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Seeing as I have just got back into the hobby thought I would purchase a new scalextric car and see what the difference 40 years makes..
Bought a Lotus evora from scalextric. Am absolutely shocked at how quick this thing is compared to the cars that were available when I was a kid.
Granted I have left the magnet in so sticks like glue to the track.Not convinced that magnets are good as it takes the skill required to turn a fast lap and makes it pretty simple to do.
Still think I prefer my old cars from the 80s as to me they seem to make you work for fast laps as opposed to this new car which is so simple to go rapidly round the track.
Don't mind me just putting my thoughts into words ...how do the rest of you guys feel about new verses old ?
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Seeing as I have just got back into the hobby thought I would purchase a new scalextric car and see what the difference 40 years makes..
Bought a Lotus evora from scalextric. Am absolutely shocked at how quick this thing is compared to the cars that were available when I was a kid.
Granted I have left the magnet in so sticks like glue to the track.Not convinced that magnets are good as it takes the skill required to turn a fast lap and makes it pretty simple to do.
Still think I prefer my old cars from the 80s as to me they seem to make you work for fast laps as opposed to this new car which is so simple to go rapidly round the track.
Don't mind me just putting my thoughts into words ...how do the rest of you guys feel about new verses old ? View attachment 287164 View attachment 287164
Just like 1:1 cars, the modern beats the old, with exceptions of course, go to the nearest shop or on line and buy any Group C car from Slot it, then answer yourself…with or without magnet btw😉
 

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Just like 1:1 cars, the modern beats the old, with exceptions of course, go to the nearest shop or on line and buy any Group C car from Slot it, then answer yourself…with or without magnet btw😉
Ok sounds good may just have to try that.Just amazed at how much things have changed...
 

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carn,t remember much about the OLD ,but i take the magnets OUT of all my cars no matter what brand i buy , the driving experience is so rewarding when you can put together consistent lap times that are touching lap records for that style of car
Have to agree with you about the magnets.Just seems to make it too easy and no real challenge...
 

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Have to agree with you about the magnets.Just seems to make it too easy and no real challenge...
Just removed the magnet and that certainly has made things alot different...lol.
Has leveled the playing field for sure.Thing has still got straight-line speed but the old cars seem to handle the corners better,even at low speed .Need some tips on set up of the newer cars ..what to look for etc .
Have set up my old rally cars by tubing axle etc and that sure made a difference.Old cars have better tires put on by me.Do the new cars need better tires than stock as well?
I know newbie questions but if anyone could give some pointers that would be awesome.
 

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I am not sure what you mean with "old" cars here. But for sure scalex cars need a bit of TLC (actually some more) before they start to perform well.
At what volt are you running your track?
Some people go down to 9V, most use 12V. I am at ~11V.
 

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Old as in 80s cars.Escort ,Porsche 935 and mini 1275gt.Got them handling pretty good for what they are.Just using the standard sport powerbase and wall warts.Nothing fancy yet as i have just got back into it.May upgrade power source later on .
 

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I have to confess, magnets don't appeal to me. I cut my first slot car teeth, like, I suspect, most of my age group on magless Scalextric cars from the 70s and 80s (built a couple of Riko kits rather badly too) because that's just the way things were. Now I'm back playing with old Scaley cars from the same era, along with some Fibreslots kits, and it's never really struck me that magnets would offer any increase in enjoyment for me. Much of my enjoyment of the hobby involves fettling and fiddling with the cars to make small improvements, much of which would be masked by magnets. Ultimate lap times are not my primary goal. It's the satisfaction of obtaining progressively better lap times from less than perfect machinery which appeals.

But that's me. There are many ways to enjoy the hobby. None is inherently more or less worthy than any other.
 

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Same here Pat B.Grew up in that era too.As a kid I never really tried to make the cars better as didnt have access to the knowledge that is available nowadays.
Now I just like to try and improve the older cars .Brings me joy ,like yourself,to try to improve old machinery.
Will have a couple of "new " cars in the collection but still think I prefer the cars that was around when I was a youngster.
 

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Thanks for the info.Looks like I may have opened pandora's box here.lol.Have really been enjoying getting back into it so far.Just blown away by how far the cars have come.Shouldnt be surprised i guess seeing as lots of things have changed with the passing of time.Some good some bad...and if you say the Nsr is next level that would be interesting to see.
 

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Things have changed from the 80s. I think the level of details in 1/32 scale are on par with model kits.
And performance is all there.
Toy slot cars (like carrera and scalex) can be tuned to go well without magnets but it is an one-off process: if you make a mistake it is very hard to undone things. The first thing to do usually is to get better tyres.
If you get cars from the professional manufacturers then tuning process can be more straightforward and you can rollback easily in case of a mistake - well, in most of the cases.
Anyway, it is a journey.
There is an interesting new video on this: Toy Brands vs Professional Slot Racing Cars
 

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Things have changed from the 80s. I think the level of details in 1/32 scale are on par with model kits.
And performance is all there.
Toy slot cars (like carrera and scalex) can be tuned to go well without magnets but it is an one-off process: if you make a mistake it is very hard to undone things. The first thing to do usually is to get better tyres.
If you get cars from the professional manufacturers then tuning process can be more straightforward and you can rollback easily in case of a mistake - well, in most of the cases.
Anyway, it is a journey.
There is an interesting new video on this: Toy Brands vs Professional Slot Racing Cars
Thank you sir. Will definately check this video out .Just finding out now there is a lot more to it now than in the dim and distant past...
 

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Most certainly am having fun.Learning alot and keeping me out of mischief...only slight problem is have jumped headfirst down the rabbit hole and the wallet is taking a hit...lol.No worries tho as dont spend what I can't afford.Better to be spending it on something I enjoy as opposed to useless stuff.
 
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