It was really busy and lots of stalls but it was all nearly brand new stuff. I did not actually buy a single item which is the first time ever at a swap meet. Good to meet and reacquaint with some people whom I only seem to see at MK twice a year.
It was my first NSCC event and I thought it was OK.
Would have liked to seen more scenic stuff e.g. FLY/GB Track pit accessories, SRA figures etc. But I did part with some cash, a Proslot 360 Modena, a decal sheet for the aforementioned car and a Scaley Sport Renault F1 at last!
Didn't find my holy grail though, a Ninco Sauber F1 - that was what I was really after!
Oh, didn't have to join the NSCC (even though I was prepared to).
Not a bad week for slot cars. The Milton Keynes swap meet saw me buy the Vanquish Mirage, blue Scalextric Mustang, Spirit Reynard and Fly Porsche 917 Spyder and Chevron as new cars (the later pair for a tenner each). I also bought an old French-made Tyrrell because I have always had a liking for it, another slow burn thanks to pictures in Roger Gillham's book.
The Scalextric MG Lola was bought about ten days ago at a local shop. I have one of the originals and like it a lot and this Thetford livery looks great. Unfortunately the car had a rear tyre missing so was only exchanged last week. The little SEAT was the latest Rallye Mitiocos car to be built up. It also suffered a missing piece, the unusual guide blade, but a replacement - an original - was easily found at the swap meet.
Missing after some deliberation is a Lotus 72. My thinking is that Iwill wait and see. I will regret it if they all sell out, but I hope the bits get better and more securly afixed in later batches,
It is too cold for much running in the garage, but I gave the SEAT, Mirage, Reynard and MG Lola a few laps. The Reynard is especially nice and smooth, although not much grip from the tyres. Perhaps I will get a chance to run it this Friday and see how it goes against the Fly Lolas.
The Mirgae is VMG scale and drives exactly as the Can Ams do. I chose the Hailwood driver, but as has been previously established, the helmet does not match the plinth description. Have the factory merely put the 'wrong' cars on the 'wrong' plinth, or the 'wrong' interiors inside the right bodies. I do not know which livery/race number is which; perhaps one of you will post the historical data.
The Seat is, like all small slot cars, irresistibly cute, but suffers from the Miticos shinny tyre problem. They seem to be made of vinyl, not rubber (both descriptions used in the least chemically precise sense). Still, with a modern SCX motor inside it flies.
A pretty enjoyable day, I reckon, and there did seem to be more people there than the last time. It was good to meet up with a good many pals/adversaries, but I did miss out on meeting a lot more, by the looks of it! My budget is a bit restricted at the moment, but I did get luminous Evo2RS GT1-98 Porsche for £25, and a Proslot Toyota GT-One for £20. There did seem to be a noticeable lack of Proslot stuff around - perhaps it's just about all gone now?
Unfortunately I could not get there this year but 250 GTO and Mooster managed to find the bargains I was looking for. A Scaley Sauber C9 for £10 and Nascar for £15, both in excellent condition. Also got me a Scaley IRL, mint boxed for £14.
Well, Apart from half a dozen of the latest fly cars I wanted, and picking up my Yellow GT40 from last years Ramsgate weekend, it was a cheap (for me) day. Then I saw the Racer Ferrari P4 Daytona set, and just had to buy it. Being me I hadn't brought my cheque book with me, and had to ask a couple of mates if they could write me out a cheque, which fortunately they did, and I now have a dream collection of Racer Ferrari P4's, my all time favourite car.
OH ! this set is just out of this world mate. If you are a fan of this car, or even just the era, and are tempted, buy it. Don't let the price put you off. It will be your most treasured possession (Don't tell the wife).
I could go on and on talking about this set. My colleagues at work (apart from being sick of me talking slot cars all day) know all the ins and outs of this set. Not only do I have this set, but I also have the three individual cars which raced at Le Mans the same year. All I'm waiting for now is the spyder version driven by Jackie Stewart at Brands Hatch. Maybe one day I might be tempted to buy the road versions as well.
This set and all the individual cars just oose quality. The only problem with them is that they are just too good to race.
Hopefully, in the near future, I will get a display case built for it to really set it off.
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