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My husband decided on the birth of my first son that he would buy him a Scalextric set for his first birthday. I realised that it was actually him that wanted it, so managed to convince him to wait til my son was 5 which was the best thing I could have done!
We bought him the GT Endurance set which cost around £70 and it was some of the best money we ever spent.
The pieces of track fit together easily and the set comrpises of enough pieces that a variety of tracks can be made. The controls are very easy to use, and the cars are very sturdy, although not the best looking.
I investigated online to see what other bits of track and cars I could get to increase the set and was very pleased that it will be very easy to expand the set for him as and when he wants to.
And the best bit? I now get 5 minutes peace and quiet when all three of my boys (my husband and my 2 sons) play happily together racing cars around a track - bliss!
When I have my own house and enough disposable income to afford it I have always thought it would be seriously cool to build a massive Lego town, a Hornby Railway layout or a gigantic Scalextric track, not quite as large as the circuit James May constructed a little while ago on television but big enough for a decent race.
Scalextric is possibly the most famous brand of slot car racing and ever since I received my set as a child I have thought it was great. Put simply you can construct a circuit from varying shapes and sizes of straights and curves which lock together. The pieces of track have two metal slots that line up which makes it possible for two cars to race around at the same time. Depending on how much track you have you can make your circuit as small or large as you like. The cars that travel have metallic wire brushes underneath that enable them to move forward when they make contact with the slots and you apply pressure to the trigger on your controller. The amount of pressure you apply to the trigger will decide how quickly or slowly your race car travels. If you negotiate the corners too quickly the cars have a habit of flying off the track which is the frustrating thing about this toy, having to continuously pick them up and put them back on.
There are all sorts of extras and accessories to really add to the toy and make your circuit reflect a proper race track. I can remember going in to Toys R Us as a child and the shelves were full of additional track and there were cabinets full of cars. Scalextric is excellent quality but it can be very expensive, the cars being no exception but the range is brilliant featuring Formula 1, touring and really prestige road cars which is great if you can't afford a real Aston Martin because at least you can race a scale model around your track.
You can purchase pit stops with crew, grandstands for race fans and other great bits like a Dunlop Bridge which all improve the look of your layout. Like I said before the quality of the toy is without question and if you look after it, it will last but individual pieces of track can be pricey as well as the cars so if you are starting your collection of Scalextric from scratch it is probably better to look for a pack which will often contain enough circuit pieces for a figure of eight and a couple of cars and controllers. Once you have this you can add to it as and when you please.
This toy really is legendary and I think my dad might have got me one as a child so he could play on it really which shows the wide reaching appeal of the brand which has remained popular throughout the years despite advances in technology and computer games.
Scalextric has been around for donkey years, but it is still fair to say that it has lost none of its appeal. My brother is 10 years old and even i am 22, but both of us love getting out his playset every now and again and challenging eachother, it really is just addictive and competitive fun.
Scalextric is a fairly simple premise; two cars that whizz around a pre-constructed track, each controlled by their respective player. Sure it doesn't appeal to everyone and it is pretty safe to say that it is a male orientated product, but for anyone that loves or has a passion for cars it really is a fantastic laugh.
There are endless types and models of vehicles to choose from. Each set you purchase will come with two if its own vehicles, normally unique to that set in order to provide a selling point, but there is also a vast selection of cars that can be purchased individually. Admittedly these can be pretty pricey, anywhere from £20-30. But the detail on each replica vehicle, all of which are remakes of official models, bare fantastic detail and quality. The design and build quality is top notch and each has enough resilience to withstand a good thrashing on the track and numerous head on collisions with furniture around your home.
All tracks, no matter what set you purchase (providing they aren't the Mini or My First range) will consist of the exact same type of parts. This means thats after you have purchased a few sets you have enough pieces to begin creating your own custom designed layouts, with the required creativity adding another dimension to an already fantastic formula.
Sure their are downsides to the product. Space for example can be a primary concern. Yes the cars and tracks are obviosuly scaled down replicas, but they are in no way miniature. Complex or even basic tracks can often take up considerable room, metres and metres in most cases, and are all of a hefty width. You will normally purchase a set with a pre-planned layout displayed on the back of the box, for which there are the exact amount of parts to make up. But you will find that due to the compromise room, kids and other consumers will begin to construct their own custom designed circuits to acommodate the space in their house and consequently can't build tracks to their own specification.
The second primary drawback surrounding Scalextrix however, which i touched on a little before, can be the price. A standard set can cost upwards of £60, but a more high end set with a more complex layout can generally set you back anywhere from £80-120. Not cheap by any stretch. And considering you'll probably need more than one set in order to maintain longevity, it really is a serious purchase.
No doubt everyone has played with some form of Scalextrix in their lifetime, whether it be the official brand or a shoddy knockoff. But no one can deny it isn't a great deal of fun. The drawbacks can put alot of people off, as it certainly isn't a cheap hobby for either your children or yourself to adopt and will require an expansive space in order to fully reap the benefits. But if you aren't too phased by either of these notions, then there really isn't a reason for you not to consider Scalextric a fantastic gift for your son or even as a little indulgence for yourself.
In today's society it's all about video games and there are so many racing games out there across as many consoles that you can think of, that's it's no wonder that children nowadays sit in front of a screen constantly playing these games. But I remember a number of years ago now when I was young before the days of spectacular graphics and high speed when we used to spend our hours and days playing the classic and great game that is Scalextric.
Now, my son is getting to the age now where he loves cars and if we're out driving he'll point out every car that passes by. So a few months back now I decided to buy him Scaletrix and I really hope that over the years he will build up the collection and grow to love it as much as I used to. I'm sure it's going to be hard to compete with computer consoles as he does get older but for the moment I can hope he'll get into this.
The great thing for me is that if you have vast amounts of money to spend on it then the choice is huge and you can build a number of tracks and buy some decent variety of cars and to be honest with you there are almost unlimited kinds you can get from mercedes to a porcshe etc. You are really able to live out your dreams in reality as I'm sure we all would love to drive one of those. For the vast majority we will never get the chance so these little cars are the next best thing.
The track I bought was approximately £30 and the cars are like the standard forumla one cars, but I will be adding to these as the time goes on and my son gets into it and appreicates it.
The controls are operated by a trigger and plug into the side of the track as do the leads for the set. The cars really slot in easily and race at realistic but not stupid speeds where they are flying off the track all the time.
One of the great things I've always found about Scalextric is that it's quite easy to assemble and can be fun for younger children to be able to build the courses.
I would highly recommend purchsing scalextric for any child, and I think from about the age of 4 or 5 they will love it and get hours of fun too. Plus, it's got to be a more healthy addiction that video games.
When I was a lad I had to make do with pushing a piece of coal round a chalkline racetrack, the kids of today don't know they're born. Well okay things were never THAT bad but theres no denying the huge advancement in technology in recent years, leading to better and more exciting toys than I ever had growing up.
Scalextric was around long before I was born, first released in the 50's, by the early 90's when I was a mere babe in arms you had the choice of a few basic car designs and limited track pieces, a world apart from the scalextric of today.
The idea was always going to be a winner as soon as technology would allow it, miniature scaled down cars racing electronically around a custom built circuit with a 'gun' type contraption to control speed and acceleration.
I loved my circuit as a boy, I only had a couple of cars but I used to love racing my brother round the living room, and 'accidentally' engineering the odd crash. In retrospect the design of the cars and tracks could have been infinately better, the scalextric track of today is not only more aesthetically pleasing but also functions better.
The last 15 years have seen the company come on in leaps and bounds. I was recently doing some shopping for my young nephews birthday and was blown away by the sheer volume of tracks, cars and scenery, my my they have been buisy.
First off there are now literally hundreds of types of car differing in looks, from the james bond aston or the batmobile to the sleek elegant lines of a formula 1, and even varying in performance, scalextric now have drifters which swing out wide on corners. Raleigh cars, formula 1, street cars and cars from the movies, the wealth of choice is overwhelming.
Not only is there a staggering array of voltaged vehicles but the quality is superb, intricately crafted the cars have a really collectible quality to them, I've heard stories of people paying thousands for a rare racer only to keep them locked away in a little box, never racing them once.....My Precious!!!
Perhaps the biggest and most significant change of the last decade and a half is that like everything else nowadays...Scalextrics gone digital. No more awkward wires but also a massive change in function. The old days saw only one car per lane, but the digital revolution means that 6 different cars can race on each lane.
Scalextric have also made driving the mini models more realistic. I remember there wasn't much skill in the old sets, just hold down the throttle and hope you don't come off, the sets nowadays have a higher element of skill, especially with the drift cars which can rotate 360 degrees on themselves making it much easier to lose control.
Unfortunately though, accompanying the rise in quality is a sharp rise in cost, there are sets that can set you back over £250!!! Which I think is pretty extortionate, even the weediest track will cost you around £50. If you've got the money to spend then I do reccomend Scalextric, it's come a long way from when you may remember it. Particularly reccomended to boys but I'm sure there'll be plenty of girls who would love a race to.
As nothing is ever quite perfect I do have a few gripes with the'Tric, firstly as mentioned it's incredibly expensive for what it is. Secondly it does take up alot of room, this gives way to a potential third problem which is having to dismantle it every time and re build over and over again unless you have a dedicated room to house it in. But if these are things that aren't a problem for you, I gaurantee your kids will have hours of fun whizzing around the plastic raceway.
Scalextric do not give a damn about their customers! I ordered a car online,it did not arrive on time. I contacted customer care and was told to refuse delivery from the RM & I would be refunded in 3 weeks. It has now been 2 months & no refund. 3 e-mails sent no reply. The last phone call a representative said it was not her problem & would connect me to the right person & disconnected me! I have asked them to contact me via e-mail or phone-no response after 5 weeks. I will never buy from them direct again!
My youngest was bought Scalextric pole Position for Christmas this year. It is a figure of eight track, with a cross over bridge and two chicanes. the cars are 32:1 scale modelled on the mercedes and Honda F1 cars. The cars have incredible detail and alone are great looking toys. The track is long enough to have a good race on, and the controllers are quite ergonomic so they fit nice;y in your hand. I always remember the problem with scalextric was that it took ages to put together and then when it came to racing, all that ever happened was that the cars flew off the track and bits broke off them. But my view of it has changed since we got this set. the track is a new design whcih slots together easily and once connected stays together with good current flowing through the whole track. The power pack and controllers are slimmer and easier to use and the track seems to be more robust.
The thing that seems to have really changed (maybe now that I am older and have more patience or maybe years of playing computer games have given me better co-ordination) is the racing element. If you are careful on the coreners and give it the right amount of trigger, you can really have a good race. The cars do sometimes fly off the track if you take a corner fast, but they are well built and very sturdy.
It is great fun, but does not have the longevity of a computer game as it only does the one thing, so I can understand why console games have taken over from this old favourite. It still has provided many days of entertainment in our house, and once packed away I'm sure we will be getting it out again. It is more sociable than a computer game and you get better family interaction with a game like this.
Scalextric is a mains powered game which allows model cars to be raced on specially constructed tracks, and controlled with 'throttles' which determine the cars speed.
The product is manufactured by Hornby and was first showcased in the late 1950's - although at that time it was merely at a prototype stage designed by Mr B. Francis and demonstrated at the Harrogate Toy Fair.
Scalextric sets can be purchased from Amazon in a wide variety of styles. Prices range from £27 for the 'My 1st Scalextric Set', to £230 for the 'Scalextric Digital World Championship Set'. All Scalextric sets come with enough track to make at least one complete circuit, and generally the products at the upper end of the price range allow for the creation of some pretty ambitious tracks. The scale model cars which Scalextric uses can often be bought separately from toy shops and are available in many models.
I used to have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of Scalextric when I was younger. I remember at one point having the track running up the stairs in the house - which led to a few Scalextric related injuries. Racing little cars was my favourite pastime, and the way you could design the shape of the track before playing always kept the novelty fresh.
Nowadays I doubt I would recognise the product in its current incarnation - with apparently the ability to use up to six cars on track at any one time... cool. Anyway, i'm sure it's still great fun!
I bought this at Christmas 2004 'for my 31/2 year old son'; honestly I did :).
'Look', I said to my wife, 'you want the best for your son don't you?'
'Besides', I said, 'it will help him later on in life by teaching him about cars .'
So that's how I justified the expense. ;)
And so on Boxing Day we opened up my new (sorry my sons) new toy :)
First impressions were 'blimey this looks a bit complicated' but when you start
putting it together you realise it's not that disimilar to the other scalextric sets and the
instructions are dead easy to follow.
The main difference is internal and allows you to change anes at will which I'll come to in a moment.
The set itself consists of a load of track (straights and curves) which covers an area of about 4sq meters.
In terms of total length it's about 61/2 meters.
This is plenty to get you started and obviously you can add more tracks later.
In addition to the track it also comes with a couple of Porsche Boxters (one red and one yellow)
along with a controller for each car.
There are a few special pieces of track which you will not find in any of the other sets.
One is where the power unit is connected via a supplied transformer and there are also 2 special curved tracks that
allow the cars to move from one lane to the other and these work in a very similar way to a railway track
where part of the metal on the track shifts from one lane to the other and back again.
There are also 2 'sensor tracks' that need to be placed immediately before the lane changing curved tracks
and it is these sensors that tell the system when to move the metal track to allow a car to change lane.
There is also a section of elevated track which once assembled with the rest allows
you to construct a rough figure of 8 circuit with a bridge.
Finally there are some borders with red and white markings on which connect to the track to which
are connected plastic fencing which act as crash barriers but these only cover a small part of the track.
Additional borders can be purchased separately.
Okay so once the circuit has been assembled you plug the connectors in, switch on and away you go.
There's no more setting up required you simply start racing. The controllers are analogue.
The more you press the trigger button the faster the cars go.
Obviously you don't want to go around corners at top speed so it takes a while to get used to the
exact pressure required to complete a lap without leaving the track.
My now 4 year old son had it figured out fairly quickly. It took me a little more time.
In addition to the trigger button on each controller there are also two buttons at the top which can be reached using your thumb.
The default configuration is to have the cars stop when you release the trigger but for advanced drivers you can configure the upper button to be the brake.
For intermediate drivers the braking can be achieved by either releasing the trigger or by pressing the upper button.
Just below the brake button is another button.
It is this button which along with the lane changing track makes this scalextric set so special.
This button when pressed sends a signal to the track telling it that the car being controlled by the controller wishes to change lane.
The idea is that you time the pressing of this button to coincide with you car approaching one of the two tracks that have a sensor and if you time it right,
the sensor will detect that YOUR car is passing and shift the metal part of the track so that you change lane.
Once you pass the lane change section of track, the metal bit moves back to the normal position.
This allows for genuine over-taking.
This scalextic set is also digital.
This means that each car is given a unique ID (1-6) and each controller is configured to work with one car and one car only.
This also means that the track can sense which car is passing a given sensor and take action with regards to changing
lane only when the car that wishes to change lane approaches the special curved track.
The cars themselves are essentially the same as standard cars and are compatible with other scalextric sets.
However they have a special chip inside and some kind of light emitter underneath which communicates with the track.
It is this that enables the communication between the car and track.
The power controller connects to the mains via a transformer.
A single transformer is capable of providing enough power to control 3 cars.
In order have the full set of 6 cars racing around the track you need to purchase a second transformer.
This costs about £25.
Each additonal car costs around £30 which is about £10 more than a normal car.
For £30 you also get a controller.
I now have 3 cars as I recently bought an Audi TT so now my wife, son and I can race simultaneously around the track,
each changing lane at will.
Obviously they would lose interest if I kept winning all the time so I often go round corners at
an inappropriate speed and crash my car deliberately to allow them to catch up with me and then beat me .
Honest its deliberate.
Races are configurable in terms of number of laps, number of cars racing, false starts.
Power can be cut automatically when the first car crosses the finishing line.
You can have grand prix, endurance, nascar events.
You can even set up the cars to behave differently depending on the ability of each driver.
E.g. the brake button can be enabled for the experienced driver and disabled for the novice.
The scalextric set can optionally be connected to a 'Race Management System' (RMS) which normally costs about £40 but I got mine for £10.
This is an extra piece of track with sensors that can be connected to a PC or laptop via a standard serial cable.
The software provided with this allows you to design tracks on your PC, it allows you to set up races and the best part is
that it allows you to monitor the race from you PC instead of having to look at the rather small LCD screen supplied as standard in the set.
On you PC you can download pictures of the people racing, give them proper names (instead of Player 1, 2 etc)
and it will store statistics like best lap time and even allow racing championships by heats and
keep track of who is yet to race who. You can even setup up pitstops.
Race information is displayed graphically and as new cars are released you can connect to the scalextric web site and download images of them.
The thing most likely to break on this is your cars, simply because it is these that are the 'moving' parts.
Cars crash, they get mishandled, they leave the track.
All this takes it toll on them and it wasn't surprising that after 6 months, one of my Porches stopped working.
When I opened it up it turned out it was due to a small wire simply breaking.
This is a design flaw in that when you look inside a car, it's actually very simply constructed and the wires are just too thin.
A simple soldering job fixed my problem and I ensured that a thicker wire was used to replace the existing one but this
simplicity is also an advantage because all the bits that make up the inside of a car can be purchased separately
and they are really simple to put back in so long as you have experience in soldering.
You don't really need to know any electronics.
The insides are not like the inside of a PC or anything like that.
You can figure out how it all works quite easily and therefore figure out what isn't working quite easily too.
Its worth opening up the cars anyway on a regular basis in order to remove bits of hair and dust that build up in the axles and around the motor.
A new module will be released soon for digital sets that allow you to race people over the internet.
This module will allow you set up virtual races with people over the internet that have the same
track configuration as yourself and again like the RMS will keep track of lap times etc.
Well it depends on how much you want to get into this. I've spent the following:
Scalextric Sports Digital - £150
RMS - £10 (normally £40)
Audi TT - £30
Its good fun during parties and get-togethers and I'd recommend any Dad to 'buy this for their son' :)
I was so glad to finally get a house with a floored loft. Now I can host my own Grand Prix. The scalextric makers have done a wonderful job in allowing you to make up your own racing circuit. I personally prefer racing around my own circuit than watching the professionals (only just). Role playing is a great escape from the garden. The system you make can be as simple or as complex as you wish. You do not need to go the whole hog straight away. You can start with a basic track and then build it up. The only thing stopping you is your imagination. The track is easy to put together. Click and away you go. VVrrrroooom, the flags wave and off you go. Watch out for the corners and get onto the home straight. There are no age limits on who can drive. Being boys you can start as early as you trust sticky fingers not to get in the way to old hands wobbling at the controls. Of course, being equal opps this game seems to be just as big a hit with the girls. My wife regularly beats me on the track, even though she cannot drive in real life. You do not need to hold a licence to enjoy the thrills and spills of the race. I really like to drive at night. The sky light is over the track and the cars headlights add to the whole atmosphere. The only thing missing is the challenge of driving in the rain. Maybe that is not such a bad thing, inhouse you can stop and have a cup of tea before you go the next six laps.
Scalextric, that brings memories back to me. I had my first set in about 1960 with 2 D Type Jaguars and hard rubber track that you joined together with metal U clips. Even then the bug got me, and I started adding lap counters, pits, extra track, Coopers, Bentley's, well an endless list really. My mum had to move into another room so I could leave the track down permanently. She grabbed me by the collar one day and said " Son, I'm having the room back ", so I joined a club for Scalextric enthusiasts. At that time there were serious leagues, and the clubs all made really long 8 lane tracks out of hardboard, with the conductor rails being copper tape so that lengths of track didn't have to be joined together. The tracks all had marshals in the middle etc etc. Full scenic effects were added as well. Well I was a failure, because you also had to design and build your own cars, clear plastic bodies, rewound armatures on the engines, slick tyres, guides on mobile extensions and any other permutation to gain a lead. I didn't have a permanent mechanic so didn't do as well as I wanted !! Not one part was actually made by Scalextric though. Anyway, in 1990 I got the old set out again and my ex-girlfriends son acquired a new set and between us we made a layout about 30 metres long. Then we thought " Bored with these cars, so were down the model shop every weekend buying a new Lotus 72, Jaguar XJ220, Lamborghini Diablo, Sierra, Ferrari F1, and so on. We ended up with about 24 cars I suppose. Now it's 2001 and that has gone, I now want another set, it is so addictive and the cars so fast. They hold the track much better than they used to because of the advance in technology, curb sections and track material. Also, there is a vast selection of cars now available from Formula 1 (in your favourite drivers colours ), touring cars such as Renault Laguna or Vauxhall Vectra, rally cars like the Subaru I
mprezza, Caterham 7's, GT cars of many varieties and even lorries. Foriegn manufacturers even make models which will suit Scalextric track so the list can be endless. The detail is also excellent as well. Then again, the track can be extended to any length you desire, and you can add all sort of extra items like pits, grandstands, bridges and model figures. Again a long list. One point is that the cars are relatively fragile, and if "raced" will soon get damaged, and it is probably rare as such for one to last as much as a year. There is a Scalextric website (www.scalextric.co.uk) where all the usual latest information is available, plus an enthusiasts club which costs in the region of £15 per year to join with quite a lengthy list of benefits. Plus one can also purchase the catalogue, and brochures of suggested track plans. Just makes my eyes water thinking of how much this will all cost, at £20 per car approx, £2 per track section approx. Spent £200 10 years ago. My eyes are still watering at the amount of money I may be spending soon....
My first experience of Scaletrix was the cold winter (just kidding) of 1989, when the main work place in my town, went on strike. It lasted months and many hardships were endured but we were brave. None so than the twelve men who used to call at my home from 9ish-5ish,and they spent hours, not discussing the strike or the meetings, nope, they had to plan and devise tracks, and schedules and races, as foolishly I purchased a box of scaletrix bits at an auction. Five cardboard boxes of various track and cars and other bits and bobs, all for fivepounds, soon were deposited in my front room, when my husband looked all of seven, rubbing his hands in delight and joy..(why I have no idea but then I am female!!) The plan was simple, they made tracks that ran under and around furniture, had pit stops and also when others were not racing they took over my kitchen to make all the scenery and crowds, I never knew how to make model trees before all this!! They had alot of fun, the noise from their cheers and jeers , as well as the cars all day did get on my nerves, and forever having to watch where i stepped made me soo long we never had children. I t got to a point when all their strike money went on buying new cars and we had different races for different types, stock cars, formula 1, it went on and on. The worst thing they ever did one afternoon after being on strike for five months was try to teach the cat to chase the cars. The cat was scared at first but eventually got brave abd they did think it so funny and worthy of a place on you've been framed once the cat started chasing the cars. BUT< boy after a few days the cat got braver and would sit under a chair, wait for a race to start then POUNCE..and knock the car off the track..wow..did they ever swear!!! They soon wished they hadnt started. In a way it was sad when after ten months they went back to work, they promised to carry on every weekend, but eventu
ally bit by bit the pieces were stored in the cellar, and they havent emerged for over ten years but we now have an eighteen month baby girl, and I wonder how long it takes hubby to try her with a small track!!!!!!Hopefully the cat behaves this time!!
When I was younger I really looked forward to visiting my cousins, because they were boys and they had a scalextric, which I thought was absolutely fabulous. The track used to go under their bunk bed and the cars had working headlights. Now that I am grown up and a parent with three girls of my own I remembered back, and last year bought them a scalextric set for Christmas. The sets today are a lot less technical to set up; you just simply plug in and play, with my cousins set you had to plug things here, there and everywhere. I have now purchased a massive Formula 1 set which comes with very detailed Formula 1 cars and two of the new type of hand controllers, which are and lot more comfortable to use. The set is so big when set up; it takes up the whole of the living room floor. The set comes with instructions on how to make up the track and several other track ideas, a leaflet about the Scalextric Enthusiasts Club, which I joined and that cost me £14 p.a., when you join the club you receive a Limited Edition TVR Slot car, which is fully working and comes with two spare brushes and a nice display box. Regularly through out the year you receive a magazine called Racer, this magazine has lots of very useful information, and lots of news stories on real racing drivers and tracks. The Formula 1 set cost me about £50, but this was in a half price sale. The set, which I bought for my daughters, was about £50, this was the normal price. The cars come with spare brushes, (contacts between the track and the motor of the car), two hand controllers and enough track to do many different tracks. Scalextric sets are all compatible with each other, so you can build your dream track layout. I have seen some amazing tracks in the Scalextric Magazine. My youngest who is three really enjoys racing and she is very good at keeping the cars on the track, unlike my eldest who spins off at every bend. R
eplacement cars start at £20 so it is quite an expensive hobby, but it is very enjoyable.
Ah, this takes me back to my childhood. Getting a group of friends and wasting a saturday afternoon watching toy cars fly off the corner. This was about 15 years ago and I still bring it out on the odd occasion and it's still as fun and addictive as it ever was. If you've never played it, basically there are various packages you can buy, most based on race events and makes of cars relating to the tracks (such as Le Mans circuit with Porches). The track comes in pieces which you clip together in whatever layout you want. You slot the cars onto the track and control them with mains powered handheld triggers. Even though you can't steer the cars due to the cars running on fixed slots, it still involves some skill. You can also buy the cars seperately as they do take a bit of a bashing. Everyone I know has enjoyed playing Scalextric at some point, probably because it's so simple and you can make a circuit in any form you want (my Dad STILL spends hours perfecting his corners). Expensive to buy but a worthwhile investment that'll last for years with many late nights. I know PC and consoles games are sophisticated, I enjoy them myself. Nothing though can stop the enjoyment of a huge group of people, drinks, food and a Scalextric. I may just be revisiting my childhood, but who cares? It may be a good thing.
For Christmas this year I bought my godson Scalextric, why because as a child I lived my dream of being a racing driver through those little cars. My one concern that in this day of Nintendo and Play Station could Scalextric compete? Limited by cost I plumped for a forty pound oval track with formula one style racing cars. But for those with unlimited funds the possibilities are endless, Subaru, Mercedes, TVR, Porsche just drive your dream. What a difference those years of growing up have made to the sets. The leads plug in to custom made plugs located at the side of the track rather than the old clip the lead to the metal underneath. The controls are trigger operated and again plug directly into the side of the track. The cars slot easily into the track and race at what can only be described as realistic scale speeds. Assembly was easy the whole thing slotting together in about 10 minutes, the cars on the starting line, the power on ….. being 5 my godson has not grasped slowing down for corners, but despite the frequent crashes he played with this all day and when he went to bed his father and I raced back to our childhood for hours. These two little cars shooting round an oval track have provided more hours amusement for this little boy and all his school friends, who think it is so cool and now want their own, than any play station 2 that was given for Christmas. For the parents it has bought back some old memories and many an evening has been spent racing after a few beers…apologies to the Drink Driving campaign!!! The competitive spirit being bought out in even the most laid back of us. There has been many a visit to Toys R Us to buy our own cars. The end result I would recommend this as a purchase for children aged 5 to 35 we have more than had our money back in entertainment value. Can it compete with Play Station and Nintendo, well compete and win the play station is still in its box the Scal
extric is used daily and being added to all the time the possibilities with Scalextric limited only by your imagination as the accessory range, track range, and range of cars seems to be fairly endless. I know what I want next Christmas!!!