Leading slot car site SlotForum International is teaming up with ToyPedia® to create a unique new resource for the slot racing community - an online database of every slot car and every accessory ever made!
The project will make use of ToyPedia's cataloguing technology, specially developed to create databases of collectable toys and models, and will cover everything from vintage Triang Scalextric and Aurora to modern high-detail models from SCX, Le Mans and the like. The database design allows for images of all entries, and their individual variants and operates as a wiki, so once items have been added, community members can add description, history details and images, as well as links to forum discussions or even external sites of note. The site's advanced filtering system will ultimately also allow for easy research as users will be able to view data by manufacturer, type of car, country of origin, driver, race and many other criteria.
SlotForum founder Doug Teggin said "For the first time ever, this project will allow racers, collectors and fans to transcend the printed page and harness the power of the internet to catalogue and research a truly complete database of everything related to the hobby. This won't be constrained by a page count and we won't have to wait for a second printing to correct those little mistakes that creep in everywhere, there's space enough for everything and corrections and additions can be made in real time."
ToyPedia Advisory Board Member Philippe De Lespinay adds: "This is also a fantastic opportunity to bring slot car racing to a whole new audience and make the hobby and information about it freely accessible worldwide."
Joella van der Boom, ToyPedia Volunteer Coordinator for Slotcars says: "The ToyPedia project has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few months and as part of our mission to cover the whole world of toys and models, we're happy to have SlotForum working with us to make sure our Slot car coverage is second to none."
About SlotForum International
SlotForum is an English language site featuring Slot-car News, Resources, Reviews and a dynamic Community Forum. The Portal site and associated Forums are dedicated to exploring, sharing, learning and teaching the skills, thrills and spills of Electric Slot-car Racing. SlotForum welcomes members from all over the world and encourage them to share their passion for the hobby. All scales and types of Slot-cars and all types of racing.
About Philippe De Lespinay
Philippe de Lespinay has been collecting vintage slot cars, die-cast and tinplate automobile toys for the past 40 years. He only collects toys or models of automobiles manufactured when the full-size cars were in production. He is the author of Vintage Slot Cars and the curator of the LA Slot Car Museum, a private museum dedicated to the preservation of the fabulous larger (1/32 and 1/24 scale) slot cars made in America in the 1960s.
About Toy Collector & ToyPedia®
Launched in 2008, Toy Collector is a web portal for collectable toy and model enthusiasts designed to allow collectors to share their passions via blogging, discussion forums, picture and video galleries. The site currently hosts over 25,000 toy-related articles and over 140,000 images. It offers resources like want ads and a yellow pages supplier directory and boasts the largest toy-and model-related event calendar on the internet. In addition to all this, the site features ToyPedia® - a Wikipedia-style online encyclopaedia of collectable toys which currently covers over 134,000 items and is growing constantly.
Currently, the project is supported by;
• 27 communities now including SlotForum International
• 650 volunteers
• 9 authors who have permitted the organisers to use text and images from 16 books as part of a ToyPedia Book Documentation Project
• 350 toy brands who have agreed to open their archives
• 11 leading auction houses including Bonham's and Christie's have allowed use of their images
• 21 members of the new ToyPedia Advisory Board who advise on organisation and taxonomy
For more information please go to www.ToyCollector.com