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The Electric Dream Team is pleased to announce that we will be supporting the LeMay America’s Car Museum Miniature TransAm Challenge, to be held October 18-19, 2013, with a contingency award program in both classes of competition. 

Our contingency program is open to anyone competing in the event.  It does not require a car or parts purchase from ED but does require the car being raced to carry Electric Dreams logo and URL decals as specified below.  Participants are eligible for the following awards in either or both classes (Stock and Modified):

$10.00 for 3rd place.

$20.00 for 2nd place

$30.00 for 1st place

To qualify for the program, cars may not carry logos, URLs or any other text or graphics referring in any way to any other retail slot car dealer.

When any event-eligible car is purchased during the program period the decals will be shipped free of charge with it.  If you have already purchased your event-eligible car during the program period you can request a sheet of decals and we will mail you one free of charge.  Event entrants who have not purchased an event-eligible car from us may purchase a decal sheet on the Electric Dreams web site for $1.99 including shipping (within the US). The decal sheets include enough decals for more than one car so you can do a car for each of the two classes from one sheet.  We also expect to continue our contingency program at selected future events, and leftover decals can be used for those events.

All mail-in entries must arrive at the event site with our decals already in place on them.  On-site In-person entrants have the option of applying our decals (available on site) to their cars at the event itself before their cars are submitted for tech inspection.  An Electric Dreams representative will be at the event and will be glad to assist if needed in selecting and placing our decals on your car to work around any existing livery while meeting our requirements. Note:  Our decals are peel-and-stick.  You probably don’t want to place them over any waterslide decals on your car if you ever intend to take them off, but they should be fine over tampo-printed graphics.  (Added benefit:  If your car happens to have a boo-boo in the paint you may be able to use one of our decals to cover it up.)

To apply for the program send an e-mail to with the following information :

  • Your name, mailing address, and phone number.
  • For each car being entered:  Manufacturer, make and color of the car you will be racing in the event (ex:  Pioneer 68 Mustang, red)
  • If you have purchased an eligible car from us during the program period:  Your Electric Dreams customer number and the date and Electric Dreams order number on which you purchased your eligible car.
  • In the subject line of your e-mail, type: Contingency program for (your name)

It will be helpful to us, though not required, if you will attach a JPEG photo of the car(s) you will be racing in the LeMay event.

Race entrants may sign up for the program anytime up to and including the day of the event prior to submitting the entered car(s) to tech inspection.

All contingency awards earned under this program will be paid out following publication of the official entry list and race results by the event organizers. This should be sometime in the week following the event.  We will pay by crediting the credit card or Paypal account the award winner uses to make purchases from us or a credit card or Paypal account designated by the award winner.

Any car or entrant disqualified or excluded from the event by the event organizers for any reason will also be automatically disqualified from this program.

Electric Dreams reserves the right to reject any application for this program without cause.

Here is a photo showing some possible decal locations:

We require, for the purposes of this contingency award program, that our logo and URL show clearly when your car is photographed from the front or from either side.  Any combination of decal placements that accomplishes this will be satisfactory.  If you are in doubt about the decal arrangement you want to use, just e-mail a photo of your car to and we will let you know whether your scheme meets the requirement.   Our decals can be removed and relocated as long as you don’t do it too many times with the same decals.  We just need them to stay in place for the whole event.  As mentioned above, if you are attending the race in person we can offer you on-site help with decal placement.

If you have any questions or concerns about our program please e-mail them to

The Electric Dream Team wishes the LeMay Museum and all race participants a fun and successful race weekend.


Further Information on the LeMay Museum Event As Provided By the Museum

 Incorporating all updates and clarifications as of August 26, 2013

The LeMay America’s Car Museum Miniature TransAm Challenge, October 18-19,2013

A race event for 1/32 scale slot car racing models of classic TransAm cars, 1966-1972
America’s Car Museum, also known as the LeMay Museum, will hold a race for 1/32 scale classic TransAm slot cars on October 18-19, 2013.  This will be the first in what is intended to become a series of slot car racing events that will cover a wide variety of slot cars modeling all the famous types and eras of life-sized automobile racing.  Jeffery Keys, ACM’s Guest Services Manager, says, “We’re excited about having slot car racing events here at the museum.  They represent a unique opportunity to recreate auto racing history in miniature and to pay homage to great cars and drivers past and present while providing a lot of fun for participants and spectators alike.”

The October event, to be called the ACM Miniature TransAm Challenge, will be run on two Scalextric Sport 4-lane slot car tracks to be set up for the event in an area adjacent to the museum’s Fun Zone, where the museum’s highly detailed Slotmods slot car track and its racing simulators are located.  The tracks will be controlled as one 8-lane track by an electronic timing and scoring system and each driver and car will race on each of the 8 lanes of the two tracks.

There will be two racing classes, Stock and Modified, providing two levels of challenge for slot car racers of all skill and experience levels.  The rules have been carefully crafted to offer plenty of scope for creativity and ingenuity while keeping the cost of competing well within the reach of all who are interested in entering.

Both in-person and mail-in entries will be accepted.  A local slot racing club has agreed to manage all the proxy entries from their arrival through the event until their return to their owners. Receiving and return shipping of proxy entries will be handled through the warehouse of Scaleracing LLC, which is located not far from the museum. See full information below. Our thanks to Scaleracing LLC for their assistance.

The Race Director for the event will be the well-known slot car racing competitor and businessman Alan Smith.  He is widely recognized as one of the top slot car race directors in the US.

Entry fee for the event will be $10 per car.  All entrants will be limited to one car in each class.  All on-site entrants will receive a pass good for admission to the museum for the entire weekend, allowing them to come back on Sunday, October 20, and spend the day exploring the museum’s 4 floors of historic car exhibits.

America’s Car Museum, located in Tacoma Washington, has been open just over one year and is already recognized as one of the premier automobile museums in America and the world. Its exhibits of carefully preserved and restored cars cover the panorama of automobile history from the first horseless carriages to today’s exotic supercars. For more information on ACM, visit the museum’s web site at

Rules and Additional Event Details

Tracks: 2 Scalextric Sport tracks, 4 lanes each, all controlled by one DS timing and scoring system and operating as one 8-lane track.  All entrants will see the two track designs for the first time at the actual event. This will prevent individuals or groups from gaining an advantage by building an identical layout and practicing and testing on it beforehand. The two layouts will be different, though we will make them as close to the same exact length as possible, and they will not include any Radius 1 curves. The space we have to work with will preclude any straightaway more than 16 feet long.   Practice time will be regulated as closely as possible so no individual will get significantly more time than any other. 
Track power: Aftermarket power supplies, set to 15v. (no shortage of amperage). Power taps will be added as needed to provide consistent power around the length of the circuit.  There will be more than enough amperage for  legal motor/magnet setups and power taps will be added to the two track layouts as needed to provide consistent power around the circuit.
Controllers: Basic Professor Motor home/club racing controllers (no adjustments) will be installed on each lane and must be used by all competitors. Our thanks to Professor Motor for providing these controllers.
Group 1 – Box-stock Trans Am
Eligible cars: 1/32 scale Scalextric 1969 Camaro, 1969/70 Mustang, 1970 Camaro; Pioneer 1967/68 Mustang notchback and Camaro. Scalextric Dodge Challenger and Mercury Cougar will also be eligible if they are available for sale to the public before September 15, 2013.
Spec rear tire: Maxxtrac M06X. All cars must use the spec tire. A pair of these tires will be provided free of charge (courtesy of Professor Motor) to each entrant and will be installed on the car at final tech inspection, after which the cars will go directly to impound.

NOTE: Only standard-production 18,000 RPM motors as supplied in their ready-to-run cars may be used.  We are aware that both Pioneer and Scalextric have produced a few RTR cars with more powerful motors, but only the 18K ones are allowed.

Allowable modifications:

Magnetic downforce: Cars will be weighed on a digital scale then placed on a Magnet Marshal. The difference between the scale reading and the Magnet Marshal reading may not exceed 220 grams.
Magnet may be shimmed to adjust magnetic downforce to a maximum of 220 grams. Magnet must be placed in the stock location immediately forward of the motor.
Body screws may be loosened for body float.
Braid may be replaced with braid of the same size but alternate material. (In other words, copper braid can be used on all cars.)
Cars may be repainted for easier identification and entrants are encouraged to do so to avoid having a field of look-alike cars. Repaints do not have to be painted as specific real cars but liveries should look period-appropriate. A car painted in a single overall color with racing numbers is all that is required to be period-appropriate. Entrants who are sponsored by a raceway, hobby shop or other business may place the business’s logo and URL on their cars, but we ask entrants to size and place them on the car so they look, except for the URL, like they could be the livery of a life-sized car back in the day.
Group 2 – Modified TransAm
Eligible cars: All Group 1 cars. In addition, 1/32 scale cars with period and series-correct injection molded or resin-cast bodies of cars raced in the TransAm series between 1966 and 1972 will be allowed. All cars must use the chassis of one of the Group-1-legal cars. The chassis may be lengthened or shortened to fit an alternate body by making a single transverse cut and either adding or removing material. Chassis may also be lengthened by splicing together front and rear sections of two of an eligible chassis. The joint between the two chassis halves may be reinforced with sheet styrene or ABS.   See list of eligible bodies.  Front and rear wheel openings must be properly centered on the wheels.
Chassis, motor, and running gear: 
All stock components from any of the Group 1-eligible cars may be freely substituted for each other. This means, for example, that a car can use a Pioneer chassis, a Scalextric motor, and a mix of Pioneer and Scalextric wheels, axles, and gears. Regarding the swapping of axle assemblies: In the Modified class if needed entrtants can swap bushings between axle assemblies. The rules state that in the Modified class all stock components may be freely substituted for each other.  Entrants are not limited to swapping axle assemblies as a unit. An axle assembly may be made up using a combination of stock wheels, bushings, axles, and gears from either brand. We also are not going to quibble about gluing the axle assembly in place if that will make things simpler. Additionally, if entrants find they need to ream out the rear axle mounts on a Scalextric chassis just enough to fit Pioneer axle bushings we have no problem with that, either, as long as it doesn’t change the vertical location of the axle center in the chassis.

 Spec rear tire: Maxxtrac M06X. Cars must use the spec tire. This will be the same tire as for Group 1. A pair of these tires will be provided free of charge to each entrant and will be installed on the car at final tech inspection, after the cars have gone into impound.

Magnetic downforce specifications are the same as for Group 1 as described above.  Magnet must be placed on the upper surface of the chassis forward of the motor. Only one magnet may be used.
Any guide, braid, and lead wire may be used. Guide adapters such as B-nova may be used.  Digital plug-related components may be removed.
Maximum track (distance between outer edges of wheels/tires) Front- 55mm, rear- 59mm.
Wheels/tires may be spaced outward to the above limits or to the maximum width allowed by the body, whichever is less.
Body screws may be loosened for body float.
Chassis perimeter may be trimmed but not extended (except by altering wheelbase as described above) to fit the body being used and/or to allow free body float.
Any eligible body may be used on any eligible chassis. The stock body mounting points on the chassis must be used. The body’s mounting posts may be moved to fit. 
Body screws may be loosened for body float. Bodies from cars that incorporate parts of the body into the chassis may have those parts cut from the chassis and attached to the body. Body parts may be cut from a chassis to allow fitting of an alternate body.
Body must cover wheels and tires completely when viewed from the top, including axle float.

Fenders and wheel openings may not be modified. Body can be raised on chassis but not lowered beyond a period-correct height. Any car deemed by the organizers to have its body sitting lower over the chassis than would have been seen on a TA car in the day will be required to add spacers to raise it to a period-correct height.  If your car is legal in all other respects, as long as the fenders clear the tires the body height will be legal.  We set this rule primarily in recognition that the bodies of some cars, as manufactured, sit higher on the chassis than they need to and we want to give entrants in the Modified class the option of lowering the body to take up the excess clearance. Keep in mind, however, that modifying the wheel openings in the body, modifying the body lower edge, and removing or relocating the exhausts are not specifically permitted modifications and, therefore, are not allowed.  In the event of any further question regarding period-correct body height or overall car height the entrant may submit a side-on photo of the car sitting on a tech block or piece of track, and we will make a determination of legality based on the photo.  The photo, by the way, will be kept and will be compared with the actual model as presented at tech.   

Full-depth interiors may be cut down into a tray interior or may be replaced by an injection-molded or resin-cast tray interior. Vacuum-formed interiors are not allowed.  All interiors must retain a roll bar/roll cage and an injection-molded or resin-cast racing driver figure with at least head, shoulders, arms, hands, and steering wheel.

Body must have windshield and rear window and any other period-correct windows in place. Vacuum-formed windows may be used only on resin-cast bodies.
Eligible body list: In addition to the bodies of all the Group 1 cars the following bodies will be allowed in Group 2.
66 Mustang convertible (if converted to notchback hardtop)
69 Camaro
70 Hemi Cuda
66 Barracuda ( also Aurora)
69 Camaro snap kit
70 Mustang snap kit
71 Firebird
67 Camaro
67 Cougar
68 Barracuda
68 Firebird
68 Javelin (AMX is NOT allowed)
RMS Resins
63 Falcon
RMS Resins
66 Barracuda
RMS Resins
66 Mustang
RMS Resins
67 Cougar
RMS Resins
68 Barracuda
RMS Resins
68 Firebird
RMS Resins
68 Javelin
RMS Resins
70 Barracuda
RMS Resins
70 Camaro
RMS Resins
70 Challenger
RMS Resins
70 Firebird
70 Barracuda
Bodies not on this list may be submitted for possible inclusion.
Event schedule October 18-19, 2013
Friday 5pm-9pm          Registration, tech inspection, and open practice for all entrants
Saturday 9am-11am    Registration, tech inspection, and open practice for all entrants
Saturday 11am             All cars placed in impound. Final inspection of cars from 11am to noon
Saturday noon-4:30pm   Race
Saturday 4:30pm-5:00pm (or immediately upon conclusion of the race)   Podium ceremony and prize awards
Prizes and awards:
There will be trophies (configuration not yet determined) for the top 3 finishers in each class. There will be additional prizes and awards TBA.
All entrants will receive an ACM cap and an ACM lanyard for their museum pass. 

Entry fee: $10 per car.  Note:  Entry fee for entries from outside the US may be higher to cover overseas return postage.  You can inquire about overseas entry fees at

Event location and entry instructions:

The LeMay Museum is located at

2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421

This is right across the street from the Tacoma Dome.  You can’t miss the Tacoma Dome from Interstate 5.  Once you have foind the Dome you have found the museum. Reserved event days parking for slot car race participants will be on the large grassy area in front of the museum building. There is an entrance to the field directly from the street. A building entrance  convenient to the reserved parking area will be designated for use by participants. 

Mail-in (proxy) entries should be sent to

Scaleracing LLC
3030 68th Avenue West Unit E
University Place WA 98466.

Please mark clearly on the package Proxy Entry for Lemay Event. Please ship your car without the display case.  Bubble wrap the car and ship it in a box with plenty of crush area to protect it.

You can pay your entry fee by going to www, and making the payment to   Those who are attending the race in person may also pay their entry fees in advance of the event in the same way.

Our thanks to 132Slotcar/Scaleracing LLC for handling the logistics for us.


  1.  The museum’s Slotmods track will not be used for racing, but it will be available during Friday evening open practice as a photo backdrop for entrants wishing to photograph their cars on it.
  2. All entrants will receive a pass good for admission to the museum for the entire weekend, including Sunday, so they will have the entire day on Sunday to explore and enjoy the museum.
  3. It is the intention of the race organizers to have the racing concluded by the museum’s closing time at 5pm on Saturday, but if necessary the race will run past that time so it can be completed on Saturday.
  4. Each entrant will be limited to one car in each class. In case of a very high number of entries, the number of entries accepted for each of the two classes may be limited. All entries will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  5. Because of time constraints there will be no qualifying. In each of the two class races, each entry will rotate across all 8 racing lanes. Starting lanes will be assigned by a random procedure though race officials may place lookalike cars into the rotation to avoid having more than one on the track at a time as much as possible. Lane rotation scheme TBA.
  6. Mail-in (proxy) entries will be accepted for this event. Racing of the mail-in entries will be managed by a local club that will receive cars, provide drivers, and return the cars to their owners. All mail-in cars will be inspected and track- tested before the race to ensure that they have arrived in good condition. The mailing address is TBA. Cars must be received no later than October 12, 2013.
  7. All entrants in the modified class will be required to fill out a spec sheet listing the components used in building their cars. This information will be published on the Internet, at an official location to be determined, where it will be available to the general public. The form will be provided on line so mail-in entrants can submit their completed spec sheets with their cars and on-site entrants can fill it out in advance.
  8. The two Scalextric Sport tracks for this event will be provided by 132 Slotcar ( and by Lighthouse Christian Center of Puyallup, WA. Our thanks go to these two organizations for their participation in this event.
  9. Further information on measurement of magnetic downforce: We will have a digital scale and a Magnet Marshal at the event.  They will be calibrated with each other for accuracy.  Each car will first be weighed on the digital scale to get its actual weight.  Then it will be placed onto the Magnet Marshal to get its weight+downforce reading.  The Magnet Marshal reading minus the scale reading will yield the car’s downforce level.  We are using both a digital scale and a Magnet Marshal because we have found that a Magnet Marshal is not consistent when used as a scale by placing the car on its side on the platform.  A minor shift in the location of the car on the platform can change the weight reading significantly.


Additional information about LeMay America’s Car Museum Slot Car Events

The mission of America’s Car Museum, and the passion of everyone involved with it, is to celebrate the automobile and its rich history and lore and pass on the love of cars to the public by making ACM fun for all and a rewarding experience for every museum guest.  ACM is a car museum, not a motorsports museum, but we know that speed and competition have always been a colorful and fascinating part of automotive history and a major driver of technical development in the auto industry, as well as a truly fabulous sport.  The museum’s involvement with slot cars is one of many ways we celebrate cars and car racing.

Every one of our events has one goal: to be fun for our museum guests who watch, for the enthusiasts who participate, and even for the volunteers who put in many hours to develop and run the events.  We really like slot cars because they have a unique way of drawing people of all ages into the fun and excitement.  Our Slotmods track has been a great success, proving itself very popular with our guests, and we can’t wait to see what fun our organized slot car races will create.

The organizers of the ACM slot car racing program have been around slot car racing for decades.  We’ve seen it all and done it all.  Also, some of us have been around full-sized racing for a long time, too. As a result, we are well aware of the tension that exists between racers and rulesmakers.  The rulesmakers want to produce the fairest and most competitive racing possible in addition to controlling factors such as cost and complexity.  At ACM we particularly want to make sure our slot car races are fun, affordable, and accessible for as many slot car hobbyists as possible.  Every aspect of our racing has been developed with that goal in mind.  We want to make it possible for the largest number of people to come to ACM and have fun with their slot cars.  That necessarily requires trying to write a set of rules that gives as many as possible, even relative beginners, some reasonable chance to win or at least finish well. 

Racers, of course, always want to take maximum advantage of what the rules say and don’t say because they all want to win.  That’s the very definition of a racer.  But it can be taken to extremes, especially by a subset of racers who combine a win-at-all costs mindset with a great deal of experience and resources and are determined to find some loophole somewhere in the grey areas of the rules that allows them to use all that to to engineer a decisive but hidden advantage that few, if any competitors can match.  What they are invariably try to do is lead the race organizers to make a decision in ignorance of all its technical ramifications and thereby unknowingly green-light the proverbial “unfair advantage” that, while it may be technically legal, subverts the intent of the rules. 

Now that’s all well and good in, for instance, Formula One, where everybody has vast experience and resources and everybody knows that’s how the game is being played and accepts all the cutthroat maneuvering that follows from it.  But our slot car races are not like that.  Most slot car hobbyists are not interested in going to extremes of cost, time, and rulebook lawyering to win and are actually looking for someplace where they can compete and have fun without having to do all that.  We intend to provide what they want. But we are not going to do it by fighting an endless battle of wits with a small minority of racers.  We’ve tried to do it in the past and found that it quickly becomes a thoroughly miserable experience.

So, here’s how we are going to handle the process of making, clarifying, and enforcing our racing rules.

1.  We have written and published a set of rules that tells racers what they can do and clearly states that anything not specifically permitted is prohibited.  That is, in general, the way the rules for all our events will be written, though this is not to say we will never have a “run what ya brung” class or that the amount of leeway granted for “tuning” will not vary depending upon the desired character of the event.

2.  We think our rules are quite clear enough for most people.  However, we know we don’t always think of everything and there can be points that genuinely do require clarification and errors or omissions that need to be corrected.  When those issues surface we will address them.  As we refine all our procedures from one event to the next there will fewer and fewer of them.

3.  However, we are not going to make decisions blindly.  If we have any doubt about what is really behind an inquiry about a rule we can and will say to the person inquiring, “Tell us in detail what you want to do and we will tell you whether it’s legal.”  We reserve the right to ask for additional information, including photos, if we need to in order to understand the matter fully.

4. At that point the inquirer has choices.  (1) He can give us full information and receive our ruling. We will then publish both the original inquiry, with all information provided, and our reply for the information of all interested parties.  (2) He can decline to provide information and not use his demon tweak, saving it for another time and place.  (3) He can go ahead and try it without seeking a ruling, but if it’s discovered at tech and found to be illegal there will be consequences.  Also, if we do approve a modification and discover at tech that we were not given full and honest information there will be consequences.  We will check.  Racers can seek advantage all they want, but it won’t be hidden advantage. 

The following basic priciples will apply:

1.  We intend for our slot car events to celebrate, in miniature, the history of the automobile, just as our museum exhibits do in life size.  We want the slot cars in our races to look like real race cars and each event to recreate, in some measure, a particular time and place or era in racing history.  We aren’t rivet counters.  We don’t insist that the cars in our events be perfect models of a specific chassis number at a specific race, or anything close to that;  we just want them to look, when running on the track, like a car that could have been entered in the life-sized counterpart to our race.  For that reason we are going to insist that pursuit of on-track performance not compromise the historical character of the cars.

2.  We want entering and competing successfully in our events to be within the reach of as many slot car hobbyists as possible, including those of only moderate skill and resources.  We will not allow anything that has the effect of putting it beyond the reach of all but an experienced and well-equipped few.

3.  If you read the rules and don’t know whether something is legal it probably isn’t.  By all means, ask if you feel the need, but in general assume that if we meant for something to be legal we would have said so.

4.  We will make judgment calls when and as needed to conduct the event.  Not everyone will agree with all of them, but they will be final.  We may review the issue(s) involved afterward and amend the relevant rules for future events, but the calls we make will not be debated or retroactively reversed.

5.  Our rules, once made, will be subject to clarification, but never to debate.  We won’t put up with cheating, politics, or anything else that compromises the character of our events or their enjoyment by participants and museum guests.

6.  We reserve the right to reject any entry without cause. We will use it sparingly but we will use it if we have to when the actions, attitudes or purposes of any individual threaten the successful conduct of any of our events or their enjoyment by others.



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