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Slot Cars at the Peterson Auto Museum (Gallery)

July 30, 2010

Slot Cars at the Peterson Auto Museum

Catalog this post under more cool stuff from the Peterson Auto Museum! We’ve just discovered that the slot car exhibit at the Peterson Auto Museum has received coverage online from Road and Track Magazine! We couldn’t be more excited. Thanks to the news getting out, on our local NPR station and getting a little coverage on Local news (ABC... [Read more ⇒]

LASCM Visit, February 2008

January 15, 2010


Some of the racers competing in the First Annual Checkpoint Cup retro races were offered a guided tour of the Los Angeles Slot Car Museum. Host Scott Bader and museum curator Philippe de Lespinay prepared a nice display for the visitors. Please CLICK HERE for a fully illustrated report by Keith Tanaka.  Read More →

East, West and South meet in Memphis

June 20, 2009

Going to Memphis… The saga of a proud survivor of the first East-West confrontation in slot car history. By Philippe de Lespinay After the Rod & Custom racing series of 1966, the Champion slot car racing Company of Chamblee, a suburb of Atlanta in Georgia, organized their first ARCO-series race in Memphis, Tennessee. This was suggested... [Read more ⇒]

Mura “B” can motors, success or failure?

June 20, 2009

A part of the large Mura chapter in the new soon to be published “Electric Dreams” book addresses the success and failures of one of the most controversial slot car motors ever, the infamous B-can motor. Devised by Ron Mura, Bob Lenz, and with input from John Cukras, the “B” was not what one would call a success (except maybe... [Read more ⇒]

Rebuilding a survivor: Rick Durkee’s Team Russkit Chaparral 2

June 20, 2009

Rick Durkee Chaparral brought back to life By Philippe de Lespinay When Jim Russell created the world’s first professional slot car racing team in 1965, he trusted Mike Morrissey to find the “right stuff” within the So-Cal racers. Mike selected Len Vucci, Ron Quintana, and Rick Durkee as the original team members. Fred “Kenny”... [Read more ⇒]

First-Ever Angle-Winder Slot Car Revisited

June 20, 2009

The World’s Most Important Slot Car? Gene Husting built his (and pro-racing’s) first angle-winder car in late 1967, after he saw a picture of a 1/32 scale car built by Midwest racer Roy Moody. When he showed up at Gallagher’s J&J Raceway in California, the car, fitted with a Lancer McLaren MK6 body, was improperly geared but showed... [Read more ⇒]


June 19, 2009

Please CLICK HERE for the fully illustrated story!  Read More →

The Art of Keiji Kanegawa

May 5, 2007

In 1972 and 1973, one body painter in the San Francisco area disputed the honors for best pro-racing painter in the nation. His inventive and creative art was unique and since then, copied by many. His name: Keiji Kanegawa, familiarly known as “Keiji”. Kanegawa introduced accurate portraits, carefully applied with multiple shades of mixed... [Read more ⇒]

How to Clean your Vintage Magnesium Parts

April 15, 2007

Typical aspect of a distressed Cox magnesium chassis. Not very appetizing… Many Cox slot car owners are often asking me how to clean the old Cox chassis parts and magnesium wheels. I really do not recommend lemon juice as it blackens the magnesium. First, lemon juice is for spicing your salad or drop into your tea, not to clean your magnesium... [Read more ⇒]

My Favorite Lady

January 22, 2007

Restoring the 1972 Western States winner By Philippe de Lespinay I have had that chassis for a while. I built it in the spring of 1972 and used it in a couple of USRA warm-up races in the very competitive Southern California pro-racing scene, then apparently gave it to Team Mura’s Earl Campbell. I had already built him a sister car for the race... [Read more ⇒]

Billy’s Steel Car

January 22, 2007

Sometime in 1971, a USRA professional open-class race was organized at Gun’s Raceway in Tucson, Arizona. There, the great Mike Steube fought a tough battle with another great, Lee Gilbert, eventually winning the main event on the difficult track. This leftover monster from the 1960’s had a huge drop in the main straight, and most cars would... [Read more ⇒]

So Many Hemis…

September 21, 2006

In the mid-1960’s, Igarashi made quite a few versions of the “16D” sized “Hemi” motor in a vain attempt to compete with Mabuchi in the slot car busimess. Below is a list of all the variations to help you identify such motors: 1/ The first versions had retaining tabs sticking past the can opening. Chrome can, rectangular... [Read more ⇒]

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