A slot car is driven by a 12-volt electric motor, powered by pickups in the track surface. A guide under the front of the car keeps it on the track and the voltage is varied by a resistor in the hand controller – accounting for braking and acceleration.
Wellington Slot Car Club was established in 1998. It has 15 members and meets each Thursday, 7.30pm. Website: www.zippitynz.com/WSCC.htm.
A ready-to-race car will set you back about $100. Hand controllers are more expensive but clubs often provide basic models.
Decades later: Paremata slot racer Russell Levy says his passion for the pastime was rekindled when he attended a competition two years ago. ‘‘I was racing slot cars when I was 17, now I’m 57. I love the competition, the camaraderie and it’s a lot of fun.’’