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Alan R

Jersey City, NJ

#22 Feb 9, 2012
Upon reading these posts, I cant help but become sentimental about the amount of time I spent at Tiny Tim's and it was a lot of time. As a kid, I loved the slot cars but Tiny Tim's also had the best selection of model cars around. Man do I miss that place, they just dont make them like that anymore.
I distinctly remember finally being able to be big enough to race on the big track. Once that goal was reached I distinctly remember deliberately trying to race my car so fast that it would launch itself off the track into turn 1.
Good times.
Mark Duncan

United States

#23 Jul 30, 2012
I too went to tiny Tim's on Woodward the tracks I raced on were the imperial , monarch and the Windsor before there was a track that had steering wheels I raced a pretty fast car group 15 motor silicone tires also bought rocket supplies miss those good old days 60's early 70's
jerry

Westland, MI

#24 Nov 1, 2013
Dave,
where was it located, exactly? Do you have any pictures of it? check out facebook - woodward avenue - back in the day. thanks, mayor jerry
Paul Smallwood

Mesa, AZ

#25 Dec 12, 2013
what a wonderful place to go...I WAS INTO THE MODEL ROCKETS AND MY FRIEND WAS DOING THE SLOT CARS...WPOULD SPEND ALL DAY STAURDAY WATCHING THE BIG BOYS RACE THEIR CARS...THANKS TO YOUR DAD FOR HAVING SUCH A COOL PLACE...I WAS THERE CIRCA 1970
BobR

Ann Arbor, MI

#26 Mar 22, 2014
I used to go to Tiny Tim's on my lunch hour with friends from work and race HO slotcars with them. Then a friend talked me into getting into the larger cars and we used to go there on race night and take all the blue ribbons.(It was one of the few things I was actually good at.) They finally asked us to stop entering so someone else could win for a change... that was a really great place to spend some time and make some friends.

I also joined the model rocket club that was sponsored out of Tiny Tim's (the "Wolverine Rocketeers of Detroit") and made some lifelong friends there too.

Miss those days...
garyH

Royal Oak, MI

#27 Oct 24, 2014
Dave L wrote:
My family owned Timy Tim's and we closed the place in 1985 after 20years of being in business. The only commercial that I recall was one we made for the Oak Drive-in advertising our store. We sold the tracks to a couple of guys in Detroit who were going to open a store but never heard if they did or not. The reason my dad opened the store was because he wanted a nicer place for kids to go to than the Grove in downtown Royal Oak. The Grove didn't care if you swore or smoked and my dad didn't like that, thus Tiny Tims, a place you could bring the whole family.
Do you have any photos of Tiny Tims?
Tom

Royal Oak, MI

#28 Jan 5, 2015
Just ran across this ancient thread. Don't know if anyone is still looking.

I worked at Tiny Tim's in 1973, I bought your old slot car boxes Dave. Laverdiere I think it was your last name, your dad hired me when Rod was managing. I was the repair department and set up racing that year. I enjoyed the job and people. Good to hear from you.
FireCapt56

San Antonio, TX

#29 Mar 22, 2015
Yes, back in the 60'S we were there on Saturday's. It was on the corner of Main & California I believe. Those were the days my friend.
FireCapt56

San Antonio, TX

#30 Mar 22, 2015
c-drake and company wrote:
can anyone also remember the "Groove" that was on Main Street??? Those were also very-fine memories of further-back,slot-car racing...60's? I've missed that place for many,many years. Goes back towards the 60's!!! P.S., I miss you, Carrol Ann (DRAKE),Waldrop...my beloved Baby-Sister! Charlie
Main Street & California I believe. They also had a drag strip track along the south wall. Loved it!
bruff1art

Hartland, MI

#31 Oct 1, 2016
NORTONRON wrote:
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Yep---I remember THE GROOVE. I remember the drag strip on the south wall of that place.I remember all the tracks being powered by car batteries to provide customers with maximum amperage for those rewound motors that were fine tuned and balanced. Good Times!
Hey, not only do I remember The Groove, with the American roadcourse (home of the Saturday Morning Race Series) as well as the Figure 8 and Dragstrip (which I don't remember ever seeing used!) My brother and I raced there every Saturday from 1964 until the early 70's. The guy that ran the place (John Cook) had the patience of Job!!! We had Dana Rewinds, and Lentz Armatures, my brother began rewinding his own and they were the fastest things there (many of the adults used to buy or pay Greg to build cars and motors for them, he put those skills to good use becoming a renown plastic surgeon as well as inventor of medical products!!! All from a 60's slot car nerd&#128514;)

I remember Timy Tim's as well, many tracks, one that had steering wheels and gas pedals hooked up somehow, and a cool HO track. Of course I also remember my first new bike ever (2 speed kick back Schwinn Stingray Electric Blue) was stolen from out front while I was in the store one day!

How about Speed-A-Go-Go on 12 mile in Berkley???
Pete-G-Waterford -mi

Detroit, MI

#32 Oct 18, 2016
NORTONRON wrote:
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Yep---I remember THE GROOVE. I remember the drag strip on the south wall of that place.I remember all the tracks being powered by car batteries to provide customers with maximum amperage for those rewound motors that were fine tuned and balanced. Good Times!
Yep-Me too. The grove. We used to put our Revell epoxy coated arms on the drag strip @ the 36 volt setting. Ofcorse dad & myself Fantastic unforgettable memories. My kids & others need something like this.

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