Craig Nothstine of Green Bay Wisconsin is a truly avid slot car racing enthusiast: He has remodeled his house with his childhood’s favorite slot car track in mind — the mythical and elusive Aurora Tub Track.
The modern recreation of the classic Aurora “Tub Track”, which got it’s name from the fiberglass upside down “tub” that is molded to house the track. The original Tub Track’s were made by Aurora and were built using Aurora plastic track sections, snapped together with pin & lock joiners to make a large 6 lane track
Craig commissioned his updated replica tub track to be custom built by Bryan Henden of Brystal Racing in Oregon. Brian builds custom routed HO scale tracks made of PVC plastic. The Brystal Racing tracks, made of just a few large sections of 4 or 6 lane track, with continuous metal rail for power, have a much smoother surface then the traditional plastic section track, allowing for much faster racing.
The track was built in Canby Oregon, then brought up to Sammamish Washington (near Seattle) where it was raced on at the annual Western States Championship race event, where Craig competed before taking his new track back to its new home to Green Bay.
I was lucky enough to get to race on the track, while there at the Western States Championships event at Gary Beedle’s Scale Auto / BSRT home/factory/warehouse “compound”. The track was not only a fantastic reproduction of a classic piece of nostalgia from my youth – but this track was also fantastic to race on!
The Nothstine house was inspired by Craig’s HO scale slot car racing hobby. Yellow bands that wrap around the house like a large-scale racetrack. The bands represent a loop-to-loop slot-car track. “There’s nothing like it on the planet,” architect Doug Garofalo once said. The project started because of leaky doors. The idea took off when Garofalo learned of Craig Nothstine’s lifelong passion for slot cars.
The local Green Bay TV news show “Good Day Wisconsin” did a nice story featuring Craig’s slot car racer’s dream house and track.
Check out the video below!
Read the Fox 11 story here:
“Slot-car” style home in Green Bay
by Emily Deem
Good Day Wisconsin, FOX 11 News
Another news video from “Offbeat America” featuring Craig Nothstine’s home and slot car tracks:
The home of a slot car racing enthusiast
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