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Five bucks off the list price of Scalextric’s new,
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There are many things we love about
Scalextric, and one is that it doesn’t
always take the obvious path when it
comes to subject matter.
Dan Gurney’s 1967 Trans-Am
Mercury Cougar XR7 (ABOVE) is a
piece of American muscle worthy of
celebration, but who’d expect a major
player like Scalextric to model Kjell
Qvale’s MGB Roadster from the 1964
12 Hours of Sebring (BELOW)? Nice!
Carrera’s WIRELESS+ radio-controlled
technology ditches the cables and
allows slot car racers to get a little
more free-form with their techniques.
The system can handle up to six cars
simultaneously and features a 50ft
operating range for maximum
flexibility. Charging stations for the
speed controllers are incorporated
into the race track (BELOW).
It may be bigger and
far more elaborate,
is, according to
Paul Pfanner, just a
matured evolution of
the pastime that has
been a source of fun,
inspiration and escape
for the better part of
his life since boyhood.
Working on it, and
the 130-plus cars, is
as much a part of the
joy as racing on it.
PART NORDSCHLEIFE, PART BRICKYARD...
Admit it, in an idle moment you’ve imagined a race track combining all your
favorite corners. Well, Zak Brown went a step further and built it (BELO W),
including (MAIN) the Nordschleife’s Karussell and (CLOCKWISE FROM
BELOW RIGHT) parts of Spa, Monaco and even Indianapolis, to name a few.
and Le Mans. It blends details from the
past and present, has an abundance of
elevation change, plus a timing and
scoring system to keep everyone honest.
“I love it. It’s just so cool to look at, but it’s
even more cool to race on,” says Brown.
“The challenge is that I know it so well –
every turn, every bump, every nuance, just
like a real track – that I have an unfair
advantage over most people I race on it.
“Back in Indiana (Brown recently
relocated to the UK), my neighbor got to
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know the track as well as I did and we’d
have epic competitions until 2 a.m.”
In fact, Brown’s track has inspired many
of the sports big shots to order tracks of
their own (like Bobby Rahal profiled in
RACER’s recent Technology Issue).
So who’s next on the list that Brown
may have convinced to place an order?
Former F1 tech wizard Ross Brawn.
Put the two of them together and
they’re likely to take slot-car racing to
a new dimension.