Vintage Slot Cars Used To Be The Perfect Friday Night
If you’re not familiar with or haven’t had a chance to fling around a set of slot cars—simply called the brand name Scalextric for many—I should warn you: they’re dangerous. Not necessarily in the will-maim-you sense, but dangerous in the, “Oh my, these aren’t that expensive…” sense. A year later there’s a 1:32-scale Circuit de la Sarthe in the middle of your basement.
I had a small set that I endlessly switched up, trying to recreate the curves I saw on grainy pre-HD Formula 1 broadcasts. Then I realized it was possible to alter the elevation. Let’s just say there were two versions of my track, one with an Eau Rouge corner, the other with an Eau Shit corner that sent the cars airborne into a pillow set up a few feet from the track.
More important: I was able to challenge anyone to a race, in the comfort of home. When looking back through these old advertisements and sets, what do you love about slot cars? Do you still have a set or two, or—like me—are you fighting an urge to search eBay tonight?