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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
The Return of AutoWorld’s Super III This inline HO chassis always promised much, but has mostly left HO slot car fans disappointed. However, an updated version is back this autumn in a four-car, eight-livery release that features an eclectic mix of body styles.
Slot.it Porsche 962C Le Mans 1991 Slot.it have provided an update on their Joest Porsche 962C that features a central-pillar rear wing. Two versions of the wing will be provided with model – one for racing and one for display. The first livery – the Konrad Motorsport car driven by Hans Stuck, Derek Bell and Frank Jelinski – will be available later in the year.
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 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 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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
Spa Track Plans We have a large and accurate routed Spa track plan with all the elevations too. We also have Scalextric and Ninco versions.
Original Layout We’ve also got a plan for the original layout as part of our rework of 101 Circuits for Scalextric Drivers
More Plans Model Car & Track magazine also published practical plans of the circuit for various track systems, as part of their Grand Prix Circuits series.
Inspired For the atmosphere of Spa, we’d highly recommend a look at Reeves’ Spa inspired Scalextric track.
Grand Prix Spa is also featured in our exclusive feature on the classic film Grand Prix, with behind the scenes shots of Jean Pierre Sarti’s crash.
News Forum With such a long and distinguished history, it will come as no surprise that we have features on several cars which raced at Spa, including…
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.
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.
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.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of automobile race Indianapolis 500, opens in Speedway, Indiana
Michael Schumacher wins the Hungarian Grand prix at Hungaroring to clinch his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship, equalling Alain Prost's record of 51 Grand Prix victories
Scalextric BMW M3 E30 BTCC 1988 Brands Hatch Roland Ratzenberger
This is the car that Roland Ratzenberger drove to 11th place at Brands Hatch on this day in 1988. These Scalextric BMW M3s have been out for a few years now but various liveries are still available so a review may be of interest.
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Slot car racing has a fairly long history now, having been around for over 60 years. During that time many manufacturers have come and gone, and many products have been presented, only to disappear.
Of course, some of those manufacturers and products fully deserved to fall by the wayside. But then there were the others that perhaps deserved more, the ones that are fondly remembered, sorely missed, and still collected to this day.
Lost & Found is the story of the enterprises that, with a little good fortune, a fair wind, and following seas, might just have had greater, or more prolonged success. We’ve even included one famous manufacturer from the past, that has bucked the general trend and been successfully relaunched.
STS – Super Track System was an exciting and possibly unique slot car and track system, based on the Paris-Dakar rally, with rough, sand coloured track, and an impressive range of inclines, obstacles, and hazards.
Manufactured by the Spanish Scalextric company Exin from 1985-89, the combination of the smaller scale track and 4×4 cars was unlike any other slot car system before, posing a huge range of unusual challenges, making it great fun to play with.
Victory Industries, or VIP, may not have been quite the household name that Scalextric became, but the company was at the vanguard of commercial slot car production, beating it’s more famous rival to the basic idea, and going on to make products that many considered to be superior.
It was 1956 when Victory presented their first prototype of a commercially viable slot car set, and it is the journey from those early days, through to being one of the best slot car manufacturers around, which we will be detailing here, with Malcolm Parker’s definitive history.
The fine detail, finish and exclusivity of a hand built model, plus all the fun of a slot car
If you should Google Maxi-Models today then an awful lot of sites promoting the modelling services of fuller figure ladies will predominate, but delve a little deeper and you should come across some references to a range of slot cars. This is their story…
Vanquish surpassed even Fly with the interior detailing and the cars were about as close to a static diecast display piece as a slot car could get. This level of interior detail certainly made them stand out from the competition and that wasn’t all as each car had a fully functional rear differential!
Despite their deficiencies they were a star in the firmament which burned brightly for far too short a time. We take a look at the short lived Spanish manufacturer who produced some very innovative slot cars in their brief period of existence.
G. & R. Wrenn Limited were already well established as a model railway specialist when they turned their attentions to slot cars in 1959.
Their were several totally unique features of the Formula 152 system which they presented to great acclaim at the Brighton Toy Fair in 1960. First, it was produced in the unusually small scale of 1/52, hence the name. Secondly it allowed three cars to be independently controlled on each lane. And finally it allowed cars to actually change lanes.
We’ll point you in the direction of several sources where you can read more.
In Italy, Policar was the brand which defined slot cars in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, much like Scalextric in the UK. To the general Italian public, a slot car is simply a Policar, and a slot track is still often referred to as a pista Policar.
Policar was the brand name for a range of slot cars and track produced from 1963 to 1993, which has now been resurrected by Slot.it.
So Policar are one brand here that are no longer lost. With Maurizio Ferrari leading the way, and a range of fantastic products on offer, it’s difficult to imagine the company being in safer hands. Just for once in this section, we can say that the future looks bright for this famous old brand.