Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CB Design Slot Car Wheels

Slot Car Corner is very excited to announce a new 1/32 Stock Car Wheel from CB Design.
These wheels have been designed to enhance the performance and appearance of 1/32 stock cars including Nascar's offered by SCX, Scalextric and Carrera. The design is based on actual stock wheels - no inserts are required. Precision CNC machining ensures CB Design Stock Car Wheels are manufactured to very "tight" tolerances.

CB Design Stock Car Wheels are available in two (2) sizes - 15x10mm rear wheels and 15x8mm front wheels (these can also be used on the rear if desired). The wheels are offered in two (2) finishes - aluminum (silver) or anodized aluminum (black).

For more information, please visit the Slot Car Corner website.

Cars shows for illustrative purposes - NOT included with wheel purchase.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NSR US National Championship Race

Video from the NSR US National Championship Race held March 28, 2010 at Great Traditions in Philadelphia Pa.

The thread on Slot Car showing coverage of the race.

Monday, March 29, 2010

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La revista Slot MiniAuto del mes de abril destaca en su portada el nuevo Mercedes SLR McLaren 722 GT de Superslot. Se incluyen además las pruebas en pista del Chaparral 2E, con una interesante explicación de Maurizio Ferrari de, el nuevo Dallara DP de Sideways by Racer, el Plymouth AAR Cuda de Scalextric, los Porsche RSR, RS, y GT de Scaleauto en escala 1:24, el montaje del Megane 1:28 de TRP, y un extenso reportaje del Chasis Montecarlo de MSC.
Destacamos también, dentro de nuestra serie a los coches de Le Mans, los Adler LM 1937 de TRRC.
También damos a conocer nuestro especial Art Car, pieza única sobre la base del Mazda 787B, Coche del Año 2009, realizado por el artista Héctor Fernández.
La revista se completa con las secciones habituales de noticias, presentaciones, novedades y slot competición.

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Slot Miniauto Magazine for April highlights on its cover the new Scalextric Mercedes SLR McLaren 722 GT. Also included are the track test of the Chaparral 2E, with an interesting explanation of Maurizio Ferrari owner, the new Sideways by Racer Dallara DP, SCX Plymouth AAR Cuda, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR/CUP and GT Scaleauto at 1:24 scale, the assembly of the Megane 1:28 TRP, and an extensive report about the MSC MonteCarlo universal Chassis. We point out too, in our Le Mans cars series, the TRRC Adler LM 1937. Slot MiniAuto also discloses our special Art Car, unique piece based on the Mazda 787B, Car of the Year 2009, made by the artist Hector Fernandez. The magazine is complete with the usual sections of news, features, novelties and slot competition.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Spirit Supersport Peugeot 406 promo photo

A photo of the Peugeot 406 SS from Spirit.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hamilton Vodaphone commercial

I thought the premise of this Lewis Hamilton Vodaphone McLaren commercial was nice... yeah I know not slot related...

Mazda still dominates competition

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2010) - Teams fielding Camaro, Corvette, Porsche and BMW race cars are looking to snap Mazda's two-race winning streak in the Porsche 250 on April 10 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., Round 3 of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

The race will take the green flag at 1:36 p.m. ET, with live SPEED coverage beginning
at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell won the 2009 Porsche 250 in a Pontiac GXP.R. Stevenson Motorsports is fielding a pair of Camaros for 2010, the No. 57 for Davis and Liddell and the No. 97 for Jan Magnussen and Gunter Schaldach.

Three teams will field Corvettes. Banner Racing has the No. 07 Mobil 1 Corvette for 2008 GT co-champion Paul Edwards and motorcycle legend Scott Russell. Lou Gigliotti's LG Motorsports debuted the No. 28 Corvette for 2008 co-champion Kelly Collins and Eric Lux in the recent race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, while Marsh Racing makes its GRAND-AM debut at Barber with the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette for Eric Curran and Sonny Whelen. Collins and Edwards teamed to win GT honors in the 2007 Porsche 250 in the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R.

Three Porsches are entered in the event. John Potter and Craig Stanton share the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3, Shane Lewis and Richard Zahn co-drive the No. 46 Autohaus Motorsports entry while Luke Hines and Bryce Miller compete in the No. 48 Miller Barrett Racing GT3.

Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana are entered in the lone BMW, the No. 94 Turner Motorsport M6 that made its debut in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. The team had a strong showing in the Grand Prix of Miami, leading four laps and finishing fifth.

The four marques will be taking on Mazda, which has four teams fielding eight cars and won the GT class in both races this season. SpeedSource owner Sylvain Tremblay and new regular co-driver Jonathan Bomarito, joined by Nick Ham and David Haskell, won the season opening Rolex 24 in the No. 70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8, while Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal captured GT honors in the team's No. 69 FXDD Mazda at Homestead. SpeedSource also fields the No. 68 of rising stars John Edwards and Adam Christodoulou.

Dempsey Racing has expanded to two Mazdas this season. Racer/actor Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster return in the No. 40, joined by defending GT champion Leh Keen and James Gue in the No. 41 - who scored Dempsey Racing's first podium finish by placing third at Homestead. Team Sahlen has a pair of Mazdas, with Joe Sahlen joining Joe Nonnamaker and his two sons, Will and Wayne Nonnamaker. Returning with one car is Racers Edge Motorsports, fielding the No. 30 for Todd Lamb and Jordan Taylor.

Practice for the Porsche 250 begins at 2:55 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 8, with qualifying Friday at 11:40 a.m.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

AutoArt 1/32 Koenigsegg

Arriving soon in the US, the AutoArt 1/32 Koenigsegg CCX.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GP Miniatures website/cars

A website that you must check out if you're an Aston fan.... or just a fan of really EXCELLENTLY modeled slot cars.
I've been chatting with Graham on Facebook and he showed me his website and it seemed to me that I needed to get this link here and pix here so folks could see his work. What an artist! He's focusing on 1/32 Aston Martin resin slot cars.

These are only 2 of the Aston Martin's he's showing on the site. You MUST check out his website when you get the chance.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New HO bodies

The new HO Express bodies.

I'm told by REH these new AML bodies fit Tomy Super G+, Tomy Turbo, & Aurora chassis. They're in stock at REH now.

Friday, March 19, 2010

New LeMans Miniatures Matra's in the US

Now in the US, the LeMans Miniatures Matra's are in stock at REH distributing.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

ALMS spotters guide!

Download your copy of the ALMS spotters guide here!

Pioneer Typhoon Motor Test

Pioneer's powerplant for their '68 Mustang GT, Bullitt version, is an 18k, FC-130 type motor in a car which performs competitively with Scalextric Can Am Mustangs and Camaros. While the Scalextric cars also have nominal 18k motors, tests show they rev to 20-21k RPM, no-load on 12 volts. Scalextric motor torque typically measures 100 gcm, and power output is around 5.3 Watts.

The Pioneer "18k" motor revs to an honest 18,967 RPM at 12 volts on test, with torque tested at 131 gcm/12v. Power output is 6.2 Watts on 12 volts. The Pioneer Typhoon is slightly more powerful than the Scalextric motor, although RPM is lower and torque is higher. Typhoon test performance is nearly identical to the H&R Racing Hawk motor, a home-track racing favorite in the USA.

The Pioneer Typhoon has its own visual appeal, with a six-pack of holes in the top for cooling, black plastic end bell, and nicely printed company lettering. The motor is not currently available separately as a retail item, but who knows what the future holds, as Pioneer is a start up manufacturer. The Mustangs are their first release.

More info on Pioneer slot cars may be found at:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Slot It Audi R8C

A newsletter from Slot It for the new Audi R8C.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Slot It McLaren

A newsletter from Slot It for the new BMW McLaren F1 GTR Gulf edition.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Racer Chaparral 2E's coming

RCR54A - Chaparral 2E - #65 P.Hill - CanAm Laguna Seca 1966 winner
RCR54B - Chaparral 2E - #66 J.Hall - CanAm Laguna Seca 1966

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bahrain F1 Qualifying

F1 Qualifying from Bahrain:
1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 1m 54.101s
2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari), 1m 54.242s
3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1m 54.242s

Q: Sebastian, the testing did not tell us very much. You have picked up where you left off but how big a surprise is pole position to you?
Sebastian Vettel:
A big surprise. I mean in winter testing no-one really knew where we were. Of course it was clear that there were four teams pretty strong, but close to each other. To be honest yesterday it was a very tough day for us and we had not as much running as we were hoping for. Another long night especially for the mechanics, not a lot of sleep, some tired faces, but everyone was still keen this morning to push. I knew we had a great car but first of all you have to get it together. I have to say practice this morning and qualifying went pretty smoothly. Obviously I am very, very happy to be on pole, so thanks to the team. As I said the boys didn’t get much sleep in the last month with a lot of testing in a short amount of time. To come here first time everyone really shows how strong they are and to be on top is definitely a very, very nice feeling.

Q: Felipe, what comeback for you from injury. Tell us about how you feel today about your journey back here and your performance today.
Felipe Massa:
Well, first of all congratulations to Sebastian he did a great job for the first race of the season. I think it is very nice to be back here racing competitively and in a good direction. I feel very happy to be back after such a difficult time. I was watching the races on television and was pretty excited but it is much better to be sat in the car. I prepared myself in a good direction, testing, driving go-karts, everything was great to be back in the car for racing and if you look at what happened last season with us I think it is a good start to the season for us. After a difficult season where we finished in the last race and where we are starting the season in the first race is always great for the team, great for the guys who did a very tough job inside the factory since a long time, so I feel really positive to start on the first race second. We are second and third and for the team that is really great and we will see how we doing in the race. Red Bull and also some other teams are really strong, so the race will be very difficult but I am very happy to be here fighting for the top.

Q: Fernando, the margins at the end of qualifying were quite a bit bigger than they were at the beginning. What do you put that down to and how do you feel about where you have ended up?
Fernando Alonso:
Well, I think the difference is difficult to read. With such a long lap like this one and with the conditions we were facing, with this very warm temperature, I think it is very difficult to complete that long lap with no mistakes and not any problems. I think the times are related to how the gap was as well and about the competitiveness of the car. I think in different parts of the weekend we saw times that were very tight and times that were split like they are now but I think it is okay. From our point of view we are obviously extremely happy with the result of this weekend so far. The race is tomorrow. We cannot forget this but so far everything has been great and we will keep going as we did all winter testing with a very strong car and I think competitive in all conditions, qualifying and race, and to be second and third as Felipe said is a great achievement for everybody in the factory at Maranello and the job they did from November last year until now was flat out every day and every night and the first result of the season is very, very positive, so this is a big boost for the team to carry on.

Photo used with permission from Red Bull Racing.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

World Record Smashed!

Team Slingshot smashed the world record for distance for a plastic chassis slot car with a new world record of 233.3 Miles!!!!!
Here's the record breaking moment!

Chicago 24 video - first 12 hours

A video I shot between my heats of racing during the Chicago 24 hour slot race at Mid America slot track in Downers Grove Il.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Chicago 24 racing coverage link

Chicago 24 coverage on Slot Car Illustrated.

Pioneer Mustang review

From Harry of Home Racing World:
When we look at new releases in our hobby, not all of them have the following these models have. Especially when we are talking about a brand new company. Since the first peek at these cars, many enthusiasts have scrambled to have their own and for good reasons. These Pioneer Mustangs have great looks along with the performance we expected. Finally the ready to run versions arrived on my doorstep and we could get a closer look at these historic racers.

First, let us take a look of the 4 models up close. 2 of these models are the all new Notchback Trans-Am versions while the other 2 are new race livery adorned Fastbacks. What is interesting to me is how Pioneer has classified these models. They are not hiding the fact that the 2 Fastbacks are fictional liveries. Therefore the box art for these models are slightly different. I like this idea. They are honest about these models so those who strictly want prototype race cars know up front.

You see the Notchbacks have the Pioneer Trans-Am logo and the Fastbacks say Pioneer Club Sport. For those that care, I think the box art is quite well done. The bases with the road cone and stripe on them also make for an eye pleasing display. Remember, there are collectors out there who just enjoy looking at them. I can see this box on the desk of a Pony car enthusiast somewhere regardless if they are into our hobby or not.

Read the complete review at this link.

Friday, March 05, 2010

New SCX 6-pack bodies

A pair of blister-pack bodies come with the new Nascar 6-pack of sets.
Click on the photo to see a larger copy.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Spirit-Early '10 releases

Some early 2010 releases. The new BMW 635's, VW, and Supersport Peugeot 406.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

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La revista Slot MiniAuto del mes de marzo destaca en su portada el nuevo Chaparral 2E de Gran parte del contenido de esta edición esta dedicado a lo visto en la Feria del juguete de Nuremberg, con un amplio reportaje de todas las marcas expositoras.
Ofrecemos además la prueba a fondo del nuevo Radical SR-9 de Scaleauto, una retrospectiva de los Mini Marcos que corrieron en Le Mans, y un reportaje de los nuevos “Art Car” promovidos por SCX-Tecnitoys y Bonart Cultural.
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Slot Miniauto Magazine for March highlights on its front page the new Chaparral 2E. Much of the content of this edition is dedicated to that seen in the Nuremberg Toy Fair, with a lengthy report of all the exhibiting brands. We also test the new Scaleauto Radical SR-9, a retrospective of the Mini Marcos which ran at Le Mans in the sixties, and a report of the new "Art Car" promoted by SCX-Tecnitoys and Bonart Cultural. It comes complete with the usual sections of slot news, features, cars novelties and competition.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Aston Martin Cygnet Concept

Gaydon, Warwickshire 2 March 2010: The Aston Martin Cygnet Concept is a bold step towards a new form of transportation; the luxury commuter car, a form of personal transportation that sees the company's core values engage with a new environment.

The Cygnet Concept enhances the marque, pointing to a future of ongoing innovation, design and technology; allowing Aston Martin customers a greater degree of freedom without compromising the levels of design, quality and innovation that embody the brand.

An Aston Martin delivers the pleasure and exhilaration of driving combined with an appreciation of craftsmanship, design and technology. But Aston Martin is also about innovation, forging new links and associations; and bringing the brand's qualities to new sectors of the market.

“Many of our customers have a need for a small car for urban and city use,” says Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr Ulrich Bez, “The Cygnet Concept brings intelligence, innovation and artistry to the small car market. The Cygnet Concept represents the natural choice for those customers looking for a premium commuter car.”

“Our past, our future and our backbone will always remain sports cars, but the Cygnet Concept will support this by offering our customers a greater degree of freedom in the urban context.”

The Cygnet Concept is the result of a unique and intelligent collaboration, the coming together of two companies that are leaders in their respective fields. The project has required a close intellectual and engineering partnership, resulting in an inventive solution that unites volume and niche automotive engineering.

Aston Martin has always understood the importance of an emotional engagement with its products. As the company continues to innovate and diversify its product portfolio, emotional design will remain at the heart of its strategy, be it through the exhilarating sound of a V12 engine, the unmistakeable silhouette of an Aston Martin sports car or the quality, craftsmanship and skill that is evident in an Aston Martin interior. The Cygnet Concept exemplifies this latter attribute, demonstrating the high levels of detail design and craft that are integral to every Aston Martin, presented within a compact and highly advanced technological package.

The Cygnet Concept is a demonstration of Aston Martin's unrivalled skill at creating hand-crafted interiors. The rich blend of hand-stitched leather, Alcantara and aluminium is shared with Aston Martin's sports cars. The company's extensive experience of traditional processes and richly detailed craftsmanship gives each Aston Martin a unique feel, bringing together detailed design work, high technology and exquisitely tactile materials.

As a luxury commuter car that can slip easily and unobtrusively into the city, the Cygnet Concept is a highly intelligent solution to urban mobility. Using tried and tested technology, together with Aston Martin's acclaimed levels of personalisation and customisation, material quality, craft skill and tactile delight, the Cygnet Concept is innovative and forward-thinking, a genuine solution for future mobility and a natural partner for Aston Martin's line-up of acclaimed luxury sports cars.