There is a groundswell for kids going on out there that I really like to see.
Carerra's GO tracks, aimed at kids, have broken more new ground than I have seen since the '60s. They capture young imaginations and parent approval with quality engineered slot products and innovations like the three-step controllers to get the littlest driver over the hurdle of learning to drive. Cartoon characters, wild custom cars get then hooked while crazy loop and bank fun layouts keep them hooked!
I've just been introduced to Revell's spin drive slot sets and I'm boggled! Imagine a slot set without any power supply/controller system and where a kid's own enthusiasm powers the cars! It's like injecting slot racing fun into a kids psyche in a totally hands-on environment! Yes! Please spin the crank! Yes! Please run your glowing car as fast as you want! Yes! Race your buddy and crash 'em up good! It's all for your enjoyment!
How many of my own youthfull afternoons were spent on a slot track in nurf battles with my buddies? It isn't serious slot car racing but it will produce a generation of slot car addicted kids, just like us Boomers!
Visit Youtube, key words "Revell Spin Drive Slot Car Set"
Ironically I found out about this kid-tech when I saw a layout box languishing on the clearance rack at a local chain store. It took me a few minutes to figure out what the heck it was so I wasn't surprised parents were not flocking over to buy it. It was marked down from $150 to $50. It was still too much for me to scarf up to plunder the extra track for another project so I waited and made offers to the store manager. I eventually got it for $35 figuring it was a good price for the 39 feet of 1/43 track. Maybe the cars could be salvaged? Then I saw the videos and realized the potential it has for demos when our local 1/32nd club does recruiting for new/young members! Parent and kids can be introduced to our hobby/sport simultaneously. One demo track of spinners and one with digital scale racing action. We can show that slot racing provides something for everyone.