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Newsletter June 15th, 2017

June 18, 2017 by  
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We found this hand-made and highly-collectible LeMans Miniatures car hidden on a back shelf and we have created a super-low price.

 

LeMans Miniatures 132020M Audi A10 Sebring winner 2007

LeMans Miniatures 132020M Audi A10 Sebring winner 2007

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Three great all-new cars are here from Falcon Slot. Falcon Slot is a new company created by the founder of Fly. The new cars look very much like the original Fly cars with one-piece sidewinder chassis but with an adjustable front axle. The first three cars are replicas of the Porsche 908/3T turbo cars with a massive bulge on the rear deck. The first car is a “collectible” in a special presentation box with a very limited production. It is a replica of a car currently being raced in vintage events (Falcon Slot calls the series “Flying Again”) —the other two cars are replicas of eighties era racers. Order yours now!

 

Falcon Slot 09FA1 Porsche 908/3T Turbo Martini no.97 ‘Flying Again’ Limited Edition Vintage Racing

Falcon Slot Porsche 908/3T Turbo Martini no.97 ‘Flying Again’ Limited Edition Vintage Racing series. This car is a “collectible” in a special presentation box with a very limited production. It is a replica of a car currently being raced in vintage events (Falcon Slot calls the series “Flying Again”) Falcon Slot is a new company created in 2017 by the founder of Fly. The new cars look very much like the original Fly cars with one-piece sidewinder chassis but with an adjustable front axle.

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Falcon Slot 09002 Porsche 908/3T Turbo no. 2, Hockenheim “Grand Prix” 1982, 8th, driver Jurgen Bart

Falcon Slot Porsche 908/3T Turbo no. 2, Hockenheim “Grand Prix” 1982, 8th, driver Jurgen Barth.

Falcon Slot is a new company created in 2017 by the founder of Fly. The new cars look very much like the original Fly cars with one-piece sidewinder chassis but with an adjustable front axle.

$68.99

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Falcon Slot 09003 Porsche 908/3T Turbo Nuremberg 200 6th 1983 driver Jochen Dauer

Falcon Slot 09003 Porsche 908/3T Turbo Nuremberg 200 6th 1983 driver Jochen Dauer

Falcon Slot is a new company created in 2017 by the founder of Fly. The new cars look very much like the original Fly cars with one-piece sidewinder chassis but with an adjustable front axle.

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The full 68-page 2017 Scalextric catalog is here. This is Edition 58 and we have a limited number so order yours now.

 

Scalextric C8181 Catalog 2017

C8181 The full 68-page 2017 Scalextric full-color catalog, Edition 58. 1 5/8 x 8 1/4-inches.

$6.99

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Three new hand-made cast-resin Le Mans racers are now in stock from Le Mans Miniatures.

 

LMM-132005-EVO Alpine Renault A442 LM78 # 2, drivers Didier Pironi & Jean-Pierre Jaussaud

LMM-132005-EVO Alpine Renault A442 LM78 # 2, drivers Didier Pironi & Jean-Pierre Jaussaud

Cast-resin bodies with etched-metal details and wire wheels. Ready to race. Hand-made in France.

$117.59

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LMM-132051-2 1992 Jaguar XJR14 GTP Bud Light # 2 winner Road Atlanta 1992, driver Davy Jones

LMM-132051-2 1992 Jaguar XJR14 GTP Bud Light # 2 winner Road Atlanta 1992, driver Davy Jones

Cast-resin bodies with etched-metal details and wire wheels. Ready to race. Hand-made in France.

$114.95

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LMM-132051-3 1992 Jaguar XJR14 GTP Bud Light # 3 fourth Road Atlanta 1992

LMM-132051-3 1992 Jaguar XJR14 GTP Bud Light # 3 fourth Road Atlanta 1992, driver Ari Luyendijk Cast-resin bodies with etched-metal details and wire wheels. Ready to race. Hand-made in France.

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Three new hand-painted figures are here from Le Mans Miniatures, including a new pit personnel and replicas of drivers Jim Clark and Jo Siffert. Each is a work of art —they only make a few so order yours now.

 

FLM-F132050-4 Hawaiian Tropic grid girl Julia

FLM-F132050-4 Hawaiian Tropic grid girl Julia hand painted cast-resin figure

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FLM-F132051 figure Jim Clark!

FLM-F132051 figure Jim Clark hand painted cast-resin figure

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FLM-F132052 figure Jo Siffert

FLM-F132052 figure Jo Siffert hand painted cast-resin figure

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Two new cars are now in stock from NSR, each with ultra-fast pod chassis for superb handling. You can buy yours now.

 

NSR NSR0037AW ASV GT3 FIA GT World Cup Macao 2015 #55

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Aston Martin Vantage (ASV) GT3 FIA GT World Cup Macao 2015 #55 – EVO Chassis with adjustable front axle ride height that will accept Inline, Sidewinder or Anglewinder Triangular motor Pods – Anglewinder Balanced King Motor 21,400 RPM & 350 g-cm Torque – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back – Ultra smooth and quiet all metal gearing – Heat treated axles with self lubricating bushings – Neodymium traction magnet – Clear coat finish over paint and Tampo printing for maximum durability and high gloss

$86.99

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NSR NSR0038SW Ford GT40 Mark IV J9 2015 Goodwood Revival #9

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Ford GT40 Mark IV J9 Goodwood Revival #9 – Includes 20,000 RPM Shark Motor Sidewinder with lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back, Lightweight drilled aluminum axle gear, brass pinion, traction magnet – Photo Etched stainless steel grills, body produced from 3 separate sections for improved detail, fully accessorized and painted body shell weighs 19 grams and the complete car 70 grams

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Now you can convert most Scalextric GT, Trans-Am, Touring and LMP cars to run on Carrera Digital with this simple plug-in replacement chip from Carson.

 

CR500707130 Carson Carrera Digital D132 Chip to convert Scalextric cars with DPR chassis

CR500707130 Carson Carrera Digital D132 Chip to convert Scalextric GT and sports cars and sedans with DPR chassis to Carrera Digital

The Carson Plug is the same size as the Scalextric C8515 that is used to convert most Scalextric analog cars to Scalextric digital. The installation is the same as for the Scalextric Digital Plug—replace stock blank plate with this Carson chip. The converted car will run on any brand of analog but only on Carrera Digital.

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Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

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Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

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Newsletter May 4th, 2017

May 7, 2017 by  
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We located a few of these MRRC Porsche 910 and 911 racecars and they are on sale for the next week at a bargain price. Limited to stock on hand.

MRRC MC11051 Porsche 910 #8 (C)

1/32 scale slot car, ready to run on all 1/32 scale non-digital tracks. Technical specification includes Sebring chassis (Inline configuration), Universal guide, SportFix braids, 21k rpm SlimLine motor, ClipFit chassis magnet (can be moved to 2 alternative positions or removed), detailed wheels and tires, fully detailed body and interior including painted driver figure.

$63.99 $39.95
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MRRC MC11081 Porsche 911 #4, silver (C)

A basic 911 as raced in countless SCCA amateur races and the U2.5 division of the TransAm in many different liveries.

Technical specification includes Sebring chassis (Inline configuration), Universal guide, SportFix braids, 21k rpm SlimLine motor, ClipFit chassis magnet (can be moved to 2 alternative positions or removed), detailed wheels and tires, fully detailed body and interior including painted driver figure.

This car uses the MRRC/Monogram Sebring chassis. The Sebring chassis is an excellent universal 1/32 scale chassis for use with body kits and for kitbashig and scratchbuilding projects. It can be set up to handle well in both magnet and non-magnet racing. It has an adjustable wheelbase and is compact enough to fit almost any sports car, GT, or sedan body and to allow the use of wide wheels ad tires within even a relatively modest body width.

MRRC and Monogram cars using the Sebring chassis come with a variety of different wheels and tires. All of them use the same “slimline” motor which provides more than enough power for most home and club racing. They are ideal “donor cars” to provide a complete running chassis for the body of your choice at a cost often lower than purchasing the needed components separately.

$69.95 $49.95

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The first Slot.it Chaparral 2E in several years is available now in limited quantities so order yours while they last.

Slot.it SICA16C Chaparral 2E winner Nassau Governors Trophy 1966

SICA16C Chaparral 2E no. 65 winner Nassau Governors Trophy & Tourist Trophy 1966, driver Hap Sharp.

$69.95

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Nine new Scalextric racecars are here now, including the incredible Rum Bum Audi and the first two bargain-priced GT Lightning cars in Anime carton markings.

Scalextric C3837 Team GT Lightning – Team GT Sunset (Anime)

Scalextric C3837 Team GT Lightning – Team GT Sunset (Anime) high-impact crash resistant generic modern GT car.

$24.99

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Scalextric C3838 Team GT Lightning – Team GT Sunrise (Anime)

Scalextric C3838 Team GT Lightning – Team GT Sunrise (Anime) high-impact crash resistant generic modern GT car.

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Scalextric C3842 McLaren P1, Purple

The McLaren P1 is a limited production plug-in hybrid sports car by British manufacturer McLaren Automotive. The concept car debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Deliveries to retail customers began in the UK in October 2013. The entire P1 production of 375 units was sold out by November 2013. The production run ended in December 2015. It is considered to be the long-awaited successor to the McLaren F1, utilizing hybrid power and Formula 1 technology. It does not have the same three seat layout as its predecessor. The design of the headlights is very similar to the shape of the McLaren logo. Just like the McLaren F1 road car of 1992, the McLaren P1 is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage, which is a development of the MonoCell used in the current MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider upgrade that came out in early 2012.

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Scalextric C3850 McLaren 12C GT3, Von Ryan Racing

The 2013 Total 24 Hours of Spa was the 65th running of the 24 Hours of Spa. It was also the fourth round of the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series season. Von Ryan Racing were running the Mclaren 12C and after qualifying 28th Chris Goodwin, Rob Barff and Bruno Senna had a tough race ahead but managed to finish in 15th.

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Scalextric C3851 Porsche 911 RSR, Falken Tire

Scalextric C3851 Porsche 911 RSR, Falken Tire Marking the one year anniversary of the debut of Valentina, the team’s 991 generation 911 RSR, Falken where looking confidently forward to returning to Sebring. They showed strong running at Daytona until an engine failure forced retirement. During the race over 5 hours was spent under caution but the Porsche driven by Wolf Henzler, Bryan Sellers and Patrick Long managed to keep out of trouble and finish in 12th overall and 3rd in there GTLM Class.

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Scalextric C3854 Audi R8 LMS, Rum Bum Racing

The 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season was the fourteenth and final season of the Grand American Road Racing Association’s premier series, before merging up with the American Le Mans Series in 2014. It began on January 26, with the 51st running of the 24 Hours of Daytona. Rum Bum Racing entered the event this year running an Audi R8, after a disappointing Qualifying they would start the race in 32nd position, however they managed to stay clear of danger during the gruelling race finishing 15th overall and 7th in the class.

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Scalextric C3862 BTCC BMW 125 Series 1 Rob Collard

Rob Collard has become a house hold name in the BTCC now with over 400 race starts to his name. Rounds 7, 8 and 9 took Place at the high speed Thruxton circuit, with extremely high temperatures being experienced at the circuit, round 7 was full of incident and a huge amount of punctures towards the end of the race eventually resulting in a multi car crash causing a red flag. Collard would finish 5th. The next 2 races were reduced in distance as a result and Collard would go on to finish 2nd and 6th in the next 2 races.

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Scalextric C3864 BTCC VW Passat, Aron Smith

The first 3 rounds of the BTCC season took place at Brands Hatch. It turned out to be a very good weekend for Aron Smith and team BKR. Smith Qualified 10th and went on to finish the races in 7th, 3rd and 8th.

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Scalextric C3873 BMW Mini Cooper F56, Mini Challenge 2016

Luke Reade races in the F56 class in Mini Challenge, Donington Park was where the action was taking place on the 23/24 April 2016. Unfortunately, Luke was unable to take place in the first race due to technical issues, but his teams mechanics worked hard to get him out for race 2 where he finished 15th out of 29 runners.

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The latest Carrera DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe Digital 132 is here.

Carrera 30777 AMG Mercedes C-Coupe DTM “L.Auer, No.22″ D132

A real eye-catcher. Lots has changed with the look of the car since BWT, Europe’s no.1 provider of water technologies, signed up as a sponsor. The DTM family Mercedes C-Coupe with its eye-catching livery makes the most internationally popular touring car race series an even more colourful event. It guarantees excitement and thrills among racing fans with a 500PS/493.16 hp V8 induction engine. In 2015 racing driver Lucas Auer drove this model in the ART Grand Prix with the no.22 on the side 22, after having joined the DTM series at the beginning of the season. The Carrera DIGITAL 132 AMG Mercedes C-Coupe DTM “L.Auer, No.22″ slotcar is a faithful reproduction of the original. This Carrera car can be individually coded, is digitally controllable and guarantees authentic racing thrills.

$54.99

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Sideways replica of the IMSA Mustang in the correct red markings is available now.

Racer SW46M Mustang Turbo – Bill Scoot Racing – IMSA GTX – Mid Ohio 1981, ‘Miller’

Racer (Sideways) SW46M Mustang Turbo – Bill Scoot Racing – IMSA GTX – Mid Ohio 1981. ‘It’s Miller Time’, driver Klaus Ludwig.

$64.99

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The new Sideways Monster Energy pit personnel is here.

SWFIG-012 Monster Energy Umbrella Girl

SWFIG-015 Monster Energy Umbrella Girl.

$16.95

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Two new cars are coming from NSR in the most popular liveries ever. You can pre-order yours now.

NSR NSR0034SW Ford P68 (F3L), #38 Brands Hatch 1968—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR BMW Z4 “Gulf” Livery #025 Limited Edition – Adjustable front axle ride height – Drop Arm type Guide Flag with Screw to Allow Fixed Position – Setscrew Aluminum wheels all around – Anglewinder Balanced King Motor 21,400 RPM & 350 g-cm Torque – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Heat treated axles – Machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Ultra smooth and quiet all metal gearing – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Clear Coat Finish for maximum durability and high gloss – Includes the EVO Chassis that will accept Inline / Anglewinder and Sidewinder Triangular motor pods.

$86.99

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NSR NSR0036SW Porsche 917K #3 Daytona 24 Hours 1970—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Porsche 917K #3 Daytona 24 Hours 1970 – EVO Chassis with adjustable front axle ride height – 20,000 RPM Shark Motor Sidewinder – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back – Ultra smooth and quiet all metal gearing – Heat treated axles with self lubricating bushings – Neodymium traction magnet – Clear coat finish over paint and Tampo printing for maximum durability and high gloss.

$86.99

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Click Here to See All of this Week’s New Arrivals

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us.

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Newsletter January 5th, 2017

January 9, 2017 by  
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Racing! For Real!

A slot car track that is as realistic as the cars. There’s more on this Slot Mods track in the January/February number 91 issue of Model Car Racing magazine. You can buy one for yourself on the Slot Mods website www.slotmods.com.



Even if you got coal in your Christmas stocking you can still have the best Christmas present imaginable —this set is your entry into the spectacular spirit of slot car racing, with lane changing, lap counting and timing and the ability to race up to six cars at a time… at home.

 

Scalextric C1327T Digital Racer Set

Welcome to the exciting world of Scalextric Digital. This set allows you to race up to four cars at the same time (two cars are provided), performing amazing, realistic overtaking and braking manoeuvres. You can switch lanes at the touch of a button to overtake or block your opponent.

This set includes everything you need to get started with Scalextric Digital – it features a large circuit and comes supplied with two Digital Chip installed cars. Additional digital cars are available or you can easily convert most standard cars to run on digital layouts.

The super resistant Lamborghini Aventador and Bugatti Veyton racers feature easy change pick-ups and the Magnatraction™ system to help them stay on the circuit.

Digital layouts are fully compatible with standard Scalextric track pieces.

$349.99 $279.99

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We found a few brand new Scalextric Ford GT40s in America’s racing colors from Sebring 1967 and we are offering them a special price for just two weeks.

 

Scalextric C3653 Ford GT40 – US Livery

The “12 Hours of Endurance For The Alitalia Airlines Trophy”, aka the 12 hours of Sebring race, of 1967 saw the “Autosport International” entered GT40 (Chassis 1038) driven by Grossman and McNamara finish 8th overall and 2nd in class against the latest MKIV GT40 car of McLaren and Andretti (1st) and the MKIIb of Foyt and Ruby (2nd). A good weekend for Ford with four GT40 cars in the top eight positions with only Porsche taking the other four positions. Bob Grossman had a wealth of knowledge driving Ferrari sports cars of all types but changed over to the GT40 in 1966 and 1967 when he drove several different cars with reasonable success.

Scalextric Special Features:

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-ups

High Detail GT

Magnatraction

Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99 $39.95

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New This Week

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The 2014 and 2015 Champion BTCC cars are available now in a single Limited Edition twinpack. There a only a few so order yours now.

 

Scalextric C3694A British Touring Car Champs 2014& 2015 BMW 125 Series 1 &Honda Civic

The 2014 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was decided on the last day of racing at the famous Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent, UK. Driver Colin Turkington, in his eBay Motors BMW, had to overcome the challenge put forward by MG’s Jason Plato, who just happened to be the most successful BTCC driver in history! The impressive one two from Plato and Tordoff wasn’t enough as Turkington secured the victory.

The 2015 BTCC season ended with Scottish driver Gordon Shedden claiming the title in dramatic fashion after one of the most exciting races of the season. In front of a record crowd of 42,000, the Honda Yuasa Racing driver had to finish the race in 6th place to secure the title. Working his way through the pack from 19th position, Shedden managed to grab enough points to push race winner Jason Plato into second place overall. The exhilarating end to the race was a fantastic way to see out another great season and really exemplifies the high octane racing that is typical in the BTCC.

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SCALEXTRIC 2017!

 

We’ll have a full pre-order setup for you next week. For now, look forward to these all-new cars for 2017:

The Trans-Am Javelin in two numbers and the 2014 Ford Daytona Prototype no.02 ‘Target’ that were announced for 2016 are coming in 2017 plus the 2016 Ford GT LeMans, the Ford Mk.IV Sebring 1967 no. 1 yellow and 1961 Jaguar E Type roadster ‘Union Jack’. Seven special cars will be released to commemorate Scalextric’ 60th anniversary, one for each decade.

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The bright orange March 761 from the 1976 Italian Grand Prix is coming from Fly this spring so pre-order yours now.

 

Fly W045-2 March 761, 1976 Italian GP, driver Vittorio Bramabilla—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Fly W045-2 March 761, 1976 Italian GP, driver Vittorio Bramabilla.

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The first NSR replicas of the C7.R Corvette are here in yellow and black.

 

NSR NSR0023AW Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMS—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMS – Adjustable front axle ride height – Drop Arm type Guide Flag with Screw to Allow Fixed Position – Setscrew Aluminum wheels all around – Anglewinder Balanced King Motor 21,400 RPM & 350 g-cm Torque – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Heat treated axles – Machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Ultra smooth and quiet all metal gearing – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Clear Coat Finish for maximum durability and high gloss – Includes the EVO 2 Chassis that will accept Inline / Anglewinder and Sidewinder Triangular motor pods.

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These two Audis raced as a team. NSR made them both and we have them now.

 

NSR NSR0028AW Audi R8 Blancpain Sprint Series ’15 ISR Racing #74—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Audi R8 Blancpain Sprint Series ’15 ISR Racing #74 – Includes : Adjustable front axle ride height – Drop Arm type Guide Flag with Screw to Allow Fixed Position – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels all around – All metal setscrew mount super smooth gearing – Heat treated axles – Machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Anglewinder balanced King Motor with 21,400 RPM & 350 g-cm Torque “Magnetic Effect” – Clear coat finish over top of paint for best durability & high gloss.

$82.99

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NSR NSR0029AW Audi R8 Blancpain Sprint Series ’15 ISR Racing #75—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Audi R8 Blancpain Sprint Series ’15 ISR Racing #75 – Includes : Adjustable front axle ride height – Drop Arm type Guide Flag with Screw to Allow Fixed Position – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels all around – All metal setscrew mount super smooth gearing – Heat treated axles – Machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Anglewinder balanced King Motor with 21,400 RPM & 350 g-cm Torque “Magnetic Effect” – Clear coat finish over top of paint for best durability & high gloss.

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For the experienced race tuner there as new armature shims, but be aware that the motor must be disassembled, which is not allowed by most clubs. If you do try it, do not remove the armature or it may weaken the magnetic strength of the motor. You may also damage the motor brushes and we do not have replacement brushes.

 

Professor Motor PMTR1531 0.003″ Stainless Steel Armature Spacers x 10—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Professor Motor 0.003″ (0.08mm) Stainless Steel Armature Spacers – 10 spacers / package – For use with any 2mm shaft motors – Special Alloy Stainless Steel that is NON MAGNETIC

IMPORTANT TECH TIP – Place 2 of these spacers at each end of the armature directly against the bushings – these will act like thrust bearings and greatly reduce internal motor friction.

WARNING! For the experienced race tuner only! Please be aware that the motor must be disassembled, which is not allowed by most clubs. If you do try it, do not remove the armature or it may weaken the magnetic strength of the motor. You may also damage the motor brushes and we do not have replacement brushes.

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Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us.

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Newsletter November 3rd, 2016

November 6, 2016 by  
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We made a special search and found three of the extraordinary hand-made Le Mans Miniatures cast resin kits. These are not ready to race but the bodies are painted and all of the decals to recreate their markings are included so you can complete the model.

 

LeMans Miniatures 132006KP Audi R8 LeMans 2004, PAINTED KIT (C)

PRICE REDUCED 20%. Complete, unassembled, painted kit.

$137.95 $109.95

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LeMans Miniatures 132013KP Audi R8, PAINTED KIT (C)

PRICE REDUCED 20% 2002 LeMans winner, complete, unassembled kit with painted body. Builds up into a complete running car.

$141.95 $109.95

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LeMans Miniatures 132016KP Pescarolo C60 Judd, PAINTED KIT (C)

PRICE REDUCED 20% Builds up into a complete running car. Complete painted, unassembled kit with decals to model either the #16 or #17 car. LeMans 2006.

$139.95 $109.95

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New This Week

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The “authentic” General Lee Charger (after its flight through the mud hole) is here from Pioneer with the “dirt” effect applied to each model by hand. There is a limited number so order yours now.

 

Pioneer P017 Dodge Charger “General Lee—Moonshine Run” (dirty version)

Features:

Standing figurine of ‘Daisy’ with yellow shirt.

19K ‘DIXIE POWER’ motor, tuned for Moonshine runs.

Scalextric Digital DPR ready

New ‘PurePower’ wiring loom

Model complete with display case and special edition packaging + vehicle data card.

Spare ‘Dixie’ parts bag included under base.

$80.99

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New Cars Coming Soon

Three more Slot.it 2016 releases, including a new Can-Am McLaren M8D, are available for pre-order now.

 

Slot It SICA26E McLaren M8D, n.5 1st Can-Am Watkins Glen—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Slot It SICA26E McLaren M8D, n.5 1st Can-Am Watkins Glen.

$69.99

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Slot It SICA06H Sauber Mercedes C9 ‘Kouros’ LeMans 1987—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Slot It SICA06H Sauber Mercedes C9 ‘Kouros’ LeMans 1987.

$69.99

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Slot It SICA31B Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2—PRE-ORDER NOW!!!

SICA31B Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2.

$69.99

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The Scalextric “Gulf” Porsche 997 (a new body) and five more new cars are due in November so you can pre-order yours now.

 

Scalextric C3732 Porsche 911 (Type 991) – ‘GULF’ Silverstone, 2015 Elms Series—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Gulf Racing started using the Porsche 911, type 991 in 2014 and was the first Porsche to wear the iconic blue and orange in over 30 years. Gulf Racing has been winning races for over 50 years and is arguably the most famous name in motorsport.

Pro Chassis Ready (PCR)

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

The replacement underpan (frame) to accept Slot.it motor pods and drive train components must be purchased separately: C8543 PCR Underpan Porsche 911 (type 991).

$54.99

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Scalextric C3721 BMW Z4 GT3 – Blancpan Series Brands Hatch 2015—PRE-ORDER NOW!

A legend of GT circuits all of the world, the iconic BMW Z4 is seen here wearing the colours of BMW Sports Trophy Team Brazil. Driven by Caca Bueno and Sergio Jimenez, the two Team cars finished in 2nd and 4th in the Brands Hatch leg of the 2015 Blancpain Series.

Pro Chassis Ready (PCR)

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

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Scalextric C3722 Aston Martin DB5, red—PRE-ORDER NOW!

The Aston Martin DB5 was designed by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. First released in 1963, the DB5 is famous for being one of the most recognisable James Bond cars. While often associated with darker colours like silver, the DB5 here is produced in a vibrant red.

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Scalextric C3743 BMW Mini Cooper S – Mini Challenge JCW 2015 Champion—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Hastings based driver Neil Newstead began racing in 2011 following some track days he attended in 2010. Moving up from the MSVR track day to the Kumho BMW Championship, Neil soon made it to the Power Maxed MINI Challenge for the 2014 season.

Neil had an unbelievable 2015 season and claimed first place overall in the JCW class.

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3749 Ford Escort MK2, 1980 Acropolis Rally—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Racing for Rothmans Rally Team, after Ford’s withdrawal in 1979, Ari Vatanen took his first win in the Ford Escort RS1800 MkII at the Acropolis Rally in 1980. The following year he became the first driver to become World Rally Champion without being on an official factory team, a feat that remains unbroken to this day.

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3750 Audi Sport Quattro E2, Swedish Rally Cross 1990—PRE-ORDER NOW!

After finishing 1st in the first round of the 1990 European Rally Cross Championship in Austria, Herbert Breiteneder went to Sweden for round two. Breiteneder took to the track in his ex-Röhrl Audi Sport Quattro S1E2, finishing a respectable 7th in the group B class. Breiteneder finished the season 5th overall.

$54.99

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Newsletter October 20th, 2016

October 23, 2016 by  
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We found a few of these out-of-production Scalextric modern-era GT3-class Audi R8s and they are both on special sale for a limited time.

 

Scalextric C3045 Audi R8, LMS GT3 (C)

Fully detailed livery on a super-resistant body fitted with durable wing mirrors and clear plastic light lenses front and rear. The darkened windows are replaceable with clear windows to allow the car to be upgraded with a fully detailed interior and driver. The intended benefit is to keep the car in its original fast, light-weight trim for speed and durability. This Digital Plug Ready (DPR) car can be converted for use with the Scalextric Digital range in less than sixty seconds using the C8515 Digital Plug. The car features Magnatraction™ and easy change pick-ups. The lightweight and durable body is designed to withstand the knocks of full impact endurance racing.

History:

In the course of the further development of the Audi R8 LMS, an ultimate endurance test was undertaken for the new GT3 sports car of AUDI AG at the end of May 2009. Teams ABT Sportsline and Phoenix Racing, with “factory” support by Audi, fielded a total of four vehicles in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.

Features:
Magnatraction with two magnet positions for driver choice. Quick-change braid plate. Super-resistant design. Fast and light-weight.

$45.95 $29.95

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Scalextric C3060 Audi R8 LMS GT3 (C)

Features:

Magnatraction with two magnet positions for driver choice.

Front and rear lights.

Side-winder motor. FC130.

Digital Plug Ready (DPR).

Quick-change braid plate.

$49.99 $29.95

Save: 40% off

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New This Week

Want to see what’s new? Just keep reading…

Keep reading – or if you would rather just cut to the chase and see all our new products, click here to go to the shop.

A new super-quick GT40 Mk.I is here now from NSR with etched grills and other superdetails.

 

NSR NSR0020SW Ford GT40 Mark I Red #20 1969

Ford GT40 Mark I Red #20 1969. NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Ford GT40 Mark I Red #20 Equipe Colegio Arte e Instrucao Rio De Janeiro 1969-1970 – Includes 20,000 RPM Balanced Shark Motor Sidewinder – EVO chassis with adjustable front axle ride height – Adjustable suspension type motor pod – Lightweight drilled aluminum setscrew wheels front & back – All metal ultra smooth and quiet gears – Heat treated axles with machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Traction magnet – Photo Etched stainless steel grills.

$87.99

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More new for 2016 cars are now in stock from Carrera, including two wild Ford Torino Talladega cars in either analog or D132, two of the gorgeous 1/24 scale BMW M1 Procars, plus the “Dust Up” set with the two Talladegas set in 1/32 scale and the Digital 1/24 scale Audi vs. Mercedes “GT” set.

 

Carrera 23828 BMW M1 Procar “Sauber Racing, No. 90″, Norisring 1980

Carrera 23828 BMW M1 Procar “Sauber Racing, No. 90″, Norisring 1980 23828.

$74.99

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Carrera 23833 BMW M1 Procar “No. 40″, Dayton 1981

The BMW M1 Procar has a typical 80s look and is still considered one of the most exciting cars in motor racing history. M1 combines the tough demands placed on standard road models with hi-tech racetrack technology. The BMW M1 Procar was stripped down to a mere 1020 kilos for racing purposes to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. This racer turns heads with its low-down air dam, broadened wheel arches and its large spoiler.

The BMW M1 Procar “No.40″, IMSA is a faithfully detailed reproduction with eye-catching headlights, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, it’s digitally controllable and can also be used on an analogue set-up (Carrera Exclusiv). Enjoy the simple and authentic race atmosphere at home.

$74.99

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Carrera 27517 GreenGT H2, “Paul Ricard 2015″

The pioneeringly designed GreenGT H2 is the first racing car to be powered by a hydrogen engine, and looks like it has arrived from the future. This stunning car does not need batteries and only emits steam from its exhaust pipe! It’s easy on the environment while racing around at top speed: It’s driven by two electric motors that produce a total of 540 hp. The power output on the road is comparable with that of cars powered by conventional combustion engines.

$36.99

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Carrera 27521 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No. 34″

Carrera 27521 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No. 34″.

Wendell Scott’s career was long and notable, both in sportsmanship and breaking ground as the first African-American driver in American stock car racing.

$36.99

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Carrera 27522 Ford Torino Talladega “Benny Parsons, No 98″

The aerodynamic classic.

Benny Parsons, or ‘BP’, had a career that spanned driving, pit reporting and Nascar commentaries. Having competed in over 500 races during a 21-year racing career, Benny Parsons sure knew how to get the job done.

$36.99

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Carrera 27525 Ford mustang GT “No. 16″

Carrera 27525 Ford Mustang GT “No. 16″
The 1967 Ford Mustang was the first re-vamp of the original fitted with a big-block V8 engine.The new racing blue Fastback Mustang is a homage to the age when the track was filled with small-block 289-powered Fords.

$36.99

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Carrera 30754 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No.34″

Carrera 30754 Ford Torino Talladega “Wendell Scott, No.34″.

Wendell Scott’s career was long and notable, both in sportsmanship and breaking ground as the first African-American driver in American stock car racing.

$54.99

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Carrera 30755 Ford Torino Talladega “Benny Parson, No.98″

Carrera 30755 Ford Torino Talladega “Benny Parson, No.98″.

Benny Parsons, or ‘BP’, had a career that spanned driving, pit reporting and Nascar commentaries. Having competed in over 500 races during a 21-year racing career, Benny Parsons sure knew how to get the job done.

$54.99

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Carrera 30767 Mercedes-AMG GT3 “No.16″

Supreme standard racing technology and spectacular designs: The Mercedes AMG GT3 is the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance automobile breed. The 2016 car is raring to race to victory with its 6.3-litre, V8 induction engine from its predecessor – the GT3 SLS. The “Panamericana” cooler grille is an immediate eye-catcher. The shape, using vertical chrome struts, is immediately reminiscent of the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing car that won the famous long-distance race across Mexico.

The Carrera DIGITAL 132 Mercedes AMG GT3 slotcar impresses with front, rear and brake lights, and faithfully reproduced details. This Carrera car can be individually coded; it’s digitally controllable and guarantees hours of racing fun.

$54.99

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Carrera 25223 Dust Up Race Set

10.4 x 8.2feet, 32.8-foot lap length.

The race of the American Ford Torino Talladega classics is sure to kick up dust. Behind the wheel of the Ford Torino No.34 is the pioneering, highly successful Wendell Scott, the first ever Afro-American on the motor racing circuit. His challenger is Benny “BP” Parsons in the Ford Torino No.98. In the United States, after a professional career of over 500 races, BP established his reputation as a Nascar commentator and reporter. These old hands are both determined to live up to their reputations.

$216.99

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Carrera 30188 GT Championship Race Set

9.8 x 6.6-feet, 24.9-foot lap length.

Two top class cars, a 7.6-metre racetrack and WIRELESS+ technology controllers. What else could you need for pure GT race thrills? One thing is certain, both of the race cars in the Carrera DIGITAL 132 “GT Championship” set are on top form. The brand new Audi R8 LMS “Audi Sport Team No.10″ is lighter, safer and faster than ever before. Its rival, the Mercedes AMG GT3, is up for the challenge with top quality motor racing technology. See the tyres glow as you change lanes, drift and overtake to your heart’s content.

$464.99

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The Carrera Go!!! 1/43 scale cars and sets for 2016 are arriving including these four new cars (two as either analog or Digital 143) and two new Digital 143 sets.

 

Carrera 64059 Go!! Audi R8 V10 Plus (blue)1/43 scale

The 610 hp Audi R8 V10 Plus loves to sprint and does 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in a mere 3.2 seconds, while its matt midnight blue exterior exudes an aura of respect. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Audi R8 V10 Plus Slotcar blue is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$17.49

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Carrera 64063 Go!! Audi R8 “Safety Car” 1/43 scale

The Safety Car guarantees safety out on the racetrack and is also there to launch the rolling restart. An important ‘must-have’ car for exciting race situations! The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Audi R8 V10 Plus “Safety Car” is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$17.49

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Carrera 41387 Go!! D143 Mercedes F1 W06 “L. Hamilton, No. 44″ Digital 143

The Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid is a silver arrow that is dominating the Formula 1 division at present. With the star driver, and now 3-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel – it’s unbeatable. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Mercedes F1 W06 Slotcar “L.Hamilton, No.44″ is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 41391 Audi R8 “Safety Car” Digital 143

The Safety Car guarantees safety out on the racetrack and is also there to launch the rolling restart. An important ‘must-have’ car for exciting race situations! The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Audi R8 V10 Plus “Safety Car” is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 41393 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 “No. 63″ Digital 143

This stunning and powerful automobile managed two podium finishes in its very first year. A fantastic racing car and a natural winner – especially on high-speed circuits. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Slotcar “Grasser Racing, No.63″ is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 41394 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 “AF Corse, No. 51″ Digital 143

This streamlined Ferrari is a genuine racer. There’s no clutch, so the gears are switched almost once a second. The Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 bearing the race number 51 guarantees a great result every time. The 1:43 scale Carrera GO!!! Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 slotcar “AF Corse, No.51″ is a thrilling, faithfully detailed reproduction. This Carrera car is perfect for introducing children of 6 years and upwards to the fascinating Carrera Racing World!

$34.99

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Carrera 40031 Go!! Speed Coarse Digital 143

7.8 x 4.0-feet, 24.0-foot lap length

Wireless controllers

It’s the supreme duel in Formula 1 racing: Lewis Hamilton, the reigning Formula 1 world champion in his Mercedes-Benz F1 W06 Hybrid, vs Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari SF 15-T. The Silver Arrow and the Scuderia Ferrari racer are both powered by a 1.6-litre, V6 turbocharged engine for a tough and tense battle around the 24.0-foot Carrera DIGITAL 143 circuit of the “Speed Course” set with a loop and tight bends. The long straight with the double lane change section is your last chance to snatch victory. Steady nerves and skilled hands on the WIRELESS controller are needed to ensure success.

$241.99

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Carrera 40032 Go!! DTM Speed Challenge Digital 143

7.8 x 4.0-feet, 24.0-foot lap length

3 cars!

It’s all action around the 24.0-feet of the Carrera DIGITAL 143 circuit in the “DTM Speed Challenge” set. The race features two Spanish DTM drivers, Miguel Molina in the Audi A5 DTM and Daniel Juncadella in the AMG Mercedes C-Coupe DTM, plus the Brazilian, Augusto Farfus, in his BMW M3 DTM. Three – two – one – GO! With the accelerators on the controllers pushed to the limit, all three protagonists race toward the loop at top speed – drift around the bend and put the hammer down on the way over the line! Just a few hundredths of a second make the difference between zero and hero.

$241.99

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Pre-order

New Cars Coming Soon

The rare (but real) dark blue Rob Walker-sponsored Lotus 72 that Graham Hill drove is coming soon so you can pre-order yours now.

 

PCAR02B Lotus 72 n.3 Oulton Park 1970, driver Graham Hill—PRE-ORDER NOW!

PCAR02B Lotus 72 n.3 Oulton Park 1970, driver Graham Hill.

$64.99

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The wild Porsche 997 Haribo car is coming next month from NSR so it is time to enter your pre-order.

 

NSR NSR0021AW Porsche 997 #8 24 Hours Nurburgring ’11 HARIBO—PRE-ORDER NOW!

NSR 1/32 Analog RTR Porsche 997 #8 24 Hours Nurburgring ’11 HARIBO – Adjustable front axle ride height – Drop Arm type Guide Flag with Screw to Allow Fixed Position – Setscrew Aluminum wheels all around – Anglewinder Balanced King Motor 21,400 RPM & 350 g-cm Torque – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Heat treated axles – Machined bronze self lubricating bushings – Ultra smooth and quiet all metal gearing – Adjustable suspension motor pod – Clear Coat Finish for maximum durability and high gloss – Includes the EVO Chassis that will accept Inline / Anglewinder and Sidewinder Triangular motor pods

$89.99

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One of the most sought-after classics is coming from Slot Classics as a hand-made model ready-to-run or as a painted kit. There will only be a few so you must pre-order.

 

Slot Classic CJ47RTR Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider “Concours de Elegance”–PRE-ORDER NOW!

Slot Classic CJ47 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider “Concours de Elegance” ready to run.

The “street” version of 1938 Mille Miglia-winning Alfa Romeo.

Custom-made cast-resin body with etched-metal parts. Fully assembled with metal wheels.

$351.99

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Slot Classic CJ47KPP Painted KIT Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider “Concours de Elegance”–PRE-ORDER NOW!

The “street” version of 1938 Mille Miglia-winning Alfa Romeo

Custom-made cast-resin body with etched-metal parts. Painted body, clear windows with complete unassembled chassis with metal wheels.

The photo is the assembled model–the kit may require some detail painting—product is unassembled 1/32 scale kit to operate on most brands of 1/32 or 1/24 scale track.

$279.99

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Click Here to See All of this Week’s New Arrivals

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone: (310) 676-7600

Slot car technical information and help email:

support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us.

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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Newsletter August 24th, 2012

August 24, 2012 by  
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Just announced by Ninco

Ninco 50606 Audi R18 E-Tron. Preorder now!

Ninco 50606 Audi R18 E-Tron. Preorder now! – $79.99

Ninco 50607 Audi R18 2012 Sebring winner. Preorder now!

Ninco 50607 Audi R18 2012 Sebring winner. Preorder now! – $79.99

Just announced by LeMans Miniatures

LeMans Miniatures 132048 Dauer 962 with girl driver

LeMans Miniatures 132048 Dauer 962 with girl driver. Preorder now!

Just announced by Racer

Racer SL09 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, Beurlys / Langlois

 

Racer SL09 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, Beurlys / Langlois. Preorder now! – $179.99

Racer SL10 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, P.Dumay / Elde

Racer SL10 Ferrari 250 GTO, LeMans 1963, P.Dumay / Elde. Preorder now! – $179.99

 

Coming from BRM Slot

BRM 917 Porsche 917 Gulf 1/24 scale 

BRM 917 Porsche 917 Gulf 1/24 scale. Preorder now! – $169.99

 Coming from Slot Classic

Slot Classic CJ40 MGB GT orange road car

Slot Classic CJ40 MGB GT orange road car. Preorder now! – $279.99

 New items in stock

2 new Fly Alpha chassis cars

 Fly 707102 Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga, #8, 1970

Fly 707102 Ferrari 512S Coda Lunga, #8, 1970 – $57.99

Fly 709101 Porsche 917LH, LeMans Test Day

Fly 709101 Porsche 917LH, LeMans Test Day – $57.99

Also new this week…

Monogram M5154 Body for McLaren M6B # 48 Dan Gurney

Monogram M5154 Body for McLaren M6B # 48 Dan Gurney – $19.99

We have in stock all the parts for the Monogram McLaren M6 here.

Slot It SICA10F McLaren F1 GTR, Fina #42

Slot It SICA10F McLaren F1 GTR, Fina #42 – $64.99

Scalextric C1288T Start Star Wars Battle of Endor race set

Scalextric C1288T Start Star Wars Battle of Endor race set – $149.99.  The perfect gift for the little Jedi Knight in your family.  Well, we hope he’s a little Jedi Knight.  Our sympathies to you if he’s more like a Storm Trooper.

More Electric Dreams 2-car sets

EDSET-16 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-16 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack – $109.98 value! – $59.99

EDSET-17 McLaren M6B & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-17 McLaren M6B & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack – $99.98 value! – $56.99

EDSET-18 McLaren M6B & Fly Ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-18 McLaren M6B & Fly Ford GT40 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $54.99

EDSET-19 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack

EDSET-19 McLaren M6A & Fly ford GT40 2-car pack – $99.98 value! – $56.99

EDSET-21 McLaren M6B & Scalextric Ford Escort 2-car pack

EDSET-21 McLaren M6B & Scalextric Ford Escort 2-car pack – $94.98 value! – $52.99

Pioneer Models update

We’ve all been waiting for hard news about the future plans of Pioneer Models, which has been going through a long, difficult process of establishing its own factory after having too many bad experiences with contractor factories in China.   We have it on good authority from Pioneer USA that the first shipments of cars from the new factory are expected to arrive on these shores sometime in October..  These should be the first of the new and much anticipated Camaro models.  Pioneer says that with the entire manufacturing process under its own control, from initial research to final distribution it will be able to bring out new models much more quickly.  The Legends cars and the 1971 Javelin are expected to follow the Camaro in rapid succession.  Meanwhile, Pioneer is now showing on its web site the first official drawing of the Chevy Legends car.

We will pass on to you any additional information as we receive it.  For now, however, the end of the long drought of Pioneer cars is in sight, for which we can all rejoice.  Electric Dreams wishes Julian Birley and all the gang at Pioneer all success and we congratulate them upon the imminent completion of their new factory.

 

New NSR 2mm axles, bushings, and gears. 

NSR has released and we have received 2mm diameter axles along with bushings and spacers to fit them.  Apparently, the level of competition in European racing has reached the point where reducing the axle diameter by .4mm or so is worth the effort for even the tiny incremental weight reduction this allows.  NSR has also released a line of very lightweight plastic spur gears with metal hubs for both 2mm and 3/32″ axles, but there have been immediate reports of these gears failing due to improper design.  We received a shipment of these gears but we will not be putting them on line for sale until we are certain the problem is resolved.  We may end up returning all of them for replacement with improved gears.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

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Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

 

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Slot car technical information and advice:  support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us at:

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Newsletter May 4th, 2012

Coming soon from Carrera

Carrera 30601 Audi R8 LMS #39, 2011, D132

Carrera 30601 Audi R8 LMS #39, 2011, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30608 Ferrari 599XX, #4, D132

Carrera 30608 Ferrari 599XX, #4, D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 30612 Mercedes SLS Horn MS, 2011 D132

Carrera 30612 Mercedes SLS Horn MS, 2011 D132. Preorder now! – $53.39

Carrera 23769 Ford GT40 MkII, LeMans 1966, D124

Carrera 23769 Ford GT40 MkII, LeMans 1966, D124. Preorder now! – $75.49

Carrera 23772 Ferrari 599XX, white, D124

Carrera 23772 Ferrari 599XX, white, D124. Preorder now! – $75.49

New items in stock

Slot It SICA22A Lola B09/60 LeMans 2010


Slot It SICA22A Lola B09/60 LeMans 2010 – $64.99

Slot It SICA22Z2 Lola B09/60 plain white

Slot It SICA22Z2 Lola B09/60 plain white. – $54.99

Note:  This car is the version with the inline Boxer motor.  There will also be one with an anglewinder Flat 6 motor.  This will be SICA22Z1. It is expected to be available soon, but we have not received a firm release date.

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

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Free shipping

Slot car technical information and advice: support@electricdreams.com

Our warehouse is open to walk-in customers Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.  Next time you’re in the greater Los Angeles area stop by and see us at:

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True Stories Behind Car Company Logos

October 5, 2010 by  
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Did a wallpaper pattern in a Paris hotel room inspire the famous Chevrolet Bowtie emblem? Does the blue and white BMW roundel really symbolize a propeller and sky? And was the Porsche logo first sketched on a napkin in a New York City restaurant? In the world of automobile logos, truth can be stranger than fiction—though a good story can go a long way toward embellishing a brand’s corporate identity.

This story doesn’t have much to do with Slot Cars – rather our fascination with cars themselves and the origins of some of the iconic logos that brand many of our slot cars. Enjoy the read!

From Ferrari’s Prancing Horse to Cadillac’s crest, automobile logos appear on everything from steering wheel hubs to giant billboards, and even the lapel pins on the suits of company executives. This kind of flexibility is one of the design elements needed for an effective and strong logo, says Jack Gernsheimer, Creative Director of Partners Design Inc. and author of Designing Logos: The Process of Creating Symbols that Endure.

With over 40 years of advertising experience and more than 500 logos to his credit, Mr. Gernsheimer believes it’s essential to look long-term and to keep things simple when designing a logo. “Not getting too trendy with the type or color” is vital, he says. “When you design a logo, ideally it should endure for decades.” For many automakers, the roots of their logos stretch back over a century and contain enough symbolism and intrigue to fill a Dan Brown novel.

Automotive Pioneers

Tragedy plays a role in a popular myth surrounding the famous intertwined double-R logo of British luxury automaker Rolls-Royce. The company’s founders, Sir Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls, originally used red lettering for the emblem that combined the first initial of their last names. Legend has it the color was changed, from red to black, in a mark of respect after the death of Sir Henry Royce in 1933. In reality, black lettering was simply considered more becoming of a prestigious luxury car. The timing of the color change was pure chance.

Rolls Royce’s second iconic emblem, the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, is linked to a similarly tragic (but in this case, entirely true) tale. Designed by Charles Sykes in 1911, the model for the emblem was Miss Eleanor Thornton, the personal secretary of John Scott Montagu, the 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu and friend of company co-founder Charles Stewart Rolls. In 1915, Miss Thornton died at sea while traveling to India. Yet for almost 100 years her likeness has graced every Spirit of Ecstasy.

The origins of some automotive logos begin even before the dawn of the automobile. The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star is commonly known to symbolize the use of the company’s engines on land, sea and air. But the star first appeared on a personal note written in 1872 from company founder, Gottlieb Daimler, to his wife. Mr. Daimler used a three-pointed star to mark the location of his family’s new home in the town of Deutz, Germany. His sons adapted the emblem as the Mercedes-Benz logo from 1910 onward.

One of the best known emblems of all time, Ferrari’s Prancing Horse first appeared on warplanes flown by Francesco Baracca, an aviator and hero of World War I. In 1923, Enzo Ferrari met Francesco’s parents after a race, where they suggested Ferrari use their son’s prancing horse badge on his race cars—both for good luck, and as an homage to Francesco, who died before the war ended. A yellow background was added (it’s the official color of Enzo Ferrari’s hometown of Modena, Italy) and the horse’s tail was redesigned to point upward.

In the case of BMW, myth (and savvy marketing) has fooled generations into linking the company’s logo with an aviation theme. “A German advertising agency in the 1920s produced an ad that showed the [BMW] roundel against the spinning propeller of an airplane to reflect the company’s origins as an aircraft engine manufacturer,” says Dave Buchko, company spokesman for North America. “That, it seems now, turns out to be urban myth.” While it’s true that BMW manufactured airplane engines, the blue and white logo represented the colors of the Bavarian flag, not a stylized propeller and sky.

American Ingenuity

Had it not been for a talkative spouse, the Chevy Bowtie emblem could have claimed one the strangest design origins. Louis Chevrolet said the famous emblem was inspired by a wallpaper pattern in his hotel room during a visit to Paris in 1908. The story would have been considered fact, had it not been for Mr. Chevrolet’s wife. She later said her husband had seen an advertisement featuring a similarly shaped logo in a Sunday supplement. Eye-catching design—and careful evolution—is a theme found in many American car company logos.

The Cadillac crest is the coat of arms of French military commander and explorer, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1701. Simplified and streamlined over the years, the basic style remains intact. “It’s so distinctive, you don’t want to give that away,” says Anne Marie Webb, Design Manager for GM’s Global Brand Identity. When updating one of GM’s brand logos, Webb says she always considers elements “that made it recognizable and strong.” Even then, cultural differences must be considered. The Buick Tri-Shield emblem is monochromatic in every country except China, where the logo maintains red, blue and grey coloring. “They felt [color] had a more premium feel,” explains Webb.

Changing times can also bring big changes in a logo. For more than 80 years, Chrysler has used a wide range of badges featuring ribbon seals, or ribbon seals with wings. But in 1962, Chrysler Chairman Lynn Townsend wanted a more modern and less fussy corporate logo. According to Chrysler’s archives, out of approximately 700 designs, Townsend selected the Pentastar. Many assumed the design symbolized the five divisions of the company (circa the early 1960s). It didn’t; the design simply looked good.

Lawyers, Latin and Luck

Some car company logos owe their existence to legalities and economies of scale. In 1909, having left the company bearing his name, August Horch established a second automobile company in Zwickau, Germany. But with his name already in use, Horch had a serious problem. He couldn’t legally name his new company after himself. However, when translated into Latin, “Horch”—which means “hark”—became the lawyer-friendly “Audi.” The four interlinked Audi rings came about in 1932, when four struggling automakers joined together under the corporate banner of Auto Union. These companies included Audi, DKW, Wanderer and, ironically, the original Horch.

Volvo also has Latin roots. Meaning “I roll,” the name was taken from a brand of ball bearings before it was applied to the Swedish automaker in 1924. The Volvo logo is the Roman symbol for iron—symbolizing a warrior’s shield and spear. The diagonal streak across the grille was originally only a mounting point for the badge, but is now “almost as much a brand ID as our iron symbol,” says Daniel Johnston, Product Communications Manager at Volvo Cars North America.

Good luck—and an easier to pronounce name—played a role in the creation of the Toyota nameplate in 1936. In the book Toyota: A History of the First 50 Years, company founder Kiichiro Toyoda “ran a contest for suggestions for a new Toyoda logo. There were over 20,000 entries. The winning entry consisted of katakana characters in a design that imparted a sense of speed… “Toyoda” became “Toyota” because as a design it was esthetically superior and because the number of strokes needed to write it was eight, which in Japan is a felicitous number, suggestive of increasing prosperity.”

Statues, Stars, and Smart Cars

Inspiration for a name and logo can come from careful consumer research, legal loopholes or, in some cases, by looking at the surrounding environment. The Maserati brothers took inspiration for their company’s trident logo from the statue of Neptune in the central square of Bologna, Italy, where Maserati was originally headquartered. The trident with Maserati script below was sketched by Mario, an artist, who also happened to be the only Maserati brother never actively involved in the design or engineering of cars.

Inspiration for the Subaru name literally came from the heavens—or more precisely, the Japanese name of a star cluster in the Taurus constellation. Six of the stars are visible to the naked eye and—in keeping with corporate identity—this matches the six companies which combined to form Fuji Heavy Industries, Subaru’s parent company. The Hyundai name has an even simpler explanation. In Korean it means “modern,” while the company’s logo is a stylized “H” that also represents two people, the company and customer, shaking hands.

The Smart name seems to speak for itself, no translation needed. It actually happens to be an acronym of Swatch (the Swiss watch company that was a partner during the early stages of the company), Mercedes (the brand’s current custodian), and “Art.” The company’s logo signifies compact, with a “C,” and forward thinking with an arrow emblem.

Plot Twists

When it comes to the origin of an iconic logo, the same car company can sometimes have two variations of the same story. That holds true with Porsche, and the truth behind the German sports car manufacturer’s eye-catching emblem. According to a spokesperson with Porsche Cars North America, an extremely influential automobile distributor, Max Hoffman, met with Ferry Porsche in a New York City restaurant in 1951. The discussion moved on to Hoffman’s belief that Porsche needed a powerful logo, something distinctive and elegant. A rough sketch was made then and there, on a dinner napkin.

Yet the story from Porsche Germany differs from this colorful explanation. Max Hoffman did ask Ferry Porsche for a logo, but the emblem was designed by Porsche engineer Franz Xaver Reimspiess—and most definitely not sketched on a napkin somewhere in Manhattan. Does it matter who is right or wrong? Probably not.

A tall tale never hurts, especially when it involves two companies known for building some of the most exotic cars in the world. Car enthusiasts love to stoke the rivalry between Lamborghini and Ferrari, even down to the minutiae of the Lamborghini logo. The design of the gold and black emblem was led by company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini, and the bull located in the center stands for his astrological sign (Taurus). Legend has it that Mr. Lamborghini purposefully copied the Ferrari shield, then reversed that company’s yellow and black color scheme to prod the ego of Enzo Ferrari.

With the key protagonists having passed away, there is probably no way to know for certain how much of this is true. “To our knowledge, this is just a rumor,” said a spokesperson for Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “The only way to confirm would have been to ask Mr. Lamborghini himself.”

Original Source: Road and Track Magazine
Written by: Nick Kurczewski

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