ECHO Racing season opens in Urbana

By Phil Smith

The Urbana Lions Club is taking steps to ensure youngsters get off the couch, step away from the video games and use their tactile skills for something a bit more tangible — and if they experience the thrill and excitement of competition and racing, all the better.

The decades-old hobby of slot car racing is well into its second decade in Wabash County, according to Michael Snell, coordinator of such a program going on over the next several months in the Urbana Community Center.

“This is our 12th season,” said Snell Jan. 15 during the first of several events featuring 1:87-scale slots cars designed to mirror famous vehicles of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The events are labeled ECHO, which stands for Electric Cars, H-O scale. The H stands for half, but the origin of the letter O is a bit ambiguous. The cars are one-87th the size of the original.

Posted on 2022 Jan 19