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  • HO at the UK Slot Car Festival

    The UK Slot Car Festival took place at the weekend in a spectacular location - the Heritage Motor Museum, which chronicles the history of the British auto industry. It's also just down the road from Stratford-upon-Avon, once home of William Shakespeare.

    The HO Zone has become integral to the festival, even though slot cars in the UK are almost entirely 1/32.

    This year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Micro Scalextric, with Andrew Rose bringing his collection of all 170 Micro cars produced since 1994.



    That well-known British cake maker Mrs Harland produced a sumptuous creation for the event...



    ...which was cut by Adrian Norman from Scalextric...



    ...in front of the assembled paparazzi - including two UK-based slot car magazines and Scalextric's publicity people, who've given the celebrations some nice social media coverage today



    Having a stand-out theme to the HO Zone really worked well. Lots of 1/32 hobbyists came to the HO Zone to see the Micro collection and then tried out other stuff. One big time 1/24 racer even took up the Pro Rally Challenge - racing against the clock on an out-of-the box Micro Scalextric rally set (thanks to Doug for the pic).



    The joint winners of the Pro Rally Challenge were two top junior 1/32 racers who both really enjoyed the HO racing experience - on the Micro track, the AFX demo track and an AW scale quarter mile drag strip.

    We also had some great displays of cars - in addition to the Micro collection - including some very nice custom paint jobs and resins.



    It was a fabulous weekend, very enjoyable and fun to hang out with HO racers from other parts of the UK that we don't see much of during the year. Particularly good was that we have two more clubs starting to run HO. That gives a total of eight local HO groups around the UK - all represented in the HO Zone at some point over the weekend.

    Last edited by woodcote; 05-19-2014, 03:09 PM.

  • #2
    Thanks for sharing, Andy; looks like a great event!

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    • #3
      You'd have been drooling over that Micro collection Mark

      I didn't take many pics, but if anyone else took close-ups, I'll get them up here.

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      • #4
        Hornby.....

        seems kind of wishy-washy with MS.
        I know it's not a priority for them and is just a "way-in" for people to get kids, etc in 1/32.
        That said, I look at some of the cars, bodies, etc- a bunch of which I have to get from the UK- and they are pretty darn nice.
        Wish they made getting stuff a bit easier but.... is what it is, I guess.
        Enjoyed those pics, by the way.

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        • #5
          Andrew has a great collection. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a few MS cars in the future. Way to represent Andy!

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          • #6
            I'm happy to buy and post Micro cars to anyone Stateside who wants me to. Obviously they'd be paying for them but you get the idea!

            Actually I was hoping I could get someone Stateside to do me a similar favour. PM me and I shall explain.

            Event looked excellent Andy. Was gutted I couldn't be there in the end.

            Cheers

            Gareth

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            • #7
              Here's a great video summary from the weekend

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              Andrew, owner of the awesome Micro collection is interviewed about 2m 40s into the film

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              • #8
                Andy, very cool video. And you were right about that MicroScalextric collection; I would like to see that "up close & personal". Thanks for sharing........

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by urnuts View Post
                  seems kind of wishy-washy with MS.
                  I know it's not a priority for them and is just a "way-in" for people to get kids, etc in 1/32.
                  That said, I look at some of the cars, bodies, etc- a bunch of which I have to get from the UK- and they are pretty darn nice.
                  Wish they made getting stuff a bit easier but.... is what it is, I guess.
                  Enjoyed those pics, by the way.
                  While it does seem true that HO is not the prime attention grabber at Scalextric, the fact they have produced 170 different cars in 20 years averages out to 8.5 cars per year. For 20 years. What other HO company has produced that many cars over that period of time?

                  I just wish all of the cars they produced were available as singles. Because the cars are only available in sets, the price for the cars alone gets inflated. And of course I wish they were available here in the US.

                  Joe

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                  • #10
                    I wish we had something like the UK slot car festival here in the US!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by johnnymacgo View Post
                      I wish we had something like the UK slot car festival here in the US!
                      It's a bit of a drive for you, but if you get an opportunity, attend the "I-Hobby" Expo in Schaumburg, Il. in October. The major manufacturers/Distributors for not only slotcars are there, but most any kind of hobby product is represented as well.

                      Steve Russell of Racemasters always has a booth to both show new products, but sell existing layouts/ cars, usually at a discount. Check out the post I made of last year's show (just hit search on the task bar and enter what posts have been put out on a particular topic), and you will get an idea what it's all about. A very worthwhile spending of a day's time.......

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                      • #12
                        Lodging and meals at Marks!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by urnuts View Post
                          Lodging and meals at Marks!
                          Well, I DO have an extra bedroom, and my wife is an EXCELLENT cook!

                          The more I read on the Forum, the more I realize that my modest collection of cars barely scratches the surface of what has been made, and is available. Looking forward to the Fall slotcar shows in my area (Indiana & Milwaukee, WI.)
                          Last edited by Speedhoppy; 05-22-2014, 09:42 AM. Reason: Additional sentencing

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                          • #14
                            There really isn't much near me- or so it seems.
                            I mean, even the close stuff is a 6 or 7 hour drive- rather just fly somewhere for the day.
                            I looked into flying to one somewhere a month or so back- near Chicago, I think? When did airfare get so freaking expensive?
                            Boston to Chicago was $600?
                            Yes, I know- that's quite a few question marks!
                            Not sure what I was expecting, pricewise.
                            Last edited by urnuts; 05-22-2014, 11:43 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Speedhoppy View Post
                              Well, I DO have an extra bedroom, and my wife is an EXCELLENT cook!
                              See you in October

                              Take the slot car aspect of I-Hobby, throw in a sizable number of small-scale specialist manufacturers / skunkworks products, a slot car swapmeet, plus race tracks and competitions organised by various racing federations - then you have the UK Slot Car Festival. Mostly 1/32, of course.

                              And Joe is spot on about Micro Scalextric - both his praise and criticism. It's certainly what I tell the Scalextric people when I've been asked. I've also told them that there is a market for Micro cars in north America, if they want to exploit that...

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