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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:06 AM

To judge by the period magazines, slot tracks were surrounded by pretty young women, passionate about racing, and irresistably drawin to the 14 year old nerds like us who were racing these cars... 

 

Just picked up a couple European magazines from the boom years of slot racing: the Italian car magazine Quattroruote, July 1966 (280 pages - those Italians took their cars seriously); and De Lach, a Dutch man's magazine from January 1967 ("het blad voor de man van nu" - loosely translated, "hot blades for naked men" - Tamar, help!). 

 

First, Quattroruote, and pay attention to the next page to last, where you'll see a couple of very familiar names... And note the couple historic photos as well: Marklin from 1937 and Sila from 1950! 

 

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And now to the Dutch, "De Lach", maybe a weekly or biweekly, because it's dated January 13, 1967. A very gentle men's magazine, with sexy drawings, girls in bikinis, features on films, sports, hobbies, etc. 

 

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Ciao baby! 

(this wasn't a uniquely European phenomenon either - some of the US magazines used the same approach - remember Nicole at Model Cars Illustrated?)

 

Don 


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:16 AM

The ECA club of Torino is touted as the oldest surviving slot car club in the world. That Giovanni Montiglio (now manufacturing his own line of slot cars) and Daniele Ostorero (also involved in slot car manufacturing today) were already in the hobby in the 1960s is not surprising, but a good sign that once injected with the virus, it never lets go!  :)


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 09:28 AM

I knew that "Joe" Montiglio was an old-timer, and a good driver, but didn't know Senore Osterero was in the game already... and yes, the bug bites hard when it bites! 
 
ECA may be the oldest club in Italy, but is far behind some of the clubs in England for continuous operation. 
Oldest Club in England?
 
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 12:02 PM

Yeah, but where are the naked blades?
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 01:54 PM

 

 

The ECA club of Torino is touted as the oldest surviving slot car club in the world. 


According to the Italians, I should have added... :)







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