Scalextric slot car racing has been around since 1952 and Scalextric Starter Sets have been a regular feature on Christmas lists for young and old ever since.
The slot car racing concept is simple: 1:32 scale slot cars traverse race circuits that have a groove set into the middle of the track; electrical contact from the power supply is made via the metal groove to copper braids in the cars, and generally the harder you squeeze the control trigger, the faster the vehicles go. All the family can have fun with a slot car race track, and with both track extension packs and individual track pieces available, different circuits can be created every time you race.
The most famous slot car racing brand in the UK is Scalextric, while in Spain (where the hobby is incredibly popular), SCX rules the roost; in Germany, Carrera is the most popular, and in Italy, where slot car racing dominates, NSR and Slot It are regarded as the top brands - and we stock them all. These manufacturers produce slot cars that can race incredibly fast out of the box, but can also be tuned with a myriad of spare parts such as replacement motors, magnets, and tyres. Slot car racing fans from all across the globe come together to compete to be the fastest at special race meetings, and it’s a fascinating world to be involved in!
Just about every genre of motor racing and most vehicle models have been replicated in slot car form, so everything from Formula 1 cars all the way back to the golden eras of motorsport is catered for, as are some very special slot cars from TV and film. For the younger racer, we also offer Mario Kart slot car racing, featuring all your Nintendo favourites.
Gaugemaster is one of the largest suppliers of slot car racing products in the world, and there are several in-house racers in our team who can offer you a wealth of advice. Start building your very own slot car race track and shop our full collection today.