back to article Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

A rather impressive Scalextric track designed by F1 commentator and former driver Martin Brundle, featuring "the best corners, chicanes and sections" from 2015 Formula 1 circuits will go under the hammer later this month in aid of the BBC's Children in Need. Suffice it to say, the winning bidder will need an extremely large …

Bit of a pain if you spin off on the far side of the track - but suppose an F1 driver shouldn't do that

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Jean Alessi was renowned for his gravel exploits.... he knew every gravel pit by heart

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Spinning off into a gravel pit? What's one of them then - some kind of primitive run-off area?

<sad smile>

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"Spinning off into a gravel pit?"

Didn't Dr Who and Blake's 7 used to do that every week?

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"Bit of a pain if you spin off on the far side of the track"

Not if you add a remote controlled crane to the set!

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If you`ve never spun out, you`re not trying hard enough.

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Go Alex!

> Bit of a pain if you spin off on the far side of the track

That was always a bugbear of Scaletrix as a kid, but I now have a 2 year old boy who will spend hours running after cars and putting them back on track for me.

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Re: Go Alex!

> Bit of a pain if you spin off on the far side of the track

It was always fun to work out how to make the _other_ guy spin off by releasing the throttle at just the right moment - the power supply (or battery pack(*)) was current limited to about 1.5x what a single car could draw so popping your throttle off would result in a voltage spike and "unexpected acceleration" for the opposition.

(*) Assuming cheap Neveready D-size dry cells which didn't like the heavy current draw at all. Using Nicads could easily result in a cooked throttle controller and motor (and did, so I only tried that once).

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Right, that's the wood ordered for the new shed....

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Looking at the size of that thing, you'd probably need the New Forest for it...

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Anyone know how the track is powered? Probably multiple transformers spaced round the track as the long slot conductors are probably a bit ohmy.

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"the long slot conductors are probably a bit ohmy"

They're more than adequate to run this kind of distance. The problem was always the track-end connects - sandpaper and a high-current ohm-meter(*) was an essential part of any kit with hard-wired links if you were the dedicated sort.

(*) Avo 8 was good. Electronic and DMM units don't push enough current to find the bit of problematic oxide and would register a track as OK even though it didn't work so well in service.

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It's flat!!!

Looks flat to me so there is no Eau Rouge, which is one of the most famous corners in motor racing and Formula 1.

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Re: It's flat!!!

Well it can't be completely flat. It's a (highly) modified figure of eight.

P.S.

It's also proof that growing old doesn't require growing up!

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"Looks flat to me so there is no Eau Rouge"

it's not flat(!!!). The circuit is a figure eight, so it couldn't be flat without terrain rises - which are clearly visible in the photo anyway.

I can't tell from the angle if Eau Rouge is on the circuit, unfortunately.

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Re: "Looks flat to me so there is no Eau Rouge"

Agreed - you can see the elevation change for the crossover. But you can still have a figure of 8 with no elevation change, courtesy or a crossroad piece:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=scalextric+crossroads&safe=off&espv=2&biw=1084&bih=791&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAmoVChMIh9HpnOilxwIVgVYaCh3j2wZl#imgrc=_

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Re: "Looks flat to me so there is no Eau Rouge"

Eau Rouge is the "kink" half way up the left-hand side.

Playing too much Grand Prix Legends taught me that it's the elevation change which makes that such a difficult corner, rather than any tight turn. It's often hard to spot on plans of the circuit.

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Re: "Looks flat to me so there is no Eau Rouge"

"a figure of 8 with no elevation change"

Figure 8 racing is a form of banger racing in which automobiles race on a track that purposely intersects itself, increasing the risk of collisions. Figure-8 racing is most common and popular in the United States and Canada, in contrast to the oval-track banger racing seen in Europe.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_8_racing

It's even better when they race school buses!

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Re: It's flat!!!

Looks flat to me so there is no Eau Rouge

I went through Eau Rouge on a pushbike. I nearly had a coronary at Les Combes. That's proper steep...

Vic.

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Re: "Looks flat to me so there is no Eau Rouge"

Figure 8 racing is a form of banger racing in which automobiles race on a track that purposely intersects itself, increasing the risk of collisions

Not at Suzuka, it isn't. One part of the track goes over the top of the other.

Vic.

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Ah those days...

Slot Car Racing (please don't call it Scalextric as there were other, better brands) was my teen introduction to soldering and re-winding electric motors (they usually caught fire).

Though we graduated to Revell and more exotic cars, never had more fun than with the cheapest brand Airfix whose track we continued to use as it was smoother than the Scalex polythene stuff.

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Re: other, better brands... ...they usually caught fire

Well that's an interesting definition of 'better'.

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"they usually caught fire"

So quite an accurate reproduction of some F1 cars then.

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Re: Ah those days...

Slot Car Racing

I'm with you on this. When I was a kid my racing mates and I built our own chassis, wound our motors and even sanded our foam tyres to the desired profile.

Our local club circuit was eight lanes wide and over 100 feet long. The track was constructed from hand-cut hardboard with hand-laid copper conductors. The banking was reminiscent of Brooklands.

On a club night you could guarantee there would be plenty of marshals to replace crashed cars back into their slots. The club even held a 24 hour race once a year.

This was very different to beast to Scalextric.

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Re: Ah those days...

Was airfix cheaper ? It was meant to be more reliable.

I had a set that my father bought when I was born (more a base set and extras) and which I got when I was about 10 (just remember coming down stairs one birthday morning to find it set up). The cars would work with Scaletrix, but were faster - great in a straight line, not so great in the corners when driven by a young teen.

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Bit of history, this was created by Sky to promote this years F1 coverage, I assume it was shown as a pre-race but I try to avoid watching their coverage.

More info, and a video of Brundle racing against Telegraph hack is at

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/sportvideo/formulaonevideo/11449657/Who-wins-on-Martin-Brundles-ultimate-F1-circuit.html

You'll need a 9ft x 9ft sized shed by the way.

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9m x 9m, and that's just the track. Need to leave space around the outside to get to the cars that have come off. It's in the Telegraph article.

I know Martin isn't the tallest chap in the world but even I can tell this is bigger than 9ft x 9ft!!!

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Ooops. My mistake. Need to move some more boxes around in our warehouse now.

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Awesome, but....

It's just not TCR!

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TCR was way better than Scalextric

But just like the Betamax vs VHS war, the less technologically advanced solution won.

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Re: TCR was way better than Scalextric

TCR looked great in the ads but not so good when I tried it. The cars were too small.... still just my opinion, glad to know someone liked it.

Mind you, hasn't the newer Scalextric included some of the features of TCR?

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Men will always be boys, only the toys become more expensive.

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Shocking

Back in the 70's I put a penny on the track, licked my finger, then pushed the penny along with the wet finger whilst simultaneously squeezing the accelerator gizmo with my free hand.

In my defense, I was quite young at the time.

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Re: Shocking

Didn't you try licking the track? What's wrong with you :-)

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Bushes!

Didn't The Register use Bushes in LOHAN?

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Re: Bushes!

Not sure - I tried to check, but....let's just say it's best not to Google for "lohan's bush" when you're behind the proxy server at work...

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Re: Bushes!

And I thought such model planes used trees (as landing catchers) rather than bushes?

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Meh!

It's only two lanes...

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Re: Meh!

> It's only two lanes...

Scalextric do a part that merges two into one... It's called the 'Maldonado'

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Re: Meh!

More room and chance of passes than in real F1.

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Re: Meh!

it could be a digital layout... my layout has only two lanes but up to 6 can race at any given time, there are lane swapping track sections activated by a button on the grip.

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Re: Meh!

"it could be a digital layout... my layout has only two lanes but up to 6 can race at any given time, there are lane swapping track sections activated by a button on the grip."

To make it more F1-like, it should be 1 lane with, maybe, one very short overtaking lane.

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Cornering

The cars always fly off at the bend

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Re: Cornering

At full-pelt, yes. That's the challenge. Of pretty much any car racing thinking about it...

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Re: Cornering

By smearing washing up liquid on the track in the corners, you could simulate power oversteer as the car stayed in the slot, but pivoted around the brushes, going round the corner sideways.

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@werdsmith

Ha! I could do that, no trouble, without the washing up liquid! Just don't ease off for the corners!!

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That's No F1 track...

At 1:32 scale that 45m track length is only a scale lap of 1.44 km

Never mind the 2015 season, the shortest F1 track in HISTORY was well over double that length and there are minimum standards in this area. 3.5km to be precise. It also falls well short on track width - minimum 12m, 15 on the grid straight. At 6" / ~15cm width, you need a minimum 6 lane (3 track) layout.

Sorry but as is the case with Brundle's commentary and coverage of F1 itself, others have done this before and far, far better.

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Mines bigger than yours!

Not the biggest by a long way; in the 70s Fylingdales in Yorkshire was isolated by snow in winter so to amuse the UK and US staff had the biggest Scalextric layout. (Well they would, wouldnt they). A friend of a friend made a fortune fixing US kit that had been plugged into our mains.

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Re: Mines bigger than yours!

Where did they keep it, never heard anybody mention it (though I did have a sheep walk into the snooker room in the Sergeants Mess once, you don't get that at the Crucible!)

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