Digest 50

By Jove! That Grand Prix was rather exciting…

The second part of this week’s Digest does look at the 2021 F1 championship decider, but first, here’s a bumper edition of slot car news – Pioneer Christmas treats, Scalextric surprises, various new cars and kit ideas for presents, plus magazines, slot cars on TV and a personal audience with Maurizio Ferrari…

Slot Cars

  • Pioneer Christmas Legends Santa has arrived on GT Sprite’s wonderful Targa Florio layout. You can find out more about this year’s Legends of Christmas courtesy of Mr Pioneer himself, over in the News section of the forum.
  • Coventry 2021 Jaguar XJ-S A 1,000 unit limited-edition Scalextric Jaguar XJ-S has been commissioned to celebrate Coventry’s UK City of Culture status. The real-life XJ-S was assembled in Coventry, so it’s a perfect subject for this commemorative model. Available in January 2022, the car can be pre-ordered now.

  • Le Mans Minatures Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa The latest project from French artisan slot car builders LMM is to recreate the five Ferrari 250 TR cars that raced at the 24 Heures du Mans in 1960. The first two models are expected this month and you can find out more over on the forum.
  • NSR Formula 86/89 Canon Williams Due to arrive at the end of December are two iconic Canon Williams liveries on the NSR generic F1 model. Nelson Piquet won his third world championship in 1987, after team mate Nigel Mansell pulled out of the final two races with a back injury. These NSR cars will re-kindle that championship battle on slot car tracks around the world.
  • Mr Slotcar Jaguar XJ220 Pendles have the latest models from Mr Slotcar in stock. The Jaguar XJ220 is available in three liveries and a white kit. You can also read some discussion about the Jag in the ‘Cars bought by members…’ thread on the forum.
Renault 5, Mercedes van and rally loop from hobbyclassic
  • New Scalextric Honda for 2022? BTCC racer Jade Edwards seems to have spilled the beans about one of Scalextric’s 2022 new models. During a video on the Scalextric YouTube Channel, Jade clearly hints that her FK8 Honda Civic Type R will be made into a Scalextric car next year. If true, that’s exciting news for BTCC fans! We’ll bring you the full 2022 range reveal on the SlotRacer website in January.

Slot Car Kits

  • Racing Replicas Austin Healey 100 slot car kit Best know for his amazing custom builds, Racing Replica’s Pete Shepherd has made this resin body kit for his Healey 100 available for sale at Pendle Slot Racing. With the optional PCS32 chassis and running gear, this provides all you need to build a fully-working slot car.

Tracks & Scenery

Airfix Jaguar 420 box art
  • Airfix Jaguar 420 Airfix have re-released their 1/32 scale Jaguar 420 kit. Perfect for a trackside static model, or possible conversion to a slot car.

Slot Car Parts

  • Staffs Slot Cars UK Deep Dish Alloys Staffs’ machined alloy slot car wheels look great and are a robust alternative to plain wheels plus inserts. Yet another design is being added to the roster in January 2022 – these very tasty Deep Dish style hubs will certainly appeal to the boy racers among us!
  • Slot.it & Policar News Video A little later than usual, Maurizio Ferrari gives us a personal introduction to the November news from Reggio Emilia.There’s two new cars, three new white kits, plus a close look at the new G25 GT3 tyres, high-power cable for the SCP3 controller, fitting the new SP15C SSD digital chip and ending with the spare parts available for the new Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3.

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Television

  • Scalextric on Hornby TV Series Slot car enthusiasts have had to wait for this episode, but this week’s programme finally gets round to Scalextric… Expect a look at the development of the newly-released Formula-E range – plus a rumoured Lamborghini Countach model. The show is broadcast on the Yesterday channel or can be viewed on the UKTV catch-up service.

Publications

  • Slot #49 The latest edition of Slot has just been published. Available as an ebook and a print magazine, you can view the contents page on ePilot’s fabulous Magazines thread on the forum.

Automobiles

  • De Tomaso P72 Supercar When the retro-styled, but thoroughly modern P72 was announced in 2019, De Tomaso aficionados couldn’t help but be excited. Still under development for delivery in 2023, we meet the men behind the machine in a short film. You can watch the video and read more on the Petrolicious website.

Motor Sport: The 2021 F1 Championship Decider

  • Formula One 2021 What a season it has been. Drama and controversy on and off the track, plus two magnificent drivers pushing to the limit – and sometimes beyond. If you don’t know what happened in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, don’t scroll any further – find a highlights programme and enjoy the race. If you do know the result and want a bite-sized update, carry on…
  • The best F1 title‑deciding races ever There was plenty of high-quality build-up to the F1 championship showdown. One article not to miss is Ben Miles’ choice of his nine best title-deciding races on the Goodwood Road & Racing website. I’m guessing he’ll be adding 2021 to 2008, 1986, 1989, 2010, 1976, 1997, 2007, 2012 and 1964 in a new top ten.
  • Yas Marina Qualifying Sky Sports F1’s Karun Chandhok compares Max Verstappen’s and Lewis Hamilton’s fastest laps in qualifying on the revised Yas Marina circuit. First blood to Verstappen, but the Red Bull would be starting the race on the ‘wrong’ tyres…
  • The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix What a race! Controversy on the first and final laps, plus plenty of intrigue in between. Only one driver could be the winner – and to lose would be cruel.
  • Nicholas Latifi! Latifi put his Williams in the Armco with just five laps to go… Thankfully the Canadian was unhurt, but the resulting safety car simply notched up the tension to stratospheric levels…
  • A Hollywood Ending The 58th and final lap was a winner-takes-all shoot-out between Max on brand-new soft tyres and Lewis on tyres with 40 laps of wear. It should have been no contest, but was another great fight between the title contenders. Sky’s 15 minute highlights programme is here.
  • They think it’s all over? It was unlikely this quarrelsome season would end without a post-race protest by the losing team. Toto Wolff and Mercedes dutifully obliged, citing both the race director’s handling of the final re-start and alleged overtaking behind the safety car. This one might go all the way to the courts – although hopefully we’ll have a final instalment to publish in Digest 51.
  • Farewell Kimi Räikkönen One thing is for sure, Kimi Räikkönen was voted Driver of the Day – not so much for his race, but for everything he has given to the sport over his two stints in F1. Formula 1 have added a great tribute video and final interview to their YouTube channel.