Old school toys, still working after 30+ years!

Today, I finally managed to get into the loft at my Dads (the house in which I grew up). Needless to say I could easily have spent hours up there, sifting through the boxes and bags to discover all my old stuff.

While up there today, I found our old Scalextric set. Scalextric was my brothers and he kindly allowed me to take it home today for the boys to enjoy. Thanks Wayne (@waynethornton69)!

We had a lot of track and I’m sure I only found half of it. Thankfully I found the cars, power supply and controllers along with the more interesting sections of track, like the cross-over chicanes, skid chicanes and lap counters.

Considering the track is over 30 years old and has spent the majority of the last 25 or so in a loft, I was amazed that it all just worked. Well, I say all …… one of the cars needs stripping down as the linkage between motor and wheels isn’t engaging and I managed to pop one of the controllers (I guess all those years in the loft took their toll).

The kit will need a new power supply (the old one works but is temperamental), a couple of controllers and at least one new car but I’ve just had a good hour of fun racing the JPS F1 car around a stretched oval (with crossover chicane!). I love the precision that is required with Scalextric. Theres a fine balance, as with racing a real car, between squeezing speed out of the car and keeping it on the track. Just a few minutes in, i found i could power slide the car around the corners and get a good speed up down the straight. This is old school fun!

I feel like a kid again and can not wait to show the boys in the morning!

Also in the loft, I found my old Race & Chase set! I spent many hours as a kid racing cars around this track, repairing bits as they went wrong, soldering new connectors and broken wires.

If that wasn’t enough, I also found this TCR set in which the cars actually change lane! Such great fun.

The Race & Chase and TCR sets look to be missing the metal contact strips on the underside of the cars but that will be an easy fix.

I think Scalextric will be our priority tomorrow 🙂

By icraigt

Craig Thornton (@icraigt), Geek Dad, husband of @linsthornton, Principal Engineer at JLR, tech addict. All views my own.