Scalextric Holden A9x Torana

Sometimes it’s not about popularity or performance. This one is all about HISTORY.

1978 Sandown – Peter Brock – #C3927

And some might wonder why a car and driver far away from Missouri USA would appeal to me. Well, I appreciate motor racing history. Not just in my own backyard. From friends I have met thanks to our forum, and many hours reading about the racing in Australia, it was hard not to become a fan.

You can search for the history yourself. I will not spoil it for you. I will include a video that sort of sums it up rather nicely.

So it was time to order the Scalextric model.

This is FAR from the first Holden Torana from Scalextric.

But it is for me. It is just that other releases always seemed to take priority. Veteran enthusiasts will easily relate.  As far as I can tell, nothing has changed over the years. Just the paint.

Nothing is ever perfect in our hobby, but Scalextric executed this one well enough for my eyes. Some fine scale collectors and die hard fans of the 1:1 have found issues and I am no position to argue. I am just not that particular in some areas, so what was delivered is fine enough for me.

I felt the detail level was more than enough to hold my attention. Markings are clean enough, but I noticed just a hint of fading in the rear. Also some paint smudges, particularly in the rear around the bumpers. Not even close to a disappointment for me, but have to call it like it is.

Looking underneath we see the now standard inline configuration. 

I noticed right away that this car had the “Slimline” FF-050 motor. Given the RPM difference (almost 8000) between this motor and the standard FC-130 shown here in the Falcons, it just gave me pause. Seems Scalextric should have at least put the same motor in both the classics for compatibility.

But what makes it worse is the other reports I read stating this motor is 18K. It has never been 18,000. Not even the standard FC-130 is 18K. So keep this in mind if you plan to race this car against that classic Falcon.

So given the age of this mold, it was no real surprise to find these wheels in the rear. Those that have asked if they changed them to the new “15×8” standard?  The answer is no.

The only tires I had on hand to fit were the Paul Gage urethanes shown above. They fit well enough, but they need a good sanding to prevent them from rubbing the fenders. I would also suggest gluing them on the wheel. This is for non-magnet, wood track racers though. The stock rubber is pretty good when sanded and cleaned.

With this high RPM motor,  the car is quite the rocket. It easily outpaces my recent Falcon. No matter, I will swap a milder motor in it and then it can be more of a match. Tuning is what we do around here and I actually look forward to it.

As a stand alone model, I cannot really complain. It worked out of the box on standard Scalextric track with the magnet working it’s magic. Non-magnet and wood track racers will need to do some tuning, but that can be said for just about every ready to run car produced.

For veterans of these models, you likely are very happy. I am a little ashamed of not trying one sooner. There are not many models I have not tried, but this was one of them and now it’s off that “list”. (finally)

Overall I am happy with my first car in the series. I am also pleased the models are offered by USA dealers. With more and more manufactures simply copying each other and releasing the same old tired molds, I am becoming more particular in my purchases.  I do not need yet another Porsche 911 or Group 5 Capri that has been done literally to death. There is more to auto racing than Le Mans and Scalextric has a great niche with this series. You owe it to yourself to check one out. 

-Harry

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Scalextric GT40 MKII

Another iconic classic car from the past has arrived from Scalextric. Not just the 1:1 prototype past either, it has a lot history in our 1/32nd hobby. Ready for a trip back in time?

The 1967 World Sportscar Championship series started in Daytona. After Ford won the 1966 crown and still savoring the Le Mans trilogy win, a lot was on the line. The Ford Vs. Ferrari war was still raging.  The first race of the new season meant Ford had to reinforce their claim for fame. The result? FERRARI DOMINATION. So much for home field advantage.

Not a good start at all for Ford and the MKII. The second race in Sebring had to be the answer. Yet Ferrari was absent aside from private entries, and so the real rematch would come later.  This race would be historic as well. It would see the MKII to only be in the shadow of the next generation GT40 by Ford: The MKIV.

When the dust settled it was first win by the new MKIV. The victory wasn’t that sweet given the main Ferrari absence, but the podium was Ford’s nonetheless. Our MKII driven by A.J. Foyt and Lloyd Ruby took second.

This Scalextric warrior has some history all its own. It has been about 16 years since the first versions arrived here at HRW. Since about 1997 when Fly seemed to burst on the scene and treat us all to the detail level we had been waiting for,  companies like Scalextric had to answer the challenge.

In just a few years Scalextric had really improved. And not just in scale detail or fit and finish. The overall performance of this generation of slot cars is what really had quite a few enthusiasts very pleased. Stronger bar magnets, “Sport” versions with collector boxes and somewhat improved axles, and a chassis that would allow easy magnet location changes. Or additions depending on your taste.

The first generation releases of the GT40 were a really BIG deal. Here is a trip back in time to one of our early reviews. And the last time I picked a new one was back in 2012 shown here.

So veteran enthusiasts might look at this car and just say: “It’s just another GT40”.  And no denying it of course. But I still remember how fortunate we felt back then and feel the same way today. This is just one nice slot car.

On the outside, things look fine except the wheels. Yes, I know I am being picky. Some will really like the chrome. I just do not. These cars just did not have this level of chrome to them. It would have looked better using the 2003 gold wheels than these.  Researching this car even for 5 minutes should come to the same conclusion.

Aside from my opinion of the wheels, the rest of the car is very well done. Nothing I have not seen before, which is a good thing in my book.

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Carrera 1/32 First Responder Truck

We knew more versions of this truck were going to happen and this one fits right in with the first releases from last year. 

The idea is to have the front part and chassis to stay the same, with only changing the rear configuration. So mechanically it is the same as the first release of the wrecker we show here. ORIGINAL WRECKER REVIEW

This time we have the “first responder” configuration. So now we can get that fire put out using our cannon!

I think the detail level is more than adequate. This is a simple trackside novelty and also a mostly fictional creation. So in my eyes in plays the role perfectly.

It has lights and sound, just remember the sound functions only on the Carrera digital system.

This type of toy is not for everyone in our hobby, but Carrera deserves credit for creating a very unique offering. We see a lot of the same old molds over and over again, so just seeing this kind of creativity once in awhile is refreshing.

-Harry

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Sideways LG H GT3 – Limited Gulf Edition

This is yet another slot car I passed on when first released. I am just not a big fan of these modern supercars and the first presentation version in green certainly did not increase my appeal. That was then. This is NOW.

Intro Video

Although the Gulf scheme is part of the reason for my renewed interest, it was the feedback from other enthusiasts that really changed my mind. The reports of the on track performance had me anxiously awaiting my turn at the controls.

Weight Height Length Width Wheelbase Front Track Rear Track Motor Configuration/Gearing
85g 35 MM 144 MM 65 MM 84.50 MM 64 MM 64 MM 17,000 RPM  AW
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Under the case are parts for the chassis and of course on top is your patch. The round caps are for the chassis to install for chassis flex adjustment. The side pods are for if you went inline using a Slot.it pod. You will need to add screws for the caps which seems odd that they were not included. Also of note is the decals for the car. Tire side markings and the actual Lamborghini logos. Little wonder this car is labeled as a “LB H GT3”. 

As far as I am concerned, they did a nice job on the outside. The colors and design just work on this car better than I thought.

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Slot.it Audi R18 ULTRA

1/32 Slot.it Audi R18 Ultra No. 4 – 3rd Le Mans 2012 #CA38a

I suppose I am more of an “old school” enthusiast and mostly enjoy the sight of the classics come race day. However, there are those times when a modern Le Mans Prototype car is just the ticket for an afternoon of fun trackside. 

And for my own personal taste nothing beats the value of a Slot.it LMP.  Consistently a well balanced and smooth running slot car that doesn’t break the bank.

Markings and overall finish are just fine to my eyes. They usually are with Slot.it. New body changes here compared to first release but the chassis is the same.

It is also 4WD compatible. So you could build it up like the E-Tron Quattro Shown Here

You might say that a car like this is almost wasted on a simple home racer like myself. This a good example of competition grade gear and in the hands of the skilled racer, it’s a major contender on race day.

Well I’m no skilled racer to be sure. But these models show their worth regardless. Sometimes I do not WANT to rebuild a car just to enjoy some laps. It’s nice to just take a car from the case, slip on some tires and GO. That is basically all I had to do and happy for it.

So there you have it.  Just a smooth running car and I’m not going through a lot of the advanced tuning that many competition enthusiasts do. 

One more modern LMP in the line up for Slot.it. Fans of the series should be pretty pleased and impressed overall.

-Harry

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