Coasters, eh? Can’t live with ’em; can’t live
without ’em. Or something like that...
Anyway, check out these rather cool track
map coasters. Can you name the venues?
Check out griotsgarage.com. MSRP $39.99.
“FINISH OF THE CENTURY”
18in. x 24in. print of Dan Wheldon’s
amazing 2011 Indy 500 win. Portion of
proceeds to the Wheldon Family Trust.
HOME IMPROVEMENT No basement or man cave should be without a slot-car track
1: 18 Dallara DW12
Bang per buck, Greenlight packs a
lot into its ever-expanding grid of
1: 18 IndyCar Series diecasts.
For some, it’s an addiction; for
others, it’s just soothing, repetitive
therapy. Either way, we’re always
amazed how many of you share
RACER’s love of slot-car racing.
As Gil de Ferran explains below,
some slot-car racers are on a
single-minded quest for ultimate
speed. We, on the other hand, like
our slot cars to be big on realism,
and that extends to the tracks, too.
’ 65 FORD MUSTANG REPLICA
A heady combination of pool table and
’60s muscle car. Can it get any better?
My enthusiasm for slot car racing is
probably quite different from a lot of other
people’s. Many collectors like to get slot
car models of iconic racing cars, and I
understand that – many of them are very
good. But the ones I like are rocket ships
that reach ridiculous scale speeds,
probably 50mph in real terms.
When I was a teenager, it was a
cost-effective hobby to gratify my need for
speed, and RACER readers know how I’m
BUILT FOR SPEED
Gil de Ferran isn’t looking for accuracy in his slot cars, just velocity
wired: the tinkering and testing appealed
to me! You could modify so much – tire
diameter and compounds, ride heights,
wing angles, different bearings, different
magnets on the motor and so on. We even
chemically treated the tires for more grip.
And then you could have different
resistors on the throttles and switches to
get more power. Man, we did it all.
I remember I had a setup pad, and I’d
happily sit there for three hours cleaning and
10 6 SEPTEMBER 2012