Scalextric Racing Truck – TEAM GULF

When you truly want to run something different? Race the trucks.

Scalextric entered the truck racing scene a couple of years ago with these generic “super-resistant” models. Basically this means a no-frills model that isn’t exactly a 1:1 prototype match. However, they are very close to the real deal and many enthusiasts appreciate the very low entry price.

I am not much of a racing truck fan, but I am a hopeless GULF racing scheme fan. As soon as this truck arrived at my dealer, in the cart it went.

These super resistant models do not come in standard cases, rather simple cardboard. That is just fine by me. I’m not a shelf queen collector and if it helps keep this price point low, I am all for it.

Quick Data

Height – 80 MM
Length – 170 MM
Width – 72 MM

Overall the artwork is well done. As  GULF fan, I just want it to look reasonably executed and Scalextric accomplishes that for me.

The models in the super-resistant line are perfect for beginners and younger drivers. Low cost/High Durability. That doesn’t mean none of the veteran enthusiasts won’t appreciate them, we do. Sometimes it is very convenient to have models like this when guests arrive. Go ahead…race’em!

Beat them, bang them…have fun. Meanwhile my more delicate models stay safely hidden.

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Dueling BTCC – Scalextric Match Up

This series from Scalextric has delivered some very challenging action on our home track. The first classic BMW E30 M3 and the 125 proved these new inline models were easily tuned and had the potential to become quite an interesting series if we added a few more.

Enter the VW Passat and MG6.

Both of these models represent 2016 teams from the BTCC.  And looking at prototype photos indicates Scalextric has done an excellent job capturing them in our scale.

Of course neither of these cars will inspire all of you, especially on this side of the big pond. 4 door sedans are just not the most appealing style and the series being based in the UK. Regardless of that, I have to give high marks to Scalextric on the execution. And to be very honest, there are plenty of slot cars we enjoy that we never heard of until someone released it in 1/32nd scale.

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Slot.it Chaparral 2E – Hap Sharp 1966

The combination of Slot.it and classic racing has delivered many great slot cars over the years and this 2E is near the top of that list. The history of Jim Hall and this car is one that auto racing aficionados are very well acquainted with it.  If you are not then by all means give this page a read. See? This is a pretty impressive classic.

As impressive as it is, veteran 1/32 enthusiasts may not be that excited. There has been several versions of this car offered in the past and almost all of my local racing friends have at least one if not more.

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But we sometimes forget that new enthusiasts arrive almost everyday. They read about some of these great models and they want to join in the fun. Sadly, sometimes the cars in question are long out of production. This is why this model is important in my eyes. A fresh release ready for the newcomer to experience.

Eye Candy

The model itself is very well done. Nothing is ever perfect in our hobby, but Slot.it did a very acceptable job for my eyes. I am not the hardcore rivet counter though. I am one of those “middle of the road” sort of people. If it’s very close and represents the 1:1 car well enough at speed on our track it’s more than acceptable to me. Many of my friends have zero issues with any scale inaccuracies as they didn’t purchase it to sit on a shelf. 

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Scalextric Ford Daytona Prototype

The Daytona Prototype series seemed like an odd choice for Scalextric to choose. This series is not the most popular, but there are those that follow it with a passion and having a new player in scale is a welcome sight.

One reason for the lack of a large fan club is most people simply do not like the look of the cars. And I cannot argue that because they certainly have a very unique shape. Just one of those types of cars that either you like or you don’t with no middle ground.

If you are not up to speed (ahem) on this series, here is an interesting overview. With the series going through a dramatic change for 2017, this mold by Scalextric will have limited liveries to produce, but with some creativity I can see it lasting for quite awhile.

This car represents the “Gen3” series of DP cars and the last of the series as we know it. As it is Scalextric did a fair job in 1/32nd scale. Nothing is ever perfect of course, but a clean and acceptable job all around for my eyes.

Quick Data
Height – 34 MM (36 MM @ Rear Wing)
Length – 145.5 MM
Width – 61.75 MM
Wheel Base – 87 MM
Weight – 74.8 Grams

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Scalextric Javelin

Scalextric 1/32nd Scale Javelin – 1971 Mark Donohue #C3731

Slot Car of The Year? In March? This could be true given all the buzz about this release. It’s easily the car of the year for Scalextric on this side of the pond and it is finally time to take a closer look.

How many years have we been waiting for this one? Since the day the first Mustang arrived in my shop back in early 2002, the pleas for this Javelin were heard. There have been many molds done over this time period but very few match the popularity of this one.

I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves. Overall I think Scalextric did a decent job of producing this in 1/32nd scale.

Quick Data
Height – 39.50 MM
Length – 151.5 MM
Width – 58 MM
Wheel Base – 87 MM
Weight – 72.2 Grams

By the numbers this car is VERY close to scale. It is slightly narrow but not enough to bother me.

This car is historic in so many ways. The dominance it had in the 1971 Trans-Am series was impressive to say the least. That year was called a “steamroller” with Mark Donohue at the wheel. He won seven races, including six straight, in this AMC Javelin. Donohue easily won the Drivers’ Championship along with AMC claiming the hands-down winner among the manufacturers.

Here is my video review.

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