You feel the need to speed but don’t want to take on all the risks and dangers that driving at high speeds can bring. You also have to consider the cost of repairing a racing car if it is damaged in an accident. You might be interested in slot car racing. Model slot car racing is a popular sport that has existed since 1929.
Model slot car racing today is part of a larger group that includes radio-controlled, also known as RC racing, and other types of model car racing.
The VERY, VERY BASICS OF SLOT CAR RACE
Model slot cars can be powered electronically using either batteries or electricity. The car is equipped with a metal strip at each end of the slot.
The tracks that slot cars use are composed of groves (hence the term’slot car’). These are where the cars are guided by a pin or blade-like apparatus deposit via pulsa attached to the cars’ under carriage. One slot can only be occupied by one slot car. For example, eight cars can circulate a track with eight lanes.
Each slot is connected with a power source such as an electric power pack, batteries or other power sources. This ensures that the power supply stays stable for the entire time the cars are on the track. Some slot cars are equipped with magnets to prevent them from jumping out of their slots. Magnetization can be done on some model car blades to produce the same effect as undercarriage magnets. The trigger is pressed on a pistol grip joystick that holds the slot car’s speed control lever. The speed of the slot cars can be increased by pressing the trigger. Releasing the trigger will slow it down or stop it entirely.
Slot car racing is truly international. Each year, international competitions are held in the United States and internationally. There are 2 HO scale car associations in the United States: the United Federation of HO racers Associations (UFHORA), and the HO Professional Racing Associations (HOPRA). Both organizations host national and international events throughout the year. These events serve not only to race the slot cars but also raise awareness about slot car racing.
I WANT to RACE SLOT CARS. How do I get started?
You want to race? If you’re a complete beginner in slot car racing, I would recommend that you join a slot car club. This could be a local organization or one that is nationally recognized. These organizations can provide a wealth information. For the HO ethusiast, check out the national organization HOPRA.Their website is at http://www.hopra.org/
The United Slot Car Association is the place for those who race slot cars in 1/24 scale. You can visit their website at [http://www.usra.us/]
And if you want to race 1/32 scale slot cars, the True Scale Racing Federation organization is meant for you, You can check out their site at http://www.tsrfcars.com/
Next, go to a hobby shop and buy a set of model slot car racing cars in the size you desire. You don’t need a large set. Set it up at home and have fun! You can see how the track and cars are constructed. You will be able to see how the car can propel itself down the track. Then, you can stop the car and inspect the chassis and gears.