racers, L-R, Mark Brown, John Wakamatsu, John Cukras, Ben Vasquez, Eddie Torres, Jim Williams, Gary Morgan
Another HO race in progress.
L-R, Gary Morgan, Ben Vasquez, Mark Brown, John Cukras, John Wakamatsu
The "NEO" class race results.
Six lane plastic Tomy track by Racemasters. Wakamatsu's HO track is 90 feet in length, which is a long track by HO standards.
"Modified" race. L-R, Tibby, Eddie Torres, Ben Vasquez, Morris, Oscar Morales, Gary Morgan
"Modified" race results. This is a popular racing class as all 11 racers in attendance participated in this race.
The remaining 5 cars are lined up for the 2nd Semi "Modified" race.
"Modified" racers, L-R, Mark Brown, John Cukras, Paul Katata, Jim Williams, John Wakamatsu
Remaining "Modified" racers. There were two other racing classes contested, Hardbodies and Super Stock.
The only one who didn't enjoy today's races was this unwanted visitor. He was promptly put to rest, ouch.