MY H.O. STORY!
My name is Marc, and I have been racing and collecting
H.O. slot cars since I was 8 years old. I still have fond memories of the many hours that I enjoyed racing with my friends.
I couldn't wait to go to my local Sears, purchase my next car, and just race all day long. Times are
different today with the video game revolution being the hobby of todays youth, but H.O. slot car racing is STILL among
the funest and cheapest hobby that I know of, especially in these times! For a minimal investment, you can just buy
a car and head down to a track near you. This hobby also promotes social interaction, mechanics, physics, and good sportsmanship!!
As time went on, out of all the
stuff that I got rid of, I managed to hold on to my H.O. slot cars. When eBay hit the internet, all of a sudden my interest
in slot cars started to grow again along with my collection. My wife thinks I have enough cars already, but I manage
to convince her that I buy slot cars on eBay and garage sales, while her clothing collection takes up most of our closet
space!! Guys, you know what I'm talkin' about!!!
From time to time, if my wife was ever out of town, that
was a prime opportunity to move some furniture and call up the boys for a day of racing. This was my 2-lane set up with
timed heat races.....what a blast!! Eventually I thought, I will have my own 4-lane H.O. track. So, I patiently
did my research, saved my money, and bought a MaxTrax.....!!!
I couldn't wait to get my new MaxTrax 4-lane 4'x16' H.O. slot car track!! The day it came seemed
like a childhood dream come true.....finally!!! I unpacked it, set it up on the floor, and sat just looking at it for
hours, but the real task lay ahead of me despite my overwhelming joy. Time to build the board, get it wired, install
a slot car timer, and start racing again. It took a little longer than I had anticipated, more like 3 months to be exact.
Is it done yet, is it done yet?
It was finally finished! I had to give it the real test.....a
birthday party!! I decided to make my layout portable so I could move it around if needed. This option allows for easy transportation
and storage because it was just a matter of time before we needed to reclaim our parking spaces in the garage.
...And then the Culver City Car Show!
This turned out to be the best place to get this hobby back into the public eye!! So many remarked on how they once raced
slot cars when they were kids. Who said that you ever had to stop?
Another blessing has recently arrived on January 20, 2009! History has once been
made with the birth of my first Son, or should I say "little racer"! I know he seems a bit young, but I was
hoping that he didn't wait till he was 8 to get his hands on some H.O. slot cars. The new AFX Mega-G seemed to be the
perfect product, since my first set was an AFX too!!
So, there's my story behind my obsession! My objective is to get as many people
as I can back into this hobby, and all that share this hobby will also have a good story to tell your family, friends, co-workers,
or anyone that might lend you an ear. I am counting on you to spread the word...H.O. SLOT CAR RACING is still around.
It is bigger, better, and even more fun than before with the availibility of so much product on the internet. There
are still a few of you out there with track in your attic, in the box, just waiting to be played with again!! Or you
might be the "secret slot car racer" behind closed doors because you are afraid to tell anyone. Well,
I just have one thing to say....STOP IT! This is a hobby worthy of sharing. You just might look out your
window one day and see the POLICE Hummer waiting to take you back to your childhood bliss!! If you would like
to contact me please go to the West Coast Events page and I would be happy to hear your story. If you live
in the Los Angeles area or you are visiting and you want to talk about H.O. Slot Car Racing, call me anytime. Happy
Racing from West Coast Slot Cars!!!!!