Here's one I've been meaning to do for awhile: slot racing covers in the general press. I've been collecting these for a long time, reaching back to "The Reader's Guide to Periodical Publications" and long days spent in libraries...
I thought there were only a handful of these, but when I started going through my magazines turns out there's over two dozen. I only chose those where slot cars/racing were the main subject of the cover, but included a few that don't follow those rules, but are close and/or interesting. There are at least another dozen that just mention the slot car article on the cover, but I didn't include those. All magazines are from the U.S., Britain and France, so if you've got any others, feel free to add them!
Most of these are from car and DIY magazines, but there are a few surprises...
Let's start off with a historical perspective: spindizzies and rail cars!
Popular Mechanics from June 1946, and L'Automobile from January 1950:
Here's the first real slot racing cover I found: from the British consumers association magazine, Which?, in December 1961. Not the first article, but the first cover, for an article reviewing the first bunch of sets.
And the U.S., behind Britain as usual... a handbook from the Science & Mechanics monthly mag, High-School Mechanics, 1963 edition:
Here's a trick one: I had just assumed these were slot cars, but not sure - perhaps Minic, and the articles inside don't directly address slot cars, but there's a photo or two... Autosport, Nov. 29, 1963:
Join the Dodge Rebellion! A magazine for Dodge owners, covering America's newest hobby, with a photo of the famous The Groove Raceway near Detroit (later home to many Thingies!). April 1964.
One I've already shown, showing that the Beatles loved slot cars and that Liz had all sorts of slot car troubles... well, sort of. July 1964
April 1965: now we're into the fad or craze period of slot racing, as proven by this hot cover photo on Science & Mechanics, one of the big 3 magazines of this type in the U.S. (along with Popular Science and Popular Mechanics):
Slots as big business, from the trade magazine Amusement Business, a weekly dated May 15, 1965. Slot car centers were sometimes classified as amusement centers by local municipalities, which caused lots of problems for the owners. In the money?
The CARtoon magazines, a part of every red-blooded American boy's childhood - except for the Commies, of course, who were a little too red-blooded... April 1966:
Offshoot Hot Rod Cartoons, from May 1966, heralding current F1 practice...
And to close out this first batch, a French romance magazine, undated from what I can tell, but maybe 1964-65? Very romantic cover, but absolutely no mention of slots inside that I can see... and not sure where the illustrator came up with those control buttons, which are not quite the same for the boy and girl... the only ones I can think of like that were by Ideal for a floor rail setup in the early 60S/// Definitely the most romantic slot racing cover ever - and the only one!