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Was finally able to take some pictures of a couple of interesting sets, a French one I picked up this year, fairly well known here, and a Japanese set that I don't know much about - also acquired in France, strangely enough.

First, "La Piste Magique" (The Magic Track), by Jouets Vibro, Made in France, early 60s I would guess... This is the old "vibrating surface" principle, familiar to any child growing up in the 60s - especially in the USA, where we all seem to have had the US Football version of this game, where the players never "ran" in the direction you wanted them to... not sure the cars were any more obedient! This one seems to be a "stock car" version of the race, and I guess the cars are supposed to circle around the bumps at either end of the track, although not sure how you're supposed to ensure that! There's an adjustment knob, for your vibrating pleasure... This is the old 110V standard, so I haven't dared hook it up.





And here's a Japanese set, with the brand name Modern Toys (MT), and cars that look very much like what have been identified as Imai, although I don't know if that's confirmed. What's special here is that it's a 3-lane set, a real rarity in the business. The cars are an indeterminate scale, somewhere between 1/43 and 1/32 . I would guess date of manufacture is about 1970, the chassis is already looking a bit more modern than the earliest Japanese models with the round Mabuchi 15R type motor. One of the cars is obviously an E-Type, the two others I'm less sure about - one looks like a Ferrari 250 LM on the cover - less so in the flesh!







 

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Hi Don
We didn,t have any vibrsting toys in this country at least not till the advent of the ann summers shops in the 80s,
Re the 3rd car in the jap set ,could it be a lotus elan ,the shape looks half decent even if the size is a bit odd

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Nice finds Don,

I've got a 110v step down transformer thing so bring that first set with you for Double Trouble next year unless you get over before then.

That's 2 3-lane plastic tracks I know of with the old Scaley 1:24. Is there any more?

Cheers

John
 

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QUOTE (vfr750 @ 16 Jul 2011, 17:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That's 2 3-lane plastic tracks I know of with the old Scaley 1:24. Is there any more?

The other one I know of is by Strombecker John, which seem to have been mainly commercialized as part of a contest, so is not that widely available. I've seen a few (one of the Bordo guys even found one at the local flea market), but not with the original cars - I think it had three F1 cars originally....

Don
 

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Pretty amazing set Joel - is that also a vibrating principle, but hand-cranked? I've actually got a French car racing game like that from the 50s, with a Le Mans 24H theme...

And is that the same Prince as the Tamiya 1/24? The Prince idea did cross my mind...

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Thanks Gar - Tudor! That's the name I couldn't remember... I actually picked up one of those sports car racing sets awhile back, but I think it's still at my brother's in Chicago...

We spent a lot of time playing with the American football version when we were kids, but could never get the players running in the right direction, and doing a forward pass or kicking a field goal took a lot more than good vibrations!

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my partner (from Japan) just told me that the Japanese cover says in Black type = `Masudaya, Family Racing ` & the Red type = ` 3 lane` Japanese do not use plural.
 

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GREAT finds Don ... both beautys I would love to have in the collection.


All of those cars in the Japanese set aren't bad renditions of the real cars, the Elan (as Superhornets mantioned) looks half decent. Also I've certainly seen worse versions of the
E Type, and you don't many Prince GT's in any scale.

Cheers, Michael
 
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