Fresh from his world record attempt at the legendary Brooklands motor racing circuit, in which the Toy Stories team built a 2.7-mile circuit entirely out of Scalextric track, James May re-enters the world of Scalextric, Britain's leading slot-car racing brand.
Remembering many childhood hours spent recreating the thrills and spills of Goodwood, Silverstone and Brands Hatch, James examines the development and expansion of Scalextric from its true British roots to its international appeal today.
He investigates the history of the brand, documenting the greatest sets and cars ever produced - including Formula 1, rally, touring cars and Le Mans.
James also looks at what it takes to be a Scalextric champion, the essential elements of good track design, how to customise your racer and gets technical with the difficulties involved in scaling a full-size performance car down to an accurate, working slot-car.
About the Author
James May is a well-known writer, broadcaster and co-presenter of BBC TV's Top Gear. He also writes a weekly motoring column for The Daily Telegraph. James enjoys cars, motorcycles, light aircraft and a drink, always in that order. He lives in London with Fusker, the world's most unpleasant cat.
|Why Scalextric?||p. 6|
|The History of Scalextric||p. 9|
|Scalex goes electric||p. 9|
|From tinplate to plastic||p. 14|
|Racing for pole position: the 1960s||p. 18|
|From the Swinging 60s to the Sorry 70s||p. 21|
|Speed, power, control...||p. 24|
|Back on track: from the 1980s into the 21st century||p. 26|
|From virtual to reality||p. 30|
|How to achieve success in track building||p. 34|
|The Big Race||p. 40|
|Rebuilding Brooklands||p. 40|
|Brooklands circuits||p. 43|
|Simeon the resourceful||p. 46|
|King, Campbell and Cobb||p. 54|
|John Cobb speed record||p. 58|
|Assessing the risks||p. 59|
|The cars||p. 64|
|The best race I never saw||p. 66|
|How to win at Scalextric||p. 72|
|Pimp your car||p. 76|
|Everyone's a winner||p. 81|
|Scalex, Startex and Scalextric catalogue||p. 84|
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Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 7th September 2010
Publisher: Anova Books
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.9 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.249