I was in Orlando last eyar, and couldn't find a thing! Evn the large SF Cody store had nothing - loads of hot wheel, but no slots. Hve to admit that I only visited the main torusty areas, and the large shopping malls.
I went to Orlando, Florida, 2 years ago,on holiday - and looked through the local phone book. I visited a number of model shops, an RC hobby shop, Daytona, even Toys R US, and never found a single slot car for sale. When I asked over the counter, at a few hoppy shops and model shops, I got weird looks (maybe my accent tho
) and the reply "OOO... we stoped selling them, theres some guy in Tampa trying to get rid of some old stock, but I dont know any where that still sells the new ones"....
I was really dissapointed that Daytona didnt sell Scalex Nascars, Its one car that I think really aint my cup of tea
Not nascar racing - I love it, but the scalex cars just look like jelly moulds on wheels. But being at Daytona, I would have had to buy at least 2.
I was hoping to find some custom made wireframe dragsters
, and I never even found a slot club in the book either.
Maybe, I really wasnt going to the right places..
Lets us know how you get on
! Spent some time looking for slot car shops and found the following ones:
6800 N University Dr
Tamarac, Fort Lauderdale FL
Claims to be the largest hobby shop in southern FL. However, the slot car section in the shop is very small: only a small number Carrara, Fly and SCX cars and some tsfr-chassies. There is one guy in the shop who has at least a small understanding in slot cars.
Slot Car Raceway
County Line Plaza
13974 W Hillsborough Av.
Opening hours: Mo: closed, Tues-Friday: 3.30-9.00p.m., Sat: 1.00-10.00p.m., Sun 12.00-6.00p.m.
Good slot car shop with 2 large, wooden racetracks, to be used with flexi-cars. The shop has a large assortment of flexi-cars and accessories but only a limited assortment with Scaletrix and Spirit cars. Nice guy running the place.
The Race Place
1105-D Cave Ave.
(off LPGA Blvd., 1. street west of Holly Hill Industrial Park)
Holly Hill, FL 32117 (next to Daytona Beach)
(386) 295-1371 (it is advisable to call for appointment!)
Large slot car shop (also distributer) with a good assortment of Fly, Scaletrix, slot-it(!), MRRC, Carrera and others. This guy had all the latest models, also from slot-it! In the (some-how messy) shop were also about 5 racetracks (1 very large wooden, 1 large Carrera Excl. , 1 Scaletrix and 2 smaller HO-tracks)
Overall, just for slot cars, there is no need to travel to Florida! Maybe in other parts of the US, there might be a higher interest in slot racing. In general the assortment in large European slot car shops is better. The prices in US might be slightly lower then in Europe.
Luckily Florida has to offer lots of other beauties, still worth a trip!
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