Please contact Charles with any comments or questions
I have made some more progress on my slot car track, and please note the enclosed
photos. As I described in an earlier note, the table itself is the racing surface, which of
course makes it entirely flat. However, my next step is to add scenery and topography to
the outside of the track and to portions of the infield, making the track rest within a natural
terrain valley. I will eventually have buildings and other kinds of things you see at
traditional road courses, such as gravel traps at the end of straight sections.
An obvious future step is to add the copper tape to each of the four lanes, along with a
power source and controllers. I have limited knowledge of these steps, but I have so far
avoided that unease by simply moving on to the scenery stages! I would also like to use
our old home computer as a timer and lap counter, but I know even less about hooking
that up! I will be the first to admit, however, that this is a big part of the fun--learning how
to do something that you previously had known nothing about!
I will also say that my track is irregularly shaped. It's a little over 15 feet long, and at its
widest point, it's almost eight feet wide. Lane spacing varies, as is the case with many
tracks on your site. Relatedly, I have tried to even out the advantages that the inner
lanes enjoy by giving the outer-most lane a straight shot from one corner to the next.
That same lane also gets a much shorter route through the only significant right hand
corner. No fancy-pants computer program was used for this procedure; I am strictly
winging it here.
Here are the latest photos of my routed slot car track. As you can see, my winter project is two
fold: I have moved a garage wall over a bit, enabling me to add an extension onto the track,
and I am adding a fifth lane. I will have it done in time for a slot car gathering in April