Slot cars

First time customers often inquire about the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the varied slot car manufacturers, so we have decided to dedicate a page to the subject and we will do our best to explain and define the characteristics of each slot car company.

Scalextric
The oldest of the slot car companies, Scalextric has been producing quality slot cars since the 1950’s.   We believe that the modern Scalextric slot cars offer the best value to performance and looks ratio.  For under $45 Scalextric offers cars with excellent detail inside and out, earth shaking performance right out of the box, and many of them have working headlights.  They also offer an economy line of cars that look great and perform flawlessly for $19.95 – $29.95.

Great Scalextric cars to consider:  MG Lola, Ford GT40s, Formula One cars, IRL cars

Slot Car Buyer's GuideFly
Fly, a Spanish company, has been around since 1996 and is largely responsible for the growth in the slot car market as it stands today.  Fly was the first company to introduce the extremely detailed (diecast quality) and extremely fast slot car.  In a single stroke Fly became the premier 1/32 scale slot car maker.  Since that time, however, the other companies have caught up to Fly and Fly’s standards in performance and detail have lagged as their prices have gone up and up. Retail prices for new Fly cars start at $64.95, however, we do still carry a large variety of older Fly cars at the retail price of $44.95.  Many out of production Fly cars have become desirable collector items (check Ebay) and this trend continues to this day as older cars go out of stock.

Carrera
Carrera is most noted for their track system, which is the favorite of many slot car enthusiasts.  Their cars are a great value usually costing under $35.  They do not perform at a Scalextric level, and they tend to look a bit toy-like in overall appearance but they do have a quality all their own and are very fun in their own right.  All Carrera 1/32 scale cars feature one adjustable magnet and their new releases feature two!  Carrera is also the only company at present producing 1/24 scale slot cars.

Some cool Carrera cars:  D-type Jaguars, vintage Stock Cars

 

NincoguideNinco
Another Spanish company, Ninco is also famous for its track system.  Ninco takes pride in producing slot cars that are very “loose”, thus delivering very realistic driving characteristics.  The cars in their “Classic” line have no magnets and are a hoot to drive as they are very easy to slide out, or “drift” in the corners.  Ninco is continually improving in the detail department and their latest releases are quite handsome.  Their Formula 1 cars with front steering are very popular.  Prices usually range from $44.95 to $59.95.

SCX
SCX is an independent offshoot of the Scalextric company, hence the name S-C-X.  SCX was the first company to deliver the 4 wheel drive slot car, present in their rally car models.  They also offer very realistic Formula One cars with front steering.  At $39.95 SCX cars offer quite a value, and with proper tuning they can compete with the best of them.  All SCX cars also feature an adjustable magnet.

Monogram
Anyone who raced slot cars in the 60’s will remember this brand name.  Having re-entered the slot car market, Monogram is producing some of the most beautiful slot cars available today.  Focusing on vintage American endurance racing, their performance and detail just keep getting better and better.  These cars have a very “old school” vibe and are reasonably priced at $44.95.

Choice Monogram cars:  Daytona Cobra Coupes, Grand Sport Corvettes

Autoart

A premier maker of 1/18 diecast models, Autoart has entered the slot car market with some stunning releases.  Autoart’s focus thus far has been on exotic street cars (Lamborghini Countach and Murciëlago), and WRC rally cars.  Their cars are beautiful and feature working headlights and are a steal at $34.95.  You won’t get Scalextric grade performance but with this much detail and at this price who’s complaining?  Look for a much larger selection in the days to come.

Slot-It
Slot-It makes highly detailed ready-to-run slot cars along with an assortment of upgrade parts of the highest quality.  Their cars are built to be very tunable and upgradeable and in top form will no doubt be the fastest cars in your stable.  They retail at $49.95.

Vanquish
Formed by ex-employees of the Fly company, Vanquish has been the topic of much controversy since their inception.  To start, their cars are closer to 1/28 scale than 1/32 (much to the chagrin of scale purists) and they offer a working rear differential that has not fared well in the public eye.  Their focus has been on reproducing the Can-Am cars from the late 60’s and early 70’s and they have recently introduced the vintage 1970’s Formula One theme.  After attending to the problems of the rear differential (which has become an easy fix) these cars do come to life and are quite fun to race with the magnet removed.  They are in the $55-$60 range.

In Summary
All of the cars offer up a great deal of fun and we recommend having at least one car from every company for you to compare and contrast.  We also recommend buying similar cars in pairs (i.e. same car in different color schemes) as this will not give the advantage to one driver or the other.  All brands of car work on all brands of track systems (Carrera, Scalextric, and Ninco), plus they are very durable and require minimal maintenance.  So let the fun begin.

For the Kids (and beginners)
As the slot car hobby presents a great gift idea for children we do have some recommendations.   There are several economy priced cars especially geared for the kids so that the dads don’t have to worry about their $65 Fly cars being wrecked by junior (or that annoying neighbor who likes to drive your cars harder than you like him to).  These cars have minimal body extremities (wings, side mirrors, etc.) and that makes for an extra durable car in the event of a crash.  These cars range in price from $25 to $35 (Scalextric and Carrera have many examples) and would make perfect stocking stuffers.

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May 13, 2017

Slot Car Buyer’s Guide

First time customers often inquire about the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the varied slot car manufacturers, so we have decided to dedicate a page to the subject and we will do our best to explain and define the characteristics of each slot car company.

Scalextric
The oldest of the slot car companies, Scalextric has been producing quality slot cars since the 1950’s.   We believe that the modern Scalextric slot cars offer the best value to performance and looks ratio.  For under $45 Scalextric offers cars with excellent detail inside and out, earth shaking performance right out of the box, and many of them have working headlights.  They also offer an economy line of cars that look great and perform flawlessly for $19.95 – $29.95.

Great Scalextric cars to consider:  MG Lola, Ford GT40s, Formula One cars, IRL cars

Slot Car Buyer's GuideFly
Fly, a Spanish company, has been around since 1996 and is largely responsible for the growth in the slot car market as it stands today.  Fly was the first company to introduce the extremely detailed (diecast quality) and extremely fast slot car.  In a single stroke Fly became the premier 1/32 scale slot car maker.  Since that time, however, the other companies have caught up to Fly and Fly’s standards in performance and detail have lagged as their prices have gone up and up. Retail prices for new Fly cars start at $64.95, however, we do still carry a large variety of older Fly cars at the retail price of $44.95.  Many out of production Fly cars have become desirable collector items (check Ebay) and this trend continues to this day as older cars go out of stock.

Carrera
Carrera is most noted for their track system, which is the favorite of many slot car enthusiasts.  Their cars are a great value usually costing under $35.  They do not perform at a Scalextric level, and they tend to look a bit toy-like in overall appearance but they do have a quality all their own and are very fun in their own right.  All Carrera 1/32 scale cars feature one adjustable magnet and their new releases feature two!  Carrera is also the only company at present producing 1/24 scale slot cars.

Some cool Carrera cars:  D-type Jaguars, vintage Stock Cars

 

NincoguideNinco
Another Spanish company, Ninco is also famous for its track system.  Ninco takes pride in producing slot cars that are very “loose”, thus delivering very realistic driving characteristics.  The cars in their “Classic” line have no magnets and are a hoot to drive as they are very easy to slide out, or “drift” in the corners.  Ninco is continually improving in the detail department and their latest releases are quite handsome.  Their Formula 1 cars with front steering are very popular.  Prices usually range from $44.95 to $59.95.

SCX
SCX is an independent offshoot of the Scalextric company, hence the name S-C-X.  SCX was the first company to deliver the 4 wheel drive slot car, present in their rally …

March 18, 2017

SPORT CRAFT’S SLOT CAR “TUNE-UP” AND MAINTENANCE TIPS

The tips shared below are generally for racers who have not had a lot of experience with maintenance procedures of scale race cars.  You will see below that modern slot cars are very easy to lubricate and tune and that taking just a few moments to oil your scale race car will make it run better, faster, and last a lot longer.  We would like to hear from you too if you have something simple to add which isn’t already covered below.  For even more tuning tips be sure to go to our high performance modifications page.

If your tip is well thought out, well written, concise, and clear we may use it.

Racing Tip – Handling

If your slot car fishtails and is constantly losing the back end on curves (especially the weaker magnet cars), simply clean the rear tires with a mild solvent or just rub the tires down with some saliva (yes saliva)! The car will immediately show amazing improvements in handling and significantly improve your lap times.  (Santosh – South Africa)

Learn how to remove the slot car body for cleaning/maintenance

    The bodies of most new slot cars are fastened from the bottom with two to four small Phillips head screws.  Removal of these screws allows the body to be lifted off.  This should be done periodically for chassis and gear cleaning as well as inspection of all other moving parts, even for checking the freedom of movement of the front guide pin.

SPORT CRAFT’S SLOT CAR

This is a good time to do your oil/grease maintenance.

Tips on how to help your body posts last longer – When reinstalling the body screws if the screw seems tight as soon as you begin to tighten it, try turning the screw backwards a little bit and start it in a different position. I often find that the screw threads and body post have been mated to each other. If you start the screw in the right position and can find this same mating the screw will not rip plastic out of the body post when it is reinstalled. Also remember not to over-tighten the body screws. (in fact some slotracing pros say the cars run better if the body screws are left a little loose!)  (DT)

Oil Motor and Axles

    Oil…….change your oil every 3000 laps and use Mobil-1 synthetic….yeh right.   Really though, OIL, used sparingly, is your friend and should be used periodically in several important places on every slot car.  Oil makes every moving part work with less friction, less heat, and makes your slot car faster.  Need we say more?  Use your friend sparingly though because too much oil creates a mess, gathers more dirt, and seeps to places you  don’t want it to go.

Using a light oil, such as hobby oil or sewing machine oil and a pinpoint needle oiler, you should periodically oil the electric motor wherever exposed armature shafts protrude, often times this is on both ends of the motor.  Oil should also be …

June 5, 2016

A brief introduction to slot-racing

Introduction to Slot Car Racing

Large scale slot racing has returned to North America in a big way. Now you can race in the comfort of your own home with top quality products that promise to make this a lasting hobby the whole family can enjoy. If you take the time to read our summary below we promise you will be more informed about this hobby and which direction is the best for you to take. There are three major brands of race sets that dominate the market today. They each have their advantages and disadvantages and we tell you specifically what they are. By reading our recommendations below you will be better prepared to make the best decision for your needs.

Please read this entire page before you buy…updated for the Holiday Season 2004/2005
Includes a link to read more about the brand new Digital racing systems that are changing the hobby of slot car racing. First though we recommend you read this entire web page and near the bottom we will provide a link for you to read more about the Digital racing systems.

Welcome! You have just found the best large scale home slot racing mail order company in North America, as well as the most informative slot racing web site! Bookmark this page now, because we are sure you will want to come back again and again.

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PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE
BEFORE ‘RACING’ ON

We want to introduce you to this fun and inexpensive hobby. Yeah, we know, it is not new … BUT, it is much better now than it was back then. The track sets are better, the cars are better, and modern technology has enabled the development of some very entertaining new electronic and computer devices which make the “sport” or “hobby” much more fun. Before your curiosity causes you to click on one of our slot racing pages to look ahead, we recommend you read through this page first. On this page we try to summarize how the products work together and how you can make intelligent decisions for planning your purchase and track plan. Large scale home slot racing is much more than a toy for children, it is a growing hobby with a multitude of options to choose; and it won’t break the bank!
In a world of “virtual” everything and video screen games, this is one “real life” 3-D activity the whole family can enjoy; and if you are a car-nut to boot, well, it’s a no-brainer.

WHAT IS DRIVING THIS 1/32 SCALE REVIVAL?

Several factors have come together to create a genuine revival in large scale home slot racing.

Reasons for the renewed interest are:

(1). Perhaps more than anything else, it seems to be the quality and variety of the 1/32 slot cars made by several very talented companies. Not only are these cars well made for racing, they are incredibly accurate looking scale models; some people think they are too good to race on a …