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Scalextric

Scalextric in the 1950s. The brand started life as a range of clockwork-powered slot car racing sets called Scalex but by the 1960's electric motors had been fitted to the cars. The name was tweaked to Scalextric.  Its creator Mr B "Freddie" Francis brought it to Britain in the late 1950's and it had become really popular  after production started in 1957.


Over the years, its ownership changed hands a number of times before it became owned by Hornby Hobbies Ltd.


The cars were crafted out of metal at first and tracks were made from a rubber compound but it was soon recognised that there would be benefits from the lightness of plastic moulded models and these were produced from the 1960's.


Classic autos and racing cars are at the core of Scalextric’s appeal. Whether you’re a lover of vintage cars or feel the need for speed, there’s a Scalextric car out there to suit.


The cars have always been made to look as realistic as possible.. Designers go to great lengths to ensure the cars look and feel authentic. From taking photos to making painstaking measurements, nothing is overlooked. Attention to detail is amazing. You’ll find the exterior and interior of each car mirrors its life-sized counterpart.


A Record Breaking Business


The Scalextric brand and products have captured imaginations around the world. Guinness records for the longest track have been made - and broken. Most notably by Top Gear’s James May in 2009 who successfully recreated the famous Brooklands racing circuit using Scalextric sets, cars and track. It stretched an impressive 2.95 miles.


The Scales


Scalextric racing sets come in two main scales:


1:64 - the micro scale suited to younger children


1:32 - the traditional and most popular scale for older children and adults


*Cars and track between the two scales aren’t compatible.


The Day Scalextric Went Digital

Any smart toy has to move with the times to survive and Scalextric is no exception. To ensure their racing sets didn’t fall by the wayside, the designers embraced digital technology in 2004.


Recent years have seen the makers get creative and produce all sorts of smart sets. During the last few years, Scalextric have released more TV and film-related products than ever before.


Never ones to miss a trick, they’ve created sets based on video games too such as Toy Story and Cars and  My Sims Racing - based on the Wii and DS video game. James Bond sets have  always been popular. The latest technology is incorportaed into the App Race Control Set which revolutionised slot car racing, allowing you to race in multiple modes, share your results with family and friends on social media and customise your races with pit stops, fuel management and much more.


Carrera:

Carrera is a slot car brand introduced in the early 1960s by Josef Neuhierl GmbH & Co. KG based in the Franconian town of Fürth, Germany. The name Carrera was inspired by the Porsche Carrera models which took their name from the Carrera Panamericana road race.


Carrera dominated the German markets in the 1960s and 1970s, due to using an additional third wire, and effective marketing, also at the nearby Nuremberg International Toy Fair.


In 1970, Carrera offered 1:24, 1:32 and 1:60 scales for slot cars, and the slot-free "Servo" systems which allowed cars to switch lanes, guided by the guard rails on the outside. Due to the many systems offered, and fewer customers (Generation X), Neuhierl had to sell his company in 1985, and took his own life. The new owners sold rather cheap products.


In 1999, the Stadlbauer Group from Salzburg, Austria took over. Following the restructuring of Carrera, Stadlbauer company relaunched “Carrera 124” line as a premium product range Carrera Exclusiv. In 2001 “Carrera Go!!!, developed as an action track developed for beginners and the young, was released to the market. Carrera is all about innovation and quality which marked the creation of a smaller scale 1:43. The traditional 1:32 scale, Carrera Evolution, was integrated with new Digital 132 technology. The function of Digital 132 technology is to allow a maximum of six vehicles to overtake each other at high speeds on both analogue and digital racetracks.


For over 40 years in the business, the company has worked closely with the State Trade Agency in Nürnberg who check that Carrera’s lines of products meet the required safety standards. The modern Carrera sports a whole host of authentic top license deals. These include Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Bentley, Nintendo and NASCAR. On January 1, 2005, the company opened its own subsidiary in the United States, “Carrera of America Inc”, in addition to its subsidiary companies in France (since 2006) and in Poland and Hungary.


In 2006, Carrera organized its very first Carrera World Championship and another championship in 2007 until the spring of 2008. September 2007 set the start of the Carrera World Championship at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.


Today, Carrera is available in more than forty countries around the globe.

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