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(Gothamist)   If you were planning on visiting the last remaining slot-car parlor in NYC, too late. The owners who ran a business full of runny nose kids didn't believe in vaccines. Since this is Fark, you probably can guess the rest   (gothamist.com) divider line
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2022-01-16 10:07:10 PM  
"When will they ever learn? When-will-they eh-ver learn?"
/Where have all the idjits gone? Co-vid passing...
 
2022-01-16 10:26:43 PM  
Hope it all goes cheap
 
2022-01-16 10:31:04 PM  
I feel sorriest for the people who lose the entertainment that place might have provided.   The test result for the Anti-Vax Dead People just came back, though. 

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2022-01-17 12:20:06 AM  
Used to go to the Tom Thumb slot car tracks in Springfield, OR back in the mid 60's. Liked it much better then Crosstown raceways over in Eugene. Dad custom built his cars, I just had the Cox Chappell
 
2022-01-17 12:55:07 AM  
yeah, it is a shame, especially since it was completely avoidable.

'Buzzy was also very inspiring, believing that slot-car racing was a wonderful way to teach kids dexterity, sportsmanship, math and science all in one hobby!'

mmm, doubt it
 
2022-01-17 1:21:47 AM  
Without delving into shot of not. That place looked pretty cool in that video from 2014.
 
2022-01-17 2:18:35 AM  
Sad when the world's most predictable disaster hits you.
 
2022-01-17 2:19:27 AM  
Ruining one's own legacy just to own the libs.
 
2022-01-17 2:20:50 AM  
closed during the summer? damn that must have been tricky to pay the rent all year long.
 
2022-01-17 2:22:58 AM  
50,000 a year just in taxes.

Think about it. There's no way that place makes enough money to justify the tax bill. New York City is apparently run by cartoon villains who saw the first half of Disney's Robinhood and thought it was a good model for a tax plan.
 
2022-01-17 2:24:10 AM  
$4,000 a month in taxes for just being open on the weekend.  I can see why the son isn't continuing.
 
2022-01-17 2:24:15 AM  
They lost their family and their livelihood from having stupid, selfish anti-vaxx views. Do you think they will blame themselves for what they did and change their minds on vaccines now that it has directly affected them?

The sad part is that now another niche business that is unique and has given so many people such great memories over the years is now gone. Anti-vaxxers, this is part of what we mean when we say your selfish actions cause others to be hurt, in ways that you may not have intended, but people are hurt and saddened nonetheless.
 
2022-01-17 2:31:51 AM  
The crack whistle race sounds like it would be hilarious to watch.

Sad but not unexpected.

Wish I was closer so I could buy the track and easily transport it.
 
2022-01-17 2:32:37 AM  

Grauenwolf: 50,000 a year just in taxes.

Think about it. There's no way that place makes enough money to justify the tax bill. New York City is apparently run by cartoon villains who saw the first half of Disney's Robinhood and thought it was a good model for a tax plan.


Those wouldn't be sales/income taxes. That's most likely real estate taxes from owning the space, which are likely way low considering the value of the real estate. NYC doesn't just randomly charge taxes for nothing, and that son isn't selling because they're a massive burden - he's selling because it's an opportunity to cash out in a big way.
 
2022-01-17 2:36:43 AM  
I just posted in the thread below this, but it seems to fit here too.

All 3 of my vaxxed and boosted family including me got Covid. I had no symptoms, my 21 year old daughter was pretty sick for a week, and my wife got sick enough to go to the ER. They gave her steroids, she felt better while we waited, so we checked out. She is doing much better now. I think she may have died if she weren't vaccinated, since she has asthma and MS.
 
2022-01-17 2:40:19 AM  
FTFA:

The sale is going on at 69 Church Ave in Kensington, Brooklyn on Sunday until around 4 p.m.

lulz
 
2022-01-17 2:42:26 AM  
Back in my youth there was a big slotcar place a little too far from home for me to frequent. So i settled for  rocketry in both 7th and 8th grades. Mom made me take typing as well. Still use the typing skills 45 years later, firing rockets not so much...
 
2022-01-17 2:44:23 AM  

Rattlesnake Rattles Me: Ruining one's own legacy just to own the libs.


Admit it, though: you do feel pretty owned right about now.
 
2022-01-17 2:52:52 AM  

maxandgrinch: The crack whistle race sounds like it would be hilarious to watch.

Sad but not unexpected.

Wish I was closer so I could buy the track and easily transport it.


The local slot car place here sells the metal runners and has a bunch of free videos on building your own track.  The metal bits are $5/meter so it looks like it would get expensive fast.
 
2022-01-17 2:55:51 AM  

BadReligion: I just posted in the thread below this, but it seems to fit here too.

All 3 of my vaxxed and boosted family including me got Covid. I had no symptoms, my 21 year old daughter was pretty sick for a week, and my wife got sick enough to go to the ER. They gave her steroids, she felt better while we waited, so we checked out. She is doing much better now. I think she may have died if she weren't vaccinated, since she has asthma and MS.


You've all done the right thing for yourselves and for society.
 
2022-01-17 2:59:12 AM  
https://raceparty.com/latest-news/how-slot-car-racing-works#:~:text=Usually%2C%20slot%20cars%20have%20an,to%20slow%20down%20and%20stop.

Never heard of slot cars before. For anyone else here is an explanation
 
2022-01-17 3:17:46 AM  
When I was a kid, a Toronto hobby shop nearby had the world's largest slot car track. They even had an outdoor track they would setup for tournaments. Man, I miss that hobby shop. It sold huge plastic models of cars, nuclear submarines, had a zillion colors of model paint, etc. And it sold loose candy by the paper bag! It was like heaven on earth for a 10 year old.

Anyone from Toronto remember Rigby's hobby shop?  Rigbys
 
2022-01-17 3:24:24 AM  

skiinstructor: Back in my youth there was a big slotcar place a little too far from home for me to frequent. So i settled for  rocketry in both 7th and 8th grades. Mom made me take typing as well. Still use the typing skills 45 years later, firing rockets not so much...


Heh.  My parents were mostly standoffish when I was a kid, but my mom ordered me to take typing my freshman year in high school.  I was so pissed because, in my youthful inexperience, I thought typing was for girls.  But mom was right.  30 years later, despite being an honors high school student, typing and Spanish are the two subjects I can say I use damn near every day at work.  And if I hadn't been such a farking idiot at the time, I probably could have taken advantage of the fact that most of the students in my typing class were girls.  If only I could go back and have a stern conversation with 15 year old me...  That guy was such a buffoon.
 
2022-01-17 3:31:32 AM  
Ah, yes. The tackle box full of cars, parts and Tiger Milk. We also had enough track at home to build some really good race tracks. I liked the sidewinder models. At the track we tried to sling our cars off the track and break the window on the back door.

My dad had his car and one night he racer me and kicked my ass soooo bad. It turned out he soldered a stiff wire on the rear of the car so it wouldn't fishtail and took the curves like a demon.

We still have a track open here in my town.

Good times!
 
2022-01-17 3:32:47 AM  
Snot Car Racing
 
2022-01-17 3:36:33 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: And it sold loose candy by the paper bag! It was like heaven on earth for a 10 year old.

Anyone from Toronto remember Rigby's hobby shop?  Rigbys


Mollie's Traditional Sweetshop in Ludlow, my ends when I was a yout.
damn that takes me back
 
2022-01-17 3:36:38 AM  

hardinparamedic: Sad when the world's most predictable disaster hits you.


anyway
 
2022-01-17 3:42:29 AM  
Since this is Fark, you probably can guess the rest

He fixes the cable?
 
2022-01-17 3:53:45 AM  
Brother loved the slots on Rte 66/Main St in Bloomington, IL. It was next to the Flinchpagh-Kurth Funeral Home. Out of respect, the slots cut power when the casket was being loaded in the hearse and the cortege was forming up. Once the last funeral car left, the power came back on and the slots started running again. I forget the name of the slot-track. I don't forget, "Okay, lick your finger and put it in the slot, Kid. Heh-heh." The manager had to turn the breaker box back on. When we got home, I was still smoking a little bit. It's a good thing most people smoked in those days. Brother told Family I'd touched a cigarette in an ashtray. I didn't have sufficient vocabulary to fink on him.

For some reason, I could name any car. Brother took me along to the slots and bet strangers they could point at any car and I would correctly name it (I was under 5, at least not yet in Kiddygarden; he was drafted the year I turned 5), putting coin in pockets and maybe another turn on the track. He shared with me: ice creams or hot dogs. Dunno how I became a kind of idiot-savant about cars but even 60 years later, once I see a car, I can ID it. Go figure. Brother loved cars, so I mustve got from him. He constantly dragged me around car lots, new & used. I supposed I wanted to bond, so somehow I absorbed his interests. I liked winning the bets and being right, having the older kids be amazed I could tell the diff between similar models. He liked winning money but he was proud of me, too. At least, he jumped in the Fox River in Aurora, iL to save me from drowning when I was 3, so I had some value. Shortly after, he & Sister taught me to swim. ("If you wanna go to the park and feed the damn ducks, you'd better start kickin' & paddlin', Kid, ' cause I'm lettin' go in 3, 2, 1. Paddle, dammit! I told you not to swallow!") Once I had value, my life expectancy began to lengthen.

The year I turned 5, Brother was drafted, Sister went to University, and Father was transfered to Homestead, FL, and Mother & I went with. I never went into another slot-track. Dunno why. Just didn't have the appeal for me they had for Brother, suppose. Still, good memories, except for the drowning & electrocution bits.
 
2022-01-17 3:55:04 AM  
I remember places like that as a kid. That's a shame.
 
2022-01-17 4:05:14 AM  
What I really miss are pinball arcades. There were 5 close by to my college. I got so good at pinball, I used to gamble with other regulars, and it actually paid a substantial part of my food, books, and tuition. I even had to kick up to a guy who ran one arcade. lol
 
2022-01-17 4:29:25 AM  
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2022-01-17 4:32:39 AM  
"So hey, sorry you lost your business.  My business dried up due to overseas competition and rising prices, What actually happened to you business?"

"I refused to take a $free vaccine.  Trump 2024. "

"..."
 
2022-01-17 4:36:31 AM  

sinko swimo: closed during the summer? damn that must have been tricky to pay the rent all year long.


Given their own health nut status they just thought they knew better than doctors.
 
2022-01-17 4:38:08 AM  

Sam's Club Sandwich: They lost their family and their livelihood from having stupid, selfish anti-vaxx views. Do you think they will blame themselves for what they did and change their minds on vaccines now that it has directly affected them?

The sad part is that now another niche business that is unique and has given so many people such great memories over the years is now gone. Anti-vaxxers, this is part of what we mean when we say your selfish actions cause others to be hurt, in ways that you may not have intended, but people are hurt and saddened nonetheless.


No. They're dead. How could they?
 
2022-01-17 4:44:41 AM  
Maybe you should drive:  Heh.  My parents were mostly standoffish when I was a kid, but my mom ordered me to take typing my freshman year in high school.  I was so pissed because, in my youthful inexperience, I thought typing was for girls.  ...  And if I hadn't been such a farking idiot at the time, I probably could have taken advantage of the fact that most of the students in my typing class were girls.  If only I could go back and have a stern conversation with 15 year old me...  That guy was such a buffoon.

My sister had to take summer school and so I was sent along too and I ended up starting high school in the summer after 7th grade.  The only two classes I could take were art and typing so that is what I took.  The art class was about 10% male and the typing class had one other male.  Most of those students were not honor roll types.
 
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2022-01-17 4:49:12 AM  
Hot slot spot clots not got shot rot.
 
2022-01-17 5:30:27 AM  
Inconsolable: 

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2022-01-17 5:31:52 AM  
Slut car racing?
 
2022-01-17 5:35:00 AM  

Golden Brown Delicious: FTFA:

The sale is going on at 69 Church Ave in Kensington, Brooklyn on Sunday until around 4 p.m.

lulz


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2022-01-17 6:24:34 AM  
The owner, Delores Perri, passed away of Covid at 82 years old.

/the whole facts
//RIP you slot..... racer
 
2022-01-17 6:56:03 AM  

Lady J: yeah, it is a shame, especially since it was completely avoidable.



He was 86 years old.
 
2022-01-17 7:31:20 AM  
Grauenwolf:

Capitalism.
 
2022-01-17 7:32:33 AM  
The writing was on the wall for this place long before COVID. Any businesses that are arcade-like have been on the decline for years. The couple were both in their 80s. Even if they'd lived another 10-15 years the would almost certainly have had to retire sooner. The son obviously wasn't interested in keeping the business going. Who else was going to step in with a few million dollars to keep a slot car place open in NYC?
 
2022-01-17 7:43:46 AM  

billix0: The writing was on the wall for this place long before COVID. Any businesses that are arcade-like have been on the decline for years. The couple were both in their 80s. Even if they'd lived another 10-15 years the would almost certainly have had to retire sooner. The son obviously wasn't interested in keeping the business going. Who else was going to step in with a few million dollars to keep a slot car place open in NYC?


Misinformation.  Reported.

Re-education officers are on their way.  Your compliance is expected.
 
2022-01-17 8:06:58 AM  

Rattlesnake Rattles Me: Ruining one's own legacy just to own the libs.


Look, you can own a business or own some libs. One involves doing work and paying taxes. The other is pure fun and increases your penis size.

I know which one I'd go with. Seems like a fair trade to me!
 
2022-01-17 8:18:47 AM  
It was Beloit Bikes and Raceway for me in West Allis, Wisconsin. Place is long gone now but I had a lot of good times with my friends back in the early 80s. Hank, the owner, was a cranky old man but his kid was pretty cool with the customers.
 
2022-01-17 8:25:39 AM  

Lusiphur: NYC doesn't just randomly charge taxes for nothing


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2022-01-17 8:55:24 AM  
Are the Mothers And Fathers of Italian Americans swinging by to clear out their merchandise in the back? It was kind of them to help out the couple with the $50K tax bill and a business only open on weekends.
 
2022-01-17 9:12:17 AM  

Rattlesnake Rattles Me: Ruining one's own legacy just to own the libs.


Were they conservative nutjobs or health nutjobs?

The health nutters don't get the credit they deserve in this pandemic.  They are their own special breed.  I know a conservative and a lib, the two come together at a strong distrust for authority (and education though both are college educated) and an excessive faith in non-medicine. Loosely, I'd lump them as "off-grid," not necessarily living off-grid, but that is their ideal, raising free-range chickens and children.
 
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