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Video: Better Than Simulators: How the Slot Car Hobby Has Evolved Since its Sixties Heyday

Posted May 05, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
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It's a good bet that nobody reading this doesn't still have some muscle memory of squeezing the trigger of a slot car controller just enough to power their car through a turn but not so much that the car goes flying off the track. Maybe it was the neighbor kid's track that you raced on after school. Maybe your childhood track is still in a cardboard box up in the attic. Or maybe you took slot car racing more seriously than that by scratchbuilding thingies, winding your own motors, and setting up entire dioramas. Whatever the case, while slot car racing remains a distant memory for some, it's still capturing enthusiasts' attention and creating serious gearheads nowadays.

How serious? Let's start with a 2016 profile of Frank "Buzz" Perri of Brooklyn's Buzz-a-rama, which unfortunately closed earlier this year. Despite the ultimate fate of Buzz-a-rama, the profile is a timeless tale of exactly what it is about the hobby that can draw in youth and that can keep one man involved in it long after his contemporaries gave it up.

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