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Published by woodcote on Jul 25, 2021

Slot Car Racing

Slot car clubs are back in business. Southend Slot Racing Club, Nascot Wood and New South Wales Slot Car Group were back racing in the past seven days – Woodlands Fort Slot Car Club will join them this week. You can find out more – and hook up with slot car enthusiasts near you – via the SlotRacer ‘Your Club’ section here.

And you’ll want tools… lots of tools! Alan walks us through his essential slot racing hardware over on the SlotRacer forum here.

Clubs might be returning, but the Proxy racing hasn’t stopped… A competitive offshoot of the fabulous ‘Triumph TR7 Refurbs’ thread here, the first TR7 proxy will take place over the weekend of 20, 21 & 22 August 2021. Let’s see what those Leyland legends can do! All the details are in the Proxy Racing forum here.


Slot Cars

Pendle Slot Racing have produced two very cute Brabham Herald Coupé kits that fit on the PCS32 chassis. We take a close look at the kits and the history of the Climax-engined Herald over in the News section.

Find out more here.

SCX have just released these photographs showing a pre-production sample of their new Ken Block Escort Cosworth. The official word is the cars will be available in Spain at the end of August. You can find out more – including two videos of the real car – in the SlotRacer News forum…

Read more about the Ken Block Cossie here.

It was a weekend of awesome Escorts… Racer Sideways have released photos of pre-production samples for their new Mk2 RS Turbo Zakspeed models. You can find out more on the forum here.

It’s Ken again – this time showing of some Staffs Slot Cars hubs. The Staffs crew are building up an excellent range of alloys rims, with this ‘Classic’ style relatively new and the white 5-spokes coming soon. Find out more in the News sections here.


Slot Car Tracks

If you want to make your own buildings, Hub gave us a fabulous tutorial on his Swedish Rally Track thread. The whole thread is a remarkable account of the creation of an utterly wonderful slot car layout. You can find it on the SlotRacer forum here.

Carver’s Nya Racerbanan track is a work in progress. You can see much more of it – plus some unique buildings and figures – in ‘Show Us Your Track’ section of the forum here. Definitely a thread to keep an eye on.


Publications

Of all the slot car publications ever produced, the original Scalextric ‘101 Circuits’ booklet has to be one of the best. It goes without saying… ‘101 Circuits’ has pride of place in the SlotRacer Online Library. You can find it here.


Motorsport News

Formula E returned to London for the first time in five years this weekend. The new venue – in and around the ExCel exhibition centre – gave fans some spectacular racing, especially during Sunday’s chaotic and utterly absorbing Race 2. You can catch up on the action in London and prepare for the 2020-1 season climax in Berlin over on the FIA Formula E website here.

Nasser Al-Attiyah claimed victory on the Baja España Aragón after a bitter final stage disaster for Sébastien Loeb and new co-driver Fabian Lurquin. You can read a report of the latest round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas on the DirtFish website here.

Action from the weekend’s British & Midland Hill Climb Championships at Prescott was streamed live by Motorsport UK. If you’ve never spent a day at a hill climb event, this is your chance – you can catch all Sunday’s racing via the Facebook event page here.

A rather depleted British GT Championship field hopped over to Spa-Francorchamps for a two-hour race that served as an appetiser for next weekend’s Spa 24-hours. There have been grumbles about driving standards at British GT races this season… You can watch the re-run on YouTube here and there’s a full re-cap on the GT Report website here.


And finally…

Nominations for the Sunday Times Motor Awards have just been announced and you can help pick some of the winners. By getting involved you’ll be entered into a prize draw that could see you win a Tesla Model 3 electric car for a week. Find out more here.

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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