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  1. Steve, As I said Peter gave me copies of Mini Wheels a couple of years ago. Not sure where they came from. I scanned them and sent them to you. Peter, If you are ok with me sharing, I will forward the remaining Mini Wheels to Steve to share on his site. Cheers Neil
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    Old Pharts

    Hi Pete, was that one of the years that you, Karen, myself and Jan drove to Adelaide to have a run? If anyone has results or other memories, I would very interested. From memory it was a very long, fast track but you had to pay attention. If it was 1978 there was quite a few Vic guys there, but we were the only ones from Sydney. I remember we both had solid runs, but as proved on many occasions now my memory is not all that reliable.
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    Old Pharts

    Rhythm Willie, You should check up with the old Phart who started this topic and get some Retro racers happening in Adelaide. Its a great competitve class. I don't know about being half a lap behind the car, whilst practicing for my return to racing at Waitara, I discovered a new spot with arthritis - my trigger finger!! Old age is fun. Keep working on the new track Darren. Looking forward to running at Wayne's new track on the Central Coast.
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    Thanks Steve059 i remember those massive double banks - very big motors required. I visited the Campbelltown. track a couple of times and was tempted to make a comeback, but didn't make it. Please share more if you have them.
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    Old Pharts

    Thanks Axman, Enjoyed.
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    Yes please, Also I have a recollection of a Dennis Traeger chassis drawn on the back cover of a Mini Wheels mag that I would be interested in seeing. Or chassis plans of the day
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    Old Pharts

    Hi Axman. A big belly laugh. I remember that. If it was the same meeting we had to run 'sedan' bodies and somehow managed to fit the big aero of the time to them. A very kind guy named Alan Withers helped me get my car going. Even with his help it was a horrible car. I think it was when Pete started talking to me about the GP12 car I have raved about previously.
  8. Hey Mexican Pete, Sorry I can't help you with any information on Karen apart from her not being with us any more. She contacted me couple of days after Daphne passed and we lost contact again. Perhaps someone else knows? I picked up on this forum, because of a chance meeting with Tony Bovard. I am not sure if you you met him, it was probably after you stopped racing. He, myself and Ian Bannister ran an enduro season together. We called ourselves the B team. The A team was on TV at the time. Yes that long ago! Any how his brother in law is our next door neighbour and he arranged for us to have a get together at Christmas. Tony sent me links to the forum and my memory kicked in. Alan Withers was a great guy. I remember him as the only person to get those horrible Cobra spur gears to mesh nice. He was always very helpful to new comers. Also, Kim it would be great to see those old Mini Wheels again.Not sure how it could happen.
  9. Sorry Mark Fox was the man. Getting my Foxes and Frosts mixed up, As you say too many sleeps. I can't imagine it being a quiet stay, not only did he step up slot car speed, his gentle urging of marshalls stepped up their recovery times.
  10. Nah always Neil Bolton I had forgotten you built Slotz, and yes it was crazy fast in a really small room. I raced some GP20 and Opens when Charlie Frost had it. The flat 90 after the donut was the maker or breaker for the lap. Your Blue King was the best !!! Wow another memory, the first race at Slotz where Charlie Fox ran his "ice cream cone" sled. That night at Karen Cowells 21st we were drawing plans of the chasis on coasters. The next meeting every sled was an "ice cream cone" clone. Except me I came 4th and next meeting ran a cone made by Wayne Brambles.
  11. Wow Pete, talk about great memories. I remember that GP12 car very fondly. We won quite a number of races in NSW with it and then went to Melbourne and was lucky to make the final. Paul Close was the gun driver on a Blue King that was very fast. Also remember racing in Adelaide with Karen and Jan comimg with us. I think we both made finals against some strong opposition including Paul from Melbourne, I ran a chasis built by Charle Rickards that handled well down there, but I couldn't find a track in NSW that it liked, In a 6 degrees of seperation moment I caught up with Bov at Christmas and I will be attending the race at Waitara, Its a long way from Adelaide, see what you can do. I am thinking of making a comeback as well. After joining the forum yesterday, I have spent most of the day rememebering my days in the addictive world of slot cars. Including that Gp12 car. I thought I would expand my recollections on the racing at the time ......and at the risk of boring others .........and if my memory fails me ..... they are honest mistakes. Pete was a fast runner at G & D at the time.Sometimes beating the likes of Wayne and all the Charlies. He felt sorry for my car building efforts and took me under wing.He built me a group 12 car and I won many races with it including the GP12 class at the Slotz slot car revival meeting in 1977 run at Dave Smiths track. It was probably the biggest race meeting I attended and certainly the most memorable wins I had. All the guns came to Sydney from Melbourne and Adelaide. It was held over the Easter long weekend running against Geoff's Matich meeting at G&D. There was much bad blood between Smithy and the Cowells at the time. I ran qualy at G&D early on Saturday, drove over to Seven Hills, ran qualy on Slotz. Drove back to G& D - won the GP12 race. Back to Slotz - won the race there. Two wins in the same day and we didn't even swap out the motor brushes. I think the only thing we changed was the body. Talk about good times, all I did was drive, Peter did the hard work. I didn't have the balls to tell Daphne that I was racing at Slotz as well. Peter and Karen were at Slotz to support me and I don't think they told Geoff and Daphne either. Peter's support was so intense I think a couple times I could have stopped driving and he would have taken over telepathically. As I said it was a great weekend and the biggest win I had. I remember practicing for hours at Slotz as it was a new track at the time. Pete would complain about wearing out the car and I would keep saying I have nearly nailed it. That was at Easter, in June we went to Melbourne to race on their very fast King track and a guy named Paul Close made me look very ordinary. I might have just scraped into the final.( I don't actually remember, so I might not have made it) Our car had seen its day and Paul had taken the class to a new level, just as Peter's car had the year before running in Sydney. Pete gave me the most honest piece of advice at that meet that I ever got in slot racing 'there is nothing left in the unit, work out a way to drive faster' The next January in Adelaide I had the small revenge of passing Paul in the semi of the open class to beat him out of a spot in the final. I don't think Paul came to Sydney often as, like most of the Melbourne guys, G & D was was not to their liking. We traveled to Melbourne often as the Blue King was magic to race on.
  12. Tony I remember Caringbah. I think.... It started as a King, but without the banking. We raced there often, including one race called the Peter Wherret. He was on TV at the time and turned up to present the trophy himself. He then told us to race scale cars, too slow we said. It was then rebuilt with massive banking added, you really needed big horse power. We used to race on a Sunday night with Toby Lee and Greg Erskine. Has anyone heard of Toby. The last time I saw him was around the time there was a big Muslim church being built next door to his house.
  13. Great to catch up with you over Christmas I remember that trip very well. The 4 cylinder Commodore was a company car and very, very slow. Toby Lee's brother was with me and couldn't understand why you and Waynes V8 was pulling away from us. The tacho was past the red line and we were stuck on about 130K watching you disapear. I beleive the chasis you mentioned was the one I used on that weekend, it was a rapid unit untill I hit the brick wall about six feet above the track. ah well another one that got away Sorry about Ian.
  14. Wow Pete, talk about great memories. I remember that GP12 car very fondly. We won quite a number of races in NSW with it and then went to Melbourne and was lucky to make the final. Paul Close was the gun driver on a Blue King that was very fast. Also remember racing in Adelaide with Karen and Jan comimg with us. I think we both made finals against some strong opposition including Paul from Melbourne, I ran a chasis built by Charle Rickards that handled well down there, but I couldn't find a track in NSW that it liked, In a 6 degrees of seperation moment I caught up with Bov at Christmas and I will be attending the race at Waitara, Its a long way from Adelaide, see what you can do. I am thinking of making a comeback as well.
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