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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.

A decades-long re­la­tion­ship be­tween Aus­tralian Scalex­tric dis­trib­u­tor Southern Mod­els and the Scalex­tric UK head­quar­ters ex­plains that brand’s monopoly on slot-sized Aussie mus­cle and cur­rent V8 Su­per­cars.

Amer­i­can mus­cle opens a world­wide

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