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Scalextric Piquet M23

Bit of a strange one this, Scalextric have withdrawn C4308 McLaren M23 Nelson Piquet from sale.


Any 'licensor' issues would surely affect their other versions of the same car but they remain on sale. Mr Piquet has recently been put on the naughty step and heavily fined for making nasty comments about Lewis Hamilton though so perhaps he has been "cancelled". Should do wonders for the price of this car on eBay. Bigsmile
[+] 2 members Like CMOTD's post

Especially strange since Piquet's comments have been known for so long.
[+] 3 members Like JasonB's post

Maybe Piquet has put the prices up on his trademark name to recoup the cost of the fine  Bigsmile

Life is like a box of Slot cars... Cool Drinkingcheers

The Piquet Williams is still available on the Scalextric site, so I’m guessing the licensor in question is McLaren?

Although Piquet made the comments in 2021, he has only recently been sanctioned by a court. He originally claimed his comments don’t have the same connotations in Brazil as elsewhere (the Luis Suárez defence) - although local anti-racist and LGBTQ groups poured scorn on that and Piquet later made an apology of sorts. A Brazilian court fined him nearly a million US dollars last Friday, the judge explaining the reason for the fine “so that, as a society, we can someday be free from the pernicious acts that are racism and homophobia".

In that context, I’m not really surprised if McLaren (or whoever) might want to pull their involvement with the Scalextric model. It wasn’t exactly a significant car - 3 races, 1 ninth-place finish for BS Engineering - whereas the FW11 is a world championship-winning Williams.
[+] 1 member Likes woodcote's post

I have been on a bit of 70's F1 buying and strangely had ordered that car - hmmm Tease

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