Anyone remember slot cars

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  1. BackwaterJunction

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    This thread has reminded me that I still have mine somewhere. I've got about a full grid's worth of F1 cars from the 90s that I used to hotlap around a Scalextric circuit by myself.

    Wonder if I can dig them out...
     
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    Used to be a great track for the 1/24 cars in our downtown. I had a big HO set (Aurora) on my ping pong table.
     
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    I spent hours and hours playing with a Scalextric 8 track! Had a copy of Jim Clarck's lotus in green and a Ferrari with head lights working.
    Today I still have them and my last acquisition is a piece of history I never had the guts to put it on the track: a copy of the Porsche 917K from the 12hrs in Sebring in 1971. Driven by Jacky Oliver and Pedro Rodriguez. The later one hit Mark Donuhue's car hence the emergency "mod" to respect the night rules and be able to continue the race!!!
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    I was into HO big time as a youth. I was living on Long Island and the Aurora factory was a bicycle ride away in West Hempstead. Used to go there and buy stuff you couldn't find at hobby stores. Built a huge track in our unfinished attic and spent a few summers sweating and racing my friends.
     
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    Cox, Strombecker, Mabuchi motors, custom cars with clear plastic shells painted on the inside. I did it all at local tracks, plus 1/24 and HO tracks at home.
     
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    Scalextric took up most of my school holidays (it had to be put away during term time) and pocket money for about 5 years from 1962. I scratch built quite a few cars using parts from MRRC and spent hours refining them. I built a Lotus 25 and a Lotus Cortina as a tribute to my hero Jim Clark, but mainly concentrated on pre Ford GT40 historic Le Mans cars, Jaguars and Ferrari. I wish I still had them.

    The passion for GT racing actually led me to the passion that replaced it. In June 1965 I was up late waiting for the midnight news bulletin from Le Mans. Just before it, the BBC showed a recorded performance by a young Bob Dylan. I'd been vaguely aware of him, but that night triggered the obsession with music, guitars ( and literature) that have remained. No interest in car racing now, though I do dip in to the Le Mans coverage for old times' sake.
     
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    Loved them. I still remember the first slotless track I had with cars that could change lanes. What a blast!
     
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    Great fun in the 80s.

    wonder if they still make em.
     
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    Yep, those super light clear bodies were the best. I was seriously into building and racing in early/mid sixties.
     
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    When I was a kid there was a big slot car place in a town near me It had 3 tracks each a different setup. And about 8 years ago I set up a track in my house took up the whole living room had friends come over and they where happy as all get out to play around with them.
     
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    We had four different race tracks in the then small town of Oxnard, California. Model Car Raceways, Frank's Hobby House, Checkered Flag and another on the Port Hueneme Navy Base hobby shop. I raced at all of them, they were all good and those business owner made a fortune off me. The final straw for me was when I burnt up the motor on my favorite car and could never get it to run properly after that. It was that final omen that I should hang up the old controller. I never did the HO thing, mine were all 1 24th scale cars.
     
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    Dang it! Now I am watching some sets on eBay!!!!!
     
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    Loved them!

    Back in the early 80s, I ran across a hobby shop in Rockford, IL that had NOS AFX Super II cars. At one time, the Super II was the ultimate factory racer, but by the 1980s it was easily bested by the G-Plus. The shop had complete cars, in the presentation box for $5 each. They also had spare bodies and parts - all at blowout prices. I bought 2 cars, 2 bodies, and some other parts. Spent about $20.

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    I never used any of the stuff and forgot about it for 25 years. Ended up selling the cars for $400 each and the bodies for $100 each. Got another $200 for the spare parts.
     
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    If it was good enough for Jim...

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    NJ Nostalgia. It’s still there.
     
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    I had one of the earliest slot car set ups, circa 1961. There were others even earlier than that. Two cars and a figure eight track. It had a lap counter on it. It had hand held controls. They were primarily hand held plunger style accelerators that you held in your hand and pushed on with your thumbs. Pretty primitive by later standards. The cars looked like early CanAm style racers. Perhaps Ferraris? That track brought countless neighborhood kids to my house. Tremendously fun. HO cars that you could modify in various ways came along a couple years later. There were huge slot car tracks opening everywhere. There were also racing teams and leagues. Great memories.
     
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    Still have a bunch of my 1/24 cars. Haven't been to the local track in ages though. The HO stuff me and my brother collected for ages, must have had 1000 feet of track we'd hook up and run on a old model train transformer. Things would haul butt for a little while. Oh god ever remember losing those little motor brushes when working on them?
     
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    We had a set of the first generation slot cars and track, I think Aurora was the brand. I still remember the hot oil smell of the little electric motors after a few laps.
     
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    Had both H.O. trains and slot cars, from the Thunderjets, AFX, MagneTraction and up to the 440 X2. TJets and AFX were my favorite, as they require some skill to drive. I used to modify them and race in local tournaments. I still have a bunch of cars in a case in the basement (no track though). I'm too lazy to go down and get them and take pics, unless someone convinces me otherwise.
     
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