24 HOUR SLOT RACING RECORDS
How far can a slot car go in 24 hours? This has long been seen as the ultimate slot racing endurance challenge. No doubt the original inspiration for 24 hour races came from the Le Mans 24 hours, however slot racers developed their own rules rather than just following the full size precedent. When it comes to 24 hour World Records, to ensure a fair competition, there was seen to be a needed some limitation following areas.
1 What type of car is used - Generally cars have to follow current racing regulations.
2 What type of track is used - The restrictions on corner radius etc. prevent the use of "speed bowl" type circuits.
3 How much of the car can be replaced - This is a test of endurance for a car. Although some components can be replaced, replacing complete cars is most certainly not a permitted.
4 It has to be a race - Record attempts with just a single car running are recorded but not recognized as race records.
In the 1960s Duncan Laycock wrote the rules which have been the basis of 1/32 records ever since. In the early 1990s, a version of the "Laycock" rules adapted for HO (1/64) racing were agreed. These rules were adopted by Guinness publishing as world record guidelines.
The EEC (European Endurance Championship) is a series of 1/24 races run each year, the 1/24 record rules simply followed the EEC rules.
The rules for the outright record (most recently set in 2019) allowed one chassis, two motors and four bodies. The outright records have been set on banked King tracks.
| 1/24 Outright
Race Record -
outright record was set in a race on 9-10 February 2019 at Mark's Model World,
Canton, Ohio, USA. The winning car covered 19,951
laps of the Gerding built
155 ft King Track.
Congratulations to the winning Team Chubby, the team consisted of Joe Salzman, Jimmy Williams, Justin Colvin, Matt Bruce, Doug Bauer, Chris Radisich and Paul Ciccarello.
The 2nd place Team Plan B went 19,640 laps 576.55 miles The team consisted of Bud Denning, Eric Shirey, Willy Custer, Ross Scharf, Frank Ulbrik and Cap Henry
The 3rd place Team MIGO went 19,518 laps 572.97 miles The team consisted of Ron Hershman, Ralph Thorne, James Merriman, Dave Simerka, Terry Watson and Joe Liguori
This breaks the 488.5 mile outright record set on October 22-23, 2005 at Chicagoland Raceway banked Blue King track in LaGrange, USA. The winning "Rock River Raceway", with drivers Bob Boyd, Ed Hoyle, Alex Hoyle, Ken White and Jesse Wagler
Thanks to Ron Hershman for the information.
More details on Slot Blog
Car Running -
miles Was set
on 31 October / 1 November 2020 at SLOTRACING Mettmenstetten, in Mettmenstetten
Switzerland covering 23,350 laps of their
ft King Track.
|1/24 (Unbanked tracks) - 400.21 miles This was set on 17/18 May 1997 in Bournemouth UK on the "Super 8" track. The winning Czech CS1 team drivers were (left to right) Vladimir Horky, Jaroslav Svanda, Jana Novackova, Michal Radkovic, and Jaroslav Recek.||
- 305.949 miles This was
set on 5/6 July 1986 in Southport UK at the ARRA club with a car built by
Ian Fisher. The winning North London SME team drivers were (l to r in the
photo) Paul Harwood, Alan Lucas, Ian
Fisher, Paul Martin. and Chris James. Thanks to Alan for the
This was set to the "Laycock rules" which were laid down in the 1960s and are more stringent than other rules about what parts of the car can be changed, the tightness of corners and the minimum bend angles.
289.409miles - This was set on 08/09 November 2014 in Derby UK covering
6,549 laps of the 233 feet 4 inch (71.12m) eight lane circuit at the Derby
HO Racing Club. in the Rolls-Royce Leisure Sports Hall, Victory Road,
The top photo shows left to right Tony Baldock (who set a new hour record of 303 Laps) Aaron Shearman, Steve Guard, Ian Grinham, Michael Ovens, Andy Abbott and Rob Heaton.
This breaks the record set on the same track in 2012 by 96 laps.
Thanks to Nick Sismey of Derby HO racing club for the info and photos
Hard bodied 1/32 cars 271.71 miles
At the 24 hour race in Fenton, Michigan on 29/30 March 2014,Team Slot Car Corner broke their own world record, setting a new record of 437.27 km/ 271.71 miles. The team drivers were the same as last year - Christian Gingras (Canada), Georges Hamel (Canada), Dickie Pearson (USA), Mike Chiocchio (USA) and Steve Sawtelle (USA). The car is essentially the same, with some minor modifications.
The official video of the 2014 edition for the Michigan 24-hour race
Thanks to Christian Gingras for the information
Previous record 269.46 miles
At the 24 hour race in Fenton, Michigan on 13/14 April 2013, the winning Slot Car Corner team of team of Christian Gingras (Canada), Georges Hamel (Canada), Dickie Pearson (USA), Mike Chiocchio (USA) and Steve Sawtelle (USA) regained the record with 433.65 km/ 269.46 miles The car was an NSR Mosler (the yellow car at the front of the photo) - the full tech chart is
Chassis – NSR Evo3 Lightweight
Christian Gingras for the information and photos
This beat the record
set in the Brno 24 hour race at
Brno, Czech Republic on 4 - 5 June 2011
Thanks to Lubomír
Pazdera for the information and photos
This beat the record of 255.76 miles set in the Michigan 24 hour race at Fenton, MI, USA on 2/3 April 2011 by the "Team Slot Car Corner" with drivers Christian Gringas (Canada), Dickie Pearson (USA), Mike Chiocchio (USA) and Steve Sawtelle (USA) driving a Slot.it McLaren. The track had 5 lanes with an average lap length of 126.12 feet / 38.44m.
Thanks to Steve Sawtelle for additional information
This beat the record of 243.36 miles was set on 26/27 June 2010 in Brno, Czech Republic. The drivers were Jiří Hameta, Daniel Hameta, Květoslav Mašita, Marek Jačka using a NSR Porsche 917. The winning team covered 11033 laps of the Bruno eight lane circuit (lap length 116 feet 6 inch / 35.50m), some 73 laps ahead of the second place team. More details
Thanks to Lubos - SRC Brno for the story and photos
This beat the hardbody record of 233.3 miles set Chicago on 6/7 March 2010. Before that the record was 223.3 miles set on 6/7 June 2009 in Bruno. More details of the previous records.
The track and cars at Fenton, Michigan, April 2013
The record setting car and drivers at Fenton, Michigan, April 2013
|NOTE The very impressive distance of 375.07 miles was covered by an HO car in San Diego, California on 4/5 September 1994, however as far as we can establish this was not set in a race so is not recognized as a race record.|
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