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What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby BRS Hobbies » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:14 pm

I know a lot of us have had the pleasure of opening more than one race set over the years. If you could pick one to be under the Christmas tree, what would you pick as your all time favorite slot car race set? It can be any scale, past or current production, etc. If you can find a picture of the race set, please post it.

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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby mattb » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:27 pm

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The Monogram 1/24 Riverside set from 1965. I've always thought Monogram was the nicest looking of all the slot car tracks made.
While the 3 1/2 inch lane spacing is still too tight for most 1/24 cars, it will work. I've had a few of those sets over the years and the artwork really makes them attractive. For a home track the rich kids that got this set must have had lots of fun!!!

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The best set from the old days that was great for 1/24 was the Sears/Marx 1/24 Professional set. This track did have 4 inch lane spacing, aprons molded with the curve tracks to allow an extra 2 inches for drifting. The curves were flat or moderately banked, not the crazy full banks like Carrera makes. I had this track set up for many years at home.

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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby FC47 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:10 pm

Aurora, Model Motoring, Sterling Moss set I think it was,
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby arroldn » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:29 pm

Eldon Selectronic Road Race Set. Got this for Christmas. Not sure if we got it when it first came out in '63 or not. If so I would have been 10. Later we upgrade to cars with lights. Was a member of the Eldon Pit Pass Club which had a monthly newsletter. When I got back into slots was surprised that analog did not have a lane changing feature. Purchased a Scaletric LeMans 24 somewhere around 2006. Set had two Porsche 911s.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby chrisguyw » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:38 pm

VIP for me,........my father brought back a set from the London Toy fair in 1961.

I still have the cars, and they both look and run great!!

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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby chappyman66 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:13 pm

I am with Matt, I am a Marx 1/24 guy. Had 4 sets at one point before Artin came out. Now down to the original set that came from Sears back in the day.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby Pappy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:52 pm

Strombecker. It was a small oval with a Ferrari and a D Jag. My brother and I saved our allowance for weeks to buy it. It cost $10. I'm guessing around 1963.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby mattb » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:06 pm

i never saw the VIP sets, but read about them when I got back into this stuff in the late 80's. I thought the stainless track and unique wiring was really neat. A few months ago there was a boxed set on Ebay for $99 or make offer. I almost made an offer on that set, but common sense finally prevailed!!!

The Marx track was the best 1/24 there was till Carrera came out with the current design. I had 50 foot or more setup with it and was able to run a lot of the old 60's 1/24 cars I had collected.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby Slot GT » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:48 pm

This is my favourite because it was my first ever slot car set. My mom, aka Santa, got it for me for Christmas (1969 I think or just around that time). I played with this set for hours on end. I've loved slot cars and racing in general ever since. I still have the set and all my Eldon cars.

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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby waaytoomuchintothis » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:55 pm

Christmas, 1961? Maybe 1962, there was a Stirling Moss Aurora Thunder Jet Figure Eight set under our tree. I had it assembled before my mother had breakfast ready. I ran it all day. I began saving my allowance that day to get more track. I extended one loop of the figure 8 by 4 straights, 2 on each side, and that was the way I ran it for many years. The set had a gray Falcon Coupe with black interior and a red Fairlane with white interior. I added a tan Thunderbird convertible and a green Falcon. Hard to imagine how long ago that was.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby mattb » Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:08 pm

Not trying to hijack the thread, but this is kind of in a similar vein.

Here is a Christmas picture from 64, I would guess. After getting the Model Motoring AC powered set around 1960 and eventually converting it to DC, I got a Strom set a few years later. It was never very good, the cars did suck pretty good. Probably like all the early sets, the tires were crap. My brother and I each got a 1/32 Cox Ford GT , also. I think that the close by commercial track must have opened about that time. Probably we took the 1/32's to the big track and while they weren't that good, it started a whole new hobby for me. By summer time I was doing brass tube frames and vac bodies and racing on the big track when I could, before my paper route or after cutting grass. The big commercial track was probably about 60-70 feet long! A simple triangle with an outside loop.


The Strom track was never raced on much, but I did set up a small oval just for testing my 1/24 car. I only had 1 1/24 scale car. I built a Chap 2D and it was so good that I never built another car. I just always raced the 2D. Thankfully my mother kept that car year after year and I still have it. Until I went back to school in the fall, I was at the track most every day and raced every Monday nite. After starting back to school I had too much going on to keep racing and that was the end of it for me until I got back in around 1985 or so. My
father-in-law is the one that got me into it again with his box of old cars and telling me about the track that was still in Louisville.


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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby waaytoomuchintothis » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:07 pm

One of our guys here at HRW is directly connected to that track in Louisville, on Bardstown Rd, not far from Lexington. I saw it in 1987, not long before the fire that destroyed that shop.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby RBPhillips » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:06 am

The one that opened my eyes to such a thing as slot car racing was a '61 Scalextric set our Father surprised the house with. Slightly exotic by being British, it was likely this one, with a Jag D-type that lasted long after the rubber track's edges began to curl by 1964.

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My all time favorite is, by a wide margin, the 220 foot commercial track that was the "big" of two tracks at the old Whitesboro, NY Motorama that operated from late spring 1966 to 1969. Its opening was timed perfectly to allow 13 year olds to drop allowances and lawn mowing $$$, and was the place I emerged from heats and went to the final in my first race against strangers, also at 13. I drove a nearly out of the box Testors Harrison Special (gold RTR version with blue U-Go foam tires added.)

It may have been American Raceways, but I lacked the foresight to take a single photo.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby mattb » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:42 am

Waytoomuch,
'Who is directly connected to the Louisville track you referred to? That track was Highland Hobbies run by Jim Williams (Smiley). I also knew JIm as he was a street rodder and a member of either "The Louisville Street Rods" or "The Okolona Street Rods". It was his second shop on Bardstown Rd that burned.
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Re: What is your all time favorite slot car race set?

Postby HomeRacingWorld » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:18 am

Mine is a little different. Not that the ones from my childhood are not meaningful, but I have to say my favorite was the Artin.

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When Frank at SCW brought Artin truly into our hobby, this set was tops.

We had more fun making tracks and more hours spent on this plastic than any other. From hobby shows to club meets and good old home tracks, we were everywhere with Artin.

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2 of those sets created our Dixon Hills Speedway. Likely more miles on this plastic track than any other before going all wood.
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