NASTE News for June

Gearloose Memorial Race at Rapid Raceway
Monday June 10, 2024

"This was a fun day in honor of Gearloose ( Jan. 17, 1936-April 30, 2024 )

We finished the race, then the Pizza arrived (thanks to Sandy, my wife ) then a few stories from various racers about Gearloose, whose real name is: Gerlof Bernard Palfenier.

Then on to awards. We had a concourse which seldom happens here at Rapid and guess what? A car built by Gearloose won!

Thanks to everyone who came to make this a special day for remembering Gearloose, he definitely will be missed at the slot car tracks. He has been involved with slot car racing here in the Pacific Northwest steady since the '60's.

This is the last official race for Rapid for the 2024 season. Have a great summer everyone."


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PASER Even Thursday Racing at Rob's Redline Raceway in Vancouver!
Sunday June 09, 2024

PASER held an Even Thursday Race at Redline Raceway in Vancouver on June 6th.

With nine racers in attendance, we raced Womp and Flexi class cars.  A three-minute heat, one round format was used for the Womp race. The same format was used for the Flexi race with exception of the heats being lengthened to four minutes.

Bob "Nak Nak" made the clean sweep for the night, winning both races! 

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OSCAR Finale at Tom's World in Bend
Tuesday May 21, 2024

The Dale Earnhardt Memorial race was held May 18th at Tom's World Raceway in Bend, OR. This is the premier event for the OSCAR Race group each year. A huge turnout of 21 racers came to contest this yearly event to battle for the win.

Full Report here


Le Mans Race at Pelican Park in Eugene
Monday May 13, 2024

A Le Mans race for Flexi type cars was held for the first time at Pelican Park Speedway.

Pelican Park races are normally for "hardbody" style cars. Flexi's are something that never appealed to Pelican Parks founder, Doug Haynes! But everyone had to admit that the race was a success with everyone obviously having a good time!

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Saying Goodbye to Gearloose
Tuesday April 30, 2024

It is a sad day as local racers mourn the loss of another friend. Jerry Palfenier, or "Gearloose" as most everyone knew him, was the last of the Pacific Northwest's original slot car god fathers.

Gearloose was involved in most every aspect of 1/24 slot car racing and car building in the Northwest over the last 60 years! He along with Bob McFarland and Lee Dundas are credited with the establishment, popularity, and longevity of 1/24 slot car racing in Oregon.

Gearloose was actively racing right up to the end, winning his last race less than one month before his passing. He will be greatly missed!


Dennis Hart Passes Away
Tuesday April 09, 2024

Sadly, I must report the passing of Dennis Hart.

Dennis passed away on Feb. 22, 2024. He was a long time NASTE racer that not only brought us a great racing venue, but also introduced us to the Portland Adult Soap Box Derby.

We will miss Dennis and all the adventures he took us on!


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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.



Upcoming Events

NASTE Odd Thursday Race
Thursday June 13, 2024


  • / Polycar Classic
  • Group C *
  • Open
Doors open at 3:30 PM

* Denotes Point Series Race


PASER Even Thursday Race - Inslot's Checkered Flag Raceway
Thursday June 20, 2024

Doors Open at 5:00PM
Meet for Dinner at 3:30PM Shari's on Thurston.
Racing at 6:00PM for Womps & Flexis
Racing at 7:00PM for PASER NASCAR


Columbia Gorge Championship Race No.5 for Porsche 962 @ Springwater Raceway
Saturday June 22, 2024
Porsche 962 Challenge - Race #5. Springwater Raceway. 

Doors open at 8am, Tech 9:30, and race start at 10am.

 $15.00 fee includes lunch.


Aussie Day
Friday July 19, 2024

Aussie Day - marking our visit by Shayne Uren in 2023  


NASCAR Hardbody Race @ Pelican Park Springfield
Saturday July 27, 2024
Nascar/Hardbody race July 27th @ Pelican Park Springfield, Super 16D balanced base motor most rules are what Oscar series runs. 

Fee is $10.00 more info coming in the next couple weeks.