Track Building and BuyingDo some cars 'hang back' on the gates?

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i noticed last week when conducting the diecast drags, that some cars seem to hang at the gates instead of dropping away when the button is pressed. Is there a reason ? How do I stop this ?

Im using a redline era hot wheels start gate with one button in the middle. theoretically both cars have the same opportunity to exit the gate simultaneously. but they dont...

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Yes, those vintage starting gates have always been flawed. The only thing you can really do is make sure your finger is strait down with a quick motion.

With some scrap wood, a piece of lexan and some hardware you can build one they wont get hung up on:
Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

Another gate shot that I use on my track. Same kind of thing as Carl's, just no magnet. Instead of flipping "out" the gate raises. This shot doesn't show it, but I added a strip of cardboard that connects the two arms so they raise together.

Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox

I used a cabinet latch instead of a magnet on the gate:
Diecast Cars, Hot Wheels, Matchbox
Works well for me!

I started out with one of those gates as well. Took it apart and taped a Popsicle stick to make it a bit more rigid. You might also shave a little off the top of the stops

I started out with one of those gates as well. Took it apart and taped a Popsicle stick to make it a bit more rigid.

Same here. It soon became obvious that it needed to be replaced.

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