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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 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844250342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844250349
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
I am a long term collector/racer of scalextric, and I am glad to have aquired this book...
This guide must always be written from a PERSONAL perspective, as indeed the book its-self. As a guide to what is RARE, the book is a disappointment, the focus is on cars that should never have been built up (trial mouldings, transparent body-shells) rather than pre-production prototypes that should never have left the factory. As opposed to assembly "cock-ups!"
Production from overseas factorys, with limited distribution in the UK is covered well.
I personally was disappointed not to see a picture gallery of the entire back catalogue, a DEFINITIVE GUIDE? when attempting to restore a "Classic" it is good to have a photo or two to aid, but there were models illustrated that were restored to non-factory spec...
This edition lost the "RARITY GUIDE" numeration, which I feel was a sad ommission, it is only an indication after all, but a valuable guide now lost!
Overall, I am glad to have a copy, would I buy the NEXT edition??? Probably not on ballance.
Thanks for reading the review, happy racing. Mortimer.
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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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