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LEB Product Review: Carrera D124 BMW M1 Procar slot cars, #23821

While the BMW M1 didn’t make a huge impact on the racing world back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the looks of the car and the drivers that raced them left a small mark in the racing history books. BMW hoped to compete with the Porsches of the day, but failed to succeed. While the M1 wasn’t much of a race car, it is hard to not do a double take at the body design and eye-catching liveries they donned on the race track. We’ll take a look at Carrera’s version of the car driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1980, Carrera D124 BMW M1 Procar BASF, No.80 (item #23821).

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For those with experience racing Carrera slot cars, the fact that this car looks great is no surprise. While there may be a sponsor logo missing here or there for licensing reasons, the artwork that is present is clear, crisp, and brightly displayed. Although with the BASF livery, you may have to give yourself a shake to snap out of the trance you’re in created by the red and white paint scheme!

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I don’t want to jump ahead of myself, but when taking photos for this review, I happened to notice something that, while it makes no difference to the performance of the car, it does show just how detailed and to scale Carrera slot cars are. So imagine yourself following this M1 down the racetrack just hoping to get to the inside of the next turn. Too bad you won’t be able to because Hans sees you in his rear view mirror! Look closer!CarreraD124_BMW_M1_Driver_Rear_Small

Speaking of Mr. Stuck, the other details in the cockpit are impressive too!

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Looking at the underside of the car shows the guide setup that has become the standard on Carrera D124 cars, which includes a double braid system to insure good contact to the track while racing. You’ll also see the small, white dip switch that changes the car from digital to analog, as well as the IR sensor for digital operation. One other thing to notice is the part number stamped on the bottom of the chassis in white, in this case ‘23821’.

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Removing the body from the chassis is quick and easy by way of four screws, two near the front and two in the rear. With the body removed we can see the simple wiring that is nicely routed to and from the digital chip.

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The front and rear lights are each on separate boards and are held in place by housings made into the chassis.

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Taking a quick look at the parts that make this car go, we see the standard motor and gearing from Carrera, a 14 tooth brass pinion on the motor shaft and a 50 tooth spur gear on the rear axle. This gear combination give us a 3.57 gear ratio which is a nice setup for good top end speed as well as some quickness out of the turns.

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The half tray interior can be seen from the underside of the body as well as the mounting posts with threaded brass inserts and blacked out areas that prevent light from showing through the red body where it isn’t wanted.

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Now that we have taken a look at what makes this car not only look great but run great, let’s talk about how it runs on the track.

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Since the majority of folks that race slot cars do so with a car that is unmodified and raced on a plastic track, that’s how I did the testing for this review. I removed the car from the case, made sure everything moved freely, checked that the tires were on the rims correctly, and began testing.

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Right out of the case the car was smooth and quiet. All the lights worked as well as the digital functions of the electronics inside the car. The tires have sufficient grip and with help from the single bar magnet located just forward of the motor, the car zipped around the turns with ease.

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While the Carrera D124 slot cars are quite heavy compared to most cars that are geared to organized racing, this BMW has no problem going from zero to fast. Throttle response is very good between the controller and the car. Braking (completely letting off of the plunger of the controller) nets a stop in less than 24”. The combination of acceleration and deceleration makes for a very responsive car in both the straight sections of track and the twisty technical sections too.

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As with all of the Carrera D124 cars that I own, this one performs well. The quality is top notch in all areas and one would be pleased with adding this one to their collection. For those that are interested in scale racing, the Procar series was limited to the BMW M1 so your only option for a competitor car is the other livery of this same model that was just released, the Regazzoni, No.28, 1979 (item #23820). There are two more BMW M1’s scheduled for release sometime this year though, so a nice lineup of four of these cars racing around the track will be a great sight to see! You can see all four liveries being offered by LEB Hobbies HERE. Grab an M1, or two, and enjoy some friendly competition on the slot car track! And remember, when racing slot cars, if you’re not having fun you’re doing it wrong.

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by Jeremy ‘bibbster’ Bibbee
3/4/2016

Of Slot Cars, History, and Great Friends: Looking Back and Ahead to Tomorrow

by Jeremy ‘bibbster’ Bibbee
2/19/2016

This is one of those things that is difficult to talk about. Yesterday I learned of a friend’s passing, Mr. Marty Stanley. And when I say friend, well, let me give you a little back story.

I first met Marty by way of a forum on the internet where fellow hobbyists of slot car racing, building, and collecting liked to hang out; Home Racing World. We exchanged conversation through this forum for quite some time and our friendship began to develop. We would exchange messages via private message about the slot car hobby as a whole, as well as what we did to get our cars to run better, shortcuts to building chassis, and painting and decaling tricks.

From there our conversation moved to telephone calls that went across the miles between his home in Florida and my home in Tennessee. Conversing with Marty via private messages was one thing, talking to him on the phone was another. You see, his typed words very simplistically conveyed how much he enjoyed his slot car hobby. Whether you, as the reader, were a new person to the hobby or a seasoned racer from the 60’s (just like Marty), one could very easily feel a connection with him. He wanted the hobby to spread and grow and had no qualms with sharing his ‘secrets’ of slot car building. Speaking to him on the phone only confirmed what one was reading. His voice was soothing yet bold and expressed well, the passion he had for slot cars. Marty was the real deal.

I had the opportunity to first meet Marty just a few short years ago while visiting my family in Florida. We made plans to meet at one of his favorite restaurants so we could finally put faces to names and voices. I’ll never forget that day. As with many days in Florida, there was a random downpour that didn’t last long. There is nothing like being in an unfamiliar area in rain so heavy that you couldn’t see the street signs from ten feet away. Marty and his wife patiently waited for me, my wife, and my parents to arrive. At last we had made it and just as we pulled into the parking lot, the rain let up.

We made our way inside to find Marty, a tall and burly man with a striking white beard. One look and you instantly knew what kind of guy he was. He had that look and aura of a big teddy bear. Yeah, that sounds sappy, but anyone who knew Marty would agree. While snacking on appetizers, we chatted for what seemed like only minutes, but those minutes were actually several hours. I can only imagine how bored our families were by that time. We wrapped up our conversation and said our goodbyes. That is how Marty and I became friends.

Over the next year or so, we would converse on the phone about not only slot cars, but family, the state of America, and the weather. Sometimes calls were merely minutes just to say hello, other times it was in depth conversation about what-ifs of building slot cars. Out of one of those conversations came Marty’s opinion that the slot car world needed a motor pod for a FC-130 motor, also known as an S-can, in an anglewinder configuration. It’s hard to argue with a guy that clearly knew what he was talking about. After all, Marty had raced slot cars since the 60’s and could build a chassis that was nothing less than a masterpiece. So plans were made for Devis3D Designs, a 3D printing and design business that I am a partner in, to create the motor pod.

By this time, Marty had gone through some major changes in his health. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had not been given much time to live. To say Marty proved them wrong was an understatement. And while he was fighting the battle I was afforded a second opportunity to visit Marty and his wife.

Last Thanksgiving, my wife and I went to spend the holiday with my parents who had since retired to Florida, so I planned a trip to see Marty while there. I had asked my dad to make the three hour trek with me to visit with Marty. I thought it would be a good time for Dad and me to spend some time together as well. Dad and I headed up the fast paced interstate, which is less than boring when it comes to scenery, even in Florida. We arrived at Marty’s on schedule and were greeted by Marty’s wife, Barbara. She came to the door with a smile and ushered us back to Marty’s bedroom. You see, by this time the cancer had taken it’s toll and Marty was, for the most part, relegated to his bed. The tall burly man that I met a couple years ago had been reduced to someone who did not look like the Marty that I knew. It was terrible to see him that way.

Marty, Dad, and I chatted for a few minutes and at that point Marty had decided it was time to sit up. He called for Barbara and asked for his wheelchair. With help, he was sitting up and, for the time being, the pain was tolerable for him thanks to the medication he was taking. The conversation we shared included his concern for our country, faith, and of course, slot cars.

Marty again called for Barbara and he requested that she get his red pit box which included his tools of the slot car racing trade, as well as some 1/24 scale cars he had built. He was eager to show me one particular car that he had built for commercial track racing. After we discussed the reasoning behind why he built the car the way he did and how he did it, he said, “Do you still have your wood track oval?”, to which I replied, “Yes, sir.”. He said, “Well, then, I want you to have this. And since I painted two other bodies to fit the chassis for different race classes, I want you to have them too.” In one split second my mind went through several thoughts. You see, I knew in that instant that Marty wanted me to have that car because he knew his time on Earth was coming to a close. At the same time, though, I knew he wanted to be sure that he did his part to share and grow the slot car hobby. He knew that I shared that same passion and in my heart of hearts his gift of that chassis was more than a gift, it was a challenge. A challenge to take that chassis, study it, race it, and learn it. Once I had done that and made myself very familiar with it, then came the final challenge; to build one of my own, share it with someone, and grow the hobby. That was what made Marty who he was. He was always thinking a few steps ahead and I’m certain, that after talking to him over the years, that he thought that way in everything he did.

We ended our visit with Marty suggesting we take a more scenic route back home. Boy was he right! While my heart was saddened to see Marty in the state he was in, the scenery allowed me to appreciate that time with Marty even more. How could a guy in that condition want to make sure that I enjoyed my drive home? You see, that was Marty. The hustle and bustle of the interstate I had traveled earlier was now replaced with a slow pace which allowed me more time for reflection.
With that challenge from Marty I mentioned earlier in mind, I think back to the time I spent with Marty and all the conversations that we had. Those will forever be great memories for me of a man that was passionate about not only his hobby, but friends and family too. Looking ahead to tomorrow and days beyond, it will be tough for many family and friends as this great husband, father, grandfather, and friend is laid to rest. For those that knew him well, we’ll know that his is now in a much better place. I don’t know that there are slot cars in Heaven, but I do know that there is now one more person that I look forward to seeing again someday. For now, though, I’ll continue to remember the good times and be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to know Marty.

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An Opinionated Opinion

Back in July,  I made a comment about slot cars not being well known in America. ‘Well known’ may be a poor choice of words, let’s go with popular. Why are slot cars not popular in America like they seem to be in other parts of the world? Unfortunately, slot cars in America are not like opinions, not everybody has one. As much as I would like that to not be the case, it is what it is these days.

Like the 1964 ½ Ford Mustang, slot cars in America were all the rage of the mid to late ‘60’s. From what I have read and heard in discussion, there seemed to be slot car tracks all over the country at one time. Every hobby shop had a slot car track, and every city had at least one hobby shop, with larger cities having one on just about every street corner. Yes, if you wanted to learn about slot cars, it was very likely that your attention would be grabbed by these cars of the slot just by walking down Main Street and peering through the front window of your local toy or hobby shop. Not so today.

So here comes my opinion. Okay, maybe you’ll get more than one of my opinions but nevertheless, feel free to disagree, as long as we’re talking about slot cars, I don’t mind. But first, a little back story of my early experience with slot cars, which, for this blog, is key I think.

My first introduction to slot cars was a trip to my best friend’s house back in the mid 80’s (the 60’s was a little before my time). He had an HO set, Ideal TCR, with what I think was a couple Corvettes. He had it and as with all kids, I wanted it. So it wasn’t too much later and Santa Claus brought me my very own slot car race set. It was made by Ideal and was themed, ‘CHiPs’. Yep, that’s the show. Ponch and John chasing down the bad guys. It featured gray track to look like a highway, a CHIP motorbike and a ‘bad guy’ van, black with flames. That van was bad looking, and by bad, I mean awesome! I played with the set off and on, but it didn’t go together very well so it usually stayed under my bed in the box. I had that set up until about 10 years or so ago and only wish I still had it for sentimental reasons.

I was blessed, or cursed, depending on how you look at it with another HO set made by Ideal. This time, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’. Same story as the ‘CHiPs’ set; the track connections were poor, and something I didn’t mention earlier, the cars were just too darn fast. As a kid, I wanted to go fast. Had I known then what I know now, I would have enjoyed the set much more. If I had learned to slow down, I’d had been much better off. In reality though, when you are pretending to be one of your T.V. heroes chasing bad guys or outrunning the law, the last thing you want to do is slow down.

I think that the demise of HO slot cars is a good comparison to the slot cars of the 60’s. For the true hobbyist, you knew the ins and outs of slot cars; how to drive them, tune them, and get the most enjoyment out of them. For home racers, well, let’s face it, mass market, those important things did not transition well from the local hobby track to the kids playing with a set on their bedroom floor. The corporations that wanted to cash in on the rage of slot cars missed that important step. In addition, home racing sets, the cars, the track, the controllers, were no comparison to the items found at the local raceway most of the time.

So jumping to present day, the hobby shops have all but been replaced by the internet. Unfortunately, the consumer doesn’t get the interaction from the internet that they would from a hobby shop. You can walk in a hobby shop and actually touch the cars, but more importantly you can talk to people who are into the hobby and garner information from them as to how you can really get the most out of the slot car and all of it’s working parts. Not only that, but the nuances of actually ‘racing’ the slot cars. Consumers today rarely get any of this when they buy a set from the internet and set it up on the floor. Sure, they get a printed sheet that tells them how to put their set together, how to adjust the braids on the car, and maybe lubrication points, but that’s about it.

Okay, now you’re saying, “But there are online slot car forums where consumers can get all this great information.” Guess what? You are right, but how do the consumers know that these forums exist? Obviously in this day and age some of those individuals will search the internet and hopefully find one of them, but far too many will get frustrated with the set and/or cars and give up. Where we, as hobbyists will be thrilled to find their purchases in a yard sale or local thrift shop. So how in the world can we expect the hobby to be popular here in the USA if consumers have no first point of contact helping them out? Do manufacturer’s and retailers really care? Are they just fine with the one time sale as they wait for the next one to happen?

So now I’m ruffling feathers at this point. Good! Now take that anger and hostility and put it to good use by helping grow the hobby! How? Share your hobby with as many people as you can and as often as you get the opportunity. Support the retailers that truly care about the hobby, the ones that will not only sell a set to a soccer mom, but will offer to help her with input on setting it up. Those that will offer to show the kids how to enjoy the hobby at speeds that don’t have to be full throttle all the time. There are actually retailers out there that care to this extent and don’t just see dollar signs.

What if shops and online retailers, in addition to giving the customer a receipt, offered up a ‘We’re here to help you” card. A card that says they, the consumer, can contact the retailer anytime for help because they care and WANT them to enjoy the hobby by getting the most out of it they can. Oh sure, there are those that say they are there to help, but offer more! Offer up some racing tips that are both kid and adult friendly. Remember, the folks that we need to enjoy this hobby are the ones that have never done it, not the guys that have been racing slot cars for decades.

Joining a forum or frequenting a hobby shop and talking to the guys that are already in the hobby isn’t growing the hobby. Sure, we buy new products when they come out, and buy aftermarket parts when we have a car we want to tune or build, but that isn’t growing the hobby. All that is is the same group of people supporting the same group of retailers, who in turn, support the same manufacturers. Essentially, that’s only supporting the hobby and trying to keep it alive. We’ve got to reach out to folks that know nothing about the hobby and get them interested, and keep them interested.

Okay, enough with the doom and gloom already, right? Let me give you a good example of what I am talking about. I’ll give the condensed version now and if you want the details, you can get in touch with me later. I went to a hobby shop in Memphis about 15 years or so ago. There was a group of guys racing slot car, and one of them saw my interest. He wasn’t the store owner, but just a guy that liked racing 1:32 scale slot cars. He came over and began talking to me about it. By the time I left, he had given me one of his very own cars to help get me started. THAT is what I’m talking about. No, I’m not saying give away your slot cars one at a time to get folks interested. I’m talking about taking the time to share your hobby with someone new. The thing I remember most about that day was that he didn’t force his hobby on me. He showed me the track, how the controllers worked, how a car was put together and operated and a few tips on racing.


Having that friendly conversation was much more pleasant than some of the conversations I’ve been a part of where folks try to force their ideas on how slot car racing should be. New people in the hobby don’t need to know about all the crazy 10 bazillion magnet downforce racing, 18V of nutzo power, beam me up controllers, and ‘have to have’ these go fast parts, to have fun. They just need a basic understanding of how their set and/or cars work and then they can build on that. They have to be interested enough in the beginning to stick around and keep coming back, not turned away because they don’t have the latest and greatest of everything. The hobby is about having fun with friends and family and enjoying it. If we as hobbyists, dealers, and manufacturers don’t offer that, nobody will want to do it and the hobby will again, repeat it’s demise of the 60’s. So share the hobby with someone new and enjoy some simple slot car racing with them.

Jeremy ‘bibbster’ Bibbee

Slot Cars: Why I Do What I Do

When someone asks me what hobbies I enjoy, I eagerly reply with, “I race slot cars.” And most of the time the look I get back is the same as what is going through the inquirer’s mind, “What are slot cars?” As much as I’d like to think that everyone knows what a slot car is in America, they don’t. But that is a conversation for another day. After the brief explanation as to what a slot car is, I then get asked, “Why do you still play with toy cars?” This is often followed up with, “You’re an adult.” I really love people sometimes.

So with the question posed, my mind swirls with the best possible answer for the person in front of me that most likely won’t ‘get it’ no matter what I say. Although, sometimes I get the person who wants to know where to buy slot cars. While slot cars are not for everyone, here is why they bring me enjoyment.

As a kid, I grew up listening to stories of my dad and his real world experiences with theAmerican automobile. No, not slot cars, but real, life size, gasoline burning, tire smoking, cars. You see, my dad grew up in the muscle car era. Stories of big block Corvettes, Chevelles, and Impalas, along with the swift and nimble underrated 1968 Dodge Dart GTS, abounded as I grew up. Watching and helping my dad fix our family transportation also instilled in me a fondness of the automobile.

As I continued to grow, a talent in me started to develop. One that many folks call ‘artistic ability.’ I like to draw, paint, make, and design all sorts of art and art related things. As I began to understand art and all of its many facets and intricacies, I also began to look at automobiles much differently. Enter the Ford Mustang. The car that set the stage for what was to come in my appreciation of the automobile. I know, cliché right? Bear with me if you will.

As my passion for the Mustang developed, my dad would make sure that I attended a car show here and there. What did I look for? You got it, the classic Mustangs. The various body lines, the curves, the angles, the strategically placed ornaments, these weren’t just cars, they were rolling art. As I got a little older, I began looking at all cars differently. What were just cars to some, was actually a designer’s dreams and ideas as to what a particular car should look like. And that passion for design goes all the way back to the very first introduction of the automobile.

With my love of all things automotive, I still appreciated the classic Mustang, but I also began to appreciate other cars as well. When you are standing next to a 1948 Tucker, a 1963 Galaxie or Cutlass, or a 1957 Thunderbird, and look at the car, I mean really look at it, you’ll see what I mean. Look past ‘the car’ and look at each individual piece, and not only the body, but the interior and the engine compartment too. The vintage American automobile is amazing!

Just when I thought I had seen it all when it came to rolling art, enter the foreign automobile. Yes, my artistic eye and passion for cars was about to get a major rush of adrenaline. Sleek, sexy, and refined, all words I use to describe the Ferrari GTO, Jaguar XKE, and Porsche 911. Those are just a few of my favorite cars from the other side of the pond, but all are absolutely beautiful pieces of machinery. Sure, they have boots and bonnets instead of trunks and hoods, but they are still gorgeous!

So now that you know my history with cars, here is why I still play with toy cars. With time comes change, and one change is the value of cars. I remember seeing the classified ads in the back of muscle car, hot rod, and other auto related magazines as a teenager, and thought many a time how cool it would be to have enough cash to buy one of those cars. For example, a DeLorean. When I was a teen, you could buy them for a few thousand dollars. They were ‘lousy’ cars that nobody wanted. Well, except the pimply faced boys looking at them in classified ads. These days, you’d have to add a zero to that couple thousand dollars to buy one. And a classic muscle car or Porsche in just about any flavor…well, you better have some major cash tucked away.

Slot cars are small scale cousins to the real thing and can be had for a much lower price. Sometimes for fun during casual conversation, I tell folks I have several classic cars, including Mustangs, Porsches, Ferraris, and vintage race cars such as Richard Petty’s Plymouth and Dan Gurney’s Eagle Weslake. Of course, they call my bluff. I only have the Mustang, but that’s when I take the opportunity to tell them about all the wonderful makes and models of cars that are available in a smaller scale. I go on to tell them that not only can you afford these model cars but you can race them too! That, of course, leads to much more conversation than they probably were looking for, but anytime I get the opportunity to share my hobby with others, I do it.

So, now you know why I enjoy slot cars so much. Well, at least one of the reasons anyway. And in the slot car community, you’ll hear this same or similar story as well. I’ll share with you other things about the hobby that I enjoy some other time. Things that add to the pleasure of these little scale models that we affectionately call…slot cars. You can look at all the classic and modern slot cars for sale at LEBHobbies.com, the place that takes my hobby to the next level.

Jeremy ‘bibbster’ Bibbee

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Slot Cars

The average person has probably heard of “slot cars” at some point in their life; while most may not know exactly what it is, slot car racing has been around since the 1930’s.There is a significant segment of the hobbyist population that races slot cars in competitions, and while popularity may have risen and dropped several times over the past eighty years, there is still a core group of enthusiasts who race these small-scale vehicles. Slot cars are considered to be “classic” and oftentimes, worth a good amount of money. Many collectables are often modeled after real-life vehicles, making them very valuable. Just as vehicles change shape and size over time, slot cars often imitate vehicles of their respective time period.

What is a slot car and how does it work?

A slot car is a miniature scaled automobile that is powered by a small electric motor. Scales include: 1/28, 1/24, 1/32, 1/42 and 1/64 or HO. The cars are raced on a track that has a groove for each vehicle lane, and the slot car has a small pin or blade that extends from the bottom and into the groove.  The contacts for the electricity are picked up by the swiveling blade, or “guide flag” on the slot car, which provides the power to run around the track. The vehicle is controlled by a hand-held speed controller that filters in the voltage amount; the more that the trigger is pressed, the faster the car can go. The two types of controllers that are used are called analog and electric controllers. Analog slot car controllers allow the car to accelerate by distributing the desired amount of voltage to the car. Electronic controllers, unlike analog controllers, do not use the variable resistance method for power delivery, but instead use an electronic circuit to dispense the correct amount of voltage to the car. Because electric controllers offer improved control and the ability to command a wide array of cars, this type of controller is most recommended for a beginner.
What are the main parts of a slot car?

·         Body/Shell – The top of the slot car is molded and scaled to a real vehicle. The shape actually does not influence the car’s performance, as it would for a real car. Instead, the mass and distribution of the weight affects the car’s performance.

·         Interior – The interior often features a real driver and imitates the interior of the real, life-size vehicle. The driver and interior are typically modeled just below window height to allow more room for the motor. It is usually clipped or glued to the body shell.

·         Chassis – The bottom part of the car is called the chassis, which is often one piece but can be made with a separate motor pod section. This piece attaches all of the other parts.

·         Motor – The electric motor is what powers the slot car, placed at the front, middle, or rear of the car. It can be in-line, sideways, or at an angle. Like a real car, small gears transmit the power from the motor to the axle.

·         Axle – The axle is the steel rod in which the wheels are attached to.

·         Guide or Guide Flag – This is a plastic fin with the ability to pivot, which sits on the slot of the track and holds the braids.

·         Braids – Copper metal contacts or copper braids provide power to the car by making contact with the rails on the track. It’s important that these are adjusted correctly for optimal car performance.

·         Magnet – Front and rear magnets provide force to keep the car on the track.

·         Chip – This refers to the circuit board which interprets signals on the track and operating the motor for digital cars. Some conventional cars have a chip to control the lights, but many do not have a chip at all.

What are slot car racetracks made out of?
Slot cars include a variety of other features and parts and differ depending on when the car was made and the maker. The majority of the slot car racetracks used for home races are made from molded plastic snap-together track sections. This allows the racer to reconfigure their track at will. The tracks used for competition are often hand-built; the guide slots for the vehicles are routed into a type of sheet material, generally either medium-density fiberboard or chipboard. Voltage supplied to the track by the power supply is typically between 12 to 18 volts and 1 or 2 amps.

What types of slot cars are best for beginners?
Cars of the 1/32 scale are most recommended for beginners, as they are very durable and are actually the most common size among hobbyists. The cars with very strong magnets are good for beginners initially, but may limit the development of driving skills. As racing skills develop further, the magnets are needed less and less and you may find you need to update your slot car as your skills progress.

What types of racetracks are best for beginners?
A simple track plan allows one to learn how to drive properly and enjoy the hobby. Sometimes an oval of track is best so that beginners can learn the fundamentals of accelerating, braking and controlling speed in the corners.  A more elaborate and challenging track can be then enjoyed after some skill has been developed. Unfortunately, many sets do not have a good track layout for beginners.  The beauty of plastic track is that you can configure a simple oval first, practice and then expand the layout with the balance of the track to make a more challenging circuit.

Clubs are a perfect way to get more involved in the hobby. Whether it’s a few people getting together informally to share tips and run their cars for fun, or large clubs that are a little more serious, joining a club will allow you to get the most out of slot car racing. Major competitions do exist on large tracks in commercial raceways, but these are typically for 1/24 scale cars, which require more sophisticated cars and equipment.

Slot car racing is a wonderfully diverse hobby that can stay with you for a lifetime and can be shared by generations of enthusiasts.  Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, there is always something new to keep you in high gear!

Lynne Bernhard