This week we feature three top-end slot car manufacturers, new arrivals from Scalextric and BRM, another BMW from Avant Slot, plus 3D printing and slot racing news from the forum, a Bugatti feature and our round-up of the weekend’s motor racing action.
Scalextric Honda Civic Type-R FK8 Just off the boat from China is this brand new 2022 release from Scalextric. Woodcote looked at a pre-production sample of Gordon Shedden’s 2021 BTCC racer in the Review section earlier this year. He was impressed.
New Watson Roadsters Ostorero have announced two new versions of the Watson roadster, The # 5 Watson Offy of Rodger Ward, winner of the Indy 500 in 1959, and the #76 Joe Hunt Special of Al Herman from the Indianapolis 1960.
Bugatti T13 Velasor’s magnificent Bugatti T13s have been available for a little while now, but their new “epic race versions” are probably even more incredible. They are not cheap, but the level of detailing and realism is outstanding. These photos represent the car driven by Pierre Marco at Brescia in 1921, when Bugatti took the first four places.
Aston Martin DBR1 Let’s round off our trio of top-end slot car makers with a trio of top end Aston Martins, two of which helped David Brown to finally win Le Mans with a one-two finish in 1959. Le Mans Miniatures have modelled all three cars, the Shelby/Salvadori car which won, the second-placed Trintignant/Frère car, and the Moss/Fairman car which suffered from engine problems.
Avant Slot BMW 2002tii Avant Slot have posted a couple of prototype photos of their BMW 2002tii – a reworking of the excellent Spirit tooling – which is expected to be released next month.
Scalextric Tyrrell P34 Zolder 1977 This superb classic F1 model from Scalextric will be arriving with retailers over the next few days. We take a look at more pictures and re-live the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix over in this week’s SlotRacer news feature.
BRM 1:24 scale Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Spa 1972 Just arrived from BRM is this stunning Levi’s livery on their 1:24 scale Alfa GTA Junior. Driven by Pierre Rubens and Charles Alex Van Ryn at the 1972 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, you can buy this model from Pendle Slot Racing now.
Magnet Downforce Scale Apparatus As featured on a recent Worldwide Slot Car Chat on Zoom, Greg has made the files available to print his version of a magnet marshal tool. Head over to the SlotRacer 3DP forum for more details.
Mercedes 190SL W121 There are some pretty cool and unusual bodies available in the 3DP universe. Kevan has picked this 1960 Monte Carlo Rally car as his latest 3DP project. You can read more on the forum.
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Worthing Digital Goodwood Revival Delayed from 2020, the Worthing Scalextric digital club finally held their inaugural Revival-themed Saturday at the weekend. You can enjoy full coverage over in their club forum here at SlotRacer.
This Week at Your Club We have news and reports this week in the SlotRacer ‘Your Club’ forum from Southend (pictured), Worthing Digital, Norwich, Manx and New South Wales slot car clubs.
It’s difficult not to love a Bugatti, so let’s take a peek at some of the Molsheim motoring memorabilia we have here on site…
1936 Bugatti T50B Ken’s fantastic build of a Bugatti T50B features a body from Pendles married to one his own immaculately engineered aluminium chassis. But it’s not just a looker, it’s a proven race winner.
1934 Bugatti T59 Anthony brought us news of the beautifully detailed Bugatti T59, from Le Man Miniatures, as raced at Monaco in 1934.
Bugatti Plans For the scratch builder, or for those interested in history, Artomotive has plans and articles of the T40, 3.3l GP, and 251.
One for Carrera perhaps? Not only is this a stunning modern GT3 livery (especially if your name is Paul…), but this weekend Thomas Preining became the first Austrian to win a DTM race on home soil. Surely the Austrian slot car company can’t pass this one by!
DTM at The Red Bull Ring You can watch highlights of both races from Austria on the DTM YouTube Channel – and with a choice of German or English commentary. There’s also coverage of the classic DTM support races.
BTCC at Silverstone Next month’s finale at Brands Hatch was set up perfectly by a frantic Sunday at Silverstone. You’ll have to wait for the ITV highlights, but UK viewers can watch a re-run of the full day’s coverage over at the ITV Hub.
NASCAR Texas Motor Speedway The Nascar playoffs are certainly providing plenty of drama and surprises this year! Sunday’s race in Texas saw more woes for title contenders and tempers flare on and off the track. Extended highlights are on the Nascar YouTube Channel.
ELMS 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps The penultimate round of the European Le Mans Championship saw a wet-dry race at Spa. There was plenty of wild action through Eau Rouge and Raidillon and the points table nicely poised for the final race at Portimão next month. Highlight are on the ELMS YouTube Channel.
Goodwood Revival Highlights If you’re missing your fix of Revival action, Goodwood Road & Racing have posted a load more bite-sized highlights snippets and full race re-runs to their YouTube Channel. Fantastic stuff!
WRC New Zealand Preview The World Rally Championship returns to New Zealand this week, with eight-time champion Sébastien Ogier joining the WRC regulars on the starting line. You can watch a preview on the WRC YouTube Channel.
Slot car racing has a fairly long history now, having been around for over 60 years. During that time many manufacturers have come and gone, and many products have been presented, only to disappear.
Of course, some of those manufacturers and products fully deserved to fall by the wayside. But then there were the others that perhaps deserved more, the ones that are fondly remembered, sorely missed, and still collected to this day.
Lost & Found is the story of the enterprises that, with a little good fortune, a fair wind, and following seas, might just have had greater, or more prolonged success. We’ve even included one famous manufacturer from the past, that has bucked the general trend and been successfully relaunched.
STS – Super Track System was an exciting and possibly unique slot car and track system, based on the Paris-Dakar rally, with rough, sand coloured track, and an impressive range of inclines, obstacles, and hazards.
Manufactured by the Spanish Scalextric company Exin from 1985-89, the combination of the smaller scale track and 4×4 cars was unlike any other slot car system before, posing a huge range of unusual challenges, making it great fun to play with.
Victory Industries, or VIP, may not have been quite the household name that Scalextric became, but the company was at the vanguard of commercial slot car production, beating it’s more famous rival to the basic idea, and going on to make products that many considered to be superior.
It was 1956 when Victory presented their first prototype of a commercially viable slot car set, and it is the journey from those early days, through to being one of the best slot car manufacturers around, which we will be detailing here, with Malcolm Parker’s definitive history.
The fine detail, finish and exclusivity of a hand built model, plus all the fun of a slot car
If you should Google Maxi-Models today then an awful lot of sites promoting the modelling services of fuller figure ladies will predominate, but delve a little deeper and you should come across some references to a range of slot cars. This is their story…
Vanquish surpassed even Fly with the interior detailing and the cars were about as close to a static diecast display piece as a slot car could get. This level of interior detail certainly made them stand out from the competition and that wasn’t all as each car had a fully functional rear differential!
Despite their deficiencies they were a star in the firmament which burned brightly for far too short a time. We take a look at the short lived Spanish manufacturer who produced some very innovative slot cars in their brief period of existence.
G. & R. Wrenn Limited were already well established as a model railway specialist when they turned their attentions to slot cars in 1959.
Their were several totally unique features of the Formula 152 system which they presented to great acclaim at the Brighton Toy Fair in 1960. First, it was produced in the unusually small scale of 1/52, hence the name. Secondly it allowed three cars to be independently controlled on each lane. And finally it allowed cars to actually change lanes.
We’ll point you in the direction of several sources where you can read more.
In Italy, Policar was the brand which defined slot cars in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, much like Scalextric in the UK. To the general Italian public, a slot car is simply a Policar, and a slot track is still often referred to as a pista Policar.
Policar was the brand name for a range of slot cars and track produced from 1963 to 1993, which has now been resurrected by Slot.it.
So Policar are one brand here that are no longer lost. With Maurizio Ferrari leading the way, and a range of fantastic products on offer, it’s difficult to imagine the company being in safer hands. Just for once in this section, we can say that the future looks bright for this famous old brand.