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Weekend Racing Be A Road Warrior

Saturdays are the perfect day for weekend racing with friends.  Right after morning chores of cutting the grass, cleaning the garage and washing the car. In addition any chores that were put off from last weekend.

A couple bags of chips, soda, pizza and it’s a perfect weekend racing day.  Roll out the new track design that has been kept secret.  Layout the event competitions for the day. Who can post the fastest lap? Who can lead for the most laps without causing a yellow flag? Introduce prizes for each winner of the events.  Prizes as simple as a bag of Skittles or a gift card left over from Christmas.

On the television is an episode of “Autobiography” for friends who are waiting to race.  Favorite episodes such as, “The Case of the Priceless Porsche” created by Motortrend.

Tinkerer, Racer or Collector

Why play with slot car tracks?

Why play with slot car tracks you ask?  It’s a great way to relieve stressful situations, thus causing a person to forget their problem.  It creates the wonderful feeling of happiness and creates a little bit of the adrenaline feel.

Playing with tracks for a short amount of time is long enough.  It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get to a relaxed mood.  The best thing to do is as soon as you get into the house play with your track.  It prepares you to forget so you can engage with everyone else in the home.

Ford Daytona Prototype

Ford Daytona Prototype Scalextric

Ford Daytona Prototype is a good car to take to participate in friendly racing. It’s pretty quick and runs very smooth. It’s probably better suited for tracks with a long straight, which would allow the car to get up to speed.

There’s plenty of advertisements around the car. One of the main advertisements is Target following smaller ones such as McDonalds and Cessna.

The Scalextric Ford Daytona Prototype comes with front and rear lights by default. That sets it apart from similar cars like the Nissan R390 by Slot.it. In addition another benefit is this car is DPR ready so insert the chip and it’s a digital racer.

Ford Prototype Top View

Ford Prototype Rear View

Daytona Prototype Wikipedia Page

R390 Nissan A Heavyweight Race Contender

R390 is the slot car to take when you want to truly compete.  The stance is very low which keeps the car stuck on the track.  Its wide body helps with the aerodynamics; in addition makes it look nice.

This little car is fast and very light weight.  Slot.it cars have a special type of frame that’s different than regular Scalextric cars.  Not sure of the motor type in these cars but I believe it’s a little different.

Advertisements are very detailed and it’s clear this car is sponsored by Nissan.  It has a rather unique blue checkerboard paint scheme.  It also has another sponsor Calsonic across the front.

The engine shows through the back window.  It gives a very detailed look of the exhaust.  It’s painted silver with a little bit of red on top.

The downside of the R390 is that it doesn’t have any lights on the front or rear.

R390 Nissan Side
R390 Nissan Top
R390 Front
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Nissan R390 Wikipedia page

 

Relationship Building Using Slot Cars

Relationship building over slot cars creates camaraderie.  It provides a place to discuss the newest car models while testing theories.  Comparing them to their real counterparts and researching each cars history.  History is what makes a car special or worth more than a comparable car.

Learning the history allows for conversation and the ability to tell a story.  Why was a car created to begin with?  Likewise who was its main competitor?  What was so special about this car that it deserved a place in history?

Slot Car Racing Is Contagious

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Excitement Of Racing Is Contagious

The excitement of slot car racing is just as big as it was in the past.  The only difference is that most racing is inside of homes.  There’s no longer mall locations with big wooden racing tracks.

Tracks are setup to be entertainment pieces; which help in grabbing new people into the hobby.  Replicas of real tracks with mountains, pit lanes and people aligning the tracks; in addition racing sounds.

Racing with friends up to six has opened up new possibilities which makes it more fun.  This helps in creating small tournaments and building competitiveness.  Usually races are scheduled around other events such as barbecues, basketball tournaments, and NFL games.

The excitement around home motorsports racing is building.  Not only has the sport been around for years it’s been somewhat underground for a while but it’s starting to change.

When will you be racing next?  Where will you be racing?

Track examples for racing

Open Box Youngtimer Carrera Track

Yesterday I received my open box slot car set from Amazon.  The set is exactly what I was hoping it would be.  The box was a little damaged on the outside but the track is perfect.

The scale size of a 1/24 set is hard to explain.  If you’ve never seen one it will truly surprise you.  My experience is with 1/32 slot cars and I thought they were big.  There’s no comparison between a 1/24 and 1/32 track.  You truly need some serious space to play with this track.

I haven’t had a chance to put the set together yet.  I’m hoping to do that tomorrow.  I’ll post additional pictures of this open box item once I get it set up.

Carrera opened box slot car track

Carrera Youngtimer Track Completely Assembled

Open Box Inside

Average Pricing Is Affordable In 2019

The average pricing of Scalextric slot cars are affordable in 2019. Many cars are in the $39 range which gives many users access to them. At this price range it’s possible to purchase at least three cars per year.

Pricing slot cars at lower levels is very encouraging; it allows more people to be exposed to the hobby.  Prior many of the cars were around $50 which is difficult to spend on a toy.

There are multiple brands in that higher category such as NSR and Slot.it.  When you get into one of these brands you are a serious collector most likely.  They are considered the upper scale of slot car racing.  These cars are more delicate and require a little more care.  They are true replicas of their real counter parts.

Motorsports Home Racing

Motorsports Home Racing

Motorsports racing at home has changed considerably over the years.  Tracks have gotten longer in length while being able to hold larger cars.  Elaborate tracks can be built anywhere with store purchased tracks.  A hobbyist can build an exact replica of a real track over time.

Cars are very detailed and are tuned to be quick while sticking to the track.  Goodyear and Firestone tires give a realness to match the exteriors.  They come in a variety of models such as Formula 1, DTM, super cars, trucks, motorcycles, and vintage.

Digital chips allow home motorsports to be taken to the next level.  If you want to allow the car to be tracked for pole position or switch lanes add a chip.  Chips also allow for automatic car control that allow one person to race alone against a computer driven car.  It also allows the car to be run either direction on the track.

Racing controllers have more than triggers to control the acceleration.  Now they include a button that allows a driver to switch lanes at will.  With the ability to switch lanes there’s also ways to brake instantly.  Wireless technology allows racers to position themselves anywhere around the track.  Vibration feedback indicates the start of a race, low fuel or a flat tire.

Downloadable apps allow the track and cars to talk between each other.  Control top speeds, fuel usage, track lap times, change the weather and simulate pit stops.  Talking voices within the apps tell you which place you are in or when to pit.

Tracks are durable, made to last a lot longer and not easily break.  Interlocking pieces allow tracks to not slide apart while racing.  Very minimal dead spots in large setups like in the past.  If you encounter a dead spot extension wiring can be purchase to solve it.

Six car racing can be achieved on 1/32 tracks either controlled by people or the computer system.  Cars are able to run independently without being affected by another racer.  Yellow caution flags can be implemented to give a real world racing experience.

Racing Track Configuration