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Real racing in miniature
BUILDING A FIELD OF DREAMS
When David Beattie’s career in sales and
marketing abruptly ended, he turned to
what he knew: slot cars and racing.
Little did he know back then that today
he would be building custom slot-car
tracks for companies and individuals
limited only by imagination, space and
budget. Together with a full-time team of
four model artists and fabricators,
Beattie’s creations are works of art as
well as marvels of engineering.
“I spend a lot of time with clients to
learn what they want, while guiding them
on what makes a great track,” he says.
If it’s based on a real track, Beattie scours
When you’ve reached a point where you
can splurge a little, or a lot, on your
passion for cars and racing, and you
happen to have a six-figure fun budget
plus some floor space to fill, call Slot Mods
founder David Beattie to create the
slot-car track of your dreams.
Beattie’s latest grand creation, dubbed
Conrad Speedway, was commissioned by
a self-made, midwestern gentleman with
a passion for Fords, Carroll Shelby and
1960s and ’70s car culture.
“I met with George Conrad to see
where the track would be located, not
realizing that I’d have my head under the
hood of nearly a hundred cars, including
an incredible collection of Shelbys,” says
Beattie. “He gave me a budget and a
footprint, then left the rest up to me.”
The result is a slot-car track that wends
its way through a landscape that not only
celebrates Conrad’s nostalgia for car
culture, but brings alive the sights and
feel of an America that was cool,
confident, and ambitious enough to
send men to the Moon, as well as cram
big-block, burbling V8s under hoods
measured in acres...
It also recreates places of Conrad’s
youth, including the drive-in movie theater
photos and videos for reference, and he’ll
watch in-car video for hours to get a sense
of elevation changes and other nuances.
Much of the labor falls on the team, but the
accuracy of the details stops with Beattie.
In the end, he says the goal for his clients
is no different than for someone who buys
a commercially-available, ready-to-race
track from, say, Carrera or Scalextric.
“Its about bringing family and friends
together to have a good time,” he says. “I
frequently hear from clients that the details
are less important than the opportunity to
spend time with their kids or grandkids to
share a passion from their own youth.”
Conrad Speedway is an all-American moment in time from a company taking slot-car tracks to new heights.
(ABOVE) Slot Mods’ hand-crafted tracks are built by a small, but incredibly
talented crew of artists and fabricators. If the track is an homage to an
actual circuit, getting a feel for elevation changes is crucial for realism.
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RECREATING A GOLDEN AGE
CALL ME WHEN IT’S DONE...
With client and track builder on the same page
as to what Conrad Speedway needed to be,
David Beattie and his Slot Mods crew were left
to their own devices during the build and install.