SWISHER — Zip, click, zoom. Up, over and around. The little 1/32nd-size slot cars eat up the 10 curves on the 57-foot long track in less than five seconds, a scale speed of about 250 miles per hour.
No wonder guys like Jerry Hightshoe, 68, of rural Swisher have revived a hobby of their 1960s youth — slot car racing.
“I wanted this to be a true driver’s course,” says Jerry, retired administrator from the College Community school district, who started building his basement track in 2001. It was race-ready in a year but, as with model railroading, always seems to be a work in progress.
“We’re more into racing than the scenery,” says Bruce Gardner, 64, of Iowa City (right) who joined fellow slot-car racers Art DeArmond, 63, of North Liberty (left), Jerry (center) and Craig Margulis, 57, of Iowa City, in a recent practice session.
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