QUOTE (Da Vols @ 3 Jul 2004, 09:26)and the Cartrix should be good "running mates" for the Scalextrics'
Not the soon to be released Vanwall and Maserati, I fear!.
I'm pretty sure from the pic Russell has posted and Cartrix' previous offerings that the motor in these is where it should be in a slot car- right in front of the back axle- and therefore will be considerably better than them! I hope not because we often run a Pre60 Grand Prix class at Liphook and the grid would be a lot more varied with the new Hornby cars.
Good to see these cars finally hitting the shelves, they were originally announced at Nuremberg 2003. Cartrix had a very ambitious proposed line up of about 8 different cars from this genre alone!
Mr M - Do you know what the other 8 cars might be??? I love vintage...in all race series.
As to compatabilty with the Scalextric...don't think it'll be much of a problem to get them "tuned" so they're somewhat on equal footing...especially if non-magnet.
I sure picked the right time to come back to slot racing last August after a 40 year absence!!! Who knows, before I leave these earthly confines someone might make a 50's NASCAR Hudson Hornet and Olds Rocket 88...forgive me, but I'm from the other side of da pond
John P - Thank you for the information - truly fabulous looking cars...especially the earlier "series one" cars!!! Unfortunately their price (though deserved) is a bit high for me... coupled with postage to this side of the "pond"...pretty close to what the Scalextric/Cartrix RTR's may cost...though they are very, very tempting!
The "Grand Prix Legends" collection is a new cars line based in the 50's & 60's F-1 cars. They were announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair with estimated delivery date in September 2004.
The first model is the Mercedes W-196, that will be ready ending July 2004 or first days of September :
- Fangio M.B.W-196 # 10 twin world champion 1954-55 Limited edition of 1.000
- Stirling Moss M.B. W-196 # 6 winner G.P. Grand Britain 1955 Limited
edition of 1.000 units.
My impression of this car is that it is quite light in weight. Cartrix cars seem to be a thinner guage plastic than the mainstream offerings. The 196 model I tried was p.p. and did not have a traction magnet in it but had a spot behind the motor for it to go.
The motor is quite nippy and combined with the light body makes it a handful on non magnet tracks which is a pity because this era model should be raced in a non mag set up where you can get the back out in the bends instead of it being stuck down!
Not a major problem though as a couple of small strips of lead either side of the motor are sure to give it a better non mag feel and action.
Moulding wise it is very impressive and I would expect the production models to be even better detailed.
Well done Cartrix, some one is listening to the voices in the wilderness!
These look really good. I take it the pictures of the Merc and the Mas 250 on Gary's (MRE) site are pre production units and that the production cars will carry racing numbers etc.?
They do look a lot better than the Scalextric offerings as there appears to be no "guide pod" which, in my opinion, completley spoils the appearance of these wonderful old cars. However time will tell as I would need to see the scalextric car before deciding to buy or not.
Do you know if these cars will come as magnet or non-magnet?.....As long as it is removable that would seem to satisfy most people.
The car has complete racing numbers and other details tampo, removable very small magnet, calibrated shafts, wire wheels, classic look tires, motor X-perimental (ratio 8/27), and special presentation package with acrylic display. They are limited to 1000 units worldwide. And on the track have a superb performance and are excellent to drive... better without the magnet though and much more fun.
As soon as I get a picture of the finished car I will post it here.
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