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Scalextric: The story of the world's favourite model racing cars Hardcover – 3 Dec 2001
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From the Back Cover
Anyone born in the 1960s is, by now, watching the lap counter of life click relentlessly towards 40 and many will be wondering where on earth the years have gone. Wasn't it only yesterday they were sitting on the living room floor, playing with their Scalextric and refusing to go to bed until they'd racked up a personal best fastest lap without spinning off?
Actually, yes, it probably was only yesterday. Despite the fact that Scalextric is now over 40 years old itself, it is more popular than ever and the long-established tradition of dads buying sets for their kids and then hogging the hand control continues to flourish.
Scalextric: The Story of the World's Favourite Model Racing Cars takes a nostalgic look at the cars, the track and the equipment with which every Scalextric fan grew up, and then comes right up to date with the new developments that have kept Scalextric motoring on into the 21st century. This is an absorbing and entertaining tribute to a unique phenomenon with enormous appeal. It also shows why Scalextric has survived so successfully and for so long – because it is, above all, great fun. After all, where else can you see a Ford Escort XR3i racing against a Ninja Turtle on a skateboard?
About the Author
Rod Green has worked as a journalist and editor for far longer than he cares to admit. While far from mechanically adept, he has taken an enforced interest in oily motoring things since the first time his first car (a second- or third-hand 1973 Triumph 1500TC) refused to start.
Rod's interest in Scalextric began in the 1960s when his dad bought him a set for his fifth birthday. He watched, fascinated, as his father constructed the set, attached the transformer and proceeded to 'test' the cars. Rod was nearly eight before he actually got a chance to play with it.
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Top Customer Reviews
Written with a lot of humour makes it pleasant to read, almost like a historical roman. The author places everything in its historical context : explaining the importance of the real cars in racing and historical events taking place at the same time we all have recollections, but forgot the dates.
Everything is very well illustrated with large detailed color pictures of cars (scalextric and their real examples)and catalogues,and not the least a very good index making this book a good reference work for the collector . A bound book printed on best quality paper meant to be read again and again.
Together with the book from Roger Gillham it is a must have in anybody's library. I only regret they are not exactly the same size..
A list of models produced is also included.
This book is on a par with previous Scalextric books by a certain other, more well known author, and I was pleased that instead of duplication this book throws extra light on the subject. Now let's see who can come up with a third book also titled Scalextric !
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