Digest 37

All the best bits of week 37…

Digest 37, and Policar Ferrari 312B2

This week we feature a handful of new slot cars, a round-up of up-coming UK swapmeets and shows, proxy and club racing, a Monza special feature, plus a recap of the weekend’s motorsport action.

Review

Scalextric Porsche
  • Scalextric Porsche 911 3.0 RSR Released last week in two liveries, the brand new Scalextric Porsche was previewed on the SlotRacer forum last year. You can find out all about the model and how it performs in our Review section.

Slot Cars

Policar Ferrari 312B2
  • Policar Ferrari 312B2 Spanish GP 1972 Just arrived from Policar is this sensational Ferrari, driven by Mario Andretti at Jarama in 1972. The Scuderia ran a third car for Andretti at select races during the 1972 season – and also experimented with the Tyrrell-like nose, which was soon dropped in favour of more traditional winglets.
Bauer Dodge Charger 3D render
Scalextric Aston Martin V8
  • Scalextric Aston Martin V8 Web Exclusive Expected soon from Scalextric is this stunning Aston Martin Vantage V8, modelled on the car driven by Chris Scraggs in the Aston Martin Owners Club series. This car will be available exclusively from the Scalextric website.
Scalextric VW van and BMW 330i BTCC
  • Scalextric New Arrivals Two new arrivals for this week are a Volkswagen T1b van in Castrol colours, plus Adam Morgan’s 2021 Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i BTCC racer. You can remind yourself of all the 2022 cars over in our News forum thread.
BRM VW Scirocco x 2
  • BRM 1:24 Scale VW Sciroccos Expected any day now are the first two BRM Sciroccos, plus a pair of white kits. The story of these cars is over in our BRM 2022 thread in the News forum.

Tracks & Scenery

Le Mans Minaitures figures

UK Slot Car Shows

Swapmeet posters
  • Havant Scalextric Fair & Fun Day A swapmeet in the town where Scalextric originated – Havant, near Portsmouth – on Sunday 25 September. More details and table booking info via the event Facebook page.
  • NSCC Leeds Northern Swapmeet This is one for all northern slot car fans – Sunday 9 October, just off the M62 near Leeds. Contact the NSCC for more details and for table bookings.
  • Orpington Slot Car Swapmeet A change of name, but it’s still Phil Smith’s extravaganza of slot car goodies in the London commuter belt. The next is on Sunday 20 November – there are more details and table booking info on his website.
  • Winter Slot Car Market The organisers are probably still recovering from May’s wonderful UK Slot Car Festival – but the Winter Slot Car Market will be back on Sunday 4 December at the British Motor Museum. Expect details on their website soon.
  • Swindon Scalextric Swapmeet Swindon returns to its traditional first Sunday of January slot for 2023. There’s plenty of time to plan your trip and book a table – more details on the event Facebook page.

Slot Car Racing

Extreme Slotting header
  • Extreme Slotting Proxy The finale of the 2022 UK Rally Raid proxy took place over the weekend, with two of the four classes going right down to the wire. You can find out what happened over in the Proxy Racing forum.
HO drag racing header
  • Pancake Power HO Proxy Drag Racing The latest HO drag racing proxy on the Rock County Eighth Mile takes place this week. You can follow all the action at SlotRacer Online.
Drivers at WHO Racing
  • Your Club News There are updates this week from Mussel Bay, GOLD, Norwich, Manx, Worthing HO (pictured) and Southend slot car clubs.

Feature

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza

  • Built in the Royal Villa of Monza park, the “temple of speed” was opened in 1922, and was the third purpose-built motor racing track after Brooklands and Indianapolis. This year Monza celebrates the landmark of its centenary, whilst Ferrari celebrates its 75th birthday.
  • Monza’s greatest moments and darkest hours The shiver as one walks through the gates at Monza is triggered by its incredible history: Bernd Rosemeyer and Tazio Nuvolari winning in Auto Unions; Mika Häkkinen crouching and crying in the woods after crashing out in 1999; and the surging sea of red as Michael Schumacher stepped atop the podium in 2006 in the knowledge that he would be leaving Ferrari at the season’s end.
Monza progamme cover
  • Monza Programmes The Motor Racing Programme Covers website has loads of fantastic Monza programme covers, ranging from the circuit’s very first year, right up until last weekend’s F1 race.
  • Monza track plans Obviously we have track plans of the modern circuit. There is a routed track plan as well as Scalextric and Ninco versions.
  • HO Monza We also have an HO scale plan of the old circuit with the banking.
  • Wrenn Monza Then we have a 1/52 scale Monza for Wrenn Track
  • Monza Posters Our restomod of 101 Circuits for Scalextric Drivers led us to produce posters of the feature pages, including of course, Monza.
Ferrari sports car at Monza
  • Monza Grand Prix Our exclusive take on Frankenheimer’s classic film Grand Prix includes loads of unique shots of the circuit, along with a great video, and a Scalextric track plan.
  • Policar March 701 Monza 1971 Jean-Pierre Jarier’s first of 135 Grands Prix, saw the final F1 appearance of the March 701, at Monza in 1971. The car was not expected to do well, and didn’t, but it is a fantastic looking model.

Motorsport

Livery of the weekend – Mini Cooper S

Mini Cooper at Donington

Tony Hunting has been running his Mini with this poster at Classic Sports Car Club events all year. His Mini had added poignancy in the paddock at Donington this weekend – and maybe this is a car Scalextric could rush out for 2023?

  • Italian Grand Prix Monza hosted another memorable weekend of intrigue and drama – with some great racing, a controversial ending and the ‘driver of the day’ award going to an F1 debutant. You can grab the official seven minute highlights package on YouTube.
  • WRC Acropolis Rally The WRC headed to Greece for the latest round of the 2022 championship. Sébastien Loeb was back for Ford, who were looking to get back in the mix for a win. You can enjoy a five-minute recap of the weekend over on the WRC YouTube Channel.
  • Nascar Kansas Speedway The second Nascar play-off race was another tricky one for the championship contenders – and saw a popular underdog winner. Extended highlights are on the Nascar YouTube Channel now.
  • British GT Championship Brands Hatch It was an eventful two-hour race at Brands Hatch on Sunday. You can watch a concise two-minute highlights reel over on the GT World YouTube Channel.
  • Farewell Pukekohe Raceway Aussie Supercar superstars Shane van Gisbergen and Cam Waters gave Pukekohe Raceway a fitting send off, with an amazing battle in the closing stages of the final race on the New Zealand circuit. You can watch them on the Supercars YouTube Channel.