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QUOTE Last year five people in Britain were hospitalised through Scalextric-related injuries. Whether this is due to Scalextric cars flying into tender young anatomies or older brothers forcing younger siblings to put their tongues on the track 'just to see what happens', the statistics don't reveal.
BBC Edited Guide -Scalextric - September 2002

Anybody here been hospitalised through slot-car-related injuries
 

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QUOTE Mr B Francis who the hell is he?

As it says, he's the man who invented it all. Add the latest edition of Roger Gillham's book to your next birthday list. Comes in handy for all sorts of stuff, not least taking your mind of writhing blondes.

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OK, here goes! Aroundabout 1980/1981 I was one of those hospitalised by a Scalextric injury...

I was five or six at a time and we visited my Uncle and Aunts new house so my Dad could help with the decorating and box shifting while myself and two cousins were kept quiet in one room with the Scalextric on the floor. So with youthful enthusiasm I sprinted into that room eager to race my Walter Wolf against the Yardley BRMs that they had, tripped over a bit of track and landed head first on the corner of a very solid chest-of-draws.

Sharp corner cut into my left eyebrow, blood p****d everywhere (Good job that a carpet replacement was on the cards anyway). Ended up being raced up Sandwell and District hospital bleeding all over the back of my Dads Marina TC and being stitched while my Dad informs the nurse that "he's run around the house like a bloody lunatic and tripped over the Scalextric" therefore elevating me from merely a run of the mill A&E case into immortalisation in a well-quoted bit of slotracing trivia. Thanks, Dad.

Had the scar for about 20 years, it's only in the past couple of years that it's faded to the point where I have a complete eyebrow.

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I do remember reading an FHM true story about a nasty incident involving a Scalextric track.

It went along the lines of - bloke buys a set to entertain his younger brother who was coming to stay. He sets it up in the lounge. While he's in the shower, his girlfriend tries putting a few laps in. Bloke gets out of the shower to see the girl crash off. He kindly reaches across the track to reslot her car, only for a still wet dangling part of his anatomy to make contact with the rails...................

(and before anyone asks - no it wasn't me!!)
 

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Well... not Scalextric, but I do recall an individual suffering several broken fingers at Parma International back in the late sixties. Of course... anyone who would put their fingers over the lip of the banking on a Blue King track during a 1/24 pro race probably deserves it... sort of a Darwinian, process of natural selection thing I guess...


....PS - does Inte try to distract you guys at Wrexham during the races? It's working on me!


...OK, his old avatar is back... and my brow has stopped sweating...
 

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does Inte try to distract you guys at Wrexham during the races? It's working on me!

eh? I know that is one of Phil's tactics

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I was one of those people!

As I was carrying my Scalextric track down stairs I dropped a piece and slipped on it and fell badly down the stairs and landed at the bottom with a broken ankle and dislocated foot. The foot was in a position as if I was walking backwards!

The incident was reported at that time in local papers and hospitalised me for 17 days. For 14 of those I was bedridden and had to have my foot elevated and literally had to lie in bed all day and night and could not move.

They could not operate until the swelling reduced and there were some complications whilst I was in hospital as the foot dislocated again when I was attempting to use a bed pan which then meant I had to go into the operating theatre twice rather than once. You didn't really want to know that did you!


It does not help when the nurses keep popping their head around the corner to ask if you have been!

I am now at the stage where I remove my shoe and sock to show off the bolts and plate that you can clearly see the profile of under the skin now that the swelling has reduced after nearly 2 years.

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Hmmmm just read some of these out to the significant other... now she's looking for the life insurance policies... Gulp!
 

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Be glad you don't race HO magnet cars! A number of years ago, at one of our fastest tracks, two cars came off dicing into a banked curve. The first flew up the banking and hit the marshall (one of our wives) square in the eye (luckily not causing any serious damage other than a lot of soreness and a black eye that lasted for days!), but the second bounced off her (I can say ample chest here can't I?), landed back on the track in another lane, and proceeded down a very fast straight only to deslot at the next corner, drilling an innocent male driver in the "sensitive region"....who proceeded to deslot his own car, big time - it flew across the garage from a hairpin and broke into pieces against the concrete garage wall. HIS was the only car not to finish the race, the other crashers went on to finish one-two.... go figure the fairness in all of that!..... and no, I'm not telling who the second car belonged to....
 

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I've had a light hearted warning to this effect on the homepage of our club site ever since I heard the statistic. It amuses some, although its validity is often called into question.
 

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Apparently there's been nine fatalities in four weeks (and counting) over at West Hamley Slot Car Club. See the History, Culture and literature pages.....
 

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A couple of months back when i was helping build the new track at Oxford Scalextric Club I was getting some of the new boards out while balancing on a ladder.
Easing them down from the roof and passing them slowly to Wankel.
Then I felt the ladder falling and in slow motion i fell backwards hit my head on the wall behind me. Grazed both elbows and some how managed to do my achillies in. Then to top it all the board fell ontop of my shins!
Meanwhile Wankel is standing there looking vaguely concerned thinking ' I didnt do it'
 

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This is from the fun department, I wasn't injured bad.
A year and a half ago I was marshall at a truckrace.
The track is elevated to about the height where the roof of a truck can hit my balls, and when marshalling I had to bend over to pick up a crash from the innerpart of the track.
SMACK - truck to the balls - AUCH it hurts (the pain with delayed release).
A grown man doesn't cry
but sometimes he can feel like leaving the room and nurse himself.
10 minutes later I did it again
 

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Go to your milling machine Kai, and custom make some ... protection.
I don't suppose they play much cricket in Denmark, do they?
Sympathizing,
Lowrider.
 

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Nope, no Cricket that I know of.
I wish I had a mill, I only have access to a lathe
 

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You'll just have to buy some kevlar trousers then, Kai. Very stylish ...
Cricketers wear a protective device ... or so I'm told.
Regards,
Lowrider.
 
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