If your slot car moves a bit then stops check the braids at the bottom. Pull them apart so they are spread out more where they wont have any trouble touching the track railing. It’s a very easy fix but it’s one that is always overlooked.
In the attached picture this car needs to have the braids pulled apart.
How a real car travels on a road is what makes it different than other cars. Slot cars are the same, the better quality of the car the easier it glides. Different cars have unique handling qualities. Some stick to turns easier than others while some are better suited for straight aways.
You can make adjustments to cars by adding or removing magnets. Adding magnets can make the car stay on the track or removing them can make it looser for more advanced drivers.
If you are really serious you can change the engines to make them quicker. There are different types of engines at different prices so it will require research to determine what is best. This will require some soldering skills.
I spent a lot of time collecting but I make sure to play with my cars. There are a couple that have never seen outside of their boxes. What’s the point of having cars and truly not experiencing them?
I had a C5 Corvette that I purchased in 2000. The car was a 1998 and when I sold it this year it only had 50,000 miles on it. I dont believe I got all of the enjoyment out of it that I should have. When cars sit you have to replace the tires, battery and whatever else happens just because it sits. Cars were meant to be driven and enjoyed.
Start enjoying your cars whether they are real or slot cars.
Truly I dont think any track is better than the other. It depends on your needs and the space you have. If it’s a track for only you and you live in an apartment HO scale is the way to go. If you live in a large home with a lot of extra space 1/32 or 1/24 are great options.
The amount of money you want to spend is also a big factor. If you want to stay at the low end I would recommend HO. You can get a much longer length of track for a decent cost. The cars will be a little less expensive as well.
Starting small is always the best route in my opinion. If you get into the hobby and decide you dont like it at least you dont have a lot tied up in it. You can always give the track away to a neighbor or relative.
Saw a picture of the 2020 Corvette yesterday in red with the engine in the back – I hope someone makes a slot car of it.
Le Mans race cars on Scalextric oval track racing down the front straight.
These toys are aspirations of the cars that a person would one day want to own.
If you are looking for a track for a young child that they can keep for a while consider AFX. These tracks have a switch on the plug to reduce the current. This will let any age/skill control the car without it flying off the track.
These cars are just as fun as I remembered as a kid. It’s sad to know that there will be kids who will never experience the fun of slot cars.
If you live in a place where it rains a lot reconsider not putting your track on the floor in your basement. If the basement floods for any reason your track could be lost.