SLOT MA­CHINES

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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.’’

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