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Nice Dave - I'm a bit tempted to do a similar track myself... any provisions for lap counting?

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Hmm. Thinking when the virus quietens down I can travel to get my tools back. What are the external dimensions of your set up? Table tennis table?
 

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Nice Dave - I'm a bit tempted to do a similar track myself... any provisions for lap counting?

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No lap counters fitted, but it would be easy to do just by putting a small photoresisters on the underside of each of the slots.
See video below for how I have made Lap Counters in the past.

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That looks like a lot of fun. Do you know of any good threads, or other sources, on the cars? As well as stockers, I can see uses for all those Scaley Minis and Mk1 Escorts, with broken/missing glazing, to represent hotrod racing as I remember it at Smeatharpe in the early 80s.
 

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Where may I find some slot stox rules or car plans. The name stox suggests a Speedworth theme but I suppose nowadays they all look the same?
 

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That looks like a lot of fun. Do you know of any good threads, or other sources, on the cars? As well as stockers, I can see uses for all those Scaley Minis and Mk1 Escorts, with broken/missing glazing, to represent hotrod racing as I remember it at Smeatharpe in the early 80s.
Hi, You mention Smeatharpe which is just a few miles from where I live In Ottery St Mary.
There appears to be 3 main types of "!Slot Stox" cars being raced. The "Parma" based cars that use the Parma Womp cars chassis and running gear. The scratch built brass and piano wire chassis then you have the plastic chassis cars such as Scalextric, Fibre Slots etc.
There are a few Facebook groups that you might want to have a look at.
Scalextric Oval
AKSSC Paper Bangers
British Slotstox Association
In the pits - The cars we race
Midland Slotstox Racing Associatio

The "Head On Magazine " Facebook and printed features Slot Stox as well as various scales of R/C Hot Rods, Banger and Stock Car racing.

There used to be a club where I raced Slot Stox 20 or so years ago down in Torquay, the nearest club to East Devon that I know of is Aldershot. I do know of a number of people scattered around Devon and Somerset who have shown a interest in racing Slot Stox, there is even a ex Smeatharpe driver.
Any further questions please feel free to ask.
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Thanks, Dave, for a most informative reply. I shall follow those leads as and when I have time.

The board I had put aside to make a small, routed 8 for testing purposes might turn into an oval, for solo racing against one or two ghost cars, as per your video.

Having thought I'd take a break from Ebay hunting 70s Scalextric wrecks, I might have to start again :D.

Growing up near Hinkley Point, I used to go to Smeatharpe as often as I could pester Dad into driving me, c1981-82. That was when the Farina Mostin Oxbridge and the Triumph 2000 Mk1 were the favoured Bangers, and the hotrods were exclusively Minis, Anglias and a solitary Mk1 Escort. The F2 stox were quite fun, but seemed a bit sophisticated, and I was always disappointed that F1 stox had no presence in the south-west.
 

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Thanks, Dave, for a most informative reply. I shall follow those leads as and when I have time.

The board I had put aside to make a small, routed 8 for testing purposes might turn into an oval, for solo racing against one or two ghost cars, as per your video.

Having thought I'd take a break from Ebay hunting 70s Scalextric wrecks, I might have to start again :D.

Growing up near Hinkley Point, I used to go to Smeatharpe as often as I could pester Dad into driving me, c1981-82. That was when the Farina Mostin Oxbridge and the Triumph 2000 Mk1 were the favoured Bangers, and the hotrods were exclusively Minis, Anglias and a solitary Mk1 Escort. The F2 stox were quite fun, but seemed a bit sophisticated, and I was always disappointed that F1 stox had no presence in the south-west.
Yes the Morris Oxfords and the Austin Cambridge seemed to be the cars to have, Fanny Radford and Kevin Stack were the men to beat. The "starter" at Smeatharpe, Barry (The Beard) Blackmore had a brother Richard who lived in Exeter and built Slot Stox cars. Great days. I used to visit the tracks at St Austal, Newton Abbott, Smeatharpe and Mendip Raceways. Dave
 

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Examples of different Slot Stox cars.

A scratch built Slot Stox car based around a Parms Womp chassis and running gear.

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The chassis from a RTR Slot Stox car that come from Chas Keeling at SCD many years ago,
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Scratch built Slot Stox car with a Offset chassis that I obtained via Ebay.
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A light weight only 5 ounces Falcon powered Slot Stox car that I built as an experiment.
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Scratch built Slot Stox, I remember using bicycle wheel spokes for the side bars when I built this.
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A scratch built car I built based around the SCD Slot Stox chassis.
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Another Ebay find.
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Another pair of Ebay finds. Strange cars, cast white metal chassis, the bodies are metal, and the running gear Scalextric.
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Yes the Morris Oxfords and the Austin Cambridge seemed to be the cars to have, Fanny Radford and Kevin Stack were the men to beat. The "starter" at Smeatharpe, Barry (The Beard) Blackmore had a brother Richard who lived in Exeter and built Slot Stox cars. Great days. I used to visit the tracks at St Austal, Newton Abbott, Smeatharpe and Mendip Raceways. Dave
The names sound vaguely familiar, but it was 40 years ago, and my memory ain't what it used to be.

The Oxbridges were tough, but the Triumphs had the edge on both speed and handling and did well in straight racing. Never saw anything but an Oxbridge win the demolition though. They were astoundingly hard to kill.

Those whitemetal chassis are interesting. My immediate thought is that they were built by someone with whitemetal casting expertise, and no money, Scalextric running gear being cheap and plentiful. Must be quite heavy, which I'd guess to be an advantage in a contact formula. I would have thought they'd be a bit fragile though, with a lot of energy in a crash and a rather soft, bendy material.
 

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I used to visit the tracks at St Austal, Newton Abbott, Smeatharpe and Mendip Raceways.
Been to three of those. Smeatharpe is too recent for me. My three are/were BriSCA. Stocks not Stox?:unsure:;)
 

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I believe this is Mendip.

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Too early for digital. :oops:
 

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The photo, courtesy of engine-man Abarth Mike ;) , is from 1968/69. Norman Ricketts from Haddenham, Bucks., was the driver; he went from white to red top eventually in about 1971. Mike built the motor. The body is a cut-'n'-shut Fiat 500. The special exhaust was by Janspeed. A racing Weber carb on a Janspeed manifold — nearly everyone had used SU's up to this point. 604 could be revved sky-high to 8,000rpm, thanks to some rare and special Formula Junior (ie RAC circuit racing) con-rods of super-hard steel that drove machinists crazy, and were the last set of a batch fabricated. Mike Rust remembers the kindness of the great John Holley, who gave their team a Mini oil pump along with advice on using it with the dry sump they had contrived for the old 1172; the pump's compact size made it easy to install on the 1172 cam drive. The cylinder head and the flywheel were special aluminum Aquaplane items. They canted the engine over at 15deg. to improve fuel-air inflow. The motor parts were balanced, crank hardened and ports "flowed". The valves were huge Bill Cooper specials, and the whole thing was actually tuned on the dyno rolling-road at Downton's in London! Bill Cooper was a top-flight Formula Junior racer who literally wrote the book on tuning 1172 motors.
NB. The N.Irish guys also use Bill Cooper parts.
 

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Been to three of those. Smeatharpe is too recent for me. My three are/were BriSCA. Stocks not Stox?:unsure:;)
The Smeatharpe promoter was Roy Goodman he also drove a "stock car" with race number 800 I seem to remember, His cars were always pink and had Triumph Herald rear wing tips,
Newton Abbbott and St St Austell were promoted by Trevor Raymond,
 

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If I am right Roy Goodman was a pig farmer who toured the country during the racing season. I remember he was going to check the spark plugs in his engine but they were rusted in. He didn't.
 
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