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The Retro ElecTric Racing Organization (RETRO) and Modelville Hobby in Ashland, MA have announced what promises to be the most unique and challenging event in the history of retro slot car racing with the running of the American Raceway Extravaganza in honor of Bob Emott on the weekend of June 12-13.

“Modelville Hobby, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015, is one of the largest commercial raceways in the United States,” said RETRO Executive Director Ron Hershman. “And, it is the only facility, to our knowledge, housing three original restored American Raceway tracks under one roof. Modelville is the perfect venue to stage an ‘Extravaganza’ commemorating the historical significance of American Raceways and the golden era of slot car racing in the 1960s.”

The event will also honor the memory of Bob Emott, a pioneer racer, chassis builder, track owner and parts manufacturer from the 60s and 70s, who passed away earlier this year. Emott resided in New Jersey and was a top pro racer from that era.

The Extravaganza will feature racing on all three of Modelville’s American Raceway tracks throughout the weekend. Action will take place on the 135 foot American Aristocrat Hill Climb, which was recently rebuilt by Gary Gerding, the 95 foot Black American Royal track, and the 220 foot American ‘Purple Mile’ Sovereign, which is believed to be the only surviving example still in operation. Gary Gerding of Gerding Fast Tracks has previously fully restored the Modelville Royal and Sovereign tracks.

“We plan to race the World Sports Car (WSC) Coupe class on the Hill Climb, Formula One/Indy on the Royal and Can-Am on the Sovereign track. All car classes will use the new, inexpensive triple-sealed Pro Slot 4002-FK motors. All RETRO rules, procedures, guidelines and by-laws will be followed (www.retroslotracing.com).

“New England is a hotbed for retro racing, and many racers from the Midwest and other regions of the nation have expressed a desire to race on the ‘Purple Mile’, so we are expecting a large turnout for this historic event. This will be the first major RETRO-sanctioned event east of Ohio, and we are looking forward to racing with are friends on the East Coast,” Hershman said.

The Modelville American Raceway Extravaganza will also mark event number four of the 2015 RETRO National Championship Series, which highlights eight major races held across the country, culminating in the crowning of a true ‘King of Retro’.

For more information on the event contact: Ron Hershman (fast1ron@yahoo.com). Information for Modelville Hobby may be found at: (www.modelvillehobby.com), or by contacting Richard Payne at (508) 881-7616.