— Who, What, Where, When, Why? —
Scratch32 is a private group of 1:32 scale model slot car hobbyists who all share a focus on:
- building one of a kind highly detailed and historically accurate models;
- building one of a kind performance driven chassis for their models;
- presenting those models as part of a historically representative grid;
- knowing and sharing the history and providence of their models, the drivers and events in which they participated; and
- racing those models in an exciting yet ‘gentlemanly’ manner with like minded competitors on a fully scenerized layout, specifically The RING.
The models are the stars of this show – but they must be raced to have standing. Every model represents a ‘token’ lapping on a circuit ‘game board’. Every celebration of racing is an ‘event’ worthy of thorough pre-race preparation and post race reflection. Building a highly detailed scratch built model takes time and for this reason merits doing the research, planning the grid with registration and capturing the event with a poster and historical report. Our ‘on-line’ model database registration form makes registration and reporting much easier and provides valuable information which should become a useful resource that takes the guesswork away for any novice scratch builder.
Scratch32 recognizes that model car racing is a rewarding hobby involving much more than just racing a model or vintage ‘toy car’ on a race track. It is a ‘team’ hobby and everyone contributes to the extent that they can for the enjoyment of all. Information and assistance are readily offered and questions always welcome. Efforts to customize, paint and decal bodies and fit those bodies onto scratch built chassis will be shared and compared, both on and off track. Check out our Resources sub-forum in our Forums area (click here) for helpful information and links provided by our participants. Topics on specific builds can be found in our Scratch Built Models sub-forum (click here).
Remember too that aesthetics need not be sacrificed for performance – nor performance for aesthetics. Furthermore, while honesty, pride and self restraint have worked so far to help ensure a level playing field (this is rare with most groups that race) Scratch32 continues to reward those qualities with a set of simplified rules covering all classes spanning the greatest eras of motor racing. Our rules encourage innovation and experimentation with very few limitations. To be eligible every chassis OR body must be ‘scratch’ built by the racer but our goal is to move towards a combination of both scratch built chassis and customized bodies. Models with custom chassis, kit bashed bodies, custom paint and self printed decals are now beginning to emerge – and reinforce our ultimate goal.
Our online calendar is split into three seasons:
- Fall (Sept – Dec);
- Winter (Jan – Apr); and
- Summer (May – Aug).
Events will be scheduled as often as possible. Ad hoc happenings of interest to any scratch building hobbyist are also scheduled – such as shows and workshops. Consult our calendar for upcoming events, shows and workshops and plan accordingly.
For historical photographs or other original resources please visit our Historical 1:1 sub-forum.
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