I started as a drag racer at my local track 4-State Raceway in Joplin Missouri. We started competing in an organized drag racing series backed by Eagle Distributing called,
“The Sportsman Challenge Series”. Each month beginning in September we would travel to different tracks and compete in heads up class racing. At the height of the series we traveled to 8 tracks and the competition was held on Saturday and Sunday. Points awarded for each round would be tallied at the end of the season with a winner for each class. Eagle Distributing would host a banquet for trophies and prizes.
In October of 1999 disaster struck and 4 State Raceway burned to the ground. The owners decided not to rebuild. We were in the beginning of another Sportsman Challenge Series with no place to race. We traveled to Tulsa to work on cars but this wasn’t much fun. So I decided I would open a slot car track. One year later in October of 2000,
”The Race Place” opened for business.
I opened the business with the idea of “Let’s have fun”. Anyone will tell you that running a slot car track is not easy and usually not a lot of money to be made. I wanted a really cool place to race slot cars, build models and just have fun! If it makes a profit that would be a bonus.
In 2006 I reorganized the business and created Tru-Scale Enterprises LLC. This would help protect and guarantee the success of, The Race Place. I moved the track to a new location in October of 2006, 1629 S. Main Joplin MO. 64801. This building has an all glass front and overall a better building. The only down side was that the building was too small for my Ogelvie 8 Lane LTD. We now have a small 4 lane oval and a scale 1000" drag track. The oval is great for Sprint Cars and Legends. Recently we built a “TRACTOR PULLING TRACK”, complete with working sled. Now we can really tear stuff up.!!!!!
We are a stocking dealer for Slixx Decals, Competition Resin, Top End Miniatures (Pro Mod Resin Mfg.), and products from Micro Mark. We carry over 200 different model kits. I even have a “Salvage Yard” section, for kits and parts. I am a believer in inventory. If you don’t have parts to sell your customers they can’t build new cars!!! I often will ship parts to racers because their local track won’t stock parts. ???
Rob Plane has been one of my loyal racers over the years and when he started to make lexan drag bodies my first thought, ”How Cool"!!! Rob has a true love for drag racing and he really tries to provide a quality detailed drag body! He is not using a cookie cutter approach to his designs. Rob has now formed his own business, ”Straight Lines Racing”. All of his bodies are available from local race tracks thru Eagle Distributing. We do a lot of bench racing at the shop and you can count on Rob to come up with more COOL bodies in the future.
I have made a lot of friends while racing slot cars and look forward to meeting more racers in years to come. If you are ever in Joplin Missouri look us up at...
1629 South Main - Joplin, MO. - 64801
Shop hours are
TU-6-9, THUR-6-9, SAT-3-11 or when ever we get done.
We drag race on Saturday night!
*** 417-781-7568 ***