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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:44 AM

Been thinking about a thread like this for some time, and a recent Facebook snag gives me chance to get it started.

 

The idea is to post interesting slot car print advertising, but not just the run of the mill stuff.

 

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Wish I had a larger version of this...

 

Of course, Get Smart is a fav of mine, since I own a Sunbeam Tiger "kit", so I can't resist posting this pic as well. Yeah, I know it isn't slot car related...

 

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This is Jo Collins, Playboy Playmate of the Year 1965, and the pink Tiger was one of her prizes.

 

 


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:37 AM

Good idea, Greg - and one of my specialties, as you probably figured. Hmm, let me look in the archives and see what I have right off the bat.
 
Keeping with the Playboy theme, here one from '63 I think, and maybe even the back cover. Aurora was one of the few manufacturers with the resources to advertise in major market mags...
 
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And this came from Cavalier, one of the dozens of Playboy imitators in the '60s.
 
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I've already posted this one, but since it's another shoe-slot combo...
 
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One from the French manufacturer Circuit 24 in 1964 ("Tintin" magazine) - one of the few slot ads with non-racecar driver celebrities. Johnny Halliday and Sylvie Vartan were the biggest French pop stars at the time. If you want to know who Harold Nicolas is, check out the Nicolas Brothers on YouTube...
 
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Here's one from the "cheapo" school, in a period comic book:
 
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Another Circuit 24 ad, but this time in English, since it was distributed in UK by Meccano...
 
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Posted 27 January 2014 - 06:10 AM

That's the spirit, Don! LOL!

Good stuff!

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:05 AM

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:15 AM

Posted to Facebook by Slotblog member Roar Sørensen:

"As a immediate predecessor to the '60s slot car craze (a fact Cox later acknowledged by releasing the "La Cucaracha"!): Roach-A-Ramas spread like rampant bugs all over the US."

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Anyone here ever see this before?

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:19 AM

That's wonderful, Greg; thanks for posting.

 

Does kind of look like a modern parody of an old style Popular Science ad though...

 

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:42 AM

Tony P would love it!
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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:42 PM

Another one, from Italy, probably the late '60s...
 
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 07:45 AM

I've been saving vintage US slot car advertising images, mostly 1/24 but some 1/32, from Facebook for a while now. Most of these are scans posted by Roll Doll in Strongsville, OH, and are reposted here with his kind permission.

 

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 03:34 PM

So very cool!
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 05:43 PM

Greg,

Can you enhance the address at the bottom? I need to know where to send my $10.98.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 10:02 PM

It looks like the Cox Center, Santa Ana. :sarcastic_hand:


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 07:42 AM

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:44 AM

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Just realized that there's a similar older thread on slot car print advertising. I'll merge 'em together later today.


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 09:26 AM

Great looking slot car body. Similar to Dynamic's Mirage.

 

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 06:32 PM

Pretty awesome, Greg. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
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Posted 21 August 2015 - 08:40 AM

Here's today's ad, a very early one offering what I believe is one of the first slot racing sets. Wish I had a date for this, guessing 1961-62. Anyone know?

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 08:54 AM

Greg, 
 
The Scalextric set came out in 1957, so this could have been as early as '58; by 1960, Scalextric had been sold to Tri-Ang (in '58 in fact), and they introduced the plastic-bodied cars with a different track. So it's definitely pre-'60. 
 
Will check when I get back home...
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Posted 22 August 2015 - 12:28 PM

Here's today's ad and well, it's a little different. It's not very visually stimulating and it's not even about a slot car.

But reading the text more than a half century after this ad was published had me howling with laughter. Wonder how long the Model Car Racing Association lasted or if it even ever existed?

Wonder how many Miniature Grand Prix Racing Centers were sold/leased? And was MGP really "the biggest in the business"?

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:03 AM

Advertising minimalist info style.

 

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 11:54 AM

To say the least! Where on earth was that published, Greg? 

 

They're usually much more exuberant that that! 

 

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 12:14 PM

Yes, that ad does not have an Aurora feel or look to it.

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Posted 23 August 2015 - 08:56 PM

And no logo.


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Posted 23 August 2015 - 09:02 PM

Where on earth was that published, Greg?


Don, I have no info. These ads are almost all found on Facebook and saved for later use.

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:02 AM

Never saw one of these. Anyone have one?

Or was this another one of those "vaporware" products, to use a much later term, that never reached production. Image shows a 1966 copyright.

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:23 AM

Yep, it exists Greg and comes up pretty regularly on eBay... 
 
It was almost a vaporware product in fact, because they announced it fairly early, and then it took some time to be introduced, seemingly because of production problems. The problems were discussed in the press, which means they must have been pretty major, otherwise they never would have been mentioned. 
 
Another revolutionary device that may have seemed like a good idea, but ignored the KISS principle... Also, if it didn't come out till '67, which is likely, then even the lowest ohm rating of 8 ohms was already on the high side, and the 15/25 only good for kids who still had an old Cox model... 
 
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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:39 AM

I saw and tried one. Junk, stuck all the time.

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 06:58 AM

At least one Classic controller did its way to Finland in late '60s I think. Tried once and it was crunchy crap but yet a nice try, something different!
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Posted 24 August 2015 - 07:00 AM

Yeah, operating the controller via a sleeved cable was just about guaranteed to slow down the action. Really bad idea...

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 10:20 AM

That Scalextric set's price from Polk's (the place that started my addiction to slot cars) translates into $475 in today's money! Pretty damn pricey.  :shok:

 

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 10:27 AM

From what I've read, Polk's must have been a pretty amazing place. 

 

I can't recall ever seeing any pics of the inside of the place. Anybody have any images they can post?


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Posted 24 August 2015 - 11:09 AM

In the movie "the Godfather", Tom Hagen was abducted by Sollozzo as he exited Polk’s Hobby Shop at 314 Fifth Avenue.
 
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Posted 24 August 2015 - 11:36 AM

Great photo, wonderful detail about the Godfather film - never noticed that at the time! 

 

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:27 AM

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:53 AM

Polk's: I talked to Howie Ursaner about it at a recent R4. It may have been his home track.

 

If I understood him correctly you had to ride an elevator to get to the tracks that were on the fourth or fifth (?) floor. First slot car track I ever knew of that you had to ride an elevator to get to. 

 

Anyone know of others?



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Posted 25 August 2015 - 09:27 AM

The slot track was on the fourth floor, you could also take the stairs. The elevator was a hoot, max two people and the elevator operator; it was the size of a small closet.

 

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 05:23 PM

Never got to Polk's when they had slot cars, but did make the trip there once just to look around. Bill, you are right about the elevator.

I wish C&C had an elevator. It was on the top floor of an old mill, probably four floors up.


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 05:31 PM

Never saw one of these. Anyone have one?

Or was this another one of those "vaporware" products, to use a much later term, that never reached production. Image shows a 1966 copyright.

 

Greg,

 

I actually had one of these when I was a kid. It had a selector switch and two resistors inside. I had a friend whose dad was an aircraft guy at Piper Aircraft and he got me some aluminum, and with the help of my mechanic dad, reworked the inside to where it was a pretty decent controller with a 5 ohm and 8 ohm resistor. It wasn't as crunchy after the modification and it was reliable. 

 

At least I could run rewinds and not get my hand burned, and I never managed to smoke the unit after we modified it.  It got a lot of chuckles from other racers.....but it helped me win my share of trophies when I was a kid. I pretty much retired my Cox and MRC controllers once I got it working the way I wanted it to......then Russkit changed all that

 

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 08:55 AM

During the slot car fad phase, everybody sold slot car kits and controllers. Slot cars were even in the Sears catalog and not just on a single page. I can recall buying a slot car kit in a Western Auto store in my small town when I was 11 or 12.

 

Notice the Cox Cheetah and controller combo offer in both 1/24 and 1/32; just a dollar difference but at the time a buck was actually a lot of money.

 

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 02:42 PM

Selling slot cars at not slot car tracks in the beginning exposed the hobby to many more people. Once you bought a car, you had to go to the slot car track to run it.

My first car a Cox GT40 was purchased at R&S auto stores, the same place I used to get all my HO parts previously.

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 04:54 PM

My mom and dad actually got me the 1/24th scale Chaparral and the Cox Cheetah out of the Sears catalog for Christmas.  Enjoyed them both for quite awhile and was one of my better Christmas gifts as a kid...already had a Cox controller though...I got that Porsche Carrera 6 later from the local Sears store before they sold out of them...For some reason, the Sears stores down here in Florida were very big on slot racing....they had everything in the catalog on hand in the stores. The Monogram Elva was a nice kit too ( at least to an 11 year old boy).


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:14 AM

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:17 AM

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:31 AM

Me, too, Tony. 


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:34 AM

These were one of the favorites to short out the lane on the 220 foot Engleman as they were heading into the high bank so they would fall off and destroy the fink. That will teach them.


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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:39 AM

Another Batmobile: 

 

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And two of its competitors/copycats: 

 

 

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:45 AM

Even at the time, these prices were pretty amazing... Made In Japan, but you still have to wonder how they made any money on these.. 

 

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When DIY really meant something - England in the 50s: 

 

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Another very obscure English brand: 

 

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:49 AM

The counterpart to Dan: 

 

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The USA had its own obscure items: 

 

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Possibly the cheapest real slot racing set ever - out of an American Modeler magazine I think: 

 

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:52 AM

More slot shoeing...

 

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And who doesn't remember these: the fastest production slot racer? Why, MPC of course! 

 

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Posted 28 August 2015 - 09:36 AM

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