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Slot Cars at the Peterson Auto Museum (Gallery)

July 30, 2010
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Slot Cars at the Peterson Auto Museum

Catalog this post under more cool stuff from the Peterson Auto Museum! We’ve just discovered that the slot car exhibit at the Peterson Auto Museum has received coverage online from Road and Track Magazine! We couldn’t be more excited. Thanks to the news getting out, on our local NPR station and getting a little coverage on Local news (ABC... [Read more ⇒]

Slot Cars in the News (ABC Los Angeles)

July 27, 2010
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Cool coverage of Slot Cars and our friends at the FARROUT Slot Car Racing Club. The story features Bruce Talamon and Stephen Farr Jones from the Farrout club. The story talks about the resurgence of Slot Car Racing and gives a preview of the Exhibit/fund raiser at the Peterson Automobile Museum that benefited MS Friends.  Read More →

Slot Cars at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles

July 23, 2010
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Slot cars are rolling into the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Farrout Slot Car Club and the museum are hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis relief group MS Friends. The club is also hoping to put the popularity of slot cars in the U.S. back on track. Listen to the Radio... [Read more ⇒]

Construction at the Electric Dreams Test Track

July 17, 2010
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We’ve been working on completing the modular scenery for our track.  The layout is built on standard office tables of various lengths arranged to fit the shape of the layout.  The scenery is constructed in modules that fit around the track and are easily removable.  The goal is to have a layout that looks like a permanently constructed... [Read more ⇒]

American Iron Track Test

May 30, 2010
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It looks like 2010 is very much the Year of the American Car, with TransAm, SCCA, and CanAm cars, along with the usual crop of NASCARs, coming from several different manufacturers.  The classic TransAm category is rapidly heating up with new cars from SCX and Pioneer arriving to challenge Scalextric’s Mustangs and Camaros.  The new arrivals... [Read more ⇒]

Carrera Mustang FR500C Performance Upgrade

May 25, 2010
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We like the looks of the Carrera 27134 Mustang, but it could use some help in the handling department.  Well, as it happens, we had a set of wheels and tires from a Scalextric Ferrari F430 lying around and noticed that the Mustang’s body and chassis left room for wheels and tires a lot wider than the skinny ones it comes with.  Would the Scalextric... [Read more ⇒]

Comparing Race Sets and Track Systems

May 17, 2010
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  We get a lot of requests from customers, especially those just starting out in slot car racing, asking us which brand of race set or track system to buy. Even some hobbyists who have been racing slot cars for some time still have not made a long-term decision about which track system to go with. At present, we carry the complete track systems... [Read more ⇒]

Drive Shafts

May 17, 2010
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The front-motor in-line arrangement seems at first to be an unlikely drive train configuration for a slot car since it places the motor’s weight at the opposite end of the car from where it’s needed for maximum cornering grip.   However, with the introduction of strong neodymium traction magnets it has been quite successful on cars for plastic... [Read more ⇒]

Breaking In a New Car

May 17, 2010
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We often get e-mails from customers asking about procedures for breaking in new cars.  There are all kinds of exotic, expensive, and intricate techniques being touted and debated on web sites, but for most home racers purchasing ready-to-run cars a few simple steps will suffice. 1.  Check the car to make sure there is no binding and all moving parts... [Read more ⇒]

Conventional Or Digital – Which Is Best For You?

May 17, 2010
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Slot car racing has been around sine the 1950s in its original form, the “conventional” or “analog”  version in which each car runs in its own lane.  Now, however, the new digital version, in which cars can change lanes to overtake and pass, is a rapidly growing part of the hobby.  As a result, there are more choices than... [Read more ⇒]

Making Your Spirit Porsche 936 Fly

May 17, 2010
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The Porsche 936 is one of my favorite LeMans cars.  When Spirit introduced their 1/32 scale 936s I was really looking forward to racing them with my race-tuned and modified Fly classic Ferraris, Lolas, and Porsches.  The Spirit 936, however, turned out to be a bit shy in the performance department compared with my Fly cars, especially when compared... [Read more ⇒]

Ninco Cobra Rebuild

May 17, 2010
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We all know there are lots of not-so-well designed slot cars on the market. I’m not talking about the common gripes, such as knurled axles and press-on plastic wheels, too-delicate wings and mirrors, or guide flags too long, thick, or deep to fit the slots on some brands of track. Those can be aggravating, certainly, but what I mean here... [Read more ⇒]

Javelin Kitbash On Pioneer Mustang Chassis

May 13, 2010
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In the time since the first Pioneer Mustang race car was released we have been totally impressed by the quality and performance of Pioneer’s cars.  Being the incorrigible kitbashers we are, we no sooner got our hands on a Pioneer Mustang than we had the body off of it and were test-fitting the chassis to all kinds of bodies to see what would... [Read more ⇒]

24 Hours of LeMans with Slot Cars

May 13, 2010
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Just because it fun… A short movie using Slot Cars to recreate the atmosphere of car racing during the Ferrari-Ford years. You can hear comments of the practice session and start of the 1965 race on background.  Read More →

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