TEN THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT SCALEXTRIC 60 YEARS ON
Everybody LOVES Scalextric. We just do. But in 2017, the beloved British brand is celebrating 60 years of joy and fun, so here's what we love about it
1. SCALEXTRIC PRIDES ITSELF ON ATTENTION TO DETAIL
The cars look like the real thing and the method of driving the cars actually correlates to real racing car driving, so the science is remarkably similar and the appearance of the cars is a fitting tribute to real life motorsport.
2. SCALEXTRIC HAS CREATED AN ASTONISHING NEW STRATEGY GAME
Thanks to it's new ARC One system, Scalextric allows you to create various types of race and integrate pitstops, penalties and tyre strategies all wrapped up in an easy-to-use iPad app.
3. YOU CAN NOW RACE UP TO SIX CARS ON ONE TRACK
Gone are the days when you have to take it in turns with a group of mates. Now the Scalextric Digital system means you can have up to six racers on one two-lane circuit at any one time!!
4. SCALEXTRIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING
With new ideas flowing the Hornby Hobbies office we are now treated to incredible concepts, such as this spectacular build-destroy-and-race set, where the cars can be taken apart and put back together as they crash.
5. SCALEXTRIC COVERS MORE MOTORSPORTS THAN ANY OTHER TOY BRAND
From vintage single seaters to rally cars, stunning hypercars to elite racing thoroughbreds and an ever-expanding catalogue with new additions including the BTCC and British GT, there's something for every motorsport fan.
6. SCALEXTRIC CREATES MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE
Some of the limited editions over the last few years have become genuine collectors items among car enthusiasts, from Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button's F1 championship winners to the brilliant new 60th anniversary range.
7. THERE IS A SCALEXTRIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
As there are so many incredible sets, cars and accessories, the fans of the brand have become "professional" slot car racers and each year there are regional, national and even world championships.
8. SCALEXTRIC IS A GREAT FIRST STEP IN ENGINEERING
As mechanics will upgrade cars by making changes to improve its performance, Scalextric cars are so adaptable and user-friendly that the same principals can be applied in miniature, and therefore set the engineering ball rolling.
9. SCALEXTRIC IS SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES
Whilst the 1:32 scale cars are stunning to behold, even little fingers can play Scalextric and learn how to become great racers as the Micro Scalextric sets are just a stone's throw away from the full sized version.
10. SCALEXTRIC IS AN INCREDIBLY SOCIABLE DISCIPLINE OF MOTORSPORT
Whilst gaming may be more graphically authentic, nothing beats the social interaction and playful banter that is guaranteed between mad petrolheads and people who've never even seen a racing car before, and it's so versatile it can bridge the generation gaps, the gender gaps and encourage teamwork, creative thinking and above all else having fun with friends and family of all ages.