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  • The UK's oldest HO slot car club!

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    A couple of months ago the SCI owner concurred that this would be a topic he would like to see on here, content being king. I forgot he had until a chance image that came up during a completely unrelated google search of Southend, Essex jogged my memory.

    I found out a few years back, also somewhat by chance, that the oldest UK club for the little cars wasn't where almost everyone thinks, it was in my home county. I drove past the location dozens of times whilst it was active, utterly unaware of it's existence

    Above is a teaser

    I have more images to follow, just need to tidy them up as much as I can
    Last edited by NicoRosberg.; 01-10-2021, 02:30 AM.

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    A couple more images:
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    • #3
      Deane, that is pretty cool. Any idea of a date on that photo?
      Charlie

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      • #4
        I need to look through the text that accompanies the pictures my guy who raced at this club sent me, to remind me of the backstory.

        Right now I am cleaning up more images.

        Last edited by Scaleracing; 01-10-2021, 07:27 PM.

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        • #5
          Dig the MBGT in the window of the first photo....
          Looks to be the later “rubber-bumper” version.
          Last edited by Silberpfeil; 01-11-2021, 06:29 PM.

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          • #6
            Now that looks like a proper English road course.
            Thanks for the pictures.

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            • #7
              It means that our scene, like yours, started with tracks on one solid base, rather then the UK 'BigTracks' thing I am fond of. That came later.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Silberpfeil View Post
                Dig the green '66 -'67 MBGT in the window of the first photo....
                Well spotted. The yellow horror next to it is a telephone engineers van, which fits the location.

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                • #9
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                  Another image cleaned up

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wicker Bill View Post
                    Now that looks like a proper English road course.
                    Thanks for the pictures.
                    Except there needs to be way more oil on the tarmac...way more.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NicoRosberg. View Post

                      Well spotted. The yellow horror next to it is a telephone engineers van, which fits the location.
                      The infamous / ubiquitious "Commer" Van....

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                      Last edited by Silberpfeil; 01-10-2021, 12:55 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Indeed.

                        Are you a Brit ?

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                        • #13
                          For historical accuracy purposes, I thought this was the oldest slot car set...


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NicoRosberg. View Post
                            Indeed.

                            Are you a Brit ?
                            No...but have owned / restored several British cars. Autocross raced TR6's for about 8 years.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Silberpfeil View Post
                              For historical accuracy purposes, I thought this was the oldest slot car set...


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