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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...).









 

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Gordon Murray too, former Technical Director of McLaren F1 and well known designer.

In January 2000 Motor Sport asked him to come up with his ideal future F1 car ... and he drew a very tongue-in-cheek full-size slot racer that was in the centerfold of the magazine...

Don
 

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As it's TV they're probably only interested in current 'celebrities' but Ross Brawn was a very active slot racer in the seventies even producing his own slot car chassis under the name, HB products.
 

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Ross Brawn...famously ran a slot business called HB Models. Now simply runs a Formula One team or something. How the mighty are fallen.
 

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Not 'regular' slot racers but it's just as well -- they are both rubbish at it!




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Russell
 

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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!
 

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Hi Guys

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

There are a few names to drop

Cheers tony
 

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Tony Condon
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Hi Steve
I bet they raced an L_O-L-A lola

cheers tony
 

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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...

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Yes, Ross Brawn! A guy at our club raced against him. Some kinda claim to fame. Kinda.
 

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Here's a great You Tube video of Jay Leno interviewing trackbuilder David Beattie at Slot Mods (Detroit) about slot car racing at this year's Concourse d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

Jay Leno Interview

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.







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QUOTE (Porsche Racer @ 14 Jul 2011, 05:58) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The Hanson Brothers



Geee.... They looked so much younger and prettier in the video clip for 'Mmmm Bop'

(Sorry, couldn't resist. If you don't know to whom it refers ask your 20 year old daughter/grand daughter/niece or just use Google.)

I seem to recall it being mentioned somewhere that the Brabham family had a Scalex set when Sir Jack's boys were growing up.

Embs
 

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QUOTE (Russell Sheldon @ 14 Jul 2011, 16:04) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Kind regards,

Russell

i see your name is at the bottom of this picture
LOL

back on topic Ross Brawn as everyone knows but you should know about James May i mean caption slow, and a f1 champ Nigel Mansell
 
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