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What Cars to Use for Scalextric Birthday Parties

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Hi everyone!

I've been researching a bit trying to figure out what cars would be best for running scalextric digital parties for kids aged around 5-12...
And so far, the only obvious thing to do, would be to use super resistant cars, my first question is:

Whats the strongest type of car suitable for kids birthday parties? (ie. there will be many many crashes

But, probably more importantly, I will need a car that is smooth to drive, but is still quite fast so the kids can enjoy the experience, not too fast though.
I have tried taking the magnets out of scalextric cars and trueing the tyres, making the grippier by using 3in1 oil on them, but it still seems tricky to drive...
The reason I think its better to have no magnets is because when going round a corner, it warns you if you are going to fast by sliding or snaping out, but doing this makes the cars slower, and in a way, easier to come off...

So at the moment, I am using magnets in the forward position which is the best option I can see at the moment, I have used 3in1 on some cars to even the laptimes out. This is going fairly well, but I was curious if anyone knew a better car to run that may be better overall. So my second question is:

Whats the best car or best way to make a car easy to drive for kids?

Thanks very much every one!
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I have just had the joy of running a four lane analogue track for a primary school fete. Any of the Impact Resistant cars would be suitable but I'd have to recommend a fleet of Boxsters.

They took a hell of a punishment and never missed a beat. I used a variable power supply and had the track set to 10v for most of the time. When the really wee ones were driving I even snuck the voltage down to 9.

Also recommend the Audi TTs, although I only had one for the Princesses that insisted on using a pink car.

And the impact resistant Lambos are good, easy to drive and stable. But they're really inclined to be very fast if you don't have the variable supply available to tone them down.

To be honest, for kids at that age I think magnets in and at the rear position. They don't care about running races, they only want to cut laps. And as far as they are concerned, crashes just make it all the more exciting.

The best driver that I found was the little girl in the front of this photo. By the time she'd had a few goes at the track over the evening she was even blipping the controller on a short straight between two quite difficult corners. Love the concentration.

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The problem with the 997s and GTRs is the spoilers and wing mirrors. They do have a tendency to disappear. As do the wing mirrors on the Lambo. I'll admit, with the Boxsters I was lucky enough to have two pairs given to me. I gave them a quick clean up and paint job to match up to the controller colours.

Parity in the cars isn't all that important as the kids will all have differing levels of ability. As long as they are all easy to drive and run quite stable. The only GTR I've had much to do with was inclined to roll so reserved it for use by an older child (teen) who was looking to show off. Mean, aren't I?

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