RE: Slot Car F1 Circuit Shows Bernie How It's Done

RE: Slot Car F1 Circuit Shows Bernie How It's Done

Tuesday 19th October 2010

Slot Car F1 Circuit Shows Bernie How It's Done

F1 circuit in miniature is a 'model' of perfection (groan)



This is the White Lake F1 Ring, a fabulously detailed 145-foot slot car circuit. We stumbled across it while on an idle Google trawl looking for updates on the US GP circuit in Austin, Texas while trying to avoid doing some more constructive work and thought it was worth sharing.

Now, there’s no doubting that model railways aren’t particularly cool, but there’s something a bit more exciting about a properly intricate slot car circuit.

And there’s no doubting that White Lake – built by the wonderfully named James-Michael Gregory Harlan – is a proper labour of love. It has pits, it has grandstands, it has marshals, helipads, course cars and floodlights for a spot of Singapore-style night racing. In short, anything you can imagine stuffing into a GP circuit is there. Heck, the slots even tighten up on the corners so cars can’t overtake.


It’s a deeply impressive undertaking, and we can only presume that Harlan, who is an exhibit designer by trade (hence the model-making talent), is either single or has a very patient other half…

You can take a closer look at the White Lake F1 Ring on Harlan’s own blog, or by watching the video below…though we suggest that you might want to skip to 2m 41s, where the video goes ‘in car’.

 

 



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L100NYY

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33,754 posts

175 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Now that is stunning clap

I haven't even got time to redecorate the bathroom let alone build a Scalextric set like this!

Edited by L100NYY on Monday 18th October 16:59

B'stard Child

15,001 posts

178 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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"Heck, the slots even tighten up on the corners so cars can’t overtake."

Good grief giving exactly the same racing as F1.....

Chris_w666

22,655 posts

131 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Awesome, I want one like that in my garage.

Stone Cold

1,395 posts

105 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Bernie won't like it, not enough run off whistle

tonym911

8,015 posts

137 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Incredible – but it must be a nightmare when your car goes off, you'd lose at least a lap walking over and putting it back in the slot.
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Hedders

20,770 posts

179 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Fantastic! Not sure how the pits work though, how do you turn left into them?


RichB

40,042 posts

216 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Hedders said:
Fantastic! Not sure how the pits work though, how do you turn left into them?
I'm not sure, it appears to be a 4 car slot track with 5 pits and just after the pits the tracks converge into 2 lanes then immediatly seperate back into 4. Perhaps it's digital?

BelperJim

2,274 posts

115 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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How long before FOM turn up and ask him to remove the F1 stickers wink

AV12

5,208 posts

140 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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There not "their"

otherwise its fantastic!

ninja-lewis

2,828 posts

122 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Hedders said:
Fantastic! Not sure how the pits work though, how do you turn left into them?
Seems each car has a mechanical switch at lane change area, which the driver uses (not entirely clear how they use it though).

Very cool though! paperbag

Hedders

20,770 posts

179 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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RichB said:
Hedders said:
Fantastic! Not sure how the pits work though, how do you turn left into them?
I'm not sure, it appears to be a 4 car slot track with 5 pits and just after the pits the tracks converge into 2 lanes then immediatly seperate back into 4. Perhaps it's digital?
Ah, so not something the car does, but something the track does?


spiritof'76

1,308 posts

156 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Great track biggrin............ awful driver cry

No commitment in the corners atall ?......... American car maybe weeping

jake15919

738 posts

97 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Only one Helipad. No way Berni would allow that!! Also I didn't see any corporate hospitality facilities. This is supposed to be F1 not motor sport.

First article in ages that has made me really jealous. Really, really jealous.

Turbobanana

1,043 posts

133 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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AV12 said:
There not "their"

otherwise its fantastic!
It's, not its.

Otherwise it's accurate.

Love the Scalextric track: makes mine look a bit mediocre, but mine's purely for racing. Group C racers, mainly, including all variants of the Porsche 962. Bit sad at my age

AV12

5,208 posts

140 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Turbobanana said:
AV12 said:
There not "their"

otherwise its fantastic!
It's, not its.

Otherwise it's accurate.

Love the Scalextric track: makes mine look a bit mediocre, but mine's purely for racing. Group C racers, mainly, including all variants of the Porsche 962. Bit sad at my age
An apostrophe may be missing hehe but read the article again.

ferrisbueller

21,360 posts

159 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Dear Santa,

You know what to do,

Yours etc

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Bowler

889 posts

143 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Someone's got too much time and money on their hands....

mybrainhurts

89,376 posts

187 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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I can't see a white haired poison dwarf anywhere in those pics...

Oddball RS

1,755 posts

150 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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Must be me, the sound track chosen shows why racing slot cars is just a bit boring, looks fantastic but isn't the fun in making it? after a year or two it just collects dust?

grenpayne

1,234 posts

94 months

Monday 18th October 2010
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RichB said:
Hedders said:
Fantastic! Not sure how the pits work though, how do you turn left into them?
I'm not sure, it appears to be a 4 car slot track with 5 pits and just after the pits the tracks converge into 2 lanes then immediatly seperate back into 4. Perhaps it's digital?
Could well be. A quick google turned up this on the Scaletrix website!! Very cool in a geeky sort of way.

I think my 4 year old son may well need one of these for Christmas hehe