Petersen Museum Charity Slotcar Event
July 24, 2010
Slot Car Racing - SoCal  > Petersen Museum Charity Slotcar Event
Farrout Slotcar Club in association with MS Friends presents a charity slotcar event at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.


July 24, 2010
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Slotcars at the Petersen Automotive Museum, July 24, 2010. A Charity event presented by MSFriends and the Farrout Slot Car Club.


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This Special Charity event was held in the big tent on the parking structure at the Petersen Museum


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Many sponsors helped to support this charity event in support of MSFriends. MSFriends has a primary mission: to improve the quality of life for people with Multiple Sclerosis, for their families and friends.


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The large tent (11,000 sq. ft.) had plenty of space for tracks, participants and spectators.


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Air conditioned to keep everyone (and the track surface) cool.


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A view from the opposite end of the large tent.


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13 slot car tracks along with some vendors and displays, even a Jack Daniels bar!


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Various large posters added nicely to the ambience.


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This 1970 LeMans poster shows a Porsche 917 similar to the one which Vic Elford drove in this historic event. Vic drove a one of a kind long tail Porsche 917.


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Another poster shows a Ferrari 312P similar to the car driven by Tony Adamowicz. Both Tony and Vic along with Bob Muravez were the guest celebrities for this charity event.


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Most of the 13 tracks belong to members of the Farrout and Over the Hill Gang (OTHG) slot car clubs/organizations. Bob Scott brought along some of his tracks as well as a new track he built recently for Scott Bader of the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum (LASCM). The LASCM will be the home for "The Emperor" 1/32 and 1/24 slotcar track. Some of the tracks were provided by manufacturers (Scalextric, SCX, Carrera).


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Here is the new Emperor track which Bob Scott recently built for Scott Bader (LASCM, Los Angeles Slot Car Museum).


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This 4 lane track has lane spacing wide enough to handle either 1/32 or 1/24 scale slot cars. That's Bob Beck testing the race announcer system.


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Each lane has a variable voltage power supply.


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L-R, John Cukras, Paul Sterrett and Mike Steube arrive before the opening of the event. They try out the new track for the very first time.


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This new track by Bob Scott was designed by Scott Bader, Philippe de Lespinay and Bob. It is an excellent design and well built. It's a lot of fun to race cars on this track!


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The next track is "The King Boola" also built by Bob Scott for Eddie Shorer.


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This is a 4 lane mini King track.


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Eddie Shorer is the happy owner of this great little version of the famous 1/24 King track.


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Unlike the latest full size King tracks, Eddie's mini King requires more driving. It's not a "blip" track!


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Eddie uses the popular Trakmate lap counter software as do many of the home slotcar clubs.


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The layout is similar to the full size King track except it's compact in size and has turns with little or no banking (except for the bank turn).


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Track 3 is a rally hill climb.


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This hill climb track was very popular among the little kids who attended this event.


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Varying lane widths with some pinch turns makes this track quite challenging.


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Mike Steube, John Cukras and Paul Sterrett checkout Stan Smith's home track.


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Stan recently built this track.


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Another challenging track to drive.


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Craig Williamson's "Silverlake Speedway" track.


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A simple, yet very fun track to race on.


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Stephen Farr-Jones (right) talks with Paul Sterrett prior to the open of the event.


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Thanks to Stephen Farr-Jones and Bruce Talamon for putting together this great event. Stephen, Bruce along with many others worked hard to make this event a success.


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Stephen is busy responding to text messages just prior to the event start time of 11 am.


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Even a very simple track layout as this is a lot of fun to race on. Craig, Cukras, Sterrett and Steube had a blast racing together on Craig's track.


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John's smile tells how much he enjoys racing on this track.


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Craig's F1 cars provide an added touch.


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Bob Scott's small oval track provided a lot of fun for everyone. Newbies in particular seem to enjoy racing on an oval.


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Another Bob Scott track is this 1/43 scale track.


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1/43 scale cars.


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Gary Wood's compact "Woodside" raceway shows you can get a lot of track into a small area.


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Carlos Raphael's large Scalextric digital track provided racer's the opportunity to try "switching" lanes while racing.


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Another Scalextric track to try.


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Carrera presented this track layout designed by Farrout member Michael Smalley.


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Digital cars with working headlights and taillights.


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An SCX track with 4 wheel drive cars.


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Los Angeles Slot Car Museum (Scott Bader with assistance from Philippe de Lespinay) had a very nice display of various historical slotcars.


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Scott is the owner of Electric Dreams as well. ED stocks many of the most sought after 1/32 cars and accessories anywhere. ED also carries 1/24 cars, parts, accessories.


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LASCM display


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Variety of old, classic slot cars on display.


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This is just a fraction of the vast slot car collection at the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum.


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My camera did not focus very well on this glass display case. Anyway, you can see more of the LASCM by viewing the report on this website (socald3.phanfare.com).


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Scott Bader along with Lennie (videographer) were able to get some video interviews at the event.


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John Cukras and Mike Steube during their video interview by Lennie.


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Would you believe a Jack Daniels bar!


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Paul, Mike and John talk with Dennis Samson


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Dennis had an impressive display of various slot cars from his personal collection.


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Stan Smith admires Dennis' slot car collection/display


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Dennis grew up in South Africa and raced predominantly 1/32 scale many decades ago.


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Dennis is an avid scratchbuilder of all types of slotcars.


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He also likes to restore old cars, especially those with a special history.


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Some of Michael Smalley's personal collection of 1/32 cars.


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Photographs/prints of full size racing cars was also on display (for sale).


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The event just started (11 am) and the kids are attracted to the rally hill climb immediately.


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As you will see in the following photos, every track was being raced on by many of the event attendees.


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Everyone had a great time.


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Even 1/43 scale racing was popular.


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Slotcar racing is great for the whole family.


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Young and old both enjoy racing slotcars.


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Bob Scott's 1/43 scale track was popular, especially for those who have never raced this scale.


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These are 1/43 scale cars.


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Bryan Warmack takes some laps on Eddie Shorer's mini Boola King track.


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Craig Williamson's modified figure eight track was very popular as well.


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Stan Smith's custom home track drew lots of racers.


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Bob Scott built "The Emperor" track for Scott Bader's LASCM.


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Event participants take their turns running on this brand new track.


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Bob Muravez and Tony Adamowicz observe while Paul Sterrett, Bryan Warmack and Phil Nyland take some hots laps prior to the practice session for the Celebrity Endurance race.


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Vic Elford stands beside a poster showing the Porsche 917 which he drove in the 1970 LeMans race. Check out Vic's website: http://www.vicelford.com


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Vic and Bob Scott chat. Vic's probably asking Bob how to go faster on the Emperor track.


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Vic and Bob pose with the Arizona Garage Racers (L-R, Roger Gunning, Mike Pyska and Dave Deuble)


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Tony Adamowicz and Stephen Farr-Jones pose for this photo op. Check out Tony's website: http://www.a2zracer.com/


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"Floyd Lippencotte" and "John Peters", two alias for Bob Muravez poses with "Slotblog's" Philippe de Lespinay. Bob won many NHRA races and titles when he raced a dual engine dragster called the "The Freight Train". He was the first to go 200 MPH with a gas dragster (Lions Drag Strip). Check out Bob's website: http://akaracing.com


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John Cukras talks with Bob about the time John raced against Bob's dual engine dragster called the "Freight Train". Of course, Bob beat John in that race. Can't win 'em all John (but perhaps Bob did).


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During the event, a friend brought John Cukras this old photo of John and his junior fuel drag car.


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John pushes his car with help from Lee Gilbert (yes that's slotracer Lee Gilbert) at Lions Drag Strip back in the mid 60's.


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A big surprise for some of us oldtimers was when we saw a Legend from the past appear at the event. PdL talking with Gene Husting. Gene originated and reported on the Rod and Custom slotcar races of 1966, Car Model races of 1967 and Model Car Science races of 1968. Gene went on after those years to help make Associated a big name in R/C racing.


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Gene talking with Mike Steube. It was in 1968, that Gene presented Mike with the Model Car Science Championship trophy. It was the first of 4 Championships that Mike would win in those days.


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Paul Sterrett finally meets the man who's responsible for starting in 1966 what would become the golden years of slotcar racing. Thanks very much Gene for your vision and race reporting. If that wasn't enough, you're anglewinder design changed slotcar racing forever.


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Jim (Jimmy Bling) Gonsalves gets Gene autograph


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Gene holds a Jail Door car similar to those he saw back in the Rod and Custom races of 1966. Curtis Husting taking a photo.


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Gene talking with Cukras and Sterrett


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Well Paul, that's another Legend from the 60's you've met ever since you started SoCal D3 with Mike Steube in 2006. How's that for going back to the future.


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Keith Tanaka last saw Gene over 42 years ago.


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It was 42 years ago that these racers last saw Gene at a Model Car Science race. Paul was too young to race then, but he read Gene's race reports back then.


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Gene has also visited Bryan Warmack in recent years at Bryan's machine shop near John Wayne airport.


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It's now time for the practice session for the Celebrity Enduro Race on the Emperor track.


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Tony Adamowicz and Bob Muravez taking some practice laps.


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This Racer Ferrari 312P car would be raced by Tony Adamowicz' enduro team. Tony raced the real Ferrari 312P in the 1970 LeMans race.


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Vic Elford joins Tony and Bob in the practice session.


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Vic Elford takes some practice laps.


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It doesn't matter what size the racing cars are, Vic is very competitive regardless.


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All three former racing greats have the same competitive desire to win, even when racing slotcars.


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Justin Metoyer (foreground) checks out the GT40 enduro car. Justin and Bruce Talamon created the big banners displayed at the event. Great looking banners guys!


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Bob Scott gives some pointers to Tony Adamowicz before the race starts.


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Some last minute racing strategy as Tony listens to Craig Williamson explain some finer points of slotcar racing. Justin Metoyer (left) observing the pre-race activity.


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The drivers' meeting is about to start.


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PdL gives the racers instructions on how the race will be conducted.


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Bruce Talamon announces the team members.


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Each team member (4 teams. 4 racers on each team) will drive 4 min. on each lane, a total of 16 min. on each lane. The four cars do not change lanes, only the teams change lanes.


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Here are the four cars for this IROC style race. A GT40, two Porsche 917's and a Ferrari 312P (3 Racer and 1 Slot-it car).


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The race begins with the following teams: Dwyer, Vic Elford, Tony Adamowicz, Bob Muravez.


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A large crowd watched the beginning of the race.


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On the right, Lennie captures some video footage of the race in action.


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Even though these famous racers from 1/1 racing were driving slotcars (some for the first time), they were very competitive. They wanted to win!


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Race announcer Bob Beck, a professional announcer did a great job as race announcer.


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Paul Sterrett turn marshalls one of the turns


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Mike Steube at another turn


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John Cukras turn marshalls the main turn as other members of each team get their chance to race the next 4 minute segment.


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Each team had at least one Farrout club member as well.


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The enduro race ends as Craig Williamson and Philippe de Lespinay look at the race monitor to see which team Bob Beck will announce as the winner.


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Vic Elford's team wins the 64 min. enduro.


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A victorious Vic Elford autographs one of his books for a fan.


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Vic Elford's winning enduro team. L-R, Jim Rose, Vic Elford, Michael Smalley, Tim Lang