Larry's Look | Slot car racing

Larry's Look | Slot car racing

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by LARRY SPRINKLE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Slot car racing has been around for decades and reached its peak in the 1960s in the United States.

Slot cars are usually models of actual automobiles, though some have bodies specially-designed for the slot car track.

A lot of enthusiasts use commercially available slot cars, that are often modified for better performance.  Others motorize static models, and some "scratch-build," creating their own mechanisms and bodies from basic parts and materials.

Drivers  use a hand-held controller to regulate a low-voltage electric motor hidden within the car.

Traditionally, each car runs on a separate lane with its own guide-slot. The challenge in racing slot cars comes in taking curves and other obstacles as fast as possible without causing the car to lose its grip and spin sideways, or to “deslot” and leave the track altogether.

This morning on Larry’s Look, we got a great close-up view of the action at the Slot Car Cave of the Carolinas. It’s off of Cherry Road in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

Both kids and adults have a great time, on the gigantic 220 foot road course and the 1,000 foot dragstrip. 

Larry even took over the controls of a custom-made NBC Charlotte slot car, with the special number “36”!

For all the details, go to: www.slotcarcave.com.

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