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· Alfie Noakes
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Hi All,
While rummaging through the loft at the weekend I found all the cars I had as a kid. So time for a bit of self indulgence...
To start, these are the minis from the original set I got when I was about 9 or 10 (79-81?).
I think it would have been the 300 set (oval with crossovers & banking at one end) which would have been a few years old when I got it.
If you look closely you may notice some minor modifications:





I also got a white Martini Porsche 935. Again, those that know what to look for may spot that it's no longer mint:





As we all know, 3 cars isn't nearly enough, so I saved up my pocket money and took it to the model shop that use to be in Bank St, Sevenoaks.
I came out with this beauty:





A year or two later I added this, bought from a toy/model shop in the Arndale Centre, Luton. I recall the shop being close to the flamingo fountain, but can't be certain. I do remember vividly the disappointment I felt when I got it home and tried it on the track... it really was rubbish.
It was too light to get any traction, unless you put a car on the back, and then it was so low geared that it crawled at a snails pace, in stark contrast to the whizzy blurred trucking image on the box. The chrome cab adornments broke off just by looking at them, the rear ramp lugs snapped off at the first jackknife, and there wasn't even a slot on the ramp so that you could get a run up and jump the cars onto the load area. This might explain why it's survived better than the other cars.





I later inherited these two along with a whole load of Triang stuff from my cousin who was a few years older, and had 'grown out of' scalextric (?).
I still have the pits, start finish banner, goodwood chicane, power pack, controllers, chicane sections, and outer & hairpin bends somewhere.
This stuff extended my track collection massively, so it was a struggle to use up all of the bits in one circuit.





OK, I'm all reminisced out. Does anyone else still have the cars that got them into the hobby years ago?
Cheers,
Richard
 
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