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I was having a look through a 1950's Eagle annual the other day and came across an advert for Subbuteo motor racing. Now I had the usual football version and a school friend had the cricket one. I also vaguely remember a rugby version but I had never heard of this one so I asked Mr Google and he informed me that there were four versions of the same thing - motor racing, horse racing, speedway and cycle speedway - all using ball bearings shot down a tube to move the vehicles! LINK Apparently none sold very well and they are 'Mega Rare' today. Has anybody got one or memories of playing with it?

While we are on the subject, I have a well used Waddingtons Formula One board game in the loft. This sold very well in the sixties and there are loads on eBay. Anybody still play with theirs or have distant memories of 'tyre wear 1, brake wear 2' on their little card dashboards?

There must be other motor racing board games out there - who can add to the list?
 

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I recall one - perhaps called "Grand Prix". All that I can remember about it is that you could make a choice to go through a corner "one gear higher" and then roll the dice to see if you made it.

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spent many hours with a full grid on the Waddington F1 game, brilliant fun
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I remember making my own F1 board game as an 11 or 12 year old to relieve the tedium of a family summer holiday in the late 70s or early 80s. I was obviously not happy having been wrenched from my Scalextric (and obviously no internet, video games, apps etc). The game did get revised and taken on subsequent holidays. I wonder if I still have it somewhere...
 

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Do you like Subbuteo?

Do you like Scalextric?

Are you really good at Snooker because you never went to school?

Good. Then you need Pitchcar.

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It's exactly as it looks. Build up a track from wooden track sections (available in lots of expansions to build up colossal circuits) and slot-in rubber barriers, then flick your car along the track in a first-past-the-post wins.
 

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I have a well used Waddingtons Formula One board game in the loft. This sold very well in the sixties and there are loads on eBay. Anybody still play with theirs or have distant memories of 'tyre wear 1, brake wear 2' on their little card dashboards?
We (me & my 2 lads) still play mine :)
 

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nothing better than watching a car trying to catch up down the main straight and the rest of the field hogging all the corners and slowing more than necessary to make the speeder use all his brakes and tyres up looking for a spot to land on
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Do you like Subbuteo?

Do you like Scalextric?

Are you really good at Snooker because you never went to school?

Good. Then you need Pitchcar.

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Looks like riding the guard rails hard was the best option
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I recall one - perhaps called "Grand Prix". All that I can remember about it is that you could make a choice to go through a corner "one gear higher" and then roll the dice to see if you made it.

EM
Yes, this was the USA version of the same thing - virtually identical and marketed by Parker Brothers of Monopoly fame. They had some sort of link with Waddingtons and sold each others games on either side of the pond.
 

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Still got my Waddingtons F1. Bit hazy now after 40 years on gathering dust, but if I remember rightly, I think it lost a bit of attraction when I discovered going flat out and taking the spin off penalty was faster than slowing down!
 

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I'm another who played F1 regularly. When I couldn't persuade my brother, sister or best friend next door to play, I'd often play it by myself. I'd race all six cars, each with a slightly different strategy ranging from high risk to low risk and quickly learnt that a high risk driving style won more often than any other. I'm pretty sure that that lesson had a considerable impact on the way I've lived life as an adult and my subsequent broken back!

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I've got an old game from my dad's childhood somewhere in the house, canvas track and tiny wooden cars, Frazer Nash is one and a yellow VW beetle... Not a clue what it's called, I spent hours playing with it and made my own rules. I'll try and find it and take pics.
 

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I remember playing the Waddingtons Formula 1 game through the school holidays, we would have a season of races lasting for weeks.

I happened to see a Waddingtons Rally board game at Gaydon on Saturday, it looked like a similar vintage to the F1 game but I have never heard of it before.

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I remember playing the Waddingtons Formula 1 game through the school holidays, we would have a season of races lasting for weeks.I happened to see a Waddingtons Rally board game at Gaydon on Saturday, it looked like a similar vintage to the F1 game but I have never heard of it before.David
I saw that too David, had my hands full at the time , and forgot to go back and investigate further. Like you I don't recall it back in the day.....

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I received the Waddingtons as a gift from a friend a few years back... But did play the US version of 'Fomula 1" with the tracks on the fold=up box cover.

Of course, I went on to draw LeMans and the Nurburgring in order to add a little spice to the playing --nothing's changed!!

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also drew an extension for the stock board, so much better than Cluedo or Monopoly
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can see this thread lighting up ebay with searches for the game
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I pruned the games collection (board, role play, card, wargame etc.) quite severely last time I moved and got rid of a few games. The only motor-racing ones I kept are the following two

Speed Circuit - Avalon Hill

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1194/speed-circuit

I've never actually played this, but I believe it's quite similar to the Waddingtons game. Originally published by 3M, the Avalon Hill version has a few rules changes. Used to be the enthusiasts racing game choice in the days before Formula De came out.

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Two tracks, Watkins Glen and Monza. Money saved on production by printing them both on the same side of the board...

(The car geek in me feels strangely pleased that the Glen is printed in the same colour as it's famous - or infamous if you are named Cevert - blue armco).

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Racing clogs

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Character Sheet

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Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix - Mayfair Games

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/101/detroit-cleveland-grand-prix

A bit of a gamer's game this one, well rated by people who play games as a hobby. I picked it up in the sale before Mayfair closed down having heard lots of good things about but, in common it seems with a lot of ostensibly motor racing boardgames, it's really about something else wrapped up in motor racing dress. In this instance it's really a horse-racing game. You buy cars at auction and the racing seems to be about playing cards from your hand to advance your car but keeping the powerful (I.e. move further) cards until just the right moment for the end rather than squandering them all at the start of the race and flagging in the latter stages. Yep, just like conserving stamina in a horse-race...

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Double-sided board with two track, Detroit and Cleveland (HELLO CLEVELAND!) surprisingly enough...

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In this game you have a hand of cards that you play from to move your car but most of the cards have compulsory moves for the other cars as well - for example the rightmost card here means that the white car must be moved 5 spaces,then the black one 2. So if you are the black car then you end up having to grant a big push to white just to move your car a little bit along the track. That said you often need to move a car out of your way first to get your full movement in so sometimes it's advantageous to be giving generously to your rivals.

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