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Alan Tadd
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Hi

Can anyone tell me if there are any Slot Clubs in the West Country where I can visit to see what people are doing these days?.....

I think my 60's x frames with Orange Foam tyres may need updating!..

Cheers

Alan
 

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Hi Alan
If you search the BSCRA site you will find club listings for all the UK, however there is an active BSCRA club in Bath [see listing for address and contact name] and in Swindon, which is not a million miles away!
Good luck.
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Alan Tadd
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Thanks Chaps

I did phone up an old Slot car Racing friend of mine the other day to see what was happening in my local area. He told me that the Bath Club was still operating, (after all these years!), and would I like to come down and "try my hand again!".

I did go last Wednesday, and I have got to say I was very dissapointed. The cars they use nowadays bear no resemblance to scale models, and although very fast , are fairly easy to drive and to be honest pretty boring.

The front wheels, always pretty marginal, are now almost non-existant, thin little roundels of plastic which would not look out of place inside a watch. The bodies are truely awful, and so thin and I'm afraid it appears that very few are interested in producing great paint jobs, instead tending to make do with multi-coloured spray finishes.

It is a great shame as Bath has such a wounderful new track, but I'm not interested, I'm afraid, in taking part in this type of racing. (Whatever happened to the ECRA ?).

I think I am going to have to build my own track and race the type of cars that I am interested in, (mainly 50's/60's Grand Prix cars, with a smidgen of Le Mans cars).

Great Shame but I think technology has moved on too much for my liking, or maybe it's me getting too old......

What is the Swindon Club like?.....Do they race similar cars to Bath or more commercial stuff like Fly, SCX etc?....That could interest me.

Once again thanks for your replies, and I must stress these are personnel comments and in no way should you take my views as having any relevance at all !,.......... each to their own.

Cheers

Alan
 

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Allan Wakefield
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BeeJay7,

Do you have photos of your cars that you can post for us to see?

It would be interesting also to hear your view on many of the RTR cars around today, examples of all eras and styles of motor racing.

Alot of the resurgence of interest in the Slot car hobby can be put down to the life like qualities and driveability presented by most of the modern manufacturers, from the big names such as Fly and Scalextric and especially the smaller outfits offering more specialised cars such as Maxi Models, Racer and Bear Dog.

What do you have in mind when you say 'build your own track', do you mean from plastic track systems like Carrera and Scalextric or a routed wooden track or even something else?
 

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Alan
I think you will find that the Swindon club also races the kind of cars you saw at Bath, however quite a few clubs now run Scalex type cars on BSCRA tracks on alternate evenings so please contact Swindon to find out [possibly even Bath may do this!]. There are Scalex clubs in the South West as far down as Barnstable and even further but i do not have any info on them but you might find these on the BSCRA site.
ECRA became BSCRA in the early 80's but started running non scale/vac bodied cars as far back as 1966/7, this coincided with the introduction of can motors and foam tyres which ran on smooth tracks.
There is quite a bit of interest in "retro" racing, the type of scale cars run in the early 60's and from time to time meetings are organised at various clubs , these could be of interest to you. I intend to organise a meeting some time early next year at my club [NLSME in North London], we held such meetings in the mid/late 80's and they proved quite popular with some inter club meetings being held.
When did you last race ECRA cars?
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Alan Tadd
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Swiss

I'm afraid I don't have any picures of the stuff I raced in the 60's, as I gave most of it away when I finished racing.

Most chassis then were constructed by their owners from brass and piano wire, with either Group 20 or Group 7 motors, although some racers used custom motors of their own design and construction.

Chassis configeration was mainly 45 Degree Anglewinders although by this time Sidewinder designs were creeping in.

Racing was divided up into 1/32 Formula 1, 1/32 Saloon, 1/32 Sports cars and 1/24 Sports cars. I remember the most popular Saloon chassis was the Daytona, a horrible American car, with a long wheelbase, (9'-9" If I remember correctly). They then introduced a convertible version to race in Sports cars, but this caused outrage at the time as there was no 1:1 model actually produced. I think it was banned by the ECRA eventually.

Bodies were lexan, but thicker than those produced today and with more detail I seem to recall.

As far as todays cars go, I think they are superb. The stuff produced by Scalextrix
in the 60's was pretty poor, hence the reason no "serious" Slot racer would give them a second look. I really like the Ninco Classic range, but then I'm very much into 1:1 Classic cars (see http://community.webshots.com/user/atadd). I must get me one of those Ninco Healey's!.

As far as my own track is concerned I had intended to use the new (new to me anyway), Scalex Sport track, but now I'm not so sure......I (will be) posting about this soon.

Jon

Thanks for your guidence.

I will contact Swindon and see what they can offer.

I have found a Club that seems to offer everything I'm looking for, and that is the Southend Club. These guys really seem to be on the same wavelength as me, It's just a shame they are so far away, but I will be making contact with them.

Best of luck with your "retro" event I'm sure it will prove very popular, and if possible I would like to attend.

Best Wishes

Alan
 
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