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Old 8 May 2021, 12:28 (Ref:4050315)   #1
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The diecast room floor circuit racing memories

Having taken the Donington Historic Festival off track, I thought I'd open a threat devoted to the pleasures of the indoor racing of our youth.

Sorry Coppice, but your Scalextric Porsche wouldn't have stood a chance. It was a very soft surface and you'd be in and out of the pits every lap to remove the fluff from the pick up.

Ah, the simple joys of running a Formula Libre race on that ever changing track, accompanied by the shrill vocalisation of an engine at full speed, excessive tyre squealing and always with at least one dramatic incident per lap. The sprint through the railway tunnel, the chicane through the table legs and the ever looming danger of being sideswiped by the cat's paw.

For several races, Captain Scarlet's Spectrum Patrol Vehicle was dominant, then came the turn of the red, blue, green and yellow single seaters, the E type and several Hot Wheels specials, before the arrival of electric vehicles (a Lima Deltic and Hornby King George VI ) took over the track surface.

I still blame those formative years on my love of motor sport.
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Old 8 May 2021, 13:14 (Ref:4050325)   #2
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Good idea, thanks. Think we'll see EB coming here very shortly. As a former toys wholesaler I was the first to sell TCR tracks. Not my favorite at all but good business. When young I used to play Circuit 24 and of course Scalextric. Do you remember when they launched the GT's series with headlights?
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Old 8 May 2021, 17:17 (Ref:4050367)   #3
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Funnily enough, although I was always interested in cars, as well as trucks, fire engines, trains and planes, I never clamoured for slot racing and never had it. My early passion was for Dinky cars and lorries, but that took second place when my parents bought me a Hornby 00 set plus extra track and accessories for either a Christmas or birthday present. And relatives were instructed to add further to the collection. That continued for quite a few years, and whenever I came home on holidays, the base board would be already set up for me in the spare bedroom, and I would quickly re-assemble the layout that I had devised.

I kept all of that collection throughout my marriage, and it wasn't until about the late 70s/early 80s and I had had a rather large heated garage built that I decided to create a 12 by 18 foot layout that was suspended from the ceiling and was lowered and raised using sailing tackle and winches. I was still building the layout which by then included overhead catenary and was being wired ready for computerised controls when I decided that divorce was a good option, and the house was sold. Unfortunately, my next home had no room for the train layout, so I reluctantly sold it to a local dealer.
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Old 8 May 2021, 21:32 (Ref:4050401)   #4
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Never had a Scalextrix of my own, but I did have the OO scale Minic track and cars - initially a Porsche 911 and an E-type IIRC.....I remember eagerly setting it up on the table on Xmas morning - got about 4 laps completed before the cat''s pounce on the motorised mice sent one of the cars flying........


Later on a mate built a Scalex-style circuit from scratch with much wire mesh, papier mache, hardboard and copper tape, and we bought some commerciallly available chassis and motors, which I bodied with an Airfix Lotus Cortina (in Sir John Whitmore colours), and a blow-moulded Galaxie 500 - which I painted a respendent orange..... Think I still have them in a box, somewhere.....
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Old 9 May 2021, 10:43 (Ref:4050469)   #5
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I had a Scalextrix figure of 8 when I was, I think, 6 or 7 but didn't see the appeal of if then. I bought a TCR set at a car boot sale for £1 when I was 13 or so, when it was in decline, but found a model shop through the classified adverts in the Portsmouth Evening New who was selling off all its stock. A friend and I duly got a lift from Mum that Saturday as she was dropping Dad off at Fratton Park.

We spoke to the owner and he said he had a couple of boxes we could have for £5. A few minutes later he came back and gave us 2 sealed shoe boxes. Excited about our treasure we headed to the door before he called after us, "Don't you want the other box?" pointing to a large (to us) box by the door ! We came home with enough track to go through both the front room and the dining room, numerous chassis, bodies, complete cars, tyres etc. We had several years fun from that but it still didn't have the visceral excitement of toy cars on the carpet.
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Old 9 May 2021, 10:55 (Ref:4050481)   #6
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Hmm great thread!
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The ones about room floor BTCC and 500 mile an hour scalextric minis? ?
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Old 10 May 2021, 06:29 (Ref:4050756)   #7
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I joined the Scalextric club at school in 1968 at 16 , having had no interest in motorsport before then . But also piqued by reading a friend's copy of Motor with a Ford GT40 Mk4 on its cover , I went along . God above, but they took it seriously and I soon lost interest and gave my Porsche away . But I did meet somebody who wanted to see the real thing as much as I did - and a few months later we were marshalling on the RAC Rally .

My late brother in law was seriously addicted though - his layout took up most of a huge room in his farmhouse , and when he died there must have been over a thousand slot cars and models . His own dad had raced against Billy Cotton in the 30s -must have been in the genes !
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I had a Scalextric set back in the sixties but sadly all I have left from then is my AC Cobra. However, a relative gave me a small figure-of-eight set for Christmas a few years ago, with a not terribly inspiring Audi TT & Porsche Boxster. The set has never been out of the box, but recently I have bought a few cars, mainly for the cars rather than the fact that they are slot cars.

Recent purchases have included a very nice old Scalextric Lotus 21 for my Lotus collection & a Cortina GT, Vic Elford's 1964 Coupe des Alpes winner. I bought it from Vic's shop & he duly signed it for me. I got to know him quite well a few years ago but he is sadly now rather unwell. I have a few other Cortina's as well, including an old MRRC version.

One day I will get the track out & see if they all work!
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Good idea, thanks. Think we'll see EB coming here very shortly. As a former toys wholesaler I was the first to sell TCR tracks. Not my favorite at all but good business. When young I used to play Circuit 24 and of course Scalextric. Do you remember when they launched the GT's series with headlights?
TCR!! Major rival of Aurora?

Please can you remmind us what was the TCR'Jammer car' Gerard?

It seemed to take on an almost mythical status which ocassionally even transfered to real racing when describing the type of driver/car combo that was particularly stubborn to overtake!
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I'd forgotten about Aurora.....I still have Emillio De Villota's race winner's cap in the shed.
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The first sales argument for TCR circuits was that the cars could change lane "for real", this action being remotely commanded. Not related to the rail arrangement. Quite new and really different it was presented as a release toward the rail guided cars. Comme la voiture de papa sur l'autoroute!

Totally forgot about Aurora too. At the end of the day I feel that the COAT, C for circuit, was and remains Carrera. Fantastic product, good marketing and nice packaging.
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At the age of seven my old man gave me a Scalextric set for my birthday, it was the cross over set with the bridge and contained a works Gulf GT40. Little did I know nearly forty years later I would race the real deal, at the British GP for Lord Bamford and my father was there to see it. Who said dreams never come true ?

Happy days.

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Wonderful story, thanks. I remember many cars of my slot racing circuits but never raced a single one in the real life. Its never too late is it?
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We had a family Scalextric, it was a collection of parts rather than a set. I must admit I enjoyed building the circuits and testing them out more than the racing which I found (and still do) a bit underwhelming.

Maybe that started me on the road to my current employment!


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Having "only" one sister I must admit that I had more fun with diecast models than with any circuit. Only my bleeding knees could stop me from playing on the carpet! School playground what the right place to test and discover that some drop of oil can make a model running faster and longer. I remember a Talbot Lago bringing some laurels in the form of bag of marbles. Dinky Toys I'm pretty sure.
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