When I was a kid I went to a place called "Motorama" back in the 60's. It had like a dozen 8-10-12 lane layouts. Gigantic! The banks were like 4' tall. My best childhood memory. That's what I'd name mine!
Are we talking about just naming a home track, or naming a slot car shop?
If it is naming a home track, this is what I did: For my short oval I modeled it after North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina, painting the walls red & white, etc. Since I wasn't going to name it N. Wilkesboro, or Little N. Wilkesboro or anything, I looked on a map of N.C. around N. Wilkesboro to see what other towns are in that area of stock car country. I settled on a little place called Granite Falls and named the track Granite Falls Speedway. I felt like it sounded rural enough for a short track.
For my road course it was easy: I used the Hockenheimring and the Nurburgring for inspiration for my German-themed road course. My mother's family is in Germany and I have been there twice myself. The family name is Deckert, so thus the track was christened The Deckertring.
Hope this gives you a few ideas. I've raced on tracks named for subdivisions, streets, relatives, real 1:1 tracks, etc. There's no right or wrong way to go about naming your track - just make it your own.
Some of the places I've raced at over the years had names that had little to do with slot cars.
The most recent track I raced at is in a state of flux. Maybe it will reopen. Anyhow, it was called Phoenix Raceways & Hobbies. But it was in Jacksonville, Florida not Phoenix, Arizona. I guess he was going for the mythical phoenix that rose from the ashes, but on the world-wide-web, it had to lead to some odd search results.
The previous shop here was called Slot Car Speedway & Hobbies and at least told more of the story in the name.
And we have The Race Place in Holly Hill,FL, The Raceway.biz in Cocoa, Florida, and Miracle Mile Raceways in Ocoee, Florida.
Just curious about people's thoughts on commercial track names.
I would think you might want a name that makes it perfectly clear what it is, like you say above. Something like Jacksonville Miniature Raceway leaves little confusion. Slots of Fun may confuse you with the Casinos but it is catchy. In St. Louis there was Checkered Flag Hobby Shop and Raceway. Slot Car Central seems to leave little doubt to what it is. Slots R Us may cause issues. Need for Speed Raceway may fall in the same category.
I think you are correct to spend time choosing a good name. There was a place here in St. Louis that was only in business for a year and a half. I can not remember the name but I remember it was not a good name.
At first I thought this was a trivial question, but if you are looking for a commercial name it is far from trivial. Catchy names are nice if they are attractive and unambiguous. Nothing worse than a catchy or clever commercial that leaves you scratching your head - "Now what was it that they were actually selling?" Still happens far too often. You should also consider the Googleability of any name, because as others have mentioned, the word "slots" will get you hundreds of casino links.
The secret is to establish an anchor phrase in the name that will always keep the total name unambiguous. I suggest the following anchors:
<insert your name> "Model Car Raceway"
<insert your name> "Model Car Raceway and Hobby Shop"
<insert your name> "Model Car Raceway and Hobbies"
You can then inject as much cleverness into the <insert your name part> since the anchor part (e.g. "Model Car Raceway") will always keep it on-topic. For example:
SlotMania Model Car Raceway
Velocity Model Car Raceway & Hobbies
Infinity Model Car Raceway
RT66 Model Car Raceway
WOZ's Model Car Raceway & Hobby Shop
HI-Speed Model Car Raceway
Sorry Austin is shutting down, I enjoyed visiting when I came through Jacksonville last year.
I'd think Longshot Model Raceway is an appropriate name - seems like it's a longshot to keep a good location up and running for too long. Then again, if you model a track "Little Sebring" or "Little Talladega" model raceway says a lot and tells people what to expect. Those are town/location names, so trademarks shouldn't be an issue.
Well, now that circus circus enterprises doens't own the name you coul call it "slots of fun" We have one here in our area called Red Devil Raceway that has a good ring to it. Or, I'm gona go out on a limb here and be creative, I'm not really a creative person. How bout you call it.... imaginary drumrolll please................"Lightning On Rails" Lester O'Dell:wave: www.LesODell.com sponsored by.... RC4Less Team Power Push Tanager Pacific Web Designer of www.NORARCOVAL.com & www.SkagitRiverRaceway.com Track announcer for.... N.O.R.A.'s Carpet Oval in Mt Vernon, Wa & Skagit River Raceways Dirt Oval in Burlington, Wa
I allways like the name Lightning Raceway.
I still have the domain name LightningSlot dot Com that I renewed after the track in Hudson shut down. I also have LightningRaceway dot Com that I got after the first owner let expire.
Let me know if you are interested in them.