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Carrera Evolution CA27637 Ford Mustang GTY #55. Available now. RRP £39.99.

Both Carrera and Scalextric have released a new Ford Mustang in 2020. The English company have added the GT4 racing Mustang (here) to their range of modern GT cars. In contrast, the Austrian/German company have released this big beefy Mustang GTY - a seemingly fantasy Group 5 Silhouette-style creation, probably based on the 2020 road car. Much as I've looked, "Mustang GTY" only brings up the two Carrera models.

This latest release has a big rear wing and carries the #55 number and Ford Performance livery. I suspect the fifty-five refers to the fifty-fifth anniversary of the launch of the Mustang back in 1964. It's certainly a slick livery and plenty of people swoon over a muscle car on steroids. The GTY will be a fine companion for Carrera's new-for-2020 Porsche 935 GT2 track car that is expected later in the year.

Underneath the body is the usual Carrera inline set-up, self-centring guide and JST connectors that mean the Evolution car is easily converted to Digital132. This model is also available as a digital version, with working lights.

   

The #55 Mustang appears as a set car in the new Carrera Evolution "Break Away" set - alongside the new-for-2020 Chevy Camaro pace car.

You can buy the Carrera Evolution Mustang GTY now at Pendles, MRE and other UK Carrera retailers.

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Scalextric C4173 Ford Mustang GT4 Multmatic Motorsports - British GT Championship 2019. Available now. RRP £40.99

The Ford Mustang GT4 is a brand new Scalextric car for 2020. Unveiled back in January, the prototype showed a nice stance and a cute Mustang 'cut-out' on the motor cover...

       

The first of two liveries for this year has been released in the past few days - and it is the 'works' Multimatic Motorsports car driven by Scott Maxwell and Seb Priaulx to two class wins and runner-up spot in the GT4 Silver Cup during the 2019 British GT Championship season.

       

The Mustang GT4 was developed jointly by Ford Performance and the Canadian company Multimatic from the Ford Shelby GT350R-C. It was earmarked to compete in sports car championship racing series around the world, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4, and various European GT4 series, including the British GT Championship.

       

Maxwell and Priaulx gave the #15 Multimatic car GT4 pole position on debut at Oulton Park and clinched the class win in race two. Multimatic ran a second Mustang in the 2019 British GT Championship and a third car was entered by the RACE Performance team - a livery that will be released later in the year by Scalextric.



The Mustang GT4s have been racing in North America since 2017 - the Ford Performance and Multimatic partnership moving on together after the success of the Ford GT project. There are now plenty of customer cars and a wealth of great liveries that may well be on the Scalextric Team's to-do list...

       

If slot car enthusiasts can't wait, IndyCals have produced several liveries for the lovely 1:24 scale Tamiya model kit - and hopefully those will be available soon in 1:32 scale.

The #15 Multimax Motorsports Mustang GT4 is available now from Scalextric - and over the next few days from all your favourite Scalextric retailers. This model will also be included in the forthcoming ARC Pro Platinum GT set.

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Bit of a surprise at my local hobby shop (Time Tunnel Models)  this morning - new SCX/Scalextric Compact has reached the UK along with SCX/Scalextric Advance.   Compact sets show as "Wireless".

Leo

   

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Bit of a surprise at my local hobby shop (Time Tunnel Models)  this morning - SCX/Scalextric Advance has reached the UK along with SCX/Scalextric Compact.

Leo

   

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The National Scalextric Collectors Club (NSCC) is currently in its 40th year of existence, founded in January 1981 (not 1980 as their website erroneously states). It is almost certainly the oldest such enthusiasts club in the world and its monthly magazine is the longest continuously running English language publication devoted purely to slot cars anywhere.
 
It has never had a huge membership but has consistently punched above its weight and been responsible for initiating many of the things we take for granted these days such as swapmeets, limited edition cars and the UKSF. Several of today’s major slot car suppliers such as Pendle and MRE can trace their foundation directly back to their membership of the NSCC. As with all such clubs it has had its fair share of ups and downs but has managed to survive financial crises, committee upheavals and the rise of the internet so I thought it time to document its full story.

Part 1
Prehistory
The 1970s were an exceptionally low point in the history of Scalextric following the bursting of the slot car bubble at the end of the previous decade. The market had almost totally collapsed due to declining interest and the advent of new mechanical toys such as Hot Wheels. Several of the smaller slot manufacturers had gone bust, as had Scalextric’s parent company, Triang, in 1971. Scalextric managed to survive under new ownership but the range was drastically cut back and production of new cars was severely limited for the next few years. Quality took a nosedive with cars such as the Mini Clubman and Porsche 935 amongst the worst ever produced by the firm. Slot racing clubs had also mostly disappeared with just a few well-established ones managing to cling on.
 
By 1977 however, there was the glimmer of a revival in interest and some new racing clubs appeared, amongst which was the most important as far as this tale is concerned – The London Scalextric Club.

Roy Charlesworth, the club’s founder, worked as a dance instructor at the Harmony Ballroom, located above the Odeon cinema in Wood Green, North London and so he was able to use the dance hall on a Sunday to build a circuit and host races. The track sections he used in the beginning were old Plexytrack from his previous club nine years before when model slot car racing had succumbed to the might of the commercial raceway.

He advertised his race days in the Exchange and Mart and was surprised at the good response he got as people came from all over London and the South East to race every two weeks. The club grew so well that it organised a South of England Championship for several years. The 1979 event attracted a 60 strong entry and one of the drivers racing that day was a 15 year old John Herbert from Romford, Essex. Though he had never even seen the circuit before he went on to finish 3rd, beating most of the home drivers in the process. Johnny, as he later became better known, went on to greater things in real cars, winning F1 Grand Prix as well as Le Mans. A report of the race can be found HERE. The following year the club lost its premises but soon found a new home at St Marks Church Hall, just 200 yards from where it had begun, and they race there to this day every Tuesday evening.

Aside from the racing quite a few of its members had begun to collect early Scalextric cars which could be picked up for as little as a pound each at that time. Foremost amongst them was a certain Roger Gillham who was already working on the first edition of his legendary ‘Enthusiasts Guide’. Accordingly, Roy decided to start a collectors branch of the club, it was a separate entity with a subscription of £3 a year and produced newsletters in 1979/80. I have 6 of them in my possession but there may have been more. Here is #2 which also came with a couple of pages of members’ sales/swaps/wants.
   

Apart from Roger there were several members who would become well known to the collecting fraternity such as Martin O’Reilly, Shaun Claremont, Chris Gregory, Reg Palmer and Eddie Collins. Surprisingly, the branch had some members in the USA including Lee Stokely of California and Chuck Lawrence from New York. I have no idea how this was achieved in those pre internet days! Several auctions were held in the ballroom which were a precursor to later swapmeets, and a visit was also made by Anton Palau who ran a famous model shop in Spain which led to the first significant arrivals of Spanish Scalextric cars in the UK.

The man who started it all, Roy Charlesworth (right) with future editor of the newsletter, Malcom Parker.

   

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At last, the Little Monte video!
 
Many thanks to Leo for editing the hotchpotch of videos I sent to him, and for Steve 'Fluff' Patten for doing the driving. These are the first laps Steve had with each car after having done a few laps with the old Merc taxi!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqKlynGw...e=youtu.be


Regards, Lloyd

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The Rock County Eighth Mile Winter Series starts in November and runs through to March next year. Jadlam Toys & Models are kindly sponsoring the series. All the pre-race build-up and race coverage takes place here on SlotRacer Online. Reports, results and photographs from each event will be collected together in the South Coast HO Dragster fanzine - previous editions can be found in the SlotRacer Online Library here: slotracer.online/library/south-coast-ho-dragster

There are five socially-distant mail-in proxy HO drag races that make up the series:

  • November 17-18: Street Stock, Super Stock 6.0, NHRA 4-Gear + NHRA Top Fuel match racing.
  • December 8-9:  Street Stock, Nostalgia T-Jet, Nostalgia 4-Gear Funny Car +Nostalgia Micro Scalextric 2019 match racing.
  • January 12-13:  Street Stock, Super Stock 6.0, NHRA 4-Gear + NHRA TopFuel match racing.
  • February 9-10:  Street Stock, Nostalgia T-Jet, Nostalgia 4-Gear Funny Car +Nostalgia Micro Scalextric 2019 match racing.
  • March 9-10-11:  Winter Series Finale. All classes + extra match racing.
The five events will be divided into two themes - NHRA and Nostalgia - each running at two events and rounding off the series with a three-day finale featuring both themes and all the classes. Micro Scalextric Street Stock will remain the centrepiece of all five events.

NHRA-themed events: The NHRA-themed events includes an evolution of our Micro Scalextric Super Stock class. Cars are now fitted with a 6-ohm Tomy can motor. We’ll call this ‘Micro Scalextric SuperStock 6.0’. The 4-Gear NHRA Funny Cars, Pro Stockers and Pro Mods get their own elimination racing format. The Top Fuelers will continue in a match race format - with a ladder competition at the series finale in March.

Nostalgia-themed events: Nostalgia events keep the popular Micro Scalextric Street Stock race - the Nostalgia theme breaks out with the support classes. We define ‘Nostalgia’ as pre-1979 style body shells. The T-Jet class is tweaked to bring it in line with the Nitro Slots Pancake Stock rules. The 4-Gear ‘Legends’ Funny Cars now get their own elimination competition. And there’s a new Nostalgia Micro Scalextric class that will start as a match racing format, with a ladder format showdown in March.

Winter Series Regulations: You’ll find the regulations for the Winter Series explained fully in the posts below. The T-Jet and 4-Gear classes now run to the NTRA Pancake Stock rule set. The Micro Scalextric Street and Super Stock have stayed almost the same - apart for the motor replacement in Super Stock. We ask that the Nostalgia ‘Micro Scalextric 2019’ cars are run as stock - although the chassis tabs can be removed and the wheels may be replaced - wheelie bars are permitted and strict pre-1979 style bodies please!

Practicalities & postage:
  • One car per class per entrant please. Family members are very welcome to participate!
  • Message me here and I will send you the address to post your cars.
  • Postage and return postage are the only expense - there are no additional race fees. Return postage is paid by PayPal.
  • Please keep sending boxes that can be posted in a parcel box - a maximum size of 44cm x 35cm x 16cm - so no-one need go in a Post Office.
  • You may send cars to stay for more than one event - or for the entire series - it is up to you. Please note: the November & December dates are pretty close together.
  • If you prefer a service other than standard second class delivery, just ask.
These socially-distant events are designed so that everyone can participate with no risk - even those who are shielding. The thirty-one people who took part in the Summer Series enjoyed themselves, so why not give it a go this time!

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It was great to see Terry from Mussel Bay who gave us a visit tonight, and he put in some very respectable times for his first visit.

Once again, some very close enjoyable racing from everyone. Brilliant!

Every driver improved their PB’s with Peter’s F1’s and Ken got a new lap record.

(No points just positional results)

F1 Club Cars
Ken
Keith
Peter
Andy
Ian
Terry

Peter’s F1’s
Ken
Keith
Peter
Andy
Ian
Terry

Next week NSR GT3

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Slotcar Banners and Ads Sorted
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