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