I’m sure that most of you out there have had a play on a slot-car track at some stage in your life.
Sometimes that could even be the thing that kickstarted a life-long passion for cars.
For instance, I’m not sure I remember The Joker driving a shocking pink 911 against the Batmobile…
However, against that and what was perhaps the lowest point of the F1 models there was the reliable high of the latest Mini Cooper set, which along with F1 must be the best-selling package.
Not only was there Scalextric memorabilia displayed, but also histories-in-miniature of Airfix model kits and Horny trains as well as enormous 1:8 scale model cars from Pocher – a more recent group acquisition.
My first surprise for the day was just how old the concept of Scalextric actually is.
, be they a Fangio, Senna, Schumacher, Mansell or Hamilton – and all whilst lounging around on the living room floor.
And nowhere can that be more true than at a place dedicated to the grand-daddy of slot-car racing, Scalextric.
For a very short period of time, some larger scale cars were made along with an unusual three-lane track as part of the Super124 range.
The detail isn’t that far off today’s models, despite the limits in manufacturing technology of the time; the price did reflect the quality, however.
Perhaps that’s because of Scalextric almost becoming too popular?
It’s still pretty easy to break bits off a car when you’re scrabbling to put it back on track, and you have to think that the priority might have been to make them as simple as possible.