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October 21, 2014

For the car guy who has everything

by Paul Daniel

It’s official my and Mark’s slot car tracks are crap

Slot mods tracks, slot car tracks, slot cars, neiman marcus, neiman marcus christmas gift bookWhen I worked with Mark at Kalmbach Publishing he and a couple of other guys there got me into slot car racing. They gave me one crappy car and I was hooked. What car guy wouldn’t be? I was sucked in and started buying more cars off eBay. Most of the other guys I raced with had tracks and of course I had to build one. Mine is a much smaller replica of Road America, a track Mark and I both love and have driven on multiple times. I was happy with it until I saw this track pictured on the left.

And I started having track envy

Slot mods tracks, slot car tracks, slot cars, neiman marcus, neiman marcus christmas gift bookThis is no ordinary track. It’s over the top. Built by Slot Mods USA, a Detroit-based company that builds exquisitely detailed, handcrafted slot-car racing tracks. Sure is and not cheap. Slot Mods USA tracks start at $75,000 (plus shipping and installation). For that you could have a detailed replica of legendary racetracks such as Le Mans, Monaco, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca, Riverside, Road America and Watkins Glen. Measuring 12- by 20-to-30-foot tracks come complete with elevation changes, banked corners, real aluminum Armco guard rails, signage, bridges, iconic buildings, foliage, and other unique elements. Included are period-correct slot cars, pit crews and grandstands, along with integrated in-track cameras that display the action on mini-screens immersing slot-car enthusiasts into the on-track action. You think?

What guy wouldn’t want this for Christmas?

Slot mods tracks, slot car tracks, slot cars, neiman marcus, neiman marcus christmas gift bookYou can find it in the 2014 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book known for high-end gifts. This fits right in. Titled the Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway and priced at $300,000, it includes a re-creation of the buyer’s fantasy track (Mine would be Road America) along with an inaugural race night party co-hosted by racing legends such as Vic Elford and David Hobbs. Hobbs has a Honda dealership here in the Milwaukee area. I’ve met him a couple of times and he is super nice. Neiman Marcus is donating $3,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports youth arts education, for every Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway purchased. Crap I need to win a big Powerball! The pictures are great but check out the video. Prepare for track envy and a lot of drooling. Keep some napkins nearby.

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