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Newsletter December 7th, 2017

December 10, 2017 by  
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Race Set Super Deals, from the best Digital Set you can buy to 1/43 Go!!! sets for the kids.

We have a limited time sale on one of the most popular Ford GT40 racecars. One to a customer. No dealers.

 

Scalextric C2917 Ford GT40 Mk II, LeMans 1966 (C)

1/32 scale slot car, ready to run on all 1/32 and 1/24 scale non-digital tracks. Chassis XGT-2, a MKII GT40, was driven by one of the most famous F1 and sports car drivers of the era – Graham Hill. This model of the car pays tribute to the driving ace with a driver figure likeness of the man himself – complete with his trademark moustache.

Hill’s teammate was supposed to have been Dr. Dick Thompson, but he was disqualified by the French officials for an obscure infraction in practice. Ford suddenly had to scramble for a driver at the last minute and came up with Brian Muir. Muir had never raced at night, never driven anything remotely as fast as the Ford Mk. II, and had never raced at LeMans, but he was available, so he was duly deputized into the team for the event and performed well until the car expired.

$49.95 $34.95

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Digital is the most exciting and most realistic racing you can find. This set is the perfect way go racing with the superb Scalextric Digital system.

 

Scalextric C1327T Digital Racer Set

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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Get the most from your digital set by upgrading to allow any two analog cars to race. This C7042C has push-button changeover to analog (after taping the lane changer flaps shut) plus race lap timing, lap counting and race control. If you have a Scalextric digital set you can use your existing power supply and digital controllers with the C7042.

 

Scalextric C7042 Digital 6-car Power Base

The C7042 Advanced 6 car Digital Powerbase can be used to race up to 6 cars on a Scalextric Digital layout at the same time or be used on a standard Scalextric two-lane layout.

The unit has a clear user interface with two levels of features to suit both the novice and experienced user.

The Skill Level option allows you to adjust the maximum power levels to individual cars so that ‘novice versus expert’ races can be run more fairly.

Hand throttles can be calibrated to equalize controller performance.

Multiple gaming modes, timed endurance and total lap format racing.

Ghost cars (PACER) function for setting 1 to 6 cars to run automatically, with switchable lane changing and lap counting on individual cars.

Setting the car ID is easy via a simple, one-button action.

This Powerbase delivers 15v for faster car performance.

An ‘open-source’ output connection enables the enthusiast to connect the six car power base to a computer for additional functionality.

This new Powerbase can be used in analog or Digital power modes. This great feature allows the Powerbase to be used with standard 2-lane Scalextric circuits, using two cars only, or with Scalextric Digital layouts for 1-to-6 car action. All features are available in either mode.

Now the best of both worlds is available – an all-in-one race control system for analog and Digital racing.

Requires the 15V Power Supply sold separately (P9303) and two Scalextric Digital throttles (C7002)—also sold separtely). You will also want one or more C7036 Lane Changers. If you are upgrading an existing Scalextric Digital track you will need the C7042 and the P9303 Power Supply but you can use your Scalextric Digital throttles (analog throttles will not operate the system).

NOTE: If you want a complete Scalextric Digital track conversion you can purchase the C7042DC (note the “DC” on the part number and the special price) Package that includes the C7042, P9303 Power Supply, two C7002 throttles, PLUS one C7036 Lane Changer.

The Digital Plugs to convert the cars must also be purchased separately—each car will require its own plug. Most Scalextric cars are Digital Plug Ready so a number C8515 Easyfit Digital Plug (for most cars) or C8516 Easyfit Digital Plug (for Scalextric Formula 1 cars) is a one-screw unplug/plug-in installation. For other brands the C7005 Digital Chip can be installed but the wire connections must be soldered. All three Digital Plugs (chips) also allow the car run on any brand of analog track (but not on other brands of digital).

$179.99 $134.95

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If you only have a Scalextric analog track you can upgrade to the digital option with the C7042DC “package” that includes everything to upgrade your track—the Digital Plugs to convert the cars must be purchased separately. There’s an $80 savings!

 

Scalextric C7042DC Digital 6-car conversion package

An ‘open-source’ output connection enables the enthusiast to connect the six car power base to a computer for additional functionality.

This new Powerbase can be used in Analogue or Digital power modes. This great feature allows the Powerbase to be used with standard 2-lane Scalextric circuits, using two cars only, or with Scalextric Digital layouts for 1-to-6 car action. All features are available in either mode.

Now the best of both worlds is offered – an all-in-one race control system for Analogue and Digital racing.

Requires the 15V Power Supply sold separately (P9303) and two Scalextric Digital throttles (C7002)—also sold separately). You will also want one or more C7036 Lane Changers. If you upgrading an existing Scalextric Digital track you will need the C7042 and the P9303 Power Supply but you can use your Scalextric Digital throttles (analog throttles will not operate the system).

NOTE: If you want a complete Scalextric Digital track conversion you can purchase the C7042DC (note the “DC” on the part number and the special price) Package that includes the C7042, P9303 Power Supply, two C7002 throttles, PLUS one C7036 Lane Changer.

The Digital Plugs to convert the cars must also be purchased separately—each car will require its own plug. Most Scalextric cars are Digital Plug Ready so a number C8515 Easyfit Digital Plug (for most cars) or C8516 Easyfit Digital Plug (for Scalextric Formula 1 cars) is a one-screw unplug/plug-in installation. For other brands the C7005 Digital Chip can be installed but the wire connections must be soldered. All three Digital Plugs (chips) also allow the car run on any brand of analog track (but not on other brands of digital).

$279.99 $199.95

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It’s a race set for the kids Christmas. Your choice of four Carrera Go!!! complete 1/43 race sets for under $90 each but they will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

 

Carrera 62369 GO!! Race for Victory set 1/43 scale (C)

Carrera 62369 GO!! Race for Victory set 1/43 scale.

6.1 x 2.6-feet, 17.4-foot lap length

The Porsche GT3 and the Chevrolet Corvette are both hungry for victory. The Carrera GO!!! ‘Race for Victory’ set includes a 17.4-foot Carrera racing circuit that truly lays down the gauntlet. Keep the pedal to the metal on the fly-over and race up the steep bend and into the loop. Every grain of horsepower is transformed into speed. The Carrera GO!!! ‘Race for Victory’ set is all about speed. However, skilful driving will not be enough on its own; when racing cars of this calibre meet you’ll need an absolute will to win. Who can ride so much horsepower to victory? Grab the controllers and see for yourself!

$98.99 $78.95

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Carrera 62379 Go!! GT Competition

Carrera 62379 Go!! GT Competition

8.2 x 4.8-feet, 28.2-foot lap length

Cars:

Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “No.3″ / Porsche GT3 “Hybrid, No.36″

Includes:

transformer, connection track, 2 speed controller, lap counter,straights, curves, high banked curves, Chicane, junction, guardrails, supports.

$108.99 $86.95

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Carrera 62384 Go!! Disney/Pixar – Carbon Racers

Carrera 62384 Go!! Disney/Pixar – Carbon Racers

6.0 x 2.6-feet, 14.1-foot lap length

Lightning McQueen and Francesco Bernoulli put the pedal to the metal with the Carrera GO!!! ‘Disney/Pixar Carbon Racers’ set! These two Disney/Pixar Cars heroes in their new carbon-look outfits go head-to-head once again on this 14.1-foot racetrack. But watch out! The narrow section and junction add an extra tactical challenge to each race. Crashes can’t be ruled out as neither of these drivers is prepared to give way!

$99.99 $79.95

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Carrera 62397 Go!! Photo Finish

Carrera 62397 Go!! Photo Finish

8.4 x 4.2-feet, 28.2-foot lap length

The race starts and both cars pull away with high speed! This is going to be a real head-to-head race. The Carrera GO!!! “Photo Finish” 1/43 scale set provides two powerful sports cars from Italy. Lamborghini Huracán and Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 are hot rivals on the track in real life and now on the 28.2-foot high speed slot track of this set. The results? Too close to call, we must go to the photos to check who has prevailed!

$108.99 $86.95

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New This Week

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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.

Five new cars, including the wild Union Jack Jaguar E-Type, are here now so order yours to be sure you get them.

 

Scalextric C3849 McLaren 12C GT3, Pacific Racing (Anime)

Scalextric C3849 McLaren 12C GT3, Pacific Racing (Anime)

The 2015 Autobacs Super GT Series is the 22nd season of the Japan Automobile Federation Super GT Championship including the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) era, and the 11th season under the name Super GT. The season will begin on April 5 and will end on November 15, after 8 races. Pacific Racing entered a McLaren 12C in the GT300 series in which cars are built a run FIA GT3 specifications.

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Scalextric C3853 Mercedes AMG GT3 Gulf, winner 2015 Paul Ricard 24 hour

Scalextric C3853 Mercedes AMG GT3 Gulf, winner 2015 Paul Ricard 24 hour

The Mercedes AMG GT3 was announced in 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show, as the race version of the GT. Using the 6.2-litre V8 from the SLS AMG GT3, the GT3 also has a significantly lower weight aided by carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, which allows the GT3 to comply with racing regulations. With around 550bhp, the AMG GT3 looks to improve upon the popular, and incredibly successful SLS AMG GT3, and conquer the competitive GT3 bracket. Mercedes-AMG, based in Affalterbach, Germany have been engineering and customizing Mercedes for decades and still stick to their often quoted, ‘one man, one engine’ philosophy with engine builders proudly marking each engine built with a plaque displaying their name once complete.

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Scalextric C3871 Caterham Superlight Lee Wiggins

Scalextric C3871 Caterham Superlight Lee Wiggins

The Superlight R300-S Championship is the pinnacle of Caterham Seven Motorsport. Lee Wiggins has become a regular in the series finishing 3rd in the 2015 season. The start of the 2016 season took place at Brands Hatch and Lee took a 2nd and a 3rd place finishes there.

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Scalextric C3874 Chevrolet Camaro 1971 Trans Am

Scalextric C3874 Chevrolet Camaro 1971 Trans Am

This Camaro was Originally raced in the 1971 Trans-Am series by Brock Yates. It is now being driven by Jim Reed in the Historic Trans-Am

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Scalextric C3878 Jaguar E-Type Union Jack

Famously called “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari, the Jaguar E-Type was originally unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show as a high performance and competitively priced sports car.

The legend goes that the E-Type selected to be unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show was driven from the Browns Lane plant in Coventry, by Jaguar executive Bob Berry to Geneva arriving just 20 minutes before the global reveal with only a few minutes for a quick wipe down.

More than 50 years after its launch the Jaguar E-Type is widely considered a design icon and notable landmark in automotive history, and one that you too can recreate in its swinging 60’s inspired paintwork.

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The 1/32 scale replicas of one of the Porsche 924s that raced at Le Mans in 1980 and a JPS vintage racer collector version have finally arrived from Falcon Slot but there are only a few so buy yours now.

 

Falcon Slot 09004 Porsche 924 Le Mans 1980 sixth overall

Porsche 924 Carrera GT Turbo Le Mans 1980 sixth overal, drivers Manfred Schurti/Jurgen Barth/Eberhard Braun.

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 09FA2 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Turbo J.P.S ‘Flying Again’ Limited Edition

Falcon Slot 09FA2 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Turbo J.P.S ‘Flying Again’ Limited Edition series

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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Three new rugged 1/24 scale cars are here from Carrera including the AAI-sponsored C7.R Vette and the first 1/24 scale replicas of wild DTM Touring Car Championship racecars.

 

Carrera 23836 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “AAI Motorsports, No.57″D124

Carrera 23836 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “AAI Motorsports, No.57″

American steam hammer

The Chevrolet Corvette C7.R is also known as the American steam hammer. It again demonstrated it’s strengths at this year’s 24-hour race. The three drivers, O’Connell, Bryant and Patterson in the no.57 C7.R of the Taiwanese AAI racing team achieved 9th position in the GTE final standings. The Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “AAI Motorsports, No.57″ guarantees every Carrera driver a finish at the front of the field. The C7.R is an impressive, faithfully detailed reproduction with head, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, it’s digitally controllable and can also be used on a Carrera Exclusiv analogue set-up. Enjoy a pure and authentic racing atmosphere at home.

$77.49

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Carrera 23844 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM “Gary Paffett, No.02″ D124

Carrera 23844 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM “Gary Paffett, No.02

DTM – a new type of winner for 124

In 2017 Carrera is introducing its first DTM car, the Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM, to the largest scale circuits – a dream come true for countless Carerra fans. The driver, Gary Paffett, is a consummate professional behind the wheel of this no.2 car. The racing car with a V8 engine also catches the eye with its sporty design and typical AMG twin blade grille. People will now be curious to see which car manufacturer Carrera chooses to introduce as a DTM opponent…

The Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM “Gary Paffett, No.02″ is an impressive, faithfully detailed reproduction with head, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, it’s digitally controllable and can also be used on a Carrera Exclusive analogue set-up.

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Carrera 23845 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM “Paul Di Resta, No.03″ D124

Carrera 23845 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM “Paul Di Resta, No.03″

DTM – a new type of winner for 124

In 2017 Carrera is introducing its first DTM car, the Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM, to the largest scale circuits – a dream come true for countless Carerra fans. The driver, Gary Paffett, is a consummate professional behind the wheel of this no.2 car. The racing car with a V8 engine also catches the eye with its sporty design and typical AMG twin blade grille. People will now be curious to see which car manufacturer Carrera chooses to introduce as a DTM opponent…

The Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM “Gary Paffett, No.02″ is an impressive, faithfully detailed reproduction with head, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, it’s digitally controllable and can also be used on a Carrera Exclusiv analoge set-up.

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Two new 1/32 cars are here from Carrera with your choice of analog or Digital (Carrera Digital 1/32 scale cars include operating headlights and they will run on any brand of analog track, but only on Carrera Digital).

 

Carrera 27544 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 “Italia”

Carrera 27544 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 “Italia”

The Huracán in an Italian outfit

The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Italia stuns with a jaw-dropping 427PS/421.15 hp and its especially eye-catching design. This racer has been adorned with the classic Italian tricolore paint job. The Lamborghini is powered by a direct injection V10 engine. To boost racetrack performance even further the car was put on a diet and now, without a load it weighs just 1230kg. This is a real jewel of the famous Lamborghini family collection.

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Carrera 27548 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “Whelen Motorsports No.31″

Carrera 27548 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “Whelen Motorsports No.31″

A different kind of Corvette

This Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with its powerful red paintwork is a genuine highlight; and not just because of its victory in the 24h race in 2015. A power output of 491PS/413.26 hp shows it has all the essential benefits of its predecessor.

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Carrera 30781 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 “Italia” D132

Carrera 30781 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 “Italia

The Huracán in an Italian outfit

The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Italia stuns with a jaw-dropping 427PS/421.15 hp and its especially eye-catching design. This racer has been adorned with the classic Italian tricolore paint job. The Lamborghini is powered by a direct injection V10 engine. To boost racetrack performance even further the car was put on a diet and now, without a load it weighs just 1230kg. This is a real jewel of the famous Lamborghini family collection. The Carrera DIGITAL 132 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 “Italia” slotcar is an impressive, faithfully detailed reproduction with head, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, is digitally controllable and guarantees authentic racing thrills.

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Carrera 30787 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “Whelen Motorsports No.31″ D132

Carrera 30787 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “Whelen Motorsports No.31″

A different kind of Corvette

This Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with its powerful red paintwork is a genuine highlight; and not just because of its victory in the 24h race in 2015. A power output of 491PS/413.26 hp shows it has all the essential benefits of its predecessor. The Carrera DIGITAL 132 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R “Whelen Motorsports No.31″ slot car is an impressive, faithfully detailed reproduction with head, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, is digitally controllable and guarantees authentic racing thrills.

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The first 1/32 scale replica of modern era BMW GT3 race car is here from Carrera as digital.

 

Carrera 30810 BMW M6 GT3 “Schubert Motorsport, No.20″ D132

Carrera 30810 BMW M6 GT3 “Schubert Motorsport, No.20″

In the overtaking lane

The heart of this BMW is a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower turbo technology. It was modifies for racing purposes and gives this racing car a power output of 585PS/576.99 hp. This ultra-high performance car races for the “Schubert Motorsport” team with matt black bodywork and the white and blue BMW design. This is a car for winners, so the team is sure to be seen at the front of every race! The Carrera DIGITAL 132 BMW M6 “Schubert Motorsport, No.20″ slotcar is an impressive, faithfully detailed reproduction with head, tail and brake lights. This Carrera car can be individually coded, is digitally controllable and guarantees authentic racing thrills.

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Newsletter February 9th, 2017

February 12, 2017 by  
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The 20-day special sale on some of the most popular sets ended three weeks ago but we have extended the 20-percent discount deal on these six sets for just 10 more days to give you a last chance to get your chlld, your friend or yourself started racing.

 

Scalextric C1297T Supercars race set (C)

1/32 scale analog slot car race set. Two Bugatti road supercars race on a stretched figure 8. Super-resistant, digital plug-ready cars. A great set for children.

Features:

Super Resistant

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

Magnatraction System

Dimensions when assembled:

6′ 1″ x 3′ 2″

Track Length: 15′ 2″

Contents:

2 Super Resistant Bugatti Veyron Slot Cars

2 8205 – Full Straight

12 C8206 – R2 Curve 45°

1 C8207 – Half Straight

1 C8210 – Cross Road Straight

1 Pair C8229, 30 – Controller

1 C8530 – Analog 2 Car Power Base

1 P9403 – Transformer

$169.99 $149.99

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Scalextric C1320T Sport – Mini Challenge Set

The two Team Scalextric Mini Challenge racers go head-to-head in this set. Build four different layouts with the track supplied. This set includes a lap counter for even more excitement. The Super Resistant MINI Coopers are tough enough for full impact racing.

Each hand controller has a two-position selector switch which allows the driver to choose slow or fast speed settings to reflect the driver’s experience.

$149.99 $119.95

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Scalextric C1362T American Classics Set ( Trans-Am Camaro & Mustang (ARC ONE App)

The two Team Scalextric Mini Challenge racers go head-to-head in this set. Build four different layouts with the track supplied. This set includes a lap counter for even more excitement. The Super Resistant MINI Coopers are tough enough for full impact racing.

Each hand controller has a two-position selector switch which allows the driver to choose slow or fast speed settings to reflect the driver’s experience.

$199.99 $159.99

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Carrera 62369 GO!! Race for Victory set 1/43 scale (C)

6.1 x 2.6-feet, 17.4-foot lap length.

The Porsche GT3 and the Chevrolet Corvette are both hungry for victory. The Carrera GO!!! ‘Race for Victory’ set includes a 17.4-foot Carrera racing circuit that truly lays down the gauntlet. Keep the pedal to the metal on the fly-over and race up the steep bend and into the loop. Every grain of horsepower is transformed into speed. The Carrera GO!!! ‘Race for Victory’ set is all about speed. However, skilful driving will not be enough on its own; when racing cars of this calibre meet you’ll need an absolute will to win. Who can ride so much horsepower to victory? Grab the controllers and see for yourself!

$98.99 $78.95

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Carrera 62384 Go!! Disney/Pixar – Carbon Racers

6.0 x 2.6-feet, 14.1-foot lap length Lightning McQueen and Francesco Bernoulli put the pedal to the metal with the Carrera GO!!! ‘Disney/Pixar Carbon Racers’ set! These two Disney/Pixar Cars heroes in their new carbon-look outfits go head-to-head once again on this 14.1-foot racetrack. But watch out! The narrow section and junction add an extra tactical challenge to each race. Crashes can’t be ruled out as neither of these drivers is prepared to give way!

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Carrera 62397 Go!! Photo Finish

8.4 x 4.2-feet, 28.2-foot lap length.

The race starts and both cars pull away with high speed! This is going to be a real head-to-head race. The Carrera GO!!! “Photo Finish” 1/43 scale set provides two powerful sports cars from Italy. Lamborghini Huracán and Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 are hot rivals on the track in real life and now on the 28.2-foot high speed slot track of this set. The results? Too close to call, we must go to the photos to check who has prevailed!

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Ten-day special sale on a popular Slot.it GT40. You can save and have one of the most interesting Slot.it GT40 cars, but the deal ends when our stock is out or on February 19 (whichever comes firsts). No dealers.

 

Slot It SICA20B Ford GT40 MkII, Daytona winner

Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby drove this Shelby American Ford GT40 Mk. II to victory at the very first 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966. The car was equipped with a huge 7-liter Ford V8. The 1966 championship was a big one for Ford with a 1-2-3 win at Daytona. The Shelby Mk. II of Dan Gurney and Jerry Grant came in second and the Mk. IIof Walt Hansgen and Mark Donohue came in third.

$59.95 $45.95

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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.

The Fifth issue of Slot Cars magazine is here with lots of articles on 1/24 scale cars for commercial raceways and how-to information on 1/32 scale 3D chassis.

 

GBP-5 Slot Cars Spring 2017, 64 pages

GBP-5 Slot Cars Spring 2017, 64 pages.

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New Cars Coming Soon

The Mercedes SSKL was one of most famous and most successful racers of the thirties, winning both sports car races and Grands Prix. Now there are ready to race finely-detailed replicas coming from MMK but there will only be a few produced so pre-order yours.

 

MMK744A Mercedes SSKL 1931 no. 87 winner Mille Miglia 1932,driver Rudolf Caracciola—PRE-ORDER NOW!

MMK744A Mercedes SSKL 1931 no. 87 winner Mille Miglia 1932,driver Rudolf Caracciola.

Cast-resin body with cast and etched detail parts, hand-assembled, painted and decaled. Ready to race. Made in France.

$189.99

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MMK744B Mercedes SSKL 1931 no. 8 winner German GP 1931—PRE-ORDER NOW!

MMK744B Mercedes SSKL 1931 no. 8 winner German GP 1931.

Cast-resin body with cast and etched detail parts, hand-assembled, painted and decaled. Ready to race. Made in France.

These are some of the cars that competed with MMK number MMK71A, B, C, D, E, F and G Bugatti Type 51 GP cars so you can recreate the thirties races in 1/32 scale.

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These six new-for-2017 Scalextric cars are due next week so you will want to have your pre-order filed. There is the first 1/32 scale model, ever, of the VW Passat BTCC racer to go head-to-head with the BTCC BMW, Honda and Ford.

 

Scalextric C3734 BTCC Honda Civic Type R, 2015 Donington Park—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Having raced in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for almost 20 years, Matt Neal has claimed three Championships, most recently in 2011. Taking the Honda Civic Type R to the track before it even appeared in showrooms, Matt had a fantastic 2015 season, with three race wins including this one at Donington Park.

Despite trailing Colin Turkington heading into the final three races at Brands Hatch GP, Matt was able to finish strongly to claim 3rd place overall in the standings.

Pro Chassis Ready (PCR)

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$49.99

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Scalextric C3737 BTCC VW Passat, 2015 Brands Hatch—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Driving for Team BMR in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), Jason Plato had a great 2015 season with six race wins. Heading into the last race of the year, Jason had a chance to take the entire Championship. Unfortunately, it was not to be as Gordon Shedden drove like his life depended on it to get just enough points to push Jason back into second place. It was, however, another fantastic season for Jason and his first with Team BMR.

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 C3783 BTCC Honda Civic, 2015 no. 52—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Driver: Gordon Shedden

Number: 52

Gordon Shedden competes in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for the Honda Yuasa Racing Team. One of only three Scottish champions in the BTCC, Gordon has won the Championship on two occasions, including the 2015 season.

Winning the title in dramatic fashion in front of a record 42,000 crowd, Gordon managed to work his way through the field and grab enough points to put Jason Plato into second place overall.

Pro Chassis Ready (PCR)

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-Ups

High Detail

Magnatraction

Working Rear Lights

Xenon Effect Headlights

$49.99

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Scalextric C3860 BTCC Honda Civic Type R, Jeff Smith—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scalextric C3860 BTCC Honda Civic Type R, Jeff Smith.

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Rounds 4, 5 & 6 of the 2016 BTCC season took place at Donington Park. Matt Neals Honda Civic at looked fast in the opening rounds at Brands Hatch and the pace continued here. After Qualifying 9th, Matt went on to finish 12th, 6th and first in the following races.

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Scalextric C3863 BTCC MG6, Josh Cook—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scalextric C3863 BTCC MG6, Josh Cook
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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.

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Newsletter January 13th 2012

January 13, 2012 by  
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Happy Friday the 13th from Electric Dreams!

This is the first of three this year.  If you are exceptionally superstitious you may want to go into hibernation until 2013.  That’s if you haven’t already done so to avoid all the political craziness of a presidential election year.

New items in stock

BSR030P Mercedes 300SL roadster PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR030R Mercedes 300SL, Paul O’Shea SCCA 1957 RTR – $234.99

BSR030P Mercedes 300SL roadster PAINTED BODY KIT – $99.99

BSR031P Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti PAINTED BODY KIT

BSR031P Ferrari 250GT Scaglietti PAINTED BODY KIT – $99.99

Ninco 20156 Autobahn Racers set

Ninco 20156 Autobahn Racers set – $339.99

Ninco 50594 Porsche 356, "Testirosa"

Ninco 50594 Porsche 356, “Testirosa”.  $79.99

Ninco 55045 Mustang FR500 "DHL" digital

Ninco 55045 Mustang FR500 “DHL” digital. $69.99

Ninco 55050 Mercedes SLS GT3 "Postbrief"

Ninco 55050 Mercedes SLS GT3 “Postbrief”.  $54.99

Ninco 61602 XL2 motor (FK130)

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Ninco 80618 NC13 Evo motor FK130, 20,600 RPM

Ninco 80618 NC13 Evo motor FK130, 20,600 RPM – $26.99

Ninco 10118 Standard power base (new) for Ninco race sets

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Ninco 10315 35-ohm controller with RJ plug

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Note: Because Monday, January 16, is a holiday for US postal workers no shipments via US mail will go out that day.  United Parcel Service, however, is working so UPS packages will go out as usual.  The warehouse will be open for walk-in customers.

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Newsletter October 7th, 2011

October 7, 2011 by  
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Pioneer Camaro shots

These images recently appeared on Pioneer’s Facebook site.

Pioneer Camaro

Pioneer Camaro

Note that the metallic red car is a road car with rally wheels and the SS grille with hidden headlights.  A production model of such a car has not yet been announced, but these images can be taken as a sign that one is in the works.

Just announced by Proto Slot

Proto Slot CB064P Chaparral 1 painted body kit

Proto Slot CB064 Chaparral 1 RTR car, Jim Hall, 1962. Preorder now! – $249.99

Proto Slot CB064P Chaparral 1 painted body kit. Preorder now! – $99.49

New Items in stock

Scalextric C3162A Aston Martin DB5 Casino Royale

Scalextric C3162A Aston Martin DB5 Casino Royale – $69.99

Scalextric C3179 Audi R8 GT3

Scalextric C3179 Audi R8 GT3 – $42.99

TKP27 Maserati Tipo 52, LeMans 1964, body kit

TKP27 Maserati Tipo 52, LeMans 1964, painted body kit – $87.99

MMK SF12A Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner

MMK SF12A Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner, RTR – $295.99

MMK SF12B Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner w/ engine detail

MMK SF12B Delahaye 1938 LeMans winner w/ engine detail, RTR – $342.99.

MMK continues to work its way through the early LeMans winners in its series of handmade resin-cast collectors’ models.

Proto Slot CB062P Aston Martin DBR1, LeMans 58, painted body kit

Proto Slot CB062P Aston Martin DBR1, LeMans 58, painted body kit – $96.99

Proto Slot CB063-1P Ferrari 275GTB4, LeMans 66, painted body kit

Proto Slot CB063-1P Ferrari 275GTB4, LeMans 66, painted body kit – $96.99

Proto Slot GM020-1P Alpine Renault A106 Tour de France, white

Proto Slot GM020-1P Alpine Renault A106 Tour de France, white – $87.99

Proto Slot GM020-2P Alpine Renault A106, Mille Miglia 1956

Proto Slot GM020-2P Alpine Renault A106, Mille Miglia 1956 – $87.99

Scalextric C1248T Total Endurance race set

Scalextric C1248T Total Endurance race set – $179.99

Scalextric C1274T GT Force race set

Scalextric C1274T GT Force race set – $229.99

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Carrera 23760 Cheetah, blue, Digital 124

Carrera 23760 Cheetah, blue, Digital 124 – $75.49

Carrera 23761 Cheetah, green, Digital 124

Carrera 23761 Cheetah, green, Digital 124 – $75.49

Carrera 23763 Aston Martin DBR9, Jet Alliance, D124

Carrera 23763 Aston Martin DBR9, Jet Alliance, D124 – $75.49

Carrera 23764 Ferrari 250 GTO, blue, D124

Carrera 23764 Ferrari 250 GTO, blue, D124 – $75.49

Carrera 27371 Ferrari 512BB/LM NART

Carrera 27371 Ferrari 512BB/LM NART – $34.99

Carrera 30576 Ferrari 512BB/LM NART, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 27380 McLaren M20, Weisberg

Carrera 27380 McLaren M20, Interserie – $34.99

Carrera 30587 McLaren M20, Interserie, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30558 Mercedes streamliner, Digital 132

Carrera 30558 Mercedes streamliner, Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 30557 Auto Union, Digital 132

Carrera 30557 Auto Union, Digital 132 – $49.99

Carrera 30567 Mercedes-Benz McLaren GT SLR, D132

Carrera 30567 Mercedes-Benz McLaren GT SLR, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30577 Ferrari 512BB/LM, D132

Carrera 30577 Ferrari 512BB/LM, D132 – $53.39

Carrera 30581 Corvette C6R GT2, D132

Carrera 30581 Corvette C6R GT2, D132 – $53.39

 

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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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