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Newsletter March 6th, 2015

March 9, 2015 by  
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The Week’s Best Slot Car Set!

Scalextric C1323T Quick Build Cops ‘n’ Robbers Set

Why? For the sheer fun of it! Get some kids excited about slot car racing with this rugged

and economical set.

 

Scalextric C1323T Quick Build Cops ‘n’ Robbers Set

Scalextric Quick Build Cops ‘n’ Robbers Set. Build, Race and Destroy! Enjoy full impact racing with these extreme drift and slide cars.

Features ‘QUICK BUILD’ clip-together cars which break away on impact. Customise your car with clip-on wheels, decal sheets and mix and match parts. The figure of eight track includes borders.

The Police car features flashing roof and siren. Robber’s car has feature light.

$159.99

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New This Week

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

This week we have a new cars from Pioneer plus, this week’s Featured Best Slot Car Set.

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.

 

Pioneer P047 1967 Camaro Z-28 ‘Alan Green Chevrolet’ Club Sport #8

Your “Green Team” partner car for the Pioneer number PO 11 Alan Green #7 Camaro.

18K Typhoon motor, sidewinder configuration

Detailed Race interior

QuickChange braids

Scalextric Digital DPR ready

New ‘PurePower’ wiring loom

$79.99

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Pioneer P041 68 Camaro, #96 yellow

1/32 scale slot car. Ready to run on all 1/32 scale non-digital slot car tracks. This Camaro has an in-the-day TransAm history and is still active in historic TransAm racing.

Motor: 18k TYPHOON FC130, sidewinder configuration, endbell drive.

Race interior

QuickFit braids

Scalextric Digital DPR ready

$79.99

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Pre-orders

New Cars Coming Soon

Scalextric expects these cars to be in stock by about May 1, so pre-order yours.

 

Scalextric C3664A Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5, Limited Edition—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scalextric C3664A Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5. Limited Edition – Pre Order now!!!

$89.99

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Scalextric C3645 Volkswagen Panelvan – Chick Iversen VW-Porsche—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scalextric C3645 Volkswagen Panelvan – Chick Iversen VW-Porsche.

George ‘Chick’ Iverson, owner of the Volkswagen-Porsche dealership in Newport Beach, California was very well-known through TV advertising and his social and business connection with actor John Wayne. Chick’s connection with Volkswagen and Porsche was active for more than twenty years in California and Oregon in the supply of parts for road and race cars.

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • High Detail Street
  • Magnatraction
  • Working Headlights
  • Working Rear Lights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3667 Kart 1—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Start your racing career right here! Racing karts set you on your way to learning the basics of car control and racing tactics. The chassis is DPR ready so can be used on Scalextric Digital for the ultimate nip-and-tuck of karting action!

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • Magnatraction
  • Super Resistant

$39.99

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Scalextric C3668 Kart 2—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Start your racing career right here! Racing karts set you on your way to learning the basics of car control and racing tactics. The chassis is DPR ready so can be used on Scalextric Digital for the ultimate nip-and-tuck of karting action!

Scalextric Special Features:

Digital Plug Ready

Easy Change Pick-ups

Magnatraction

Super Resistant

$39.99

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Scalextric C3596 Chevrolet Camaro GT-R—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Kansas City, Kansas, June 6, 2014, After showing strength in practice at Kansas Speedway, both Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R machines started the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at the front end of the grid for the Grand Prix of Kansas. The No. 6 car of Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell saw the green flag fly from the second row while the No. 9 of Matt Bell and Andy Lally started not far behind in the fourth row. When the chequered flag dropped after 97 laps and 2 1/2 hours the car of Robin Liddell finished in 6th and the No.9 car of Lally and Bell in 19th.

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • High Detail GT
  • Magnatraction Working
  • Rear Lights Xenon
  • Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3630 Ford GT40—PRE-ORDER NOW!

The 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 34th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on June 18 and 19 1966. It was also the seventh round of the World Sport Car Championship. The now legendary GT40 was represented thirteen times on the grid but only three Fords finished the gruelling 24 hour race.

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • High Detail GT
  • Magnatraction
  • Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3604 McLaren 12C GT3—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Jim and Glynn Geddie are a father-son team that have spent many years honing their racing skills in different championships. Having secured the Supercar Challenge (Super GT) title in 2013, Jim Geddie teamed up with United Autosports for an assault on the Bute Motorsport GT Cup Championship in his McLaren MP4-12C.

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • High Detail GT
  • Magnatraction Working
  • Rear Lights Xenon
  • Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3599 Lotus Evora GT4, British GT 2014—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scalextric C3599 Lotus Evora GT4, British GT 2014, drivers Kershaw and Yusuf. Great car, great deal! Pre-order now!

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • High Detail GT
  • Magnatraction
  • Working Rear Lights
  • Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3600 Lotus Exige V6 Cup R GT3 Bathurst 12 Hour 2014—PRE-ORDER NOW!

C3600 Lotus Exige V6 Cup R GT3 Bathurst 12 Hour 2014, drivers A, Alford, P. Leemhuis and M. O’ Connel.

With a packed grid of 42 cars, the Donut King Lotus Exige V6 Cup R took on the Mount Panorama circuit for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 hour. After an action packed 204 laps, the Donut King Lotus emerged as one of the only vehicles to survive the punishing race in what were extreme temperatures. The Class C winning car has one of the most striking and un-missable liveries of all the race cars that took part in race at the famous Bathurst circuit in Australia.

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • High Detail GT
  • Magnatraction
  • Working Rear Lights
  • Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C3606 BMW Mini Cooper S—PRE-ORDER NOW!

Scalextric C3606 BMW Mini Cooper S. This car is small, but terrible!

Scalextric Special Features:

  • Digital Plug Ready
  • Easy Change Pick-ups
  • High Detail Circuit
  • Magnatraction
  • Working Rear Lights
  • Xenon Effect Headlights

$54.99

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Scalextric C8178 2015 catalog—PRE-ORDER NOW!

C8178 Scalextric 2015 catalog. Your Scalextric, your catalog!

$9.99

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Slot Classics CJ-A2 1:32 Scale Universal Chassis Kit—PRE-ORDER NOW!

1/32 Scale Universal Inline Chassis kit. Includes: main frame, standard front guide section, long front guide section, three pairs front axle spacers. two plastic locking nuts, one-self-taping screw. There is no provision for mounting a downforce magnet.

Minimum wheelbase – 64mm. Maximum wheelbase – 86 mm (axle center to axle center). To build this chassis kit into a complete running car you will need: SP-size S130 motor with the pinion gear on the metal end, pionion gear, crown gear, axles, rear bearings (Slot.it SIPA02 or similar), guide, braid, wire, wheels, tires and a body with your choice of mounting posts or brackets.

Most of the MMK-brand cast-resin bodies have mounting posts spaced to fit this chassis. For most other bodies you will have to devise your own mounting posts or brackets.

$14.99

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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.

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX. 

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Dream Slot Car Track from Neiman Marcus

October 13, 2014 by  
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Neiman Marcus Will Sell You This $300,000 Slot Car Track

This Christmas from Neiman Marcus comes the perfect gift for the car (or slot car) fanatic who has everything: this $300,000 slot car track.

Currently available to order from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, the Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway is billed as a 100% authentic 1:32 scale model that comes with scenic elements including handcrafted iconic structures, facades, period slot cars, spectators, pit crews, streetlights, foliage, and more. The track also has integrated video cameras which capture the action and show it on “mini” display screens. Like I said – for the person who has everything.

Another electronic option provided by Slot Mods USA is a night racing feature, where cars’ headlights and trackside lamps illuminate banked turns, replicating the feel of 24-hour endurance races.

The track measures approximately 30′ x 12′ and customers be able to choose from models of Laguna Seca, Le Mans and the Nürburgring. Laguna Seca. From the time you order, it will take six months to build so you won’t get it for Christmas but according to Neiman Marcus “Racing legends, such as Vic Elford and David Hobbs, will cohost your inaugural race night party.” Not a bad trade off.

Neiman Marcus will ship your little corner of slot car heaven anywhere in the world, but shipping isn’t included in the $300,000 price tag.  But wait there’s more, you can add “white glove installation” for an additional cost.

Don’t have an extra 300 grand laying around? No problem. Check out these awesome Slot Car Sets!

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With every purchase of The Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway, Neiman Marcus will donate $3,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation—dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.

Images courtesy Neiman Marcus and Slot Mods (video screen captures)

Newsletter February 10th, 2012

February 10, 2012 by  
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New items in stock

Scalextric C2451 1969 Camaro TransAm car, white

Scalextric C2451 1969 Camaro TransAm car, white – $42.99. This is not really a new item, but it’s been unavailable for a long time and we just got more in, finally.

Scalextric C3184 Stillen Nissan GT-R

Scalextric C3184 Stillen Nissan GT-R. $42.99

Scalextric C3190 Audi R8 GT3

Scalextric C3190 Audi R8 GT3.  $49.99

Scalextric C3191 Mercedes McLaren SLR

Scalextric C3191 Mercedes McLaren SLR – $49.99

Scalextric C3199 Bugatti Veyron

Scalextric C3199 Bugatti Veyron – $49.99

Scalextric C3212 Ford Escort Mk. I, 1969

Scalextric C3212 Ford Escort Mk. I, 1969 – $49.99

Scalextric C3221 1969 Camaro, Todco Racing

Scalextric C3221 1969 Camaro, Todco Racing – $49.99

Scalextric C3245 1970 Camaro TransAm car, white

Scalextric C3245 1970 Camaro TransAm car, white.  $42.99

Carrera 2012 1/24 and 1/32 scale cars now on line for preorder

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s product line…

Carrera 23769 Ford GT40 MkII, LeMans 1966, d124

Carrera 23769 Ford GT40 MkII, LeMans 1966, Digital124. Preorder now! – $75.49 The 1966 LeMans winner in all its 1/24 scale glory.

Carrera 23776 Porsche 917 1970 LeMans winner, 1/24

Carrera 23776 Porsche 917 1970 LeMans winner, Digital 1/24, Preorder now – $75.49

Carrera 23777 Porsche 917 1971 Daytona winner 1/24

Carrera 23777 Porsche 917 1971 Daytona winner Digital 1/24. Preorder now – $75.49

Carrera 27399 Ferrari 458 GT2, JMW #66, 2011

Carrera 27399 Ferrari 458 GT2, JMW #66, 2011. Preorder now! – $34.99. They’re finding some really cool liveries to put on their cars.

Carrera 27401 Porsche 997 Manthey Racing 2011

Carrera 27401 Porsche 997 Manthey Racing 2011. Preorder now! – $34.99.  This is another one.

Carrera 27410 Audi R18 #1, Spa, 2011

Carrera 27410 Audi R18 #1, Spa, 2011. Preorder now! – $34.99

Carrera 27411 Cobra 289, LeMans 1963

Carrera 27411 Cobra 289, LeMans 1963. Preorder now! – $34.99. No more paying ridiculous eBay prices for 50-year-old Revell 289 Cobra bodies.

Carrera 27412 Cobra 289, Sebring 1963

Carrera 27412 Cobra 289, Sebring 1963. Preorder now! – $34.99. This one is CSX2002, Shelby’s first Cobra race car.

Carrera 27413 Cheetah, Alan Green Chevrolet

Carrera 27413 Cheetah, Alan Green Chevrolet. Preorder now! – $34.99. You can’t have a 1/32 Cobra without a 1/32 Cheetah to race it with.  There’s also a blue one.

All the above 1/32 scale cars are also available in digital as well, as are most of the others in the 2012 line.  You can see all the Carrera 2012 cars at http://www.electricdreams.com/Shop/new-releases-coming-in-2012-new-releases-2012-carrera-c-777_796.html

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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:

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

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

Just in the door from Carrera

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

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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:

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

 

The Fast and the Miniature

September 7, 2011 by  
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Drivers zoom to glory at Gaithersburg remote-control car raceway. The Gazette A remote-control car goes over a jump inside The Track.

For vehicle enthusiasts who may not want to climb behind the wheel themselves, The Track indoor remote-control car raceway satisfies the need for speed.

With twists and turns, jumps and straightaways, drivers must navigate the warehouse-sized track’s many challenges with their scaled-down vehicles.

Owner Mimi Wong started operating RC car races in 1984, and has been occupying her current building in Gaithersburg since 1991 after closing a toy store. While Wong doesn’t race herself, she is a guru at repairing and painting cars that have made one too many wide turns into a barrier wall.

Wong’s customers range from young children who come in after school to retirees. She enjoys watching families learning how to race together.
“I think this hobby is great for father and son, or father and daughter, the families,” Wong says.

Open seven days a week, The Track provides a place for drivers to practice, tune up their cars or participate in races on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Wong says. A day of racing costs $10 to $15 and cars are priced from $100 to $5,000, depending on size and other specifications.

In addition to the large track for remote control cars, the warehouse also has a full slot car track that Wong says has produced some of the fastest lap times on the East Coast. Slot cars run within grooves on a track and the driver is only in control of the gas. She also holds indoor miniature airplane and helicopter races.

Since she has been in business for more than 20 years, Wong has seen some of her original customers, whom she met as children, using the skills they learned at The Track in their adult life.

“A few of my customers —kids — became engineers and all that stuff, so it really makes me feel really good when they come by to see me,” she says.

Source: Gazette.net

Newsletter September 2nd, 2011

September 2, 2011 by  
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This week features a slew of cool new cars from AMT/Polar Lights Slot Cars and Racer! There are a few really nice slot car kits from AMT/Polar Lights featuring an awesome DYI kit for the one and only original Bat Mobile (and the Green Hornet’s car too). New in stock this week, we have new cars and Race sets from NSR and Scalextric. Come on in and browse around… Enjoy!

Just announced

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 743 2006 Camaro 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT

AMT 745 1966 Chevy Nova 1/24 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 824 Batmobile (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT

POL 884 Green Hornet (60s TV show) 1/32 scale KIT. Preorder now! – $59.99

Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue

Racer SL05MB Ferrari 250 GTO metallic blue. Preorder now – $179.99

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963

Racer SL07 Ferrari 250 GTO, Laguna Seca 1963. Preorder now! – $179.99

On the way to us now from Scalextric

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si.

Scalextric C3217 BMW 320Si. Preorder now! – $49.99

New items in stock

NSR 04-#1 Ford MkIV 1967 LeMans winner

NSR 04-#1 Ford MkIV 1967 LeMans winner – $137.99

NSR 04-#2 Ford MkII 1966 LeMans winner

NSR 04-#2 Ford MkII 1966 LeMans winner – $137.99

These two cars have been made available as separate items by breaking up a limited number of the 2-car Ford LeMans winners sets.  These cars come in plain cardboard boxes.

NSR 1033 Porsche 917 white kit

NSR 1033 Porsche 917 white kit – $93.99

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20

NSR 1056 Porsche 917 Gulf #20 – $106.99

Scalextric C3223 Dodge Charger R/T, plain white - $42.99

Scalextric C3223 Dodge Charger R/T, plain white – $42.99

Scalextric C1252T Pro Racers race set

Scalextric C1252T Pro Racers race set – $159.99

 

Thanks for shopping with us!

The Electric Dream Team

www.electricdreams.com

Warehouse phone (310) 676-7600

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:

606 Hawaii Street, Unit B

El Segundo, CA 90245

We’re just minutes from LAX.

Catching up with Zippety Slot Cars

August 25, 2011 by  
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Here’s a cool article about zipperty slot cars, learn from the Expert Dale Grove on how to manipulate and race with your slot cars!

Dale Grove is off to the races and he’s inviting young and old to join him.

Slot cars may seem as a blast from the past for some adults.

They have, however, been brought up to date at Zippety Slot Car Racing, which opened in July across from Valu-Mart in the Bay.

Two tracks, a six-laner and a two-laner, lovingly crafted by Grove himself, offer the opportunity for eight people at once to race each other at the same time.

The cars work on the same principle as trams and trolley cars, where a low voltage electric current runs in the slot, the car makes contact with it and it powers a small electric motor in the car.

The car’s “driver” has a controller that regulates the flow of electricity and the speed of the car.

If you go too fast, you’ll crash on the curves.

If you go too slow, you lose the race.

Incidentally, it’s all hooked up to a computer that will measure your laps in one hundredths of a second.

Grove has been taking his smaller track to the Barry’s Bay Farmers’ Market on Friday afternoons, where anyone can try it out.

Or drop by the store and let Grove give you a lesson in speed racing.

It’s fun.

Barry’s Bay

Slot Cars Evolution

July 21, 2011 by  
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Slot racers play to stay in the groove. Read more about the evolution, downfall and the rise of slot cars.

There was a time when a slot car racing set was a prized part of any youngster’s toy collection and then along came Mario Kart.

Scalextric gradually morphed into PlayStation and most commercial slot car centres closed down, but the hobby hasn’t quite gone the way of high-tops, music cassettes and stonewash jeans.

From the late 1950s through to the 1970s, slot car racing was big business. Hugely popular in Europe, manufacturers such as Cox, K&B, Scalextric and Revell also distributed their cars and track throughout Australia, and there was no shortage of places to race them.

An enthusiast who runs Way2fast Model Car Racing in Fyshwick, Steve Winchester, said he remembered a time when there was a slot car track in every second suburb.

”Then along came computers and most of it died off,” he said.

The 55-year-old opened the business in 2009. Increased demand meant a move to bigger premises in January this year, but it remains Canberra’s only dedicated commercial slot car raceway.

A former printer, Mr Winchester initially started taking a portable track to Tuggeranong Market and various swap meets to gauge demand.

So a semi-retirement project turned into a business which is now ”doing quite well”, and Mr Winchester remains one of his own best customers.

Canberra has two slot car clubs, the Southside and Northside, and members of both regularly race at the Fyshwick track.

A civil engineer and owner of about 700 slot cars, Alvaro Amorim, belongs to the Southside club. He says there isn’t too much panel beating required after regular Wednesday night competition.

Amorim hopes to qualify in a three-person team for the Ninco World Cup to be held in Spain in September.
Slot cars do not have a magnet to help them stick to the track, and watching a novice race is akin to a miniature demolition derby. Marshals man the track to re-slot crashed cars as quickly as possible.

Cars can reach up to 70km/h and Mr Winchester says just because they are smaller that doesn’t deter their owners trying just about anything within the rules to make them go faster. ”You can tune your car, change the tyres, change from plastic gears to metal gears, change the plastic wheels to aluminum or magnesium wheels, move the weight around with plasticine, shave the chassis …” he said.

Amorim believed there were a few parallels to be drawn between slot car racing and becoming a good driver on the open road.

”It’s fantastic to see the kids coming down and developing their skills on the track.’

Slot cars play to stay in the groove

Slot Cars Online Business

July 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Slot Car News

Here’s a successful story about a slot car business that rapidly grows his business with the help of internet thru Online Shopping.

Online shopping is an ever-increasing force in the retail industry. But will there be a day when stores are completely replaced by websites? Sarah O’Connor reports.

When Peter Van Horssen set up a website for his slot car business almost 10 years ago, he sold two or three items a month. Now, he sells two or three items a day.

It’s a clear reflection of how the demand for online shopping has grown and how important it is for retailers to have, at least, a basic online presence.

Mr Van Horssen, who owns Mobile Raceways in Dandenong, decided to create a website when he noticed his main competitor already had — and was taking some of his business.

‘‘I could see my competitor using it as a tool to gain more sales,’’ he said. ‘‘People would mention his name when they came into the store, even though he was in NSW. I thought wow, obviously they’re purchasing from him as well.’’

When Mr Van Horssen created the website in 2002, it was mostly a page with contact details and a few online shopping opportunities.

With the help of an IT expert, the site has expanded to sell about 3500 products, with photo galleries, event information, party booking details and a slot car and hobby forum.

The site has no boundaries and reaches international customers.

‘‘We’ve recently had a very good customer in the Philippines and he has spent thousands of dollars,’’ Mr Van Horssen said.

‘‘He’s sent us photos. He’s purpose built this huge shed out the back with a huge track, fully decorated — he’s got 1100 figurines and 11 double-storey grandstands down the main straight, trees and grass and fencing, it looks amazing. It’s good when you collect customers like that.’’

Dr Sean Sands of the Australian Centre for Retail Study said 50 to 70 per cent of people conducted online research before visiting a store.

He said that it could be something as basic as checking the store’s location which proved it was ‘‘crucial’’ for businesses to be online. But he said websites would never end the physical shopping experience — ‘‘people still enjoy shopping, that’s not going to change’’.

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Slot Cars Zipping Toward the Bay

July 13, 2011 by  
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Dale Grove shows his slot car race track. He will be bringing the activity to the Barry’s Bay area sometime this month.

For his 10th birthday, Dale Grove was given a small slot car set. Ever since, they have never ceased to give him a thrill and now he is going to share that feeling with the people of Barry’s Bay and area. Zippity Slot Cars will be opening in July.

Grove has built the two tracks that will be available in the store, a large six laner and a smaller two laner. He expects most of his clientele will be children and teens, but he adds, “When I lived in Mattawa, there was an adult slot car club in North Bay that I used to go to. The adults had just as much fun as the kids.”

For those who have never seen them, slot cars are miniature reproductions of racing cars, connecting through the slot in their lane to an electric current varied by the car’s controller through his or her hand-held device. The greater the current, the faster the speed of the car. The curves and “hills” built into the track add to the challenge, and a “champion” develops a level of skill that brings his car in constantly ahead of the others.

Slot cars are usually models of actual automobiles, though some have bodies purpose-designed for miniature racing. Most enthusiasts use commercially-available slot cars (often modified for better performance), others motorize static models, and some “scratch-build,” creating their own mechanisms and bodies from basic parts and materials.

HO slot cars work on a similar principle, but the current is carried by thin metal rails that project barely above the track surface and are set farther out from the slot. The car’s electrical contacts, called “pickup shoes”, are generally fixed directly to the chassis, and a round guide pin is often used instead of a swiveling flag.

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John O ‘Brien Slots of Fun

July 13, 2011 by  
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Here’s a good story about John O ‘Brien. John has been collecting slot cars since he was a kid. This developed into hobby and now John competes yearly at the HO Professional Racing Association (HOPRA) held on June 23-26 in Noblesville, Ind.

From initially thinking of selling off his cars and track, O’Brien, who has taught math in Belleville grade schools the past 19 years, enjoyed his finest showing on the national stage by placing 12th in the Neo Modified category.
“I actually went up into the attic to put everything on eBay,” said O’Brien, 41. “Next thing I know I was building a track.”

For the uninitiated, slot cars are powered miniature cars that race around grooved tracks. Like most young boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s, O’Brien began his fascination with this form of racing after seeing the Aurora AFX cars and tracks sold in the Sears Wish Book as well as buying cars at the now-defunct Two Guys department store.
“The next thing I know I had a 4×8 sheet of plywood covered with track,” O’Brien laughed.

However, hobbies changed and O’Brien packed away his cars and track until about 2005. Although the cars he originally bought for $3-4 now sold for $30-40, he decided to keep his old collection.

After tooling around with his old cars, he looked up some local H.O. clubs where he could compete with others who still enjoyed the competitive charge of their childhood hobby.

“I had no idea what I was up against when I showed up to that race with one car and a controller,” O’Brien said.
These days, O’Brien has spent “several thousand” dollars on his collection of 400-plus slot cars, some of which are custom-made and cost up to $300. And instead of competing on the old, snapped-together plastic tracks of his youth, raceways are now often made from formica or linoleum.

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The Stig Used to Work for Scalextric

September 3, 2010 by  
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TOP GEAR’S unmasked race ace The Stig once worked as a test driver for Scalextric.

Ben Collins, 35, who has been revealed as the mystery star, ensured the toy motors were as realistic as possible.

He was a marketing boss at the slot-car racing firm, based in Margate, Kent, in the early 2000s.

Ben had to race prototype cars with the hand-held controls to see how they performed.

He also checked that the Scalextric models of F1 cars were as authentic as possible by liaising with motor racing teams such as McLaren and Williams.

A Scalextric spokesman said: “Ben Collins worked here as a part-time brand manager for two years or so in the early-2000s.”

A source at company, now a member of the Hornby group, said: “Ben was brought in as part of a drive to make our model cars more detailed and of a better quality. His job in marketing was to liaise with racing teams like McLaren to ensure that we got the licence to make exact replicas of their car.

“Ben was hired because of his connections with motor racing and the fact that he had driven a lot of the cars.”

“This was shortly before he became The Stig on Top Gear. We knew him only as Ben but he was a really nice bloke.”

Ben’s cover was blown after he won a £100,000 court battle with the BBC to reveal his identity in his forthcoming autobiography The Man In The White Suit.

But he is now facing the chop from the show, which attracts 8million viewers, and bosses are considering killing off the character.

Source: London Daily Star

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