John Surtees Interview by Peter Windsor

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On August - 17 - 2011

The 2011 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is coming up on August 28, 2011. Peter Windsor, back working for SPEED (channel), interviewed the 1964 Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees, the winner of the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix in a Ferrari.

According to Wikipedia, John Frankenheimer used race footage from the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix in his film, Grand Prix. “The live footage shows Surtees, Bonnier, Bandini, Ligier, Clark & Gurney in action. Surtees doubles in the scene for the fictional Sarti while Bandini doubles for the fictional Barlini.

One of my first “scratch-built” slot cars used a Dynamic Dynaflex motor mount with a brass tubing/piano wire front end and a Dubro Ferrari 312 body that was based on the Ferrari 312 F1-66.

Bullitt Car Chase With Slot Cars

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On February - 14 - 2011

A stop motion version of director Peter Yate’s famous car chase scene from the Oscar winning film, Bullitt. Emigre says, “The completed film will be ready for youtube in early 2011.”

from Hemming’s Blog

Aurora Thunderjet 500 Commercial 1966

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On February - 10 - 2011

What does it mean, that I still have my Aurora Thunderjet 500 Stirling Moss Model Motoring track and cars from 60’s AND an AFX set from the 80’s?

Slot Car Racing With Jay Leno

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On December - 7 - 2010

Jay Leno looks at David Beattie’s custom slot car tracks, though I’d take a Hasse King any day.

NSR 24 Hour World Endurance Race

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On May - 1 - 2010

The NSR 24 Hour World Endurance (Slot Car) Race was held in Soragna, Italy, April 17, 2010 on Ninco tracks.

I used to like racing on a King track under USRA (United Slot Racers Association) wing car rules, but these slot cars are great looking scale cars. The drivers couldn’t be more dedicated to their sport to race for 24 hours.

Slot Car Racing at Buzz-A-Rama

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On November - 7 - 2009

A few years ago, I was remembering Buzz-A-Rama, the slot car track in Brooklyn and some of my slot car experiences in New York.

I found this nice video by Rahul Chadha on Buzz and the track in Brooklyn. It looks like it’s still supported by parties for kids. I didn’t see any indication of organized racing, e.g., USRA (United Slot Racers Association) or ISRA (International Slot Racing Association). The track was never on those circuits when I used to go there.

I wondered how Buzz could stay in business all these years until I saw that track time was $20/hr on the Blue King. Maybe Buzz-A-Rama’s longevity is just a result of the interest in slot car racing that seems to have a revival every couple of years.

The Buzz-A-Rama 500 from Gorilla Face on Vimeo.

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