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Newsletter July 1st, 2011

July 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Newsletter Archive 2011

Happy Independence Day to all our customers and friends!

This 4th of July weekend, we wish all of our US customers glorious weather, grand celebrations, and tons of summer fun.  We also hope you will take some time to think about and appreciate the legacy left to us by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the other founding documents and institutions of our republic.   We American citizens, both native-born and naturalized, are the heirs of a noble experiment in self-government unlike any other in the world.  It recognizes that our rights and liberty as citizens, regardless of who we are, what we look like, or where our ancestors originally came from or how they got here, are conferred upon us not by government but by God himself and that government is not the grantor of those rights and that liberty but is and must always be a protector and defender of them on our behalf.

We are grateful for the vision and sacrifice of the Founders, the stewardship of statesmen throughout our history, the valor and sacrifices of our armed forces and police who have defended our nation and our communities, and the efforts of all who have striven to create a safe, just, stable, orderly society in which every individual can reap the benefits of his own labor and investment while building the nation as a whole.  The American experiment has never been perfect and never will be because it is made up of imperfect human beings, but it is eminently worth celebrating, not just on July 4 but on every day of the year.

God bless America!  Long may she live! Confusion and defeat to her enemies and goodwill to her friends!

New cars just announced by Pioneer!

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney

Pioneer P032 68 Mustang, Dan Gurney. Preorder now! – $55.99

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson

Pioneer P039 68 Mustang, Dean Gregson. Preorder now! – $55.99

These two cars are both scheduled for release before the end of the month.

On the way to us from Slot It

Slot It SICA10E McLaren F1 GTR #40, LeMans 1998

Slot It SICA10E McLaren F1 GTR #40, LeMans 1998. Preorder now! – $59.99

New items in stock now

NSR 1081 Ford P68 (F3L), Gulf #7

NSR 1081 Ford P68 (F3L), Gulf #7 – $116.99

NSR 1083 Corvette C6R GT2 Sebring 2010 #3

 


NSR 1083 Corvette C6R GT2 Sebring 2010 #3 – $116.99

NSR 1072AW Porsche 997, white, unpainted

NSR 1072AW Porsche 997, white, unpainted – $92.99

LeMans Miniatures 132041/1M Peugeot 905 #1 , LeMans 1993

LeMans Miniatures 132041/1M Peugeot 905 #1 , LeMans 1993 – $123.99

LeMans Miniatures 132041/2M Peugeot 905 #2 , LeMans 1993 – $123.99


LeMans Miniatures 132041/3M Peugeot 905 #3 , LeMans 1993 – $123.99.  1993 LeMans winner.

Just for fun…

David Carter’s Camp Dennison Speedway

Electric Dreams customer David Carter of Camp Dennison, Ohio sends photos of his combined Scalextric Sport/Carrera 2-lane layout.  He writes:

“A few months ago I purchased Carrera banked curves and some straight sections to add to my Scalextric track. I used the Carrera track for my high speed section and Scalextric for the more technical sections.  I call my track “Camp Dennison Speedway” and it is roughly 70 feet feet long with a back straight of about 15 feet.  The flat-out run is made longer by the banked curves.

“In the photo above you see the end of the straight and the banked curves. Under the Goodyear bridge is my first adapter track. The adapter sections are made out of plywood.  Instead of using copper tape I took the metal rails out of some old Scalextric track and used the pins to put it all together. I used some clear silicone to hold the rails down so they do not pop up.

“In this photo you can see the other adapter track just in front of the two Monogram cars. The only problem with the adapter tracks is that they are custom made. I could make changes to either the Scalextric or Carrera by themselves and be OK but to do changes to both would require new adapters.   The photo below is a closeup of one of the adapter tracks.”

Thanks, David, for sending these photos.

One of the frustrating things about modern tracks systems is that for the most part there are no adapter sections available allowing the hobbyist to combine one with another.  David Carter has created his own solution to that problem, enabling him to design and construct a unique layout that combines the space-efficiency of Scalextric Sport track with the high-banked, high-speed curves of the Carrera track system.  This is typical of the creativity of our customers and illustrates the almost limitless range of possibilities available to the present-day slot car racing enthusiast.

Do you have a track layout or car you have constructed and would like to show to other slot car hobbyists?  Send us some photos at support@electricdreams.com.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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Slot car technical information and advice: support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us at:

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Slot Car Racing in Tennessee

February 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Slot Car News

Central Tennessee Raceway Slot Car Racing TennesseeThe recently opened Central Tennessee Raceway, located at 208 Old Nashville Highway, offers a great place for slot-car hobbyists to enjoy their interest while meeting others who share a passion for the craft.

“It’s boys playing with toys,” said Mike Arnold with a laugh.

Arnold, along with Rick Crutchfield, own the Central Tennessee Raceway. For about 50 years combined, they have been building, racing and running slot cars, powered miniature autos guided by a grooved track.

“I got into slot cars when I was about 12 years old,” Crutchfield said. “It was really popular in the ’60s. It faded out in the ’70s, but it’s come back. Maybe not to the capacity of the ’60s, but it’s still gaining popularity.”

“We see a lot of fathers and their sons come in,” Crutchfield added. “We had a group of Cub Scouts the other night, and I’m not sure who had a better time, the Scouts or their fathers.”

But, Dads, this is not the two-lane slot track that sat on the floor the way you may remember as a kid. The La Vergne business is a family-friendly center with a room-filling Engleman track. The track, known as “the Black Snake,” has eight slot lanes and is almost 160 feet long with varying turns and one significant straight-away.

“We try to provide a place where (customers) feel safe and have a good time. Everyone wants to win, but when someone knocks another off the tracks, we all just laugh and cut up. It’s a hobby,” Crutchfield said.

There is a computer system that will clock the lap times for official race times. You can also purchase a full selection of parts and tools, even a starter kit, for slot cars.

“You can get a complete kit for about $120, which includes your trigger, car and everything you need to get started,” Crutchfield said.

Not sure if you want to invest in this hobby yet? Then start with a rental. The provided slot cars may not run as fast as those that have been tweaked and perfected, but they still provide you with a fun experience and a mesmerizing moment as you focus on the car racing around the track.

A different type of slot car is run each night the business is open. Racers can run from 5 to 10 p.m. Group 12 wing cars are run on Tuesdays, 4 1/2-inch NASCAR slot cars on Thursday, and GTP and 4 1/2-inch first class racers are on Friday. Other nights can be booked for birthday parties or gatherings for ball teams, Cub Scouts and church youth groups. To set up a party, call at least two weeks ahead to reserve your time.

Updated (New Numbers): If you find yourself in Tennessee, give them a call. For more information, call Rick @ 615.556.9167  and  Mike @ 615.351.7977

Source: The Daily News Journal

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