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06-27-2002, 03:03 AM

Wed night was not just the usual Wed night weekly racing crowd at South Hill Slots in Puyallup, WA, as the out-of-towners were already rolling into twon early for the American Flat Track Worlds this weekend.

I strolled in expecting to see a few visitors and the usual locals, but the place was almost packed! Several out-of-towners were already here, and many were getting in some racing action in the Amateur LMP, Amateur Group 10, or Pro Group 10 races.

"JayGee" and his son Justin, along with "Team Burrito" drove up from NorCal, and Tom Van Horn also from NorCal made the trip. Greg Gilbert, Roy Hood, and Phil Phillips were up from SoCal. Fred Hood from Fresno, and Jay Guard, now from Texas were here again as well. Jim Hilgartner (aka "Kennewick Man") was already here from Eastern WA. Herman James form NorCal flew in right as the race was over, so we hooked up with him for a bite after the race. Matt Zenovitch, now living in So. Oregon, had already arrived Tuesday via a school trip to Kansas City.

Here's where I'll have to re-edit tomorrow... because I somehow managed to walk out without the race results, so I'll post what Gary GearBear) & Jamy Johnson remembered over dinner for now.

Amateur LMP (7 entries)

1 - Jim "Kennewick Man" Hilgartner - Kennewick WA
2 - Jamy Johnson - Fall City WA
3 - Carley Gilbert - Maple Valley WA

(the rest of the places & laps I'll have to fill in later)

Amateur Group 10 (8 entries)

1 - Gary "GearBear" Johnson - Fall City WA - 332
2 - Jim "Kennewick Man" Hilgartner - Kennewick WA - 322
3 - Jim Brown - Gig Harbor WA - 320
4 - Roy Hood - SoCal - 317
5 - Alicia Gilbert - Maple Valley WA - 311
6 - Jamy Johnson - Fall City WA - 301
7 - Tom C. - Puyallup WA? - 294
8 - Tom Van Horn - NorCal - 270

Pro Group 10 (10 entries)

1 - Ray Bishop - Issaquah, WA - 359++
2 - Doug Yarbrough - Puyallup WA - 359+
3 - "Sponge Bob" Everett - Kent WA - 359
4 - Ross DeLong - Buckley WA - 354
5 - Mark Morris - Puyallup WA - 353
6 - Greg Gilbert - Monrovia CA - 348
7 - Matt Zenovitch - Grants Pass OR - 343
8 - Jay Guard - Texas - 326
9 - Fred Hood - Fresno CA - 302
10 - Bill Clemans - Redmond WA - 270

The Pro Group 10 Race - left to right: Ross DeLong, Matt Zenovitch, Fred Hood, Bob Everett, Doug Yarbrough, Mark Morris, Jay Guard, Tom Van Horn (marshalling), Greg Gilbert (barely in pic - marshalling while sitting out). Not shown above is Bill Clemans, who must have been in the pits, and race winner Ray Bishop, also sitting out.

This was a bit of a real "warm-up" race, as several of the out-of-towners had hardly gotten any laps on the track prior to the race.

The locals took advantage of the situation, and showed the visitors the way around the track, with the top 3 places all finishing on the SAME LAP! That "Pesky Brit" Ray Bishop managed to edge out AMATEUR Doug Yarbrough by track position, who was just ahead of "Sponge Bob" Everett.

Doug Yarbrough has only been racing slot cars for less then a year, and is still classified as an Amateur, but he's already a top competitor. Somehow, having been a National Champ at Kart racing translated well into slot cars.

I've got some pictures to post, so I'll see what I can do with the new Photo Gallery page, and post some links if I can, before nodding off here...

Stay tuned to this thread, for more coverage of the American Flat Track Worlds!

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wayne h
06-27-2002, 08:25 AM
oh man, i wish i were there, but i still have a day of work. oldracer2 and i will be driving down tomorrow morning. paul, your warm-up race report really emphasizes that the race itself is only part of the experience. being able to hang out for a few extra days would have been so much fun.

wayne h.

06-27-2002, 05:41 PM
It's practice day at South Hill Slots, and the out-of-towners that are here so far are all getting in some valuable laps and tuning done on the track today.

Paul Ciccarello arrived this morning, and is working on his 10,000 test laps he said he'd probably do here.

Slik is getting the new Photo Gallery page set up tonight, and I'll have some photos from the Wed night warm-up race ready to post later tonight.

I'm home now, but might get out to the track later tonight for a visit and a few photos of the practice action, and hopefully some testing of my own (although I have nothing built yet).

06-27-2002, 06:48 PM
Upload photos and send me URL :)

06-27-2002, 07:52 PM

Give us the photos, lots and lots of photos :D :D

My fingers will be burning holes in the keyboard all weekend just trying to keep up with all the gossip and news :) :)

P.S. Wonderful photographs, Paul. How I wished I was there :(

06-27-2002, 10:52 PM
Thank you Slik!

The new OWH Photo Gallery is up and running, and the first batch of photos from the Wed night warmup race are online now!

Click here for the AFTW Photo Gallery!!! (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/02aftw)

06-27-2002, 11:26 PM
The pics are great Paul! We'll see you guys tomorrow for many laps of practice and tuning and some bs'ing!

06-28-2002, 11:34 PM
Amateur LMP Results

1 - Alicia Gilbert - 310
2 - Jim Hilgartner - 307
3 - Jamy Johnson - 302
4 - Doug Yarbrough - 299
5 - Kyle Yarbrough - 296
6 - Tom Van Horn - 282
7 - David Chimino - 279
8 - Robert Lane - 278
9 - Carley Gilbert - 274
10 - Phil Phillips - 272
11 - Justin Goldberg - 269
12 - Alex Nichols - 264
13 - Jeff Goldberg - 262
14 - Darrel Currier - 250+
15 - Glenn Shaw - 250
16 - Michael Currier - 233

TQ - Jim Hilgartner - 4.256
Concours - Alex Nichols

Some great racing, followed by thrashing 'till midnight!

Gill A
06-29-2002, 12:56 AM
Great pics and the raelly interesting thing about the most viewed pic is that it has nothing to do with slotcars.
None the less a great shot

06-29-2002, 01:14 AM
What ?? The Canadian White :D :D

Are your bifocals playing up again 'old Fella??

06-29-2002, 04:46 AM
I added a bunch of photos & captions.

Sleep??? What's that??? It's only 4:30 AM, and I'm getting up at 8:00 AM.

I only wish my Group 10 car was built! My son Kris (aka OWH Jr) says he may actually race tomorrow... if I can get him up. It's been a couple years since he raced, which was actually the 1/32 Euro main at the USRA Div II Nats at BP.

Click here for AFTW Photo Gallery! (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/02aftw)

06-29-2002, 05:37 AM
I've been getting up at something like 3:00AM due to all this slot car stuff and some other things I'm working on....5-5:30 wound be all right, 6 would be even better, but for the last week I can't sleep! (My "normal" time has always been around 6)

Anyone have any ideas? Even that some of the hebal Melatonin crap (no, not weed, I'm TOOO old for that, and it bothers my asthma) doesn't help lately.

I guess some of you are even nuttier than me if you are driving all the way up to Wahington from California just to race!!

:eek: :p :D


Mike K
06-29-2002, 10:20 AM
The slide show feature is VERY Cool!

I'm already regretting not going to Seattle and the weekend is just starting . . . Good luck to all of the participants! It looks to be even better than last year :)

06-29-2002, 02:01 PM
Pro LMP Results

1 - Ross DeLong - 362
2 - Paul Ciccarello - 355
3 - Ian Douglass - 354
4 - Greg Gilbert - 353
5 - Craig Rieland - 350
6 - Dwayne Roberts - 347
7 - Wayne Halabourda - 346
8 - Chris Radisich - 341
9 - Roy Hood - 339
10 - Tony Chan - 328
11 - Herman James - 325
12 - Harvey Mitchler - 316
13 - Doug Yarbrough - 304
14 - Steve Nichols - 297
15 - Robert Lane - 290
16 - David Chimino - 287
17 - Howie Lloyd - 262
18 - Mark Morris - 201
19 - Russ Toy - 197
20 - Ray Bishop - 89

TQ - Paul Ciccarello - 3.519 - New Track Record
Concours - Wayne Halabourda

06-29-2002, 07:40 PM
Amateur Group 10 Results

1 - Doug Yarbrough - 352
2 - Gary Johnson - 345
3 - Jim Hilgartner - 339
4 - Alicia Gilbert - 337
5 - Tony Chan - 332
6 - Kyle Yarbrough - 330
7 - Mike Nichols - 314
8 - Martin Farquar - 312
9 - Tom Currier - 312
10 - Jamy Johnson - 311
11 - Robert Lane - 307
12 - Kris Kassens - 303
13 - Tom Van Horn - 294
14 - Jim Brown - 293
15 - Jeff Goldberg - 286
16 - Phil Phillips - 282
17 - Russ Toy - 281
18 - David Chimino - 276
19 - Lance Sargent - 272
20 - Justin Goldberg - 252
21 - Howie Lloyd - 247

TQ - Jim Hilgartner - 3.564
Concours - Kris Kassens

06-29-2002, 08:01 PM
Pro Group 10 Results

1 - Neal Stewart - 384
2 - Matt Zenovitch - 382
3 - Bob Everett - 377
4 - Paul Kassens - 375
5 - Ray Bishop - 372
6 - Ross DeLong - 370
7 - Wayne Halabourda - 366+
8 - Bill Clemans - 366
9 - Roy Hood - 365
10 - Peter Verdo - 364
11 - Greg Gilbert - 361+
12 - Jay Guard - 361
13 - Dwayne Roberts - 358
14 - Fred Hood - 356
15 - Chris Radisich - 354
16 - Mark Morris - 353+
17 - Doug Yarbrough - 353
18 - Harvey Mitchler - 344+
19 - Paul Ciccarello - 344
20 - Herman James - 333
21 - Dennis Cook - 288
22 - Steve Nichols - 117

TQ - "Sponge Bob" Everett - 3.355 New Track Record
Concours - Harvey Mitchler

06-29-2002, 08:40 PM
Can anyone tell me the reason why other top racers like Paul Gawronski and Tracy Chin did not make the trip since this big race can be a tune up for the forthcoming ISRA World Championship in San Francisco?

06-29-2002, 10:41 PM
or vice versa...

Theories and excuses abound.

Those that did make it are having some extremely competative racing on a very challenging flat track. The racing is fast, and the atmosphere is fun.

Hopefully even more will make it next year - maybe Kirk will have to knock out another wall. ;-)

06-29-2002, 11:55 PM
Group 12 Results

Fresh hot off the the press!! ( from Kris "OWH JR." - Paul is building his euro!)
TQ was Geg Gilbert from Cali with 3.311 new track record!

3 main events A-B-C for overall lap totals

Winner! 1 - Ross DeLong - 379 -fast and flawless (Buckley, WA)
2 - Bob Everett - 378 -like a missle (Kent, WA)
3 - Neal Stewart - 378 (Seattle) Winner of B Main
4 - Ray Bishop - 372 (Issaquah, WA)
5 - Wayne Halabourda (Vancouver BC) - 365
6 - Matt Zenolvitch (Grants Pass, OR) - 364 (using a full can type motor NOT a strap Can)
7 - Greg Gilbert - 364 (Monrovia, CA)
8 - Dwayne Roberts - 361 (Port Angeles, WA)
9 - Peter Verdo - 359 (Kent, WA)
10- Bill Clemens - 358 (Redmond, WA)
11- Roy Hood - 352 (SoCal)
12- Jim Hilgarter - 351 (Kennewick East WA)
13- Harvey Mitchler - 343 (Canada)
14- Mark Morris - 334 (Home track)
15- Kris Kassens (OWH JR) 334- C Heat winner
16- Tony Chan - 331 (Canada)
17- Robert Lane (Port Angeles, WA) - 331
18 -Chris Radisich - 324 (SoCal)
19- Jay Guard - 298 (Texas)
20- Herman James - 290 (North Cali) Gear damage
21- Howie Lloyd - 283 (Seattle Area)
22- Tom Van Horn - 278 (Redwood City Cali)
23- Justin Goldberg - 262 (San Jose Cali)
24- Jeff Goldberg - 261 (San Jose, Cali) Justins 's dad
25- Lance Sergent - 257 (Puyallup. WA) Gear problems & 1st gp12 race
26- Paul Ciccarello - 241 (Team Parma Ohio) Gears eaten
27- Russ Toy - 237 ( NorCal) Gear munched
28- Doug Yarborough - 224 (Local)

Concourse went to Bill Clemans

Photos soon (Monday?)

Kris Kassens says:
The race was VERY clean! No track calls, no swearing. Medium destruction. Tight flat tracks invite lots of wrecks. Good group of guys. Laughing broke the stress. Great program/management. No baby sitter needed.
Very fast level of skill. Higher standand, very professional.

I won my C Main!! Today was the first race I've entered in Two years!! I had fun getting the rust out!!

More news coming soon!
Check often for almost live updates, photos and poor, poor, humor.

J Stinnett
06-30-2002, 04:51 AM
Wish I were there. My son and I had intended on coming out but it was not to be.

See you next year.

Neal Stewart
06-30-2002, 12:49 PM
here is what really happened in the overall results:
the top qualifying time was NOT a track record, and i took second overall from the b-main.
have a nice day,'
BTW, i am having a great time :D

06-30-2002, 02:27 PM
Hey Paul,
I was wondering when you were going to post the Indy results.
Great pics , The slide show is the best. I guess the cars go so fast they are not visable as the only time the cars are seen are when they are still.Only kidding!

Harold Rowe

06-30-2002, 03:51 PM
Sorry for not keeping up this morning gang, but I've been a busy beaver today.

Indy / IRL Group 12 Results

1 - Paul "OWH" Kassens - 329
2 - Herman James - 328
3 - Dwayne Roberts - 325
4 - Craig Rieland - 322
5 - Wayne Halabourda - 315
6 - Gary Johnson - 306
7 - Greg Gilbert - 304
8 - Chris Radisich - 300
9 - Jay Guard - 283
10 - Jeff Goldberg - 271
11 - Tony Chan - 267
12 - Tom Van Horn - 221
13 - Jamy Johnson - 116

TQ - Gary "GearBear" Johnson - 4.093
Concours - Wayne Halabourda

What can I say? Every year this class produces nail bitingly close racing. Early in the race, practically the entire feild was within a lap or two, and most of the race had seveeral positions within a lap. Herman and I were tied for the lead going into the last couple heats, and in the closing minute I had a slight lead with Herman reeling me in fast. I was staying a few feet in front of Herman while we both pushed harder, and the Herman came off, giving me a bit of breathing room. Just as I though he would catch me again, the power went off. An extremely clean and competative race, and about as exhilerating as they come. Needless to say, I'm a very happy camper, with probably my biggest race win ever (along with the recent Parma Challenge Cup!)!

06-30-2002, 04:06 PM
With 11 entries for 1/32 Eurosport, we'd be running the "dreaded" 11 man round robin.

1/32 Euro's was another barnburner, with Matt Zenovitch and Paul Ciccarello tied for most of the race. Ian Douglass, Rick Dodge, and Herman James kept kept close behind, until Herman had gear troubles late in the race.

The last heat had Matt just 1/2 lap ahead of Chicky, with Matt on the fast purple lane, and Paul going just as fast on green. They both hit traffic, but when Paul went flying off the sweeper, it gave Matt just enough breather to hold him off and win by a lap. Ian drove a very fast and steady race to take 3rd.

1/32 Scale Eurosport Results
(4 minute heats)

1 - Matt Zenovitch - 500 (Matt is undefeated in 1/32 Euro here, with his 4th straight Slugfest / AFTW 1/32 win)
2 - Paul Ciccarello - 498 (awesome race, especially on unfamiliar track)
3 - Ian Douglass - 496
4 - Rick Dodge - 479
5 - Steve Nichols - 463
6 - Herman James - 462 (late trip to pits ended race for 3rd)
7 - Wayne Halabourda - 456
8 - Mike O'Donnell - 443
9 - Paul Kassens - 418 (numerous problems)
10 - Chris Radisich - 411
11 - Craig Rieland - 133

TQ - Herman James - 3.372
Concours - Rick Dodge

06-30-2002, 04:40 PM
Great race Paul.I was wondering what happened to my "Buddy" Tom Van Horn.Did he break or just have a bad day!
Save me a spot next year. I will be there.I dont know if you remember me but I raced at the Chico Enduro with Michael Roche(Rock&Roll)
Sorry I didnt make it this year but with your hard work it was like being there!

Harold Rowe

06-30-2002, 08:07 PM
Hi Harold!

I talked to Tom and he said to tell you that he can't solder a motor in as fast as Herman. His motor broke loose, and he was having trouble getting it soldered in, and so Herman took over and told him to just wait at the drivers panel. After that, the car was great.

Tom also said that you just can't imagine how tough the level of competition is here. At Chico, Tom felt like he could drive pretty darned good, but here he still feels like a rookie. ;-)

This track is pretty tricky to learn, and is not like any other track, making it even harder to newcomers to adapt.

06-30-2002, 09:37 PM
GT-12 Results

1 - A - Dwayne Roberts - 382
2 - C - Ray Bishop- 381
3 - B - Mark Morris - 381
4 - A - Paul Ciccarello - 380
5 - B - Greg Gilbert - 379
6 - A - Matt Z - 379
7 - B - Neal Stewart - 379
8 - A - Bob Everett - 379
9 - B - Ian Douglas - 365
10-B - Jay Gaurd - 364
11-A - Bill Clemens - 364
12-C - Chris Radisich - 359
13-A - Wayne Halabourda - 354
14-C - Lance Sargent - 353
15-C - Peter Verdo - 353
16-C - Tony Chan - 346
17-A - Herman James - 343
18-C - Roy Hood - 342
19-C - Harvey Mitchler - 342
20-B - Jim Brown - 338
21-B - Fred Hood - 334
22-A - Ross Delong - 327
23-C - Gary Johnson - 324
24-D - Tom Van Horn - 312
25-D - Jeff Goldberg - 289
26-D - Russ Toy - 282
27-D - David Chimino - 282
28-D - Phil Phillips - 277
29-D - Howie Lloyd - 237
30-D - Justin Goldberg - 213
31-B - Doug Yarborough - 188 mysteriously finished race w/ car trouble!!!
32-D - Jamy Johnson - 40 with a burnt motor and crushed gear!!!

Concourse winner was Wayne Halabourda!
Top qualifier was "Sponge" Bob Everett with a 3.134 breaking Mark Morris's track record of 3.168!!!!

07-01-2002, 12:05 AM
Thanks for the great pictures. Those are the prettiest cars I've ever seen.

07-01-2002, 03:52 AM
just where are the photos? I don't see a link on any of the postings, nor an attachment of any kind to any of them...



Bill from NH
07-01-2002, 05:41 AM
Stu, look on the first page of this thread. The link to the photos is posted there twice.

07-01-2002, 06:15 AM
Click here for the AFTW Photo Gallery!!! (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/02aftw)

It's 6:00 AM, and I just got home and unloaded the van. I'm about three stages past the zombie stage, but I'll try to catch up with results from the last two classes before my face hits the keyboard.

During the C-1 race was the scramble to get the 1/24 Eurosport cars done and teched in, and Lee still had a handlful of cars to put the finishing touches on to get ready to tech in. I wasn't going to stand there tapping my foot waiting for Lee to finish my car, after building something like 40 cars (???) so I sat down and help get number stickers and front wheel stickers on the last few.

Following the C-1 race was 1/24 Euro tech, qualifying, the race, awards, and then the chore of packing up and clearing out, so there was no time for me to post the final two race results until getting home. A bunch of us did manage to go to Shari's restaraunt for some much needed food, and even more, for the post race "bench racing" and socializing that I've always felt was the best part of big races. After goodbyes, a side trip by Lee's to pick up Neal's stuff, and back to West Seattle for Neal, Kris & myself, and here I am.

Now... back to some typing of the final two race results. After some sleep I'll get the rest of the pictures online, and write some closing thoughts.

07-01-2002, 06:28 AM
C-1 Final Results

Pos - Heat - Name - Laps

1 - A - Greg Gilbert - 413
2 - A - Ross DeLong - 410
3 - A - Roy Hood - 409
4 - A - Dwayne Roberts - 407
5 - A - Matt Zenovitch - 405
6 - A - Rick Dodge - 399
7 - A - Bill Clemans - 396
8 - A - Wayne Halabourda - 388
9 - A - Jay Guard - 387
10 - B - Fred Hood - 378
11 - B - Ray Bishop - 372
12 - B - Doug Yarbrough - 369
13 - B - Mike O'Donnell - 343
14 - B - Chris Radisich - 340
15 - B - Tony Chan - 336
16 - B - Russ Toy - 312
17 - A - Mark Morris - 305
18 - B - Phil Phillips - 299
19 - B - Lance Sargent - 292

TQ - Ross DeLong - 2.938 - New Track Record
Concours - Wayne Halabourda

Finally, after a very rough weekend of racing for Greg Gilbert, Greg had an awesome race and pulled off a very well earned win in a very close race. Greg and Ross battled close right up to the end, with Roy, Dwayne, & Matt hot on their tail.

07-01-2002, 06:48 AM
This was it - the big finale, for all the marbles. If I could think of more cliches, they still wouldn't come close to describing the electricity that was in the air all weekend, leading up to and culminating with the fastest class - 1/24 Eurosport.

17 year old Neal Stewart - 2002 American Flat Track Worlds 1/24 Eurosport Champion, Pro Group 10 Champion, and Grand Champion.

There's a lot of stories to tell, but for now, I'm going to cut straight to the results. Later, with pictures and captions, and more embelishments in the descriptions can be added, when I have had time to recover from the marathon weekend of racing.

1/24 Eurosport Results

Pos - Heat - Name - Laps

1 - A - Neal Stewart - 731
2 - A - Greg Gilbert - 723
3 - A - Matt Zenovitch - 716
4 - A - Herman James - 715
5 - B - Ray Bishop - 697
6 - A - Bob Everett - 691
7 - B - Fred Hood - 683
8 - B - Ian Douglass - 676
9 - B - Bill Clemans - 648
10 - B - Wayne Halabourda - 646
11 - A - Paul Kassens - 644
12 - B - Mike O'Donnell - 640
13 - B - Roy Hood - 629
14 - B - Chris Radisich - 597
15 - A - Paul Ciccarello - 581
16 - B - Tony Chan - 552
17 - A - Rick Dodge - 190
18 - A - Ross DeLong - 114
19 - A - Dwayne Roberts - 80
20 - B - Peter Verdo - 62

TQ - Neal Stewart - 2.714
Concours - Wayne Halabourda

Neal put on one heckuva race, and had one heckuva weekend. This was only Neal's 2nd 1/24 Eurosport race ever, and he's TQ'd and won them both. Besides taking home the big prize envelope, that contained $600 first prize, Neal also won the coveted Grand Champion award, and a whole bunch of lumber to remember this race by.

I guess now us OWH readers WILL have to "Respect" Neal's "Authoritah".... NAH!!!! ;)

Dan P
07-01-2002, 02:02 PM
Congratulations Neal, I KNEW you had it in you!!!

07-01-2002, 05:14 PM
Congratulations to all of you who participated at the recently concluded AFTW meet especially to Neal Stewart who showed everyone that he has nerves of steel ahd can handle the pressure for such a young person. How old is he anyway if I may ask? He reminds me of my son who is 12 years old and has that natural talent and ability to control a slotcar at its limit and beat the big boys consistently.

Best wishes also to Paul OHW for the superb coverage of the meet and likewise, for winning the Indy/IRL race.

07-01-2002, 06:09 PM
All the photos are now posted online in the OWH 2002 AFTW Photo Gallery!


Click here for the 2002 AFTW Photo Gallery! (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/owhgallery/02aftw)

07-01-2002, 09:33 PM

You have provided a wonderful report and gallery of the Flats.

Do you have any intention of producing either lap charts or a breakdown by motor types, gears, tyres, controllers etc for each event?

I know that I am asking the moon :D:D

07-01-2002, 09:40 PM
LMAO:p :p

07-01-2002, 10:58 PM
With his big check did Neal pick up the tab for dinner?:confused:

Hey, congrats Neal, now I don't feel so bad about you constantly kicking my A$$ at HO's. In a way I'm glad WSS&H has closed it's doors, at least now I won't have to worry about renting a Limo to give you and your undoubtedly HUGE head a ride up there.:D

Later, The watching slots from the sidelines for now Rockinator

07-01-2002, 11:29 PM
Zippity - While lap charts etc. were in the plans, but also something I was dreading, your fellow NZer Chris Radisich has come to the rescue and saved all the race data to floppies, and has offered to convert the data via some spiffy program he has, into HTML race charts for me.

No don't get your shorts all twisted while waiting for them, and give Chris a chance to get home to Uncle Kal's in SoCal and rested up, but this program Chris described has me excited as well.

I love your shortened nickname for the event "The Flats". I'm still clinging to the ol' Slugfest name, but "The Flats" is great, and I have a feeling that nickname will stick.

eap9 - In answer to your question - I added Neal's photo and his age - 17 - in the post up above your question. Neal looks younger (and like most kids, often acts it), but he definately has plenty of smarts, ability, and driving maturity for a 17 year old.

Rockinator - Neal did buy Matt's dinner, but then he mentioned something about plans to buy an RC car. I think there should be some kind of rule or law regarding the use of race prize funds regarding that, as that would seem just plain wrong, and bordering on some kind of "treason". ;)

And yes, when you have cried in your Maalox over getting your butt kicked at HO's by people like former National Champ Rick Dodge and now Flat Track World Champ Neal Stewart... I don't think you should take it quite so hard.

AND - don't sell those T-Jets! The WSS&H Bucktrax Scorpian has been bought by a nice guy in Tacoma who loves T-Jets, and he hopes to have it set up to hold races on it again sometime soon. The Hasse Hillclimb is in storage with a new owner, and will be in a new home again soon as well.

Things change, but life goes on. Slot car racing in the Seattle area will not die.

07-01-2002, 11:52 PM
I wanted to extend a thanks and appreciation on behalf of Kirk and the SHS crew, as well as from all of us racers, for support from the sponsors of the 2002 American Flat Track Worlds.

Amateur LMP and Amateur Group 10
Downtown Don's Slot Car Warehouse Distributing

Kelly Racing Products

1/24 Eurosport
Slick 7 Slot Car Products

Special Youth Award
Bill & Leona Woodworth

A big thanks also goes out to sponsors who contributed additional prizes: GT1 Gears, Outisite Designs, and Downtown Don's Slot Car Warehouse Distributing.

07-02-2002, 12:36 AM
I have just spent the last hour looking at all the new photographs that have been added to The Flats Gallery since yesterday.

What a wonderful, wonderful looking mob of guys and gals :)

I can't wait until next year's competition.

Two questions:

What finger/s do the different racers use to drive those hand controllers? (Chris Rad needn't bother replying) :) and,

Did anyone race/use a "Split" painted car or interior?

07-02-2002, 01:05 AM
As far as I could tell, most racers use either their index or middle finger to drive with, and some even use two fingers. I wouldn't venture to guess which finger is most popular, as this topic has been debated and discussed before.

I DO know what finger Fred "Crash" Hood uses, just about every time he sees me, at least once... (all in good fun, of course) ;)


Chris Radisich didn't use his thumb at all, and even left his thumb controller home this trip. I don't think he had to use his thumb to get home to SoCal either, as I'm sure he used an airline for his ride.

As far as anyone using any "Split" bodies or drivers, I'm not sure. I left the Tech sheets with Kirk to send to Slot Car Bulletin, and they didn't have a spot for painter credits on them, unfortunately, anyway.

I DO know that MANY racers WERE running "SPLIT" bodies by the end of their races - but I don't mean ones that were painted by your fellow New Zealander. ;)

Calypso Eh!
07-02-2002, 01:18 AM

You can find the photo of the Amateur LMP
Concours Winner on page 2 of the photo gallery.
It is the first photo. Body/driver paint by

Alex Nichols won Amateur LMP Concours with this beauty by "Split" aka Paul Heath, of New Zealand

Absolutely wonderful race coverage short of
having a real time high speed web cam. The
photos are *GREAT* and most of the participants
are well known from previous "slugfests".

It's always a good time. Sadly missed by me
this year due to other comittments. I'm sure
everyone had a good time, and Kirk's facility
looks great after the expansion.

I'm extremely pleased to see Neal Winning the
1/24 Euro race. After I heard he had won his
first Euro race, My money was riding on him
in the "flats". Perhaps he can use his winnings
to buy the car if he hasn't already.

I've been looking for a Cartman image with a
really big head, but havn't been successful.


07-02-2002, 12:41 PM
It looks like Kirk did one heck of a job .I would like to thanks all the moms and dads that spend the time with the kids to keep them going and at the track. Both myself and my daughter will be there next year to hand out the awards and hopfully take one home? Bill and Leona Woodworth.

Neal Stewart
07-02-2002, 04:06 PM
though i have been reallly happy, i am still catching up on sleep, and the win hasnt hit me yet, though i know i did it. yay!

and as for the RC car, instead i bought myself a GREAT stereo system instead, gave $100 to Lee, $40 on matts and my dinner, $50 to parents, and still have some left to spend on slots. :D

i drive w/ my index finger, and lee says he cant understand how anyone can go fast using that finger :D

i hope you DO find a cartman image w/ a big head, then i want to use it. ;) :cool:
NOW, to look at the photos....

and congrats to matt, which i figured out that he took second in the overall points.
i give my thanx to lee for housing me and the cars,
and to Paul K for getting me started. (its ALL your fault!)

Paul C-
it was great meeting you, and you are a fun guy to talk to.
thank you for not nerfing me in the races.
and to everyone else,
have a nice day,
Neal Stewart. MY authoritah!

07-02-2002, 05:59 PM

I still haven't caught up on sleep yet, but Chris Radisich already flew home to LA, and still managed to convert the SRT race data to HTML files and send them to me already!

It's going to take me a little while tonight to set up all the pages and links, and add the overall final race results (which SRT doesn't do), but I hope to get that done late tonight if at all possible.

The lap charts Chris converted look great! I'll just have to cut & paste to put the A-B-C heats together and then make a final finish order list, with ties broken, etc., and then link them all from an index page with links to results, the "Almost Live" coverage here, and the Photo Gallery.

Thanks Chris! Also another big thanks to Slik for getting the new Photo Gallery program installed and working in time for this big race!

07-02-2002, 09:40 PM
:) Congrats to Kirk and the PNW IMCA for putting on a great week-end of racing! The event was enormous. The 1/24 Euro race ended at 1:30 am on Monday morning! I am not positive but i believe there were over 200 entries! That's huge. 32 cars lined up for the GT-12 race alone. If you haven't been to this race you don't know what you're missing. Congratulations to Neal for his impressive win in the 1/24 Euro race and the Grand Champion title. Too bad Matt had to stop for tires in the Euro race. I think it would have been extremely close. That was easily the best race i have ever seen. I had a lot of fun racing even though my results were not that great, but hey i did beat Paul C. in the Gp 10 race by a few feet! He is a neat guy and a great sport. Anyway it was good to see everyone again and look forward to next year!

J Stinnett
07-03-2002, 03:26 AM
It looks like a good time was had by all. Paul, the photos and the viewing system really make it a pleasure to see what took place.

Congrats to all the winners. Especially to you NEAL. Quite impressive!

Congrats to all the participants for you efforts as I know my SHS experience was wonderful even without any wins.


07-04-2002, 07:53 AM

The 2002 American Flat Track Worlds, aka "The Flats" race results, complete with links to lap charts for every heat of racing, and links to 14 page photo gallery, are online!

This was a great race, with tough competition and a lot of fun!

Click here for complete 2002 AFTW Results & Photos! (http://www.oldweirdherald.com/2002AFTW/)

A BIG THANK YOU to Chris Radisich for converting the race results to HTML for me, and to Rob "Slik" Sliker Jr. for installing & setting up the OWH Photo Gallery program! They made the job a TON easier, and made it possible to get it online fast!