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About This Site:
This site is intended as a primer for newbies entering the world of HO (1/64 or "Hot Wheels" size) slot car racing.  It's not a flashy page.  It's not meant to be.  What it is (hopefully), is informative.

All of the tips and pieces of advice you'll find on this site come from the very helpful people who regularly post to the discussion list (or DL) "ho-slotcars."  (You can subscribe to the DL by following the instructions at http://www.spies.com/~ahm/ho-slotcars.html.)   When my interest in slot cars was first rekindled a while back, I subscribed to this list and began copying some of the messages I thought I could use later into a Word document and organizing them by topic.  This was originally intended for my own use, but the more I learn and the more I surf the web, (and the more requests for a FAQ that I see) the more I realize that these tips should be readily available for any newbie such as myself.  This isn't really in the typical "FAQ" format (there are just too many questions with too many answers), but I believe it will serve the same purpose.   Some of the tips, however, may appear in the Q & A section for better understanding.

As with any other web page, this is a work in progress.  Unfortunately I'm unable to update it very often now due to Graduate School, my job, and most importantly, my wife and I recently having a baby.  So although this site is on the back burner for now,  I haven't abandoned it.  And if you have anything you would like to contribute to this page, please e-mail me at heathicus@geocities.com.  

About me:
Like you, I am a newbie.  A lot of people hate eBay, but I must credit it with getting me back into the hobby.  I'm a big Dukes of Hazzard fan and collector, so while looking for Dukes stuff on eBay, I found a slot car set made by Ideal.  I remember a friend of mine having this set when I was a kid and we spent a LOT of time and had a lot of fun playing with it.  Seeing this set on eBay and the memories it brought back to me was responsible for my renewed interest in slot cars.   I wasn't able to purchase the set, but I did recently buy a General Lee slot car that was made for the set and it has quickly become my favorite car in my tiny collection.  I've been having a blast running it around my AFX track and have been learning a lot.  But there are plenty of people who have forgotten more about slot cars than I'll probably ever learn!

I began subscribing to the ho-slotcars DL on 11/15/98 and the tips on this page will only come from messages posted from that date on.  I believe there is an archive of all previous messages, but I don't know where it is and I don't want to tackle the chore of going through all those messages (but you can feel free to do so yourself).   In the future I may begin adding tips taken from other web pages (with proper credit, links, and permission, of course) as there is a wealth of advice out there (it just so far hasn't been collected in one place; check out the Links page for some good places to get started).

If there is a topic that you don't see addressed, let me know.  If you don't understand one of the tips here or if you have any other questions regarding slot cars, please post your question to the DL.  There are a bunch of very helpful people there willing to answer any question you might have.   Don't ask me.  I don't know.  Remember, I'm a newbie just like you are. :)   I'll be happy to try to answer any other questions you might have about this site in general or myself. (I might have a tendency to put "too much" information on this page.  If that becomes the case, please let me know.  In fact, any feedback you want to give will be appreciated.)

NOTE: The endorsements and quoted prices contained on this site are the opinion and responsibility of the person making the endorsement or quote (you can find their e-mail address at the top of the message).  Shop around for yourself and find the place that you are most comfortable buying from.  And when possible, please support your local hobby shop as they are the backbone of the hobby industry.