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Sometime surprises come from the oddest places.

Here in the Antipodes, the Scalextric Le Mans set was well stocked and popular for a protracted period of time. Many Porsche 962s, Jaguar XJ9s and the odd Mercedes C9 are readily found in garage sales.

I have a good range of these, many in dubious presentation condition, and ideal for track cars for my son and his Uni mates to destroy between lectures.

Except that the heat of many summers has killed the tyres. Sanding does not adequately improve the grip equation.

So commonality equates to easy sourcing of after market replacements?

Well apparently not.

To my great surprise, I am yet to locate any suppliers of rubber tyres for the somewhat unusual dimensions of the standard rims.

Any ideas on who can provide after-market tyres for these cars?

Thanks in advance.
 

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I have one of the Scalextric Porsche 962 that was sold as a drift car with the 360 degree guide. I am using a slot.it 20x12 or 20x11 tyre on them.

I am guessing the wheels are the same - will measure them and check later.

Look up Paul Gage - he does tyres for a lot of different cars he may have something suitable.

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I was at a toy trade show a few months back and seeing the Scalextric stand I sought out the Hornby (Scalextric) rep for a quick chat. I asked him about spare tyres for the recent Ferrari F430's and whether I should buy a stock of spare tyres as I have quite a few of these and I race them all. I also asked about spare small superslix tyres for the old Minis, Escorts and Datsuns I own. He went very quiet.

When I pressed him on the subject he admitted that Hornby order very few or NO spares when they commission a new car. When any current car wears out its tyres we are pretty much on our own. So when I wear out the tyres on my F430's am I expected to throw it away and buy another Scalextric car? When other manufacturers do supply spares?

Not thought this through very well Mr Hornby


Anyway - with that heads up I went home, ordered some silicon and urethane on Evilbay and have started to make moulds of F430 tyres from one F430 that hadn't made it to my track yet and some superslix I bought from a dealer.

I'm going to be OK for tyres now but if it means I have to do this for every Scalextric car I buy from now on I think it's time I checked out a manufacturer's spares arrangements before I buy a car from them. It's looking good for Slot.It then (there I HAVE my excuse now!!!)

You have to applaud Hornby for making wheels and tyres to scale for each car rather than rely on a small number of standard tyres like in the past BUT it does rather leave us in the lurch.

The F430 has wider tyres at the rear. The fronts, I have discovered, are the same as all 4 of the Porsche 997 which is handy because I have a few of those. But checking my other cars there seems to be very little commonality of tyres across the range. Why did they bother with wider rears on the Ferrari when the same width all round works for the 997 ? (they both go round my track with the same lap times).

Buyer beware and all that.
 

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Nice link - wasn't aware of WASP tyres before.

Handy for my other cars thanks.

As for your problem driving with no deslots - have you tried polishing the track


Or maybe talcum powder on the tyres


Maybe it''s time to invest in those R1 curves you always promised yourself.

It does beg the question - can tyres be too good and take away from the thrill of drifting corners?

My favourite tyres are some rubber F3 rears on an old C125 Porsche. OK it takes about half a second to get off the line on Sport track and you have to take R1's on tip toe. But hell you can almost power slide on the STRAIGHTS. Obviously its magless and it takes real skill to do a complete lap. Takes about 3 times as long to go round as my Ninco Pro Race scooby but it puts just as big a smile on my face!!!

It's a thing of beauty to hit a long 90 degree R4 turn, pile on the power and drift the entire curve in a matt black whale tail Porsche
 

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Yes it's all R2s & R3s. However, I am going to mix in some R1 & R4s soon if I see some going cheap.
In fact I'm a recent non magnet convert so the urethanes just give that extra necessary grip. On Scaley cars the urethanes actually makes them driveable when you take the magnet out - on other makes it's not so clear cut. I only keep a few indestructible cars with magnets left in for races with occasional users & kids - Boxsters, TTs, Lambos, F430 & 97s .
 
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