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Thanks for posting that link, I signed his guestbook too....
And although I never knew the man personally, he touched my young life in the mid-late 1960's, and provided many hours of enjoyment racing HO slotcars. And now, in my more senior years, I find similar enjoyment from his creations even today.
 

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One very interesting and accomplished designer and fabricator. He accomplished way more than could ever be mentioned in that brief obit. There is a lot to tell.

Don't mean to repeat myself, but there are a lot of great stories and facts about Derek Brand in Graham's book "Aurora Slot Cars,' like about how he made the first prototype DC t-jet, which included a commutator made out of a piece of formica pried off his desktop. He sent it to Aurora, and the R&D staff immediately burned it up trying it out on vibe AC current. The second try was sucessful, and the "ThunderJet 500 pancake motor" became history. Great read about a really amazing career, many pages' worth. The book is to the story of HO slot cars, with Derek Brand in the thick of it from the start, as HT is to building and customizing same - worth reading thoroughly.
 

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One very interesting and accomplished designer and fabricator. He accomplished way more than could ever be mentioned in that brief obit. There is a lot to tell.

Don't mean to repeat myself, but there are a lot of great stories and facts about Derek Brand in Graham's book "Aurora Slot Cars,' like about how he made the first prototype DC t-jet, which included a commutator made out of a piece of formica pried off his desktop. He sent it to Aurora, and the R&D staff immediately burned it up trying it out on vibe AC current. The second try was sucessful, and the "ThunderJet 500 pancake motor" became history. Great read about a really amazing career, many pages' worth. The book is to the story of HO slot cars, with Derek Brand in the thick of it from the start, as HT is to building and customizing same - worth reading thoroughly.
I can't tell you how many times I've been through that book. When we go away, or when I have to be in a waiting room for a while, or anytime I might need reading material, I grab that. Love reading and rereading it, especially the newer edition, which seems to have much more detail.

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I can't tell you how many times I've been through that book. When we go away, or when I have to be in a waiting room for a while, or anytime I might need reading material, I grab that. Love reading and rereading it, especially the newer edition, which seems to have much more detail.

--rick

What is the newest edition?
 

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What is the newest edition?
This is the old version, which I read and reread till the binding split:

http://www.amazon.com/Greenbergs-Guide-Aurora-Slot-Cars/dp/0897784006

And this is the new version, which contains (in my opinion) significantly more history and information:

http://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Slot-Cars-Schiffer-Collectors/dp/0764318632

I guess the new one isn't called the Greenberg's Guide, it's now a Schiffer's Book for Collectors. But it's definitely based on the same core material with much of the same text and illustrations, just expanded upon.

--rick
 
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