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H.O Racing Today

By Chase Ellis & Adam Moneypenny
Talking about all things H.O Slot Car Racing.
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E24: HOPRA National Championships Preview w/ Nick Kanan
Hello everyone! We are back from our extended hiatus with a very special preview episode for the upcoming 46th Annual HOPRA National Championships in Aurora, Ohio from June 21st to the 26th! In this episode, me and guest co host Nick Kanan cover the basic overview of what HOPRA is, what the national championships are and notable story-lines coming into this year. We also make our predictions on who is going to win each of the National Championship and Support classes. Lastly we give our goals for the Nationals this year! This episode is dedicated to the memory of Tom Shepherd, Sam Heller, Mike Sidwell and James Kennedy. The Nationals will be dedicated to them as well, and they will be dearly missed by the H.O and HOPRA community.  The National Championships will be held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio at 600 N Aurora Rd. Feel free to come by if you are in the area June 21st-26th and watch the races! If you can't attend, the races will be livestreamed on the RPMs and Eddie Delfin's YouTube channels here (click each of the links then go to the Videos tab on the channel pages to see upcoming livestreams): HOPRA: 46th HOPRA Nationals race schedule: I'd like to thank Nick Kanan for being a great co host and best luck to him in his races at the Nats! We'd also like to thank all of the sponsors that support HOPRA - your support is greatly appreciated! Check out a list of sponsors on the HOPRA home page by toggling the Nationals tab then clicking 2021 & scrolling to the bottom of the page. You can access each of the sponsor's websites / Facebooks by clicking their logos. 
June 20, 2021
E23: The 24 Hours of Katz Spa Ring & Bowman Tracks w/ Brad Bowman
Hello everyone! I apologize for the late episode as family and work have gotten very busy during this time. This week we welcomed Brad Bowman of Bowman Tracks onto the podcast to discuss his business and the story of the Katz Spa Ring in which he hosts the annual 24 Hours of Katz Spa Ring. I then reflect on the year of 2020 around the hobby and offer a sneak peek into the COHORA Winter into Spring schedule for 2021 and the events set to take place around the hobby.  We want to dedicate this episode to John Cukras and Oscar Koveleski. John passed on the morning of November 30th 2020, and Oscar on December 29th. Both were big figures in our tiny hobby, and contributed a large part to the golden age of hobby in the 1960s. John is also responsible for designing the Tyco 440x2 chassis which became a force in HOPRA racing from the mid 80's to the early 90's, and someone a lot of us racers looked up to. Oscar was a Sports Car Club of America Hall of Famer who founded AutoWorld, a mail order catalog specializing in slot cars, RC cars and models which was an essential pathway for many racers to get parts in the 1960's, and continued to promote and support the hobby up until his unfortunate passing. We all here at H.O Racing Today would like to send our sympathies to their friends and family, and their legacies will live on.
January 14, 2021
E22: The TJetClub, HOSERS and Future of the Hobby w/ Doug Napier
Hello everyone! We are very sorry for the belated upload so we decided to gift you all an hour long episode! This week we welcomed Doug Napier of the TJetClub on for a very special episode highlighting his company TJetClub, racing with the HOSERS racing club and the future of H.O racing among the younger generation and what needs to be done to keep this awesome hobby alive. A recap of COHORA's current Fall into Winter 2020 season is given and the rise of the WizJet chassis in the COHORA Mod T-Jet class. A technical analysis is also given of the difference between the COHORA Stock T-Jets and Skinny Cup classes, as well as a LifeLike body clip sold by Harden Creek COHORA is set to use in the future. Check Doug's website, Facebook and YouTube channel below as new content is constantly uploaded every week: This episode is dedicated to Joe Laskowski, who passed away early this morning. Joe was a big part of the Great Lakes Slot Car club and attended the Ohio Cup on multiple occasions. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and always had a smile on his face at the track. We send condolences to his friends and family during this immensely difficult time.  TJetClub Website: Facebook:    (Live Auction every Monday night!! 6:30 pm CST / 8:30 pm EST)  YouTube: Harden Creek LifeLike body clip (Terry also sells Tyco / AFX / Tomy body clips as well):
December 01, 2020
E21: The 1962 Ford-Aurora Grand Nationals & Vibrator Chassis w/ Henry Harnish
Hello everyone! We'd like to welcome back to Episode 21 of the H.O Racing Podcast. This week I welcome 1962 Ford-Aurora Grand Nationals champion Henry Harnish to discuss his 1962 Nationals win and the strategies and mechanical tricks he used to win. We also discuss him getting back into the hobby after a 35 year hiatus and some culture shock he experienced when reentering the hobby, and the difficulties of tuning a Vibe chassis and using the old school Aurora steering controllers. After I give a slight update on future news on the fall COHORA season.  This episode is dedicated to all 9/11 victims and their families. We will never forget you and sending all thoughts and prayers to you.   Be sure to check out Henry's website for a treasure trove of information on the 1962 Aurora Nationals: Also check out One Stop Slot Shop for all of your racing hop up needs: Information on the Vibrator cars discussed: North Jersey H.O Slot Car Racers: COHORA:
September 12, 2020
E20: Technical Analysis of Life Like & Tooling w/ Terry Flynn
Hello everyone! We'd like to welcome you all back for a very special 20th episode of the H.O Racing Today podcast. This week me and special guest co host Nick Kanan welcomed Terry Flynn of Harden Creek Slots Cars, LLC back on the podcast for a more technical themed episode around Terry's various projects and updates surrounding the Life Like brand. Terry also gives a breakdown of the tooling acquired and missing during his purchase of Life Like from Walthers, and a sneak peek into the continued development of the Super 7 chassis. We also talk about the new media direction and marketing the hobby needs to expand the audience and the rise of 3-D printing in the prototyping process. Nick and Chase also give updates surrounding the hobby of HO racing and Chase gives a recap of last week's COHORA race at Ron's. Check out Harden Creek below as they offer a great selection of aftermarket parts along with informative technical videos and set reviews.  Hey all - I hope to get back on a consistent uploading schedule soon, school and work has been busy for me, Adam and Nick and we hate not making content for you all. We have alot of exciting ideas and cannot wait to share them with you all. Stay safe, healthy and happy racing! -Chase  Harden Creek Slot Cars  YouTube: Website: Facebook:
August 16, 2020
E19: The 1972 Twinn K Nationals and Early HOPRA Racing w/ Herb Henson Sr. & Mark Rosenwinkel
Hello everyone! This week Chase talks with Illinois HOPRA legend Herb Henson Sr. and also welcomes Mark Rosenwinkel on as a guest cohost. Today we discuss Herb's early days in racing in Flora, IL and the early days of HOPRA, along with discussing Herb's 3rd place finish in the 1972 Twinn K Nationals and hosting of the 1977 HOPRA National Championship in his hometown in Flora. We also discuss his infamous magnet pan car and his work in the community of Flora as he has been a mentor to many young men in his lifetime. After Chase gives the COHORA Recap of the Week.  We want to send our biggest condolences to the family of Tom Shepard as he passed away June 21st from a heart attack at 52 years old. Tom sat on the HOPRA board of directors, was a 4 time National Champion and was well known for his slot car tires. His wife Melissa and him had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. You can donate to Melissa and his son Jordan here: COHORA Facebook: HOPRA website including a NEW history section:
June 29, 2020
E18: Harden Creek, Life Like and Future Marketing w/ Terry Flynn
Hello all! This week we are honored to welcome Harden Creek Slot Car owner Terry Flynn onto the podcast to discuss his business, the acquistion of Life Like Racing by Harden Creek, and the future of the hobby in marketing to the younger generation. We also welcome Nick Kanan of NKSlots on as guest co host as we also break down the iRacing H.O Invitational series race at Texas and a sneak peek into the final week of Season 1 and the upcoming schedule for season 2. We also recap the COHORA series race that occurred on June 12th and give race results. We really enjoyed making today's podcast and it opened up some new topics we'd love to cover in the future! Note: I just realized later in the podcast that Terry's mic was malfunctioning to the point that it was fading out and skipping. We had conducted a test before the podcast and it did not have an issue. I also mispronounced Nick's last name which I mention at the start of the podcast. I'm sorry guys! - Chase  Check out Terry's company Harden Creek: Check out Nick's Twitch channel and slot car page:  COHORA Facebook:
June 14, 2020
E17: The Coronavirus Challenge, iRacing and Catching Up
Hello everyone! We are finally back after a two month hiatus due to school and other obligations. We are super excited to be back and this episode we go into detail on how the H.O hobby has been since the start of the pandemic and what events have been affected including an announcement about the 2020 HOPRA National Championships we talked about in Episode 2. We also go into depth on the Coronavirus Challenge held by Rusty Jackson, the H.O Invitational iRacing Series set up by Roger Porcelli, and the meeting held by COHORA and a sneak peek at our 2020 Summer Schedule. We also talk after about the Skinny Cup class and how they will drive on the track and the subject of armature winding. We hope to resume a consistent uploading schedule but school comes first for both of us. Thank you all for getting us to ONE THOUSAND total views as me and Adam really appreciate it.  Central Ohio HO Racing Association: Watch the iRacing Invitational Series here, Thursday nights at 8 pm EST( Also can watch previous races): Here are all of the sponsors to check out, and again thank you so much for all of the things they do for the hobby:  Hurricane Electric Motorsports Products: Viper Scale Racing: Wizzard High Performance: Harden Creek Slot Cars: BSRT: HOPRA: RPMS: DG Designs: H.O.S.T Racing Bodies: Marty Leslie (Great body painter!): Slottrak:
June 07, 2020
E16: The 1972 Parma Nationals and MaDD Products w/ Steve Medanic
Hello everyone! This week Chase welcomes Steve Medanic onto the podcast to talk about The 1972 Parma Nationals, 1980's HOPRA and how Steve's company MaDD Products became one of the largest HO body makers in the hobby, along with his advice to a new racer to the world of H.O Racing. Chase also then gives news on the 2020 Ohio Cup and what the future holds for the hobby.  Check out our official Facebook page! Check out Steve Medanic's Siberia Racing website: DG Designs Facebook: Viasue Lap Counters: COHORA Facebook:
April 01, 2020
E15: The 2020 Fray Recap, Stock T-Jet Challenge Preview and COHORA Catchup
Hello everyone! We apologize for the extended hiatus of the podcast as me and Adam had extended commitments with school and athletics. This week we recap the 2020 Fray in Ferndale which was dominated by Team St. Louis and Jeff Kraatz prevailing in the individual competition. We also discuss and preview the Stock T-Jet Challenge, although it is postponed until further notice due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus, as well as catching up on COHORA races that occurred during our hiatus including the race at Dean Ruppel's Roll The Dice Raceway last night!  We are also pumped to welcome DG Designs as our first ever podcast sponsor. DG specializes in controller skins, airbrushing, and various graphic design and sticker production. We both really like their products and customer service and we encourage you all to check them out for all your custom graphics needs! Give them a like and follow on their Facebook page here: Give our Facebook a like and follow! COHORA Facebook: Best wishes to all of our viewers worldwide on the coronavirus situation. We hope everyone stays safe and well amid this unfortunate situation.  
March 16, 2020
E14: Late 70's HOPRA w/ Mark Rosenwinkel
Hello everyone! This week Chase welcomes Mark Rosenwinkel to the podcast to discuss being elected as the first National Director of HOPRA from 1979-1982, the differences of being a National Director then and now, the transition to multiple racing classes from only one, the idea of a 50th anniversary HOPRA showcase at the 50th annual National Championships in 2024, the idea of a HOPRA Hall of Fame, a reunion of the Illinois HOPRA group he raced with, and personal life and life lessons he learned while being apart of the hobby he loves. After Chase gives a double COHORA recap of Charlie Benson's Stock T-Jet race held on February 15th, and Ron Lewis' 12 Volt race that took place yesterday.  Need a race promoted? Interested in being a sponsor of H.O Racing Today? Shoot us an email to  Check out our Facebook and request to join! Check out the COHORA Facebook for race results: Check out HOPRA's website which Mark is helping to create a more in depth history section:
February 23, 2020
E13: Disenchanted: The Aurora Super II
Hello everyone! This week Chase gives a history lesson on the Aurora Super II and the story of how it went from a promising prototype to a disappointing production car, and how the car has gained a collector's status as one of the most sought after cars in the H.O hobby. He also goes on to recap on the COHORA race held at Eddie Ball's Full Bunny Raceway, and future insight into next week's race at Charlie's Speedway.  Disenchanted: disappointed by someone or something previously respected or admired; disillusioned. 1972 Parma Nationals article by Carl Dreher: Super II basic information: COHORA Facebook: Check out our Facebook:
February 10, 2020
E12: The Basics (And Types!) of T-Jet & AFX Pancake Magnets
Hello everyone! This week Chase goes over all of the magnets Aurora released for their Thunderjet line and AFX lines of slot cars, as well as some tips on finding the pair of magnets for your build. After, the second race of the 2020 C.O.H.O.R.A Winter to Spring Series is recapped along with the top three points standings.  Note from Chase: I could not find the VHORS site, as it might have been discontinued. article: Podcast Facebook: COHORA Facebook:
February 03, 2020
E11: The Rise of CNC Routed Tracks
Hello everyone! This week Chase and Adam go over the brief and recent history of CNC Routed tracks in the world of H.O scale racing and highlight multiple leaders in the industry! They also go into plastic track and the creation of a figure 8 intersection compatible with Tomy track, as well as a recap of the test and tune held at Sean Moneypenny's Pocono trioval MaxTrax layout in Lancaster, Ohio, involving alot of Stock T-Jet Indy racing and a few other classes. Rules changes and votes were also held regarding the Stock T-Jet Indy class and are discussed.  Check us out on Facebook! : C.O.H.O.R.A Facebook: Check out some plastic track layouts at!:
January 28, 2020
E10: Early 70's HOPRA w/ Pat McGee
Hello everyone! This week Chase and Adam welcome special guest Pat McGee onto the podcast to talk about the 70's HOPRA scene and the creation of the HOPRA Gravity Unlimited class, and the discovery of magnetic downforce, as well as the art of scratch building and the idea of a 50th anniversary of HOPRA showcase. After Chase and Adam cover the season opener of the 2020 Winter into Spring schedule held on Steve Roehll's 77 foot Tomy track “S&J Raceway” that has been up and running since 1992.  COHORA Facebook: HOPRA Facebook: Podcast Facebook: 
January 19, 2020
E9: 2020 Plans and TSS HOPRA Recap
Hello everyone! This week Chase goes over the 2020 plans for H.O Racing Today including a new logo and event plans, as well as a recap of the Tri-State Southern HOPRA group race that took place yesterday at John McCain's, where they raced 12 Volts and HOPRA Spec Racers.   Note from Chase: I also forgot to mention that Steve's Mod T-Jet COHORA race on the 18th has been cancelled.   Podcast Facebook:  Tri State Southern HOPRA Facebook:  COHORA Facebook:
January 12, 2020
E8: The History of Johnny Lightning / AutoWorld Slot Cars
Hello everyone! This week Chase and Adam discuss the history and origins of the Johnny Lightning and AutoWorld Thunderjet and X-Traction chassis. They also discuss their experiments with them and compare both to an Aurora tub and plate, as well as the idea of an AutoWorld/Johnny Lightning class for COHORA. They also dive into the COHORA winter meeting held last night and the rule changes that took place, as well as a look into the 2020 COHORA Winter into Spring race schedule.  The Ohio Cup Facebook : Stock T Jet Challenge: Podcast Facebook:
January 05, 2020
E7: RPMS and Second Generation Racers w/ Roger Porcelli
Hello everyone! This week Chase welcomes special guest Roger Porcelli onto the podcast to discuss his start in slot car racing, his first start in the HOPRA Nats at only 15 years old, and the start of his company, Roger Porcelli Motor Sports. They also dive into his most cherished moments and memories with his father and industry legend Tony Porcelli and his thoughts on being one of the only second generation slot car racers in the hobby. After, Chase recaps last week's C.O.H.O.R.A race and current points standings due to an unexpected off week. We hope everyone has a safe and happy new year and leave us a comment on our Facebook page on your new years or slot car new years resolution! RPMS Website: Register for the 2020 HOPRA Nats: Podcast Facebook Page:
December 29, 2019
E6: The Tyco Pro and Designing Chassis w/ Pat Dennis
Hello all! This week we welcome Pat Dennis onto the podcast to discuss his experience designing the Tyco Pro and working for Tyco from 1968-1976. we also discuss his involvement with designing the SpeedTrack line of slot cars for Matchbox and how he was introduced to the hobby. We also discuss the Jim Buffington race and the crazy experiment we did after the race was done.  Check out an article detailing the complete history of the Tyco Pro including some additional stories from Pat: Facebook Group: User Support:
December 15, 2019
E5: The Basics (And Types!) of Pancake Armatures
Hello All! This week Chase goes over the basics of slot car armatures and the different arms Aurora and AFX produced over time. He also goes over the C.O.H.O.R.A race held on Saturday and goes over the COHORA points standings as two races remain on the winter schedule.  HOSlotCarz T-Jet Armature Guide: HOSlotCarz AFX Armature Guide: H.O Racing Today Facebook:
December 08, 2019
E4: The Local Racing Scene
Hello all! This week we go into the subject of the local racing scene around the United States, highlighting clubs and hobby shops around the nation.  and their role in keeping the H.O Racing hobby going. Please check these hobby shops and clubs out, especially the hobby shops, as they need the We also go over our Thanksgiving breaks, the COHORA points standings, and get insight from Adam on the test and tune session that replaced this week's cancelled race at Ryan's.  H.O Racing Groups Map: Podcast Facebook: COHORA Facebook: Cleveland hobby shop Bad L Hobby  was the victim of an afterhours break in and robbery (They need as much support as they can get!):
December 03, 2019
E3: The History of HOPRA and the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Aurora & AFX w/ Joel Pennington
Hello everyone! This week Chase welcomes special guest Joel Pennington onto the podcast to discuss his beginnings in slot car racing and the beginnings of HOPRA and the formations of classes such as Neo-Modified and Gravity, along with the first National Championships events held in the mid 1970s. They also discuss the rise of Aurora and the Thunderjet chassis with the help of the Baby Boomers, Aurora's continued innovations with their AFX line, and the cause of their fall, along with their recent rebirth with the customer base they previously connected with. We also look into the subject of the fourth episode, the rise of home CNC routed tracks, and the subject of how the Gen Z and millennial generations are lacking mechanical skills that their previous generations had.  We are now available on major podcast platforms Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play Podcasts! Just search H.O Racing or H.O Racing Today.
November 24, 2019
E2: The 2020 HOPRA Nationals w/ Shawn Molter & Chris Rondo
Hello all! This week we are talking about the 2020 HOPRA Nationals that are to be held June 22nd-27th 2020 in Aurora, Ohio! We welcome special guests Shawn Molter and Chris Rondo to discuss the event and and answer questions we have for them. We also recap the weekly COHORA club race that took place at Howard's Hockey Highway and talk with our special guests about their other hobbies and what it feels like to to get hit by a slot car while marshaling.  You can register for the Nats and get information on classes, rules and hotel information here: Like us and follow us on Facebook here:  There was an audio issue for the first few minutes due to the headphones I was using. I unplugged them after realizing my audio wasn't being heard during the Facebook Live video that was being recorded at the same time. I lost Shawn's response to the first question which was "How did you get into slot cars?" He replied that he discovered a hobby shop in his local mall at 13 years old, and he noticed a slot car race going on in the hobby shop. He and his mom soon got into a conversation with those that were racing, and got invited to a club race that was being hosted at one of the racer's houses. He went to the race with his dad, and he has been racing in club races and HOPRA races since.  Thank you so much for listening and Episode Three will be uploaded by next Monday! We apologize for the inconvenience the audio issue may have caused.   
November 19, 2019
E1: How We Got Into Slot Car Racing
Hello everyone! Today we talk about how we got into slot car racing, give a recap of the COHORA race that occurred on November 9th, status on our current projects, tips on how to maintain and restore slot cars,  a look into the future episode where we will talk on the subject of the HOPRA Nationals taking place in Aurora, Ohio from June 22-27 2020. We also talk about how the Magna-Tractions are an underrated chassis, as well as the ISRA Le Mans event that Team USA won, and the idea of expanding the Ohio Cup into an international T-Jet event.
November 11, 2019