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Tony
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I have just been talking to an old friend who says he has a really old VIP (he thinks) slotcar set in it's box in the loft. After discussing it for a while he told me that the each section of track is completely made of metal. Apparently it is either chrome or nickel plated and as it is all metal it doesn't have separate rails. All VIP track I have ever seen is plastic with separate rails. Is he dreaming or is it true, said he would go up and check at the weekend.
 

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Yes the early VIP track was made of 3 sections of metal. The center section was (lets say) positive. The slot sections were insulated non metalic and they seperated the 2 outer metal sections which were negative. Each car was wired opposite, so when 1 car was running in the right lane , its right brush touched the right outside track and picked up negative current, it's left brush touched the center section and picked up positive. The car in the left lane had to be wired in reverse so it would go the same direction. The brushes or really just stranded wires just hung down from the front steering gear and contacted the track surface. Keep in mind this was the first invention of real slot racing or at least the first commercially produced, and precedes Scalextric gimball wheel pickup with 2 metal rails.
 

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QUOTE (vfr750 @ 11 Sep 2012, 12:10) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Early VIP tracks were definitely metal. I'm sure you'll find more info here:

http://www.philsmith.co.uk/VIP/
Funny thing is that if you google for "Victory Industries of Guildford",
you'll end up in quite another place than @ the Phil Smith emporium...
http://www.madmalc.screaming.net/victoryindex.htm

Even funnier, I can't find any link to this VIP page @ Phil Smiths own homepage:
http://www.philsmith.co.uk

Question for vfr750: How did you find the VIP material @ Phil Smith's place?
And are there more rare gems hidden under that umbrella?


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I remembered Phil teling me that a guy in the NSCC had been a big collector of all things VIP who I believe sold his collection. Phil had saved his VIP site to his own to save it from being lost.

If there are any more gems there we'll have to wait for Phil to tell us


Cheers

John
 

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Phil Smith
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John is correct, I have archived Malcolm Parker's VIP site so it will not be lost.
It is nearly ten years since I bought Malc's collection and I know he no longer mantains the site, so one day it will be lost, I have archived it to my site so we will still have it available.
It is not linked on my main site.

There was some discussion about this and a lot of aother VIP related stuff, including the metal track, on another topic here
 
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