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Scalextric in the USA in 1961

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#1 TSR


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Posted 28 February 2018 - 08:53 PM

Here is an advert dating from 1961, where one can see Irwin and Nathan Polk, two of the Polk family that used to own that great store in NYC, and were the very first importers of the Scalextric sets in 1957, playing with the new for 1961 plastic cars engineered by the Lines brothers folks after the Minimodels company had been acquired by Tri-ang.
Of all places, this ad was in the May issue of Car & Driver, at the time the largest automobile magazine in the USA with Motor Trend.


In the same issue was a 4-page story about a 1/24 scale  Strombecker Scarab-Chevrolet sports car, modified as a slot car and explained in detail, as well as other smaller slot cars. I will post that next.

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Posted 28 February 2018 - 09:01 PM

Not cheap, that $39.95 set would be about $330 in today's dollars.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 05:01 AM

My first Strombecker set cost $10. It took my brother and I weeks to save up the money to buy it.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 09:48 AM

My first Scalextric (original tinplate cars) on the floor of my NYC apartment




And, an account of my first "tuning" effort:


I soon discovered that the body, held on by tabs inserted into the raised edge of the base, could be pried off and reattached with the tabs underneath the base. This improved not only the looks of the car(now bearing a little less resemblance to a racing bread van) but also improved the handling. This modified car was taken to the New York Auto Show, where Polk's had a working Scalextric track. It bested all comers for two hours, and then, while cooling down, disappeared, as best we could determine, into the quick hands of one of the spectators. I must add that the Polk's staff was greatly chagrined and replaced it with their best car.


From www.ecuriemartini.com/history



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