Sir Stirling Moss was an early adopter, and was often shown in photos playing with his cars - he also endorsed several sets, including Aurora in the USA. There are clips on the BBC archives.
Jim Hall of Chaparral fame was a racer (and also endorsed the Cox Chaparrals, for a commission), and a few other racers were active as well, even quite recently.
Does this have to be solely UK oriented? I've actually got a whole dossier on "celebrity slot racers", although more US oriented, and a lot of times it was just a one-shot publicity deal (like Robert Kennedy opening a playground in NY that had a slot car setup, and holding the controller the wrong way...).
Dont know whether they did it "All of the day and all of the night" or just on a "Sunny afternoon" (sorry couldnt resist) but Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks had a scalex set. According to our club musical guru, John Crocker, they just went in to Hamleys and bought the shop layout there and then!
I am sure on one of these forum threads there was a picture of "the Beatles" with a large scalex set
additionally sir holburt waring of srm told me that he set up a circuit for the comedy script writer> comdic actor Jeremy lloyd .
There was also a piccy in one of the early model cars magazines of the late Adam faith (who is he grandad?) discussing his requirements with alban adams of mrrc
Thanks Porsche - one of my favorite movies! And a very unexpected slot scene.
But I'm afraid Mr Scaleslotcar is right - they probably only want a current celebrity for name dropping purposes - News of the World stuff, eh?
There are a couple photos of Beatles with slot cars, but here's one I posted already:
The old Model Maker and Model Cars magazines had lots of photos similar to that with Adam Faith, of major and minor celebrities from days gone by... I think there was a Prince in there too, but can't remember if it was Albert, Charles, Phillip or some other...
There is a brief history of Ross Brawn's slot racing career in The Brawn Story, written by Christopher Hilton (Haynes Publishing, ISBN 978 1 84425 937 3). It's a wonderful read and gives tremendous insight into the life of Ross Brawn. In the book Ross dwells on his slot racing exploits "I never set out to have a career in motor racing. I liked engineering and I liked my slot car racing". With contributions from Derek Cooper, Stanley Kirk and Maurizio Ferrari, and priced at just £16.14 in hardback or £6.99 in softback from Amazon, it is well worth reading.
A forum community dedicated to slot car owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about collections, racing, displays, models, track layouts, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!