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Slot Car Racing

Bury St Edmunds Slot Car Club were back racing on Saturday. They are one of many clubs who post details of their races in the SlotRacer ‘Your Club’ section. You can find out more here.

Seven ‘refurbed’ Scalextric TR7s battled it out in a proxy event over the weekend. This has been a most enjoyable project, sparked by Rob’s ‘Triumph TR7 Refurb’ thread on the SlotRacer forum. You can follow all the racing action – videos, pictures, results and reaction – here.

Slot Car Events

Slot car events are back! The 2021 Winter Slot Car Market will take place on Sunday 28 November at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon. There’s also a provisional date for the 2022 UK Slot Car Festival of 28 & 29 May. Our Events section is here.

Okay, not quite a slot car event – but Weevils Slot Cars will be there… Car-Fest South returns to Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire next weekend. Expect loads of family entertainment and activities, including live music and – of course – plenty of cars. This charity event is celebrating ten years in 2021 and you can find out more here.

Slot Cars

SRC have chosen Le Mans weekend to open pre-orders for their first ready-to-run versions of the Toyota TS050 LMP1. The two models are based on the cars that finished 1-2 in the 2018 Le Mans 24 hours. They will be available in December. You can find out more in the News section of the forum here.

Revoslot have a couple of rather tasty Porsche ‘heritage’ liveries arriving in November. The orange Jägermeister car and the ‘Pink Pig’ hark back to the 1970s, but will look great alongside the other cars in the vast RevoSlot 1990s GT range. You can find out more here.

Scalextric have put Scott Sharp’s 1991 Trans-Am livery onto their 1984 Camaro IROC-Z body… Not an exact replica, but it does look rather good! You can find out more and share your thoughts on the forum here.

Scalextric have a chequered history when it comes ‘performance’ upgrades… Brian has been through the archives and written a fascinating account of Scalextric’s attempts to please the racers. You can read it here.

HO scale manufacturer AutoWorld have released images of a forthcoming Escort Mk1 rally car. Off-Road vehicles are an important part of the AutoWorld range, so it’s great to see a European rally car join the fold. You can see more pictures and read AutoWorld’s press release in the HO forum here.

Slot Car Tracks

Anthony isn’t messing about when it comes to his Revell Kyalami track build… This week, he made huge progress with terrain building and painting – plus trying to eliminate those damn track joins. You can follow Anthony’s build in the ‘Show Us Your Track’ section here.

We had to include a track plan of Le Mans this week! This one uses Ninco track – and Jason has included some fabulous Ford vs Ferrari history from La Sarthe. You can find it all in the SlotRacer Track Plans section here.

Publications

Volume 4 of Adrian Norman’s Scalextric – The Ultimate Guide has just been published. This one is a biggie – a 400+ page look at Spanish and Mexican production. You can find out about the entire series on the forum here.

Motorsport

Thierry Neuville became the first ever Belgian to win their home round of the WRC with his victory at the Ypres Rally. DirtFish have put together a documentary video looking at Neuville’s Ypres Rally and asking whether he has got what it takes to become World Champion. You can watch it on YouTube here.

Of course, the biggest motorsport event of the past week was the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours. Thousands of hard-core sports car racing fans will have stayed up all night to watch the entire race. If you need a bite-sized catch-up of an eventful 24 hours, head over to the Le Mans YouTube Channel here.

The 2021 event could prove to be a turning point for Le Mans and for international sports car racing. All five cars in the new Hypercar class finished in the top five places – the innovative regs and lower costs passed their first test with flying colours. There are nearly a dozen major manufacturers looking at building Le Mans Hypercars and IMSA LMDh models over the next few years. You can read a good introduction and the current state-of-play on dailysportscar.com here.

One of the highlights of Le Mans 2021 was the Glickenhaus team’s Hypercar debut. You can follow the ups and downs of the team’s first Le Mans experience via their regular posts on the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus Facebook page here. It is a perfect account of an extraordinary race.

Before the racing began, organisers announced that GT3 will replace GTE at Le Mans from 2024. This should align the World Endurance Championship with most other GT series around the world, reduce costs and concentrate manufacturers’ minds on Hypercars and LMDh. GT racing at Le Mans is also likely to become a Pro-Am affair. You can read Racer’s account of the ACO press conference here.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest also announced a shift to 100% renewable fuel from 2022. TotalEnergies will be producing the fuel for all the World Endurance Championship rounds – including Le Mans. The bioethanol uses residues from the French wine-making industry – which is a wonderful solution. A separate Hydrogen class will be introduced in 2025 – a test car (above) ran some laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe on Saturday morning. You can read more at Racer.com here.