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Does size matterAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 10 Sep 2018, 7601 view(s)
This question comes up from time to time, more so since the recent flow of articles on the Slotracing LeMans website has been 1/32 oriented. the question raised most often by some of my 1/24 palls is:" Why did I go back to playing with toy cars? This "editorial" I actually wrote as a reply to a post made on Slotforum International where a proud member posted some side by side shots of his 1/32 and 1/24 cars. When I finished the post...I though...
...why not post this on my own site ;)

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Slotracinglemans.com 2000 -2018: Time for a changeAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 13 Aug 2018, 4150 view(s)
This website was created at the turn of the century....the twentieth Century.
A lot has changed in the online world since then...which you will definitely notice once you start browsing the site...
...because, besides a minor upgrade in the mid zero's, this website has not.

This Site is not Mobile device friendly (as it was built way before Smartphone and Tablets) This Site has no hot links to Facebook, Instagram Snapchat et all. Posting images and articles still requires some work.

On the plus side
This site will not collect your data on your personal preferences (its to dumb to do so)
This site will not show Google ads for commercial gain (because we're to dumb to do so)
This site still has that one article you were looking for...from 2004 ;)

Please see, treat and use this website like a period Sportscar: It still looks good, it still performs good, but its not on par with the latest technology...which is not always a bad thing ;)

It still does what it was designed to do so, share info between those who want to communicate.

Amsterdam, NL 1995, "top of the line" racing with 1/32 Ninco DTM in the modified class. Funny how life can come full circle


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Modern GT Series 2015Author: Willem Kloppenburg, Category: International, 01 Jan 2015, 2246 view(s)
In 2015 a new series will start in Germany called the Modern GT-Series. Alex Ortmann and Nick de Wachter known for organising the OEPS Series the last couple of years, have changed the setup of the series slightly to allow for more competition between slotracing teams. Below you'll find the key concepts of the series.
Notice the Center of Gravity Gauge (tool, measuring equipment) to measure the height of the C.O.G. in the body. This allows basic plastic models like the Scaleauto's to be just as competitive as "hightech" CFK / Carbon moulded models.

Modern GT cars from 2012 � today from any 1/1 racing class.
- Bison 2 motor (handed out): Has enough power to be similar in power as the small OEPS motor.
- Procomp 4 Tyres (handed out): Are harder then Procomp3 and will last longer.
- COG (Center of Gravity) Gauge: Will determine the height of the COG in the body.
- BOP (Balance of Performance): Different weights per body.
- Plastic bodies favoured: Plastic versions (Scaleauto etc) may be 3 grams lighter then GFK version.
- Brass chassis: No more expensive exotic materials in the chassis plate allowed (70mm wide).


Calendar
17-18 April, Raceway Frankfurt (Germany)
5-6 June, SRC Niederrhein
30-31 October, SF-Karlsruhe
27-28 November, Renncenter Trier

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Le Neuf Heures de Le(eu)warden 12th editionAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 09 Nov 2013, 3024 view(s)
One of the oldest clubs in Holland has, after an absence of 8 years, decided to revived their oldest event. Its a nine hours Endurance (slot)race inspired by Les 24 heures de Le Mans, held in the Dutch town of Leeuwarden. So they baptised it "Les Neuf Heures de Le(eu)Warden".
Its been more than 20 years since its first edition way back in 1992, the event being held for more than 10 years in a row late in the year. It started as a one day event, six teams racing on the six lane Carrera track for nine hours, with one third raced in the dark. As its popularity grew so did the event, in its hay days spanning the whole weekend with 12 teams running in two groups.
It is where we ran our first 1/24 Scale cars (1995), its a Dutch Classic, its our slot-race equivalent of the Indy 500, the Daytona 24 hrs and the 12 hrs of Sebring in one. (actually after 20 years the Carrera track surface is really as bumpy as Sebring )
And now after many persistant but friendly request with some gentle manipulation of the Club owners...its back!

We'll be broadcasting on 3 channels, with some of the racers acting as on the spot reporters. full story...

Very very sad news: R.I.P Salvatore NoveilloAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 18 Mar 2013, 6257 view(s)
On Saturday 16 March the Italian newspaper La Cita di Salerno posted the news of a tragic car accident on the A30 between Mercato San Severino and Castel San Giorgio, the driver was killed his 12 year old son survived. Over the weekend this local news has roamed across slot-fora and websites all over the world.
Why.... because the driver of the car was Salvatore Noviello...lately know as the founder and driving force of NSR professional slotcars, but my last memories of Salvatore go back to before that area. full story...

Filmed report Scaleauto round #1Author: Willem Kloppenburg, Category: International, 21 Feb 2013, 6889 view(s)
"Mirror mirror on the wall, do we ever look at our selves at all"
Well we can now thanks to this great film by Adrie Mouthaan, shot during the 1st round of the 1/24 Dutch Scaleauto GT @ the Slotshop in Zwanenburg....Focussing on the people..not the cars....

The emotion, the passion, the drama..this film has it all..including a great music score....its a classic...in any scale.
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Scaleauto Audi R8 LMS (GB)Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 27 Oct 2012, 3926 view(s)
The Audi R8 LMS is already the fifth model in the Scaleauto 1/24 range. As usual Scaleauto first releases their new cars as a "white kit". First thing that you'll notice as you unwrap the bare bodyshell is how well Scaleauto has managed to capture the brutal shapes and lines of the R8 LMS GT3. The injection molded plastic body has a wall thickness of 0.8 mm, is light, flexible and well proportioned. Besides the main body shell the kit has such a large amount of detail parts, that you'd almost expect to find an assembly sheet.
At times can be a bit of a puzzle to see where exactly which part should go. The advantage is that all parts can be sprayed easily, individually, and in the right color.

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Second 1/24 Davic race in CharleroiAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 23 Nov 2009, 10673 view(s)
On November 28th the Charleroi (B) based SRCB will host its second "Systeme Davic" Endurance race for 1/24 modelcars. With its Davic system the SRCB can run up to 15 slotcars simultaniously on their 6 lane Carrera track. Up until 2009 "Davic" racing was the exclusive domain of 1/32nd cars. But after running a succesful 24hrs race with 1/32nd Slot-it Gr C's in 2008 the club figured that their Suzuka shaped track was big enough to "step up a scale" and started testing 1/24 modelcars fitted with the same Davic chip. Its first 1/24 "Davic" race last May was a major succes with a full grid of 15 Gr C cars battling it out for more than 12 hrs.
This time the theme chosen for " Les 8 Heures du Pays Noir" will be GT's and Prototypes as raced in the Belgium 1/24 LMS series. The expexcted difference in speed between the heavier production chassied GT's and the lighter "open class" Prototypes will add even more realism to the on track "traffic "

Both Soul Brothers and RfH will return to Charleroi this weekend to take part in the event. Soul Brother Henri van Gool has fitted a new Plafit SLP1 chassis under their 2009 EEC Acura, while RfH teams up once again with Slot&Scale wizard Fola Osu.
Fola will bring one of his 908 to the track, fittingly clad in "Test" livery as this will be the first roll out of his new LMP chassis.



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RfH Wins PanAm Plafit ChampionshipAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 01 Aug 2009, 6140 view(s)
After being present on the podium for most of the Toronto week, Gabe Inbnit finally broke his duck during the 2009 edition of the Pan American Plafit Championship, claiming top honours in the race with team mate Marcel Oosterling. Throughout the race they had been battling with the pole setting Norwegian team of Brge Haug and Glenn Wennerberg.
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Slotracers of the World Master TorontoAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 29 Jul 2009, 6144 view(s)
Toronto during the last week of July, scene of what some call the 2009 Worlds, others the 2009 Masters. Fact is that despite economic challenging times, intercontinental slot politics and everything else that could have prevented this event from happening, Race Organiser Mark Cambell showed some real "endurance" spirit and managed to present the international gathering of slotracers a well organised event in a state of the art facility.



United slotracers of the world (f.l.t.r) Gabe Inbnit (CH), Javi Checa (ESP), Borge Haug (NOR), Glenn Wennerberg (NOR), Mike Stahl (US), Nick de Wachter (NL), Mark Cambell (CAN), Jan Roestorf (AUS)
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2009 World to be held in CanadaAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 25 Mar 2008, 20682 view(s)


Hello Racing Friends,

You will find today on the IMCA web site the Official Announcement of the 2009 IMCA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in TORONTO from JULY 27-31, 2009. I would also like to offer my personal invitation to the great racers of Holland ( . . . and all others that are part of this forum) to come to Toronto for this next World Championship. Already 10 of 48 places have filled on this first day . . . so I hope the RFH team and others will preregister quickly for what I promise will be a spectacular World Championship.

Late July is also the very best weather in Toronto . . . and if slot racing is not enough . . . with all of the many beautiful Canadian women enjoying the outdoor cafés and clubs! The specific venue has yet to be determined, however I am looking to secure a nice location that is directly on the lake in the downtown core of the city. And best of all, the Euro is very strong in conversion to the CDN dollar so you will find that Toronto is a good value. I truly hope you will take this opportunity to join us! All the best.

Mark Campbell
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Program Gr5 raceAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 15 Nov 2007, 2638 view(s)
Here you can find the program for the Big Wheel race with Gr5 cars on the beautifull Spa Francorchamps track in Alsdorf. full story...

Big Bad & Beautifull RfH #1Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 12 Oct 2007, 19545 view(s)
For the FIA GT sprintrace in Alsdorf with its 2 drivers p/car race format RfH not only had to split in 3, but also had to build 2 new cars! RfH #8 willem and Ronald will share the "old" All Inkl #8 Lambo which has been given a major once over, for RfH #28 Gabriel and Tamar are in the proces of adding the last details to an all new Sport 1 R-GT in the 2007 Spa 24hrs colors and Nick.......well Nick has been very busy indeed.

What started as a heavy lump of Japanse resin, a square box that nobody dared to race, a kit that has been deemed out of proportion, out of scale even,has been craftfully carved, cut and crafted over the past few month into this mean machine that will be driven by Nick de Wachter and his slot ega Emily.


Fresh out of the RfH workshop after working almost 40hrs on a row , Nick's attempt to create the biggest badest GT ever, the RfH #1 Vitaphone Maserati MC12 full story...

FIA/GT Spa Revisited: Program & Event InfoAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 10 Oct 2007, 3512 view(s)
The midsummer FIA GT Spa doubble resulted in overwhelming enthousiasm and inspiration. Not only to those who have attended but maybe even more so to those that didn't! So it was only a matter of time before we would go back. When the entries for the race opened 2 month ago, 18 teams subscribed within 10 days. To allow all those teams to participate a slightly different format will be used for the event this weekend.

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SeptembeR..theAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 02 Sep 2007, 11236 view(s)
August has gone by, for some parts of the world it brought soaring heatwaves while other parts were experiencing torrential rain.
On a personal account I spend the last 4 weeks on a well deserved holliday, and believe it or not...while it was on the Adriatic seaside basking in the Montenegrian sun, or enjoying some great pasta & wine in the mountains below Modena......I did not think about slotracing at all...and it was great!!!!!
But hollidays dont last for ever, another summer has past and with September the "R" is back meaning its time to go racing.....
and there's plenty of oppertunity to do so. full story...

The Dutch BMW Procar series 2007Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 13 Jun 2007, 17682 view(s)
"A revival of the famous BMW M1 Procar series".... That was the idea when this project was started more than a year ago. Not really an original theme in slotracing, 1/24 M1's are very popular in Germany where they have been racing them for years. But the approach, scale and purpose of what's about to start on the Amsterdam Carrera track is..... full story...

Doing a Double Spa with FIA GT's!!!!!Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 25 May 2007, 31577 view(s)
Every racer dreams of taking Eau Rouge flat out, it's what draws them from all over the world to Spa Francorchamps. In an era of Mickey Mouse tracks, the Belgium circuit is rapidly becoming a Dinosaur.
Its big, its daunting, its a real challenge to conquer, if not the ultimate challenge.
A Modellcar racer however dreams not of going to the Ardennes..for their Dinosaur lurks in a small German town called Alsdorf.
Within the 50 meters of routed track you'll find the same swerves and challenges as on its Belgian Big Brother.....and in the last week of July.....you can do them both!!!! full story...

Identically build by these guys..for one purpose..Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 20 May 2007, 4003 view(s)
"A revival of the famous BMW M1 Procar series".... That was the idea when this project was started more than a year ago. Not really an original theme in slotracing, 1/24 M1's are very popular in Germany where they have been racing them for years. But the approach, scale and purpose of what's about to start on the Amsterdam Carrera track is..... full story...

25 BMW M1'sAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 19 May 2007, 2657 view(s)
So yeah you guessed right they are BMW M1's and there's 25 of them...so now the only quistion is why, where and how

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About to hit the track .....very soon !!!!Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 18 May 2007, 2856 view(s)
A bit of a tease...sorry can tell you more about it now, but as the Dutch say: Lang gewacht, nooit gedacht en toch......Anyhow those who have been on the waiting list will be happy to now that they can very soon drive their new steed.
To give the other slotters a clue on what it is about; One of the really long term projects that one of our team members has been working on for more than a year has finally reached its completion. Its been a gigantic project, that for as far as I know is unique in both scale and detail.....

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SA 1/24 Historic event a big successAuthor: Alan Paterson, Category: International, 01 May 2007, 2946 view(s)
For the first time in South Africa, Al Paterson and Craig Strydom put together a 1/24 Historic "Springbok" Series for drivers interested in trying to get up to the same levels as the International Racers. Using the KISS principal, entry level Plafit kits, lexan bodies with as much detail as possible, and managed Tech Control, the event was a huge success. full story...

FIA/GT Spa Double: Program & Event InfoAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 24 Apr 2007, 9441 view(s)
Here you'll find the provisional timetable for the Spa Franchorchamps events and general info on the Locations, Sleeping accomodation and Cheap Flights to Alsdorf, Germany.
The whole event will span 4 days starting on Thursday morning in Alsdorf, Germany and ends on Sunday @ Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
The first 2 days activities are racing 1/24 FIA GT cars and bowling, the last 2 days are spent watching 1/1 FIA GT cars in their natural habitat on their annual track through the beautifull nature of the Belgium Ardennes.
Here's the provisional program in more detail.... full story...

Oslo 12hrs: Norway’s first 1/24 GT EnduranceAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 01 Feb 2007, 5080 view(s)
This weekend Scandinavian slothistory will take a new step as the first 1/24 Endurance in Norway will be contested on the Badet Raceway in Oslo. After their fact finding missions in 2006 (Les neuf heures du Viking), Norwegian organisers Jostein Vandaas and Glenn Wennerberg decided that the time was ripe for their own event. Goal of the event was to give a boost to the small modelcar community in Norway, but as the first invitations were send, it soon became clear that there was some international interest as well. full story...

Carrera: Audi R10 and Porsche Spider for 2007Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 11 Jan 2007, 3200 view(s)
Carrera send out its first newsletter yesterday in which it announced 2 new cars for 2007...after a run of GT's they return to Prototypes. Both the diesel powered Audi R10 and Porsches LMP2 contender the Spyder LMP2 will be produced in different colorschemes. Meaning they will most likely come with this....

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Danish Nats 2007: Can the H�fler's do it again?!Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 08 Jan 2007, 2707 view(s)
So, again we are nearing the Danish Nationals which will be run on februar 17th. And 18th. Of February 2007 at �Tr�slasten� in H�rning, Jutland! The race, which will once again go for FIA GT type cars, with the exact same rules as in 2006 to keep a stable set of rules, looks to be just as open and interesting as the race in 2006. This years race will go to Jutland and the only REAL Blue King track in the Kingdom of Denmark. full story...

Scaleracing Canada starts 1/24 'hard body' ALMSAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 05 Jan 2007, 2574 view(s)
On January 5, 2007, Scaleracing Canada will launch a new race series for 1/24 modelcars (or hard bodies as they say in Canada) . The races will be open for ALMS cars and be held after the popular Nascar event at RACEWORLD TORONTO on the first and third Friday night of each month. The American Le Mans Series will expand the �hard body� night and hopes to bring a wide range of cars from LM Prototypes to Corvettes, Ferrari�s and Porsches to the Canadian tracks . full story...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 01 Jan 2007, 2230 view(s)
The darkest days are behind us, a brand new year is there..waiting for us to make something good and rewarding out of it..that strange thing that's called life! full story...

Preview of the Danish NatsAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 15 Feb 2006, 3123 view(s)
On Feb 18-19 GT's will fill the grid of Big Blue, the flat King of the København Minirace Klub host of the 2006 Danish Nationals. The Pre race testing has kept our Danish friend busy for most of the past month. It has been almost as intense, and at times silly, as 1:1 racing pre season testing! Some went for out and out lap records every time, while others dispite testing endlessly where getting nowhere, few were just plain lost! Pål Hanson gives us the latest update on the Danish Silly Season. full story...

Danish slotracers group buys De Pits 8 lanerAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 31 Dec 2005, 2576 view(s)
On Friday dec 30 a piece of LMS history was carfully loaded in to the back of a van in Sint Niklaas, Belgium. As Gorm Nørgaard shook hands with track builder Paul Schietkat and started his 1200km return trip to Danmark, we talked to Henrik Hasager (2h) of www.scalerace.dk about future plans for their new track. full story...

Here we Go again!Author: Willem Kloppenburg, Category: International, 18 Feb 2005, 2229 view(s)
Its been a while since I was active on the LMS site, Webmonster Willem started to recieve mail and U2U's asking: Is Tamar still alive! Well I am, just had a very, very busy 2 months in which I worked my ### off 24/7. So sorry for all the unanswered mails, U2u's and text messages. I'll try to get through the back log in the coming weeks. full story...

Volk Audi R8 CAuthor: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 07 Aug 2004, 2485 view(s)
Following the release of LMM's Bentley another LM GTP will hit the tracks in the
near future as German modeller VMC has nearly completed its latest LM
coupe, casting the svelty gracious lines of the Audi R8C in 1/24 resin. full story...

Danes of Thunder R#2Author: Tamar Nelwan, Category: International, 12 Apr 2004, 2588 view(s)

Danish Modelcar racing scene is flourishing. On Sunday March 28 the second round of the the 8 race Danish Nascar series was held at the Vanwall Slot
Car Club in Danmark. 19 Danes of Thunder started on the 20m Short track.


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