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Slot Car Racing, Slot Car Garages

Slot Racing provides much of the excitement and skill of full size motor racing at a cost that everybody can afford.

What is a Slot Car?

Slot cars are electric powered model cars guided by a T shaped guide at the front of the car which fits in a slot cut in the track surface and picks up the power. Each car is driven with a hand held controller. There are two sizes of car regularly raced, 1/32 scale cars (about 15cm long) and 1/24 cars (about 19cm long). All models have to resemble a full size racing car, racing is divided between various classes. Both 1/32 and 1/24 cars can run on the same track.

What sort of track is used?

Almost all clubs build their own tracks. These are usually built with the slot cut in either MDF board or chipboard. Most British club tracks have 4 lanes, but a few have as many as 8 lanes. The lap lengths of the tracks are typically between 20 and 50 metres. Every clubs track is different, some have short straights and tight corners, others have long straights and fast sweeping corners, many have all these features.

How do I get started?

There is more about slot racing on the web site uk.geocities.com/slot_racing. Better still go along and join one of the many slot racing clubs around the country. Here you will meet many people who can help and advise you to acquire the necessary driving and chassis building skills. To find details of the nearest clubs visit the Association web site The British Slot Car Racing Association Many clubs have their own web sites there are links to these from the Association web site.

Further information can be obtained by visiting their website: British Slot car racing association

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