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Scalextric: The Definitive Guide Hardcover – 9 Sep 2004


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 6th Revised edition edition (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844250342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844250349
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 1.9 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born 1938 in Surrey, educated at Redhill Technical College. The two years compulsory National Service in the Royal Artillery. Occupation as a motorsport insurance broker specialising in Formula 1 Grand Prix teams, classic cars and restoration companies. Sports, golf and squash/tennis when younger. Hobbies, circuit racing with vintage Austin Sevens' and with some success speed hillclimbing with Renault 5 Turbo and a classic MGA Coupe. A director of the Bugatti Owners Club at Prescott for a few years. Also the official Scalextric historian with some 8 books and many articles published. Most recent project is a book on British toy boats.

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'Stupendous' Motor Sport 'high quality photographs of just about every model and box set produced...a visual treat' Classic Car Weekly

About the Author

Roger Gillham has been interested in Scalextric since 1958 and is an acknowledged authority. His interest in motor racing has since been extended to full siz cars, and he regularly competes in speed hillclimbing. He lives near Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Kinniburgh Kid on 31 Dec 2007
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This book is far from being just the latest update of the Gillham perennial. Instead it is a whole new book looking year by year at the real world and the slot car world.

As the title suggests, each year is considered separately with Scalextric items presented alongside contemporary events. So, 1966 gets a spread on the cars and sets released that year (as it happens, a rather lovely, blue TR4A) and a picture of the England World Cup team, 1982 the Leyland truck with flatbed trailer and the raising of the Mary Rose and so on.

This chronological approach - interspersed with sections on themes such as Police cars and TV cars - makes for a nice reminder of what was really happening when you were preoccupied with smashing your brother's car off the track. It also makes the book easy to dip in and out of.

The imagery is either from Hornby's archive or new for the book which, combined with a fresher page design, makes it a more interesting book to look at than any of the pervious Gillham editions.

While this books shares some similarities, and so attractions, with they myriad of others currently offering reprints of old artwork and comic strips to tap into the baby-boomer nostalgia phase, it also comes right up to date. Therefore it offers older readers the surprise of learning how an old favourite has evolved while the younger Scalextric fan no doubt amazed to see that their "new" toy is older than their parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Field on 13 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you are after a scan in pictures of what you remember/half remember from your childhood about this wonderful Toy with Year by Year highlights progress of the Models then buy, If you are wanting detail and lots of reading material forget it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct 2005
Format: Hardcover
The latest edition of this work brings the story and catalogue of cars made right up to date. Now over 750 colour images and included for the first time dedicated chapters on the superb range of the 1960's Scalex plastic boats and also now Australian and New Zealand Scalextric car and set production. Fascinating also are the numerous illustrations of the set lid designs dating from the late 1950's to date from the UK, France, Spain, Mexico, Canada and Australia/NZ. There are also new features and illustrations from what appeared in Gillham's previous books - a must for anyone interested in Scalextric - an ideal Christmas or birthday present.
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By Richandfamous on 21 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was bought as an Xmas present. I was told the delivery date would be between 28th Dec 2009 and 5th January 2010 but it arrived well in time for christmas. I would, in no way whatsoever, rank myself as a Scalextric enthusiast but the recipient, a good friend of mine, tells me the book is excellent so I have to agree! It arrived well packaged from the supplier and was a good price.
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