Digest 30

Our round up of what’s what in week 30, with all the latest from the wonderful world of slot cars…

Featuring new cars in three scales, a trip to a film and comic convention, loads of slot car tracks, club and proxy racing, motorsport news and a very special Nissan!

Slot Cars

Micro Scalextric GT set box art
  • Micro Scalextric Super Speed Race Set Due to arrive very soon is this new 1:64 scale set with two brand new Porsche and Lamborghini cars. Fans of Micro Scalextric and HO slot cars are getting excited!
3 x SRC Hypercar CAD drawings
  • SRC Hyperslotcars Project In this week’s News feature we take a look at the new era of Le Mans Hypercar and LMDh prototypes that SRC are planning to reproduce in 1:32 scale.
Three views of the Slot.it Chaparral 2F
  • Slot.it Chaparral 2F Daytona 1967 Images of the final sample for the first 2F have been shared by Slot.it – it’s now ready to go into production and will be available towards the end of the year.
Lotus 30 artwork
  • Lotus 30 Fein Design have announced a new 1/24 scale kit. The Lotus 30, Serie 2, Team Willment car is expected in August.
3 x new Racer Sideways cars - Zakspeed Escort, Mclaren 720S GT3 and Nissan Skyline Grp5
  • Racer Sideways Arrivals Three new Racer Sideways models and the Aston Martin GT3 white kit have just arrived with retailers, including Pendle Slot Racing.
Slot.it Alfa Romeo 155 in a dark blue livery
  • Alfa Romeo 155 V6TI Slot.it have announced a new livery of the Alfa Romeo 155 V6TI expected in Q4. The car was driven by Gianni Giudici in DTM/ITC in 1995
Ford Escort Hot Rod
  • Scalextric Mick ‘Duffy’ Collard Escort Hot Rod This image of a pre-production sample of the UK oval racing Escort was shared recently by the Scalextric team. There’s an enthusiastic discussion of the car over in our Scalextric 2022 catalogue thread on the forum
Yellow McLaren M6
  • Jo Bonnier McLaren M6 Mickey thumbs has built his Jo Bonnier McLaren M6 using a Thunderslot body, chassis, and motor pod, plus various bits from the parts bin.
  • London Film & Comic Con 2022 Scalextric’s hugely popular Film & TV range of cars and sets created quite a splash at London Olympia this month. This short video gives a flavour of Scalextric’s stand at the event.

Tracks & Scenery

  • Members’ Tracks If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your track build, then our Members’ Tracks section is a great place to start. It’s a hand picked selection of forum members’ layouts, with details, photos and links to the full forum threads
  • Scenic items If you are looking for scenic items for your track, then Brian’s index of manufacturers and suppliers is a great resource.
Track plans for Spa, Le Castellet and Daytona
  • Daytona International What’s the perfect track to put your Chaparral 2F onto? Well it would have to be Daytona where it originally raced. We’ve got plans for both the tri-oval and the road course.
  • Le Castellet If you want to recreate this weekend’s French Grand Prix then we’ve got plans for Scalextric, Ninco and routed versions.
  • Spa Francorchamps Or if you want to recreate the Spa 24 hours then we’ve also got plans for Scalextric, Ninco and routed versions.

Slot Car Racing

View of Worthing Digital track
  • SlotRacer ‘Your Club’ Forum Head over to the ‘Your Club’ forum to find the latest from Bury St Edmunds, Southend, Worthing Digital (pictured), New South Wales, Norwich and Manx slot car clubs.
Grand Prix cartoon
  • Summer Grand Prix Proxy – The Finale Following a brief pause when it was simply too hot to race slot cars, the Summer Grand Prix Proxy visited Kent last week and will conclude with races at South Manchester slot car club. Keep an eye out on the forum for the deciding laps of this most enjoyable proxy race.
Rally Raid cartoon
  • Extreme Slotting 2022 – Le Grand Départ The second running of the UK’s Rally Raid Proxy starts next weekend with 27 vehicles competing across four different classes on a mix of Ninco and SCX off-road stages. You can follow their progress in the Proxy Racing forum.

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Video

  • My Obsession: The Duncan Pittaway Story This wonderful 20-minute film – usually behind the GRRC paywall – explores what it is to be an enthusiast. Pittaway asks himself many of the existential questions that often bug us as slot car racers and collectors, but he does so while presenting his quite remarkable and utterly priceless cars.

Automobiles

Nissan R390 GT1 road car
  • Nissan R390 GT1: A Le Mans Finisher With License Plates Former Nissan and F1 driver Érik Comas’ nut-and-bolt restored, street-registered Nissan R390 GT-1 is quite the car! Presented for the first time at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the R390 is captured in a magnificent photo-essay by Máté Boér on the Petrolicious website. One for Slot.it white kit perhaps?

Motorsport

Red Bull and Mercedes at Paul Ricard
  • French Grand Prix This compelling Formula One season delivered more drama at Paul Ricard. You can watch a seven-minute highlights video over on the F1 YouTube Channel.
Paddy Hopkirk's Mini at the Monte
  • Paddy Hopkirk The world of rallying lost another legend on Friday with the death of Paddy Hopkirk, aged 89. Hopkirk’s wonderful life is retold in a fine obituary on the BBC website.
Skoda rally car in front of the Colosseum in Rome
  • Rally di Roma Capitale Historic backdrops and narrow hillside tarmac stages make the Rally di Roma Capitale an exciting weekend for the European Rally Championship. Local crews looked strong early on, but could they keep the ERC regulars at bay? Find out on the ERC website.
Spa 24 Hours GT3 poster artwork
  • Spa 24-Hours Preview The 74th running of the 24 Hours of Spa takes place next weekend. Featuring nine GT3 manufacturers, 66 cars and 235 drivers, this is the biggest GT race of the year. Add in the challenges of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and the infamous Ardennes weather – and that’s a recipe for an enthralling endurance race. Find out how to follow all the action with our Spa 24 preview in the Motorsport forum.