A word before 1st question........ This is for your entertainment. The answers to questions may not be known to all, but I'm sure all are known by the group collectively. We will try to keep questions in chronological order. Here we go - - -
In 1912 Lionel (USA) introduced what is considered the first commercially available "slot car". Listed in their catalog from 1912 to 1915. They ran on their train track. The first commercially available "slot cars" of the modern era were marketed in 1957 by a company in England. Kudos if you know the name of this company........ What scale were these cars ? ? ?
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2014 15:22:39 GMT -7 by Doug412
According to the Scalextric home page, they are now owned by Hornby America. Have been in business for over fifty years. And are the standard in 1/32 slot cars. Could not find anything relating to Scalelectric........ I'll try their name and see what I can find.
Found several site listings for Scalelectric....... all seem to be from the same person. Seems to be describing Scalextric history. A site called Scalelecttric.com is dedcribed. Yet name entered as such yields no listing by that name. Only, did you mean Scalextric on bottem of page.
Easy name to confuse........ and of an odd sort of spelling.
Hope this will be fun for all....... been having fun looking through things and seeing names from the past. Meant to say this before...... all questions or info for questions was only taken if it could be varified the same from at least three differrent sources. Hope this has eliminated any miss-information.
Post by jjwallace on Sept 23, 2014 18:12:54 GMT -7
Earlier car versions were guided and/or powered by a single rail in the center of the track. The newer cars were guided by a slot in the track surface. The new term slotcar was to try and differentiate them from the earlier rail type cars.
Look close , no rails - - - raised portion of track is visible between wheels by looking at car front right. The track in this picture also has a raised portion between lanes. Perhaps this was to accommodate the use of a different scale car. In this picture the portion raised between wheels is the guide (the light colored portion, the dark portion are the slots the tires rode in).
Evidence of the reason the handle slot car took hold and the boom of the sixties took place is visible in picture.