Always interesting to see a Scalextric car before the livery is applied. Collecting plain coloured cars is a popular theme for collectors. Here’s C0139 before the dark blue Parmalat decoration was applied. It was not released as a plain white car. The trend for plain white cars has been quite common in the 21st century but very unusual before then, making this Brabham an interesting item.
BACK IN PRINT! The “Scalextric – The Ultimate Guide, 8th edition” NOW AVAILABLE.
Over 700 pages. Now with a ‘Collectors check box’ feature in the also new Gallery section. This book is a complete history of Scalextric. The business history, the products, the events, the competition history, the evolution and development, complete inventory listings of Sets, Cars, Accessories, Track, etc., etc. If you need to know ANYTHING about the history of Scalextric from the 1950s up until 2015 then this is THE book for you.
‘MARGATE SCALEXTRIC OPEN-DAY AND SWAPMEET’
Venue: Bay Point Sports Club, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9L.
Date: Sunday 16th July 2017
Time 10am to 4pm for the public. (2:30pm for traders)
Tables: 3m @ £25, 1.8m @ £20
Contact: Adrian 07464 992000
* The event celebrates the 60th Anniversary of SCALEXTRIC, is aimed at attracting local people as well as collectors and racers. With a rich history of Scalextric in the area we hope that many ex-Scalextric employees will visit.
* Track layouts for the public to try out.
* Trade and enthusiasts stalls for swapping, selling, buying.
* Club and Magazine stands.
* Advertised on local radio, papers and social media.
* Ample parking, easy loading access and a large sports field with table/bench areas. Access for the disabled.
* Full amenities with all-day breakfast, cooked lunch, coffee, tea, a bar, a restaurant, rest rooms and ‘break-out’ rest areas.
* Film show of the history of Scalextric in cinema room.
* The venue, with easy access via Calais-Dover, is geographically central to Paris, Brussels, Rotterdam, Aachen, Manchester, Swansea, Plymouth and Hull.
* The venue is 15 miles from Dover, 5 miles from the Hornby/Scalextric Visitor Centre and old factory.
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INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF SLOT CAR CLUBS
The International Federation of Slot Car Clubs (IFSCC) has been created by the NSCC (UK) and the SLN (Dutch) clubs out of a desire to bring together slot car clubs and enthusiasts from across the world.
The International Federation of Slot Car Clubs is an international body that brings slot car clubs together in order to co operate and collectively represent the interests of the member clubs, be they clubs focused primarily on collecting slot cars or on racing slot cars.
The International Federation of Slot Car Clubs exists as an independent organisation in order to represent the member clubs in the spirit of fraternity and as a conduit for information and influence.
The Federation is a partnership that brings a collective voice to the manufacturers on behalf of member clubs. It will promote the hobby across the world acting as a conduit for information between member clubs, manufacturers, dealers and other stakeholders.
What are the goals of the IFSCC?
- To create an international partnership of slot car clubs that represents the interests of the members clubs when dealing with other stakeholders in the slot car world.
- To provide a collect voice when dealing with manufacturers, retailers, traders and the local, national and international media on behalf of the member clubs.
- To work together in order to share information and knowledge on slot cars both amongst member clubs, manufacturers and other stake holders.
- To act as a conduit for information to member clubs and also as resource for related information both to and from other stake holders.
- To raise awareness amongst manufacturers and retailers of the needs of members clubs both individually and collectively.
- To provide a collective voice when advising manufactures on all their products.
- To provide a collective voice for requesting and negotiating the production of specific products and limited editions from the various slot car manufactures on behalf of member clubs.
- To promote the hobby as widely as possible particularly with a view to encouraging young people to become involved in slot cars either as collectors or racers.
What will the IFSCC not do?
It will not exist to provide rules or governance for slot car racing nor will it in any way effect the independence of member clubs.
How can Clubs join the IFSCC?
Established slot car clubs will be able to join for the sum of £15 UK pounds or the equivalent sum in euros or other international currency. This will cover administration, web site and other costs.
Membership will be administered on behalf of the IFSCC by the NSCC and the SLN.
Who has the federation been created for?
Membership is available to properly constituted clubs. No individual membership is allowed. Any slot car club would be eligible for membership whether it is primarily focused on collecting slot cars or on racing slot cars.
For further information contact: Martin Baines on 01274 510245/07798 518035
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Thera Brok (SLN) email: email@example.com.
In October this year, the National Holidays Coach was auctioned. The story of the coach and the previously reported Rover 3500 becomes clearer with the following auction description for the coach;
Description: Scalextric Plaxton Paramount P3500 Coach – produced by Scalextric for National Holidays Travel Company, this coach was produced by Scalextric along with a Rover 3500 both in white with “National Holidays” branding, the crude finish on this coach is down to the production being out sourced by Scalextric and not up to the usual high production standards by Scalextric, this set would have been contained in what would have been a plain brown lift off lid box with track, transformer and other related items, this set was produced to be distributed throughout the National Holidays offices and high street travel agents within the UK for advertising purposes to appear in shop windows etc and various conventions, with various provenance from minutes of a National Holidays management meeting dated October 1982 stating there would be 50 Scalextric layouts for points of sale distributed around the UK and also noted that we have concluded discussions with Scalextric who are providing us with an exhibition stand for the ABTA Convention at Canne, we have also accepted their offer to produce at an extremely reasonable cost – a moving point of sale display for travel agency windows, also our point of sale material developed in conjunction with Scalextric is now nearly ready for supplying to travel agents – there will be a total of 50 sets and they will moved around agencies on a regular basis, this example uses the Leyland Roadtrain modified truck chassis with track guide and motor with rear axle assembly, finished in white with metallic grey windows and black painted window outlines, front and rear painted lights with “National Holidays” branding to sides and rear, construction is resin moulded body with plasticard style chassis and underside construction – rare and unusual item, requires some cleaning and displays really well. Also within this lot comes the Minutes relating to the Scalextric Coach from the National Holidays management meeting dated Thursday 14th October 1982. Overall condition is Good Plus to Excellent.
Catalogue 25 showed C333 and C334 as new releases for 1984, but these two cars in blue and yellow liveries were never released. The 2-door Sierra had the early separating pillar on the rear side-windows of the full-size car but, in the real world, the all-conquering Ford XR4i used in Touring car races around the world had the later full length rear side wondow. Perhaps this is the reason Ford didn’t give permission for this model to be launched in favour of the alternative SCALEXTRIC Ford Sierra we are now familiar with.
Below: A factory hand-made early Ford Sierra XR4i with the extra side-window pillar.