Slot car racing, which fifirst first boomed in the 1960s and ‘70s, has experienced a renaissance globally thanks to advances in realism and an ever-expanding vehicle range. Locally, the comeback has been driven by the availability of classic Aussie touring cars.
If you’re reading Australian Muscle Car, there’s a pretty good chance you’re the guy who had – or has – a big ol’ box of Scalextric track stashed in the attic. The good news is that you can probably plug it in and play today; the world’s favourite 1:32-scale slot car system hasn’t fundamentally changed in these past 30 or 40 years.
The even better news is that, beyond the actual track, everything else has.
Since a Spanish-led revolution around 20 years ago, slot cars have leapt ahead in their display-model quality and finish, the technology that drives them and the breadth and accuracy of models represented. And it’s no coincidence that the automotive eras that are best represented tend to be the 1960s and ’70s – right in the heart of muscle car madness.
With slot car prices typically in the region of $60-$100, it’s all too easy to amass a David Bowden-sized collection in miniature.
Ford fans can stage their own 1977 MoffatBond 1-2 in the living room, or choose from other famous XB hardtop liveries. Holden-heads have been able to enjoy a selection of Torana L34s. Meanwhile, the Improved Touring battles of Moffat and Bob Jane can be reignited with Moffat Mustangs and T-Mart Camaros – albeit, now as collectable as they are fun to race.
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