Two incredible (toy) car circuits

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    Fascinating to watch but there doesn't appear to be any interaction possible


    and then there's this... High speed slot car racing. How the hell can anyone, let alone the 'drivers', see what's going on???
     
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    My grandson is 2 - I'm just waiting until he is old enough to appreciate a slot car --- I had a set in the early 60s - and expanded it into a nice permanent setup (fold up table in the garage) and non- Scalextric cars (first one was an AC Cobra GT body shell)
     
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    I've gone dizzy watching that !
     
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    A friend of mine did slot car racing in the early '80s - all the cars and controllers were hand-built, as were the tracks of course. They weren't as quick as that though :D
     
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    My brother has a Scalextric set-up in his attic. It’s not huge but because he’s a designer he has done it all up really well. Lots of chequered flags etc.
     
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    Not long to wait, two grandsons 5 and 2 and now enjoy a racing car set, great fun! :)
     
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    My younger brother did this to, I think he called it "Slot Stocks" he raced at a track in SW London, had to buy motors and chassis but build his own cars around them. The tracks were made from an abrasive surface of some kind and they scrubbed new tyres in on Emery board nail files and used Trichloroethylene on the tyres to make them tacky.
     
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    It is all about rhythm - bit like tapping a tune out on the desk over and over with perfect timing.
     
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    That second clip is mad! What is the scale speed of these things?
     
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    We had what were called foamies (tyres) and used to rub wintergreen (anyone remember that) to make them sticky.
     
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    From what I recall the tyres he used were rubber slicks that had to be sanded to a specific diameter (according to the rules), on alloy rims held on with some kind of collet arrangement, they had to stop using the Trichloroethylene and substitute it with some other fluid that did the same, it may well have been Wintergreen.
     
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    No you are probably correct - foamies were softer
     
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