A friend asked me recently if I thought the phenomenon of ebay meant the end of vintage slot car collecting since sellers would jump on every little piece and sell the last remaining items.
I said No because slot racing was not just a regular hobby like trains, crystal radios or Tandy leather-craft. It was THE hobby for a baby boom generation. A massive wave of boys were funneling through High School and dreaming of real cars. Fast cars, wild cars, cars they could drive! Slot cars were far more exciting than trains or the horribly expensive RC planes of the day. And it was inexpensive! Any parent could afford to give their kid a slot car from the local toy store and take him to a local track. Many parents used slot tracks as drop off babysitters. Tens of millions of boys were introduced to slot racing before it fell and all the stuff got stashed away. There will be new caches of slot car material appearing as long as houses, garages and barns are still standing and keep changing owners! Some day Archeologists will date their digs by them!
People today probably have trouble comprehending how all-encompassing World War II was in our society and the slot car boom was a single after-effect. I remember talking with track owners and slot car industry folks ion those days and it is astounding just how big the industry was in terms of volume for a short period. I'm looking forward to DOKK's next book whenever it gets done.