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Stuart Wood
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I'll start by saying that I have Sport track, always remove 'traction' magnets, and don't time my laps!

I just got a Scalextric Audi R8, and I must say it's brilliant. Out of the 150 plus slot cars I've owned, I'd vote for this as the best handling of them all - not the fastest, or the one that sticks to the track best, but definitely the most fun to drive - it looks amazing, the mabuchi motor is just about perfect, and (a bit subjective this) it has what seems to me to be a very realistic handling style - it really looks like the real car on track.

Others I've owned that I'd say run the Audi pretty close (for similar reasons):

Fly Porsche 934
Fly Renault 5
Ninco Lamborghini Gallardo
SCX Ferrari FXX#
Slot-it Lancia LC2

Which of the cars you've owned would you give this accolade to? Which cars should I be looking out for to add to my collection of great looking, great handling cars?
 

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One petunia in a field of onions
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Scalex Ford GT
SCX Aero 8

Both a bucket load of fun without more than a change of tyres.

Of course, if you want to swap the RX42 in the Aero to an RX42B it's still fun, just considerably faster fun.

Also a bucket load of fun to drive on the rally side of things with SFA input:
SCX Alpine A110
SCX Skoda Fabia 4WD
Ninco Ford Focus 4WD
Ninco Mitsubishi Lancer 4WD
 

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Try some vintage 1960s single seater Scaley cars with the Powersledge motors in. Europa Vee, Panther, Lotus Indianapolis, Scalextric Teamcar Ferrari V8 , Matra MS11 F1.
Not the quickest, but very stable. Put a new set of Ortmanns on the back & they go fab-you will be pleasantly suprised.
Cheers
Kev

Lotus.
 

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Stuart Wood
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Hi Kev, I was admiring your & Mirrorman's C15 Matra earlier today - those powersledge F1 cars look very tasty.

So the inevitable questions: How easy/difficult are they to get hold of? what sort of prices do they fetch? Are there any mods required to get them up to scratch? I'm on the hunt for a couple...
Cheers
 

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Hi Hunt.
First off. Make sure the car is complete & working because you don`t want to be looking around for spares.
The Matra , Lotus, Scalextric Teamcar & Ferrari are quite rare now so good examples can set you back a bit.
You are best going for the Europa Vee or Panther. If you`re going to Gaydon there`ll be a few for sale .
Early cars had no rear wings fitted, later ones did.
Motors are generally reliable.
The motor has a commutator fitted. You will see two fine lines in it. Clean these out with a pin & clean the commutator with either Meths or lighter fluid.You will see a round felt pad at the front of the motor, lightly oil this. Lightly oil gears ect. as you would on a normal car. Always change the rear tyres as a matter of course(RSSlotracing).The motor is an open frame type & you can change the motor magnet to a neodidium version(ebay). Gives faster performance, but it`s something I`ve never bothered doing.If the motor is running too slow it normally just needs zapping off a model railway specialist(couple of quid fix). The commutator has a pair of carbon brushes either side of it. These normally last a lifetime, but if they need changing Slotcar Restorations sell them.
Cheers
Kev.

An early Panther;


A winged version of the Europa Vee;


Panther from above. Ensure all trimmings are there, especially the exhaust & suspension detailing which is all too often broke. You can see that this car has no slots for a rear wing. Check that every wingless car has no such slots as replacements are getting pricey!
 

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I really enjoy non-magnet running with SCX rally, Sloter Ferrari 312PBs and a good MMK classic sports car. Rear-engined Fly and AutoArt Porsche 911s are also pure pleasure with mags out.

Also love running box standard Slot.It Group C cars on Scalextric Sport, against the clock, as they have so much power that the challenge is to keep it smooth and not give in to temptation to go sideways and mash the throttle.

I can waste days doing that.
 

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Jim Moyes
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The Scalextric Team Car isn't a sledge, Kev.

I thought you, of all people, would know that
 

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I'm partial to open wheel cars, F1s, Indys, etc., and could enthuse all day about many different models, but if there was one slot car with enclosed bodywork that I would recommend, it would be the Scalextric Ford GT40. Great handling, lovely compact proportions, nice build quality, a wide choice of liveries. In my book, a great RTR car.
 
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