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Thread: Retro Chassis Builders - Who's Who?

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    Retro Chassis Builders - Who's Who?

    I'm doing a bit of research, and it occurred to me that there has been a resurgence in the art of slot car chassis building, that is for the most part directly parallel to the popularity of Retro racing.

    However... although the race reports are full of photos of fantastic, innovative, and beautiful looking chassis... I do not really know who all of the current crop of Retro chassis builders are.

    While I know that a lot of the chassis are being self-built by the racers (which is great!), I am pretty sure that a lot of the chassis are also being built by top experienced builders, and mostly built on a custom basis and sold directly to racers through direct contact or word of mouth.

    Although I know of several top builders, many of which have been around for ages, or have resurfaced during the birth and growth of Retro racing... I have also seen names of builders on tech sheets, photo captions, & various race report or Facebook posts... many of whom I am not so familiar with.

    So who are these chassis builders???

    I would like to see some posts here from OWH Slot Car Talk readers, sharing names of who you feel are some of the most "influential" among current Retro chassis builders.

    By "influential" - I mean builders who's chassis are winning races, used by top racers, setting trends, raising the bar, and/or influencing and inspiring other builders.

    Rather then to start it off by naming the ones I know of... I would like to see some posts from Retro racers on who you think fits this list.

    Please post the name of the chassis builder that you feel should be among this list, and a brief explanation of why you consider them to be an influential Retro chassis builder.

    Thanks!

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    Here are some from across the country that are known excellent builders with premier race wins
    Tony P
    Ed Sohl
    Eric Gehrken
    Ray Duran
    Mike Katz
    Greg Van Peenan
    John Gorski
    Dennis Samson
    Bud Bartos
    Rick Davis
    Tom Hansen
    Bryan Warmack
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    Joe " Noose" Neumeister - Team Nutley
    Sometimes known as a serial despoiler of the clear purity of virgin Lexan bodies
    Noose Custom Painting - Since 1967!
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    The only thing bad about retro is admitting that you remember doing it originally.

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    I'm a big fan of Dennis Samson. His F1 cars are the best I have ever had. He is also one of the "go to guys" for Retro Pro. CanAm cars are good as well but he tells me he is working on something "new" that should put him right up there. I also think Erick Gehrken is one to watch in the future. Great young man with a lot of talent. Watch for him in the coming years!


    Bernie Schatz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noose View Post
    Here are some from across the country that are known excellent builders with premier race wins
    Tony P
    Ed Sohl
    Erick Gehrken
    Ray Duran
    Mike Katz
    Greg Van Peenan
    John Gorski
    Dennis Samson
    Bud Bartos
    Rick Davis
    Tom Hansen
    Bryan Warmack
    Duran Trujilo
    Guys:
    There is a Big name missing from the list, Tom Lauterbach, founder of the PA Posse !

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    Along with the wrong spelling of Eric's first name, a few names off of the top of my head, Don Campbell, Josh Crutchfield, Dave Gardiner, Cap Henry, Jim Lange, Kamo, Michael Kettelson, George Kimber, Dennis Krivacek, Rande Marshal, James Merriman, John Molnar, Mike Muir.

    Plus there is a bunch of guys, like Chuck Gambo, who are as good as anyone, but only builds for themselves.
    Last edited by swiss; 05-07-2015 at 12:43 PM.
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    LOL I fixed it. I left off names so you guys could chime in. It worked! Even Swiss could be on the list with his Z rail!
    Joe " Noose" Neumeister - Team Nutley
    Sometimes known as a serial despoiler of the clear purity of virgin Lexan bodies
    Noose Custom Painting - Since 1967!
    Chairman - IRRA Body Committee
    The only thing bad about retro is admitting that you remember doing it originally.

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    Another excellent chassis builder is Paul "Pablo" Wolcott, in Bay St. Louis, MS. Pablo doesn't built just Retro chassis but the ones he does build work very, very well.

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    Josh Crutchfield,Mark Kitto
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    I almost forgot a few obvious ones, Hip Culy and Jim Fowler.
    "Get Yourself Retrofied"
    Chicagoland Raceway
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    Cap Henry.. Building some of the best retro cars in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noose View Post
    Here are some from across the country that are known excellent builders with premier race wins
    Yep and forgot one Rande Marshall RPM Race Cars Thanks Mike Swiss for the mention of Rande

    Winner of 25 "Premier" Races ( Can Am, F1, GTC, JK Spec, Stock Car ) and over 200 Retro A Main Wins.


    Retro Champions of....

    The R4 X 10
    The Sano X 9
    The Retro Summit x 9
    The Music City Shootout
    The Demon 500 x 2
    The MMW Turkey Nats
    The F1 500 x 3
    The Columbus Classic x 3
    The Fiedler 400 x 2
    The Southern Shootout X 2
    The Buckeye Bash X 2
    Race of Champions Stock Car Champion
    The RETRO Halloween Hillclimb Challenge X 3
    The RETRO Texas Two Step Race X 2
    The RETRO Cozine ARCO Classic Race

    Retro All Stars Race

    Nine Time ORS Series Champion

    Nine Time ORS Constructors Champion

    Retro South Series Champion

    IRRL Can Am Series Champion

    American Raceways Series Champion x 4

    Two Time BRS/Buckeye Retro Series Champion

    Jerry Ward Memorial GR 7-68 Can Am Race Winner

    Lee Watson Memorial Can Am Race Winner

    2014 RETRO Can Am National Championship Series Champions

    2014 RETRO F1/Indy National Championship Series Champions

    Winners in...

    BRS South
    BRS North
    OVCC
    ORS
    IRRL
    PENN OHIO
    RETRO EAST
    RETRO SOUTH
    MRRA
    IRRA
    American Raceway Series
    RETRO Retro ElecTric Racing Organization
    Midwest Slot Car Series
    Great Lakes RETRO
    Tri State Retro Series

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RPM-R...76?sk=timeline

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    Last edited by Ron Hershman; 05-07-2015 at 06:17 PM.
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    Rick Stagen, Jobiwon, Jersey John, Dave Krumnow, Rich Attee, Rick Sloan, JP Milcherka, Sano Dave Fiedler, Mike "Raisin" Garrett, Ken Wehnert, Greg Fox, Russ Toy..... just to name a few more
    Last edited by Ron Hershman; 05-07-2015 at 03:00 PM.
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    Paul K,
    Subject for your next retro thread.
    "Most insecure Retro racer".
    "Get Yourself Retrofied"
    Chicagoland Raceway
    17B West Ogden Ave.
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    Phone-708-203-8003
    mikeswiss86@hotmail.com

    Check out Chicagoland Raceway on facebook.

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    The bottom line is there are a BUNCH of great builders out there. Pick your poison. I do have to mention Manta RayPrice. RIP my friend..


    Bernie Schatz

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    Quote Originally Posted by swiss View Post
    Paul K,
    Subject for your next retro thread.
    "Most insecure Retro racer".
    Mike Swiss?

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