Digest 23

Published by JasonB on Jun 4, 2023

All of this week’s slot car news, hot off the press.

Digest 23, and a Slot.it Porsche 956

Featuring over a century of slot cars, from a 1905 Darracq, to a 2019 Porsche, with three BMWs, a Mercedes twin set, two Hondas, a Hesketh, a BRM, and a March, plus forthcoming events, our photo of the week, and the latest videos and podcasts.

Slot Cars

George Turner Models 1905 Darracq
Mercedes race transporter and W196 grand prix car
Three Avant Slot BMW 635s
Policar BRM P160
Fly Hesketh 308
Fly March 761
Two Scaleauto NSX GT3 slot cars
Slot.it Porsche 956


Slot car event posters

Audio & Video

The Road to Abergavenny

Ep. 22

Scott has gone rally-mad ahead of his trip to Wales for the Abergavenny Rally Slot Car Club summer event. His excitement is palpable. Expect Manta banter, news of Nissans and mention of Mitsubishis to come.

More Episodes…

Photo of the Week

Fly Renault 5 Turbo collection

A collection of eighteen Fly Renault 5 Turbos

Photo by Carlos Valen of HobbyClassic

More Issues


On This Day in History…

Sorry, we have nothing of interest today, please check back tomorrow. Or if you know of something interesting that happened on this day, let us know on the forum.


BRM, the Inside Story

Published by JasonB on May 5, 2023 in Features, Updates

BRM Logo
A selection of BRM photos

We have a new and fairly substantial motor racing history section which we’ve added to the site. It could be encapsulated by just three letters, BRM, but in truth the full story would make a decent sized  book.

Graham Hill and Monaco harbour

The inspiration for our new section came from a British Racing Motors team mechanic, Dennis ‘Sheriff’ Perkins who worked for the team for well over a decade from the mid 1950s onwards, and who took photos throughout his time with the team.

Dennis Perkins and othe BRM mechanics

Of course Perkins wasn’t a professional photographer, he was first and foremost a BRM mechanic. In fact he was so good at his job that he was elected to membership of the BRDC, being proposed by Graham Hill and seconded by Jackie Stewart.

Scenes from Spa Francorchamps

But he took photos of some important motor racing events, and he took his photos from a different angle to the press, or the spectators. He snapped his pics from behind the scenes, from the oil stained pit boxes, from the workshops, or even from the team transporter which he drove across the continent in his slippers.

The BRM transporters travel through the mountains

Through his photos we will tell the story of British Racing Motors, from the disastrous and all too obvious failings in the early days, through to being world champions and one of the most consistently successful teams in Formula One at their peak, before they were brought back down to earth with a bump, as the team declined.

BRM mechanics

BRM had always set out to match and beat the best in Formula One. To do that, they absolutely insisted that they should build their own engines as well as the chassis. They wanted to take Ferrari’s approach, and when it worked, it really worked, but when it didn’t, it really didn’t.

BRM cars and engine

Nowadays of course, we can expect a netflix documentary for every F1 race, no matter how insignificant. But in those days there were a very limited cohort of press reporters and photographers. So this little treasure trove of photos from the pit lanes and paddocks of the 1950s and 1960s are important.

Ferraris at Zandvoort

We’ve tried our best to tell the stories of not just BRM, but of the individual races for which we have photos, many of which have their own fascinating tales to tell.

Scenes from the Moroccan Grand Prix

We’ve tried to tell the story of the BRM drivers and the BRM cars. We’ve used a wide variety of sources for all of the information, including contemporary reports.

Graham Hill and Dan Gurney

We’ve also included slot track plans for every circuit, and a comprehensive list of BRM slot cars.

Track plan of Nurbrurgring and a Cartrix P25

So there you go, that’s a rough outline of what we’ve got for you, hope you enjoy having a look and a read.

Many thanks to John Perkins, son of Dennis, for his kind permission to use these photos. Many thanks also to Dennis ‘Sheriff’ Perkins himself, not just for his sterling work with BRM, but also for recording his time with the team.

BRM, the Inside Story