Scalextric: The story of the world's favourite model racing cars

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The first full-colour, in-depth celebration of everything that has made Scalextric a constant favourite for nearly half a century. Hundreds of nostalgic colour images of cars, track and accessories from the past combine with modern shots of the latest equipment to make this a unique companion to international motor sport's 12-volt baby brother

Anyone born in the 1960s is, by now, watching the lap counter of life click relentlessly towards 40 and many will be wondering where on earth the years have gone. Wasn't it only yesterday they were sitting on the living room floor, playing with their Scalextric and refusing to go to bed until they'd racked up a personal best fastest lap without spinning off?

Actually, yes, it probably was only yesterday. Despite the fact that Scalextric is now over 40 years old itself, it is more popular than ever and the long-established tradition of dads buying sets for their kids and then hogging the hand control continues to flourish.

Scalextric: The Story of the World's Favourite Model Racing Cars takes a nostalgic look at the cars, the track and the equipment with which every Scalextric fan grew up, and then comes right up to date with the new developments that have kept Scalextric motoring on into the 21st century. This is an absorbing and entertaining tribute to a unique phenomenon with enormous appeal. It also shows why Scalextric has survived so successfully and for so long – because it is, above all, great fun. After all, where else can you see a Ford Escort XR3i racing against a Ninja Turtle on a skateboard?

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Anyone born in the 1960s is, by now, watching the lap counter of life click relentlessly towards 40 and many will be wondering where on earth the years have gone. Wasn't it only yesterday they were sitting on the living room floor, playing with their Scalextric and refusing to go to bed until they'd racked up a personal best fastest lap without spinning off?

Actually, yes, it probably was only yesterday. Despite the fact that Scalextric is now over 40 years old itself, it is more popular than ever and the long-established tradition of dads buying sets for their kids and then hogging the hand control continues to flourish.

Scalextric: The Story of the World's Favourite Model Racing Cars takes a nostalgic look at the cars, the track and the equipment with which every Scalextric fan grew up, and then comes right up to date with the new developments that have kept Scalextric motoring on into the 21st century. This is an absorbing and entertaining tribute to a unique phenomenon with enormous appeal. It also shows why Scalextric has survived so successfully and for so long – because it is, above all, great fun. After all, where else can you see a Ford Escort XR3i racing against a Ninja Turtle on a skateboard?

About the Author:

Rod Green has worked as a journalist and editor for far longer than he cares to admit. While far from mechanically adept, he has taken an enforced interest in oily motoring things since the first time his first car (a second- or third-hand 1973 Triumph 1500TC) refused to start.
Rod's interest in Scalextric began in the 1960s when his dad bought him a set for his fifth birthday. He watched, fascinated, as his father constructed the set, attached the transformer and proceeded to 'test' the cars. Rod was nearly eight before he actually got a chance to play with it.

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