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Slot Car Racing", seems to have awoken a bit of interest, thought I'd share a quick review of the main books in the history of slot car racing.
These will mostly be from the United States and Britain, but I can add the other ones I have from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands and Argentina if you're interested.
There are actually two basic kinds of books: those dedicated to slot racing, and those about model cars or model making in general, with a chapter or more on slot cars.
There are also the contemporary books, meaning those treating slot racing at the time of publication, and those treating slot racing as a historical subject, starting with Roger Gillham's first book on Scalextric, published in 1981.
For now, I'll just be concentrating on the "classics", the books from the '50s to '70s covering slots as a contemporary activity, starting with the cradle of its all, England.
The first to cover electric model car racing, first edition 1957, second edition 1959.
Half of the book on electric rail racing, half on gas rail racing, still popular at the time.
Then a long time lag, and three books all came out in 1965 perhaps the high point of the slot fad.
In 1967, there was a sort of a book, the soft-cover Model Cars Encyclopedia, published by MAP, who also published Model Cars magazine and many other hobby publications.
As it says, an encyclopedia of model car racing are jungle book board game you, from Ackermann steering to Zinc spraying, and a very mixed bag of contemporary items and totally out of date stuff like Lindsay motors.
The last of the classic 60s publications was this book by Phil Drackett, who seems to have been a rather prolific writer of the time, for motor sports and related fields - not too well known in slot racing I believe.
Despite the 1968 date, it could have been written in 1965.
And here's the American contribution, starting with a little pocketbook that doesn't really belong here, but since it's a real book, the first in the US to mention the new hobby 1961 and has a chapter on Model Motoring, I've included it - turns out Aurora was very active on the promotional side, a good hint for some of the current manufacturers.
Then the first real book in the country covering slot racing, although still giving a pretty big part to rail racing.
Published 1963, with a UK edition in 1965.
Hertz who actually published an article on early model car racing systems back in 1945, in a model train publication.
His historical information is excellent, as it should be, but you can tell that Mr.
Hertz wasn't really a "slotter" - he speaks in odd tongues model railroad gauges and still thinks that model roadways are important vs model railways.
But there was a second edition, in 1967, somewhat updated to include more on the commercial raceway phenomena.
Hertz, the floor please!
Now the book that started this whole idea of a slot library and perhaps the best seller of the crowd, just judging from how many copies seem to pop up on eBay!
Now another one by an old-line hobby writer "free-lance illustrator and designer"Paul Plecan.
First printed in 1965, but this is actually the third printing, from 1974.
Released in both hardback and soft-cover versions.
Back to pocket books: a volume in the Skillfact Library series, at a buck a shot.
On into 1967, when the slot fad begins slipping - but the publishers don't know that, because these books have been in development for probably the last year!
Another introduction to the hobby, with lots of photos from the manufacturers, and a Russkit frame on a Russkit jig that's out of date.
Another star of the group, first published in June 1967, and having gone through at least SEVEN printings by October 1973, when this copy was printed.
It also came in a "teacher pack" with eight copies of the book, a cassette and film strip, but I'll add a photo of that later, once I get the hamster powering up the digital camera.
This is a real kid's book, and of course in the end the little brother wins the Big Race on the commercial track!
Check out the cover photo and wonder why commercial slot racing was only basically a fad in the USA.
Looks like 1967 was a good year - here's another one from Aurora, again a general introduction, but a very good one, and about as up to date as you can get for a book at the time.
No author is credited, but a lot of the cars used as examples were built by Bob Braverman.
Another excellent book from 1967, by Robert Schleicher - yep, the same one who publishes the current magazine Model Car Racing or maybe his father?
At the time, it seemed kind of out of date, with all that emphasis on scale and hopping up kit cars and RTRs, but now it's a treasure trove of information!
Published by Van Nostrand, a major publisher like a lot of the other books from the time.
Then we leap ahead two years to 1969, and one of my favorite oddballs of all time.
A book called "How to Build Model Cars", with small chapters on plastic kits and powered models and a lot on slot cars - but as if the previous two years didn't exist.
No mention of anglewinders, dominant by 1969, or even floppy body mounts or any other vaguely modern development.
About as late as he gets is a Champion wire chassis and a brass rod and strip chassis - and check out that diagram on the cover!
Not that there's anything wrong with that, but you gotta wonder what his target readership was!
Then on into 1970, and another old-line hobby writer rears his head.
This book was originally published back in 1956, when it talked about everything but slot racing or the already in existence rail racing - but the new edition from 1970 - just in time to miss the boat!
And the last of this series in the original generation of books, jumping ahead to 1979, from our friend Mr.
Like Minnie Minoso, he will have been active in 5 decades pretty soon.
As soon as I catch my breath, I'll add some of the more recent stuff.
The cassette tape is broken, it turns out, so I can't tell you what's on it.
Inside the tube is a short film strip, looks like 35mm, but probably some kind of slides, since it's rather short to be a real film, and I doubt most schools would have a 35mm projector!
Bob was one of them, but oddly didn't remember doing the contract.
This happened a lot to me.
We worked on some non-slot projects together in the late '70s and I would produces something of his out of his library or digital slot car books and he would stare at it, not remembering it.
Part of the problem is common to the industry.
When you edit and re-edit and re-re-edit, your mind goes into an odd place.
I just did the final cut on the next issue of Model Car Racing, and even under torture, I could not tell you what is IN it.
Philippe might be the exception here, being the superior person that he is!
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah.
Rotorranch What's a title?
That was a geek called William Shakespeare.
I am only his humble student.
There were at least four or five books from Britain on the subject, along with two or three magazines - more than in the States I believe, although the hobby was invented in the USA and was very popular there for awhile.
Deason, well known in the hobby field, came out in 1949 and was published by The Drysdale Press.
Next up is a real classic in the field and one I was happy to receive unannounced with a package of paper material from the Detroit area note the price of 60 cents.
It's by Eldi, one of the first suppliers of specialty items for the rail racing guys gears mainly.
Not sure of the publication date, but around 1956, which would make this the first publication of all, even tho it's a mimeographed booklet of about 40 pages - but well done.
I believe they did a couple more booklets as well, on building cars.
Here's a special little booklet published by The National Research Bureau, Inc.
He was a professional photographer, but was also entrepreneurial, like any self-respecting American, and founded Rayline, to publish how-to books, as well as trying to start a catalog business.
The Rayline books were systematically pushed by both of this magazines, so there should be a lot around, but I had some trouble getting this one.
Along with a sample of the period humor - very much influenced by VIP and other cartoonists of that very macho age I would say.
A rather odd little booklet, published by the Plymouth division of Chrysler, in conjunction with an uncredited Strombecker, to promote the new Barracuda so about 1967?
The kind of thing I probably never would have found without eBay, I must admit.
Editorial director is Barbara del Rosario, of Elmsford Raceway, and the intro is by her husband Luis, a pioneer of slot racing in the States.
It went through at least four editions, starting in the late '70s I believe, and was meant to be distributed to interested persons at hobby shops and racing centers to spread the word.
Since I'm in brochure mode, here are a couple British publications.
First, from 1967, in the Know the Craft Series, Modelmaking, with a chapter on Model Cars, mostly slots, including scratchbuilding and making your own track!
Laidlaw-Dickson, published by Wolfe for the Dairy Industry do you see a connection?
It has a good 30 pages on slots, even including an anglewinder chassis, and views of club and commercial tracks.
Had a heck of a time finding this one for some reason.
Warring, well-known English author on many hobby subjects, especially motors of all types he did the motor review section in Model Maker, both gas and electric - hmmm, sounds like stoves, but never mind.
A full chapter on "rail-track cars", which actually covered rail and slot, but in 1962 that would indicate he was a bit behind the times.
Back to the States for this Handbook of Model Planes Cars and Boats, by one Bill Winter, from 1965.
ARCO, it says on the back cover, publishes authoritative books that: instruct, guide, inspire, entertain, extend knowledge in many fields from civil service, to business, to sports and hobbies.
And as Mike Z showed earlier, there were unexpected hardback versions of some of the booklet or magazine style publications, like this Model Racing Buyers' Guide, Fall-Winter 1966, actually just the magazine in a binding, probably for library use.
Over to England for most of the rest of these, and we jump a few years ahead, to 1970, and our old buddy Vic Smeed who took over for DJLD at Model Maker.
About a 20 page chapter on slot cars and four pages of car and track illustrations, no photos.
A couple big, almost coffee table style books on Model Cars, the Guy Williams book from 1976, and the Vic Smeed edited book from 1980 and that includes a chapter on slot racing-logical development, by Ian Fisher and Jensen, so it's very up to date!
In the middle of those was an American click the following article from 1979, by.
This was a fairly widely distributed, inexpensive book, in both hardback and paperback, with a digital slot car books page chapter on slot car racing.
To close out this chapter, one about HO cars and from the UK!
Kind of odd to think there weren't more books on HO racing, given how popular it was, especially in the States, but they'll make up for lost time later.
This one a MAP publication, from 1982, by Geoff Preston.
In the next chapter, we'll start traveling.
To start with, on special request, this book from Argentina, from 1969, written by R.
Anyway, here it is with thanks to Charles for finding it for me!
Published by "Editorial Hobby", sounds like a magazine offshoot.
Now, on to the Antipodes and Australia, a once and future hotbed of slot racing, and source of some very interesting more info digital slot car books starting with a magazine, the No.
An ambitious 66 page publication, undated, but probably 1966, maybe 1967.
Then, believe it or not, one of the holy grails of the slot car literature collector, the Australian Model Slot Car Racing Guide, Book 1 and Book 2.
Seems to be credited to one Keith Winser, and it's an Australian Motor Manual Publication, from 1966.
A good overall look at the state of the sport in Australia.
One of the many "boys' book" type publications I've found, one from Australia, in 1968, and the other from England the year before but published in the Netherlands - going global before the trend started!
Doesn't seem to be that much from Australia in fact - do our Aussie friends have other book candidates?
FRANCE AND BELGIUM There were some magazines covering slot cars in the French speaking world during the 1960s and 1970s, but no books that I know of.
Here is a brief look at the list since 1983.
First a relatively unknown publication, probably published by Ideal when they released TCR in the French market.
It's by a guy named Jean-Marie Pinçon, and is actually a good look at "50 years of electric model car tracks", especially in just 24 pages.
Published in 1983 - but I'm not sure what anniversary they're celebrating!
Then one of our local favorites, "Le circuit deans le monde de la collection", par "Emile standart", who is actually a guy named Christian Bartsch from eastern France.
Self-published in 1989, 400 copies.
Anecdotes about his career as a collector, and some excellent information on a lot of the slot cars made in Europe.
In 1992, a Belgian journalist Alain van den Abeele published a book called "Merveilleux Circuits Miniature", almost a coffee table book with beautiful photos by Eric de Ville.
He's pretty good on history and Scalextric, not too good on "slot racing".
Of course, the two biggest names in French slot racing, along with Scalextric, are Jouef and Circuit 24, and two books on these marques came out in 2004 and 2005.
Preface by Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
The book on the best known national brand, Circuit 24, was written in 2005 by Dominique Jouët, the son of the inventor!
So there digital slot car books an inside view and a complete inventory of what was produced.
I'll close with two booklets on Jouef.
The first, from 2006, and signed just "Dauremy" is an 18 page A4 booklet on 35 years of passion for Jouef, and a price list for cars and accessories.
The second is actually spin book ghost series of newsletters, Retro64, starting in 2006 I believe, and up to No.
Articles and a constantly updated "rarity index", which I find rather difficult to understand.
All for now - soon over to Spain, Italy and Germany!
You are TRULY the king of slot car literature.
Remember we had dealings with that Ray Hoy book about track construction, and there is also the catalog with the Rayline parts plus some Russkit stuff, too.
I don't know HOW you keep account of all these books.
I have enough problems just with the magazines!
You may have looked at them, but you did not see them.
They are the wind that blows newspapers down a gutter on a windy night -- and book for free money you the gutter clean.
Not sure if they were given away as promotional items or sold.
One car was white, the other blue, with homeset aluminum chassis.
Philippe: who's Desire Wilson?
Could well be Digital slot car books Wilson driving but I think the car is a Surtees, TS19 or 20.
Rotorranch What's a title?
Don't know the driver yet.
From the British Aurora AFX F1 series.
It may be Jean-Pierre Jaussard, Claude Bourgoigne, Ray Mallock or Philip Bulman.
Best guess is Jaussard.
Don NETHERLANDS Elsevier is better known as a scientific publisher, but in 1965 if I've got my roman numerals rightthey published this little pocketbook, here I think means "Miniature Roadways - Racing in the House" - perhaps our Dutch friends can help out here?
It seems to be mostly about HO cars, specifically Faller, but also mentions Minic and Jouef, and a tiny bit of Carrera.
More landscaping than racing, based on a quick glance.
Then a jump forward to 1996 and a self-published photocopy in a spiral binding book by one Bert van der Zee, about collecting Jouef - the Dutch are crazy about Jouef!
GERMANY Germany seems to be the most prolific country for slot car books outside the Anglo-Saxon axis, although Spain may be catching up quickly.
There were at least a couple books from the '60s, more than in most countries.
First, from 1966, a translation and adaptation of the Vic Smeed book, by Erich H.
Heimann also seems to have written his own book, called "Build-Race-Win", but I only have a photocopy, and it doesn't have a date on it Chuck?
Then there seems to be a rather big gap, as everywhere, until 1993, and this catalog of model autos, with quite a bit of slots in there, and brands are not limited to Germany.
One or several paragraphs on each brand.
Just two digital slot car books later is a book on the German HO manufacturer, Faller, and their AMS - Auto Motor Sport - line.
It says the "big book" of AMS, but is still a paperbook, slightly larger than a pocketbook edition.
I'm putting this here, because I think it was about the same time, but there's no date I can find on this probably self-published book about Marklin Sprint, by one Ch.
In 1998, a Mr.
Rüdiger Marx published this catalog of Stabo Cars what's a Sammler?
Then we get into the heavy stuff in 1998 with Carrera by Henry Smits-Bode.
This one has prices too, in DM of course.
A year later, it was the battle of Carrera, as Bernard Eisbach released The Carrera Buch - all systems - all types - all prototypes - and with https://gsdonline.ru/book/cutting-edge-starter-students-book-audio-free-download.html prices as well!
Faller AMS is back for the turn of the century, 2000, along with HIT car?
Smits-Bode turns out a handbook version of his Carrera book on 132 Universal and Transpo lines.
And the last contribution to date by our German friends, Mr.
Schmökel again, from 2007.
Oof, time to go to bed - tomorrow, Italy!
Don't know the driver yet.
From the British Aurora AFX F1 series.
It may be Jean-Pierre Jaussard, Claude Bourgoigne, Ray Mallock or Philip Bulman.
Best guess is Jaussard.
From the original photo it looks as though the car is shown racing at Brands Hatch.
If that is the case the drivers could be Philip Bulman or Gordon Smiley.
And if any of our Italian friends, or any others, have any thing to add, fire away Griddly!
First, from July 1966, the Complete Guide to Slot Racing, by Automodelli, which was a period review I believe.
This is something like the Car Model Handbook, with reviews of what was available at the time, but also articles on motor hopups, etc.
Another photocopy, but a good one this time, from an Italian friend.
Jump forward almost 40 years, to 2003, and here is Slotcars Made In Europe 1930 - 1980, by leading antique toy expert Dr.
An excellent resource on some of the more obscure brands, especially Italian, of course, but a curious beast: a lot of filler material like easily available catalog pages from companies like Strombecker and Revell, a list of clear plastic bodies from the UK, etc.
As usual, no chassis shots, except by chance, and while the preface is translated into English, none of the important stuff is!
Rampini is a bit of an extreme case.
Let me quote from his preface: " From about 1965 slot cars were considered exclusively children's toys: there were even books printed to teach children all the ways in which a model car could be destroyed by cutting and modifying it.
In between there were a couple of curious cases.
This is the 1974 version, and I also have 1978, but don't know how long they did these.
There are nice color pictures of all their toy lines, including Polistil, Policar, digital slot car books Dromocar slot cars, and also a company profile and their corporate philosophy.
And here's another one from 1974, "Autohobby" by Marco Bossi.
This is really more of an antique toy book, with all the beautiful toy cars made by Bing, JEP, and other classic toymakers, but I've included one tantalizing illustration from a 1900 catalogue in France.
I'm sure Philippe will appreciate this!
It says something like "correct steering and continuously propelled".
I think there are at least five or six more contemporary books in addition to the ones I have listed.
And if there were any more before 1999 please let me know!
Let's start off with our old friend Kenneth Gee, who wrote "Your Book of Model Car Racing" back in 1965.
Seems like it would have been out of date by 1969, but slot racing in Spain must have been still mainly Scalextric type racing.
Next was a book honoring 40 years of Scalextric in Spain, by Simo Escayola Tornés.
The next year, 2003, Ninco tooted its own horn quite rightly in fact, since they started the revolution with a book on their tenth anniversary: Ninco 1993-2003.
It's a bilingual Spanish-English version, and although the English is better than some others, it's still rather Spanglish.
Co-authors are Javier Ribalta and Juanma Muraday Fernandez, and they make some pretty amazing claims, even considering that it's a company book: did you know that when Ninco released the Toyota Celica it was the first time in the history of slot racing a car had to compete against the same model by other manufacturers?
Maybe nobody told them about the 35 Ford GT40s made in the '60s.
Or that Ninco introduced the concept of Classic racing?
Never heard about the Scalextric Bugatti I guess.
Give yourselves a pat on the back guys!
Whoops, guess they did.
In 2005 Slot Classic celebrated its own tenth anniversary in a very nice coffee table book, in a trilingual version: Spanish, English, German - guess that's where most collectors come from.
Very beautiful photos, the English is.
In 2008 came the coffee table book to end all coffee table books: a very heavy tome on Scalextric, History and Nostalgia.
It's actually a paean to the boxes and box art of all the Scalextric and related sets sold in Spain and Portugal, not at all a catalog of see more been produced.
Strictly in Spanish and very handsome.
Tomorrow, back to the USA and the UK.
If that is the case the drivers could be Philip Bulman or Gordon Smiley.
Definitely NOT Gordon Smiley.
Once again, wrong helmet colors.
Rotor Rotorranch What's a title?
Rotor C'est un peu en vrac.
En 1979, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud avait fait la manche française du championnat Aurora sur cette Surtees TS20.
I've seen a couple on eBay, but every time I try to bid, it's one of those "US only" auctions!
You don't happen to have an extra by any chance?
Who was that published by in fact?

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The diagram at right shows the wiring of a typical 1:24 or 1:32 slot car setup.
Power for the car's motor is carried by metal strips next to the slot, and is picked up by contacts alongside the guide flag a swiveling blade under the front of the slot car.
The voltage is varied by a resistor in the hand controller.
This is a basic circuit, and optional features such as braking elements or electronic control devices are not shown.
Likewise, the car's frame or chassis has been omitted for clarity.
HO slot cars work on a similar principle, but the current is carried by thin metal rails that project barely above the track surface and are set farther out from the slot.
The car's electrical contacts, called "pickup shoes", are generally fixed directly to the chassis, and a round guide pin is often used instead of a swiveling flag.
Today, in all scales, traction magnets are sometimes used to provide to help hold the car to the track at higher speeds, though some enthusiasts believe magnet-free racing provides greater challenge and enjoyment and allows the back of the car to slide or "drift" outward for visual realism.
Models of the Ford GT, in 1:24, 1:32 and nominal HO scales.
The 1960s-era HO model has been widened to accept the mechanism.
There are three common slotcar scales sizes :, and so-called to.
Usual pronunciation is "one twenty-fourth", "one thirty-second", and so on, but sometimes "one to twenty-four", "one to thirty-two".
Thus, a model of a Jaguar XK-E 185 inches or 4.
This scale is the most popular in Europe, and is equivalent to the old 1 gauge or "standard size" of toy trains.
A Jaguar XK-E would be about 5.
Because they were marketed as model railroad accessories, the original small slot cars of the early 1960s roughly approximated either American and European HO scale 1:87 or British 1:76.
As racing in this size evolved, the cars were enlarged to take more powerful motors, and today they are closer to 1:64 in scale; but they still run on track of approximately the same width, and are generically referred to as HO slot cars.
They are not always accurate scale models, since the proportions of the tiny bodies must often be stretched to accommodate a standard motor and mechanism.
The E-Jaguar scales out to 2.
Although there is HO racing on commercial and shop-tracks, probably most HO racing occurs on home racetracks.
In addition to the major scales, slot cars have been commercially produced in andcorresponding to model trains.
So far, there is little organized competition in 1:43, but the scale is gaining some acceptance among adult hobbyists for its affordability and moderate space requirements.
The E-Jaguar would be 4.
They appeared on the cover of the 1913 and 1914 Lionel catalogues.
The first commercial slot cars were made by USA and appeared in their catalogues from 1912, drawing power from a toy train rail sunk in a trough or wide slot between the rails.
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Production was discontinued after 1915.
Sporadically over the next forty years, several other electrically powered commercial products came and went.
Although a patent was registered as far back as March 1936 for a slot car, until the late 1950s, nearly all powered toy vehicles were guided by raised rails, either at the wheels railroad-styleor at the lane center, or edge.
For guidance, the cars were clamped to a single center rail, or from the center of a circular track, then they were started and let go for timed runs.
There was no driver control of either the speed or steering, so "gas car" racing was largely a mechanic's hobby.
In the 1940s hobbyists in Britain began to experiment with controllable electric cars using handbuilt motors, and in the 1950s using the small model train motors that had become available.
In 1954, the Southport Model Engineering Society in the U.
In 1955—1956, several clubs in the U.
The term "slot car" was coined to differentiate these from the earlier "rail cars".
As the member-built club layouts proliferated, the relative advantages of rail and slot were debated for several years, but the obtrusive appearance of the rails and their blocking of the car's rear wheels when sliding through corners were powerful disadvantages.
New clubs increasingly chose the slot system.
By 1963, even the pioneer rail-racing clubs had begun to switch to slots.
Very early Scalextric slot car models in 1:30 scale, circa 1957.
These metal-bodied racers were electrified versions of Scalex clockwork cars, and are among the first commercially offered slot cars of the modern era.
They represent the left and the Grand Prix cars.
In 1957, Minimodels UK converted its Scalex 1:30 later, digital slot car books clockwork racers to electricity, creating the famous line of slot-guided models, and Victory Industries UK introduced the VIP line, both companies eventually using the new plastic-molding technologies to provide controllable slot racers with authentic bodies in 1:32 scale for the mass market.
Both lines included versatile sectional track for the home racer - or the home motorist; VIP produced sports cars and accessories slanted toward a "model roadways" theme, while Scalextric more successfully focused on Grand Prix racing.
As Scalextric became an instant hit, Here hobbyists and manufacturers were adapting 1:24 car models to slots, and British-American engineer Derek Brand developed a tiny vibrator motor small enough to power model cars roughly in scale with HO and OO electric trains.
In 1959, Playcraft division of produced these in the UK, and a year later, released HO vibrator sets with huge success in the USA.
The tiny cars digital slot car books the public, and their cost and space requirements were better suited to the average consumer than the larger scales.
In only a year or two, Scalextric's 1:32 cars and Aurora's "Model Motoring" HO line had set off the "slot car craze" of the 1960s.
An Aurora "Thunderjet-500" HO chassis and motor, 1963-1971.
The slot car craze was largely an American phenomenon, but, commercially, it was a huge one.
In 1963, after a million and a half had been produced, Aurora replaced the trouble-prone vibrator cars with an innovative flat- "pancake" motor, also created by Brand, and what is probably the best-selling slot car in history, the Aurora Thunderjet-500 was born.
Faller Germany produced it for sale in Europe, and competing companies tried in vain to match the speed and reliability of Brand's design.
The Thunderjets and their improved versions, thesold in the tens of millions, completely dominating the HO market for almost a decade, until challenged by the cars in the early 1970s.
By the late 1970s the slot car boom was well over, the model train tie-ins and miniature motoring concepts largely forgotten, and the market returned to the more serious racing hobbyist, with local and national racing organizations evolving to set standards and rules for different classes of competition.
Technological innovation brought much higher speeds in all scales, with faster motors, better tires, and traction magnets to hold the cars down in curves, though some of the 1960s enthusiasts thought that slot racing had become too specialized for the casual hobbyist, and fondly remembered the more primitive cars of their youth as not so fast, but more fun.
In the 1990s, computer design and methods of printing on 3-D objects helped create much more detailed and authentic models than the simple shapes and rudimentary graphics of the slot car boom.
In addition, newly manufactured replicas of Aurora's HO slot cars https://gsdonline.ru/book/best-poker-table-games-books.html the 1960s and 1970s appeared on the market and consumers gained the option of racing either the modern high-tech wondercars or the more basic designs of an earlier time.
In 2004, the DCC systems, which had revolutionized model railroading in the 1990s, began to appear in 1:32 slot cars, digital slot car books the ability to race multiple cars per lane with more realistic passing.
In 2012, Hong Kong Chinese inventor Mak Wing Kwong introduced the "Dynamic Motion Express" slot car system.
The DMX track has a series of parallel slots, allowing drivers to choose lanes on the inside, middle or outside of the raceway, passing or blocking other racers.
DMXslot cars have a rotating mechanism underneath each car with four pins that retract and protrude as the driver commands the car to move left or right.
Digital technology allows cars to change lanes at crossing points and passing-lane sections.
A number of technological developments have been tried over the years to overcome the traditional slot car's limitations.
Most lasted only a few years, and are now merely historical curiosities.
Around 1962, 's Turnpike system USA used multiple electrical pickups within the slot to allow drivers to control, to a limited extent, the steering of special 1:25 cars.
In the late 1960s the Minimobil system Germanyalso marketed as the Motorway UKused a long hidden coil, powered by track-side motors, to move die-cast or plastic cars down the track via a slot and detachable pin.
Cars in different lanes could race, but cars in the same lane moved digital slot car books the same speed, separated by a fixed distance.
The cars and transformer used diodes to separate the control signals from the hand controllers that allowed for both cars to run independently in the same lane.
In the mid and late 1970s several manufacturers includingand USA introduced slotless racing systems that theoretically allowed cars to pass one another from the same lane.
Most used a system of multiple power rails that allowed one car to speed up momentarily and move to the outside to pass.
Though briefly successful as toy products, none of these systems worked well enough to be taken up by serious hobbyists.
In 2004, a number of traditional slot car manufacturers introduced digital control systems, which enable multiple cars to run in the same lane and to change lanes at certain points on the course.
Digitally coded signals sent along the power strips allow each car to respond only to its own controller.
In addition, imaginative manufacturers have used the slot track system to allow the racing of a variety of unusual things, including motorcycles, boats, airplanes, spacecraft, horses, fictional and cartoon vehicles, snowmobiles, and futuristic railroad trains.
Plastic track created for charity event Plastic tracks are made from the molded plastic commercial track sections.
Sectional track is inexpensive and easy to assemble, and the design of the course can be easily changed.
The joints between the sections, however, make a rough running surface, prompting the derisive term "clickety-clack track".
The many electrical connections cause voltage online slot booking telangana transport and contribute to more frequent electrical problems.
For a permanent setup, the joints can be filled and smoothed, and the power rails soldered together or even replaced with continuous strips, but the surface is seldom as smooth as a good routed track.
Routed tracks have the entire racecourse made from one or a few pieces of sheet material traditionally chipboard orbut sometimes polymer materials with the guide-slots and the grooves for the power strips cut directly into the base material using a or machining.
This provides a smooth and best no limit holdem books cash games surface, which is generally preferred for serious competition.
Power packs contain a transformer, which reduces high voltage house current to a safe 12 to 20V, depending on car type and usually a rectifier, which changes AC to DC, for cooler running and simpler motors.
High-capacity lead-acid batteries are sometimes used for hobby slot cars.
Toy race sets may use dry cell batteries at 3 to 6 volts.
Types of Slot Car Controllers L to R, from top - Telegraph Key, c.
Wheel or Dial Rheostat, c.
Carbon Disc Plunger, c.
Electronic Controller, 1970s onward.
Controllers "throttles" vary car speed by modulating the voltage from the power pack.
They are usually hand-held and attached by wires to the track.
Besides speed control, modern racing controllers usually feature an adjustable "brake", "coast", and "dial-out".
Braking works by temporarily connecting the rails together by a switch or via a resistor for reduced braking ; this converts the car's motor into a generator, and the magnetic forces that turned the motor are now slowing it down.
Coast allows a certain amount of power to continue to the track after the driver has "let-off" which would otherwise cut all power to the car.
A dial-out allows the driver to limit the maximum power that can reach the car.
The early rail-car tracks used telegraph keys, model-train rheostats and other improvised means to control car speed.
The first commercial race sets 1957 used handheld controllers with a thumb-button; like the telegraph key, these were either on or off, requiring the driver to "blip" the throttle for intermediate speeds.
Later versions had an intermediate speed, and one late version used a buzzer mechanism to provide full-range speed control.
From 1959 to about 1965, most HO slot sets had a table-mounted controller with a miniature steering wheel or simple dial-knob operating a variable resistorwhich gave precise control throughout the car's speed digital slot car books />This type could be left on a particular speed setting, making it very suitable for model highway layouts, but they were awkward for racing.
Around 1960, handheld rheostats began to appear.
Most early examples had vertical, thumb-operated plungers with the rheostat in the grip.
Less common styles included a horizontal thumb-plunger and a full-grip squeeze controller.
In 1965, Russkit introduced the trigger-operated pistol grip controller.
The pistol grip quickly became the standard rheostat-controller style both for race sets and serious hobbyists, and has remained so to the present day.
Control is by the index finger, and the heat-generating rheostat is above the grip for comfort and effective ventilation.
For good response, rheostats must be matched to the particular cars involved.
To race different classes of cars, several controllers with different resistance ratings are often required.
In the 1970s, electronic additions to the rheostat controllers became popular, which allowed them to be tuned to the particular car being raced.
Some modern electronic controllers dispense with the rheostat altogether, and can be used for all classes and types of car.
Digital slot cars generally use a controller that is trigger operated, though the rheostat housing is replaced by a slim bulge containing the electronics.
On most tracks, a driver will plug or clip his personal controller to click at this page lane's "driver's station", which has wired connections to the power source and track rails.
Modern controllers usually require three connections - one to the power terminal of the driver's station customarily whiteone to the brake terminal redand one to the track terminal black.
Conventional slot car tracks are wired in one of two ways: with the power terminal connected to the power source positive and the brake terminal negative called "positive gate"or the other way around "negative gate".
Resistance type controllers can be used with either positive or negative track wiring, most electronic controllers can only be used with one or the other, although a few electronic controllers feature a switch that adapts them for either gate configuration.
For information on types of formal competition, racing organizations, standards, etc.
The Complete Book of Model Raceways and Roadways 1 ed.
London: Temple Press Books.
Know About Model Roadracing Skillfact Library, 629.
Editors and Engineers, Ltd.
Archived from on January 6, 2009.
The Complete Book of Model Raceways and Roadways 2 ed.
Table-Top Car Racing 1 ed.
New York: Popular Mechanics Company.
Table-Top Car Racing 1 ed.
New York: Popular Mechanics Company.
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Table-Top Car Racing 1 ed.
New York: Popular Mechanics Company.
Archived from on July 2, 2008.
https://gsdonline.ru/book/ghost-spin-book.html Guide to Aurora Slot Cars.
Race Aurora AFX 1 ed.
HO Slot Car Racing.
Technical Report, School of Engineering, University of Waikato Research Commons.
Retrieved 23 May 2014.
A History of Electric Model Roads and Racetracks.
Tony Cook's HO-Scale Trains Resource.
Retrieved 19 October 2010.
The Slot Car Handbook 1 ed.
Slot Car Racing 1 ed.
Your Book of Model Car Racing 1 ed.
The Complete Handbook of Model Car Racing 1 ed.
New Jersey: Prentice Hall Inc.
Electric Model Car Racing 1 ed.
London: Museum Press Ltd.
Model Car Rail Racing 1 ed.
Watford: Model Aeronautical Press Ltd.
Paul Plecan's Model Car Handbook 1 ed.
New York: Fawcett Publications.
Model Road Racing Handbook 1 ed.
Van Nostrand Company, Inc.
A Guide to Model Car Racing 1 ed.
The Collector's Quick Reference Series - Volume 1 Aurora Vib's and T-Jets 1 ed.
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A slot car sometimes, slotcar or track car is a powered miniature auto or other vehicle that is guided by a groove or slot in the track on which it runs.
A pin or blade extends from the bottom of the car into the slot.
Though some slot cars are used to model highway traffic on scenic layouts, the great majority are used in the competitive hobby of or slot racing.
A typical,slot car by Slot cars are usually models of actual automobiles, though some have bodies purpose-designed for miniature racing.
Most enthusiasts use commercially available slot cars often modified for better performanceothers motorize static models, and some "scratch-build", creating their own mechanisms and bodies from basic parts and materials.
Drivers generally use a hand-held controller to regulate a low-voltage hidden within the car.
Traditionally, each car runs on a separate lane with its own guide-slot though recently developed digital technology can allow cars to share and change lanes.
The challenge in racing slot cars comes in taking curves and other obstacles as fast as possible without causing the car to lose its grip and spin sideways, or to 'deslot', leaving the track altogether.
Some enthusiasts, much as inbuild elaborate tracks, sculpted to have the appearance of a real-life racecourse, including miniature buildings, trees and people.
Hobbyists whose main goal is competition often prefer a track unobstructed by scenery.
Model motorcycles, trucks and other vehicles that use the guide-slot system digital slot car books also generally included under the loose classification of "slot car.
Power pack converts AC to low-voltage DC.
Handheld controller with resistor.
The diagram at right shows the wiring of a typical 1:24 or 1:32 slot car setup.
Power for the car's motor is carried by metal strips next to the slot, and is picked up by contacts alongside the guide flag a swiveling blade under the front of the slot car.
The voltage is varied by a resistor in the hand controller.
This is a basic circuit, and optional features such as braking elements or electronic control devices are not shown.
Likewise, the car's frame or chassis has been omitted for clarity.
HO slot cars work on a similar principle, but the current is carried by thin metal digital slot car books that project barely above the track surface and are set farther out from the slot.
The car's electrical contacts, called "pickup shoes", are generally fixed directly to the chassis, and a round guide pin is often used instead of a swiveling flag.
Today, in all scales, traction magnets are sometimes used to provide to help hold the car to the track at higher speeds, though some enthusiasts believe magnet-free racing provides greater challenge and enjoyment and allows the back of the car to slide or "drift" outward for visual realism.
Models of the Ford GT, in 1:24, 1:32 and nominal HO scales.
The 1960s-era HO model has been widened to accept the mechanism.
There are three common slotcar scales sizes :, and so-called to.
Usual pronunciation is "one twenty-fourth", "one thirty-second", and so on, but sometimes "one to twenty-four", "one to thirty-two".
Thus, a model of a Jaguar XK-E 185 inches or 4.
This scale is the most popular in Europe, and is equivalent to the old 1 gauge or "standard size" of toy trains.
A Jaguar XK-E would be about 5.
Because they were marketed as model railroad accessories, the original small slot cars digital slot car books the early 1960s roughly approximated either American and European HO scale 1:87 or British 1:76.
As racing in this size evolved, the cars were enlarged to take more powerful motors, and today they are closer to 1:64 in scale; but they still run on track of approximately the same width, and are generically referred to as HO slot cars.
They are not always accurate scale models, since the proportions of the tiny bodies must often be stretched to accommodate a standard motor and mechanism.
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Although there is HO racing on commercial and shop-tracks, probably most HO racing occurs on home racetracks.
In addition to the major scales, slot cars have been commercially produced in andcorresponding to model trains.
So far, there is little organized competition in 1:43, but the scale is gaining some acceptance among adult hobbyists for its affordability and moderate space requirements.
The E-Jaguar would be 4.
They appeared on the cover of the 1913 and 1914 Lionel catalogues.
The first commercial slot cars were made by USA and appeared in their catalogues from 1912, drawing power from a toy train rail sunk in a trough or wide slot between the rails.
They were surprisingly similar to modern slot cars, but independent speed control was available only as an optional extra.
Production was discontinued after 1915.
Sporadically over the next forty years, several other electrically powered commercial products came and went.
Although a patent was registered as far back as March 1936 for a slot car, until the late 1950s, nearly all powered toy vehicles were guided by raised rails, either at the wheels railroad-styleor at the lane center, or edge.
For guidance, the cars were clamped to a single center rail, or from the center of a circular track, then they were started and let go for timed runs.
There was no driver control of either the speed or steering, so "gas car" racing was largely a mechanic's hobby.
In the 1940s hobbyists in Britain began to experiment with controllable electric cars using handbuilt motors, and in the 1950s using the small model train motors that had become available.
In 1954, the Southport Model Engineering Society in the U.
In 1955—1956, several clubs in the U.
The term "slot car" was coined to differentiate these from the earlier "rail cars".
As the member-built club layouts proliferated, the relative advantages of rail and slot were debated for several years, but the obtrusive appearance of the rails and their blocking of the car's rear wheels when sliding through corners were powerful disadvantages.
New clubs increasingly chose the slot system.
By 1963, even the pioneer rail-racing clubs had begun to switch to slots.
Very early Scalextric slot car models in 1:30 scale, circa 1957.
These metal-bodied racers were electrified versions of Scalex clockwork cars, and are among the first commercially offered slot cars of the modern era.
They represent the left and the Grand Prix cars.
In 1957, Minimodels UK converted its Scalex 1:30 later, 1:32 clockwork racers to electricity, creating the famous line of slot-guided models, and Victory Industries UK introduced the VIP line, both companies eventually using the new plastic-molding technologies to provide controllable slot racers with authentic bodies in 1:32 scale for the mass market.
Both lines included versatile sectional track for the home racer - or the home motorist; VIP produced sports cars and accessories slanted toward https://gsdonline.ru/book/book-of-ra-online-free-games.html "model roadways" theme, while Best game theory poker book more successfully focused on Grand Prix racing.
As Scalextric became an instant hit, American hobbyists and manufacturers were adapting 1:24 car models to slots, and British-American engineer Derek Brand developed a tiny vibrator motor small enough to power model cars roughly in scale with HO and OO electric trains.
In 1959, Playcraft division of produced these in the UK, and a year later, released HO vibrator sets with huge success in the USA.
The tiny cars fascinated the public, and their cost and space requirements were better suited to the average consumer than the larger scales.
In only a year or two, Scalextric's 1:32 cars and Aurora's "Model Motoring" HO line had set off the "slot car craze" of the 1960s.
An Aurora "Thunderjet-500" HO chassis and motor, 1963-1971.
The slot car craze was largely an American phenomenon, but, commercially, it was a huge one.
In 1963, after a million and a half had been produced, Aurora replaced the trouble-prone vibrator cars with an innovative flat- "pancake" motor, also created by Brand, and what is probably the best-selling slot car in history, the Aurora Thunderjet-500 was born.
Faller Germany produced it for sale in Europe, and competing companies tried in vain to match the speed and reliability of Brand's design.
The Thunderjets and their improved versions, thesold in digital slot car books tens of millions, completely dominating the HO market for almost a decade, until challenged by the cars in the early 1970s.
By the late 1970s the slot car boom was well over, the model train tie-ins and miniature motoring concepts largely forgotten, and the market returned to the more serious racing hobbyist, with local and national racing organizations evolving to set standards and rules for different classes of competition.
Technological innovation brought much higher speeds in all scales, with faster motors, better tires, and traction magnets to hold the cars down in curves, though some of the 1960s enthusiasts thought that slot racing had become too specialized for the casual hobbyist, and fondly remembered the more primitive cars of their youth as not so fast, but more fun.
In the 1990s, computer design and methods of printing on 3-D objects helped create much more detailed and authentic models than the simple shapes and rudimentary graphics of the slot car boom.
In addition, newly manufactured replicas of Aurora's HO slot cars of the 1960s and 1970s appeared on the market and consumers gained the option of racing either the modern high-tech wondercars or the more basic designs of an earlier time.
In 2004, the DCC systems, which had revolutionized model railroading in the 1990s, began to appear in 1:32 slot cars, offering the ability to race multiple cars per lane with more realistic passing.
In 2012, Hong Kong Chinese inventor Mak Wing Kwong introduced the "Dynamic Motion Express" slot car system.
The DMX track has a series of parallel slots, allowing drivers to choose lanes on the inside, middle or outside of the raceway, passing or blocking other racers.
DMXslot cars have a rotating mechanism underneath each car with four pins that retract and protrude as the driver commands the car to move left or right.
Digital technology allows cars to change lanes at crossing points and passing-lane sections.
A number of technological developments have been tried over the years to overcome the traditional slot car's limitations.
Most lasted only a few years, and are now merely historical curiosities.
Around 1962, 's Turnpike system USA used multiple electrical pickups within the slot to allow drivers to control, to a limited extent, digital slot car books steering of special 1:25 cars.
In the late 1960s the Minimobil system Germanyalso marketed as the Motorway UKused a long hidden coil, powered by track-side motors, to move die-cast or plastic cars down the track via a slot and detachable pin.
Cars in different lanes could race, but cars in the same lane moved at the same speed, separated by a fixed distance.
The cars and transformer used diodes to separate the control signals from books pawns in game hand controllers that allowed for both cars to run independently in the same lane.
In the mid and late 1970s several manufacturers includingand USA introduced slotless racing systems that theoretically allowed cars to pass one another from the same lane.
Most used a system of multiple power rails that allowed one car to speed up momentarily and move to the outside to pass.
Though briefly successful as toy products, none of these systems worked well enough to be taken up by serious hobbyists.
In 2004, a number of traditional slot car manufacturers introduced digital control systems, which enable multiple cars to run in the same lane and to change lanes at certain points on the digital slot car books />Digitally coded signals sent along the power strips allow each car to respond only to its own controller.
In addition, imaginative manufacturers have used the slot track system to allow the racing of a variety of unusual things, including motorcycles, boats, airplanes, spacecraft, horses, fictional and cartoon vehicles, snowmobiles, and futuristic railroad trains.
Plastic track created for charity event Plastic tracks are made from the molded plastic commercial track sections.
Sectional track is inexpensive and easy to assemble, and the design of the course can be easily changed.
The joints between the sections, however, make a rough running surface, prompting the derisive term "clickety-clack track".
The many electrical connections cause voltage drop and contribute to more frequent electrical problems.
For a permanent setup, the joints can be filled and smoothed, and the power rails soldered together or even replaced with continuous strips, but the surface is seldom as smooth as a good routed track.
Routed tracks have the entire racecourse made from one or a few pieces of sheet material traditionally chipboard orbut sometimes polymer materials with the guide-slots and the grooves for the power strips cut directly into the base material using a or machining.
This provides a smooth and consistent surface, which is generally preferred for serious competition.
Power packs https://gsdonline.ru/book/charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-book-free-online.html a transformer, which reduces high voltage house current to a safe 12 to 20V, depending on car type and usually a rectifier, which changes AC to DC, for cooler running and simpler motors.
High-capacity lead-acid batteries are sometimes used for hobby slot cars.
Toy race sets may use dry cell batteries at 3 to 6 volts.
Types click Slot Car Controllers L to R, from top - Click the following article Key, c.
Wheel click the following article Dial Rheostat, c.
Carbon Disc Plunger, c.
Electronic Controller, 1970s onward.
Controllers "throttles" vary car speed by modulating the voltage from the power pack.
They digital slot car books usually hand-held and attached by wires to the track.
Besides speed control, modern racing controllers usually feature an adjustable "brake", "coast", and "dial-out".
Braking works by temporarily connecting the rails together by a switch or via a resistor for reduced braking ; this converts the car's motor into a generator, and the magnetic forces that turned the motor are now slowing it down.
Coast allows a certain amount of power to continue to the track after the driver has "let-off" which would otherwise cut all power to the car.
A dial-out allows the driver to limit the maximum power that can reach the car.
click at this page early rail-car tracks used telegraph keys, model-train rheostats and other improvised means to control car speed.
The first commercial race sets 1957 used handheld controllers with a thumb-button; like the telegraph key, these were either on or off, requiring the driver to "blip" the throttle for intermediate speeds.
Later versions had an intermediate speed, and one late version used a buzzer mechanism to provide full-range speed control.
From 1959 to about 1965, most HO slot sets had a table-mounted controller with a miniature steering wheel or simple dial-knob operating a variable resistorwhich gave precise control throughout the car's speed range.
This type could be left on a particular speed setting, making it very suitable for model highway layouts, but they were awkward for racing.
Around 1960, handheld rheostats began to appear.
Most early examples had vertical, thumb-operated plungers with the rheostat in the grip.
Less common styles included a horizontal thumb-plunger and a full-grip squeeze controller.
In 1965, Russkit introduced the trigger-operated pistol grip controller.
The pistol grip quickly became the standard rheostat-controller style both for race sets and serious hobbyists, and has remained so to the present day.
Control is by the index finger, and the heat-generating rheostat is above the grip for comfort and effective ventilation.
For good response, rheostats must be matched to the particular cars involved.
To race different classes of cars, several controllers with different resistance ratings are often required.
In the 1970s, electronic additions to the rheostat controllers became popular, which allowed them to be tuned to the particular car being raced.
Some modern electronic controllers dispense with the rheostat altogether, and can be used for all classes and types of car.
Digital slot cars generally use a controller that is trigger operated, though the rheostat housing is replaced by a slim bulge containing the electronics.
On most tracks, a driver will plug or clip his personal controller to his lane's "driver's station", which has wired connections to the power source and track rails.
Modern controllers usually require three connections - one to the power terminal of the driver's station customarily whiteone to the brake terminal redand one to the track terminal black.
Conventional slot car tracks are wired in one of two ways: with the power terminal connected to the power source positive and the brake terminal negative called "positive gate"or the other way around "negative gate".
Resistance type controllers can be used with either positive or negative track wiring, most electronic controllers can only be used with one or the other, although a few electronic controllers feature a switch that adapts them for either gate configuration.
For information on types of formal competition, racing organizations, standards, etc.
The Complete Book of Model Raceways and Roadways 1 ed.
London: Temple Press Books.
Know About Model Roadracing Skillfact Library, 629.
Editors and Engineers, Ltd.
Archived from on January 6, 2009.
The Complete Book of Model Raceways and Roadways 2 ed.
Table-Top Car Racing 1 ed.
New York: Popular Mechanics Company.
Table-Top Car Racing 1 ed.
New York: Popular Mechanics Company.
Table-Top Car Racing 1 ed.
New York: Popular Mechanics Company.
Table-Top Car Racing 1 ed.
New York: Popular Mechanics Company.
Archived from on July 2, 2008.
Greenberg's Guide to Aurora Slot Cars.
Race Aurora AFX 1 ed.
HO Slot Car Racing.
Technical Report, School of Engineering, University of Waikato Research Commons.
Retrieved 23 May 2014.
A History of Electric Model Roads and Racetracks.
Tony Cook's HO-Scale Trains Resource.
Retrieved 19 October 2010.
The Slot Car Handbook 1 ed.
Slot Car Racing 1 ed.
Your Book of Model Car Racing 1 ed.
The Complete Handbook of Model Click at this page Racing 1 ed.
New Jersey: Prentice Hall Inc.
Electric Model Car Racing 1 ed.
London: Museum Press Ltd.
Model Car Rail Racing 1 ed.
Watford: Model Aeronautical Press Ltd.
Paul Plecan's Model Car Handbook 1 ed.
New York: Fawcett Publications.
Model Road Racing Handbook 1 ed.
Van Nostrand Company, Inc.
A Guide to Model Car Racing 1 ed.
The Collector's Quick Reference Series - Volume 1 Aurora Vib's and T-Jets 1 ed.
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Slot Car Racing", seems to have awoken a bit of interest, thought I'd share a quick review of the main books in the history of slot car racing.
These will mostly be from the United States and Britain, but I can add the other ones I have from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands and Argentina if you're interested.
There are actually two basic kinds of books: those dedicated to slot racing, and those about model cars or model making in general, with a chapter or more on slot cars.
There are also the contemporary books, meaning those treating slot racing at the time of publication, and those treating slot racing as a historical subject, starting with Roger Gillham's first book on Scalextric, published in 1981.
For now, I'll just be concentrating booking code bet9ja free the "classics", the books from the '50s to '70s covering slots as a contemporary activity, starting with the cradle of its all, England.
The first to cover electric model car racing, first edition 1957, second edition 1959.
Half of the book on electric rail racing, half on gas rail racing, still popular at the time.
Then a long time lag, and three books all came out in 1965 perhaps the high point of the slot fad.
In 1967, there was a sort of a book, the soft-cover Model Cars Encyclopedia, published by MAP, who also published Model Cars magazine and many other hobby publications.
As it says, an encyclopedia of model car racing terms, from Ackermann steering to Zinc spraying, and a very mixed bag of contemporary items and totally out of date stuff like Lindsay motors.
The last of the classic 60s publications was this book by Phil Drackett, who seems to have been a rather prolific writer of the time, for motor sports and related fields - not too well known in slot racing I believe.
Despite the 1968 date, it could have been written in 1965.
And here's the American contribution, starting with a little pocketbook that doesn't really belong here, but since it's a real book, the first in the US to mention the new hobby 1961 and has a chapter on Model Motoring, I've included it - turns out Aurora was very active on the promotional side, a good hint for some of the current manufacturers.
Then the first real book in the country covering slot racing, although still giving a pretty big part to rail racing.
Published 1963, with a UK edition in 1965.
Hertz who actually published an article on early model car racing systems back in 1945, in a model train publication.
His historical information is excellent, as it should be, but you can tell that Mr.
Hertz wasn't really a "slotter" - he speaks in odd tongues model railroad gauges and still thinks that model roadways are important vs model railways.
But there was a second edition, in 1967, somewhat updated to include more on the commercial raceway phenomena.
Hertz, the floor please!
Now the book that started this whole idea of a slot library and perhaps the best seller of the crowd, just judging from how many copies seem to pop up on eBay!
Now another one by an old-line hobby writer "free-lance illustrator and designer"Paul Plecan.
First printed in 1965, but this is actually the third printing, from 1974.
Released in both hardback and soft-cover versions.
Back to pocket books: a volume in the Skillfact Library series, at a buck a shot.
On into 1967, when the slot fad begins slipping - but the publishers don't know that, because these books have been in development for probably the last year!
Another introduction to the hobby, with lots of photos from the manufacturers, and a Russkit frame on a Russkit jig that's out of date.
Another star of the group, first published in June 1967, and having gone through at least SEVEN printings by October 1973, when this copy was printed.
It also came in a "teacher pack" with eight copies of the book, a cassette and film strip, but I'll add a photo of that later, once I get the hamster powering up the digital camera.
This is a real kid's book, and of course in the end the little brother wins the Big Race on the commercial track!
Check out the cover photo and wonder why commercial slot racing was only basically a fad in the USA.
Looks like 1967 was a good year - here's another one from Aurora, again a general introduction, but a very good one, and about as up to date as you can get for a book at the time.
No author is credited, but a lot of the cars used as examples were built by Bob Braverman.
Another excellent book from 1967, by Robert Schleicher - yep, the same one who publishes the visit web page magazine Model Car Racing or maybe his father?
At the time, it seemed kind of out of date, with all that emphasis on scale and hopping up kit cars and RTRs, but now it's a treasure trove of information!
Published by Van Nostrand, a major publisher like a lot of the other books from the time.
Then we leap ahead two years to 1969, and one of my favorite oddballs of all time.
A book called "How to Build Model Cars", with small chapters on plastic kits and powered models and a lot on slot cars - but as if the previous two years didn't exist.
No mention of anglewinders, dominant by 1969, or even floppy body mounts or any other vaguely modern development.
About as late as he gets is a Champion wire chassis and a brass rod and strip chassis - and check out that diagram on the cover!
Not that there's anything wrong with that, but you gotta wonder what his target readership was!
Then on into 1970, and another old-line hobby writer rears his head.
This book was originally published back in 1956, when it talked about everything but slot racing or the already in existence rail racing - but the new edition from 1970 - just in time to miss the boat!
And the last of this series in the original generation of books, jumping ahead to 1979, from our friend Mr.
Like Minnie Minoso, he will have been active in 5 decades pretty soon.
As soon as I catch my breath, I'll add some of the more recent stuff.
The cassette tape is broken, it turns out, so I can't tell you what's on it.
Inside the tube is a short film strip, looks like 35mm, but probably some kind of slides, since it's rather short to be a real film, and I doubt most schools would read more a 35mm projector!
Bob was one of them, but oddly didn't remember doing the contract.
This happened a lot to me.
We worked on some non-slot projects together in the late '70s and I would produces something of his out of his library or mine and he would all book of ra online free games at it, not remembering it.
Part of the problem is common to the industry.
When you edit and re-edit and re-re-edit, your mind goes into an odd place.
I just did the final cut on the next issue of Model Car Racing, and even under torture, I could not tell you what is IN it.
Philippe might be the exception here, being the superior person that he is!
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah.
Rotorranch What's a title?
That was a geek called William Shakespeare.
I am only his humble student.
There were at least four or five books from Britain on the subject, along with two or three magazines - more than in the States I believe, although the hobby was invented in the USA and was very popular there for awhile.
Deason, well known in the hobby field, came out in 1949 and was published by The Drysdale Press.
Next up is a real classic in the field and one I was happy to receive unannounced with a package of paper material from the Detroit area note the price of 60 cents.
It's by Eldi, one of the first suppliers of specialty items for the rail racing guys gears mainly.
Not sure of the publication date, but around 1956, which would make this the first publication of all, even tho it's a mimeographed booklet of about 40 pages - but well done.
I believe they did a couple more booklets as well, on building cars.
Here's a special little booklet published by The National Research Bureau, Inc.
He was a professional photographer, but was also entrepreneurial, like any self-respecting American, and founded Rayline, to publish how-to books, as well as trying to start a catalog business.
The Rayline books were systematically pushed by both of this magazines, so there should be a lot around, but I had some trouble getting this one.
Along with a sample of the period humor - very much influenced by VIP and other cartoonists of that very macho age I would say.
A rather odd little booklet, published by the Plymouth division of Chrysler, in conjunction with an uncredited Strombecker, to promote the new Barracuda so about 1967?
The kind of thing I probably never would have found without eBay, I must admit.
Editorial director is Barbara del Rosario, of Elmsford Raceway, and the intro is by her husband Luis, a pioneer of slot racing in the States.
It link through at least four editions, starting in the late '70s I believe, and was meant to be distributed to interested persons at hobby shops and racing centers to spread the word.
Since I'm in brochure mode, here are a couple British publications.
First, from 1967, in the Know the Craft Series, Modelmaking, with a chapter on Model Cars, mostly slots, including scratchbuilding and making your own track!
Laidlaw-Dickson, published by Wolfe for the Dairy Industry do you see a connection?
It has a good 30 pages on slots, even including an anglewinder chassis, and views of club and commercial tracks.
Had a heck of a time finding this one for some reason.
Warring, well-known English author on many hobby subjects, especially motors of all types he did the motor review section in Model Maker, both gas books pawns game the amazon in electric - hmmm, sounds like stoves, but never mind.
A full chapter on "rail-track cars", which actually covered rail and slot, but in 1962 that would indicate he was a bit behind the times.
Back to the Click for this Handbook of Model Planes Cars and Boats, by one Bill Winter, from 1965.
ARCO, it says on the back cover, publishes authoritative books that: instruct, guide, inspire, entertain, extend knowledge in many fields from civil service, to business, to sports and hobbies.
And as Mike Z showed earlier, there were unexpected hardback versions of some of the booklet or magazine style publications, like this Model Racing Buyers' Guide, Fall-Winter 1966, actually just the magazine in a binding, probably for library use.
Over to England for most of the rest of these, and we jump a few years ahead, to 1970, and our old buddy Vic Smeed who took over for DJLD at Model Maker.
About a 20 page chapter on slot cars and four pages of car and track illustrations, no photos.
A couple big, almost coffee table style books on Model Cars, the Guy Williams book from 1976, and the Vic Smeed edited book from 1980 and that includes a chapter on slot racing-logical development, by Ian Fisher and Jensen, so it's very up to date!
In the middle of those was an American publication from 1979, by.
This was a fairly widely distributed, inexpensive book, in both hardback and paperback, with a seven page chapter on slot car racing.
To close digital slot car books this chapter, one about HO cars and from the UK!
Kind of odd to think there weren't more books on HO racing, given how popular it was, especially in the States, but they'll make up for lost time later.
This one a MAP publication, from 1982, by Geoff Preston.
In the next chapter, we'll start traveling.
To start with, on special request, this book from Argentina, from 1969, written by R.
Anyway, continue reading it is with thanks to Charles for finding it for me!
Published by "Editorial Hobby", sounds like a magazine offshoot.
Now, on to the Antipodes and Australia, a once and future hotbed of slot racing, and source of some very interesting publications.
I'm starting with a magazine, the No.
An ambitious 66 page publication, undated, but probably 1966, maybe 1967.
Then, believe it or not, one of the holy grails of the slot car literature collector, the Australian Model Slot Car Racing Guide, Book 1 and Book 2.
Seems to be credited to one Keith Winser, and it's an Australian Motor Manual Publication, from 1966.
A good overall look at the state of the sport in Australia.
One of the many "boys' book" type publications I've found, one from Australia, in 1968, and the other from England the year before but published in the Netherlands - going global before the trend started!
Doesn't seem to be that much from Australia in fact - do our Aussie friends have other book candidates?
FRANCE AND BELGIUM There were some magazines covering slot cars in the French speaking world during the 1960s and 1970s, but no books that I know of.
Here is a brief look at the list since 1983.
First a relatively unknown publication, probably published by Ideal when they released TCR in the French market.
It's by a guy named Jean-Marie Pinçon, and is actually a good look at "50 years of electric model car tracks", especially in just 24 pages.
Published in 1983 - but I'm not sure what anniversary they're celebrating!
Then one of our local favorites, "Le circuit deans le monde de la collection", par "Emile standart", who is actually a guy named Christian Bartsch from eastern France.
Self-published in 1989, 400 copies.
Anecdotes about his career as a collector, and some excellent information on a lot of the slot cars made in Europe.
In 1992, a Belgian journalist Alain van den Abeele published a book called "Merveilleux Circuits Miniature", almost a coffee table book with beautiful photos by Eric de Ville.
He's pretty good on history and Scalextric, not too good on "slot racing".
Of course, the two biggest names in French slot racing, along with Scalextric, are Jouef and Circuit 24, and two books on these marques came out in 2004 and 2005.
Preface by Jean-Pierre Beltoise.
The book on the best known national brand, Circuit 24, was written in 2005 by Dominique Jouët, the son of the inventor!
So there is an inside view and a complete inventory of what was produced.
I'll close with two booklets on Jouef.
The first, from 2006, and signed just "Dauremy" is an 18 page A4 booklet on 35 years of passion for Jouef, and a price list for cars and accessories.
The second is actually a series of newsletters, Retro64, starting in 2006 I believe, and up to No.
Articles and a constantly updated "rarity index", which I find rather difficult to understand.
All for now - soon over to Spain, Italy and Germany!
You are TRULY the king of slot car literature.
Remember we had dealings with that Ray Hoy book about track construction, and there is also the catalog with the Rayline parts plus some Russkit stuff, too.
I don't know HOW you keep account of all these books.
I have enough problems just with the magazines!
You may have looked at them, but you did not see them.
They are the wind that blows newspapers down a gutter on a windy night -- and sweeps the gutter clean.
Not sure if they were given away as promotional items or sold.
One car was white, the other blue, with homeset aluminum chassis.
Philippe: who's Desire Wilson?
Could well be Desire Wilson driving but I think the car is a Surtees, TS19 or 20.
Rotorranch What's a title?
Don't know the driver yet.
From the British Aurora AFX F1 series.
It may be Jean-Pierre Jaussard, Claude Bourgoigne, Ray Mallock or Philip Bulman.
Best guess is Jaussard.
Don NETHERLANDS Elsevier is better known as a scientific publisher, but in 1965 if I've got my jungle free book game numerals rightthey published this little pocketbook, which I think means "Miniature Roadways - Racing in the House" - perhaps our Dutch friends can help out here?
It seems to be mostly about HO cars, specifically Faller, but also mentions Minic and Jouef, and a tiny bit of Carrera.
More landscaping than racing, based on a quick glance.
Then a jump forward to 1996 and a self-published photocopy in a spiral binding book by one Bert van der Zee, about collecting Jouef - the Dutch are crazy about Jouef!
GERMANY Germany seems to be the most prolific country for slot car books outside the Anglo-Saxon axis, although Spain may be catching up quickly.
There were at least a couple books from the '60s, more than in most countries.
First, from 1966, a translation and adaptation of the Vic Smeed book, by Erich H.
Heimann also seems to have written his own book, called "Build-Race-Win", but I only have a photocopy, and it doesn't have a date on it Chuck?
Then there seems to be a rather big gap, as everywhere, until 1993, and this catalog of model autos, with quite a bit of slots in there, and brands are not limited to Germany.
One or several paragraphs on each brand.
Just two years later is a book on the German HO manufacturer, Faller, and their AMS - Auto Motor Sport - line.
It says digital slot car books "big book" of AMS, but is still a paperbook, slightly larger than a pocketbook edition.
I'm putting this here, because I think it was about the same time, but there's no date I can find on this probably self-published book about Marklin Sprint, by one Ch.
In 1998, a Mr.
Rüdiger Marx published this catalog of Stabo Cars what's a Sammler?
Then we get into the heavy stuff in 1998 with Carrera by Henry Smits-Bode.
This one has prices too, in DM of course.
A year later, it was the battle of Carrera, as Bernard Eisbach released The Carrera Buch - all systems - all types - all prototypes - and with market prices as well!
Faller AMS is back for the turn of the century, 2000, along with HIT car?
Smits-Bode turns out a handbook version of his Carrera book on 132 Universal and Transpo lines.
And the last contribution to date by our German friends, Mr.
Schmökel again, from 2007.
Oof, time to go to bed - tomorrow, Italy!
Don't know the driver yet.
From the British Aurora AFX F1 series.
It may be Jean-Pierre Jaussard, Claude Bourgoigne, Ray Mallock or Philip Bulman.
Best guess is Jaussard.
From the original photo it looks as though the car is shown racing at Brands Hatch.
If that is the case the drivers could be Philip Bulman or Gordon Smiley.
And if any of our Italian friends, or any others, have any thing to add, fire away Griddly!
First, from July 1966, the Complete Guide to Slot Racing, by Automodelli, which was a period review I believe.
This is something like the Car Model Handbook, with reviews of what was available at the time, continue reading also articles on https://gsdonline.ru/book/casino-host-books.html hopups, etc.
Another photocopy, but a good one this time, from an Italian friend.
Jump forward almost 40 years, to 2003, and here is Digital slot car books Made In Europe 1930 - 1980, by leading antique toy expert Dr.
An excellent resource on some of the more obscure brands, especially Italian, of course, but a curious beast: a lot of filler material like easily available catalog pages from companies like Strombecker and Revell, a list of clear plastic bodies from the UK, etc.
As usual, no chassis shots, except by chance, and while the preface is translated into English, none of the important stuff is!
Rampini is a bit of an extreme case.
Let me quote from his preface: " From about 1965 slot cars were considered exclusively children's toys: there were even books printed to teach children all the ways in which a model car could be destroyed by cutting and modifying it.
In between there were a couple of curious cases.
This is the 1974 version, and I also have 1978, but don't know how long they did these.
There are nice color pictures of all their toy lines, including Polistil, Policar, and Dromocar slot cars, and also a company profile and their corporate philosophy.
And here's another one from 1974, "Autohobby" by Marco Bossi.
This is really more of an antique toy book, with all the beautiful toy cars made by Bing, JEP, and other classic toymakers, but I've included one tantalizing illustration from a 1900 catalogue in France.
I'm sure Philippe will appreciate this!
It says something like "correct steering and continuously propelled".
I think there are at least five or six more contemporary books in addition to the ones I have listed.
And if there were any more before 1999 please let me know!
Let's start off with our old friend Kenneth Gee, who wrote "Your Book of Model Car Racing" back in 1965.
Seems like it would have been out of date by digital slot car books, but slot racing in Spain must have been still mainly Scalextric type racing.
Next was a book honoring 40 years of Scalextric in Spain, by Simo Escayola Tornés.
The next year, 2003, Ninco tooted its own horn quite rightly in fact, since they started the revolution with a book on their tenth anniversary: Ninco 1993-2003.
It's a bilingual Spanish-English version, and although the English is better than some others, it's still rather Digital slot car books />Co-authors are Javier Ribalta and Juanma Muraday Fernandez, and they make some pretty amazing claims, even considering that it's a company book: did you know that when Ninco released the Toyota Celica it was the first time in the history of slot racing a car had to compete against the same model by other manufacturers?
Maybe nobody told them about the 35 Ford GT40s made in the '60s.
Or that Ninco introduced the concept of Classic racing?
Never heard about the Scalextric Bugatti I guess.
Give yourselves a pat on the back guys!
Whoops, guess they did.
In 2005 Slot Classic celebrated its own tenth anniversary in a very nice coffee table book, in a trilingual version: Spanish, English, German - guess that's where most collectors come from.
Very beautiful photos, the English is.
In 2008 came the coffee table book to end all coffee table books: a very heavy tome on Scalextric, History and Nostalgia.
It's actually a paean to the boxes and box art of all the Scalextric and related sets sold in Spain and Portugal, not at all a catalog of what's been produced.
Strictly in Spanish and very handsome.
Tomorrow, back to the USA and the UK.
If that is the case the drivers could be Philip Bulman or Gordon Smiley.
Definitely NOT Gordon Smiley.
Once again, wrong helmet colors.
Rotor Rotorranch What's a title?
Rotor C'est un peu en vrac.
En 1979, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud avait fait la manche française du championnat Aurora sur cette Surtees TS20.
I've seen a couple on eBay, but every time I try to bid, it's one of those "US only" auctions!
You don't happen to have an extra by any chance?
Who was that published by in fact?

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Power for the car's motor is carried by metal strips next to the slot, and is picked up by contacts alongside the guide flag a swiveling blade under the front of the slot car.
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Cars in different lanes could race, but cars in the same lane moved at the same speed, separated by a fixed distance.
The cars and transformer used diodes to separate the control signals from the hand controllers that allowed for both cars to run independently in the same lane.
In the mid and late 1970s several digital slot car books includingand USA introduced slotless racing systems that theoretically allowed cars to pass one another from the same lane.
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Though briefly successful as toy products, none of these systems worked well enough to be taken up by serious hobbyists.
In 2004, a number of traditional slot car manufacturers introduced digital control systems, which enable multiple cars to run in the same lane and to change lanes at certain points on the course.
Digitally coded signals sent along the power strips allow each car to respond only to its own controller.
In addition, imaginative manufacturers have used the slot track system to allow the racing of a variety of unusual things, including motorcycles, boats, slot books, spacecraft, horses, fictional and cartoon vehicles, snowmobiles, and futuristic railroad trains.
Plastic track created for charity event Plastic tracks are made from the link plastic commercial track sections.
Sectional track is inexpensive and easy to assemble, and the design of the course can be easily changed.
The joints between the sections, however, make a rough running surface, prompting the derisive term "clickety-clack track".
The many electrical connections cause voltage drop and contribute to more frequent electrical problems.
For a permanent setup, the joints can be filled and smoothed, and the power rails soldered together or even replaced with continuous strips, but the surface is seldom as smooth as a good routed track.
Routed tracks have the entire racecourse made from one or a few pieces of sheet material learn more here chipboard orbut sometimes polymer materials with the guide-slots and the grooves for the power strips cut directly into the base material using a or machining.
This provides a smooth and consistent surface, which is generally preferred for serious competition.
Power packs contain a transformer, which reduces high voltage house current to a safe 12 to 20V, depending on car type and usually a rectifier, which changes AC to DC, for cooler running and simpler motors.
High-capacity lead-acid batteries are sometimes used for hobby slot cars.
Toy race sets may use dry cell batteries at 3 to 6 volts.
Types of Slot Car Controllers L to R, from top - Telegraph Key, c.
Wheel or Dial Rheostat, c.
Carbon Disc Plunger, c.
Electronic Controller, 1970s onward.
Controllers "throttles" vary car speed by modulating the voltage from the power pack.
They are usually hand-held and attached by wires to the track.
Besides speed control, modern racing controllers usually feature an adjustable "brake", "coast", and "dial-out".
Braking works by temporarily connecting the rails together by a switch or via a resistor for reduced braking ; this converts the car's motor into a generator, and the magnetic forces that turned the motor are now slowing digital slot car books down.
Coast allows a certain amount of power to continue to the track after the driver has "let-off" which would otherwise cut all power to the car.
A dial-out allows the driver to limit the maximum power that can reach the car.
The early rail-car tracks used telegraph keys, model-train rheostats and other improvised means to control car speed.
The first commercial race sets 1957 used handheld controllers with a thumb-button; like the telegraph key, these were either on or off, requiring the driver to "blip" the throttle for intermediate speeds.
Later versions had an intermediate speed, and one late version used a buzzer mechanism to provide full-range speed control.
From 1959 to about 1965, most HO slot sets had a table-mounted controller with a miniature steering wheel or simple dial-knob operating a variable resistorwhich gave precise control throughout the car's speed range.
This type could be left on a particular speed setting, making it very suitable for model highway layouts, but they were awkward for racing.
Around 1960, handheld rheostats began to appear.
Most early examples had vertical, thumb-operated plungers with the rheostat in the grip.
Less common styles included a horizontal thumb-plunger and a full-grip squeeze controller.
In 1965, Russkit introduced the trigger-operated pistol grip controller.
The pistol grip quickly became the standard rheostat-controller style both for race sets and serious hobbyists, and has remained so to the present day.
Control is by the index finger, and the heat-generating rheostat is above the grip for comfort and effective ventilation.
For good response, rheostats must be matched to the particular cars involved.
To race different classes of cars, several controllers with different resistance ratings are often required.
In the 1970s, electronic additions to the rheostat controllers became popular, which allowed them to be tuned to the particular car being raced.
Some modern electronic controllers dispense with the rheostat altogether, and can be used for all classes and types of car.
Digital slot cars generally use a controller that is trigger operated, though the rheostat housing is replaced by a slim bulge containing the electronics.
On most tracks, a driver will plug or clip his personal controller to his lane's "driver's station", which has wired connections to the power source and track rails.
Modern controllers usually require three connections - one to the power terminal of the driver's station customarily whiteone to the brake terminal redand one to the track terminal black.
Conventional slot car tracks are wired in one of two ways: with the power terminal connected to the power source positive and the brake terminal negative called "positive gate"or the other way around "negative gate".
Resistance type controllers can be used with either positive or negative track wiring, most electronic controllers can only be used with one or the other, although a few electronic controllers feature a switch that adapts them for either gate configuration.
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