Randy Fowler: Cheetah
Randy Fowler has send these pictures of his Cheetah, always one of my own favorite cars.
I love how the chassis is built to follow the lines of the body. Great work, Randy!
Randy Fowler writes:
I started racing slot cars in the late 1950s. In 1962 a couple of guys in their 20s built a beautiful
high-banked roadcourse in the small town of Lake Orion, Michigan, 40 miles north of Detroit
(Jimmy Hoffa's summer home). That's where I grew up. I entered my first race there and came in third place
with a Dyn-o-charger chassis, with a Ferrari Fiat body that I had bought with allowance money.
My age was 12! From there I moved to other tracks in the area
like Tom Thumb Raceway on Woodward Ave. Also there was a track on Dixie Highway in Drayton Plains
that I can't remember the name of.
I have owned almost ever car as they came out - you name it, I've owned it. The tracks I raced at sold most
of the types of cars you see on e-bay today. I'm amazed they still exist.
Even though the new stuff is fast, I enjoy the vintage cars simply because they are still three dimensional.
I still like to spend time figuring out ideas and building them.
I now live in Rockford, Michigan. We have a nice track 20 some miles away - I'm just happy we have one.
Only three tracks left in Michigan that I know of. Middleville is where the track is, anyone is welcome.
Chicago is too far except for a couple times a year, but worth the drive, with the tracks that are there!