NASTE News for November

2016 NASTE Season - Race No. 4
Wednesday November 18, 2015

Race number four of the 2016 NASTE Season was held at TooBad Motorplex in Fairview. We had eighteen racers in attendance, pretty equally divided between Novice, Amateur, and Expert Divisions.  The race format for this race mirrored the previous races this season, with the novice, amateur, and expert racers placed on starting grids together. Two rounds of racing, each with three minute heats were completed for each division of racers, with the novice racers starting first, followed by the amateurs, and then the experts. This seems to provide for some very close racing, and little if any negative feedback. 

For each division's first round of racing the VWomps returned to TooBad Motorplex. The cars were unchanged from last years’ event, and like last year the cars performed well. That's not to say they weren't a handful, but everyone seemed to manage. And the cars all survived another year's racing! Each division's second round saw the Monogram Grand Sport Corvettes on the starting grid. Sighs of anxiety were heard throughout the crowd. But hey, something was different from last year's race. The Vette's were fitted with urethane tires that had been trued. Holly slippery snot Batman! Someone had done some tuning on the crappy Vettes of last year! Of course that's not to say they were now excellent cars, but hey, they were somewhat better than last year.


NASTE Halloween Race 20th Anniversary
Wednesday November 04, 2015

Friday October 30th, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the NASTE Halloween races. The race was held at Rapid Raceway, a large 1/24 scale four lane track that allows for plenty of creativity when it comes to Halloween car design. And as usual, there was plenty of creativity used in the design of this year's cars!

How do I accurately describe the NASTE Halloween Race? It's a big party, part parade, part slot car cruise, part car show, part demolition derby, and oh yeah, there is some racing! The Halloween race has turned into one of the biggest events NASTE holds during the racing season. This event receives the most attendance and car building participation of any single event! And this year was no different!

Twenty-one racers raced while some fought just to keep their entries moving! Perry Petroquin showed he was the ultimate builder for this event by completing five cars for his family to race. We had car themes from skulls to M&M bugs, to Minions to Willard The Rat. To start the action Dominic Locati threw a rear wheel and tire at the drop of the green flag in the first heat. After a quick pit stop by his mechanic he was back in the race and continued on. The first round of racing is held in daylight conditions. During the first round racers were feeling out their cars while trying to accumulate laps. Typical for NASTE Halloween races, some were just trying to get around the track!

The second round of racing takes place in the dark. As you can image some kind of illumination is a must in the preparation of a NASTE Halloween car! The lighting of the entries is just as creative as their overall construction. A NASTE Halloween heat is very colorful during the night round! Awards were given out at the end of the race, one for the "Ghoulest Car" which was awarded to Cailin Dunbar for her Minion Racer, and a "Rest In Pieces" award that was won by Dominic Locati for the misfortune he suffered on track. Not only did Dominic throw the rear wheel off his skull car, he also demolished his spur gear, while still making it to the finish.  It was clear Bryan Trachsel was once again the King of the Halloween Race, but by only 2 laps this year. Mitch Brooks assembled an awesome '53 Chevy hearse that gave Bryan a good run for his money! You better watch out next year Bryan! Be afraid, very, very, afraid!

You can check out photos from the race in the Forum, and you can see additional photos in the Gallery.


2016 NASTE Season - Race No. 2
Tuesday October 20, 2015

The second race of the NASTE 2016 season was held at Monte & Victoria's Penguin Point in Hillsboro. Monte had prepared two classes of cars for us to race in the usual NASTE IROC format, some very quick and twitchy Revell sports cars, and a set of three fast Can Am style cars. 

In the new NASTE racing format the Novices were first on the track. The sports cars proved to be quite challenging even at 9.5 volts. The cars were the obvious fun favorite. After the Novice Division completed their races the Experts took the track. The reactions to the cars were the same, sports cars very challenging,'s very quick.

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2016 NASTE Season Opener
Wednesday September 30, 2015

On Sunday September 20th, the NASTE racers converged on Bryan and Sherry Trachsel’s WFO Speedway to do battle in the first round of the NASTE 2016 racing season. In this the 20th consecutive year of the NASTE Point Series Championship, only those racers that choose to be included in the points chase will race for the opportunity to have their name added to the coveted NASTE Point Series trophy.

It seems fitting that we start out the season with the smallest cars we race, and work our way up from there. The HO cars at WFO Speedway are always challenging and provide for some very close racing. This first race did not disappointment as Bryan had prepared eight T-Jet style cars to compete with in an IROC style format.  Four Model Motoring ’55 Chevys and four Johnny Lightning style AC Cobras made up the field.

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We're back!
Monday September 28, 2015

Yes, down but not out. Give us a few days to get the tables rebuilt and we'll be back to near normal. To quote Monte: "It's not my fault!"

More on this and other slot stories soon...

As for our previous hosting group, just let me sincerely say I hope the Dingo eats your babies.

More status:

  • Forum restored and running
  • Results restored
  • Calendar restored
  • News restored
  • About restored
  • Links restored
Still to be completed:
  • Tracks


Hot Racing at the Cool Gorge Raceway
Friday July 17, 2015

Yes it’s been pretty hot in Oregon lately but on Saturday June 27th racers were cooled off in Bob Nakamura’s basement in Troutdale, home of The Gorge Raceway. 

This was Bob’s first Vintage Trans Am race for out of the box stock Scalextric cars. The day started off with a practice session that provided everyone with plenty of time to get familiar with the track. After practice we moved right into the start of the race which consisted of four rounds of four minute heats. 

Throughout the day the racing was extremely close - and fast. During the first round my Scalextric ’70 Camaro exhibited some evil handling characteristics – basically no traction. She flopped like a fish on a line. Bob graciously lent me his Scalextric Challenger to compete with. The Challenger turned out to be an excellent choice for The Gorge Raceway.

After the first two rounds of racing it was time for the lunch break. Bob had a delicious spread of food which included Subway sandwiches and side dishes for all. During the lunch break Rico Locati and John Gill performed motor swaps as they both had motors expire during the first two rounds. When the race restarted both Rico and John were back in the hunt.

Soon after Rico had a second motor start to go south.  I volunteered to let Rico swap the motor out of my ill handling Camaro with his sickly power plant. Rico instead took the Camaro, rubbed some of his magic on it, and proceeded to whoop me with my own car. I don’t know what exactly he did to it other than a tire swap, but he impressed me with his tuning abilities!

In the end though Bob gave us all a good thrashing we all had a great time! The racing was really close all the way through, and no single type of car showed any clear advantage. 

A big thanks to Bob and Robin for inviting us into their home, feeding us and even sending some of us home with nice trophies for our struggle.

Personally, I’m ready for Bob’s next Vintage Trans Am race! Well almost ready. I have a new Scalextric Trans Am ’69 Camaro coming via the U.S. Postal Service as I write this!
The Final Results:

Position Driver Lap Total
1 Bob Nakamura 435.1
2 Monte Saager 422.2
3 John Gill 420.0
4 Jeff Fields 415.1
5 Rico Locati 415.0
6 Al Christensen 409.2
7 Bill Bostic 407.7
8 Mitch Brooks 405.2
9 Beau Frasier 383.8
10 Victoria Saager 349.2


Summer Slot Car Racing is Alive and Well
Sunday July 05, 2015

Odd Thursday Night Races keep the racing alive during the summer at TooBad Motorplex.  Pictured are the entrants from the 50 and over race featuring slot cars from the early to mid-60's.  It's great vintage fun so dust off those ancient war horses and come join us.  With four classes per race night you'll find something for everyone.


NASTE Race 14 - Autumn Hills Final
Tuesday May 19, 2015

The final point race of the 2015 NASTE season was an interesting event.  Twelve racers showed up, some of them came to race.  Rico prepared Scalextric Ferrari’s for the first round that were fast and fun.  Lighted even. 

Surprising the field was “the yute” Dominic Locati who sat among those tied for third.  However, there would be a second round…

And for that second round Rico pulled out our favorite Ninco wonders – the Fickle FIATS of Fate.  Thanks to Perry they will now be known as the Flying Fickle FIATS of Fate.  Can you say “lift-off”?  Not to be outdone, June performed a perfect horizontal 360.  That she failed to also “stick it” was deemed irrelevant.


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