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Published by woodcote on Sep 19, 2021

Slot Car Racing

Slot Cars

Some of Velasor's wonderfully detailed historic replica slot cars
A red  VIP 1/18 scale Triumph TR2, a very early slot car

Tracks & Scenery

A recreation of the Kyalami Circuit
Three WASP podiums, with different sponsor backdrops

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Software

Published by JasonB on Jun 27, 2021 in Features, Updates

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, and if you have a modicum of patience, then you might be interested in our retro software packages. They’re all free, and they’re all useful in their own way.

We have a track designer, a slot car inventory, a race management sytem, and even an advanced combination of all three for Scalextric.

Scalextric Sport World

Scalextric Sport World logo

Sport World offers a 3d Scalextric track designer, a comprehensive car library and technical manual, a driver database, and a wide range of race types and features. We’ve got the files for you to recreate the original software CD.

Slot Man

SlotMan, short for Slot Car Manager, is a track designer and track timing software originally developed by Wolfgang Krech. It may be a little outdated but it still does the job, and it also allows editing of track sections to make new pieces, so it’s very flexible.

Lap Timer 2000 & Slot Cars 2000

Gregory Braun may have sadly passed away, but he’s left his legacy in the form of two useful bits of kit…

Lap Timer 2000 is a lightweight and easy to use race management system for home use, and Slot Cars 2000 is a comprehensive slot car inventory. You can check out both for free.

It costs absolutely nothing to check out these applications, and who knows, you might just find one that floats your boat. Just click below to grab your downloads.

Software Downloads

Library Update

Published by JasonB on Jun 24, 2021 in Features, Updates

The latest update to the Library brings us a dozen additions to our burgeoning collection of Scalextric catalogues.

Covering the periods 1970-78, and 1982-84, the new scans complete our collection for every year from 1960 to 1984, and there are many more to come.

Our new contributor, Richard Winter should really be given some sort of honarary title such as the “Holder of the National Collection of Scalextric Publications”. His collection is quite amazing, and he’s kindly scanning them for us, and filling in the gaps in our Scalextric library. Many thanks Richard.

The Library

The Chronicle

Published by JasonB on Mar 25, 2021 in Features, History, Slot Cars, Updates

Slot Car History

The SlotRacer Chronicle aims to document some interesting thoughts and memories of slot racing history, with our very own slot car stalwart and ex-editor of the NSCC Journal, Brian Rogers.

It’s a bit of a rebranding, and hopefully an improvement on what we used to call “The Pit Lane”, but we’ve also got several new additions.

So, as well as the lavishly illustrated and well documented history of Maxi Models…

Maxi Models slot cars

… the history of Vanquish MG…

Vanquish slot cars

… and the questionable choices of Scalextric and SCX,

Scalextric catalogues

… we’ve also made some substantial additions.

Additions

Firstly we’ve added Brian’s detailed account of the forty year history of a venerable, long standing and innovative organisation, namely the National Scalextric Collector’s Club, or NSCC, one of the mainstays of our hobby.

Next Mr Rogers takes a look at the origins, the precursors, and the genesis of the now hugely popular UK Slot Car Festival, detailing the slot car shows which preceded it, and perhaps made it possible.

And last but not least, he recounts the story of possibly the ultimate hillclimb slot track, which was exhibited, and more importantly raced at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the NSCC Slot Rally show of 2006.

There are always going to be questions and uncertainties about where this hobby of ours is heading, but it’s also important to document as much as we can about where it’s been, what’s been done, and how we got here.

The Chronicle