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So why do you Slot Car


After lurking this forum and others on slot cars and reading some of the different comments, it got me wondering what brings most people into this hobby and what keeps them in it? From the other side, what are some of the main reasons people leave this hobby?

I was big into this hobby with an HO scale setup back in the late 60's / early 70's when I was a kid. Recently I've considered getting back into the hobby with a 1/32 setup. Nothing big, just a 2 lane starter kit from one of the major manufactures that would fit on a 5x12 table, which I would need to build. This would just be a hobby to give me something to do in the evenings or on a rainy day.

Maybe it's me, but now days there does not appear to be the appeal of slot cars as a hobby like there once was. I live in a large metro area and years ago there were several hobby shops that offered 6-8 lane commercial slot car tracks for local racers. Now days I can't find one commercial track available locally to racers.

I have one local hobby shop that carries a very large selection of slot car kits and accessories and most of the major brands. They even offer excellent prices on most of the kits too, selling around 20% off the list price. Talking to the owner, he commented that sales of slot cars are not all that great.

So for you long timers, what has kept you in the hobby all this time?

For any new comers to the hobby, what attracted you to that hobby and how has it kept your interest? Do you see yourself staying with it for any lenght of time?
 

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I like cars, motor sport and models so model racecars that move - and I can afford lots of them - are irresistible.

I recently joined a race club and thoroughly enjoy the racing and socialising. In fact, it has reinvigorated my enthusiasm for slots to the pint I am spending a dangerously large amount of time racing, buying, talking and reading slots.

Scott
 

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Welcome to the forum marcelissen.


The fact that you can plug the track into a PC and play with lap times etc. got me interested again in the hobby after a 20 year break.

The modeling aspect is cool, the racing is fun and social.

Spending time on the forum keeps the flame alight for those times when you're not sitting at the track.
 

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Scott, what you have said is exactly, and I want to say exactly to the last word, what has happened to me; I can also add that my son like slot very much, and together we race almost every saturday at our club with great pleasure.
I hope to see in the future more clubs and more organized races, at every level, because this hobby is founded on the comparison with other friends.
Today we are a few? Tomorrow we will be more. Welcome Marcelissen!

Ciao
 

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Welcome, marcellissen!

Slot cars have been the perfect hobby for me because I get to indulge a wide variety of interests. Modeling, scratchbuilding, collecting, tuning, modifying, carpentry, electronics, etc. - the list just never seems to end. I can always find some aspect to the hobby that interests me at any given moment in time. Importantly, as others have said, there is the social interaction with other hobbiests (and my son) that take it away from just being a solo pursuit. I grew up during the boom era of slot racing so it was almost impossible to avoid it. But if it didn't offer such a vast array of interest options I would likely have given it up long ago. I've been doing it now since the 1960's... and don't envision stopping any time soon!
 

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As a kid i had al oad of old scalextric / monogram / MRRC stuff - used to love setting up tracks all round the living room.

as a teenager i gave all this away to someone


tried karting, then sprints/hillclimbs in a Golf GTi and a Renault Alpine - great fun but all got too expensive for fun

rediscovered slots when a friend bought my 1 year old son a scaley set as a christening present (what a mate !)


now hooked, son is nearly 4 and is already great at the controls - cant wait till dad & son can have some real racing.


TB
 

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As a kid I had a Carrera Universal set and two GP F1 cars from the sixties (no wings) I believe it was a Cooper and a Lotus (this was a christmas present 1968). Me and my friends also used to race on a very large Scalextric track (actually no one I knew had a Carrera set, every one else had either Scalextric or Marklin). I do not remember that anyone cared who got which make - we raced whatever happened to be available and set up that weekend.

I had my own set until just a few years ago. I also had a fantastic yellow GT40. I do not know the make but I think it was made in Czechoslovakia - I have no other information than that. I always loved the cars but when I got older it was all boxed up in the attic. So one day I was moving house (again) and my sisters helped me out a bit - in the midst of moving they convinced me that the slotcar boxes could be given to some kids. I am not sure how it came to be but all of a sudden everything slotcar was given away to some kids that I did not even know.

Soon enough I was thinking about getting some slotset again but since I do not live in a large enough house I used to postpone it for a future time. One day on an airport I was looking for a present for my sisters kids and there I by accident saw a Matchbox GT40 - the memories came back to me, for one pound I did not hesitate and got it right on the spot. Then Scalextric presented their fantastic GT40s. I just had to have them - bought the cars but no track. After getting more and more cars my girlfriend started to more or less constantly remind me that it was really silly to have all these cars and no track. I did not have any excuse anymore - and there you go. To choose track was not easy though, so I ended up with a little of most everything SCX, Scalextric (old and new), Ninco and ofcourse Carrera. My favorite is the Carrera one though mostly because it is rigid, less magnetic and that you can drive 1/24 scale cars on it. But the others are not bad either. I can imagine having more than one track setup in the future - but who knows it might all end up in routed track eventually. No matter what track it certainly should be with fully decorated environment etc...



There you go that was my story.
//peter
 

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Thanks all for the welcome… Like I said, I have been lurking here for a while trying to pick up some information as to what brand of track and possibly other options I may want to start off with.

I see that some of you wrote about race clubs and the social interaction with other hobbyists. This would be something that I would enjoy, but so far I have not been able to locate any tracks in my area (metro Detroit, Michigan, USA).

To start with I'm thinking about going with a Scalextric setup and maybe adding their Challenger system to play with late in the evenings. But I'm sure I could also interest a couple of my friends to join me as well. Plus the idea of a computer interface with slot cars also interests me too. I also considered going with Carrera, but I like what Scalextric has to offer for now and some of their future plans.

The big hobby around here seems to be R/C cars, which is another hobby I've been into for several years, both electric and nitro cars, and I really enjoy that hobby as well. But I've had this interest in slot cars for quite a few years and I think I would have gotten back into them sooner if it was a more popular hobby in my area and there was a local track or two. Finding a local R/C tracks is no problem, there are several in the area, both indoors and outdoors as well as on-road and off-road dirt tracks. Plus on nice days I can always just head out to the street or local parking lot for on-road racing or my backyard for off-road bashing… And if I fire up one of my nitro cars I quickly draw some of the local kids and some dads too to watch. Which brings up another question about the popularly of R/C mini's and micro cars coming on the market, I wonder what the effect this will have on the future of slot cars?

Peter, I liked your comment about the "Matchbox" cars… ah the memories I have too. I think at one time back in the mid 60's I had the full collection of Matchbox cars.

I'm sure I'll be asking a few questions as I get back into the hobby. I hope to get the supplies I need and build my table sometime next weekend and get my kit up and running by the end of the month.

Thanks again for the welcome.
 
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