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#1 TSR


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Posted 03 November 2007 - 04:29 PM

As we slowly learn about our cherished old slot cars, some new challenges come up, and here is one. We just purchased this "TrakPak" (so called assembly of a ready to race slot car and a controller) of Japanese origin. The car is a 1/24 scale Lola T70 and has a chassis and motors previously mis-identified as "HIT", supposedly manufactured by or for Hitachi.
Subsequent information has shown that in fact, their motors were built by Igarashi, another Japanese electric motor builder that made all the Strombecker, Pactra and some of the Testor and Russkit motors, in two sizes and a myriad of variations.

The following "TrakPak" contains one of these cars (the other being a Ferrari 365P2) and a controller. No identifiable manufacturer mark appear anywhere on the packaging car or controller, except for the "Professional" name as well as a "Pi" stamped on the chassis. At this time, we do not have a clue of which company produced these relatively common old cars.


Now the plot thickens: Strombecker also had a similar TrakPak in a nearly identical vinyl covered cardboard, with the only difference being the cover, in this case black instead of being tranparent. In any case, the case manufacturer is almost certainly the same, but the contents are far from identical:


The plot thickens even more when one compares the boxes markings:


Could the Japanese manufacturer be the one which actually produced all the Strombecker 1966-series slot cars with the brass or aluminum chassis, that formed the bulk of the best Strombecker ever produced? And in this case, who were they? With the Dowst Manufacturing Company of Chicago, the former owner of Tootsietoy and Strombecker, no longer in existence at least in the form it used to be (owned in the 1960s by the Shure brothers), who to ask?
Our contacts in Japan are trying to solve this mystery for us.

But anyone here is welcome to volunteer their own knowledge of this matter as any relevant info would be welcome.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:07 PM

Hey Dokk,


Lower your daily stress, and mail those to me!!! :laugh2: ... then you won't have to worry about who made what...  :rolleyes:

So how about pix of the car in the clear packaging?? Chassis pix?? We want more!!! biggrin.gif

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 07:11 PM

Well, I actually found a little announcement for these cars, in the November 1, 1966 issue of Toys & Novelties, the biggest toy industry trade magazine of the time - but there's no indication of the manufacturer! They're distributed by Parkway Industries of Cleveland, and I have a vague souvenir that Parkway also sold rebranded Scalextric sets, but not too sure about that. In any case, another, and very small piece of the puzzle...





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Posted 01 December 2016 - 11:17 AM



This might not make any sense, but the stamping of "PI" could mean the chassis was made in the Philippine Islands.....

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 01:36 PM

Or... Parkway Industries...
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