Originally posted by Roger Clark at ny1.com
There is no finish line in sight for a slot car raceway in Brooklyn, the only one left in the city. They have been running miniature race cars there for more than half a century. NY1's Roger Clark checked it out:
Buzz-o-Rama is named for its owner, Frank "Buzz" Perri.
He opened this slot car haven nearly 52 years ago on Church Avenue in Kensington, when there were nearly 50 others like it across the city.
"It was my hobby to begin with, and when they commercialized it I jumped right into it because I knew about slot car racing," said Perri said.
But, one by one, they closed, unable to compete with computers and video games for the attention of kids.
Now, Buzz-a-Rama is the last one standing. Frank Perri runs the place with help from wife, Dolores. "They come here, they have fun, it's simple, it's safe," he said.
Slot Cars run on electricty powered by a hand control. Nick Traina builds his own cars. He came here as a kid, and made a comeback when his nephew decided to get into slot cars, too, pleasently surprised his childhood haunt was still motoring.
"I called the phone number one day and he answered the phone. He said yeah, we're still open, I couldn't believe it," Traina said.
Buzz and Dolores say things can get get pretty wild at their track when kids of all ages are racing their cars. But if you get too wild, you can find yourself out on the street on Church Avenue.
"If they get out of line, they're outside, they can't come in. If they curse, if they use profanity, if they are going to bully anybody. No, you don't stay in here. This is not tolerated in here," Dolores Perri said.
That's the type of old school place it is. They're able to keep it open because they own the building, and don't have to worry about the rising rents that are a problem for many family owned businesses in the city.
There are no plans for a final checkered flag.
"You have to know my Dad to know that this is his passion. This is one thing that he said that he will keep these doors open until he takes his last breath," said Frank Perri Jr., the owners' son.
Adds his dad, "I'll be here forever. My wife tells me i'm going to live 'till 125. I listen to er because she's a nutritionist"
Which is good, so this piece of our past can keep racing into the future.