Kev, would you mind if I moved these over to Vintage?
Remember that "Circuit 24" is like Scalextric in England - it's become the generic word in French for slot cars! Lot of info here in France, and I've probably posted some more over the years on SF, but this could be the kickoff for a thread on C24...
They were also distributed by Meccano in the UK, and I believe Polk's or somebody tried to do the same in the USA, but they never really succeeded!
In fact Lloyd, Circuit 24 never claimed they were 1/32 - they were one of the few manufacturers that actually advertised their cars at the actual scale, 1/30, even tho they may have been even a bit bigger than that.
The big tie-in was of course the Le Mans 24 hour race, and that was a marketing stroke of genius! At the time they came out, 1962, 1/24 barely existed as a commercial scale.
They were also marketed as indestructible, and the inventor's son, Dominique Jouet, tells the story of how, when he was 3 years old in 1960, his father gave him the prototypes and a controller and let him crash the cars into the wall as much as he wanted, to test their indestructibility!
Because of their vibrator motor, they were, and are!, the noisiest cars around. You haven't lived till you've seen a race with 6 of them at a time.
Very nice cars KEV. The National Toys Ferrari is almost identical. These cars really are exciting to run because of the sound the AC motors make. Don,Polks did sell them & they were not successful. I like the Panhards the best. The later cars were DCmotors. Bernard
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