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Scalex­tric: The Ul­ti­mate Guide Adrian Nor­man and Roger Gill­ham

RRP: £49.95 Some books re­ally are a labour of love, but of­ten fail to gen­er­ate wider ap­peal as not ev­ery­body shares the same hobby or in­ter­est to that of the au­thor. How­ever, chances are if you are into mo­tor­sport, you had a Scalex­tric set as a kid… or even still do as an adult – I know I do!

If you have an in­ter­est in one of the world’s best-loved toys – or ‘scale model rac­ing sim­u­la­tion de­vice’ as us adult en­thu­si­asts call it – then Scalex­tric: The Ul­ti­mate Guide, 8th Edi­tion is se­ri­ously worth a look.

The book, writ­ten by Mini Chal­lenge racer Adrian Nor­man and Roger Gill­ham, charts the his­tory of the de­vel­op­ment of Scalex­tric, from the orig­i­nal tin-plate cars to the mod­ern plas­tic ver­sions and their pow­er­ful mini-mo­tors.

The se­cond half of the book is truly fas­ci­nat­ing – it’s a com­plete il­lus­trated cat­a­logue of ev­ery model car, set, track and ac­ces­sory the firm has ever pro­duced. It makes for a glo­ri­ous glance down mem­ory lane as you pick out ev­ery sec­tion you once had (or, ahem, still do have).

Pre­sented in 700 glossy pages the book is a true labour of love, but it’s likely to be some­thing you’ll love too. RL

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