Friday, July 27, 2018

In 1963, the slot car natl championships was broadcast on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the prize was a '63 T-Bird roadster, given away by Stirling Moss to a 12 yr old

the Aurora Plastics Corporation of West Hempstead, N.Y., was a major player in table-top racing of kids slot cars, and kicked off the Ford-Aurora Grand National Model Motoring Championships.

Well, kids toys had suddenly become big business in America... mini bikes, skates, go carts, etc.

Anyway, kids from Rapid City Nebraska made the finals in three, winning two of the five Ford-Aurora Grand National Model Motoring Championships run from 1962 through 1966.

the '62 finals were on the Today Show, won by 15 yr old, the prize was a T-bird. Sterling Moss was the race's honorary Grand Marshall.
the '65 finals, taped in Philadelphia were broadcast on the Mike Douglas Show., and the prize was a Mustang, the winner was a 14-year old ninth-grader

Both the Mustang and the Thunderbird have been bought by the one guy that appreciates their history as contest prizes for a slot car national championship, Bob Beers, an avid slot car hobbyist, specializing in Aurora HO cars.

He collects anything and everything related to the hobby that he can get his hands on, and is the author of  The Complete Color Guide to Aurora H.O. Slot Cars

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