In this overview you will find information about the most important slot cars and tracks manufacturers in the history of slot car racing.
The list is far from complete and was compiled a few years ago. It needs to be updated. Feel free to send your suggestions by mail (jwvancapelleveen @ gmail.com).
Some listed manufacturers go with slogans which were used by the companies.
The Spanish Company A2, based in Barcelona, offers 1/32-scale resin bodies.
Acti Model offers kits of mostly classic Italian cars. Acti is quiet expensive, though very interesting for modellers.
Adams & Sons
Reached the limit of surface adhesion!
The Californian Company Adams & Sons created in the sixties a chassis with active independent suspension on all four wheels for a 1/24-scale model. Quad mark 1 was the name of the product. On the track the four wheels kept on the track all of the time. The chassis with the parts was offered as a kit. The chassis was offered for almost USD 25.00 (exclusive 4 per cent sales tax). This amount was a lot of money at that time, in 1966.
Rick Franchi is the founder of the slot car company Aero. The company paints slot car bodies.
Airfix motor racing, just like the real thing!
The sets for value!
The British Company Airfix was very popular in the sixties. A wide variety of 1/32-scale models were offered to the track system of Airfix. Some cars were equipped with the Ackermann steering system. Airfix bought MRRC in 1963. Airfix disappeared after the seventh edition of their catalogues at the beginning of the seventies.
The track was not extendable to more lanes. The sloth depth was 5 mm and the distance between the slots was 76 mm. The track width was 152 mm. No borders were available. Made in the United Kingdom from 1965 until 1975. The surface of the Airfix motor racing system was rough and grey coloured.
AJ’s National Raceways
For the speed you need!
For the performance you want!
Maurice Wynn founded the American Company AJ’s in the sixties. The company was based in Indianapolis, Indiana. AJ’s was a division of Twinn-K Inc. at that time. The Company produces tires and other products for slot cars. The current owner of AJ is Bob Haines of REH Distributing.
The Chinese firm Akbar from Hong Kong produced 1/24-scale model cars.
Allstate offered a 1/87 and a 1/32-scale track system. The 1/87 track system was interchangeable with Atlas, Aurora, Lionel and Marx. The 1/32 track system was interchangeable with Marx.
Alpha is an American Company from Wisconsin that makes motors and 1/32-scale lexan bodies. The owner of the Company is Paul Pfeiffer.
Altech, based in Florida, was a brand of slot car track in the sixties. Stan Engelsman was a track builder for the Company. After Engelsman left the Company he built tracks under the name “Hi Speed Tracks”.
American Line produces slot racing parts. One of the products is Line Track Tape, a self-sticking roll for track building.
American Model Car Raceways Inc.
Official championship raceways!
American Model Car Raceways Inc. introduced the first factory-built commercial model car raceways. The Company was based in Beverly Hills, California. Some tracks featured the dual driving system. Cars with conventional guides and retaining guides could run on a track with the dual driving system. Retaining guides practically eliminated the models from de-slotting. Thus poorer drivers and beginners did not have to get up constantly to retrieve de-slotted cars.
American Racecraft announces a unique approach to HO racing!
The model cars of American Racecraft described as “ground effect wing cars”. “The exclusive ground effects racing has been developed for more effective traction, better handling and greater racing excitement”, according to the manufacturer in their adds.
Am-Track from South Holland, Illinois, offered professional ready-to-race home tracks.
AMF Model Car Raceways
Tiny cars can create giant profits for you!
The American Company American Machine & Foundry Company bought out American tracks in the sixties. The company claimed in an advertisement in the number one issue of the Australian magazine Slot Car and Model Racer, that at least 98 per cent of the world’s finest and most successful model car racing centres have installed AMF Raceways.
Leisure Dynamics, an AMF holding, bought Cox at the end of the sixties.
It steers, it slides, it spins, with you at the controls!
Any scale, any model. AMT’s designed to win!
Model racing becom es a sport!
The AMT Corporation was based in Troy, Michigan. AMT produced static (diecast) cars before the production of slot cars started in 1964. The first slot car model, the Thunderbird, was a 1/25-scale kit. More 1/24 andd 1/32-scale kits followed. Dynamic Models Inc. of North Hollywood, California was sold to AMT in 1964. This resulted in a few ready-to-run models.
Authentic Model Turnpike was the slottrack product of the AMT Company in 1964. The Company was led by George Barris and Budd “the Kat” Anderson. The 1/25-scale models were equipped with an electro-magnet that took impulses from the steering wheel of the controller in order to move or slide across the track. The double-jointed swivel-trailing arm allowed steering from side to side while the pickup carriage drove beneath track surface. The cars could be run forward or reverse, they could change lanes and they were steerable. With steerable it is meant that the model could weave in and out of obstacles and fly over ramps. The Turnpike model could not de-slot.
Four independently controlled cars could run on two track lanes. The system was difficult to install. It took terribly long to create a track. The track pieces were easy to put together, but on every piece you had to use a small screwdriver of finger nail file to connect the electric contacts. Therefor, the Turnpike was not suitable for small children.
Anni-Mini is a French manufacturer, based in Paris, of handmade slot cars. The first model was the Maserati Birdcage. The models, produced in small numbers, are very interesting for collectors because of the attention to details.
Any Slot is a small manufacturer that produces a few versions of the Matra that participated in the 24 hours race of Le Mans. The production is limited to 300 models each.
The Japanese Company Aosima offers model kits suitable for slot car models (a model is mostly based on a Plafit chasis). The Nissan Cedric 2000 GL is one of the models offered by Aosima.
In the past Artin was not taken seriously by die-hard slot racing enthusiasts, but has moved up to the present and is starting to become very popular. The track system is widely available in the United States, England and Australia. Artin introduces people around the world to model car racing.
Artin International Holdings limited was set up in 1965. The headquarters of Artin are located in Hong Kong. In the eighties the factory moved to Dongguan at the mainland of China. Today, Artin employs 2,500 people at the plant in Dongguan. Artin International Holdings limited was set up in 1965.
The slot cars of Artin do not have always the high level of detail that is currently offered by other big manufacturers. The models are as powerful as the NC1 powered cars of Ninco.
The 1/32-scale track is extendable to 6 lanes. The sloth depth is 63 mm, the distance between the slots is 76 mm and a track width is 165 mm. Borders are available. Made in China since 1965, primarily HO (1/64) and 1/48-scale battery operated type sets. In Germany sold as Racy. Smooth track surface.
The track locks together easily and fits firmly. For some children it can be difficult to assemble the track. The yellow coloured borders attach easily to the track. The Artin track is made of a very breakable styrene-type plastic. It is not possible to bend or flex the track like the materials of Ninco or Scalextric. The track will be broken if it is stepped on. It is not possible to connect the track to systems of other brands.
It can be difficult to obtain spare parts or extra track pieces. Artin is mostly offered in lager department stores, where they do not sell accessories. Some of the smaller slot car shops do not offer Artin, but the products of Artin are offered through the Internet.
A set comes with a DC wall pack and controllers. The quality of the controllers is poor, but having said that, the controllers that are offered in the set of most other brands are not the best quality either. Artin does offer a set with an electronic lap-counter.
The track system of Artin is a serious brand to buy when you start with slot car racing.
Atkinson Model Car Centre
Peter Atkinsons founded Atkinson Model Car Centre in 1964. The small company produced about ten different 1/32-models (vacuum) in 1967.
Spanish Company which produces an easy and comfortable system to light your slot track with streetlights and bill boards.
For the enthusiast who demands quality!
In 1961 Atlas started with the production of HO-scale slot racing sets and accessories (track buildings). The Company was baced at Florence Ave., Hillsde, New Jersey, US. The first 1/32-scale models are produced in 1965 and the 1/24-scale kits followed soon.
The American Company Atlas started with the production of HO-scale slot racing sets in 1961. The 1/87 track system was interchangeable with Allstate, Aurora, Lionel, Marx and Tyco. The first 1/32-scale track system was produced in 1965. The 1/32 track system was interchangeable with Revell and Strombecker.
Auto World (Scranton) bought the line of slot racing products at the end of the sixties.
The Brazilian company Atma offered models and track system. The track system was called “Atma Pista”.
World Championship Motor Racing!
The closest thing to real racing!
The race is on!
Twice the action in half the space!
The American Company Aurora is well known for their HO (1/87-scale) line of slot racing products. John Cuomo, Abe Shikes and Joe Giammarino founded Aurora at the beginning of the fifties. The Company was active in the hobbycraft line. In 1960 Aurora introduced the first electric powered slot cars.
The Vibrator is the first type of car. Derek Brand designed the motor system. Vibrator motor: when the current is turned on the coil becomes magnetised and the actuator reed is drawn down, forcing the push rod against contact arm thus breaking electrical contact. This causes the coil become de-magnetised. The spring return action of the actuator reed allows contacts to “make” again. Each time the contacts “make” and “break” the actuator reed vibrates up and down and in so doing turns the drive gear. The system showed to be not very reliable and a new system was required.
The Thunderjet 500 was introduced in 1963. The T-jet motor sat uprights in the chassis.
The T-jets were easy to service because of the simple gearing and replaceable parts. The T-jets were released until 1972.
By 1965 Aurora had sold over 25 million HO slot cars. Current manufacturers can only dream of such sales.
Aurora bought K&B in 1965 to get a share on the 1/32-market. Aurora started to produce in the same year some models on that scale, but it was a flop. The models were not competitive. Aurora called these models A-jets. The “A” stood for American. The American models carried an American flag sticker on the doors, but some came without flags or stripes. Not only cars were produced but also a few Thundercycles and a Wheelie trike. Aurora’s production of 1/32-scale models ceased in 1971.
The production of Aurora AFX models started in 1971 and stopped in 1983. AFX stood for Aurora Factory Experimentals. The first cars were non-magnatraction, but at the end of 1974 the magnatraction cars arrived. The new AFX cars with “Magna Traction” were an technical breakthrough for Aurora. The cars showed super gripping power.
Super Model Motering, scale 1/48, was an unsuccessful attempt of Aurora to fill the gap between HO cars and 1/32-scale models. Only eitht cars were produced. After terrible sales Aurora ceased the production. Apparently, the public did not need another scale.
In 1976 G-Plus (gravety plus more) cars were offered. John Cukrus invented the G-Plus motor.
Aurora bought the controller line of Russkit at the end of the sixties. Parma is the current producer of controllers that are designed by Russkit.
Aurora made some models that are sold by the German manufacturer Faller.
A few companies have been the owners of the products of Aurora between 1977 and 1986. Tomy bought the Aurora AFX slot car line in 1986.
Aurora introduced Model Motoring at the end of 1960 and it became the biggest Chritsmas gift at the time. The Vibrator Highway sets were sold easily for a very long time. Because of the scale it was possible to combine model racing with model railroading. The Company Parkway Industries of Cleveland sold Aurora Model Motering and Tyco trains together in a Race-Road-Rail set from 1961 to 1963.
Aurora introduced the High Performance Track at the New York Toy Fair in 1972. The Company eliminated the white middle-of-road line and added a deeper slot. Beside the charges Aurora offered new track sections: the banked curves.
In 1973 the Xlerators system, a slotless electric race system, was introduced at the HIAA show. The system did not attract the serious hobbyists but was moderate popular by children.
Auto started as a company that produced authentic die-cast models. The Spanish factory Autoart released its first slot model, the Subaru Impreza WRC, in 2002. It was not an impressive model choice, because many other companies offered this model already. The quality of the model did make Autoart one of the best newcomers on the market. Other models have been proven to be more interesting choices, as the Lamborghini.
Authentic scale accessories!
Bill Sippel founded Auto Hobbies, located in Burbank, California. The small American Company made (Fiberglas and brass framed) bodies, which were designed for Stombecker chassis. Auto Hobbies made 1/24 and 1/32-scale models. On of the best products of the company was the 1/32-scale Shelby Cobra GT. The model was offered as a kit, including the assembly instructions and decals. Other products were axles, frames, tyres and wheels. The company ceased in 1967 due to lack of success and the market blow.
The American Company from Scranton offered hardware and tools. Auto World is well known of their catalogue.
Bachman produced model cars (RTR and bodies) and tracks (compatible with Strombecker).
The track was extendable to 4 lanes. 6 mm was the slot depth. The distance between the slots was 89 mm with a track width of 177 mm. No borders were available. Stiff plastic track with a smooth track surface. Riggen is similar to Bachman, which is compatible to Strombecker. Bachman is not manufactured anymore.
Jürgen Müller and Martin Schmeusser founded the Company in 1992. The German manufacturer Bauer produces models of Faller since the beginning of the nineties. Enthusiast of cars of the sixties will like the 1/60-scale models of Bauer. In the beginning of this century the company started to produce 1/32-scale kits.
The American Company Beardog Racing released its first model, the Rutherford’s Rocket (a McLaren M16), in 2003. Beardog produces open-wheel models from the sixties and early seventies. The true 1/32-scale cars are available in three ways: basic kit with all components, basic kit with painted body and complete ready to race. The models are built with excellent parts: spring-steel chassis, full driver-figure, decals, BWA wheels, high performance motor and magnets.
Bergman, based in Montgomery, Illinois produced bodies in the sixties.
Betta makes 1/24 and 1/32-scale clear fiberglass bodies of GT and F1 cars.
The Japanese Company Blue Tank offers model kits suiteble for slot car models (a model is mostly based on a Plafit chasis). The 1/28-scale Mazda RX-7 is a excellent model this Company.
Booth is an American Company that makes 1/24 and 1/32-scale clear bodies.
BSBT is a manufacturer of HO cars and tracks.
The British Slot Car Racing Association is mainly organising 1/32-scale races.
The leader in high performance HO technology!
The American Company BSRT produces HO scale cars, bodies and parts. Gabry Beedle owns the Company.
Bucktrax is based in the United States. The company produces HO scale commercial slot racing tracks. The CNC-routed wood tracks use one-piece continuos rail for great power and a phenomenally smooth track surface.
Barcelona Universal Models (BUM) offers a large number of different models of the French classic Renault Alpine. The Company from Barcelona has also produced 1/20-scale super go-karts. The Ferrari 750 Monza, which participated in the Pan-American 1954 race, is an interesting release of BUM.
Bucktrax creates wooden routed HO tracks. The Company is located in Oregon, US. The track comes completely pre-wired including hook-up for dynamic brakes and circuit breaker protection, a lap-counter and colour-codes for the lanes.
BuzCo Mfg. co.
Look to Buzco for the newest slot racing ideas!
Smart slotters know they can depend on Buzco!
Follow the trend!
The American Company Buzco, from North Hollywood, California, offered slot racing equipment (axles, frames, gears, bearings, tires, controllers and more) in the sixties. The company created a darn good reproduction of the STP Indy turbine car that almost won the Indy 500.
BWA Wheels offers 1/32-scale aluminium wheels.
Go BZ all the way!
BZ produced very charismatic 1/24-scale slot cars, such as the excellent Batman’s Batmobile. Another BZ-TV star was the “Black Beauty” of the series “Green Hornet’s”. The ready-to-run version of Maverick’s “little red wagon” was smashing “BZ TV-scoop” hit.
BZ also produces a fairly good hand controller (‘with heat-dissipating cloth liner. Special grip fits all sizes of hands.’). BZ Industries was based in El Segundo, California. The production sadly ceased in 1967.
Joel Montague and Joseph Cotton founded the American slot racing manufacturer Camen in the early seventies. Camen stands for Cotton and Montague enterprises. The Company is not active anymore in slot car racing.
The controller named Master is the best-known product of the company Candies. The company Candies was active in the sixties. For that time the Master controller had a different style resister. The innovative system was created for cooling down the resister.
The small American Company Cannon made assembled models using parts of other makes. Some models were sold with a small box of spare parts.
The Italian manufacturer Carloni produced four different 1/38-scale plastic models in 1968.
Carmen is an American Company that makes 1/24 clear lexan bodies.
Carrera is one of the oldest slot car manufacturers. The German Company celebrated in 2003 its fortieth anniversary. The history of Carrera shows ups and downs. During the eighties the German Company almost became bankrupt. Nowadays the Carrera is back as never before.
The current (and former) track system and cars are very popular in Germany and the United States. The last few years Carrera is producing a range of American Classics.
Carrera offered cars and tracks in different dimensions (scales).
At the time the design and quality of the cars were at a higher level than the cars of other companies. The models were not real replicas of the original models, but the design of the cars was excellent. The names of the sponsors and the colours that were used were not according to the real cars. It is noticeable that Carrara had a special relation with some companies. For example, the oil Company Aral was printed on several cars.
The guide system of Universal is unique. Nowadays guides of the models are made of plastic. The guide of a Universal car is made of metal. At the track you find three metal rails. One car uses the left and the middle rail and the other car uses or the right and the middle rail. It is possible to turn the guide completely. For that reason it possible to drive the car in both directions. It is also possible to use only one crossover section, because two cars can drive in the same slot.
From the beginning the Universal system was very successful in Europe. The system is still adored by a fanatic group of enthusiasts. Most of the devotees are based in Germany, but you find them also in other countries of Europe. In 1985 the shops were supplied with models and tracks of Carrera Universal for the last time. The fans of Universal have to turn to fairs and the Internet. The models and track pieces of Carrera Universal are interesting items for collecting, but the prices of some of the models are sky-high.
Carrera Universal was extendable to 6 lanes. The sloth depth was 5 mm, distance between the slots was 89 mm and a track width was 178 mm. No borders were available. Made in Germany from 1963 until 1984. Rough surface. Still very popular and great availability of second hand track pieces in Germany.
The first 1/32-scale system of Carrera was introduced in 1963. In 1964 the Company started with the production of a 1/24-scale system. From that moment the old 1/32-scale system was called 132 Universal. At the end of the seventies the two existing systems got competition of the Carrera Servo system. With the Servo system it was possible to switch lanes. The cars were leaning at the track system.
The Company achieved considerable sales at the end of the seventies, but the Servo system did not fulfil to the expectation of the designers. Just a few years after the introduction of Servo Carrera stopped the production. The Servo system was almost the end of the Company. The Company survived, but Carrera ceased the production of 132 Universal in 1984.
Extendable to 8 lanes. 7 mm sloth depth, 99 mm distance between the slots and a track width of 198 mm. Borders are available. Made in Germany from 1967. Very smooth surface. Widest track available and therefor suitable for 1/24-scale models.
Carrera produced the small-scale models and track from 1976 until 1981.
Carrera 160 track system was extendable to 8 lanes. 45 mm was the distance between the slots and a track width was 90 mm. No borders were available. The 160 system was made in Germany from rom 1976 until 1981.
The German Company introduced in 2001 Carrera Go!!! The scale of the Carrera Go system is 1/43. The distance between the slots is 60 mm and the track width is 114 mm.
The 14,8 volt-system is mainly used by youngsters.
Cartrix is a young Spanish Company that produces models and spare parts for slot racing.
The Company offers the Hyundai Accent Tuning, the BMW Z-3 and the Porsche Boxster. The models run quiet and smooth. The motors of Cartrix are very popular.
German brand which is trying to be a look-alike Carrera.
Light, fast, strong, ready to race!
Jim Williams formed the small American Company Champion in 1965. The models and parts of Champion were meant for (professional) racers. The Champion Team was a big competitor of Team Russkit at the late sixties. In 1970 the Company was sold to Bob Rule.
The Company offers nowadays, under the leadership of Carl Ford from Williamstown, 1/24 and 1/32-scale clear bodies and other parts. The chassis of Champion is mainly used by clubracers today.
Champion Motor Racing
The British Company Champion produced the French track of Jouef under licence. The scale that was used was approximately 1/36-1/38. The company offered from 1964 until 1967 1/40-scale plastic model cars. The Jaguar E roadster and the Mercedes 300 SL coupe were two of the models of Champion Motor Racing.
300 Km/Heure dans votre salon!
Made in France by Etienne Jouët (1925-1995) en from 1961 until 1973. Some Circuit 24 models were the Ferrari 250 TR, Ford GT 40, Matra 660 and Karts. Some models were made in two scales, 1/30 and 1/43-scale. The last two models of Circuit 24, a Porsche 917 and a Matra 650, were produced in 1974.
Classic Industries Inc.
Only the finest become classic!
Sam Bergman founded this American Company Classic. The first product of Classic was a 36D endbell drive sidewinder frame. The letters “Classic” were stamped in block letters on the frame. Later produced frames showed the stamped letters in the style of Classic.
Classic produced the Manta Ray GTX, the best selling model (more than one million units). The model was based on the original show car built by Dean Jeffries. The 1/24-scale slot racer was sold only as a ready-to-race model. Classic promoted the model with the following slogan: The car that has proven itself on the track. All parts of the model were produced by other manufacturers but assembled at the Classic factory in Culver City in California.
Classic produced a few Thingies as the Viper and Astro-V. Three other colourful Thingies are the Serpent, Gamma Ray and (re-designed) ASP. The Serpent is metallic lime green with a broad metallic purple Strip. The Gamma Ray is metallic purple with a yellow stripe and the ASP is metallic copper gold. It appeared that the nose of the famous Gamma Ray was too long. Racers had to bent the body or change the wheels to a gibber size.
The Stinger was another unique and unusual slot car made by Classic. Classic was the first to engineer and produce a slot car with an automatic spoiler flap.
The line of products was sold to REH at the end of the sixties.
King of the circuit!
Climax was a Japanese manufacturer in the sixties. The slotcar assembly kits (1/24-scale) from the Climax Dynamic series were called King of the circuit. The Mabuchi FT-36D motors were used for the models.
The American Company C&O, from Los Angeles, offered axles and wheels.
Competition Models And Hobbies Inc.
Competition was a typical small manufacturer in the sixties. The company offered a lightweight flexible chassis with two GT bodies (Ford GT). Competition was located in Santa Ana, California.
Concept produced wooden tracks.
CorBen Model Car Racing Eguipment
The winner wherever model cars are raced!
Corben, based in Santo Monica, California produced axles, frames, gears, wheels and controllers. The parts were available for the scales 1/24 and 1/32. CorBen made everything except tyres and motors!
Precision quality for model racing!
Ahead of the pack – in every class!
Race and win with Cox!
LeRoy Cox from California founded the Company in 1945. The first slot car of Cox was a 1965 Ferrari F1 model. Most models used a sidewinder chassis with a large Mabuchi motor. Many cars (1/24 and 1/32-scales) were available as kit and ready-to-run models. Tyres, Chassises, Axles and motors were sold separately.
La Cucaracha was an extremely low slot car. The model got an original chassis. Cox called it an Iso-Fulcrum chassis, consisting of a rear section of motor, gears, wheels, tyres and pick-up extension as one piece. The weight of the motor kept the guide shoe in the slot all the times.
Cox made one of the most popular controllers in the sixties. Several versions have been available for home, club and commercial racing. The Mark VII was the top of the series. The controller had an ohm selector switch, from 5 to 15 ohms, on the bottom of the handle.
The founder led Cox until 1969. The Company was sold to Leisure Dynamics (AMF). The production was ceased in 1982. Leroy Cox died in 1976.
Custom-Line Model Roadways Inc.
Custom-Line, based in Fairfield, NJ, was a company that produced raceways for commercial race centers. About thirty track layouts (Supertracks) were offered in the mid-sixties.
Setting a new standard of quality!
Chris Dadds makes tracks for commercial and club raceways. The company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Lap counters at a price that clubs and individuals can afford!
Daytona was based in Drummoyne, N.S.W., and createdlap counters for raceways and hobbyists. The counter units were made to any specifications. The standard unit counted to ten thousand laps, the “luxe unit” counted until hundred thousand laps.
DCR is an American Company that makes 1/24-scale lexan clear bodies and ready to run models.
Jim Difalco from New York founded the Company Difalco that offers custom controllers.
Downey from Montclair, California, offered axles, wheels, track equipment and controllers.
The Japanese Company Doyusha offered model kits. Some models of this brand of Tokio were imitated from Revell. Beside model cars Doyusha produced an interesting Go-Kart.
Dragsonly is an American Company that makes 1/24-scale clear lexan bodies.
Drag Racing Specialties is an American Company that makes all kind of slot racing products. The owners, Bob and Brenda Herrick of Dallas in Texas, formed the Scale Drag Racing Association.
DS Racing Products
The Spanish Company DS offers timing hardware that is suitable for all track systems. The hardware is suitable for home racing, but is best-known for their official timing at race events in Spain.
With the pocket checker, a handheld device, is created to
Dubro Products from Niles, Illinos, offers clear plastic bodies. The company produced also a Sling Shots, a Ford Sedan of 1932 and a coupe.
Dynabrute was a HO track system of Dynamic. The production started in 1970 and ceased a few years later due to the lack of success.
The best in rewinds!
Many amateur racers used the motors of Dyna-Rewind. The Michigan firm offered also kits of other companies with their own motor. Dyna-Rewind formed a professional racing team at the boom of slot racing. Dyna-rewind described the Dyna 99, an new motor in 1967 as “the only competition rewinds with metal sleeves on the spring posts, op-up springs, wound for battery or power pack racing, plus all the features ordinarily found in other good Rewinds”.
World leader in model race car accessories!
From out of the West. Wanted by all modelers!
Robert Johnson founded Dynamic Models at the end of the fifties and started with the production of slot cars at the beginning of the sixties. Dynamic Models Inc. from North Hollywood, California became in 1964 a subsidiary of the AMT Corporation. The Company produced axles, frames, gears, tyres and wheels.
In 1970 the Company got out of the hands of AMT. Dynamic Models started to sell radio-controlled cars beside the line of slot cars (designed by Philippe de Lespinay, author of the book Vintage Slot Cars), but in 1972 the Company ceased the production of slot cars.
The Dynabrake was a power supply of Dynatron Products from Texas, US. The company was active in the sixties.
Two brothers (named Egger) founded Egger in Munich, Germany. Jouef bought the modeltrain in the beginning of the sixties.
The French Jouef 1/40-scale cars were marketed under the name Silberpfeil in Germany in the sixties. Four 1/40-scale ready-to-race models were made under the name Egger; three formula-1 cars (BRM, Lotus and Ferrari) and the Ferrari 250 GTO 1962.
The German manufacturer Eheim, founded by Gűnther Eheim, created a HO trolley bus for the AMS Faller slot car system. The owner Eheim started in 1963 another company (BraWa), which was focus on aquarium equipment.
For the fun of it!
Eldon offered 1/32-scale models offered in their line of home racing sets. Limited edition racing car kits (1/32 and 1/24-scale) were produced under the name Concours.
“The authentic 1/32 scale Eldon Sport Racing Cars are designed to closely simulate the speed and excitement of a read road race”, according to Eldon in a guide that was included to a set of the brand.
The Californian Company produced HO and 1/32-scale home racing sets. The voltage of the system was 6V direct current. The cars were controlled individually because the controllers to the cars sent different pulses. With this system it was possible to have two cars in one lane. Most sets were simple or distorted figure-8 tracks but Eldon offered also the 1/24-scale “Top Eliminator Drag Strip” set.
The driver Dan Gurney promoted the 1/32 scale sets. The sets were “tops in realism and excitement”, according to Dan Gurney.
The Italian company Elgi was founded in 1964. The company created plastic 1/24-scale models in 1967. The company offered in 1975 a 1/60-scale slot race system.
Dansk Modelflyve Industri offered in the sixties the track system Elmodan Mini Race. The width of the track is 139 mm and the colour light grey. The controllers show a wheel to regulate the power.
The 1/32-scale model cars of the Danish company look very nice. The cars are equipped with metal rims and steering front wheels. The Microperm motor was designed in Germany.
Estrela started making slot cars and sets since 1963. Estrela worked with many manufacturers. The Company made models under license of Gilbert, Cox and Monogram. Other models were based on the techniques of Atlas, Lionel and Aurora. Most of the cars are 1/32-scale sized, but Estrela produced also H0 models. Estrela is still selling slot car products in Brazil.
The leading Brazilian toy manufacturer started poducing 1/32-scale slot car sets under license of Gilbert since 1963. From 1965 the Company started to produce the tracks of Strombecker. Estrela itself produced the power system and controllers, but the controllers were look-alike of Cox. Estrela has used products of other manufacturers like Revell, Monogram and Cox. Estrela made combinations of a Monogram track with the controllers of Revell. Estrela has also sold H0 sets.
All the years the 1/32 sets are named Estrela Autorama (originally used by Gilbert). Autorama has become a household name for slot car racing in Brazil. The latest track of Estrela is based on Monogram. Estrela is still selling figure-8 based slot car sets.
Eurohobby is a manufacturer of chassises for competition purposes.
The small manufacturer Evolution Slot offers great models (kits) from the seventies, such as the BMW’s.
Grosser Traüm aüf kleinsten raüm!
Der ausbaufähigste Modell-Autobahn der Welt!
The German Company Faller Auto Motor Sport is well-known for their HO (1/87-scale) line of slot racing products, but Faller also produced 1/24 and 1/32-scale model kits in the sixties.
Faller introduced the HO system in 1963. The production ceased in the eighties.
Faller worked together with the American Company Atlas. Atlas produced two 1//32-scale and and 1/24-scale model kits for Faller. Faller offered also four ready-to-run 1/32-scale models. These models were designed by the Faller self. The big scale models were called Club Racing. Information was given in the Faller publication Club Racing Instruction.
The American Company Aurora made some models that are sold by Faller.
Faller offered all accessories to make a fully decorated track. The track width was 80 mm. The distance between the slots was 34 mm.
The Club Racing International track system was created for the big-scale models of Faller. Just five different sets are produced from 1967 until 1973.
The French company Fanacourse offered one 1/30-scale model (Ferrari 246 F1) for the track of Circuit 24.
The company Faro was popular in the former Warsaw Pact countries.
The Japanese Company Fijimi offers model kits suiteble for slot car models (a model is mostly based on a Plafit chasis). Two nice models are the Datsun 240 and the Rover Mini Mayfair.
Fleishmann Auto Rallye
Weil sich’s dauernd bewährt!
The German manufacturer Fleischmann produced a 1/32-scale track system and cars from 1965 until 1989. The 1/32-scale ready-to-run models were meant for the hometracks. The 1/24-scale kits were race models.
Fleischmann was a popular in German speaking countries, Scandinavian and The Netherlands in the seventies and eighties. Fleishmann models are highly collectable.
On 9 Mai 1887 Jean Fleischmann established a graphic design workshop in Nürnberg, Germany. Toy factories used the plaster cast and brass models. In 1898 the Fleischmann Company started to design and produce toys. Fleischmann produced mainly maritime toys in the first two decades of the 20th century. About 20 different types of ships were available.
Jean Fleischmann died in 1917. His brother became the leader of the Company, who’s sons, Johann and Emil Fleischmann, took over the lead in 1940.
During WW2 Fleischmann was forced to produce all kinds of military products.
The model railway of Fleischmann was first shown at the “Frankfurter Messe” (a famous fair in Frankfurt, Germany) in 1949. It was a big hit. From that moment on Fleischmann became one the best model railway manufacturers of the world.
During the sixties, when slot car racing became very popular, Fleischmann decided to enter the market with model racing cars. In 1967 the “Rally Monte Carlo” slot car set became available. At the end of the eighties (1989), during the worst period of slot car racing, Fleischmann was sadly forced to end the production of Auto-Rallye.
In the eighties Fleischmann mainly promoted the racetracks and cars in the train catalogues. The last pages in these catalogues were available for Fleischmann Auto-Rallye. Every year this section became smaller.
The downfall of Auto-Rallye can not only be blamed to the loss of the slot car market and the boom of video/computer games. According to my opinion Fleischmann was very poor in promoting the product Auto-Rallye. Besides this, Fleischmann probably needed all financial means to keep the model railway competitive.
At the time the Fleischmann cars were well detailed, especially compared to the models of the competitor Scalextric. The speed of the cars is realistic. A race motor could replace the solid standard motor.
Fleischmann produced fourteen different 1/32-scale slot models. Most people do know the Lotus Ford (in green, blue and orange) because two of these types of cars were bundled with the track sets. Other types have been the Mercedes 250 SL, the Porsche Carrera, two types of vintage Formula One cars, a Ferrari and a Cooper Maserati, the go-carts “Ken” and “Barbie”, the CAN-AM Porsche 917, an Alfa Romeo type 33, a German and Dutch police car (Porsche 911), other Porsches 911, 930 turbo and 935, a Formula One “Niki Lauda” Ferrari 312T4 and the BMW M1.
Fleischmann created a 1/24-scale model kit, specially designed for big raceways. From 1967 until 1971 the Company offered a Lotus 40 in three colours (green, red and silver). Two 1/24-scale bodies were also sold separately. The Lotus 40 body was available in green and unpainted transparent plastic. The Alpina body was available in green, red, blue and silver.
An excellent manual was enclosed to every track set. It was not only a technical manual but it gave an overview of the entire Fleischmann Auto-Rallye production.
The track was extendable to 6 lanes. The sloth depth was 7 mm. The distance between the slots was 89 mm with a track width of 179 mm. No borders were available. Made in Germany from 1965 until 1989. The surface of the hard plastic track is medium grained. The track parts are easy to connect. Fleischmann produced a great variety of different track parts.
SRM Engineering Ltd sold the track system Flexislot. Flexislot was described as the plastic extrusion and wire braid for making the perfect model car circuit. The track system was designed to the ECRA standards for commercial clubs. The system offered an unlimited number of lanes.
La Belleza del slot!
Rafael Barrios, a former Spanish racing driver, founded Fly Carmodel. The production of slot cars started in 1996. The 3,000 square metre factory is based in Ibi, Alicante. The company counts about 100 employees.
From the beginning Fly has executed the cars with all the details you want. Other companies followed and for that reason Fly is responsible for the raising level of detailing in the slot car branch at the end of the nineties. Fly offers a highly interesting line of cars that raced in the seventies and eighties. Also modern cars, such as the Marcos LM600, the Lister Storm and BMW M3 are offered by Fly. Until now Fly produced more than 500 different models and sells more than 300.000 cars every year.
Day by day the models of Fly are becoming more expensive. Not like other companies, the production did not moveBesides the standard versions Fly offers many expensive special editions of models. Fifty percent of the models of Fly are bought by customers for their collection. In other words, halve of the sales go directly to the shelves, these cars do not run a single lap.
The Company offers an interesting line of Super Trucks since 2001.
Not all models of Fly will run instantly after purchasing. It happens frequently that the body blocks the tires. Sadly, mass production lowers the quality of the models.
France-Jouets was founded in Marseille (France) in 1952. In 1961 the company offered a track system called Autoroute Cote d’Azur for 1/50-scale cars. FJ also produced model in the scales 1/43 and 1/32.
Would you believe..!
The small manufacturer of semi pro tracks was based in Santa Ana, California. Fred’s products were sold through dealers and direct order.
The German Company Gama, based in Fürth, produced 1/24 and 1/32-scale model cars in the sixties. Georg Adam Mangold founded the company in 1881. The first products of the company were tin animals. The Gama was taken over by Märklin towards the end of the nineties
Designed and engineered to increase Speed & Performance!
Gar-Vic, based in North Hollywood, California, started as a supplier of slot racing parts (axles, frames, tyres and wheels) in the early sixties. The quality of the kits and ready-to-run models were not so good. The most famous model of Gar-Vic was the double cockpit open wheeled Firebird. The Mclaren MKII, the last model of the Californian Company, was made in 1967.
GB-Track is another brand of Fly since 2001. Some Fly models are also sold as GB-Track. The trucks of GB-track attract the most attention. These models are highly appreciated by a relative small group of enthusiasts.
GeGe Circuit Auto
Gege Circuit Auto is a French doll manufacturer that entered the slot car market in the beginning of the sixties with models in two scales (1/32 and 1/43). Germain Giroud founded the company in 1933. The GeGe Circuit was a Mecanno look-alike.
General Hobby Company
Ready to run, car of the year!
GHC was hobby distributor in the United States. With the help of MPC the Company sold a few “Hot rod” models.
The American Company A.C. Gilbert from New Haven, Connecticut, offerd slot car sets called Autorama.
The track was extendable to 4 lanes. ? mm sloth depth, ? mm distance between the slots and a track width of ? mm. ? borders available.
The 1/40-scale track system of A.C. Gilbert was origanilly desigend as a children’s highway system. Autorama was a three-strip system (one strip in the bottom of the slot). On the same lane, one car can pick up the current form the right-hand surface strip; another from the left strip. This means that two cars could run on the same lane. The track surface of the two-to-four lane system was gray. An interesting track section was the “Fly-over chicane”. By adjusting a switch manually, the model took the jump over a 10-cm gap and was directed into its own lane or was forced to change lanes. Gilbert described the chicane as “the most exciting new feature in miniature racing!”
Gilbert Sulkey was an American racing system. The models, cars and horses, were created in two scales (1/32 and 1/40).
Globe, based in Dayton, Ohio produced slot car motors. The company promised in ads that the slot motors of Globe offered the ultimate in performance, reliability and control.
GOM-Slot, a small Company from Spain, offers bodies for 1/24 and 1/32-scale cars and model kits. Good stuff for model makers.
Let us know your space and requirement and we will do the rest!
GP Custom, which based in Northbridge, N.S.W., produced in the 60s professional slot racing equipment for homes.
Grand Prix (GGN)
The Germain company of George Grotsch of Norimberga produced two 1/24-scale models in 1965. The ready to race models were a Ferrari 158 F1 and a Lotus F1.
Grand Prix Models
Grand Prix Models was a small Company in Arizona.
GT Models produced shells in 1/32-scale. The shells were excellent in clarity and detail and complete with moulded interiors.
In the sixties the American Company Hawk offered 1/32-scale slot racers (kits) for beginners.
The German manufacturer Heras produced a HO slot car system. The system could be combined with model railroads. The products were sold from 1961 to 1967.
Spaanse fabrikant van slot cars.
H&H Manufacturing Company
Slot cars run better, quicker, faster on slot car tracks by HH!
H&H Company was a Californian manufacturer of model car race tracks for commercial centers.
Highway 32 offers resin models.
See Stan Engleman Enterprises.
A limited number of models (only 300 units), many details and perfect finishing are the words to describe the models of Hobby Classic. Hobby Classic produced a wonderful Mercedes W154 from 1938. The models come with an authenticity certificate.
Hubley Mfg. Co.
The American Company Hubley offered Axles, frames, gears, and tools for display kits and slot models. The company created also a drag coupe. Hubley was based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The system of the Ideal Toy Company was unique with the sectional plug-in rails. The double metal tube rails came in sections with male and female connectors. The system was designed for 1/25-scale model cars and was not interchangeable with other systems.
In the seventies the Company offered the TCR (Total Control Racing) slotless system. The models had a pivoting rear gear to change the power from the left to the right rear wheel. Real passing was possible with this system. Ideal promoted the product with a comic ad in magazine for youngsters.
The Japanese Company Imai produced kits. The James Bond Aston Martin DB5 was one of the better models.
Industro Motive Corporation
IMC was a small American Company that produced four 1/32-scale Nascar stockcars.
Slot car racing is International!
Your leading chassis manufacturer!
Walter Petit founded the International Engineering. The Company was based in Redondo Beach, California. The first models were re-makes of other companies, as AMT and Revell. IE produced a few production cars until 1967. The Piranha Mark II, a 1/24-scale racing model using high quality components, is the debut model of International Engineering into the RTR ranks.
International Hobbies Specialty
International Hobbies Specialty from Forrest Hills, New York made gears and Tyres.
International Model Pdts.
The American Company International Model Pdts. from New York produces track equipment and controllers.
The Czech Company Ites produced slot car tracks and models (plastic, 1/32-scale).
JAD produced high-quality ready-to-race models in collaboration with Riggen at the end of the sixties. Due to the diminishing market JAD did not get high sale numbers.
Jim Slot offers some interesting models (resin kits and rtr).
JK, founded by Jerry Kulich, is an American Company located in Chicago, Illinois, that makes 1/24 and 1/32-scale slot car bodies. JK offers also 1/24-scal RTR models.
The French Company Joma produced 1/43-scale slot cars. The partner of the brand was Miniamil.
Le principe est simple!
George Huard founded the French Company Jouef in 1944. The Company started as a toy company that also produced model trains. In 1963 Jouef introduced in co-operation with the British manufacturer Playcraft the model racetrack system Record-64. This name was changed into Circuit Routier Electrique at the end of the sixties.
Most replicas (the scale varies from 1/35 to 1/43) were from France origin, such as Renault, Matra and Ligier. The mechanical parts of the models were good, but the designs were not very sophisticated. The actors Alain Delon and Robert Hossein were used to promote the products of Jouef.
Made in France. Jouef offered banked curves. Jouef introduced a jump section, which was called “Tremplin de la mort” and a turn over track, named “rocking road section”. The popularity of Jouef in Europe died at the end of the seventies. The company tried to survive by simplifying its models and by introducing tracksystems of other companies. Jouef imported the models and tracksystem of Stabo in France and distributed some products under its own brand.
In 1970 Jouef announced the track system called “Jouef-Matic”. Jouef created a system in which it was possible for cars to switch lanes or to stay in the lane. The track was created of hard plastic and showed a light colour. By braking suddenly it was possible to switch lanes. In 1980 the Jouef-Matic system was simplified. The renewed system was called Z-racing. The three cars that were offered in the sets have not been sold separately.
The company survived the eighties. The Italian Company Rivarossi bought the Jouef in 1995.
Juguetes Y Estuches was a Spanish slot car manufacturer in the sixties. The company created a few plastic 1/32 models.
Can you handle all this power?
There’s a lot going for you when you race K&B cars!
Aurora acquired the K&B Company of John Brodbeck in 1964. This resulted in a nice line of 1/32-scale slot cars. K&B also produced a couple of 1/24-scale models. The Chapparral Lola T-70 is one of the best 1/24-scale models of the Company. K&B became a divison of the Aurora Plastic Corporation. K&B lost the struggled for survival at the end of 1967.
In the sixties the American Company K&B offered a system to build a track from scrath. The system was called Tru-Flex Auto Track. The system is desingned to take copanion Nickel-Silver “T” Head Conductor Rail with the Self-Locking feature, according to an advertisement of the Company in 1964.
K&S offered nickel plated brass tubing for scratch build cars. The company described their product as “the elegant, lustrous Rolls Royce look”. K&S was based in Chicago, Illinois.
The Hong Kong based Company Kader produced 1/30-scale slot cars. Kader sold an unusual pair of cars in a set; a Cooper F1 and an Aston Marton DB35.
A complete line of accessories for the racing enhusiast!
The Californian Company Kal Kar offered axles, frames, tyres, wheels and a precut wooden track system. Various track sections could be adjusted according to the designed layout of the user.
Keencraft Hobby Center
Keencraft Hobby Center produced bodies in Kansas City.
Kelly Racing Products is an American Company that makes 1/24-scale clear lexan bodies and slot motors.
Kemtron, index for quality!
The Californian (in Fresno) Company Kemtron offered lightweight (tubular) frames, axles, bodies, gears, tyres, wheels and motors for 1/32-scale models.
Off track testing for top performance!
The American Company KP Industries was based in Philadelphia, produced power packs and the dynamometer. The dynamometer was an off-track testing device.
Kelvin Light is a Spanish Company that offers camera’s and lights for models.
Kit Kar 43
The Spanish Company Kit Kar rebuilds models of other brands.
Stuart Koford is the founder of the Company Kofor. The company offers 1/24-scale slot car parts.
Lancer is an American Company that makes 1/24, 1/32 and HO-scale clear bodies. The Company was very popular in the sixties. Described by C&S Distributors in advertisements as unsurpassed in quality due to the fastidious attention paid to scale and detail.
The 1967 Indianapolis 500 race was a milestone in racing history. For the first time a turbine-powered car could win the race, but with only three laps to go the gearbox cracked down. Lancer created this historic car. Lancer brought the beautiful accurate Indy Turbine car body in both 1/24 and 1/32-scale.
Le Mans Miniatures
The French firm Le Mans Miniatures produces highly detailed replaces of Le Mans cars. The Ford MKIV, the winner of 1967, was their first release.
Lesley (Matchbox) offered the Speedtrack RPS slotless system in the seventies. The models showed a gear-actuated front steering system.
Life-Like Products Inc.
Life-like is an American HO slot car manufacturer. The Company is based in Baltimore, MD.
The track of Life-like is easy to build and to dismantle. The quality of the track is not the best you can find. The plastic parts are breakable. The height of the rails is higher than the rails of other brands.
Small scale slot(less) models from Hong Kong. Lincoln made also High Rev Slot Horse Racing system in the sixties. Horses with a car run on a green track.
Extreme quality detail!
Paul Lindberg founded the small American Company in 1933. The Lindberg offered 1/24-scale champs and 1/32-scale kits and sets. The McLaren Ford, Hussein Dodge and the Cobra Coupe were a few cars out of the Lindberg line. Lindberg Products produced also 1/32 and 1/87-scale systems.
The company was based in Skokie, Illinois.
The most exciting auto racing game of all!
In 1900 Joshua Lionel Cowen founded the Company Lionel in New York. Auto Raceway Game was the first model racing system of Lionel. Model cars drove rails that were known from model railroading hobby. From Lionel offered model cars in scales, HO and 1/32, from 1963 until 1967. The Company is now selling model trains.
The HO track was extendable to 6 lanes. 38 mm distance between the slots and a track width of 76 mm. No borders were available. Made in the United States (the Company was based in New York) from 1963 until 1967.
Auto Raceway Game was the first model racing system of Lionel. Model cars drove rails that were known from model railroading hobby. From 1963 Lionel Toy Corp. offered 1/32 and HO-scale (1/87) models and track systems. The 1/87 track system was interchangeable with Allstate, Atlas, Aurora, Marx and Tyco.
The 1/32-scale track was “A” recommended by the Model Racing Buyers’ Guide in 1966. The track was stable and featured a good interlocking system. The plastic track sections were joined by connecting pins and held together by locking clips.
Lionel offered a tiling climb and jump track section. If a model hit the tilt at the wrong speed it dropped to the lower level and had to loop around the longer rout before returning to the main roadway. Lionel introduced the “looping” in 1966 in the sets.
The Company came back in the hobby scene during the seventies. Lionel offered a “Power Passer” sets. With this system it was possible for models to change lanes. The slotless models were actuated by a shift in the motor’s position.
Lovespeed is a manufacturer for classic slot cars in 1:32. The cars are of highest standard and carefully made. Body, chassis and the interior are made of resin. All cars are made in Germany and produced in limited editions. They are available as kit, kit with finished body and as factory built RTR (limited to 100 units). The passion of the Company is cars of the 30s and 40s as well as classic sports cars of the 50s and 60s.
The American Company Mantua produced a plastic 1/87-scale track system.
Marchon was a manufacturer of HO cars and track. The system was a combinaton of Tyco and Tomy. Marchon followed the technique of Tyco and the rail connection of Tomy. The production of Marchon has ceased.
The German Company Märklin was a pioneer for slot car racing by the production of a rail racing system. Rail racing is the beginning of model car racing. The Märklin 1/32-scale models and track system are called “Sprint” and are produced from 1967 until 1982. Märklin the produced 32 different slot cars. Many models were available in different colours. 72 different liveries were produced. The front axle of the models was moveable. The first cars had an inline type of motor. The last models were driven by a sidewinder. The models of Märklin are highly collectable.
The track of Märklin was extendable to 6 lanes. The slot depth was 5 mm. The distance between the slots was 75 mm with a track width of 150 mm. No borders were available. Made in Germany from 1967 until 1982. Smooth surface. The system was called “Sprint”.
The German Company Märklin was a pioneer for slot car racing by the production of a rail racing system. Rail racing is the beginning of model car racing. The model railway manufacturer has produced in the period 1967-1982 the slot racing system Sprint.
Märklin started the productions of slot cars and sets a few years too late. Märklin introduced the Sprint system at the peak of slot racing. Many customers already bought a set of another manufacturer. Märklin is still selling model trains, but was forced to stop the production of Sprint during the eighties.
The Sprint system was not compatible with systems of other manufacturers, although the system looked like the system of Scalextric. The direct current power supply was fourteen volts. The electric power supply on the track as very good. The system was easy to assembly. The standard straight was 42 cm long. The 40-Ohm plunger controllers did not have a break.
Märklin offered many accessories such as (electronic) lap counters, pit buildings and a booklet with track-layouts.
The Company is still a market leader in the model train hobby.
Sound like real!
You get more from Marx…world leader in electric road racing and speedways!
The Louis Marx Company offered HO and 1/32-scale models and a track system from 1963. In 1966 Marx produced two 1/24-scale models, a Chaparral II and a Ferrari GTO. A few cars have been produced in the unusual 1/40-scale. A few models were offered with realistic motor sounds. The racers with the Marx pistol grip trottles controlled the car sounds. The bodies were painted in detail and showed Ackerman steering devices.
In the sixties the Company from New York offered models and a track systems in a few scales. The fairly priced products (mass-production from Hong Kong) were sold in the bigger stores. The Marx road racing sets offered dozens of track combinations with the large selection of special track sections, such as the “Le Mans start” and “turnaround drag strip. A completely and highly banked oval layout was an interesting set of Marx. The Company offered a full line of accessories (figures, bridges and guardrails).
The 1/87 track system was interchangeable with Allstate, Aurora, Lionel and Tyco.
Marx’ Mount ‘n Rally was a 1/87-scale track moulded into terrain sections or tiles. It was possible to add more tiles to get a bigger layout.
Matchbox created unique slot track the Motorised Motorway at the early years of slot car racing. An endless coil spring ran under each of the two slots. A motor installed next to the track drove this spring. This system made it possible to run with normal Matchbox show models, because a plastic pin could be taped to the bottom of a car. A “thumb” controller operated each car.
Max Winter founded Maxi-Models. The company is based Tingewick, 110 km northeast from London. Maxi-Models brings Sport and Can-Am models of the late sixties and early seventies. The small manufacturer from England creates of handmade slot cars available in three levels of finish. The unpainted, pre-painted and RTR (ready-to-race) models look like static models. The production is limited to a small number of units (mostly 75 only). With the great finished models comes a certificate. The cars are mounted on a unique scenic display (diorama).
C’est le circuit le plus vite installé!
Les 24 jeures du Mans a l’echelle 1/30!
Le Mans in Miniature!
The French Company Meccano created cars with vibrator chassises and tinplate pickups.
The track system French Company Meccano was called Circuit 24. The system was extendable to 4 lanes. No borders were available. Made in France by Dominique Jouët from 1961 until 1973. The track was designed for 1/30 and used by 1/30 and 1/43-scale models.
The plastic static model kits of Merit were used for early slot car racing.
The company Meter-All produced a complete drop-coin timer control system for commercial raceways. The company that was based in Dallas was active in the sixties.
Midori was a Japanese Company that produced 1/24-scale slot cars.
The ultimate in precision and quality for miniature cars!
Mila Miglia Inc. was based in Los Angeles, California. The Company produced ready-to-race cars, parts (slot car wheels and axles) and big raceways.
Miniamil created an interesting 1/32-scale Go-Kart. A rim, a quite unique technique, created the drive.
Mini Auto was a Californian Company that made axles, frames, tyres and wheels.
Minimodels offered 1/24 and 1/27-scale plastic kits that were used for early slot car racing. Minimodels became a part of the Scalextric make.
The Lance Delta was the first model of Mini Replicas, which was founded in 1994.
Mini Replicas offers funny cars, like the Renault 4CV. Lovers of historic racecars buy these cars for their collection and not for the racetrack.
Miniature Grand National Raceways, Ltd.
The finest, time-proven tracks on the market!
MGN Raceways from North Carolina, offered individual tracks and asseccoiries and complete packages.
Finest track at the lowest prices!
Makes tracks to big profits for you!
Mr. Raceways, a manufacturer of raceways for commercial use, was a division of Model Raceways Ltd from Massachusetts. A few names of the track designs were Targa 105, Suzuka 125 and Indy 300.
Producer of HO slot sets.
MMK is a French manufacturer of wonderful resin models. The models are produced in limited numbers and are very collectable. The cars are more suitable for display than for racing.
Model Die Casting Inc.
All new featuring MDC side-winder in magnesium!
The American Company Model Die Casting, based in Hawthorne, California, produced frames (super light magnesium or brass), gears, motors and wheels.
Model Products Corporation
World’s fastest production slot racer!
Model Products Corporation started in 1964 with the production of slot cars. MPC was based in Mount Clement, Michigan. The Company produced static models before it entered the slot car market. The models of MPC were equipped with the Dyn-O-Charger motor. The Dyn-O-Charger was one of the fastest stock motors available at the time.
One of the most successful models of MPC is the Mantaray. The MantaRay is MPC’s 1/24-scale replica of Dean Jeffries world famous exhibition car.
The Company was only a short period active as a slot car manufacturer. MPC stopped the production in 1967.
Model Raceways Associated
Zoom your way to profits!
The American Company Model Raceways Associated, baed in Berkeley, California, offered commercial slot racing tracks. The raceways were custom built from mudule track sections.
Model Rectifier Corporation
Reach for a winner!
MRC was a Company in the sixties that offered a very good controller, the second most popular controller on the market. The controllers were made in Japan.
MRC started in 1967 with a line of ready to run cars. The first model was a 1/24-scale Porsche Carrera. The body was described as an extremely lightweight injection molded masterpieces. This model of MRC was the best-detailed car produced at that moment.
The Company was located in Brooklyn, New York.
Model Road Racing Cars Limited
The English slot make MRRC originates from one of the oldest manufacturers (established in 1954), which is still active in the scene. The Company was based in Boscombe, Hampshire, England but nowadays in Jersey. Airfix bought MRRC in 1963. Airfix disappeared from view after the seventh edition of their catalogues at the beginning of the seventies.
Most of the models of MRRC are cars from the sixties. MRRC offers ready-to-run models and kits. The special Clubman models are high quality assembly kits. The models, which are currently manufactured in China, are good value for money.
Many new models were announced in 2004, the year that the company celebrated its 50’s anniversary.
MRRC ltd. produced a commercial rail racing system at the end of the fifties.
Modern Raceways Inc.
The commercial tracks of Modern Raceways, a small company from Bellofontame in Ohio, were built by components according to the design made by the customer. The company, which was in business during the sixties, offered everything necessary to set-up a commercial raceway.
Quality features that make the performance difference!
The name for quality hobby -kits!
Racing at its wonderful best!
Monogram started the production of 1/24 and 1/32-scale slot cars in 1964 with modified versions of their static models. Monogram used brass for the chassis. Brass is heavier than plastic or aluminium but has the advantage of being a material that is easy to solder.
Scalextric and Monogram were the market leaders in the early days of slot car racing. At the end of the sixties Monogram ceased the production of slot cars and went back to making die-cast models.
On the front page of the brochure of 1966/67 Monograms claims to offer America’s widest selection of quality slot racers in 1/24 and 1/32 scale.
Monogram introduced the Vampire, a ready-to-run 1/24-scale racer, at the end of 1966. Monogram mentioned ten reasons why the Vampire is the year’s most sensational winner in advertisements. In the beginning of the 21st century Ninco and Spanish Scalextric used this way of advertising to promote their track.
Borders were included. Grey coloured track. Made in the United States in the sixties.
The road race sets got the names of famous American tracks like Watkins Glen, Sebring, Riverside and Road America. There were half-dozen sets that offered a big variety in track layout, choice and size of cars. The 1/24-scale track sets had the same dimensions as the 1/32-scale sets, but were executed with borders around the full length of the track.
For more information about the current situation of Monogram look at paragraph “Revell-Monogram”.
Designed by slot racers for slot racers!
The Californian Company Monza offered a wide range of slot racing accessories (gear pullers, tire grip, called “tire dressings” and high-density chassis weights).
Mosettie Racing is a division of Raceworld Canada Inc which is based in Thornhill, Ontario.
Mosettie offers chassises and other slot racing parts (1/24-scale).
The Spanish Company MSC offers chassises and spare parts for 1/32-scale rally slot cars for club racers. The company is based in Madrid.
Ron Mura founded the Company that offered slot car motors. Woody Paisley now owns Mura, based in Southern California.
Nihon Racing Systems is a Japanese HO-scale slot racing company. NRS was related to the American company Tyco. The company published a Tuning Manual in Japanese with some English titles. In the manual you find pictures of commercial slot car tracks, tips and tricks for tuning and how to build your own model.
New Line Slot
New Line Slot is new in the business. This small manufacturer from France offers attractive models for collectors. The first models of this company were cars from the fifties and sixties, such as the Bugatti, Jaguar C, Ferrari 121 and the Maserati Tipo 63.
The Japanese Company Nichimo offers model kits suitable for slot car models (a model is mostly based on a Plafit chassis). This brand offered in the sixties model car racing sets.
Ninco is founded just ten years ago, but already it has become one of the market leaders.
Eduard Nin and Eladio Cosculluela founded the Company in 1993. The name Ninco is a combination of both family names.
At the end of December 1993 Ninco released its first slot car. The Renault Clio got a warm welcome from the slot car enthusiasts. After the release of two other types, the DTM (German Touring Car Championship) Alfa Romeo 155 and AMG Mercedes 180-C, nine slot cars were available. In 1996 the first release of the Ninco classic-series is the Ferrari 166-MM.
Ninco’s standard motor is the NC5. In 1998 the fast NC2 motor became available. This reasonably priced motor performs great. Nowadays the cars of the sets and some Classic models had NC1 motors, but almost all single sold cars have the NC5 inside. The NC2, and later the NC5 and 6, has become the popular motor at club races.
The track is extendable to 8 lanes. The mm sloth depth is 6,5. The distance between the slots is 90 mm and a track width is 180 mm. Borders are available. Made in Spain since 1998. The roughest track available. Ninco is a popular track because of the excellent quality.
Ninco released the track system in 1998. The marketing people of Ninco describe it as “the ultimate slot racing system”. The easy clip building system makes it simple to build a circuit. Ninco makes a great presentation with the first set. The set is packed with a Styrofoam base that protects the track, cars and controllers.
Power is supplied by the 14-volt wall-mount power pack and provides decent power across both lines if your track is not too long. For longer tracks you need the power boost. Experienced slot racers do use for their home track two power packs in combination with the Independent Power Connection Straight.
Ninco Digital became available in 2006. Time will tell how popular it will be.
The Japanese Company Nitto offers model kits suiteble for slot car models (a model is mostly based on a Plafit chasis). The Autobianchi A112 Abart is a nice 1/24-scale model of Nitto.
NSR World Champion
The Italian manufacturer presents slot racing parts. NSR is the first manufacturere that offers different compounds for (Formula-One) models.
Daniele and Gianiuca Ostorero from Italy produce beautiful Indy cars from the sixties. All of the handmade models are RTR resin slot cars, models of classic Indy racers from the 50’s and 60’s. The cars feature brass photoengraved, brass chassis, alloy wheels and a handmade and painted resin body. The models of Ostorero are available in two versions: fully assembled and in kit form.
Frank Correia owns the Californian Company Outsight that makes 1/24 and 1/32-scale clear bodies. The bodies of Outsight have won many races.
The Australian manufacturer Ozrace offers motors for 1/32-scale model cars.
Designed especially for the slot car racer!
The Company Pace Products from Chicago offered under the brand “Minit/Grip” epoxy racing shells.
New finer detailed!
Pactra was a small American manufacturer that produced plastic slot car bodies after it became the owner of the companies Stormer and Competion. Pactra, based on Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California, offered 1/24-scale kits under a “scratchbuilder” label. In 1967 the production was ceased and Pactra leased the equipment to Champion.
Nowadays the Company produces paint for models in general.
Parma was established in 1964 and became the largest slot car racing Company of the United States.Parma, which is based in North Royalton, Ohio, offers many slot racing products, such as 1/24 and 1/32-scale lexan bodies. The owner of the Company is Ken MacDowell.
The controller that is designed by Russkit is a well-known product of Parma. The bodies of Parma are now very popular by American club racers. The Flexi chassises are well known in the business. PSE is a brand of Parma with products for professional racers.
The American Company Penn Line produced a 1/60-scale slot car system. The sets contained plastic Indy type oval tracks.
Los clásicos más clásicos!
Pink-kar is a Spanish manufacturer since 1993. The original Beetle of Pink-kar is available in about twenty versions. The Ferrari 250 GTO and Bugatti Type 59 are other models that are offered by Pink-kar. Do not expect great performances on your track of these Scalextric replica models.
Pittman can put you in the winner’s circle!
Pittman produced motors for slot cars. The company started with motors for slot cars that were used in electric model trains. The Company was based in Sellersville, PA.
The Company Pit Pac, from No. Hollywood in California, offered track equipment.
Plafit offers parts (1/32 and 1/24-scale) for clubracers. Some of the products are sold under the brandname Sigma.
During the sixties the Japanese Company Plama, based in Tokio, produced 1/32-scale model car kits, such as the Nissan Cedric and the Prince Gloria Super 6.
Playcraft Highways was an American Company founded by an Englishman at the end of the fifties. PH produced 1/87-scale vibrator-powered slot cars designed by Derek Brand. Aurora got away with the product and made it popular around the world.
The Electric Highways Model Motoring products in OO/HO-scale of Playcraft were sold at the end of the fifties (1959) in England. The products were sold to Aurora and made it an enormous success in the United States. Playcraft stopped the production in England and Aurora started to sell their products in England. Aurora did not find the same sales in England as in the US, because 1/32-scale racing was more popular than the smaller sized cars in the United Kingdom.
Before operatin the set is was necessary to assemble the track and insert the copper conductor in the slot of the plastic sections.
The models of Playcraft have been produced (until 1961) with steel wheels and plastic wheels.
In the sixties the track and cars of the French manufacturer Jouef were sold under the brand name Playcraft Champion.
Policar is manufacturer of Proslot. Policars are made in Romania. The Ferrari F355 and Porsche GT2 are two models that are offered. The models are almost half the price of models of big companies. In the sixties Policar produced slot car sets.
Polislot is making the cheapest slot cars. These models are no value for money.
Polistil / Politoys
The Company Politoys was established in 1960. Politoys produced metal static models. The name of the Company was changed in 1970 to Polistil, because the name sounded like the British firm Palitoys.
The Italian compay Polistil produced a Fleischmannn look-alike track from 1972 until 1988. The models of Polistil were cheaper and of a lower quality level than Fleischmann. Some Formula-One models, such as the Tyrrell six wheeler, were decent replicas. Tonka bought Polistil in 1988.
The Polistil 1/32-track was extendable to 4 lanes. The sloth depth was 6 mm. The distance between the slots was 90 mm and a track width was 180 mm. No borders were available. Made in Italy from 1972 until 1988. Smooth tack, a look-alike of Fleischmann. This system was popular in Italy and other Southern European countries.
Polistil produced a white curved track for its bob sleights models. Burago became the owner of the racetrack products of Polistil in 1994.
Burago became the owner of the racetrack products of Polistil in 1994.
Prefo produced slot cars and track system form the end of the sixties until the beginning of the eighties. The quality of the cars was poor. Two models of Prefo were the Wartburg Melkus RS1000 and the Chaparral.
The Prefo 1/32-track was extendable to 4 lanes. The distance between the slots was 90 mm and a track width was 180 mm. No borders were available. The track pieces are black coloured, hard plastic.
The company that produced the Prefo Autorennbahn was based in Eastern Germany.
Ring of power!
The American Company Procraft was based in Toronto, Ontario. Procraft claimed to be the the manufacturer that produced the first controller with an exclusive replaceable coil-cartridge (resistor) and plunger. In the sixties the cost of the first-class quality controller was only three dollars.
Proslot is an Italian slot car manufacturer since 1998. The most popular model of Proslot is the Toyota GT1, known from the 24 hours race of Le Mans. The Alfa Romeo156, the Ferrari 360 Modena and F-355 are a few attractive cars that are offered by Proslot. An eye-catcher is the 2001 world champion car of Ferrari. Proslot will not be mentioned in the range Ninco, Scalextric, and Carrera because of the medium quality of the models although the handling is good.
Get the Proslot advantage!
Dan DeBella founded Pro-Slot in Michigan, US. The company moved to Lowell, Michigan. Pro Slot started as a manufacturer of slotcar motors. Nowadays Pro-Slot makes a wide range of slot car products (1/32 and 1/24-scale RTR models).
The Spanish Company Proteus was established in 2000. The Heuliez Pregunta, a concept car, is the first release of Proteus. The model, technically very strong, is an exact copy of the car that was shown for the first time in the Geneva motor show in 2000. Proteus did not have the intention to create other versions of the model, but many racers could not appreciate the idea of a car without a driver-figure. For that reason Proteus released two race versions in the colours yellow and red.
The Lamborghini Murcielago became the long awaiting successor of the Pregunta. The company ceased after just a few years.
Proto slot-kit is a new French Company that creates wonderful Le Mans type slot kit cars. The models are based on chassises of Fly.
The Californian Company Pro-Track makes slot car tires for drag racers and other slotracing parts.
PRS offers resin bodies for slot cars. If you are a model maker you can create awesome cars with quality production of PRS. The handmade models are Ninco based.
The Spanish Company Q4 Slot offers a complete line of slot racing parts. The WRC chassis is a prominent product of the manufacturer.
The Spanish Company Q-Classic offers kits based on chassises of Ninco.
Let your hobby be your business!
The small company Race-Arena, based in Avon Lake, Ohio, offered complete inside plans to operate a successful business.
Racecontrol is an excellent computer hard- and software for timing.
The Italian Company Racer offers some very interesting (Ferrari) slot cars. The models are offered as RTR (limited to about 300 units), painted and unpainted kit form. This Company has a link to Slot.it.
Les Koenig and Ron Mura founded Racer Products in the eighties. The company produced excellent cars but the company ceased after it was sold. The company could not survive through difficult years (the eighties) of slot racing.
Racy is the German brand name that is used by the German store Karstadtwarenhaus AG for the products of Artin.
Tracks and models are offered for the scales 1/32 and 1/24. The store offers a club membership for free since 1997. The members receive the magazine Racy Action World.
The American Company Rail Line was based in Independence, MO. In the sixties the Company offered axles, frames and gears.
Rainbow Hobbies from San Gabriel, California, offered bodies for slot cars.
Ram Engineering Co.
Where the win’s built-in!
Ram produced motors and chassises for slot cars. The Company was based in Chicago, Illinois.
The static models of the French company RAMI were converted to slot cars in the beginning of the sixties. The performance of the cars was good, according to the standard of the sixties, especially as these models, a combination of die-cast metal parts and plastic, have reasonably soft plastic tyres.
Ready to run, ready to win!
Fred Rannalli founded the Company. Rannalli started with the production of controllers followed by ready-to-run models. Most models have an inline aluminium chassis and a vacuum moulded plastic body. Fred Rannalli moved to Cox to become a designer in 1965.
The German manufacturer Rasant produced a HO track system from 1964 to 1968. The company was founded by a former employee of the model train company Trix. The company was based in Gunzenhause in Germany. The track was the smallest at the time available. The track width was 64 mm. The distance between the slots was 32 mm.
Rayline Slot Racing Co.
Slot racing equipment for the professional!
The Rayline slot racing Company (from Fulton, Illinois) offered bodies, tools, track equipment and controllers. Raymond E. Hoy, formerly the contributing editor of the magazine Model Car & Track, founded the Company. Rayline offered a unique design service in the sixties. The Company designed tracks to the specifications of the customers for a flat $10 fee. For this charge the customer received also a copy of the booklet The art of track building by Raymond E. Hoy. The Company offered in 1966 the booklet The Rayline portfolio of track designs.
RehCo was the brand name used by REH for the production slot parts.
Robert E. Haines founded REH Distribution Company and was based in Ohio. REH bought the inventory of Classic in 1967. In the seventies the Company REH purchased all the remaining Strombecker inventory. REH produced and bought the products of the legendary Company Strombecker. In 1971 the Company got also the license of the track system of Revell. REH is still a distribution company of slot cars and parts.
Reprotec is another Company from Barcelona (Spain) that offers small cars. The Seat 600e is a funny car, but the finishing is done poorly. The quality of the Fiat Abarth is not much better. The AC Cobra, available in about ten versions, is one of their most attractive models. With Reprotec you race in history.
Race a Ferrari at home!
Own a Revell Raceway, the home set you never grow out of!
Exciting new raceway products from Revell..and it’s only the beginning!
You can get on the right track – with Revell!
Revell is known around the world for the production of model kits. In the sixties the model racing kits of Revell were sold by many enthusiasts. Revell stopped the production of 1/24-scale slot cars in 1967. 1/32-scale models were included in their track sets, but 1/32-scale kits were separately available.
The track was extendable to 4 lanes. The slot depth was 6 mm. The distance between the slots was 89 mm with a track width of 177 mm. Borders were available. Made in the United States from 1965 until 1971. Very smooth bump-free track surface, but was somewhat difficult to put together. The plastic sections had built-in interlocking junction tabs. In 1971 Revell sold the track system to REH.
Revell also offered commercial raceway tracks.
For more information about the current situation of Revell look at paragraph “Revell-Monogram”.
For over 55 years Revell-Monogram has been making fun-to-build hobby kits for all ages, both under the Revell and Monogram brand names. Some of you will remember that Monogram was the industry leader in slot car racing many years ago. Monogram was as famous as Strombecker or Scalextric in the sixties. In 2003 Monogram re-started the production of slot cars. The first products are the AC Cobra and the Corvette. Indeed, cars from the past. History continues with Monogram.
Betta is an American Company that makes 1/24, 1/32 and HO-scale clear bodies.
Pick a winner!
Super sponge by Riggen!
Al Riggen and Dick Megugorac founded Riggen in 1963. The Company, based in Torrance, California, produced tires and wheels for slot cars in the sixties. Riggen produced some models with JAD. Riggen purchased the track system of Revell. Riggen was bought by Gayla Industries in 1972. REH Distributing became the owner of the brand in 1977.
The 1/32-scale track of Riggen was extendable to 4 lanes. The slot depth was 6 mm. The distance between the slots was 89 mm and a track width was 177 mm. No borders were available. Stiff plastic track. Smooth track surface. Riggen is similar to Bachman, which is compatible to Strombecker.
We’ve gone mad!
Richard Kohnstam Limited was based in Hemel Hempstead, Herfordshire in the United Kingdom. This company of the sixties offered kits, vac-formed bodies, ultra-low lightweight chassises, motors and other parts for slot racing.
The company organised “The great Riko competition” at the end of the sixties. Contenders could win a real Honda automobile, a Honda moped, a tape recorder and other prizes. After studying the catalogue of Riko the people had to answer ten questions. A fifteen-year-old schoolboy became the winner of the car.
RJR offers 1/24-scale RTR models and motors. The owner of the Company is Robert J. Root.
Ronco Racing Products
Ronco advertised in the 1967model racing handbook of Model Car & Science and Model Car & Track, but it was not clear from the advertisement what the Company from Indiana offered.
RPM offers 1/24-scale RTR models. The Hong Kong based Company offered also battery-operated racetracks.
Real Slot Car
The new firm Real Slot Car creates models with resin bodywork. The first models are based on cars of Pink-kar. The first impression is that this manufacturer is capable of producing quality slot cars.
Rokar is an American manufacturer of 1/64-Scale HO slot cars, tracks and sets.
The Maxx performance is not measure in miles per hour- it is measured in how many times it will lap any other car on the market in a given number of seconds!
Jim Russell founded in 1981 the Company Russel Maxx. The company was based in Orange, California. The HO models were only sold for one year with this brand name. Amrac bought the brand and sold it to Rokar, which is Life-like today.
The perfect pair, performance plus control!
All eyes on the leader!
You know you can win with Russkit!
Jim Russel founded Russkit in 1963. The Company was based in Los Angeles, California. The first product was a varnish protection coat. Russkit produced many products, such as motors (for example the famous Russkit 22), trigger-finger designed controllers, plastic bodies and models. Russkit formed the first professional factory racing team in 1964. It helped the Company to promote their products and model car racing in general.
Russkit started to design models for Aurora. The controller line was sold to Aurora. Parma is the current owner of the controllers originally designed by Russkit.
Ultimate slotcar controller!
The company SAI, from Conifer, Colorado, offered in the nineties the ultimate slotcar controller. The solid controller was a high-tech product at that time.
San Marusan was an American company in the late sixties. A track and twenty models are produced from 1967 until 1969.
The home track for real buffs!
Scale Auto Racing Accessories, based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, offered a flexible track system. The Sara Custom Track was extendable to 4 lanes. The track was very width. Borders were redundant. The track surface and conductor strips assembled easily. It was possible to make banked turns and drag strips.
Sara also offered slot boxes, designed for the real enthusiast to store his spare parts.
The small Spanish Company Scaleauto offers modelcar competition parts, such as motors, rims and HO-bodies.
Scalextric is one of the oldest manufacturers and the most popular slot car racing system. The current range of Scalextric is high quality grid of the best cars in motor sport. The track system was not changed in thirty years, but in 2002 the “Classic” system was replaced by the “Sport” system.
Fred Francis founded Minimodels Limited, based at Mill Hill in England, in 1947. The factory produced scale models. The models, named Scalex, appeared in October 1952. The Scalex model cars were moved by a keyless clockwork mechanism. The system was a great success. The factory in Mill Hill became too small and Minimodels moved to Havant in Hampshire.
Mr. Bertram Frederick Frances (Fred) saw a racing track of a small British Company called VIP at the London Toy Fair in 1955. The VIP racing system consisted of a metal track with two slots and model cars. Minimodels used the VIP system for their system; a rubber based track with two parallel grooves. The system was called Scalextric. The name Scalextric is a combination of the name “Scalex” and the word “electricity”.
Scalextric was unveiled at the Harrogate Toy Fair in 1957. The system became very successful at the end of the fifties. Minimodels realized that they were unable to meet the demand. Minimodels decided to sell the Company to the Lines Brothers Group of Tri-ang Toys.
In the beginning of 1960 the metal cars were replaced by plastic models. In 1963 the track type was changed from rubber to plastic. The plastic track with a new attachment system is still in use today.
Scalextric offered a wide range of models, such as Maserati 250F GP, Ferrari GP, Bentley 4.5 and Aston Martin GT. Not only cars were available in 1963, but also motor bikes with sidecars and Go-karts.
Slot car racing became very popular during the sixties. Tri-ang Toys opened factories in France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Scalextric was not the only Company that offered 1/32 scale models. About six other mayor slot car companies were active at that time.
Another failure is the “You Steer” system, which was introduced in 1970. With this system it was possible to steer with the wheel on the controller. The cars did not actually steer but moved sideways (just two centimetres) across the track. The cars were running on the standard 1/32 scale track. Scalextric manufactured five cars for this system. The five collector’s items are the Javelin, Ford Mirage, Ferrari P4, Lamborghini and Ford 3L. The production ceased after two years.
In the beginning of the seventies the Lines Brothers and the Tri-ang Company were declared bankrupted. The Dunbee Combex Marx group saved Scalextric. Scalextric was forced to reduce the line of products. The famous Goodwood chicane, the Grand Bridge and Le Mans start went out of production.
The Dunbee Combex Marx group collapsed as a result of financial troubles due to the American branches. Hornby trains (later transferred to Rovex Ltd.), a Company that was a part of the D.C.M. group, became independent and saved Scalextric. Later Hornby Hobbies Ltd. was formed and is still the manufacturer of Scalextric.
The eighties and nineties were very difficult for Scalextric. Some of the competitors, like Fleischmann and Märklin, were not able to keep on producing slot cars. At the end of the nineties slot racing became popular again. Some new competitors (such as Ninco and Fly) entered the market.
Scalextric broke sales records after the release of the Sport track system and the models of the Sport line (especially the Ford GT40). The quality and level of detail of the cars is very high since 2000.
Miniature Electric Motor Racing was the name for the first slot car system of Scalextric. Scalextric was the best selling Company in the business for home slot racing sets. Scalextric offered a wide variety of track parts. The Le Mans start, Goodwood chicane, pit start, bridges and crossovers were offered during the rise of the hobby. There was a large choice in track accessories. Stands, several pit buildings, figures and track and pit lights of Scalextric could be used to decorate the track.
The Scalextric 1/24 scale cars and track were introduced in 1967. 1/24 scale racing was very popular in the United States and some clubs in Europe. Scalextric was not very successful with this system. Scalextric 1/24 scale system came too late on the market. The cars were fragile. The track system, with three slot lanes, offered only two radius curves. Due to the high costs the production was ceased in 1970.
Extendable to 8 lanes. 5 mm sloth depth, 78 mm distance between the slots and a track width of 156 mm. Borders available. Made in China (but head-office in the United Kingdom) from 1963. The Classic track is still available but out of production since the introduction of the Sport track. Smooth surface. The track system is still popular around the world.
Extendable to 8 lanes. 6 mm sloth depth, 78 mm distance between the slots and a track width of 156 mm. Borders available. Made in China (but head-office in the United Kingdom) from 2002. Very smooth surface and shows an excellent quality.
After more than thirty years Scalextric announced at the beginning of 2002, a new type of track, the Sport system. The old track system is called “Classic” after the introduction of “Sport”. The newest system is compatible with the Classic system. A special adapter section is offered to fit the Sport track to the Classic track.
The new design is moulded from linear low-density polyethylene, which keeps the track from undulations and bumps, unless they are put there on purpose, according to the press release of Scalextric dated 4 January 2002.
The deeper groove between the conductive rails helps the cars stay on the track. Scalextric will offer a wide selection of track pieces. New curves enable 8-lane racing and feature new combinations of curves. The overtaking corner chicanes will be a big hit.
With the new track system and the highly detailed slot cars Scalextric will have a great future.
Scalextric produced three systems (124, Classic and Sport).
SSD means Scalextric Sport Digital. The digital system is popular.
Scalextric has become a household name around the world. Slot car racing is Scalextric!
SCX (Scalextric Technitoys)
SCX is the Spanish version of Scalextric, though the Company is operating independent of the British Company.You should know that for marketing reasons the Spanish Scalextric (Technitoys) is sold as SCX outside Spain. In Spain the UK Scalextric is available under the name Superslot.
Scalextric and Exin split after a long-standing marketing agreement. Exin started SCX in 1992.
SCX offers a great variety of models, but is specialised in rally cars. The track system is the same as Scalextric Classic.
The track of SCX is extendable to 8 lanes. The sloth depth is 78 mm. The distance between the slots is 78 mm and the track width is156 mm. Borders available. Made in Spain form 1985. Copy of Scalextric Classic, though the surface is a little bit rougher.
SCX has created an excellent Digital system.
Seegers made bodies. The companie was based in Lombard, Illinois.
Shamiga is a small American Company that produced the first hollow axle, a system to reduce spinning weight or rotating mass.
Sigma, a brand of Plafit, produces slot racing parts for the perfectionists.
Rudy Garriga, from Northern California, owns Slick7, a company specialised in slot racing equipment.
The Company Slot Circuits is based in Barcelona, Spain. The Company offers custom-made designs for homes, clubs and marketing events. The track is suitable big scale model, because the distance between the slots is 100 mm. The surface is offered from maximum grip to super slippery (ice-like).
Cesar Jimenex founded Slot Classic in 1995. The Company, which is based in Gijon, Asturias, Spain, offers unique models (car of the fifties) for a small group of enthusiasts. Only 400 models are produces of the Mercedes 300 SL (two versions are available, the Pan-American 1952 and Le Mans 1952). The Morgan Plus 4 SS is the eye-catcher from the catalogue. Luxurious, exclusive and expensive are the keywords for Slot Classic. The customer can choose between kits and pre-assembled models.
German manufacturer of wooden slot car tracks. The prefabricated tracks have three lanes.
The sloth depth is 8 mm and the distance between the slots is 110 mm. The (MDF) surface is coloured dark gray. Made in Germany from 2003.
The Italian manufacturer Slot.it is best known for the super racing axles, gears, tires and motors. In 2002 Slot.it wisely decided to enter the market with a super tuned racing model. The models of the Audi R8C and the Porsche 956 became popular among (club) racers around the world. Slot.it models are meant for the real racers.
Years ahead design!
Slotmaster was a small American Company that offered slot racing competition products in the sixties.
Slot Raceways of America
Slot Raceways from Los Angeles, California, offered track equipment.
Slot Racing Accessories
The owner of the commercial raceway Phoenix in the Midlands, United Kingdom, Jon Sword founded SRA in November 2000. SRA offers modern pit buildings, marshall posts buildings, pit walls and figures.
Slot Racing Parts
Slot Racing Parts offers 1/32-scale waterslide transfers.
Slot Racing Team
The Renault Alpine is a model of SRT. The models are well detailed but the handling is bad.
Slottech HO Racing
Slottech is based in Ocala, Florida. The company offers chassis (like the Panther and the Cheetah), bodies, pickup systems and other racing parts.
The Sydney based company S/M Enterprises made slot car spares for the Australian market. The company offered wheels, tyres, axles, gears and sundries.
Sonic is a producer of tyres and other parts for 1/24-scale slot cars. Phil Hackett founded the company.
Speedway Products Corporation
Designed to be designed by you!
Speedway Products offered tracks for raceway centers in the sixties. The track surface was made of fiberglas. The side rails were integrated. The layout system was flexible; a new section could easily be added to existing layout. The company was based in Miami, Florida.
Spirit was founded in 2002 in Spain. The first model of Spirit, a Lola B2K/10, shows many details. The handling of the car is on a decent level. The second model of Spirit is the Ferrari 512M.
The American Company Squires, from Los Angeles, CA, offered bodies for slot cars.
Force your rival into escape road!
The British Company Scale Raceway Models produced a track system for their 1/40-scale slot cars. The plastic track was coloured grey. SRM was based in Harrow in the United Kingdom. SRM Engineering Ltd acquired the brand Super Shells Ltd in 1967. This new combination sold 1/32-scale slot car kits (“Motorised kits”), as the Lotus Elite, Porsche Carrera 6 and Lotus 30.
SRM sold also the track system of the brand Flexislot.
The company SRT offered a computerised lap counting system.
Das Universelle Autospiel
Was wir unter modellgetreu verstehen!
Hans Kolbe founded the Geta Company in 1963 by in Hildesheim, Germany. The name Stabo Car is used from 1965 but the production of 1/24 and 1/32-scale slotcars (kits and rtr) was already started. The production of slot cars and tracks ceased at the end of the seventies (the last brochure was printed in 1979). Nowadays the Company Stabo is selling radio control equipment.
Hans Kolbe wanted to use the brand name Carrara, but another Company gotaway with that name. Some boxes left the factory of Geta with the name Stabo Carrera.
The Company designed their own models, but worked together with Tamiya (two 1/24-scale model kits), Jouef (a business partner for slot cars and modeltrains in the seventies) and Polistil/Policar (Stabo sold the models of this firm from 1974).
The 1/32-scale track was extendable to 4 lanes. ? mm sloth depth, 75 mm distance between the slots and a track width of 150 mm. No borders were available. The surface was coloured dark gray. Made in Germany from 1963 until 1979.
The 1/24-scale track was extendable to 4 lanes. ? mm sloth depth, 100 mm distance between the slots and a track width of 200 mm. No borders were available. The surface was coloured light gray. Made in Germany from 1969 until 1974.
Stabo Car created also a single lane system for trucks. Only one oval set was offered.
Stan Engleman Enterprises / Hi-Speed Raceways inc.
Customized to your space!
The company, based in El Paso, Texas, claimed to be the first commercial track builder in the United States and originator of the hi-speed bank in their advertisements. All tracks were pre-assembled and fitted before shipment.
Stern Electronics, located in Los Angeles, offered the Posi-Trol HC100, an electric hand controller. The controller did not have an ergonomic design. The hand controller with internal braking system showed to be a small plastic square box.
Sets the pace for detail, strength, variety, value!
The accepted standard in slot racing!
Stormer produced extremely lightweight clear plastic bodies (1/24 and 1/32-scale).
The Company was based in Sun Valley, California.
Strombecker steps up the pace of the race!
The world’s most advanced racing set!
The American Company Strombecker from Chicago, Illinois, started as a toy maker. The production of slot cars started in 1962 and ceased in the seventies. The first model of Strombecker was a modified version of the battery-powered Maserati 250F. Strombecker sold its cars in kit form and ready-to-race models. RTR models were also offered in sets. Originaly the Company offered two scales, 1/24 and 1/32. The production of the 1/24-scale models was ceased in 1964 and the Company concentrated on the 1/32 home market. The models of Strombecker were the least expensive in the business in the sixties.
Table Top Topics was the first publication of the Company Strombecker to inform customers about their products. Strombecker Table Top Topics, published from 1962 to 1964, was followed by Inside Track in 1965.
Although Strombecker always advertised the system as a 1/32-scale the track was width enough for both 1/32 and 1/24-scale cars, but Strombecker offered some separate numbers for 1/24-scale straights and curves.
Strombecker described the rather smooth track surface as a sandblasted surface. Made in the United States (Chicago, Illinois) from 1959, but some track sections were produced in Hong Kong and Japan.
The sections were improved five times. The first sections got brass contact strips. The inside radius of the curves had a lip molded into them in order to keep the cars from fishtailing off the track.
From 1961 the track go aluminium contact strips, glued in place. The track got a textured track surface in 1963. The contact strips were made of tin-plated steel from 1964 and in 1966 it was changed in steel.
Consumers’ Research Inc., whose laboratories were located in Washington, New Jersey, tested in the sixties all slot racing systems. The results were printed in the Model Racing Buyers Guide. In 1966 the Strombecker track was judged as B Intermediate, because of the bad rails and controllers. The cars and power pack were described as fairly good.
Three lanes and three times as much excitement!
Stormbecker produced a three-lane track in 1965. The track system was announced in Inside Track, the official magazine of Strombecker. The figure-8 set was named “3-lane Formula Racing Set”. The straight section of the three-lane system was 2″ (5 cm) longer than the standard two-lane section. The lane spacing was 3.5″ (8.89 cm).
The three cars (equipped with 12 volt motors) that were included to the set were a front engine Indy roadster, a BRM formula car and “Rocky Russo’s” Cooper. The track was made and sold for only one year.
The Company got a Canadian owner in 1968. After the stock of Strombecker pieces were sold, the Canadian Company continued to sell Honk Kong made track sections. Three track colours followed: gray, black and the white plaxtic “Ski-Bob” set.
The production ceased in the seventies. The molds were sold to Bachmann. The Strombecker Corporation had been the biggest competitor of Scalextric in the sixties.
Sunda, from Ventura, California, produced controllers.
In the beginning of the seventies the Company Cox took over the products of Eldon. Cox used the name Superscale for this line of products. The production ceased in 1978.
G.K. Jarvis founded the British Company Super Shells in the fifties. In the early sixties this Company made the first vacuum-moulded body shells. Super Shells offered a large of bodies, tyres, gears and axles. The company was sold to SRM Engineering Ltd in 1967.
The Japanese cars that set a Rolls-Royce standard!
The Japanese model kit Company Tamiya created 1/25-scale slot racing kits and a few RTR models in the sixties. Tamiya also produced a track system. Tamiya produced some models for the German manufacturer Stabo Car.
The Japanese model kit Company offered a 1/32-scale home racing sets in the sixties. The models Ferrari 275P and a Lotus 30 were offered in the sets.
Tatone products from San Francisco produced “the coolest most comfortable controller ever designed”. Tatone “Go-a-go” was available with a 15 and 20 Ohm resistor.
Team slot, which was established in 1993 in Barcelona, can be described as “best of the rest”. Team Slot offers a great variety of models, such as rally cars and Le Mans cars. Besides ready-to-run models Team Slot offers “Kit Cars” and high-tech chassises. The Company produces also plastic or resin (limited to 1000 units) body shells.
The most realistic motor way game!
The Slovakian Company Mehono introduced Tempo, a HO slot racing system, in 1964.
The system was not extendable to more than two lanes. The distance between the slots was 37 mm and a track width was 85 mm. No borders were available. Made in Slovakia from 1964 until 1966. The sets of Tempo were called “Tempo tour”.
Professionally tuned ready to race!
When you’re racing a lot the controller gets hot…not this one!
Testor entered the slot car market in 1965. The Company, which was based in Rockford, Illinois, offered kits and ready-to-run cars.
The models were designed with a fully adjustable motor-mount to allow a greater variety of gear sizes and gear ratios. Testor offered a complete line of products. The T3X pistol grip controller was introduced in 1966. The Company stopped the production in 1967.
Drive to win!
The Thoric Company would have been a winner if there were a price for designing the ugliest hand controller in the world. The “space age engineered solid stand hand controller” of Thoric was very, very ugly!
The company TNT Products is based in Mesquite, Texas. TNT offers tyres for 1/24-scale slot cars.
Tokio-Plamo was a Japanese Company that produced 1/24 and 1/32-scale slot cars.
The world’s fastest HO-scale racing cars!
The Japanese firm Tomy produces HO-scale slot cars. Tomy Koygo Ltd. bought the Aurora AFX slot car line in 1986. Tomy Toys is based in Brea, California.
The track of Tomy is considered as currently the best system by HO racers. Building and dismantling of a track is easy. The height of the rails is the lowest produced. The connection between the sections is very good. Tomy offers a wide variety of sections.
More fun with Tootsietoy racing!
The Tootsietoy HO models should be considered as toys for small children. The production started in 1964 and ceased in 1972.
The Tootsietoy Racing system from Hong Kong should be considered as toys for small children. The production of the cars and tracks started in 1964 and ceased in 1972. The track width was 89 mm and the distance between the slots was 45 mm.
Top Slot is a small Company of France. Top Slot is specialised in 1/32-scale resin assembly kits. The bodies require “donor” cars. The kits already have Ninco chassises. Besides some rally cars Top Slot offers a kit for the Ferrari 712 “Can Am” (1971, Watkins Glen version). The Cadillac Tank “Le Monstre” is one of the most remarkable models that have been released for slot racing. Top Slot produced also a model of the legendary Cobra Daytona.
Tower Engineering from Valley Stream, New York, created controllers. Tower offered a wide variety of controllers; 4, 5, 6, 10, 15, 20, 30 and 60 Ohm suitable for home, club and commercial racing.
Toy Tech makes 1/32-scale clear bodies.
Tradeship of California
The controller you dreamed about!
Tradeship, from San Francisco, offered axles, gears, motors, tires, wheels and controllers.
Supplies the needs of the 90s!
The company Tric Trax offered in the middle of the nineties high-tech equipment for timing.
The French Company Troby produced 1/32 and 1/43-scale slot cars in the seventies. The models of Troby were designed with an extra guide-pin at the back of the car. Troby also made some models for their slotless system.
Troby offered two systems: a classic and slotless. The slotless system showed three rails. The system did not work well.
The newest, fastest, smoothest track!
The slot car guide system, which allowed installation of continous guide and conductor rail with the minimum of joints, of Tru-Flex was developed for big raceways. Tru-Flex made by K&B, a subsidiary of the Aurora Plastic Corporation, was based in San Dimas, California.
Watch the winners, they are running Trush products!
The American Company Thrush was based in Brooklyn, NY. Trush precision-engineered products have been dominating the racing scene with constant wins, according to the advertising campaign of the company in 1967. Trush offered tyres (available in black, grey and white) including tyre cleaner and traction tonic, and a solid brass chassis.
Tryang was based in Canterbury, Kent, England. The Company, which was known for Scalextric, produced from 1961 until 1971 the 1/76-scale track system. Faller and Aurora produced the products in scale 1/87, which was called HO. Tryang called their scale 00. The famous double-decker from the streets of London was one of the models that were mad by Tryang Minic.The system was renamed as Minic Motor Racing in 1968. The system was produced until 1971.
Faller and Aurora produced the products in scale 1/87, which was called HO. Tryang called their scale 00.
Watch us grow!
The American Company Tyco Industries, based in Moorestown, New Jersey, produces HO-scale cars and motorbikes.
John Tyler founded Tyco, which stood for Tyler Manufacturing Company, in 1957.
Aurora was the best-selling slot car manufacturer in the beginning of the sixties, but the dominance didn’t last. From 1963, Tyco along with Marx, Lionel, Ideal, Matchbox were trying to get a share of the HO market. Tyco started with the “S” series cars. “S” stood for speedway. Ther were Tyco cars sold under the name Mantua, another brand of the production Company. Mantua and Tyco merged in 1967. John Tyler died in 1972.
Tyco introduced a faster motor in 1970 and took the lead among HO slot racing. HO slot racers consider Tyco cars less reliable. The handling is touchy.
The system is named Tyco Click, because the sections are put together by a “click”. The track of Tyco is a look-alike of Tomy, with some differences. The connection between the rails is not good. The track width is 76 mm. The distance between the slots is 38 mm.
The first 1/87 track system was interchangeable with Allstate, Atlas, Aurora, Lionel and Marx.
Designed with the racer in mind!
The American company Thunderbolt Racing produced HO-scale lexan bodies
Front wheel drive with positive action differential
UHP from Woodside, New York, produced models with a front wheel drive system. The innovative system did not work well and the production was ceased not long after the start of the Company.
Ulrich Model Kits
Four wheel independent suspension…a steerable front end!
From start to finish, Ulrich!
The Californian Company Ulrich offered racing paints, frames and decals for 1/24-scale models in the sixties.
Unique Engeneering Inc.
Look for the green card that says…!
Unique Engineering sold slot racing parts in the sixties. Unique made the Le Mans-line: brass chasis’, deep-dish wheels, and assembled cars with motors and lightweight Fiberglas chassises.
The model train Company Varney, based in Baltimore, Maryland, produced a few 1/32-scale racecar kits. The twin-geared axle at the Jaguar XKE was a novelty at the time. Some cars were equipped with a special guide, the slot-lok, which prevented cars to de-slot.
The American Company produced a 1/32-scale Slot-Lok Racing set. The cars had a retaining device in the slot to keep them from going off the track. The system would have been a good idea if it worked well, but the cars got stuck or lost electrical contact.
The plunger throttles had locks and scale speed indicators.
The track sections of Varney were so width that borders not necessary to use.
Vanquish Miniaturas Garzon was a Company from Spain. Vanquish MG was responsible for new developments in slot racing. If you remove the body the detailed integral sub-chassis is exposed. The differential distinguishes a model of Vanquish MG from traditional slot car. Vanquish MG offered models from the seventies as kits or ready-to-run models. Sadly, the company ceased after a few years (appr. 2004).
Versitec Division of Globe Industries from Dayton, Ohio, offered a lightweight in-line chassis with transverse front axle spring and “Screamer” motor.
Victory Industry Products (Victory Industries (Raceways))
A thrill a second!
The “Viptrack” system can be considered as the first slot racing system. Each section contained three separate metal parts, which were fixed to plastic connectors. The entire track carried the 12 volts of DC current that run the system. The track was designed for 1/32-scale cars. VIP produced a plastic track system in the middle of the sixties.
The British Company V.I.P. produced some nice 1/32-scale models with steering front wheels (Ackerman steering).
Vintage makes 1/24 and 1/32-scale clear bodies.
The American Company Weldun produced high-speed aluminium and stainless gears.
White Point, which was founded in 1989 in Germany, produces 1/24-scale slot cars. The Company offers currently more than 130 different models. Most of the models are replica’s of the sixties and seventies.
Wizzard is a manufacturer of HO cars and tracks.
World Classic is based in the United Kingdom. The Company offers resin bodies. The BMW 2002 is one of the models of World Classic.
Triple electric model motor racing system!
The British Company Wrenn Bros., based in Basildon, Essex, UK, introduced the 1/52-scale track system at Christmas 1960. The Company chose a very uncommon scale. The system was called “Formula 152”. The cars were equipped with a system that made it possible to switch lanes on a special section (the deflector track section). Every lane had four metal lanes. The track system made it possible to race with three cars on one lane, so six cars at a race. The production ceased in 1967 after it was sold to the Lines Brothers group in 1965. The uncommon scale of 1/52 did not get the chance to become popular because other manufacturers supported the scales 1/24 and 1/32.
Nowadays the Company produces model trains.
The company offered a full line of spare parts and accessories.
When you’re ready to stop racing and start winning!
Craig Landy, from Houston, Texas, creates the best 1/24-scale chassises that are available.