HOURS TO COME ABOARD|
Sunday 9:00 am - 5 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6 pm
RACEWAY INFORMATION - Rainbow Curve Raceway - Slot Car Track - Slot Car History
100 lap feet Gary Gerding Fast Track (1/24 & 1/32 scale) 6 lane custom slot car track|
with Magnatech braid, Four power taps, #10 copper wire & three ultra clean 25 Amp. power supplies.
In the "Rainbow Room" you will find RAINBOW CURVE RACEWAY.
Rentals - Sales - Slot Cars - Controllers - Parts - Race sets - Parties -1/24 & 1/32 scale slot cars
Full Line PARMA And CHAMPION Raceway Dealer
Hours Of Operation: Wednesday thru Monday 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays or call to let us know you would like to come in on Tuesday or Wednesday and we can besure to be staffed appropriately for winter hours.
Rainbow Curve Raceway "Colorado's oldest Slot Car Raceway"
SLOT CAR HISTORY|
Slot Car: is an elecrtic powered miniature auto or other vehicle which is guided by a groove or slot in the track on which it runs. A pin or guide blade extends from the bottom of the car into the slot. Drivers use a hand-held controller to regulate a low-voltage electric motor in the car. Traditionally, each car runs on a separate lane with its own guide-slot. Though digital technology can allow cars to share a lane. The challenge in racing slot cars comes in taking curves and other obstacles at the highest speed that will not cause the car to lose its grip and spin sideways, or to deslot, leaving the lane or the track altogether.
Slot Car Scale Size:
1:24 scale: are built so that 1 unit of length (such as an inch) on the model equals 24 units on the actual car. 1:24 cars require a course so large as to be impractical for many home enthusiasts, so most serious 1:24 racing is done at commercial or club tracks. Like our Six-lane 100' Gary Gerding custom track.
1:32 scale: are smaller and more suited to home-sized race courses (plastic track) but they are also widely raced on commercial tracks.
1:64 HO scale; vary in scale. The original small slot cars of the early 1960s roughly approximated either American/European HO scale (1:87) or British OO scale (1:76). As racing in this size evolved, the cars were enlarged to take more powerful motors, and today they are closer to 1:64 in scale; but they still run on track of approximately the same width, and are generically referred to as HO slot cars.
The first commercial slot cars were made by Lionel (USA) apx. 1912, drawing power from a toy train rail sunk in a wide slot between the rails. But independent speed controllers were only available as an option.
Over most of the next forty years, several other electrically powered commercial products came and went.
In the 1940s hobbyists in Britain began to experiment with controllable electric cars using hand built motors.
The term "slot car" was coined to differentiate these from the earlier "rail cars".
As the club layouts grew, the relative advantages of rail and slot were debated for several years, but the obtrusive appearance of the rails and their blocking of the car's rear wheels when sliding through corners were powerful disadvantages.
New clubs increasingly chose the slot system. By 1963, even the pioneer rail-racing clubs had begun to switch to slots.
In 1957, Minimodels (UK) converted its Scalex 1:30 (later, 1:32) clockwork racers to electricity, creating the famous Scalextric line of slot-guided models.
As Scalextric became an instant hit, American hobbyists and manufacturers were adapting 1:24 car models to slots, and British-American engineer Derek Brand developed a tiny vibrator motor small enough to power model cars roughly in scale with HO and OO electric trains.
In 1959, Playcraft division of Mettoy produced these in the UK, and a year later, Aurora Plastics Corp. released HO vibrator sets with huge success in the USA. The tiny cars fascinated the public, and their cost and space requirements were better suited to the average consumer than the larger scales.
In only a year or two, Scalextric's 1:32 cars and Aurora's "Model Motoring" HO line had set off the "slot car craze" of the 1960s. The slot car craze was largely an American phenomenon, but, commercially, it was a huge one.
In 1963, after a million and a half had been produced, Aurora replaced the trouble-prone vibrator cars with an innovative flat-commutator ("pancake") motor.
Slot Car Track:
Plastic Tracks are made from the molded plastic commercial track sections. Sectional track is inexpensive and easy to work with and the design of the course can be easily changed.
Routed Tracks have the entire racecourse made from one or a few pieces of sheet material, traditionally plywood or MDF, with the guide-slots and the grooves for the power strips cut directly into the base material using a router or CNC machining. This provides a smooth and consistent surface which is preferred for serious competition.
Example: Our Six-lane 100' Gary Gerding custom track with Magnatech braid and six 25A power supplies.
Electrical Equipment: Power for most slot car tracks comes from a power pack. Power packs contain a transformer which reduces high voltage house current to a safe 12 to 20V (depending on car type) and usually a rectifier which changes AC to DC, for cooler running and simpler motors.
Controllers: vary car speed by modulating the voltage from the powerpack. They are usually hand-held and attached by wires to the track. Besides speed control, modern racing controllers usually feature an adjustable "brake", "coast", and "dial-out".
Braking works by temporarily connecting the rails via a resistor; this converts the car's motor into a generator, and the magnetic forces that turned the motor are now slowing it down. Coast allows a certain amount of power to continue to the track after the driver has "let-off" (which would normally cut all power to the car).
A dial-out allows the driver to limit the maximum power that can reach the car.
On most tracks, a driver will plug or clip his personal controller to his lane's "driver's station," which has wired connections to the power source and track rails. Modern controllers usually require three connections - one to the power terminal of the driver's station (customarily white), one to the brake terminal (red), and one to the track terminal (black).
Conventional slot car tracks are wired in one of two ways: with the power terminal connected to the power source positive and the brake terminal negative ("positive gate"), or the other way around ("negative gate").
Slot car racing: ranges from casual get-togethers at home tracks, using whatever cars the host makes available, to very serious competitions in which contestants painstakingly build or modify their own cars for maximum performance and compete in a series of races culminating in a national championship.
Slot car racing was so popular in the 1960s that special racing events were televised live nationally on shows hosted by Mike Douglas, Steve Allen and Johnny Carson.
Even Ed Sullivan hosted a Nationally televised high-stakes race with slot cars which featured the top racing drivers of the day, including Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, and Dan Gurney.
Elvis Presley had a room at Graceland totally devoted to slot cars and of course, the track was a 155ft. American "KING" track.
1966 through 1968 were the "golden" years and there were about 20,000 commercial tracks in operation in almost every major town in America. Today there are less than 200 operational commercial raceways in America.
Warranty Repair or Replacement:
ALL Slot Car Items (Cars, Controllers, and parts) requiring manufacturer's warranty repair or replacement must be returned directly to the manufacturer (unless instructed otherwise) and should NOT be returned to ESTES ARK or RAINBOW CURVE RACEWAY. Please contact us if you need the manufacturer's address or phone number. Please include all your shipping information and phone number and the reason for your return.
Rainbow Curve Raceway: "Colorado's oldest Slot Car Raceway"