NASTE News for October

NASTE 2017 Second Saturday Series - Race No. 8
Saturday October 14, 2017

The NASTE Second Saturday Series returned to Portland on Saturday, September 9th at Hammer Time Speedway courtesy of Dorothy and Terry Abbott.

The ‘Speedway’ is a small, tight HO layout that though simple in design maintains a great amount of danger at most every turn.  A clean run is a matter of skill with a pant full of luck thrown in for good measure.

With a large field of sixteen racers in attendance the battle began with some of Terry’s dune buggies.  Looked more like we should be driving to the beach with a surfboard than racing.  But racing we were.  Amid the collisions that gives the track the look of a parking lot everyone wants to exit.


NASTE 2017 Second Saturday Series - Race No. 7
Wednesday August 30, 2017

The NASTE Second Saturday Series invaded Hillsboro on Saturday, August 12th.

The Penguin Point track is a 50+ foot analog track.  With some tight turns the accent is more on handling than all-out speed.

For tonight’s battle Monte had set out a set of Ninco GT’s for the opening salvo.  With small numbers in attendance Kleo Kitty came looking for track time and almost got some.  Eyeing the table he leaped into the air landing square upon the racing surface like a fur-footed Godzilla.  As luck would have it no cars were eaten, clawed, or otherwise damaged in his dynamic and dastardly display of cat-fury.  This would be the most ferocious event of the day.  


BRM Race Day at Rapid Raceway
Saturday June 17, 2017

Team NASTE will be hosting an open race day on June 24th for the 1:24 scale BRM cars at Howie's Rapid Raceway in Portland.  The day will feature an IROC race plus one or two individual races.  Some loaner cars are available - please contact us to make arrangements.

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NASTE 2017 Second Saturday Series - Race No. 2
Friday June 16, 2017

After some delay the long awaited second race of the new NASTE Second Saturday Series finally arrived in Hillsboro on Saturday, June 10th.

The Jacquelin Park track is a 50+ foot Carrera Digital track.  Digital racing allows for multiple cars in the same lane.  It can become quite intense and sometimes quite silly.  Finding the balance is sometimes important but it’s not always easy.

For tonight’s slug fest Monte had set out a set of classic Porsches – a pair of 917K coupes and a pair of 917-10 open cars.  The coupes were fast and tricky, the open cars felt more stable but since it’s IROC you get to race them all in turn.  The racing would be the standard local Saturday night fare – qualifiers with mains.  Monte’s idea.  However, there would be no fuel – Victoria’s idea.

Each driver would drive each car in a series of 25 lap qualifying heats.  At the conclusion drivers would be ranked by lap total with the lower four drivers running a 35 lap B Main.  The winner would be bumped up into the A Main with the remaining three drivers.  In each Main, the higher ranked driver would get choice of cars.

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2017 Second Saturday Series - Race No. 6
Sunday May 14, 2017

Another scheduled date, another actual race!

On Saturday, May 13th 10 hearty racers were treated to food, fun and frolic.  As for the hearty part – torrential rains made the trip to the start quite interesting with lakes appearing in the middle of intersections.  We forded a few on route.  Once there food caught your eye on the way to the track.  It was excellent as always.  Kelly never fails to disappoint.  Some very tasty pizza gave way to a selection of great cookies.  I felt guilty taking the last of the chocolate chips but when I returned later, more had magically appeared!  I did the only thing I could and had another one.

On the track, more magic.

For starters Autumn Hills is a beautifully detailed but somewhat tight circuit that will keep you on your toes.  Keep the car moving at speed and you’ll do well, scrub a little off on the bridges here and there, not so much.  But to be sure there’s no time to rest.

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2017 Second Saturday Series - Race No. 5
Sunday April 30, 2017

The fifth race of the new NASTE Second Saturday Series arrived as scheduled!  A stark reminder that both sickness and foul weather can play havoc with the schedule as both the second and third race had to be postponed for later in the season.  Never the less, on Saturday, April 8th we arrived at the home of Bob and Terry Nakamura for another evening of exciting racing on the big track.  Bob’s 4 lane Scalextric Sport track is the longest track we race on for 1:32 scale cars.  Gives them a little chance to stretch out.  Or not…

For the evening the surface seemed more like an ice rink or a backyard slip n’ slide as cars slipped, slid and careened all over the place.  It looked more like Saturday night at the Derby!

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NASTE 2017 Point Series Championship
Friday March 24, 2017

With four races to go in the championship, Chris Kouba extended his lead and grip on the title for 2017. Chris edged out Mitch Brooks by just 8/10ths of a lap for the Classic Sports Car Class win at Al's Rippin' Ridin' Raceway last night. That win extended Chris' lead over Dan Fritz in second place to eleven points. The Classic Sports Car Class will be raced in the final four races, and Chris Kouba's Ninco Corvette is very fast! Does anybody have anything to challenge Chris and his Vette? Things are definitely heating up!


Rapid Raceway March 18 NASCAR Race
Tuesday March 21, 2017

Rapid Raceway unveiled the new clear bodies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity races, as well as a new lap counting and timing system at the March 18th NASCAR and Can Am races. The new bodies for use in the NASCAR races are made by Pattos. The old computer had given up the ghost and was replaced by a newer model. The old SRT timing lap counting system could not be adapted for use with the new computer so it was decided to upgrade to new software. The system chosen was Race Coordinator which is a free download online. The only request from the designer is a charity contribution set up in honor of his son. Race Coordinator is a fantastic system with many options. It is fully customizable for various race formats and other features. For Rapid Raceway's application we chose to run the software through Trackmate hardware. Trackmate is another excellent lap counting and timing software and includes all the necessary hardware to get a track up and running.  

As for the race itself, it went off without a hitch, everything performed perfectly! A few adjustments and tweaks were made during the race, but there were no issues interrupting the racing. In the NASCAR race Beau and Gearloose tied with 384 total laps. It was decided to use the average lap times setting in the software to break all ties. Beau's faster average lap times thus gave him the win over Gearloose. Bob Nakamura was third with 373 laps.  Gearloose came back to win the Can Am race.  

You can see the results and more photos in the Forum under Rapid Raceway.


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Welcome to NASTE

NASTE provides slot car hobbyist’s with opportunities to further their interest in slot cars through social gathers as well as structured race programs. NASTE also connects with other clubs which provides even more options for racing.

NASTE was established in 1996 by a small group of slot car racing enthusiasts in the Portland, Oregon area that wanted something different. At first we raced on a short, 3 lane routed 1/24 scale track. The racing was intense! Click here to view the original site. Soon we expanded adding more tracks to the racing schedule.

Our goal is to make our racing inexpensive, with the main focus being on having FUN! Besides, we have learned that low tech can be very competitive! So, check out our cars and tracks and drop us a line if you have any questions or comments. And if you're in our local area, feel free to join us. You are more than welcome.




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