Digest 33

In this week’s Digest…

Carrera Jagermeister liveried Porsche and Ford Capri

Despite the summer holidays, there’s plenty of slot car news – including new arrivals and future releases – plus a feature on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Slot Cars

Revoslot McLaren F1 GTR x2
  • RevoSlot McLaren F1 GTR Le Mans 1995 Just landed from RevoSlot are models of the 1995 Gulf-sponsored McLaren F1 GTR cars that raced at the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours. The #24 of Blundell, Bellm and Sala finished fourth. These 1:32 scale models are available separately or in a twin pack.
Pioneer Dodge and Mustang from Bullitt
  • Pioneer Bullitt Dodge vs Mustang Just arrived from Pioneer are a pair of screen classics – Steve McQueen’s 390GT and the Hitman’s Dodge Charger R/T 400. The two cars are welcome re-release for all film and muscle car fans who might have missed them the first time round.
Teamslot Zakspeed Escort
  • Teamslot Zakspeed Escort Mk2 D&W Just arrived from Spain is another Group 5 Zakspeed Escort. This livery was raced by Walter Nussbaumer, Willi Bergmeister and – most notably – Hans Soldeck during the 1979 DRM season. The Escort is available from all Teamslot retailers, including Jadlam Toys & Models who have recently added Teamslot and Avant Slot to their slot car range.
Scalextric Gulf Edition Sierra
  • Scalextric Sierra RS500 Richard Millar Expected any time soon is this Gulf edition Ford Sierra RS500. Originally raced by Radio 1 DJ Mike Smith, the car is now campaigned in Gulf colours by Sussex-based classic car restorer Richard Millar. Richard’s son Aston won the 2021 Ginetta Junior championship – his car was sponsored by Scalextric.
AFX Camaro
  • AFX Chevy Camaro SS396 AFX are bringing back their HO scale Camaro SS396 next month to join a growing classic muscle car range. In orange with white stripes and clear windows, this Camaro will look great on track or in the display case.
Jägermeister Capri and Porsche
  • Carrera Celebrates 50 Years of Jägermeister Motorsports It’s all getting a bit orange this week – with two Jägermeister-liveried DRM models having just arrived from Carrera. The Klaus Ludwig Zakspeed Capri and Jochen Mass Kremer Porsche are just two of the many racing cars that have been decorated in the iconic colours since 1972. We take a look at the Jägermeister legacy over in the News forum.
Set of 4 AutoWorld cars
Slot.it Porsche 962C
Porsche 962 C KH
  • Slot.it Porsche 962C KH Nürburgring 1989 Just announced is another cracking Slot.it Group C Porsche livery – this one is the car Jochen Dauer drove to third place at the 1989 Supercup Super Sprint at the Nürburgring. The model is expected at the end of the year.
Policar Lotus 72
  • Policar Lotus 72 Herbert Müller Monza 1971 A very pleasing Grand Prix oddity will be produced by Policar in 2023. The ex-Jo Siffert Lotus of Swiss sportscar driver Herbie Müller was entered for the 1971 Italian GP, but the car never made it to Monza. The withdrawal of all Lotus 72 cars from the race was linked to the ongoing investigation into Jochen Rindt’s death the previous year.
Avant Slot Nissan 240RS CAD image
  • Avant Slot Nissan 240RS The design phase for Avant Slot’s new rally car is nearly complete. In the meantime, you can have a play with a 3D file via the Avant Slot Facebook page. Innovative or what!
Slot magazine cover and inside pages
  • Slot Magazine 53 Hot of the press is the latest edition of Slot – a UK-based magazine dedicated to slot cars. You can read the full contents page – and find out how to buy Slot – over at ePilot’s wonderful magazine thread on the forum.

Tracks and Scenery

Airfix Austin ambulance
  • Airfix Austin K2/Y Ambulance Newly arrived from Airfix is this Austin ambulance kit in 1:35 scale – a perfect project to create a rescue truck for a slot car layout set in the early post-war period. To celebrate the new release, a free Airfix pint glass will be added to orders on the Airfix website!

Slot Car Racing

Ninco Hummer on rally raid dune
  • Wye Valley Rally Raid Live! The Extreme Slotting proxy cars took part in Wye Valley’s live Rally Raid event over the weekend. There’s loads of fabulous coverage over in Wye Valley’s public Facebook group – and expect an update in the Proxy Racing forum soon.
Rally cars at Bury St Edmunds club
  • This Week’s ‘Your Club’ News We have the latest updates from Bury St Edmunds (pictured), GOLD, Manx, New South Wales and Norwich slot car clubs over in the Your Club forum.

Feature

Spa-Francorchamps

Spa and Olivier Gendebien's Ferrari 156
  • With a century of racing under its belt, it seems beyond ridiculous that the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of this month is rumoured to be the last F1 race at Spa – with possible replacements including the less than inspiring Shanghai, Las Vegas, or even Losail. While we cross our fingers and hope that sense prevails, let’s take a look at the fabulous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
  • Spa is a crown jewel of F1 Andrew Frankel presents a convincing case as to why Spa should remain on the F1 calendar. I’m sure most F1 fans would totally agree.
  • 24 hours of Spa 2022 We wrap up our Spa feature with the newly released ‘cinematic’ review of this year’s 24 hour race. It was a magical weekend on a truly wonderful circuit.

Automobiles

Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa
  • Bizzarrini Revival Series The name and legacy of Giotto Bizzarrini has been revived – the first of just 24 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Revival Corsa models being hand built in the UK. Keeping as close to the original car as possible, only minor changes have been made to accommodate modern safety standards.

Motorsport

Scalextric Formula-E cars
  • Formula-E 2022 Round 15/16 The FIA’s premier electric racing championship reached its climax in Seoul at the weekend. Fans had the opportunity to have their own Formula-E racing at home, thanks to Scalextric. You can find out what happened in the real thing – and watch highlights of both races – on the official FIA Formula-E website.
  • BTCC Snetterton Scalextric also produce a fabulous range of modern BTCC cars – and the full-size British Touring Car Championship was in action over the weekend in Norfolk. You can catch up with all the goings-on and post-race fallout over on the official website.
  • Nascar at Richmond The Nascar playoffs start next month – and the final three races feature a short track at Richmond, Watkins Glen’s legendary road course and the iconic Superspeedway at Daytona. You can watch extended highlights of a highly-tactical race at Richmond on the Nascar YouTube Channel.