Could this man from Dearborn MI have the biggest slot car racing track?
Finding this story took me back to when I was a young boy, as I get older I find this happens to me more often than not. I loved playing with my Hot Wheels cars and tracks. I have never been lucky enough to have a slot car track. The Detroit Free Press reported the story of Jimmy Attard, a man who has been on a mission for 30 years.
Who is Jimmy? Jimmy is a 68-year-old retiree who retired from Ford Motor Company where he worked as a chassis designer.
Could this slot car track be the biggest in the country or the world. He certainly has a decent claim to those titles. Now the details:
- It took him 30 years to create
- The track is cut in the wood
- The track can accommodate eight cars
- Cars can go as fast as 15 mph
- The track is 25 feet wide by 18 feet long
- It currently has 18 corners “including those inspired by the famous corners of real circuits, from the banked turn 3 at Daytona to the corkscrew of Laguna Seca in California and the Larned tunnel in Detroit that Formula 1 cars raced through in the 1980s”
- 170 hand-painted figurines
- About 1,000 cars
Jimmy told the Detroit Free Press that:
Here, I don’t realize that I am in my sixties. It’s no different from when I was a kid, although today my track is on a much larger scale, and I can afford it.
He is a very thorough man who said:
It’s all in the details. I try to be as accurate as possible so that when a photo is taken of the track my aim is to leave you wondering if it was really taken at the top of that bend or is it a model ?
If you look at the photos in the Detroit Free Press article, you’ll know exactly what he’s talking about. He created an absolutely cool track and childhood memory.
Jimmy said it was about bonding. Listen to this wonderful story:
I had a 6 year old boy knock on my door (who) said he heard I had a slot car track. I think he was expecting little cars and just a plastic track and, honest to God, I’ll never forget: he opened the door and he gasped; He was out of breath. Well, today he is 26 years old and he comes to help me when other little children come running and I find joy in that.
It must be great to bring such smiles and love for the hobby to young children and to see some of them grow up and be part of what you have created.
Watch this video, it will blow your mind and bring some of you back to childhood like it did for me.