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Hi John

Interesting question!

I primarily collect Scalextric cars, accessories, etc, etc. and have over 1500 cars. As a guide I would say 85% Scalextric, 10% SCX, the rest non specific unusual or racers. I have a specific set of race cars and the shelf queens don't go on the track.

I have reached the point were I am clearly buying all the new cars just because I think I have to and this has made me re-think my collection.

With so many new, re-released models I think that I will have to specialise.

The main problem is the ease of purchase, given enough money I could buy everything I wanted and it would not take that long! Part of the collecting habit (for me) is the chase, the unlucky chance of finding that particular car your after rather than 3 clicks on ebay or on a slot web site.

I will reduce my new purchases to one of every new body mould and only add to this for cars that I really like or wish to race as well (bear in mind I normally get virtually every colour/decal variation).

What I have found over the last month or so is the enjoyment of looking for 1/32 kits for conversion. There are just not as many kits around and my knowledge of them is limited so I find it more interesting. It also expands my interest because I try to construct them. Each will be unique because I have built them.

My interest in modern cars has also wavered again probably due to the sheer number of releases but more likely because they are all so similar! I very much doubt I will buy another modern F1 car! (unless MG enter F1). I also find the focus on American racers puts me off.

I used to find the new catalogues really exciting and could not wait for the new cars to be released. These days the main manufacturers all produce the same cars! or very similar. Varity is the spice of life. 6 companies making Subaru's just does not do it for me.

Recent releases that I have found interesting: Historic F1's, Resin Historic rally cars. My concern for these is that loads of obscure liveries will be released.

I know choice is a good thing and we should not complain about having too much choice, but too many products will put off collectors - see dicast, see Vanquish MG! (when these came out we were told that numbers would be low, liveries limited I now have more Mc Laren's than I care to think about, even if they are all very slightly different!).

Each to their own!

Gareth
 

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I think the last one i saw for sale on Ebay was for about £400!!!!!!

The Range Presentation Car is vertually identical but again about £200 each.

Fair cop - it's not a Sport version!

Gareth
 
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