Monday, January 27, 2014

Nuremberg Preview: Carrera LaFerrari

Catalog number 30665/27446 - Carrera 1/32 scale "LaFerrari". 
Announced in 2013, stocks expected to arrive in North America February 2014.

Photos from Carrera of America (Dave Kennedy)

Avant Slot for 2014

Probably the biggest news from Avant is the "Avant Cars" line of resin-cast high detail slot models with a limited production of no more than 500 units each.

In the Avant Cars line, a series of F1 models are planned, starting with the 2012 HRT-Cosworth F112, the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8 and the 1987 Williams-Honda FW11.

In the standard Avant Slot line, the most interesting all new car would be the Jaguar XJ-220 shown above in the Martini and Rossi livery.

No release dates or prices have been given at this time.

Friday, January 24, 2014

All Star and Invitational Event Draws Top Racers

Slot car racers from 14 states will be converging on Route 93 Raceway on March 1-2 for the running of the First All Star & Invitational Retro event, which is shaping up to be one the most unique and exciting events of the year.

The event, which is similar in scope to the NASCAR Nextel Cup All Star race held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway every May, will feature drivers who have won a championship in a regional retro series, or a major retro race during their career going head to head against one another in Formula One/Indy and Can-Am competition on Sunday, March 2. Racers who have never captured a series title, or major race win will be eligible to compete in the Invitational race slated for Saturday, March 1.

Individual awards, prizes, and giveaways will be presented to drivers competing on both days. As an added bonus the top-eight drivers in their respective classes from the Saturday Invitational races will be afforded the opportunity to compete in the Sunday All Star portion of the program IE: The top-eight finishers in the Invitational F1/Indy race may participate in the F1/Indy All star race. The top-eight finishers in the Invitational Can-Am race are eligible to participate in the All Star Can-Am contest. Invitational racers who elect to race on Sun. will not be charged an entry fee for participating.

The race will follow all IRRA LLC car specifications, procedures, guidelines and bylaws. These may be found at:

Among the All Star drivers already planning to be in attendance are Jay Kisling (Retro East champion, and winner of major races at the Sano, R4 and Demon Does Dallas), Tom Lauterbach (multi-time Penn-Ohio champion, and winner of races at the R4 and Demon 500), Ron Hershman (the winningest driver in retro racing, with multiple ORS championships and victories in the Sano, R4, Southern Shootout, Music City Shootout and Retro Summit events), Dave Fiedler (IRRL champion and a victor at the Race of Champions, R4 and the Sano), Willy Custer (American Raceways Series champion and a race winner at the Race of Champions), Gary "Hip" Cully (race winner at the Fall Brawl), Terry Watson ( Sano race winner), Dave Simerka (Retro Summit winner), Jeff Lauterbach (Penn-Ohio champion), James Merriman (Retro South champion and Music City Shoot Out winner), Dave Geehring ( Race of Champions winner), Ralph Throrne (Retro South champion and winner at the Sano and Race of Champions) and Gary Clinton (Winner at the the Retropalooza).

Route 93 track owner Debbie Baldwin-Evalsky has assured that everyone will be a 'winner' in the food department as her legendary trackside buffet will be catering to the racers appetites by serving breakfast, lunch and a hot dinner on both days.

Race entry fees will be $20.00 per class on both days, which includes practice and food privileges. The raceway will open at 8:00 AM on race days. Practice will be held from 8:00 - 9:30 AM. Tech will commence at 9:30 for both classes, followed by qualifying, which will be conducted using a 'laps and sections' format.

The raceway will be open for practice on Friday, Feb. 28 from Noon until 10:00 PM. A $10.00 pit and track pass will be charged.

For more information contact: Steve Reed (330) 861-5000) for track information and Ron Hershman ( for race information.

Route 93 Raceway
2211 Manchester Rd.
Akron, OH 44314

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Proto Slot 10th Anniversary Celebration

On January 18, 2014, Proto Slot Kit company will have a 10th anniversary celebration to be held at Léguevin, Midi-Pyrenees, France.

From the official invitation:

"For ten years, over 100 products have been made by our company for slot car resin kit enthusiasts.

For this event, we will welcome the PSK 10th Anniversary Day, a gathering all fans of the brand.

All PSK's collectors are invited to join us for this prestigious competition; an unique way to see closely the complete collection. All PSK's miniatures will be displayed during this celebration.

A slot-track will be put at our disposal on Saturday for free use. Those who wish it will be able to take part in a friendly competition. A contest will reward the most beautiful assembly and/or presentation.

On that occasion, The "PSK Special 10th Anniversary", a special release kit not to be missed will be shown for the first time."

Please go here for more details: PSK 10th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Proto Slot 10th Anniversary Kit Revealed

Shadow DN2D Chevrolet Can-Am. Prototype shown; production kits will be painted gloss black and may differ slightly in details. Planned to be available March 2014.

This is a model of the car driven by James Hunt at the Road America Can-Am in 1973.

A DN2-T1 (Turbo) version may be available later in 2014.

Photos courtesy of Christian Boyer.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Scalextric Plan Two Limited Edition USA Only Releases for 2014

Scalextric have released details of two Limited Edition cars exclusive to the USA to be produced in 2014.

The #12 Lotus 49B sporting Gold Leaf livery and the high rear wing had a guest driver when Mario Andretti joined Team Lotus in the third car entered in the 1968 USGP at Watkins Glen. Andretti took pole position on the second day of qualifying, 0.07 seconds ahead of Jackie Stewart. This was Andretti's first ever Formula One Grand Prix and his first time driving at Watkins Glen.

C3540 - Lotus-Ford 49B 1968 U.S. Grand Prix (Watkins Glen, NY)

The second USA special edition is the #2 Shelby Trans-Am Boss 302 Mustang in "Mustang Clubs" livery that was driven in the 1969 SCCA Trans Am series by Dan Gurney at Pacific Raceways International (Australian Horst Kwech at other events). This model is similar to the #1 Peter Revson limited edition Mustang of a few years ago that is very much sought after by collectors. We assume this will have the new DPR chassis but do not yet have confirmation.

C3539 - Mustang Boss 302 1969 Kent (Auburn, WA)

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Carrera Plans To Bring "Green GT" to North America in 2014

Carrera representatives have said that the company's 2014 production will be officially announced at the German Toy Fair, but unofficially it is said that the "Green GT" racer will be among them.

Photos by D. Kennedy

Friday, January 03, 2014

New 2014 Q1 Products From SRC

These are some of the planned Q1 2014 releases from SRC (Slot Racing Company - Spain)

Porsche 907K - Villa Real 1971
Rui Guedes

Porsche 908L - 3rd 24 Hr LeMans 1968
Rolf Stommelen / Jochen Neerpasch

Porsche 908L - 3rd 24 Hr LeMans 1972
Reinhold Jöst / Michel Weber / Mario Casoni

Porsche 908 L Set - Daytona 24 Hr 1968
1-2-3 Finish

Thursday, January 02, 2014

IRRA All Stars Invitational 2014 Announcement

Feb 28-March 2 2014

Route 93 Raceway

2211 Manchester Road
Akron, Ohio 44314