Some slotcars, i get 2, one to modify-race,.. AND, a 1/18 diecast for checking the detailed painting!! i.e. Vic Elford Porsche 917K Martini #3 at Sebring 1971..etc. Now, let's not bash the SQ /nor Racer.! we've all got our preferences and affordability~ right? My preference for SQ, are Ostorero early Indycars~ They cover the transition of front-motor to rear-motor cars. Hand-crafted in Italy, by a father/son team. another nice selection, are the Pink-Kar VWs or Ninco Porsche 356... or, Scalextric Caterham/Lotus7 's....
Most every slot car I have purchased was done so with the intention to at least drive, if not race. But a very few have either been so pretty they only get driven a very few laps or so awfull I lost interest in even trying to get them to turn a decent lap. But basically I agree with mikeinclover, slot cars are supposed to be driven.
I know mikeinclover has shelf queens - he just doesn't have them on a shelf. He has rafter queens!!!! When I raced magnets my cars would get so beat up so if there was a particular car I liked I bought two.
I have a couple of Racers RTR and a couple of hand built jobs from other guys I've collected that I 'drive' around once in awhile. It's hard for me not to want to try out every car I add to my collection. I do have a couple that have been stored out-of-sight; out-of-sight is out-of-mind.
I have found that the more I race the better I am at avoiding a crash. At the same time my modeling ability keeps improving so I am getting better at repairing damages caused by racing. This makes it easier to race some of those beauties.
Any car sitting on my shelf is fair game - they are not an investment with which I expect to fund my retirement. They are like tools - to be used, but used with respect. I also respect anyone's desire to keep a car MIB.
Wicked, you know that 95% of those are empty boxes. I must say I do have a few that have not been raced "yet". The only cars I find worthy of SQ status are Slot it Group C. I have a few others that I bought when we were racing them but then we did not run that class any more so they never left the base. I really should broom them off soon.