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  1. Making Trax Twelve months ago I was writing of the unknown future we had ahead of us with Covid 19. Victoria was particularly hard hit, but there was a good news story in the slot world, and that was the Mr Slot Car slot shop businesses operating out of southeast Melbourne. AMC spoke to one of its owners, Peter Van Horssen to find out what has been happening. Australian Muscle Car: When and how did you first get into the retail side of the hobby? Peter Van Horssen: I had built a track and placed it onto an old trailer, which allowed me to roll it into the middle of the garage for us to play with. Soon after, my neighbour suggested I take it along to a fair at my daughter’s new primary school. Amazingly, I got requests for bookings on the day, and so the Mr Slot Car story started. AMC: Who makes up the Mr Slot Car business? PVH: There are three of us, with another fellow on standby on busy weekends. With my wife Debbie, and Peter Dimmers, we run the shop from week to week. That includes, retailing, hosting parties, corporate hire, design and manufacturing the modular range of Mr Trax products, importing and some distribution. And sometimes, local and interstate deliveries. AMC: How did you get to this point? PVH: We started in 1994 with a single portable slot car track mounted on a trailer, and added another one the following year. We also purchased an old eight lane commercial hill climb track and located it within a skate centre in Cranbourne. In 1996 we moved to a factory in Narre Warren where we added a drag strip and a smaller hire track made from Ninco plastic sections. In 2001 we moved into Dandenong and after 16 years and a mix of 19 different tracks over that period, we made the latest move where we are now in our own purpose-built 800 m² facility which includes the raceway and licensed café with an adjoining CNC manufacturing complex where we make the track modules. AMC: The onset of Covid 19 must have come at a bad time. How has the last twelve months gone for you? PVH: Like other businesses, we had to rethink our strategies. It made us concentrate in other areas to maximize our survival, like increasing our product range and design features. AMC: How did the wooden track side of the business come about? PVH: I think it was in 2013, when it was our turn to host the Model Car Nationals slot meeting in Dandenong. I decided to design and build a new track to suit that race meet. Since then, we have built many commercial and corporate tracks that sit in almost every state of Australia. I got started with a router. I’ve spent many hours crawling over sheets of timber on the floor with a long straight edge and a hand-made compass. It can be a long and tedious process but thankfully I’ve now moved to CNC manufacture. My good friend Miguel La Torre (an Engineer) set me up with a licensed CNC program and said, “I know you’ll do something with this”. Miguel saw my vision and knew what I needed to progress it to the next stage. Now, after many hours of practicing, CNC programming has become second nature. AMC What designs are available using your modular track system? PVH: At the moment we have four systems available with a multitude of combinations. The folding two piece track we call the Lockdown Track in five options/sizes. We also have a modular speedway oval system in seven designs. Then there is our regular two and four lane modular system with about fifteen modular tables to choose from. And our latest 2021 release is the Mr Trax hybrid system. It has all the regular analogue two lane modular pieces plus the new digital sections. So now you can assemble as many modular tables as you like, and at any time, insert digital lane change sections to run up to six cars on two lanes, with pit lane access and re-fueling etc. AMC: What makes up your typical track systems? PVH: The tracks are made predominantly from MDF, supported on steel folding legs, and for digital racing we have integrated the Carrera lane change system into our timber tracks. It makes it easy for existing or new customers to add a commercially available product, be it a car or an accessory, to our hybrid system. The track surface is a special black paint we use - a well-guarded secret! It gets a great result whether you are racing with rubber or foam tyres. Our most popular controllers are the Slot.it controllers for the avid racer. And the DS Controllers are a great entry level. Power is supplied by the Hop Wo range of power supplies. It’s capable of handling any track size and power requirements up to 80 Amps. For race timing we use the Trackmate system. It serves the racing and drag racing community. Their range is extensive and very good, and we are the resellers in Australia. AMC: How do you engage with your clients? PVH: We go through all of the basic questions: Is it for corporate use or home. Do they want to hire or buy. What area is available. How many lanes are required. What is your largest group of people. What is the budget. Do they need a full turnkey operation. Do they need delivery/installation/training. We have worked with clients such as Mercedes, Kia, Phillip Island GP circuit, Crown Casino, GP teams, CAMS, trade shows, V8 Supercars, Good Friday Appeal. For custom manufacture we get down to the nitty-gritty. What is the footprint of the space – where are the doors and windows, where is the power, how will people get around the track. Then we get down to systems, how many lanes, analogue or digital. Will it be fast sweeping, or rally style, what kind of cars do they race. I often get asked about doing a Bathurst track, but it is hard to replicate a specific track and not waste space, so then I talk about making something similar that will maximise the amount of track, rather than replicate it exactly. Most people go that way once I have shown what I can produce for them. AMC Do you do scenery as well? PVH: Scenery can be a challenge. We do little ourselves apart from green infields, track borders and fences. You can put in a lot of hours to get a reasonable result which is very hard to make for a good price. We recently acquired the Australian agency for Magnetic Racing. They specialize in high quality, detailed laser cut buildings which are supplied in kit form. The kits come unpainted, so customers can put their own stamp on the buildings to suit their layouts. But if they have the budget and want it made, our good friend Tony Di Pastena (see AMC#103) can make detailed pieces. I can supply the CNC base templates that will drop straight into the track. Tony will add park benches, turnstyles, marshals huts, grandstands – things that suit the layout and it’s all nicely assembled and ready to go. AMC: Where to from here? PVH: There are many loose bits of paper with ideas floating around my office. And every now and then, I decide to explore one of them and bring it to reality. We are forever designing more modular sections to increase the range and versatility. AMC: How can people find out more about your services? PVH: Simple, www.mrslotcar.com or call during business hours 03-9796-3830.
  2. It seems OK at this end via my phone and a stand alone PC.
  3. Mr Slotcar, Slot Car Racing and Retail Center, for all your slot car needs. Established in 1994 with a single Mobile Slotcar track. We attended parties, school fetes and corporate functions all over Victoria. In 1997 we opened our first Slotcar Raceway in Narre Warren. 4 years later we moved into Dandenong. Hosting 100’s of parties and staged some National race meetings. In 2017 we designed and built our new 800m2 facility in Hallam. It boasts a number of large slot car tracks, two ¼ mile drag strips, a 2nd level, licensed café, dining/party area and fully serviced retail shop. The Team at Mr Slotcar ... Peter Dimmers, Debbie Shaw and Peter Van Horssen Business hours (subject to change) Normal Hours Tuesdays: 10am - 5pm Wed- Fri: 10am - 9pm Saturday: 10am - 7 pm Sunday: 12pm - 5pm Always Closed Mondays Private Functions upstairs or downstairs by prior arrangements Holidays Australia Day Normal Hours Labour Day Closed Good Friday from 12pm Easter Monday Closed Anzac Day from 12pm Queens Birthday Closed Melbourne Cup Normal Hours Closed Xmas 25th - January 2nd Always Closed on Mondays Here are some pics ...
  4. Try the support page on the Trackmate racing website
  5. Well having owned a 4-Lane MrTrax track I am absolutely sold on this track system.

    Having spinal fusion and more to come, setting up and dismantling this track system is an absolute breeze and pain free... woohoo.

    The track is designed around the 100mm centre so it allows you to race 1/24 and 1/32 cars. As the track rubbers in times and grip do improve.

    The sales, service and support from both Mr & Mrs Slotcar (Peter and Debbie) has been an absolute astonishingly easy and enjoyable process, no question can go unasked, both will tell you the simple facts. There is zero pressure sale tactics at all, both are more than happy to go above and beyond for their clients, to which I will be a long term client and supporter of MrTrax and MrSlotCar.

    For those people thinking about a slot car track and would like to have a look and race first hand and are in the Taree, NSW, 2430 area please reach out via PM to arrange a visit and race, I am more than happy to open my house and track, you will be amazed with the entire system.

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    My Facebook group links:

    Australian Slot Car Group (ASCG) - all things Slot Cars
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/australianslotcars

    NSW Slot Car Group (NSWSCG)
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    MrSlotCar - mrslotcar.com
    MrTrax - mrtrax.com
    http://www.auslot.com/forums/index.php?/topic/20298-need-help/&tab=comments#comment-268063

    Peter Van Horssen

    #slotcarsforlife

     

  6. Peter D, Debbie and I want to thank all that made the journey and participated in the 2018 APC. It was great to see everyone again. And congratulations to all the winners ... 1/32 Muscle Cars A Grade 1st. VIC Brett Chalmers 2nd. VIC Greg Colgan 3rd. QLD Simon Wakelin B Grade 1st. VIC Mark Pollard 2nd. NSW Ian Baker 3rd. VIC Doug Bogdanovic 1/32 Modern GT 1st VIC BRETT CHALMERS 2nd VIC GREG COLGAN 3rd VIC CHRIS WATTS 1/27 Mini Z GT 1st. VIC Chris Watts 2nd. VIC Brett Chalmers 3rd. QLD Simon Wakelin 1st. VIC Mark Pollard 2nd. VIC Doug Bogdanovic 3rd. NSW Ian Baker 1/24 Formula Le Mans Teams 1st. VIC Jason & Chris 2nd. VIC Brett & Greg 3rd. QLD Ben & Jason 1/24 Historics A Grade Qual Laps pts Conc Total Jason Lane (VIC) 6.8081 203 50 19 69 Chris Watts (VIC) 6.8669 200 46 20 66 Simon Wakelin (QLD) 6.8531 197.7 42 18 60 Greg Colgan (VIC) 7.3178 193 37 19.5 56.5 Jason Brooks (NSW) 6.9702 197.3 39 17 56 Andrew Bartholomew (QLD) 7.2806 187.3 35 19.5 54.5 Steve Drummond (QLD) 7.0894 185.5 33 19.5 52.5 Jacques Alberts (QLD) 7.4221 167 32 19.5 51.5 Rodney Clarke (NSW) 7.0882 185.9 34 16.5 50.5 Brett Chalmers (VIC) 6.8565 55 31 18 49 B Grade Mark Pollard (VIC) 6.9414 187.8 46 17 63 Ian Baker (NSW) 7.1904 190 50 12 62 Doug Bogdanovic (VIC) 7.1764 187.6 42 15.5 57.5 Pierre Barthram (NSW) 7.3888 178 37 18.5 55.5 Anthony Anderson (VIC) 7.4612 186 39 13 52 Ben Darley (NSW) 6.9200 173 34 17.5 51.5 Jack Auckett (NSW) 7.2416 176 35 11 46 (have tried to re-jig this table of results to read properly. But no luck!) 1/24 Group C Teams 1st VIC Jason and Chris 2nd QLD ANDREW and SIMON 3rd VIC BRETT and GREG 1/24 Formula 1 1st VIC BRETT CHALMERS 2nd VIC GREG COLGAN 3rd QLD SIMON WAKELIN 1/24 JGT 1st VIC Chris Watts 248 2nd NSW Ben Darley 243.6 3rd QLD Simon Wakelin 243.3 If you would like a copy of ALL of the results, please send an email to peter@mrslotcar.com There are nearly 30 pages of results from the 2018 APC
  7. Some of the design features of the MrTrax modular tack system ... 1. All track sections are interchangeable and stows away in seconds. 2. Built on very stable steel folding legs, or without. 3. All track sections have a combination of painted green infields, sand traps, ripple strips, track borders and indestructible engraved poly carbonate fencing. 4. There is also a track section that has lane compensation. So no matter what layout you create (Except with the flyover), both lanes are always the same distance. 5. Built with magna braid, so ALL slot cars with or w/out magnets work well. 6. The lanes are pitched at 100mm so you can run 1:32 and 1:24 scale cars. 7. No need for tools or fasteners to assemble the 2 Lane system. It just toggle clamps together in seconds. 8. The tracks walls are 50mm tall to help stop those cars flying off! 9. MrTrax can custom build sections to meet your requirements. POA 10. MrTrax have just added a “re-locatable” controller panel which can be positioned at any track join. 11. What sets MrTrax systems apart from anyone else, is that you can add track sections at anytime. Try this video link of a time lapse video showing the versatility of the MrTrax system. Mr Trax is about to embark on a 3 lane system soon.
  8. The New MR14 track is 41mts long. Footprint is 11mts x 5.5mts. Elevations from 50cm up to 91cm, and is constantly rising or falling. The longest straight section is less than 1.8mts. The main straight (curved) is 9mts long.
  9. Here are the results in another format for quick reference ... NSR Classics TQ Chris Watts Vic 1st Jason Lane Vic 2nd Chris Watts Vic 3rd Rodney Clarke NSW Concourse Clinton Jolliffe NSW Sideways Group 5 TQ Jason Lane Vic 1st Jason Lane Vic 2nd Ben Darley NSW 3rd Chris Watts Vic Concourse Ben Darley NSW Slot.it Group C TQ Chris Watts Vic 1st Chris Watts Vic 2nd Ben Darley NSW 3rd Murray Titterington Vic Concourse Chris Watts Vic Open LMP/GTP TQ Chris Watts Vic 1st Jason Lane Vic 2nd Murray Titterington Vic 3rd Greg Colgan Vic Concourse Pierre Barthram NSW Plafit US Muscle Car TQ Ben Darley NSW 1st Ben Darley NSW 2nd Jason Lane Vic 3rd Brett Chalmers Vic Concourse Rodney Clarke NSW Mini Z GT TQ Brett Chalmers NSW 1st Ben Darley NSW 2nd Chris Watts Vic 3rd Brett Chalmers Vic Concourse Doug Bogdanovic Vic FLM Day/Night (Team) TQ Black Cats 1st Black Cats 2nd Race ya Later 3rd Team Linfox Concourse Brett Chalmers Vic Slotworx V8 TQ Murray Titterington Vic 1st Murray Titterington Vic 2nd Jason Lane Vic 3rd Brett Chalmers Vic Concourse Rodney Clarke NSW Scaleauto GT TQ Jason Lane Vic 1st Jason Lane Vic 2nd Brett Chalmers Vic 3rd Rodney Clarke NSW Concourse Rodney Clarke NSW Plafit Historic TQ Chris Watts Vic 1st Chris Watts Vic 2nd Brett Chalmers Vic 3rd Jason Lane Vic Concourse Charles Jolliffe NSW
  10. Thanks for the positive comments guys. We appreciate it very much. I also have to thank some individuals for their time and help thru the 2 week build (Which we normally do in 3-4weeks) Chris Watts and Luke Shaw during the manufacturing process and set up. Greg C for taking over and handling the promotion of the MCN. Lenny Longtime for some Lane colouring work on the day before opening. Michael La Torre my business partner and engineer behind the staircase and helping with the build. Peter Dimmers was instrumental in the track layout and design. And was helping with the build thru to the wee hours of the morning on some days. He has an endless knowledge connected with anything to do with slot cars. We're lucky to have him as part of our team. And don't forget the wife ... (I'm a lucky man). Debbie supports me in everything I do. What a gal! She also painted the ripple strips.
  11. Our latest project was picked up and hauled to Tassie on Sunday.20 metres of 4 lanes. The layout covered 1.8m x 4.5m. Plus the Johnson racing system and 2 screens. The 2 side drawers contain the controllers for the racers. Whilst the operator has his own drawer with the computer and main screen, plus 2 power supplies. All doors are gas strut lift. Watch a of the Slot Car Trailer we built for a client in Tasmania.
  12. Since starting a manufacturing facility we have produced a number of tracks. Here are some pics ...
  13. Thought I would update this post. As we have new tracks and a new manufacturing facility in Hallam Victoria... called Mr Trax ... www.mrtrax.com The Kingleman track went to Penrith and was replaced with a refurbished Axton Slingshot. The Slingshot was then shipped to Caboolture Qld. The smaller 4 lane track went to Sydney. In the Meanwhile we built our first modular 6 lane "Flat Black" track Then we added the Anniversary track on our 20th year in business ...
  14. Some of the tracks have been replaced. So we will soon upload pics of the new tracks. Here's a short video from last saturday 29/6/2013 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=265787330230159&l=1926058390567966507
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